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As a blonde-haired, blue eyed, *ridiculously* pale-skinned 23 yr old girl, I am very familiar with the St. Tropez range. This product is without a doubt my favourite from the range.
The bronzing mist comes in the brand's trademark minimalist packaging, a white conical spray can with a white plastic lid. I usually purchase the product in Boots, though it's available in a range of tanning outlets and large deparment stores. However, I've noticed boots often do offers on the products which is ideal because they are normally expensive (especially if you have a bit of a habit like me). I have found that the bronzing mist tends to be cheaper than the mousse and lotion (I usually pay £20.00, the lotion and mousse are around £30.00).
The bronzing spray has a much more subtle effect than both the lotion and mousse products, this isn't for everyone but significantly increases it practicality and usability. I do love the other products, but find them slightly too maintenance to fit into my everyday lifestyle. The application in particular is difficult, as the products are a dark brown on application (meaning you have to stay locked away until the tan has developed and you can shower!). They're great for special events, however the bronzing mist I find ideal for day to day use, aswell.
As with all tanning products, it is essential that the day before you thoroughly exfoliate, shave your legs etc. to achieve an even, natural looking look. I find that the bronzing spray offers a more subtle effect (meaning the colour is less intense). I tend to spray a couple of coats to achieve a sunkissed effect, though one coat is enough to give you a little colour. I find it is best to apply this product in the evening, as it does take a while to dry. You will find that you can easily pop your clothes on continue with your day after half an hour or so, but you can see the spray on your skill (it gives you a slightly bronzed, dewy look while developing). It does also have a faint aroma, not unpleasant, but not natural either! For the best effect, I apply it in the evening when I'm not going out and allow it to develop overnight, then shower the next morning.
The only problem with this product is that you can't see it on the skin like other St. Tropez products, which makes applying it a little trickier, though I've never had any disasters as the colour is so subtle. If you want a more dramatic effect (or like to use the product to contour and shade areas) opt for the lotion. However, if it's just a lightly sunkissed look you're after, this product is ideal.
For around £17 for a 150ml spray bottle, you'd have to be very rich (or very wasteful) if you didn't want to know about the quality of the actual bronzing mist before purchasing - it isn't for people with a very small budget, unfortunately.
Unless you just wait until you can afford it rather than buying the cheaper brands, which is what myself as a poor student does. I also take advantage of Boots and buy it from there, getting around 60 points for it.
That said, it does last quite a while. When i apply it, it stays the colour i want for around a week. So i apply it once a week, and it's lasted me 2 months so far. Whereas with creams and mousses, you use a lot more of the product so they don't last as long.
It gradually fades away, so you don't get any streaky patches. You can apply 2 coats if you want a darker colour, but i think unless you want to be really dark, just one will do for a sunkissed look.
I wholeheartedly recommend this mist, it is so much better than a cream or a mousse. The creams take ages to dry as you have to slather loads on and rub until it's soaked in, and mousses dry way too quickly before you have the time to rub it in - so you end up streaky.
Why a mist then? Simply for the reason that you spray it directly onto your skin, as long as you spray it all over - it'll all be covered. No rubbing in that gives you arm ache, no waiting 30 minutes or more for it to dry. You can't possibly want to use anything other than a mist after hearing the reasons!
The only drawback really is that if you forget to exfoliate before use (as you should with any fake tanner), it can make parts like the elbow, knees and ankles a lot darker than the rest of your body. I'd also recommend you either use gloves or wash your hands after spraying, as it does stay rather orange for a few days if you don't.
i love this it is quite expensive but well worth it....just a little tip wear gloves when applyin as you dont want it to stain your hands as it does stay on a few days..The colour that it produces is a lovely real looking golden glow which you can re apply if you want a darker colour, though I found one application was enough for me. It fades naturally and doest leave you looking patchy in any way. It also doesn't transfer onto bed sheets or clothes as some do. i would defently say have a shower the day after puttin it on so that the excess tan comes off....using the beffore and after products helps a lot,i have also used a lot of fake tans and found that is has most suited my skin and the only one that hasnt ended up going patchy.. you can buy this product from big highstreet stores...try it and see what you think :)
After trying many other brands in the quest to find the perfect fan tan I finally gave in and decided to purchase some of the much talked about St Tropez.
And am I glad I did....
Before I had used St Tropez I thought that it must be so hyped up, no product can e that good...I was wrong, it real is probably the best fake tan on the market at the minute.
I used the mist as I tend to prefer mist to creams or mousses as I find them lighter weight and faster drying. This does dry quite fast.
