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Review – St. Tropez Spray Tan

After exfoliating myself away to nothing yesterday (not really) I finally slinked off to my local salon for a spray tan. I decided to have a spray tan for a few reasons. Firstly, my friend Fiona is addicted and has been on a never ending mission for me to get one. Secondly, I rarely, if ever, sunbathe and so I’m rather pasty. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being pasty but personally, I usually tend to look more alive with a tan and finally, why the hell not!

That last sentence makes me sound so flippant and carefree when in fact I was borderline terrified. I actually had a nightmare the previous night that I had got my tan, rubbed my shoulder and it came off in one big nasty streak! I pondered possible streaked bed sheets, the tan running off in the shower, sweating, applying my makeup and so on. The reality is, I’ve used many tanning lotions and potions in my time and know the answers to all these questions but, a bit of dramatics never did anyone any harm!

So, I arrived at the salon sans deodorant/lotions, wearing a loose fitting dress and without a scrap of makeup on my face. I stripped off, tied my hair up and got into the booth. The spray tan lady applied some cream to my knees, elbows and palm of my hand to stop the product clogging or applying too heavy in these areas. She then started up the machine. Now, the feel of the spray tan is quite pleasant but the fumes are not. I was breathing it in through my nose and throat, and although it’s perfectly safe I found it a little annoying. After one layer, I was asked to inspect the results in the mirror. I noticed very little difference and opted for a second layer. Five minutes later I was done and sent over to a section of the room with fans and air-con to dry off.

Dressed and home, an hour later this was the result!

Honestly, when I compared these photo’s side by side I couldn’t believe it! I look so healthy!! When I took this photo, my skin felt quite sticky but I was assured after waiting four hours this would fade and the colour would deepen, and it certainly did. I had a shower after the four hour point and a teeny bit of it washed off but really nothing of note.

The whole experience was very pleasant, took 15 minutes and cost 15BD (30e/330AED). According to St. Tropez, the tan will last 7 to 10 days and will fade away evenly. I’m so impressed with the results that I’ll be making this a regular thing, much to Fiona’s delight I’m sure! Have any of you lot had a spray tan? Or would you now after reading this post?

Also, check out my review of St. Tropez Daily Gradual Tanner here!

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  • Reply Catherinesallah

    You do look healthy! I used to like the old method of doing St Tropez – where they buffed you, moisturised you – then applied the tan. It was like having a nice treatment done – with the bonus of a tan at the end!

    I’ve only had a spray tan once and I didn’t like it. I managed to bump the undersides of my arms off my boobs and ended up with big streaks! Never again!

    August 19, 2011 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Anitamjoyce

    Ive had it done a few times but the key is to moisturise like mad everyday after you shower so it fades evenly. Ive had some good and bad sprays and its a good feeling to feel a healthy glow, you should try fake bake next!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply fluff and fripperies

    Mmmm I don’t know. I’ve never bothered with spray tans or fake tanning of any description. You look amazing, but honestly I think I’m too lazy to try and add fake tan into my routine….

    August 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Modie Alasmi

    your color looks amazing <3 ,, I love ST.TROPEZ products I used their mousse like 10 days ago .. also Rodial's Brazilian airbrush spray tan ,, it works really well

    August 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply TheMakeupGal

    You are gorgeous anyway but you look awesome with that tan!! I’m such a natural pale face myself, the type that only has to look at the sun and peels, I love a bit of fake tan and only st tropez works for me colour wise. I would be lost without the wash off version. Also seriously love Clarins instant smooth self tanning for face, gives such a healthy vibrant glow rather than a tanned look. I don’t wear it every day but I feel so much better when I do. Gosh, that does make me sound a bit shallow!!

    August 22, 2011 at 1:58 am
  • Reply Sara_louise_helm

    I’m getting my first one tomorrow – and was nervous about ending up too orange!! So thanks for the review and the before/after picture, it’s always good to get a photo of a normal person that hasn’t been taken by a professional photographer and photoshopped yet still see the good results 🙂

    February 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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  • Reply Onbu

    Hi Simone,
    Did this spray tan actually fade away evenly after the 7 days?
    Or were you left with random ‘patchy’ or ‘scaley’ whiter/darker areas?

    March 20, 2013 at 11:04 am
    • Reply Simone

      Hi Onbu,
      Yes it faded away beautifully, no streaking, no patchy marks, nothing. I didn’t even have to scrub or exfoliate more then I usually would x

      March 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm
      • Reply Onbu

        That is great feedback, thanks!
        I was loyal to the St. Tropez cream/rub on application back home and was always happy with the long lasting colour but was hesitant to give the spray option a try at Sisters – only because I am as white as can be and so once an area ‘rubs away’ it is a very visible difference:)

        March 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm
        • Reply Simone

          You should try Vita Liberata spray tan too, I had it done recently and it’s very good. There’s no smell off it (when you’re getting it done or afterwards) and it looks really natural on the skin. I’m going to get another one next week 🙂

          March 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Susan

    I have just booked my first ever St Tropez spray tan – Then I got scared, so googled St Tropez reviews – Your colour is exactly what I’m looking for, so now I’ll definitely be going ahead with the tan – Even though I am still a little bit scared – Thanks for posting this

    March 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Thanks for the comment Susan. It took me months to pluck up the courage to go ahead and do it, haha! Let me know your tan turns out 🙂

      March 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Lolwa

    Hi Simone,

    So which product would you recommend?
    I am getting a spray tan for the first time, and the salon Im going to does St tropez, vita liberata and a few other brands and I am not sure which way to go.
    Also, Saw that your irish, I live in Dublin, any possible recommendations on a good salon, I am looking into In Vogue, it has good reviews but maybe you know something better?

    Thanks !


    April 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Hi Lolwa, I’m not from Dublin originally so I wouldn’t have a clue who is good. You could ask my friends Sinead and Dee however, they have a brilliant Dublin-based beauty blog
      Personally, I would go for St.Tropez, I felt it was a better payoff colour-wise than Vita Liberata (although the smell is a bit stronger) xx

      September 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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