|St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mist, £2.99|
For a drug store tanning brand, St. Moriz have hit the right note with their Instant Self Tanning Mist. Their spray tan applies quickly, evenly and I cant really fault the tan itself. I wear St Tropez (ooh the opposition!) latex gloves when applying it and spray it from a distance before buffing it in with a St Tropez buffing mitt (towelling material mitt). It dries very quickly so it doesn't take long to apply at all and it doesn't smell too bad either, as far as fake tans go. There's the ever so slight rice crispy scent but nothing too strong and biscuity like some tans I've tried in the past. The colour is gorgeous, VERY natural, very even, faultlessly streak free and it wears completely evenly- it just gradually fades. I love how it doesn't cling to dry skin either- I have patches of psoriasis which no amount of exfoliating and moisturising would take away and it's great to use a fake tan that doesn't emphasis it or turn it orange. The colour itself is very natural, not orange at all and it is more than dark enough for my pale skin. However I do feel that others who have darker or more olive skin tones than myself may need two applications before an night out, or they may need to opt for the darker shade than the fair to medium that I have pictured above. Oh and unlike a lot of fake tans, this doesn't transfer too badly onto clothes and bedsheets so it's perfect to apply before bed and wash off in the morning.
The only let down is the packaging; the 'spray' sometimes fails and comes out in blobs, or at all angles and ends up all over the bathroom. Its definitely not a neat application. Michael sprayed my back for me when we first got it and the next morning he woke up with orange feet... Oops. Despite getting more on my tiles than on me, I usually get 3 full body applications out of one can, depending on how many layers I apply, so the 150ml goes a long way.
If you're looking for a budget fake tan, then this has to be it. It's super cheap at around £2.99 and available at all the usual beauty and discount places, I buy mine from B&M Home Bargains. It is an absolute bargain and really gives my holy grail spray tan, Fake Bake Airbrush, a run for its money (more on that next week!).
St Moriz is also available in a lotion and a mousse but I have to say that out of them all, the mist/spray is the best I've tried, the other formula's just don't match up to it. I wasn't too keen on lotion formula as I found it took longer to apply than the spray and I found the mousse to have a fantastic colour pay off but it smelt soapy and dried awfully... once washed off it is a nice colour but I find that it wears really patchy and it leaves my skin almost speckled. The spray is definitely the one to go for, I've raved about it to all of my friends and I always have a can in my cupboard.
Which fake tan do you use? Do you prefer a lotion, mousse or spray formula?