Application is easy, just spray onto skin, rub in and wait (very little time) for it to dry. Remember to exfoliate elbows and knees so these drier areas don't soak up too much mist
The colour is produces is a lovely real looking golden glow which you can re apply if you want a darker colour, though I found one application was enough for me. It fades naturally and doest leave you looking patchy in any way, which is my pet hate. It also doesn't transfer onto bed sheets or clothes as some do.
The only downside I feel, an even then its not a major issue is the packaging. Its pretty simple and unappealing, a simple white and turquoise spray bottle with black writing on it. Nice but not special, I would like something a little more attractive when im paying cloe to £30 for a bottle (top tip, try TK Maxx as they sometimes have it in stock and it is MILES cheapers!!)
The benefits of using fake tan are simple, so much safer than sunbeds
St Tropez's tanning mist is a great way to get an even all over tan super quick for a very special occassion. It can make anyone look hot to trot!
The benefits are clear, you will not risk getting skin cancer and premature aging of the skin, like you can from sunbeds.
The whole bottle costs around £30 so will last a good month or two, which is around the same price as going on a sun bed or even one session in a beauty salon for a spray on tan.
Unlike with other tanning products this does not streak your skin, but do make sure you exfoliate all over, especially your elbows and knees because they can really soak up the tanning mist, making you look like you have a strange skin disease.
I think this is one of the top tanning products in circulation today, you can buy this almost anywhere; in Boots, superdrug Tescos etc and even online!
I am very pale skinned and dont tan well at all, when i go out in the sun all i do is burn then peel and go white again. So i decided to try some self tanning products with St tropez being my first.
About St Tropez
St Tropez was introduced in 1996 and since then has become the UK's largest leading brand of self tan. St Tropez is an iconic brand which has received unrivalled press acclaim and celebrity endorsements.
Since it's launch, St.Tropez has been the recipient of many prestigious beauty awards.
Readers' Kiss - Best Fake Tan 2005
Fave Fake Tan 2005
COSMOPOLITAN HAIR & BEAUTY
Which Self-Tan Makes You Go
Golden Rather Than Orange?
Readers Choice Favourite Fake Tan 2005
The reason i chose St Tropez
I chose St Tropez as it is a well known brand and i know alot of people who also use it. It also gives a very nice colour and i know it is not going to make me go orange!
The first step to your perfect St Tropez tan is the body polisher.
Make sure you exfoliate on the morning of your tan, this will ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible.
The second step is the body moisturiser. This must be applied liberally before applying your tan. Make sure you moisturise all dry areas such as knees, elbows, hands feet knuckles etc and anywhere else that you are prone to dry skin.
The third step is your tan itself, i always wear gloves to stop my palms getting covered. It is best to start with your feet and work your way up your body. The mist is coloured so you can see where you are applying it and can rub it in to guarantee no streaks. Make sure you leave the tan to dry for around 15-20 minutes before going to bed, it takes around 3 hours for your tan to intensify. Then shower in the morning to rinse of any excess product from your skin. This will also stop the product rubbing off on your clothes during the day. Make sure you moisturise after your shower.
Reapplying and Maintaining your tan.
Make sure you moisturise your skin daily as this will stop spotting and will allow your tan to fade evenly. To keep up your tan looking good, apply 2-3 times a week and exfoliate once or twice a week.
How much does it cost?
The body mist usually costs around £15-£20 but i managed to get an excellent deal from Watt brothers, I got the whole set (polisher, moisturiser and mist) for £19.99!! It can be quite expensive but i think it is worth it as i dont have to worry about being streaky or orange.
Frequently asked Questions
Here are some questions that are often asked about the product
What do I need to do to prepare my skin before applying the product?
You will need to exfoliate the skin thoroughly, and then moisturise difficult areas only, such as knees, ankles, elbows etc.
How dark is it on really fair/pale skin?
For people with really fair skin the product will give them a natural healthy glow, for a deeper tan a second application may need to be applied. The tan will look darker on people with olive skin for example.
What should I wear whilst I'm waiting for the tan to develop?
It is advised to wear loose baggy clothing, so the tan does not rub off by abrasive clothing.
How long should I wait before showering?
A minimum of 3 hours.
Does the tan go orange?
No. The formulation has a tint of green in it which prevents the tan from going orange.
How long will the tan last for?
Some people report tans lasting up to two weeks. On average we recommend that a tan will last a minimum of 7 - 10 days.
Do you think I should attend a salon first before using the product myself?
Many customers use the product confidently at home and achieve success by following the instructions accurately. If you would feel happier attending a salon at first, to get use to the nature of the product and how it applies, for the first time and then top up at home in future.
