Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

 Vita Liberata Phenomenal  2-3 Week Tan Mousse


13 reviews

53% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$


Aloe Barbadensis (Leaf) Water (Aqua, Eau), Dihydroxyacetone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Saccharide Isomerate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Fucus Vesicolosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Punica (Pomegranate) Granatum Extract, Rubus Ideaus (Raspberry) Extract, Litchi Chinensis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Gingko Biloba Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Betain, Potassium Sorbate, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 14700 (Red 4).

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Unfortunately, this brand is not what it used to be. I once favored this over any other tanning mousse. When I repurchased a full bottle last year I thought maybe I got a bad batch, because I got absolutely no color from it, and I used it all up within a few weeks trying to get what I normally would out of it. I only self tan in winter, so this year rolls around and I purchased the sample pack (small mousse and gradual lotion) and it is AWFUL. Not even a HINT of color. By my 2nd application (yes, they want you to do it multiple times, read instructions) I didn't have a trace of color on me. Disregard rave reviews from the past. For me, this particular product is finished. Back to St Tropez.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

tried them ALL... Been using self tanner since 1987 when they first came out with it. This is one of the worst ones out there. The texture and smell are nice however it gives NO TAN!!!!! I swear it was like I used nothing. I prefer LOVING TAN Mousse over this mousse. I do like this company's 10 min tan. That actually has a part in my weekly tanning schedule. But for a tanning MOUSSE, there are others so much better.

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on 8/4/2017 2:33:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I've finished a couple of bottles of this over the last summers and I am going to continue to buy it. I am very fair with neutral-to-warm undertones and this just looks so good. I use the Dark shade and it doesn't go weird on my fair skin! When it starts to fade, it fades so nicely! After 8-12 days when the rest is coming off, I can just use a towel after a hot shower to rub the last bit off, but until then it just fades so evenly, something I otherwise struggle with, with other self-tanners.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I bought this in Medium and I wish I had bought Dark. The color is very even, easy to apply when you use the mitt, but didn't make enough of a difference to make me look tan. I can smell the DHA until hours later when I wash it off. I think my sense of smell is more heightened than some of my friends, because I was told that it doesn't smell. But it does smell better than some of the drugstore self-tanners I have tried.

This is very expensive and I wasn't thrilled with the color I got from it. I am going to try some other brands.

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on 5/16/2017 6:55:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

We just got back from Florida. I don't tan, but I got a little color. My daughter uses this, so I tried it. Its beautiful. The color is so real, I'm excited to have a tan that looks so real.

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on 5/5/2017 12:50:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

My bare legs are a creepy translucent white with a lifetime's worth of scars and a patch of swollen veins on one calf. In the summer I try to even them out. Virtually every self-tanner I've tried has turned me very orange, and often streaky (which is on me). I got a sample of the mousse from Sephora last year, and the color was a reasonably natural brownish shade and I could apply it without streaks. It faded evenly, too. I'm fine with the medium shade because I don't let myself tan and don't like a deep shade. I just want to blend out my legs into something reasonably respectable.

But the price is insane. This year, I poked around on eBay and Amazon and found a bunch of vendors selling 12.68 oz bottles of mousse for under $25. This seemed implausible, but I searched around and discovered QVC had offered this size as a TSV, so I assume this isn't fake, just older stock that QVC dumped after the promotion. The only drawback is that the dispenser nozzle isn't that effective and puts out weak little puffs and some liquid.Yet I can still put it on streak-free with my bare hands.

HINT: an efficient method to get the recommended 3 apps w/out showering: I do the first app right after a morning shower, the second when I get home after 6:00, and the last before I go to bed at 11:00 or midnight.The next day I shower carefully without soaping my legs or moisturizing. Works fine. No way it'll last two weeks on legs--I shave every three days or so, and that's going to exfoliate some But It'll look good for a week if I shave my legs very carefully mid-week.

Because of the cheapness, I can be pretty lavish with this. If I was paying full price, I'd spend $50 on the 4-oz bottle, use it more carefully and less frequently, and I think I'd get my legs through high summer. Because I've successfully used who-knows-how-old leftover drugstore or Sephora samples of more pricey tanners that I've found after closet cleaning or in old travel kits, I bought another cheap ginormous bottle for next year. I was going to get dark in case the product deteriorated over the summer but vendors were charging more so I went with the medium again. Don't know how it'll hold up, but worth the risk.

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on 9/27/2015 4:18:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I got this in Medium as a 100 Point Perk at Sephora a couple months ago. I finally got around to trying it out and I have to admit, I didn't have very high expectations. I should start by saying that I immediately discounted the claim of lasting 2-3 weeks. That is impossible for ANY fake tan, as your body sheds skin cells at its own rate, regardless of which fake tan you use. I went into it knowing I would only be applying once a week as I normally do with my fake tans, and hoped it would last the 6-7 days that most mousses do for me. For reference, I'm naturally an NC10-15, NARS Sibera/Gobi - so very fair-skinned with pale yellow/golden/slightly olive undertones. I like to get decent color (medium range) from just one application of tan. I prefer mousse tans because they apply so quickly and easily, but I've figured out that those seem to be the most irritating for my skin. I was hoping this would be a good option for me and wouldn't be irritating since it's got a lot of good ingredients in it and they left out a lot of the bad ones. My current favorite tan is Loving Tan 2 Hr Express Dark Bronzing Mousse so I will be comparing it to that a little throughout my review.

