Product Type: St Tropez in Beauty
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No More Brown Palms!
St Tropez Applicator Mitt
Member Name: blonde_girl774
St Tropez Applicator Mitt
Advantages: Ensures Streak Free Fake Tanning & Stops Palms From Staining Brown.
Disadvantages: Can Fall Off!
In my time on DooYoo I've written quite a few reviews about fake tanning products, mainly because I am somewhat addicted to them and can't stand being pale! For any of those that use fake tan products you'll know there are a couple of problems that you can encounter, the main two being an orange streaky tan and dirty looking palms from application of the fake tan. Due to my in depth research and testing of fake tan products I think I've pretty much overcome the first problem but the second one does still prove a problem... even as I sit here writing this review my palms are distinctly browner that the rest of my body! The main reason for this is that I've left my St Tropez Applicator Mitt at my friend's house and so last night I had to fake tan without any protection at all!
For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a St Tropez Applicator Mitt, not that I was very impressed when I first opened it as I was expecting something far more exciting! It comes in a plastic zip style bag which looks quite plain apart from the St Tropez logo and product name being imprinted. It's basically a black mitten style glove; it doesn't have finger holes meaning that one size really does fit all. In fact it looks a little like a tea cosy in many ways! It smells quite synthetic when you first come to use it and feels quite soft. It's made from a thin material which is a bit like a gauze net on one side and quite velvet like on the other side. It's about ten inches in terms of length and about seven inches in terms of width meaning that all hand sizes will fit into it quite easily.
When you come to apply your fake tan you simply need to put your hand into the mitt and then apply the fake tan directly onto the mitt. The first time you'll do this you'll find the mitt absorbs quite a lot of the fake tan but after that it's fine. You then simply apply the fake tan as you normally would, I tend to use a lotion and so rub it into my skin using even strokes. The mitt has a water resistant barrier which means that your fingers will remain unstained and your palms won't show any tell tale signs of fake tanning. The fake tan itself glides on and I personally think that the mitt results in a more even coverage, if you sweep it over your skin using the velvet side you'll find it gently smoothes the fake tan in and reduces the chances of any unwanted streaks or anything like that.
Once you've finished fake tanning you can take off the mitt and apply a little fake tan to your hands, you don't want them remaining milk bottle white as that's another tell tale sign that you've been tanning (but worn gloves)! The directions suggest you wash the mitt in warm soapy water and then let it dry, this is quite a quick process and you'll find the mitt dries quickly and looks like new. I've had my mitt since Christmas and tend to use it once or twice a week, in that time it's not lost its shape or anything like that. I think it's a good job it's black as otherwise the fake tan might start to stain it a dark brown colour. You do need to make sure you let it dry thoroughly before putting it away as once when I forgot it did smell slightly damp and a bit off putting when I came to use it.
The only downside I can see is that as the mitt is quite big on my hand it does tend to slip and slide around a bit, it's also come off once or twice when I've been fake tanning my legs. It's a shame the end of it isn't elasticated as this would grip it to your wrist but I've taken to using an elastic band to keep it on! My mum bought my St Tropez Applicator Mitt from Look Fantastic where it's priced at £3.50, this seems to be quite a standard price for purchasing it off the internet although Feel Unique offers it for £2.75 if you're looking to make a saving. I have looked for it in Boots and on their website but haven't had any luck so it may be that you can only buy this online. I'd certainly recommend investing in one, especially if you're an avid fake tanner like me... no more brown palms!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A fake tan applicator mitt from St Tropez.