Will it wash off?
Only if you attempted to bathe before the tan was fully developed, during the four-hour period. Once the tan has developed you can shower and bathe as normal.
Can I go swimming?
Swimming in the sea on holiday is fine. However, swimming in baths is not advised as chlorine bleaches the tan.
Can I sunbathe with this product?
The self-tan product has no SPF factors in it. Therefore normal protection products would need to be applied on top to sunbathe.
Does the product smell?
The product has a pleasant aromatic scent.
Can vitiligo sufferers use this product?
Yes. Vitiligo sufferers find that this product does help to cover their condition and we have produced a set of application directions specifically for vitiligo sufferers.
I am allergic to other self-tanning products; will I be allergic to this product?
It is very likely that you are allergic to the DHA's present in self-tan products. The St. Tropez self tan also has these present.
What i think
Personally i love this product as i love the colour and how even the application is. Im not too bothered about the price either as there are more expensive brands out there and some of them dont even come close to St Tropez. I love this product and would recommend it to anyone. Especially if you have very fair skin like me.
I hope this review has been helpful and interesting. Thanks for taking the time to read it. xx
I do like to have a natural tan, but I tend to take quite a while to actually get tanned. However once I start to tan, I often develop into a nice golden colour. My natural skin tone is inbetween dark and fair, my mother is fair and my father more dark. So I do tan after a while, this is everywhere appart from my legs which always seem to stay nice and pasty. This is why I choose to fake tan. I only ever tan my legs as the rest of my body seems to be much of a darker shade. St Tropez is deemed at being the best fake tan there is out there, but I can insure you that it is very over priced, and very over rated. The only advantage is the colour in which my skin went, it was a lovely golden brown, not orange at all. But the smell is just hideous, it suggests leaving on for several hours, i had had enough after just 2. Also its really tricky applying with a spray as its hard to achieve a completely even coverage.
About St Tropez
St Tropez are a leading brand of self tanning products and have been around since 1996. They have a huge range of products from this Bronzing Mist, Mousse to a make up range to compliment your tan.
Why I brought the product
I have never been a fan of St Tropez products, I have always thought they were over-rated and really not that good, so I know you'll be thinking why did you buy this then? I brought it through pure vanity to tell the truth - I was desperate for a tan and my usual fake tan - Fake Bake had run out, and I didn't want to wait for it to come through the post, as I order on the internet, so I popped into my local salon and picked up a bottle of St Tropez Bronzing Mist. I thought as I'd never used this product so would give it a go. I use Fake Bake Spray and as this was called St Tropez Bronzing Mist, I made the mistake of assuming it was going to be the same.
What St Tropez say's about it's Bronzing Mist
"St Tropez Bronzing Mist has a weightless application that results in a spectacular natural looking tan. Perfect and even instant colour dries in 60 seconds allowing you to mist it on at any time. This self adjusting mist is oil free and your tan will deepen over 3 hours. Aloe Vera leaf juice and AHA (fruit acid) allows for the richest, longest lasting tan possible. Like all St Tropez products, Bronzing Mist has a pleasant fragrance and is ideal for the whole body including the face."
How much of that is true? Well it is suitable for the whole body. It takes up to 5 minutes to dry. It doesn't have a pleasant smell, non of St Tropez products do - its fake tan, its not supposed to smell nice! Although it smells of fake tan, it has a slight undertone of lemon fragrance.
Directions Of Use & Looking After Your Tan
First of all, have a bath or a shower and exfoliate your skin, concentrating on dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet. Before applying the tan apply moisturiser to dry areas including your face as you don't want the colour to be quite as strong. Then I'd recommend placing a dark towel on the floor or doing it in the shower, so you can wash away any overspray. You are then ready to apply the tan. Spray onto your body, then rub in evenly with your hands (or I would recommend using gloves). When it comes to applying to your face, do not spray onto your face, spray some into your hands and then apply gently rubbing it in. I tend to spray some tan into my hand and then add some moisturiser and mix together and then apply to my face as I would a moisturiser. I have attended a St Tropez rub in tanning course and this is the way we were taught to do any areas that needed to be lighter, this includes the inner arm and armpits.
St Tropez recommend using their St Tropez Body Polisher and St Tropez Body Moisturiser but personally I do not think these make any difference, and as they are quite costly you are better off using your own products.
To keep your tan looking its best, pat with a towel when drying after a shower rather than rubbing so you don't rub the tan off, moisturise daily and don't go swimming - as chlorine strips fake tan. I also wouldn't recommend using exfoliator until your tan starts to fade towards the end and may look a bit patchy.