I applied using a St. Tropez mitt (with non-latex gloves underneath to be extra safe). To use this mousse, I think you need to be somewhat experienced at applying sunless tanners. The color guide on it is *very* light so application might be trickier for those who aren't used to not having a dark guide. There is absolutely no scent to it, other than a slight aloe vera smell. It's a very light, airy mousse that is pleasant to apply. It dries extremely quickly (but still left enough time to blend properly) and I was able to get dressed just a few minutes after application and I got into bed directly after. While I was lying in bed, it felt like I had nothing on my skin at all. It was such a nice change from those wet, sticky tans! Loving Tan dries very well quickly as well, but not quite *as* quick, and I can still feel it just a little bit in bed for a short time. So Vita Liberata beat it out by a little bit in that respect.

The next morning there was no DHA scent whatsoever. NONE. Not even on my hands, which always seem to absorb the scent the most. It was amazing. I felt no irritation. I looked dark, but I wasn't sure if that was actual tan or if the guide had darkened. I jumped in the shower and only rinsed off, not using any soap or bodywash as per instructions, thinking I may need to apply a second layer that light because I expected it to be super light once the guide had washed off. When I got out of the shower, I was beyond thrilled. The color was absolutely beautiful. It was a gorgeous red/brown color that was just so flattering and natural. It was similar to the color I get with Loving Tan but I liked it even more, which is saying a LOT! And even more surprising - I was *dark*! I immediately started thinking about ordering a full bottle and was afraid to even get the Dark because Medium was plenty dark for me.

Here's where it starts to go downhill... That night I had to take another shower to wash my hair. This time I used bodywash because I didn't think I'd need to apply another layer of tan. I got out of the shower, got ready for bed, and went to sleep. The next morning when I woke up, I looked drastically lighter. There was still color, but it was nothing like what I had the day before. So it seems that part of what I was seeing the day before *was* the color guide that didn't get washed off with the first shower because I hadn't used bodywash and a loofah. I was very disappointed, but the color I had still looked beautiful and completely natural. I hadn't used it on my face as I don't typically apply tan there. My face is even more sensitive than my body and it never ends well for me.

I had tanned on Friday night and Sunday afternoon I started to experience itching and irritation on my lower back, which was kind of strange because I usually start to react the next afternoon after initial application. It only got worse, and actually woke me up Sunday night and I wasn't able to go back to sleep because it was so bad. It took about 3 days for the itching to fully go away. I think that not only is my risk of irritation worse with mousse formulations, but it's also worse with products that contain higher quality DHA (and a higher concentration of it). Needless to say, I would never use this on my mid-lower back again, but I've already pretty much accepted the fact that with most mousses (including my beloved Loving Tan) I'm going to have to use a sunless tanning lotion on that area.

This week I'm going to order a full size bottle of the Dark. I think that might get me as dark as I want to be. I really thought the medium gave great color but it just wasn't dark enough and unfortunately the sample size I got wasn't enough for two full-body applications (though I did have some left over). It's definitely a more pricey product, but I figured I should be able to get about 7 full-body applications out of one bottle, and it would last me a lot longer than that if I just tan my upper body during the fall and winter. I exfoliated it off after five days because I wanted to try another product out, but I'm sure I could have gotten 6-7 days out of it so one bottle should last around 2 months. I will update my review once I've tried the Dark and see how that compares to Loving Tan.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel


I bought the rapid 3-7 day one. Application was a nightmare. A hot streaky, blotchy nightmare. I know the colour is only the tan guard but it freaked me out. I couldn't blend it AT ALL. It dried practically on contact! That was way too risky for me so I washed it off immediately. And now I have a blotch above my knee--- it was only on my skin for literally 5 minutes!! And i can't get this mark off! Also, the mini mitt it comes with is a joke. Totally useless.
What a sham. Those YouTubers must be getting paid. Back to sephora you go!!

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I am very pale with a cool (but really more neutral since I don't even have much pink) undertone. I have tried dozens of self tanners and none have made me a really nice color except spray tanning by a technician at a salon (very nice, but got expensive and time consuming) and now with this product. I got this on QVC in light. I am pasty and light only gives me a bit of color so I'm betting most people wouldn't even be able to see it on their skin. I'm going to get medium when I re-order. Even the highest rated STs turn me a bit orange. This dries really quickly so I work fast and in small sections. I love that there's NO sticky feeling and I can get dressed in 5 minutes. There is the slightest undertone of that ST smell, but not much at all with no added scent trying to cover it up - these make me gag. (DHA mixed with coconut? Blech.) The reason I gave it 4 lippies instead of 5 is because of the 2-3 week BS in the name. I guess if you don't shower, exfoliate or shave, it might last 3 weeks. I've been applying about once a week and haven't had any weird fading. I followed the video online (QVC) to do my hands and feet and those have looked the best of any tanner (besides the pro spraying) that I've used. If you are really white and almost everything makes you look Oompa Loompa-ish, give this one a try.

on 6/11/2015 10:31:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

I'm sorta puzzled by the other reviews, because this self tanner works great on me. I am pretty pale so it doesn't t take a lot to make me look tan. The mouse looks much darker than it actually is but it delivers a very natural glow with no orange undertones or streaks. Most self tanners smell weird and make me feel all hot and sticky - not with the Vita Liberata. I put it on and I instantly looker tanner and I don't feel hot or smell weird. That alone is worth repurchasing! I used it both on my face and body but applied to the face like I would a bronzer with a bronzer brush and just hitting the high points of my face and chest. I did not break out from using it on my face. The only downside of this product is the cost. I think it's pricey and it would make think twice about repurchasing if I found a better self tanner out there.

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