Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review Day Tuesday: Battle of the Sunless Tanners

It's that time of year guys: days are getting longer, clothes are getting skimpier... but until recently, I haven't had the time to lay out and fry my skin so glue-stick-colored legs are out and about in teeny shorts, blinding innocent passerbys!  And if you're anything like me, you have become more conscious about sun exposure. SO WHAT IS A PASTY GIRL TO DO TO GET THE PERFECT SUMMER BRONZE AROUND HERE?!  Fret not lovelies, there's an answer to that: Sunless Tanner.

But with SO MANY options to choose from, accompanied by the enormous stigma of turning orange and/or it being difficult to work with, and prices ranging from drugstore to high end, it really boils down to one question, "which one really works?"

LOOK NO FURTHER FRIENDS! Today, I will provide you with a definitive answer.

I surveyed friends and family about what they look for in a sunless tanner to come up with the criteria for this test (you know, to eliminate my own personal bias and what not - just like in other BOT blog posts, which you can read HERE) and they all agreed on the following:

1. Color - Is it a natural tan color or do I embody an oompa loompa?
2. Application- Does it apply and dry quickly without streaks? Is there a color guard to make it easier to see where I've applied product?
3. Longevity - Does it last at least a week and fade gracefully, without flaking off?
4. Adherence- Is the product going to stay on my skin or should I be afraid of white fabric and inclement weather?
5. Scent - Is the product pleasantly scented or will I smell like an old boot?

I purchased FIVE best-selling sunless tanner from multiple popular drugstore brands and I've listed the details of my picks below:

Vita Liberata PHenomenal 2-3 Week Tinted Tan Mousse ($54 for 4.22oz) -
PROS - Easily accessible online and in stores such as Ulta, Sephora, and other department stores, nice non-streaky formula, almost no smell
CONS - WILDLY expensive, not very pigmented, high-maintenance application

Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark (34.95 for 4.0oz)
PROS- gorgeous natural-looking tan, obvious color-guard, applies and dries quickly with no streaks, stays on skin for about a week and does not transfer onto clothes or sheets, smells nice, fades seamlessly.
CONS - mildly expensive and not easily accessible (only available online)

St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Tanning Mousse ($32 for 4.0oz) -
PROS - excellent color-guard, easy to apply, pleasant scent, fades seamlessly, does not transfer whatsoever
CONS - skin is tacky for about 30 minutes afterwards, fades quickly (about 4 days),

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse ($12.99 for 6.0oz) -
PROS - Inexpensive, decent scent, easily accessible, fades well over a few days, doesn't transfer onto fabric after drying
CONS - Takes about 10 minutes to dry before you can get dressed or sit on furniture, not as long lasting as others, and worst of all, I can hear Willy Wonka calling me home 😭 the color is atrocious!

St. Moriz Instant Self-Tanning Mousse ($12.99 for 6.76oz)
PROS - Super affordable dupe for St. Tropez, natural color,
CONS - only available at Ulta, the color guard is GRAY (like crayon gray), initially streaky (once you shower, the streakiness from the excess tanner subsides), and "DARK" is not nearly as dark as others, color is not long-lasting.

And the winner is...

Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in "DARK"

Why?  Although it is only available online, which is inconvenient to some, it is HANDS DOWN the best sunless tanner I have ever used.  It is an ultra dark yet natural color, it is long lasting, it is not streaky, it does not smell bad, and it doesn't stain your light-colored fabrics.  This stuff is AMAZING and worth every penny.  

Honorable Mentions: St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Tanning Mousse.  This is a close second.  While it doesn't last as long and takes longer to dry than Loving Tan, it is an easy application with a pleasant scent and natural-looking color

Why not others?  
- St Moriz didn't last more than 3 days and/or 2 showers (and the gray color guard freaked me out)
- Vita Liberata required you to apply THREE coats every FOUR HOURS for "maximum color pay-off and longevity" ... uhh, no thanks.  That's too much work to get bronze when Loving Tan is perfect on the first swipe.
- Jergens... just absolutely not on so many levels.

** I hope this Battle was helpful at helping you achieve your ultimate tan goals minus the harmful rays!  I am planning to review the Tarte "Glow with the Faux" Foaming Self-Tanner, which is vegan and cruelty-free, for those of you that are interested. Stay tuned! XOXO **

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