Applying the product
With the Fake Bake Spray you have a can, where you literally just spray onto your body in even strokes. With St Tropez Bronzing Mist, you spray it onto your body but then still have to rub it in. I would recommend doing this in the shower and rinsing the overspray away immediately or stand on a dark towel and make sure that anything white is not around you. On the directions on the back it says to rub in with your hands and wash them straight after - too late, your hands will already been stained, I have recently done it and am typing with greeny black palms - how attractive and whatever I do I can't get it off, so I would definately recommend using gloves, and then when you get to your hands, remove the gloves and spray lightly over your hands and blot in with tissue. The product didn't rub in as easily as I thought it would, which was dissappointing, you were there rubbing for a good few minutes and it sprayed on quite patchy. Once it was rubbed in sufficiently it looked good, it takes 3 hours to develop but you can already see quite a big change in colour, which is fantastic! So make sure when appyling if you don't think it is deep enough to wait for several hours before adding anymore to save you looking like an umpa-lumpa! The product says it takes 60 seconds to dry, but I found that it took up to 5 minutes. Also once it has dryed you are still sticky for up to an hour afterwards, so wear loose clothing that you don't mind getting anything on - it should wash off however unless it is white cotton. You must also be careful if you have fair hair, weather it is dyed or not as it can make it appear darker, so I'd recommend wearing a shower cap or something similar whilst applying near your hair. I have ecezma on some areas of my body and I find the tan just sticks to that and looks terrible, so I use the same procedure as I would with my face for applying the tan on my ecezma and gently pat it in.
How does it look?
When it is first on your skin, you can see a noticable difference in colour and it takes 3 hours to develop. After 3 hours, I didn't notice much difference, I just had quite a yellow tinge on my skin, with a few patches, so I filled the patches in and left it over night to develop some more. When I woke up, there was still not much difference. It was even and not streaky, and the colour of my hands had finally improved with much scrubbing. The colour was a pinky-yellow coloured tan. I have usually found that St Tropez products turn you orange, but they must have worked on that and made some changes, although I still think they need some more improvement with the colour as it still isn't perfect and natural looking. I tried to apply another coat ontop, to make myself darker, but it didn't work, it wouldn't sink into my skin and just remained ontop, so my skin could obviously not absorb anyone. I was a bit dissappointed with the colour, as it didn't really do much and I would have liked to be darker. When you have a shower some of the colour will wash off, this is normal and nothing to worry about - it is just the cosmetic bronzer in the product so you can see where you are applying the product.
Re-applying the Mist
3 days after I originally tanned myself with St Tropez Bronzing Mist, I decided to reapply it to get a deeper tan. It went on the same as when I originally applied it, and it was still difficult to rub in. This time I wore gloves to do this, I just used some from a hair dye pack. This meant my hands were not stained by the tan this time, but it made it harder to rub in as the surface of the gloves were not smooth like my hands, so I had to do light circular motions with my fingers - meaning it took longer. Again, I decided to leave this over night, and it did make more of a noticable difference this time compared to the first time I applied it. I actually had some colour to me this time. It was annoying having to reapply the product again, as it takes about 30 minutes altogether to do a good job and make sure it is correctly rubbed in. It would be much quicker and more effective to get a spray tan at a salon, which I wish I had done!
How long the tan lasts
St Tropez Bronzing Mist should last for about 7-10 days depending how you care for it. If you don't moisturise, rub when drying and exfoliate it isn't going to last as long as if you did the opposite. A tan will never last as long on your face, as you are always applying make up and removing it and cleansing and toning so I would say this lasts about 3 days on your face, but is simple to reapply on your face. If you really don't like your tan - go swimming as the chlorine strips the tan, great if it has gone really streaky and theres no other way to remove it, another thing that helps to remove it is toner. If you want to continue using the tan, when it begins to come to the end of the 7-10 days I would recommend reapplying it before it fades. This makes it easier and you don't have to apply as much, you are just topping it up.
Price & Availability
I paid £30 for this from a salon, but I only found out afterwards I was ripped off, as it is available pretty much everywhere else from £15-20. I would recommend purchasing it from www.lookfantastic.com, it is available here for £17.00.
Would I recommend it?
Probably not, in the future I think I will always stick to my Fake Bake, it is much more reliable and gives me a better colour. St Tropez is expensive, hard to apply and I wasn't impressed with the colour at the end, it's a same because this was a chance for me to change my opinion of them.
Self tanning mist that gives a spectacular looking, natural tan /