St. Topez Self Tan
St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Mousse

STEPS I TOOK:

The St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is one of the most popular, highly rated and talked about self tanners on the market. So of course I had to test it out for myself and let you all know my thoughts! 

Was this a win or lose for me??? I’m still conflicted.

This was one of the self tanners I would suggest while working at Ulta. I admittedly didn’t try out that version for myself during my time there, however I would regularly suggest it to my guests because of the countless reviews I had read/watched/heard from people who have used it. I wouldn’t lie, but I would say that I hadn’t tried it, and that many people raved about it because of it’s “natural” tan color –NO ORANGE HERE!

Well…I have now given this self tanner a try…TWICE! I truly am struggling to give you the “go ahead” on this one. I like many things about it (which I’ll cover below) BUT I’m holding back because of a few more reasons (also covered below).

PREP:

I showered, exfoliated with a sugar scrub and shaved applicable areas the day before application. After showering I moisturized and did again right before application to prep my skin.

APPLICATION:

I used a Tarte thick double sided mitt for application. I don’t have a St. Tropez brand mitt to use with it however, I have heard great things about it.

I applied in long sweeping motions starting at my feet and worked up to my face. Each time adding more pumps (about 2-3) peer area of application. It went on really easy and I added two layers to my legs. I included my face, back of neck, front and back of ears. I personally use the mitt for my face and head areas but you can use a foundation buffing makeup brush if you’d like.

REMOVAL: After 8+ hours of wear, I showered with soap. This washed off the excess product and of course changed the coloring. I sadly saw a lot of product go down the drain *insert crying emoji* I will say that I didn’t notice any product streaks on my body and I didn’t notice any product reside on my clothing (like they claim -so MAJOR win!). I applied moisturizer again but all over my body this time, let it absorb and then put pj’s on for the night. I loved the shade I was, even after witnessing my beautiful self tanner go down the drain. LOL.

REASONS TO LOVE:

  • I love how easy the mousse pump (foam) works. Easy to apply with a mitt and no streaking.
  • I think you get a good amount for the price.
  • The formula doesn’t smell terrible! Does have fragrance but not overpowering.
  • The color is gradual so you can wash it off early for a lighter tan. It’s not sticky and no transfer to clothing.
  • Good coloring for a pale person at first while it was developing. Once it wears is a different story (more on this below).

REASONS TO LEAVE:

  • Seems like a lot of product washes off once you shower (will differ person to person).
  • Has a typical developing time of 4-8 hours so if you don’t want to wear it all day I would suggest something else.
  • I noticed the coloring would become blotchy when fading (also would differ person to person). I noticed this both times when testing it out.
    The color fades fast, with in three days I would need to reapply (of course could differ person to person).
  • The full coloring didn’t last longer than 3 days so I’d need to reapply more frequently.
  • Like bullet point #5 above, I do struggle with the coloring once it has been washed and then fades days after. It no longer looks olive and becomes more red/orangey. Remember I’m very fair naturally. I realize that is not the best way to describe it however when I stand next to someone that is natural olive I am not their color and look a bit off with the tanner shade. But for a one day event you wouldn’t probably notice. *But this is not the worst coloring I’ve experienced.

CONSENSUS:

I would only buy this again if I needed a lighter shade tan, for a one day event, and the store didn’t have a different option. Don’t get me wrong, this is not the worst tanner that I’ve used or tried but I will say the color in the shade “Classic” was a tad red/orangey on me. I kept thinking it would be more olive. I also didn’t like that it faded inconsistently in different areas on my body. I would suggest to moisturize daily and reapply if needed AFTER you have shaved and exfoliated.

I would recommend this line of products for a first timer and someone who needs it for a day event. I also think this shade would work great for someone with medium skin tone. If you are someone that would like to constantly be tan and stay a natural tan I would recommend a product that is more olive tone so it wears off more naturally.

FINAL TIPS:

This is definitely not the worst self tanner I’ve ever used and I know many people have great results with it. Perhaps it is not for someone as pale as I am. However, I would still suggest, as with every self tanner, that you shower, exfoliate with a body scrub, and shave beforehand. For best results do these things about 24 hours before application, including waxing.

Also DO NOT SKIP moisturizing very dry areas or even your whole body. Especially focus on toes, ankles, knees, elbows, armpits, wrists and hands. Keep these areas moisturized as the days go on after application too for better fading.

You don’t need to apply the tanner to your face if you don’t want to. I choose to because it doesn’t break me out and I hangout at home or sometimes leave the house without makeup on so I prefer to match all over.

Lastly, I would suggest to use a thick tanning mitt that is more firm in material (stay away from thin flimsy materials because they don’t last).

Here are a few other St. Tropez products that I love!

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