What it is: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
What they say: This super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse delivers that ultra-even all-over tan you’ve always wanted. Never orange, St. Tropez Tan always gives a beautiful, golden color.
How to use: Exfoliate before moisturizing dry areas thoroughly (elbows, knees, ankles and feet). Using an Applicator Mitt, pump the Mousse into your Mitt, and apply with long, even sweeps from toes to top.
Make sure you’re well covered as it’s only missed areas that can look patchy. Once you’ve got even coverage wait for 60 seconds before getting dressed. Try not to get wet, or sweat, for at least six hours. Finally, shower off to reveal a perfectly golden, natural looking tan.
What I think: I'd like to introduce you to the holy grail of self tanner: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse! I've tried out a lot of different brands and formulas in the past couple months, but this one takes the cake for sure. (See my other reviews here, here & here).
I was hesitant to buy it at first because of the cost, and I was worried about the dreaded orange streaks of a self-tan gone wrong. I actually went to Ulta looking for their new In-Shower Gradual Tanner, but it wasn't out yet.
During Kate Middleton's last pregnancy with Princess Charlotte, it was reported that she gave up her weekly St. Tropez spray tans - just in case. I can't afford weekly spray tans, but I figured if the brand is good enough for a Duchess, then it's got to be good.
At Ulta, both sales reps kept telling me to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate before applying, so I was a little nervous. I spent like two days exfoliating and moisturizing to prep my skin. (In hindsight, that was a little much. You just need to exfoliate, shave, and moisturize about 12 hours before you apply.)
Once I actually started applying the product though, it was a piece of cake, especially using the applicator mitt. Pump a few dollops of the product onto the mitt and then just buff it into your skin. Keep rubbing until you're completely and evenly covered - and Voila!
I started at my ankles and worked my way up my body, which seemed to be the easiest method. If you started at the top then bent over to do your legs, you might smear.
The hardest part was getting my full back. I did have to pull out some Cirque du Soleil arm contortions to get it all covered, but using the mitt made it a lot easier.
After applying, just stand still for a couple minutes then put on some clothes. I've been applying the product at night before I go to bed, which I recommend, so I just slipped on some loose PJs and went to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, I just rinse off and go.
What I love most about St. Tropez mousse is that it has a color guard that lets you see where you've applied already so you can't miss a spot!
So far, the color guard hasn't rubbed off onto any of my clothes or sheets. It rinses off in the shower and reveals your tan and glowing skin.
In terms of color, I've gotten a few shades darker each time and it's a natural looking tan.
The first time, I did it over the weekend. When I went into work on Monday, a few of my co-workers asked me if I had gone to the beach over the weekend because I looked so tan. When I revealed that it was in fact a faux tan, they were shocked!
How long the color lasts does seem to vary for me. My face is always the first to fade because I wash it twice a day and apply some pretty strong products at night. I've just been using bronzer to keep it matching.
My legs usually last 5-7 days depending on how many times I've shaved that week. The less I shave, the longer it lasts (but then you have hairy legs, so give and take...). The rest of my body (arms, chest, torso, back) seems to last 7-10 days.
Overall, I absolutely love this product. It was definitely worth the price! The little trial bottle has already gotten me 3 full-body applications, and I'm pretty sure it has enough for a 4th one left. I definitely plan on buying a full size!
What do you think? Have you tried St. Tropez before? Tell me in the comments below!
Buy it online: Nordstrom $18 for 1.6 oz bottle or $42 for 8 oz bottle