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First Impressions: A Review of St. Tropez Gradual Tan

CEO Tinh Phung
I stumbled upon a hidden gem during one of my trips to my ultimate happy place, Sephora. It was a beautifully arranged end cap showcasing the highly-recommended St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Body Lotion....

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted

I stumbled upon a hidden gem during one of my trips to my ultimate happy place, Sephora. It was a beautifully arranged end cap showcasing the highly-recommended St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Body Lotion. Intrigued and ready for a change, I decided to give it a try. In this updated review, I'll share my first impressions and determine if it lives up to the hype.

Easy to Apply?

The slightly tinted formula of the St. Tropez Gradual Tan makes the application process a breeze, especially for fair to light complexions. Its thick consistency requires a bit of effort to spread evenly, but since it's a gradual product, I took a relaxed approach and treated it like a body moisturizer. Just a word of caution: The lotion has an oily slip, so investing in a tanning mitt would make the application even smoother.

Quick Drying?

Unfortunately, the St. Tropez Gradual Tan falls short in this department. Initially, I didn't notice any issues, as I applied it at night and washed it off in the morning. However, on a subsequent application in the morning, I encountered a drying dilemma. The lotion's ultra-hydrating ingredients left a residue on my skin that refused to dry down completely. As a result, the tint transferred onto my clothes, making me hesitant to sit on anything without a towel. I ended up taking an extra shower to scrub off the slimy feeling. If you're okay with rich body butters and lotions, using it during the day might not be problematic, but be cautious of color transfer.

Beautiful Bronze Glow?

Absolutely! Contrary to its name, this self-tanner doesn't build gradually. With just one application, my skin darkened by a couple of shades, providing instant gratification. No need to commit to a daily routine to achieve noticeable results. Additionally, the formula's tint gives an illuminating bronzing effect that blurs imperfections, although it does transfer to clothing. Fortunately, it all washes off in the laundry.

No Self Tan Smell?

As someone who has always despised the smell of self-tanners, I appreciate St. Tropez's efforts to combat the unpleasant odor. They added a "mood-boosting" fragrance to the formula, which helps mask the DHA scent (the ingredient responsible for the self-tan smell). Although the fragrance doesn't completely eliminate the scent, it's mild enough not to deter me from using the product.

Streak-Free?

The St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion earns top marks in this category. After my first overnight application, I woke up with a perfectly even and natural-looking glow. No streaks, patchiness, or stained areas on my elbows, knees, or wrists. The only slight issue was faintly orange palms, easily remedied with a tanning mitt.

My Verdict

Despite a couple of drawbacks—the product doesn't dry quickly as claimed and still has a hint of self-tan smell—I must say that the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion is one of the most foolproof self-tanners I have ever used. The color payoff is impressive, and with just one application, I achieve a beautiful medium tan. The color fades evenly over several days, without any discoloration or splotchiness. At $30, it may seem a bit pricey, but for those seeking a realistic-looking tan with minimal effort, it's definitely worth considering. I'll keep you updated on how long the bottle lasts with regular use.

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