A lot of girls are afraid to try self tanner, as they worry that they would turn orange or have patchy spots after applying self tanner themselves. I'm confident enough to say, all the new self tanner in the market these days are super easy to apply, and most of them are definitely not orange any more. Here is a little collection of all the self tanner I've tried, and keep reading if you want to find out my favourites out of the lot.
Banana Boat is the first brand I tried after reading a lot of reviews on YouTube ages ago. They were super affordable and Banana Boat is quite trust worthy as one of the traditional brand when comes to sun care products. Unfortunately none of their tanning range were available in New Zealand (we could only get sunscreens here), I had to get them from America to ship all the way to me, but it was still worth the try.
Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion was really easy to apply, probably one of the easiest to use product I've had in my whole collection. The colour turns out very natural and makes your skin look so gorgeous! The lasting power of this lotion is also great, you get pretty decent colour for about 3-4 days, then start to fade really evenly. The only concern I had about this tanning lotion is that it's not really dark enough for my liking, I had to apply it 2-3 days in a row to build up the colour that I was looking for.
Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist was the next self tanner I tried. After I had good experience with the tanning lotion from Banana Boat, I was so interested to give another product from the same range a go. The mist made me turn dark enough this time, unfortunately the application was HARD! You have to put a old towel on the ground and stay away from any light furnitures and bedding, and you ended up using a lot of products just to cover yourself evenly (the bottle only lasted about 3 times, pretty ridiculous). The colour turned out super nice and dark enough to my liking, but I missed quite a few spot from the tricky application. I'm sure a bit of practice could of make me look better but why struggle so much if you have some easier options? The tan lasts a good week too, but it didn't fade off as easy as the tanning lotion. I was quite disappointed at the products and wouldn't recommend anyone to use.
St. Moriz Dark Instant Self Tanning Mousse is the next thing I tried. Being super duper affordable (only 5 pounds!!), and being the apparent drugstore dupe for St. Tropez, I thought I had the s*** when I got this stuff. The mousse formula is super easy to work with tanning mitts, and the colour is definitely dark enough to my liking too. The colour shield is always a great guide to help you knowing which areas you've already applied products and where you've missed. Although the colour shield colour is quite odd and patchy, you definitely has to rinse it off first thing in the next morning. Lucky enough the actual tan colour is kinda nice with a hint of olive tone (as you guys could see the lid even have olive/green colour leaking through when it's just sitting there) which later I found doesn't look 100% natural on the skin, but lucky you don't get orange at least! The only thing that puts me off this tan pretty quickly is after about a week, it comes of SUPER patchy! It's definitely the most patchy tan to come off out of the whole collection of mine. But let's be fair, for only paying 5 pounds for a 200ml bottle, I still wouldn't complain too bad for this self tanner.
After having a bit of background knowledge of self tanner, I thought it was the time to move on to high end brands to experience some quality stuff. It was a hard decision for me to choose between St Tropez, Loving Tan and Bondi Sands (the last two are AUS/NZ local brands if you haven't heard of them). Loving Tan is a bit all over social media at the moment, but for the price you're paying for a tiny bottle, it puts me back for a new brand asking for so much money. I was about to try Bondi Sand but lucky enough my flatmate Brooke got it. From her experience of tan coming off all over the T-shirt and sheets over night and not long lasting at all, plus the strong coconut scent (don't get me wrong I freaking love coconut, I just don't like my tan have any fragrance/scent in there), I decided it was a no go for me.
St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse was the first one I picked from St. Tropez, just trying out the original stuff first before going extra dark or express, and that's why I only got a 120ml size just to be careful. The mousse formula is really similar to the cheaper dupe St Moriz I tried before. Although the colour shield is a way nicer colour and dries really evenly, therefore I could still leave the colour shield on in the morning if I'm in a hurry, then shower later on before whatever special event I have for the night. The colour lasts a bit over a week, and comes off quite evenly, and this is where made a huge difference between St Tropez and St Moriz! The quality of the tan speaks for its price! I also found that the tan colour is more warm than St Moriz's odd olive colour. It's a lot more like the natural sun kissed tan and makes me look more tanned than muddy.
St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse* is the next I got from St. Tropez. Being an express tanner, you could choose how dark you want to go depending on how long you leave this on your skin (1 hour for light, 2 hours for medium and 3 hours for dark tan). As I have naturally tanned-ish skin being Asian, I always go for the dark. I applied this stuff and leave it over night just like what I would do for all the other self tanner I've used. The colour shield and application is super similar to the St Tropez original bronzing mousse of course. But the difference is, this stuff dries SOOOOOO FAST!!! I was literally like "why I haven't found this stuff earlier!!!" You must know what I'm talking about when you have sticky legs sitting down and when you going to bed your legs all sticks to sheets really badly, yes this is what I'm talking about. And it doesn't happen when I use this express tanner!! Words can't express how excited I was when I found out that my legs were feeling sticky just after about 2 minutes applying this product. No waiting naked in the middle of room for 10+ minutes, no sticky legs for sheets any more while sleeping! End of story! The only thing about this tan that I would warn you guys is that the application is a tiny bit more tricky than their original tan. If a section is missed it's easier to notice as the tan is darker, therefore the difference is more obvious when you make a mistake. But I would say this is totally understandable, and I would totally ignore this as the tan lasted on me for almost 2 weeks! Crazy right? If I only had one sentence to describe my feeling to this tanner, I'd say "I really wish I found this earlier in my life", from the deepest of my heart. This Express Bronzing Mousse surely became my favourite tanner ever!
Different to all the self tanner above, this is a instant but temporary tan (only last one day).
St Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion* is something you would want to have as a back up, on the days you forgot to tan yourself the night before. I always worried instant tanning lotion would come off really easily (transferring to clothes and disappears, like body foundation), but this stuff totally doesn't make a mess like that. The application is super easy and gives your skin a nice bronze straight away, without any waiting time for the tan to develop. It's also safe to use on your face too which is a bonus! Only with I got the Medium/Dark shade to boost the colour a bit more, but overall I'm so glad I found something like this!
Now the Favourites Award goest to:
Leaving this last as I don't want to show you guys the ugly pictures (left is after wash, and right one is after applying self tanner without washing), but let's face it, this stuff is the bomb.com! For all the self tanners above (apart from the spraying mist stuff) I've always been using St Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt to apply them even when I was using the drugstore cheap stuff. It really distributes the products more evenly and prevents the awkward 'orange hands' situation to instantly give away that you've got fake tan on. And the price really doesn't bite at all, you could definitely afford one or two, and makes applying self tanner a lot easier and stress free.
Have you guys tried any of these self tanners? If so what do you think about them? Do you have any other favourite tanning products that you would recommend, I would love to know! xx