So it's been a while but I am back with another review. I don't recall if I ever mentioned on here or not but one of my New Year's Resolutions was to do some more reviews and apart from some circle lenses I haven't done much else in the way of reviews. Now, this is not sponsored. I bought this product with my own money etc, just to get that part out of the way. I got this on Amazon for about $15 (You can get this at Sally's for $11 bucks too, yeah, I'm a sucker XD).
Even though it is summer I really haven't been getting much sun at all. As per usual I meant to but life happens, you know. Now don't get me wrong, I usually embrace the fact that I am on the pale side but during the summer I feel like I look like a walking corpse. I don't have beautiful porcelain skin, I just look like I've been dead for 3 days. Having run out of my St. Moriz a while ago I was looking to try something new and something in the lotion variety. My feelings are a bit mixed on this one.
It smells very nice (like a jar of Maraschino cherries) but rest assure, you do still eventually get the telltale fake tanner smell, as you do with all faux tanners. Not a huge issue but I don't like when people say "it doesn't smell like fake tanner" because most don't smell bad upon application these days but still DO eventually get that smell and this is no exception. I do this before I go to bed so I only have to smell it when I wake up, right before I shower so, again, no big deal.
The biggest problem I have with it is that even after exfoliating VERY well with a sugar scrub it still patched up and stuck to what I guess where the slightly drier spots. I don't even have particularly dry skin and this stuff was making me look like I had mud spattered on me and makes my skin look flaked up in some areas. I hate the way it looks while developing because of this but it doesn't seem to effect the final outcome as it has never been streaky or blotchy in the final result. So that's what counts, right? Maybe next time I will go above and beyond to exfoliate extremely well or use a smaller olive oil portion in the sugar scrub to make it more abrasive but I thought I did a decent job already so it's kind of lame that you should have to be so aggressive to prevent this from happening! It is also tinted so you see where you apply it very well and it dries pretty quickly, both pluses.
Pretty standard, lasts about 4 days before you need to reapply. Be careful if you live in humid areas because the back of your knees and inner elbow areas can get color fading really quickly if you leave the knees or elbows bent too long. I had this problem with other sunless tanners but to a lesser extent, perhaps because it was a mousse and not a lotion.
The color is very nice though. I think St. Moriz is darker and more able to build up color without streaking too. I don't hate it and I don't consider it a waste of money as it did give me a nice overall result but I probably won't buy it again as I prefer St. Mortiz' darker coloring, ability to layer and cheaper price tag. I think I'll go for the lotion variety of that next time instead to see if the inner joint fading is a lotion thing or not. Not bad but not all together very impressive either especially when there are cheaper options that get the job done just as well, if not better.
Ease of Application/Development: 6/10
Staying Power: 7/10