Fake tan: not something I thought I would ever try, let alone blog about, but here we are. If you read Wednesday’s post you will know I received the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion in my You Beauty Box. Since receiving it I have been trawling through reviews and decided to give it a go.
I am one of the palest people you will probably ever meet, my skin is porcelain and sometimes even the lightest of foundations are too dark, any other pale girls have this problem? Anyway because I’m pale the last thing I want is to fake tan and become orange. That is where this new release come in. St. Tropez have created an easy to use, in shower!! gradual tan meaning it shouldn’t make me go Oompa Loompa.
This new, innovative tan says it will give you a sunless tan in the shower! St. Tropez claim that all you need to do is shower as usual, apply this in circular motions, wait 3 minutes, then wash off. It all sounds too simple, don’t you think? All the reviews of other fake tans I have read talk about a biscuity smell after application but this has a pleasant smell, floral almost, so hopefully that will be how it stays. Back to the application method: some reviews say they used tanning mits and some just used hands, these different applicators both seemed to allow streak free results, so I shall use my hands. As for standing in the cold for three minutes; it does not sound particularly nice but I suppose I can brush my teeth. The brand recommend that you should leave it for no longer than 3 minutes, I don’t suppose there would be too much issue with doing so but there really is no point as the tan develops over the following hours.
So this is what we’re working with, a completely blank canvas, almost the colour of a canvas too… I left this photo as unedited as possible so as to be able to show you how different, (or not different,) my leg looks after using the gradual tan.
So I used the tan and it was so easy to apply, the three minutes were over quickly as I brushed my teeth and danced round the bathroom, the sad thing is that I’m not even joking. My skin is left feeling super soft and it smells pretty darn amazing. I’m just waiting for it to develop and I’ll see if there is a difference in the morning!
As you can see there is a slight change, my legs appear slightly darker, and not to mention incredibly smooth. The slight change gave me a little more confidence to bare my legs in a dress.
I didn’t tan again straight away. I left it a day and then used it again, I wanted to make sure the tan looked natural and didn’t all of a sudden just appear. Although I’m not going to see many people as school is out, forever, you have no idea how happy I am about that, I didn’t want to suddenly appear tanned even though I haven’t been outside.
As you can see there is more of a tan after the second application and I really like the level of tan. It’s not too dark, and looks just natural enough. I will continue to use this every other day to maintain my glow. I think this is an amazing product for first time tanners, it moisturises your skin and adds a natural amount of colour which you can build up. I am definitely going to pick up a full size tube ASAP as I can see me using this all summer long to maintain a less Casper like look.
As a first time fake tanner this product gets 5 stars, it has completely changed my opinion on tanning. If you get the chance, I urge you to give it a go, I love it! Have you tried this already? What tanning alternatives do you use?