There have been a lot of conflicting opinions with this St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. Some people don’t think it’s very effective, some dislike the fact that you have to stand in the shower for 3 minutes without the water on and then wash it off. I have used this St Tropez Gradual Tan lotion twice now, and I think that this is enough for me to get a good idea of it. I would say there is probably one more application left in the tube, which is okay for the price point I think.
So in terms of the application, I like this in theory because I find that I have to plan ahead to fake tan. I don’t like applying it before bed (and this is probably a bad idea anyway as it may come off on your sheets) and I always forget to do it after I shower, so the idea of getting it out the way while you’re in the shower really appeals to me. And in practice I found it to be fine. I don’t mind waiting for three minutes to rinse it off – I agree with other reviews that it can get a bit chilly, but I don’t think three minutes is a long time. And as other reviewers have said, it is a bit slippery and tricky to know how much you’ve applied, but I think if you apply a generous amount without going overboard, it gets quite soapy almost, so you can tell where you’ve applied it.
Colour-wise, I found that this tanning lotion wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be. I don’t want it to be really dark as I am very pale at the moment; and this is why I shy away from a lot of the darker formulas because frankly, they scare the bejeezus out of me. I am a walking nightmare when it comes to applying fake tan. I need a fool-proof formula in order not to get weird streaks, which is why I tend to stick to the gradual fake tan/moisturising lotions. I was very cautious with this tanning lotion, which could be why it hasn’t darkened as much as I thought it would. I think it has shown up quite well on my arms, but my legs still look pretty pale – maybe with a very slight hint of a tan, but it isn’t as much as I had hoped *wishful thinking to have legs that look like Gisele’s*.
Thankfully, this did seem to be a fool-proof formula, and no weird streaks occurred, which gives it definite plus points in my book. And although I’ve heard people say they bought the light/dark version, I can’t for the life of me see where it states this on the packaging, so if you know where it says this, please let me know! I may be using the light version. I sometimes use the Garnier Summer Body Lotion as it is really easy to use and doesn’t streak on me, it’s a good budget alternative and is often on special offer in Boots and various supermarkets. The only downside for me is that it smells like biscuits. My French friend introduced me to a tanning lotion by Mixa which I found to be really good. I don’t think you can buy it in UK shops, although you can probably buy it online. Again, a good budget alternative if you’re a bit afraid of fake tan like I am.
So, in summary, I like the idea of this in-shower tanning lotion and I find it fine to apply, and it doesn’t smell weird. But the colour wasn’t as dark as I had hoped. I think I will have to use quite a lot of the lotion next time on my legs to see if it makes a difference, so I don’t want to say that this is ineffective just yet…