So I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered myself a St. Moritz tanning mousse a few weeks back. I have used up the entire bottle and would like to sum up my experience with this product. I have mentioned this over at heartmycavies, but figure I should attempt an in depth review on the beauty blog now.
First of all, I would like to clarify that the bottle I bought is labeled “St. Moriz” instead of “St. Moritz” like I thought it should have been labeled. I initially thought that the manufacturer made the typo on a bunch of these bottles, as I saw others with the same problem. After never seeing one St. Moritz bottle, I am just going to assume that they are just spelled that way.
I ordered a 200 ml bottle from Ebay for about $9 including shipping from the UK because they just don’t sell them here in the States. St. Tropez, sold at Sephora, costs $40. People say they’re comparable, but I have never tried St. Tropez for myself. I believe you can get St. Moriz from Boots or some department stores if you live in the UK.
Anyway, the application was simple. After getting out of the shower, I pumped the mousse out on my hands and just applied from the bottom up. I washed my hands after each leg application and so on. My hands were a little stained, but since I wish my hands often the stain quickly faded. I like the consistency of the mousse and had virtually no streaks. That may also be because it applies so light that there was not much color. The color that appeared on my skin was a nice light bronze, no orange at all.
It comes out a dark chocolate color, a little runny.
My skin is pretty pale because I constantly avoid the sun. I was expecting a lot of color to show. The initial application of St. Moriz left me dissatisfied and disappointed. I thought to myself, I just will avoid too much washing and apply again really soon. Well, by the next morning, I noticed that the color had intensified. Rather than fade, it continued to grow darker within the next two days of application.
Because I only had one bottle of tanning mousse, I was reluctant to scrub and exfoliate my tan. I wanted the color to last as long as possible. It faded gradually after the second/third day. I had no problems with blotches or streaks despite not exfoliating. The color completely faded after about 6 days.
My hand stained even though I wiped it, took picture and then went to wash it.
Overall, I would say that I am pretty satisfied with the St. Moriz tanning mousse. The smell is not all that bad and goes away in one shower. It is not orange or streaky. It develops well and fades well (for me). I have heard that the fading process was bad for some people. lollipop26 seems to have had a problem with blotches and streaks. I am not sure why it did not happen to me. Maybe it just works with my skin. Anyway, at this price and value, I am sure to repurchase.
So have you tried this? How was your experience with it? Other recommendations?