Is this the busy mums’ dream tan? A fake tan that claims to work after being applied for 1 minute and then washed off in the shower? St. Tropez is known for bringing out new, innovative products to the Tanning world. A couple of years ago they bought out the St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion which I wasn’t much of a fan of. For me, I ended up using a whole tube in a week just to get some sort of colour payoff, even in the Medium version. So when I saw that St. Tropez had bought out a Pre Shower fake tan Mousse, I was sceptical but curious. This post is not sponsored, I bought the product with my own money, and all opinions are my own.
What are the claims?
The St. Tropez Gradual Tan I Minute Everyday Pre Shower Mousse (that’s a mouthful!) claims to gradually build a natural, deep tan as part of your daily shower regime. The product claims to be “ultra hydrating and transfer free”. The instructions on the reverse of the bottle say to apply the product to dry skin, wait 1 minute before showering as usual and the subtle glow will develop after 8 hours. There are further notes to say that you can leave the tan on for 2-5 minutes for a deeper colour to develop.
How does it apply?
The tan comes out looking like a foam mousse but a lot thicker and stickier feeling. It almost feels like your rubbing in shaving foam! It doesn’t disappear into the skin instantly like a normal mousse does, instead, it requires a lot more rubbing in, The smell is exactly the same as the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower lotion. The tan claims to leave a “light sheen” to the skin so that you can see where you are rubbing it in, but I couldn’t really see this. I applied the product with a mitt, and because the formulation is thick and sticky, it was a bit of a struggle. It is easier to rub it in with your hands and then wash your palms afterwards. I would then apply a gradual tan to the back of my hands before bed so my hands would match the fake tan on my body.
How was my skin after application?
I showered as usual after the product had been on my skin for 5 minutes. My skin felt fine after the application. My skin wasn’t moisturised feeling, but it wasn’t dry either.
After the first application, I could see no difference in my skin. After the second day, I could see a hint of colour. It took until day 4 for me to see any effect of the product on my skin and I would describe this as a very subtle glow.
If you want a very subtle summer glow and hate using gradual or traditional fake tans, where you leave them on for any length of time, then this may be something that works for you. However, for me, I found that the results were too subtle and I would much rather use a fast-acting tan like the St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, which you leave on for an hour and the colour develops quicker and is pretty much instantaneous, versus a product that you leave on for 5 minutes but barely get a result from.
I also think that I would go through a bottle of this a week and at £14.50 a bottle, it would be quite expensive for me to buy every week. If your not a fan of express fake tans I would recommend the Vita Liberata Invisi Mousse which is a fast drying mousse with no transfer which I love. You can read my review of the Vita Liberata Invisi Mousse here Vita Liberata Invisi Mousse Review.
I love the idea of applying a fake tan and then washing it off after a couple of minutes but for me, the colour pay off was not enough. Hopefully St. Tropez will bring out a darker version of this mousse,(as they did for the In Shower tan after it was the released) which may give me the results I am looking for.
If this type of product is something that you are interested in you may like the Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan, I haven’t tried this myself, but it’s something I will be trying in the future. I purchased the St. Tropez Everyday Pre-shower Moisse at Boots for £14.50.
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