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Ah, self tanners, when you are good, you are very good, when you are bad, you can make an innocent woman look like a clementine streaked nightmare. I tend to dabble, rather than judiciously use these products as let's be honest it's far too cold this time of year to worry about pasty legs. That said it is the time of year for parties and if you are mental enough to get skimpy in this weather you might want to armour yourself with a (preferably) golden sheen.
I was quite keen to try this product for some time, so was pleased to receive a large sample bottle in a magazine. I tend to only usual gradual tanners, as I am a pasty type, so went for the light/medium shade in this. I had heard only good things about the St. Tropez mousse, it is I think one of, if not the best selling self tanner out there. The tube I received had enough for approximately 3-4 appplications, which in my opinion is ample for review purposes.
I like that this product is in a squeezy tube, my normal brand comes in a bottle and is a bit messy. This product has a nice consistency. It doesn't have much of an immediate smell and absorbs relatively easily. I had read that this product can streak so I was careful to use a self tanning mitt to try and ensure even application. It dries impressively quickly which is a definite perk, I hate the sticky, tacky skin feel of many of these products. This does dry nearly as seamlessly as a mousse. So far, so impressed.
This is not an immediate tanner and takes several hours to develop, although I would say that within a couple of hours you can start to see a toffee tinge occuring. This is most definitely a lovely, subtly toasty, as opposed to oppressively orange tone. I think I am in love.
I awaken in the morning to see a very subtle "tanned" effect. It would possibly be too subtle for some but I am pleased with it. I only have a faint whiff of biscuit about me, this is probably the least offensive one I have tried so far. Everything is looking golden, until I scroll down to my legs. Hmmm. A bit of an unfortunate streak, rather obvious and hamfisted looking - how did that happen? Possible user error although I have to say I rarely get it this wrong anymore. Oh drat there is another one - wah! Unfortunately my legs are barely salvageable after this first application. I apply a bit of the tanner to the patchy bits best as I can but am left disgruntled.
By the next day there is some improvement but still a tidemark from the earlier streak. It's particularly frustrating as the product got such gold star marks up until this point. The rest of me is fine however, and the product does fade evenly. I have subsequently only used this product on my upper half, with no obvious disasters. With extra effort maybe it would be possible to avoid the streaking, but I really do feel I did my best. I do really love the colour, enough so to possibly even purchase this and use a different product on my legs if necessary. Although this is not cheap and that is a bit silly. Ah well, the search continues!
Day Cream / Hydrating moisturiser with a touch of bronze gradually builds a subtle tan / This enriched, nourishing body moisturiser cleverly combines serious skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze / Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day / St. Tropez' innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance / Created by St. Tropez, the tanning experts you trust to get it right / So whatever your skin type, it's easy to use for the most natural looking, ultimate tan / Golden Rules: Exfoliate with St. Tropez Body Polish before massaging this luxurious lotion in from top to toe / Don't worry if you go over the same area twice, it's only missed areas that'll look uneven / Wait for the lotion to be absorbed before getting dressed / Use daily for a subtle golden boost to winter pale or sun tanned skin / For best results, exfoliate regularly with St. Tropez Body Polish /