St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse Medium and Dark - £2.99 (here)
As I said in my Fake Bake review (here) I absolutely love a year round tan, not of the leather handbag look but a subtle glow just so I don't look like a ghost, I'm not blessed with lit from within pale skin unfortunately!
For years I have dabbled in various different tans, from St Tropez (a big favourite) to Dove and Johnson's gradual moisturisers, I've never found one I really hated, some didn't have the right colour for me but I think that has a lot to do with the fact I am so pale! So when St Moriz came on the scene a few years ago I was very interested to give it a go, over night it became a massive hit, super cheap and actually, very good!
I have both the Medium and Dark mousse versions, I much prefer this formula for tans as it's quick and easy to apply with a mitt, dries in less than a minute so you can dress almost instantly... no standing around like a mannequin, YAY! This mousse can cling to dry patches but I find if I keep a good exfoliating and moisturising regime up then it doesn't cause me any problems, I would also recommend that when doing your hands, use the left over on the mitt from your arms, don't use a fresh pump, it gives a much more natural effect and you avoid the dreaded orange knuckles!!
This has an instant olive toned guide colour which means it is perfect for those moments when you need some colour but forgot to tan the night before, it then develops to a deeper tan over 3 or 4 hours. I also love the fact that once it is dry, it is fairly water resistant, I often wear this on nights out and can wash my hands etc. and it doesn't effect the developing (another YAY!)
The Medium tan gives me a natural all over glow which I would say is just a step above a gradual tan, and the Dark gives a nice 'I've been out in the sun' colour, if that makes sense?!
The tan does smell a little, but I have to say I think they all do, you get used to it, and it's worth it considering the cost! It lasts on me for about 4-5 days when I look after my skin, perhaps less if I haven't exfoliated properly. I have to say I can't rate this high enough, who would have thought you could get such a brilliant tan for under £3, St Moriz, you geniuses!!
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