Sephora opened a new store down the street from my house last week, which is both fabulous for my personal beauty regimen, and worrisome for my wallet.
I popped in a few days ago and came across their Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist. It was a spray- which intrigued me. Would it be easier to apply than the traditional lotions? I decided to test it out.
The salesclerk gave me a tester tube of Bliss Super Slough Scrub to exfoliate with before tanning. Highly recommend- it left my skin feeling very smooth and clean, and it smelled great.
I quickly realized that the spray bottle was very similar to spray paint. If you sprayed too much or too close, then it glopped up. It was very easy to apply, and it did not darken the knees, elbows, and wrists like the lotion. If I saw a spot that I missed, then it was very quick and easy to do a touch up. It did have a very strong self-tanner smell that I personally do not care for. Compared to the lotions, It took longer to dry and I felt sticky the first night. We have white sheets and I was afraid that it would rub off, but they were clean the next morning. I did have a few minor streaks that evened out after my first shower. I do recommend applying this in natural light- it was 8pm when I did it, and I went a little too heavy on my upper body.
My legs are always pale- my arms and chest do tan pretty easily from working in the yard, but my legs stay white. This spray is a great way to even out my tan and the best part- it does not stain your hands! Unfortunately, I did not take my feet into consideration.
Now I know why they make everyone wear the paper booties at the tanning salon. I HIGHLY recommend either doing this in the bathtub or putting down towels to protect your floor. When spraying my legs, I accidentally sprayed the tile in our bathroom and then walked around on it, which stained the bottoms of my feet. I have scrubbed and scrubbed and it is not coming off. The Engineer’s feet were stained too before we realized what happened (our tile is dark gray) and mopped the floor.
All in all, this is a very good product. It is easy to use, does not turn your skin orange, and is an affordable price. At $14/bottle, I believe that you could get two applications out of it, which is much cheaper than a $25 Mystic Tan. It does have a strong smell that goes away after showering. As with all self-tanners, I do recommend only gentle washing after application- a harsher scrub will take off more of the self-tanner. I also use California Tan Extender to even out streaks and extend the tan. Just whatever you do, make sure you wear the booties!