St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is an instant sunless tanner that develops in approximately four hours. Like all sunless tanners, it relies on dihydroxyacetone to bronze skin. It also contains glycerin and aloe for added moisture.
Reviewers love the tinted formula, which allows users to see where the mousse has already been applied. The tint also gives an instant tan appearance, although some reviewers at Sephora.com say that it can look blotchy until it is rinsed off. For this reason, several users suggest applying the formula in the evening before bed and rinsing it off in the morning. Most say that the tan develops into a natural-looking, streak-free tan.
Several reviewers at MakeupAlley.com, Sephora.com and Amazon.com say they prefer the scent of St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse better than other formulas. Paula Begoun says that's because the formula is laden with several fragrance chemicals -- too many, in her opinion. She says that these chemicals can dry out skin and cause unseen damage to collagen and the skin's healing ability. User reviews don't reflect this, as we didn't see many complaints about irritation.
Like all tanning mousse products, St. Tropez Self Tan dries quickly. Manufacturers say it takes approximately 60 seconds to dry, and for the most part, users agree. Be warned: Users recommend wearing gloves when applying the mousse, since it dries too quickly to wash the formula off the palms of your hands.
If you are looking for a quick-drying, instant sunless tanner, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse fits the bill without the odoriferous giveaway. Just know optimal results appear following a morning-after shower.
Paula Begoun gives St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse a poor rating because it contains a high number of irritants -- namely fragrance chemicals -- which can affect the production of healthy collagen, cause dryness and limit skin's ability to heal. Aside from the fragrance, Begoun says this self tanner works much like other sunless tanners.
Review: Self Tan Bronzing Mousse by St. Tropez, Paula Begoun, Dec. 22, 2010
More than 250 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse a high overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most like the scent and the even, natural color it produces. Several point out that the formula is overly expensive, however.
Review: St. Tropez Tinted Self Tanning Mousse, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
More than 800 users at Sephora.com give St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse mostly positive reviews. Several comment about the pleasant scent and natural-looking color, but some say that it's a bit sticky.
Review: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, Contributors to Sephora.com
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse earns mostly positive reviews from more than 100 users at Amazon.com. Reviewers love the tinted formula, which makes it easy to see where it has been applied.
Review: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 8.0-Fluid Ounces Pump Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com