I have heard mixed reviews on the St Tropez in Shower Gradual Tan (bit of a mouthful, isn't it?) but naturally being the fake tan lover I am I had to see for myself.
Claiming to tan you in just three minutes while you shower sounded too good to be true. I could tan without taking up an evening of my life? Great!
So off I trotted to Boots within a couple of days of it hitting the shelves.
Patience has never been my strong point. I love the packaging, turquoise is a colour I'm drawn to and a nice squishy shower gel bottle makes it easy to keep in the bathroom without being too big and bulky. So far, so good!
The tan itself just feels like a moisturiser, only a little more slimy as it's being applied to wet skin. This was where my second alarm bell went off, 'Would it be even?' If some parts of my skin are more dry than others then surely it would react differently...?
The smell is quite sweet, it's almost almond-y, nothing like the fake tan smell I was expecting. It's definitely not unpleasant.
It only takes 3 minutes to get to work as long as you're not under the water. How so quick? ...and when can other tans do this too?!
I waited 3 minutes down the other end of my shower so I wasn't under the stream of water. I used this time to apply a hair mask as I knew I'd get impatient if I was just standing about.
When the 3 minutes was up I rinsed off and got dressed as usual. The tan starts to develop throughout the day.
The scent of the tan when you apply is different to the one you're left with during the in the day when it's developing but it's not too noticeable, it does have a tiny bit of the 'fake tan' smell about it though.
The other thing that's not noticeable is the colour.
I took a 'Before' picture and even after 3 days/3 showers I'm yet to find a result for an 'After' picture that looks any different. It definitely wasn't patchy so I had no problems about it applying evenly but it's just not noticeable.
I'm hoping this has put the idea out there for other brands (come on Cocoa brown, you could be on to a winner here!) to give it a go and get it right. At £14.50 it's a lot for a product that doesn't really do a lot. I'm hoping they work on the formula and make it darker or something. Maybe it's me, maybe I expect too much, maybe it's just my skin, but for me this was a bit of a fail.
Have you tried St Tropez in Shower Gradual Tan?
Did it work for you?