St. Moriz Fast Self Tanning Mousse Review

I can’t even tell you how happy I am that self tanning is a thing and that I finally started using it last year. This has been the rainiest Summer we’ve had in a very long time and I’m a girl that likes a good tan, so every day rain doesn’t really sit well with me. Until now! There’s nothing like listening to a thunderstorm outside while sitting in a nice air conditioned house on a comfy sofa watching some tv in pj’s all while getting tan. St. Moriz is the first self tanner I’ve ever used and while it works beautifully, it does take a long time to develop. They’ve finally joined other brands and released their own fast version of their self tanning mousse and you know I had to get my hands on that asap!  
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I got mine at Ulta and for around $13, you get 6.76 fl oz of product. That’s one of the things I’ve always loved the most about this brand is how affordable they are. Unlike their original version, there are no color options. With this one, you simply leave it on for one, two, or three hours depending on how dark of a tan that you’re trying to achieve.

As far as application, I do the same steps as I always do. I won’t explain all that too much since it’s quite the process, but if you’d like to find out more details you can read a previous post here. I use an old Coastal Scents brush that came in a palette for the tops of my hands and feet and an Elf Flawless Concealer brush for my fingers and toes. The mitt is from St. Tropez and is the one I’ve always used. Aside from the unavoidable stains, it’s held up pretty well!
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The picture below is what my skin looks like ten days after application. I think this one wears down slightly faster than the original version, but it’s totally worth it when you’re only letting it develop for less than half the time. There are still a few areas that haven’t faded completely and although this color may be fine for some people, ten days to two weeks is typically when I re-apply the tan.
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The next picture is what it looks like immediately after applying the tan. At this point, I’ve exfoliated, shaved, moisturized, and applied the tan to my entire body. It is a little stickier than the original version, but the scent is so much better. Rather than having that nasty self tanner smell, it now has a nice perfume scent instead. I did apply two layers because I want to be as dark as possible. It looks fine now, but it does take a little more blending than the original version when working on the second coat. It also provides a more bronze color than the gold tones of the other one.
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After three hours have passed, I rinse it off in the shower. I used to use a washcloth and soap to wash it all off, but this bottle says to avoid using soaps when rinsing. Because the color is so incredibly dark when it’s developing, it is pretty disappointing to see how pale you still are after drying off. One of the things that’s most different about this new mousse is that it gets a lot darker as the day goes on after you rinse it off rather than showing up immediately, which might have something to do with not using soap. I have left it on longer to see if it made a difference, but I was just as dark after five hours as I was after three.
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Here’s a side by side picture of the before and after. It did get me quite a few shades darker than I previously was. But I should also mention that what I said earlier about the thunderstorms wasn’t a joke. It was raining the day I did this, so I had to use my artificial lights in order for you to actually see what was going on and to prevent any shadows. It does look a lot darker in person.

Another big thing with this new version is that you really have to make sure you are moisturizing with an intense lotion afterwards and for the entire week until it fades. I made the mistake of not taking that part too seriously the first time I used it and it faded extremely uneven and patchy. It was so embarrassing!
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There are still a few things that they might need to improve on with this new faster tanning mousse, but overall I’ve really been enjoying it. Once I figured out that it takes a while to develop after rinsing the mousse off and to be extremely thorough when moisturizing, it’s been a pleasure to use. It’s very easy to use and creates a beautiful, natural looking tan. I’m not always the best at tanning my hands, but this one has actually given me really good results every time I’ve used it. It’s very forgiving and provides an even tan. I love that I only have to leave it on for three hours, it saves me so much time! I definitely recommend trying it!

Update: Good news! I tried using this with just one coat for the three hours and I got the same results as I did when applying two coats. I also noticed that it faded a lot more evenly in the same amount of time with just one coat.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them for me in the comments section below. Have you tried this new St. Moriz Fast Self Tanning Mousse before? What’s your favorite self tanner?

~Christina~

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