This product launched last year and I recall being really intrigued by it, but alas I never got around to trying it. Until Summer suddenly arrived in Dublin and I realised pale, corned beef skin was not a good look for me. This product gets mixed reviews online, but I saw some really impressive before and after photos that convinced me I needed to try this. So I forked out €19.99 for the St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan and hoped for an overnight miracle. In theory, it sounds like a bizarre idea, an in-shower tan? Baffling!
How it works:
- Shower as normal, cleanse with shower gel and rinse off.
- Apply St Tropez in-shower gradual tan to skin in circular motions, making sure to wash hands afterwards.
- Wait three minutes and rinse off.
- Gently pat skin dry
Sounds pretty straight forward and it is! While the thought of standing around in the shower for three minutes while this product did it’s job annoyed me, it really wasn’t an issue when it came down to it. I spent one minute using my Clarisonic and another couple of minutes with a conditioning treatment in my hair. The 3 minutes aren’t ideal, but it’s fine. The formula itself is silky and enriched with sweet almond oil. The consistency is pretty slippery, but it’s easy to apply. An important detail (to me at least) is that this does not smell like fake tan ‘biscuits’. I was afraid that a stench would develop overnight with the tan and it didn’t thankfully, so that’s a plus!
So, did it work? Upon initial use, I saw no difference, I hoped I’d have a faint hint of a glow overnight. Nothing. So I used it again the following night, nothing. Third time lucky? Zip, nada, zilch. A couple of days on, I have one or two brown spots of congealed tan on my feet and a faint hue of ‘something’ in patches, but that’s about it. Look, I know it’s a GRADUAL tan, but after three applications, I expect to see a noticeable difference!
I had followed the directions on the packaging, I had timed the three minutes with my phone. I had done everything right, but unfortunately this just did not rock my world. It’s pricey around the €20 mark, so I’m kicking myself for spending that much. A disappointing product for me. Sorry St. Tropez, I will not by re-purchasing this!