St Tropez is my all-time favourite tanning brand. I know I can rely on it to make me go a gorgeous natural bronze without looking too muddy or fake. I've been using St Tropez for years and found that the Gradual Tanning Lotion is my favourite from their line. I like that it's easy to apply, streak free and builds gradually so you never get the wear and tear from a tan fading away. When they released their Gradual Tanning Firm Plus Lotion I was quick on the mark to give that a go too and really fell in love. In general, their line of products are amazing so I couldn't wait to take the new addition through it's paces.
This tanner is different from most others as it's actually a dry oil. It's described by the brand as a 'Brazilian inspired, non-greasy formula which provides intense hydration and a luminous glow that lasts for days with no self tan smell. I uses 100% Natural Tanning Agent and is fragranced with essential oils.'
Well I don't know about you but that all sounds fantastic. Having said that, I definitely had my reservations about this product. To start with, I couldn't get to grips with how I could apply this oil without it looking streaky. I thought it would be so easy to miss bits or accidentally not massage the product in enough. On top of that, I couldn't imagine a tanner not having a distinctive scent. But above all, the major shimmer twister that was going on inside the bottle certainly made me think twice about whether I would come out the other side looking like a 90s disco ball.
It turns out that I was both right and wrong.
This tanner really is super quick and easy to use. You simply shake the bottle up, pour some oil onto your hands and then massage it in. As soon as it hits the skin it starts to absorb and you are left massaging in a dark brown oil with absolutely no oily residue. It's very easy to see where you've applied the product but it's also very forgiving if you miss parts.
I applied one layer of the oil to my legs for a start and they definitely went a light to medium brown. Having said that, you can apply another layer if you want that bronze goddess look.
With regards to scent, I'm afraid I can't agree that it's got no tanning smell. I certainly noticed one developing the longer the product was on my skin. It wasn't anything too off-putting but it was definitely there. However, I it didn't linger as long as it would with a normal tanner so that gets the thumbs up from me.
The shimmer twister going on in the bottle is definitely transferred onto the skin. You are certainly left with a prominent glitter going on after application. Having said that, I found that after a day the sheen had worn off and I was just left with the golden brown I really wanted.
Just as you would expect with St Tropez, the tan fades very evenly and gradually. This means that you look fabulous throughout every stage of your tan and that can only be a good thing.
I definitely think this product is something to invest in. It's not cheap, but you always get what you pay for. I'd rather invest and not end up looking like an Umpa-Lumpa. If you like the sound of the product, chances are you'll love it because it delivers just what it says it will. Personally, I'm excited to apply some of this before a holiday to the beach somewhere as I can imagine the shimmer looking beautiful in the sun.
Have you tested this product yet? What are your thoughts on an oil tanner? Let me know in the comments below.
St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil - £25 from Boots