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I am a big fan of bronzers and self tanners especially in winter when my skin is looking pasty and in need of some colour. I used to use sun beds when I was younger but now I wouldn't dream of going on them especially when there are so many good tanning products on the market.
St Tropez is my favourite brand of self tanner but because it is so expensive I only buy it occasionally and for special occasions and stick with cheaper self tan for the rest of the time. I bought this wash off lotion for a big night out before Christmas as a treat and I was really disappointed with it.
The lotion is designed to give an instant glow to skin and a light golden tan which washes off again when you have a shower or bath.
It was pretty easy to apply and I just used my bare hands instead of using a mitt as I wasn't so worried about getting it on my hands as it was wash off.
What I did find was that it wasn't as easy and as smooth to apply as I had thought it was going to be. I had thought being St Tropez it was going to be rich and creamy and easy to apply but it was kind of difficult to rub in evenly and I ended up looking a bit patchy and it took me about three applications before it looked right.
When it was on and as even as it was going to go I was disappointed with the colour of it as it didn't have the same depth or golden glow that the rest of the St Tropez range has and instead of making me look nice and golden it just sort of looked a little bit dirty. As it was too late by this point to showe again I was stuck with it and to be fair not one of my friends mentioned anything negative and they are usually quick to let me know if I have made a beauty mistake.
What I did notice and wasn't very happy about was that when I was out I must have sweated a little as I was wearing a sleeveless top and I had streaks on the side of my body which I wasn't happy about at all. I bought this wanting something which would be easy to wash off but I didn't expect a tiny bit of sweat to be able to do it. I have used much cheaper instant bronzers and thought they were better than this. Not only were they easier to apply but they also looked a lot nicer and to be honest I really didn't think this was worth paying the extra for compared to them. It costs £12.50 for a bottle which doesn't last very long and I think this is too expensive for this particular instant tanner.
St Tropez wash off
I tend to use this product after having been on holiday and when I want to even my tan out a bit.
This is a hydrating lotion which promises to give a beautiful instant, even, natural looking golden tan which is non-transferable so you can tan and go. It is apparently infused with softening oils and prickly pear extract to soothe and hydrate skin
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING..
The product comes in a 150ml plastic tube with a flip up/flip down lid to close. To dispense the product, all I have to do is give the tube a squeeze and out comes the tanning lotion.it is quite dark when it first comes out of the tube and my initial thought was that it was going to be way too dark even with a tan. However, when it is massaged into the skin, it doesn't look as dark. It has a slight smell which is almost floral but not obvious like some tanning lotions and it certainly doesn't linger too long on the skin.
APPLYING THE PRODUCT...
To apply, the product should be massaged gently into the skin, making sure that there are no definite lines. I find that its best to use a tanning mitt but because of the nature of the product it does go onto the skin evenly and leaves no tell tale lines.
REMOVING THE PRODUCT...
To remove the tanning product, simply wash off with soap and water. If not fully washed off, although it says its non transferable, you will end up with the product on sheets!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
This costs £12.50 from major department stores although there is a range of prices if you have a search on the internet.
Not the best product I have ever tried. It does make some promises which it upholds such as the fact that it does give my skin some moisture. The product is easy to apply and is absorbed easily into my skin leaving no greasy residue and it does dry nice and quickly.
However that said, I don't think that for me it delivers on the tan front. It is very dark when it comes out of the tube but as I work it into my skin I am left with at best a very slight tanning of my skin but nothing which makes me think that the product is worth the money.
The product is easy to remove but the down side is that it comes off onto bedding. Although I don't o out in the rain with the tan on, I wouldn't chance it since it washes off so easily with just normal soap and water.
Some decent aspects but for me not worth the money and I would rather use a self tanning lotion which whilst trickier to apply at least looks like a tan.
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St Tropez is known for making salon quality tanning products but this really has let the brand down. I'm very fair skinned so I do fake tan quite a lot. I bought this wash off tan as I knew St Tropez make good tanning products (I love the bronzing mousse) and I wanted a wash off one for quick fixes. This was about £13, which is quite a lot for a wash off tan but I thought it is probably better than some of the cheaper ones as they never seem to look right on my skin.
The packaging is typical St Tropez simplistic style and it comes in a squirty tube. The actual tan is quite a dark brown and seems to have a shimmer to it. It does smell really nice, I will give it that. It is quite a runny consistency so you would think that it would be easy to rub in but I found that I had to rub it in a lot to get rid of the streaks and when you rub it too much, it starts to come off in little bits. Also I can safely say that a little does not go a long way!
It kept going streaky so I put more and more on to try to even it out but it just made it look worse. The colour it left my skin looking was more of a reddy brown rather than a golden glow but that could possibly be because I am so fair (although it says on the back, suitable for all skin tones so they should really think about that.)
Absolutely useless, I will be sticking to the bronzing mousse from now on.
Ohhhh St. Tropez, I want to love you, really I do. But you release products like this and I don't know where to stand in this love hate relationship.
