If you are looking for a quick-drying, instant sunless tanner, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse fits the bill without the odor typical of such products. Users say the included mitt and tinted formula make it easy to apply, plus it offers ultra-natural color and dries in just minutes. However, it's best applied at night and washed off in the morning. One expert suggests the ingredients might be damaging to skin, but we didn't see this in user reviews.
Quick-drying formula with natural-looking results. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse is a tinted, instant self-tanner. Reviewers and owners alike praise it for the natural tint it imparts. One expert tells Harper's Bazaar that it has an olive base that prevents it from looking orange, like some competitors. The product dries in less than five minutes, but develops over the course of about three to four hours, experts say. The tint gives the appearance of an instant tan, but some reviewers at Sephora.com say the tint can look blotchy until it's rinsed off. For this reason, several users suggest applying the formula in the evening before bed and rinsing it off in the morning.
Tinted formula makes for easy application. Most instant sunless tanners have a tendency to look blotchy or streaky when applied, but St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse makes application easier than most. Reviewers love the tinted formula, which allows them to see where the mousse has already been applied. A few point out that it can dry too quickly, but most either don't have this problem, or don't find that it yields poor results. The 8-ounce size comes with a free applicator mitt, which reviewers love to use for easy application.
Drying and stickiness drag down an otherwise inoffensive formula. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse is one of few formulas we found that has a scent users don't consider unpleasant. However, expert Paula Begoun says the formula is laden with several fragrance chemicals that can dry out skin and cause damage to collagen. We didn't see many complaints about irritation, but some users do note the formula can feel a bit sticky. Like all sunless tanners, it relies on dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to bronze skin, but also contains glycerin and aloe for added moisture.
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Paula Begoun gives St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse a poor rating because it contains a high number of irritants -- namely fragrance chemicals -- that 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, Paula Begoun, Nov. 26, 2012
Thousands of readers weigh in for Allure's annual Readers' Choice Awards. Fifty six beauty products make the list for 2013. Two self-tanners are listed. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is chosen as the best drugstore brand and St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is the best department store brand. Editors praise St. Tropez for its foaming action, this formula made it easy for readers to determine missed spots, and readers also favored its floral fragrance.
Review: 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, Meirav Devash, May 2013
The editors of Elle Magazine pick their top 12 self-tanners. They select St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse because it comes with an applicator for easy application. The results? An even, warm tan. However, they don't rank the winners or explain what makes these better than others.
Review: Get Glowing: 12 Of Our Favorite Self Tanners, Taylor Barringer, May 8, 2013
4. Harper's Bazaar
The editors at Harper's Bazaar ask makeup pros for their top self-tanner picks, and name St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse one of the best. One expert says, "The base color is olive green so the tan looks deep and tropical, without a hint of orange." The other likes that the foam is tinted, and also likes the included application mitt.
Review: Bronze Metals: The Top 10 Sunless Tanners, Kari Molvar, Not dated
More than 270 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse a high overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Most like the scent and the even, natural color. Several point out that the formula is overly expensive, however. Reviewers also mention that the mitt is helpful.
Review: St.Tropez - St.Tropez Tinted Self Tanning Mousse/Whipped Bronze, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
More than 1,000 users at Sephora.com give St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse mostly positive reviews, resulting in an average score of about 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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, As of June 2013