Since a close friends mother developed skin cancer I have become a self confessed seasoned false tanner. Instant false tan however is something that's never appealed to me, why spend out and put all that effort in just to wash it off in the morning? Why ever. Recently however I was pushed into delving into this wash off world when getting ready for a night out. A few days off my tanning routine, feeling like a ghastly ghost a friend offered me a squirt of instant fake bake before a long awaited night out. Never a fan of the extreme colour attached to fake bake I wasn't tempted to buy the product myself. So to insure I would never find myself in this situation again, I decide I needed a good instant fake tan for such emergencies.
ST. Tropez as a brand is notoriously hit and miss. Some of their products will deliver you from bland to tanned in a beautiful manor and some will leave you streaky and orange. I had high hopes for their instant tanner, I'm not sure why, probably the old, 'you get what you pay for' mentality. Not a slogan to live by clearly.
The first time I tried it I exfoliated my legs and set to work with this experiment. I used a mitt to add a generous amount to one of my legs. Most fake tans main irritant is that they take ages to dry and your left to wait for this. St. Tropez instant however seems to dry as you apply it, and as you spread it around you rub off bits that have already dried. Not good. Streaks galore.
So I washed off and went it to attempt two. I did find it easy to wash away, as soon as the 'tan' came into contact with water it raced off down the drain which at the time I was glad of. Had this been rain or sweat I might not have been so happy with its easy removal so perhaps a happy medium is something St. Tropez should look into.
The second time around I literally added a dot and smoothed it in as fast as I could without scrubbing. This seemed to work better and after a good ten minutes spent on each leg I was left with a colour I was happy with and was happy to leave the house in shorts.
As the day went on my tan seemed to, for want of a better word, dry out. Patches began to emerge and the tan seemed to come off in small black beads of dried tan. As my legs were ruined anyway I ran my finger along one of them and left behind a white line and a black finger.
I have tried the product since, determined to find the secret, but I cannot find it. As I sit here reviewing I have one perfect leg and one patch worked leg.
So my search for the perfect instant tan continues, If I can find an instant tan with this colour GREAT, but it will need to last for more than a few hours to be considered a success. For now I'll have to get my 'faux glow'
from my trusted gradual self tanner.
This tan ranges from 10 - 15 pounds a pop, outrageous money for a tube that will now rot in the back of the cupboard. Almost cannot believe St. Tropez would attach their name to this product.
Having recently dyed my hair much darker I've decided to rekindle my love for fake tan. I'd been embracing my pale skin for around 6 months, but now is the time to get the sun kissed glow back on the go! I'm a big fan of wash off fake tans as it means that I can 1) wash it right off if it happens to go wrong and 2) I can switch between pale and tan as and when I like. My current favourite wash off tan is the St Tropez Wash Off Body Lotion, which just so happens to be the one I'll be reviewing today!
The lotion comes in a tall, slender silver tube that stands on a transparent flip top lid. When it comes to using silver in packaging, I usually think it looks tack-tack-tacky but I actually really like the packaging of this lotion. Some people don't really care about packaging, but I'm definitely a sucker for nice packaging and I tend to avoid things that I don't think are packaged well. The information on the tube can be slightly difficult to read due to the silver mirrored effect of the tube and the glare that it causes, but this isn't too much of a problem for me. The front of the tube tells me that this is a wash off, instant glow body lotion and contains 150ml of product. The back of the tube has a whole host of information that will ensure you get the best results with this product. The ingredients are also printed on the back and we are told that this is suitable for all skin types.
As with all fake tan, I prepared my skin by exfoliating and moisturising so that my skin was as smooth as possible before applying the lotion. This just ensures that the tan won't appear flaky or gather in the dry areas of your skin. I then squeezed a little bit of the lotion onto my tanning mitt (these only cost £2 or £3 and stop your palms from getting orangey) and started applying it to my upper body. The first thing I noticed was that this doesn't have the typical "biscuit" tanning scent, this is actually a very perfumey (I think I just made that word up) product and although it isn't very strong, it's strong enough to bring on a slight headache. I get headaches very easily, so if you are like me and can get headaches from highly perfumed products, then you might want to be wary of this lotion.
The lotion itself is a very smooth, gel-like cream. This is dark brown in colour and has a slight gold shimmer to it whilst also having an olive green undertone. Sounds scary, right? Don't worry, the olive green undertone will work with the brown to guarantee that you won't turn orange with this product. The gold shimmer doesn't appear shimmery on your skin, this just gives your skin a very natural, healthy glow.
The lotion is beyond easy to apply, you simply need to apply it in circles until it is evenly applied all over the area you wish to tan. A little bit of this product goes a long way and I only need to use a 50p sized blob for each arm, a 10p sized blob for my chest/neck and a 10p sized blob for my upper back/shoulders. I tend to only apply this to my upper body as my legs are never on show due to the weather conditions at the minute so I can't tell you how much you will need for your legs etc, but it certainly won't be very much!
This will provide you with a very natural looking tan, some people may argue with me that false tanners will never appear to be natural, but this gives a very healthy glow without making you appear orange and without leaving any unsightly streaks. The colour achieved will vary due to your natural skin tone which I think is quite obvious. My skin appears roughly 3 shades darker after applying this lotion whereas my mum's skin, which is naturally 3 shades darker than mine, also appears 3 or 4 shades darker after using this product. I don't recommend this product if you have very dark skin as it won't make any difference, but if you have light-medium skin then this will make you a bit darker.
The main issue with wash off tans is that when it rains or someone spills a drink on you, it will instantly drip off. This is where St Tropez has really thought about their product. They have produced this product so that it can only be removed when you use soap/shower gel and water. I was slightly skeptical about it, but I've had plenty drinks spilled on me and been caught in plenty rain storms whilst wearing this and I've never had any problems with it running or washing off. I've also never experienced it rubbing off on my clothes, which is incredible because I wear a lot of white and cream - I'm a sucker for the dark hair, light eyes, tanned skin and white/cream clothes look at the minute! Again, this won't come off with sweat unless you're sweating soap suds, so you don't have to worry about that either!
The lotion is very easy to wash off in the bath or shower, and won't leave any trace of product on your skin as long as you're washing thoroughly. I have very sensitive skin and haven't had any irritation from using this, despite the fact that it is a highly perfumed product.
I've had my current 150ml tube since Christmas Day and have used it on my upper body every single day since then and I still have a week or two of product left. This tan costs £12 from Boots and is amazing value for money in my opinion. I've already purchased another tube for myself which is a rarity when it comes to a tanning product - I usually never repurchase tanning products as I'm always on the lookout for something better.
I highly recommend this product if you're looking for a high quality wash off fake tan. This isn't the product for you if you're looking for a healthy tan that will last you a whole week, but for a quick fix healthy glow then this is perfect for you! I'm giving this product 4 stars, I've only removed a star due to the fact I get a slight headache whilst using it.
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I'm one of those unfortunate people that never develops a nice tan, just burns, go red for a day or two then back to white and pasty.
So I went to Boots and looked at a million different self tan products and decided to try the St Tropez wash off range, it was a brand I'd heard of and knew that lots of people used and I also thought in case of a disaster I could jump in the shower and return to my usual pasty self.
Out of all the products I looked at, the St Tropez range was one of the most expensive but I'd tried loads of brands before and wasn't very impressed so I went for it.
The packaging is very sleek and stylish and the instructions were easy to follow.
However when it came to the application I was a little worried as the colour was like Marmite but quite runny too.
Once I'd applied the lotion it was fair to say I did have more colour, but in my opinion not a natural looking tan.
The colour however did last all day, it didn't come off on my clothes but I made sure I gave it plenty of time to dry properly so this probably helped.
A little went a long way, but I wouldn't buy this product again, it was too expensive for something I thought was just "ok".
I have since purchased the St Tropez Gradual Spray and it is much better and I have developed a natural, healthy glow.
I am a girl who likes to be tanned, especially when I am going out. As a rule I tend to use the gradual tanners which I can apply over the course of a few days. These do the job great for me but as the tan starts to fade it can become very patchy and I don't apply it all the time. I was browsing through next online and I spotted that they now do St Tropez tanning products and thought that I would treat myself to something more expensive than my usual brands.
I purchased the St Tropez Wash Off body lotion for £12.00. It comes in a really nice looking silver 150ml tube. It has St Tropez written up the tube in white writing. It looks sleek and trendy and would be something that would look lovely in your bathroom or on your dressing table.
The tube states that it is suitable for all skin tones and that you simply need to apply the product wherever desired using your palms. For starters this was a HUGE mistake by me! I had never used instant tan before I used this one and so I did apply with my bare hands and then had a nightmare trying to get the dark brown staining from my palms! So rule one-Use gloves!!!
I applied the tan to my legs and it gives you a little bit of colour but nothing too dramatic. If I am honest for the price I would prefer to see a bit more colour when I apply it. The actual body lotion is a very dark brown shimmering thin cream and it goes on the skin well and blends pretty easily. It does have a fragrance but it is not offensive which is a nice change from the horrible smell of the gradual tanners! I find that my skin does feel very moisturised and soft afterwards too which again is nice. It doesn't feel greasy. Another positive to note is that you don't seem to need too much of the product to do your legs for example.
The product does not contain any sunscreen which is a bit of a negative. I haven't had to apply sunscreen whilst wearing it but I am not sure if this would make the tan rub off or not. You have to wash the tan off with soap and water and it comes off as easily as you would expect from a wash off product-it just doesn't come off your hands so easily after application!
In summary I think I will probably stick to my gradual tanners. The price of the product coupled with the fact that it doesn't leave too much of a colour makes me think that it is not worth the money.