St. Moriz Tan Lotion & Bronzing Powder

29 Oct 2012

A picture of St. Moriz Tan Lotion & Bronzing Powder

We have now reached the final review and final product in the Tans for Women of Colour project. As you will know if you have been following the project there are 11 of us in total and we have been testing out different brands and products and seeing how they fair for women of colour. This project hasn't just been for us to see if we can get a tan without the cost of going on holiday, but to see if their are products out there for girls of different skin tones, who not only want to achieve a tan but also cover a multiple of sins. We have tried and tested six brands in total throughout the product. 

This week I am going to be sharing my thoughts with you on the St. Moriz Dark Instant Self Tanning Lotion and the St. Moriz Bronzing Powder in shade dark. 

Before Applying St. Moriz Dark Instant Self Tanning Lotion
St. Moriz is, like Xen-Tan and Make Believe, a brand I have heard a hell of a lot about here on the blogosphere. It is a self tan brand whose products are cheap as chips and easy to pick up on the high-street. I've heard absolute rave reviews about this brand so I was really excited when they joined the project half way through and offered to send us all some of their products to trail and review for the project. Not only because I had heard great things about them, but because it was nice to also mention a very purse-friendly brand on the project, as all tans up until now on the project have cost between £7.69 and £37.50. St. Moriz can be found both online and on the high-street and depending on where you shop, can be picked up for between £1-3 a bottle! Darn good bargain if you ask me! So what makes St. Moriz different?

A picture of St. Moriz Dark Instant Self Tanning Lotion
St. Moriz like to call themselves the best kept tan secret. They advertise themselves as the perfect brand for girls who want a fabulous golden tan which leaves you with a feel good glow. They use a unique blend of beautifully fragranced active tanning agents which work their magic, leaving you looking subtly bronzed and ready for anything. It's ultra-easy to apply, quick drying and very moisturising, even great for dry skin. St. Moriz is available in a variety of formulas; lotion, mousse and mist sprays. So, how did this product-for-the-everyday-tanner fair with me?

I used the tanning mitt very kindly supplied by St. Moriz and applied this lotion all over after showering, exfoliating, shaving and moisturising. At first, it was OK. I did one leg, all was good. I did the other. Still OK. Then I got to my arms and upper body and I found the tanning mitt wasn't bearing up well. It seemed to be soaking up the lotion and rather than applying the lotion to my body, instead it was seeping through the other side of the mitt to my hand. I quickly hurried up to finish applying, fearing an orange hand would be the end result. I applied one layer all over, except for my face and neck (I have a thing about not applying tanning products to my face, it just seems wrong) 

At first I found the colour a bit... orange. But the next morning when I woke up I was happy to see it had really settled down and I was left with quite a golden tan all over. The photo below doesn't really do the colour justice, it looks a little bit washed out in the photo. As it was far more golden brown than it looks. When I first applied it it also looked quite streaky but a shower the next day soon sorted that out and any streaks disappeared and I was just left with a lovely, natural looking tan. 

After Applying St. Moriz Dark Instant Self Tanning Lotion
The bronzer on the other hand, is a different matter. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I am a bronzer obsessive. I love bronzers. But this, this just doesn't work for me. For starters, it's very shimmery. Now, I'm known to like a shimmery bronzer. In fact I have quite a collection. But add that to the fact that this is a very dark, red-bronze shade, well, it doesn't make for a good bronzer. I'm not quite sure who this bronzer would actually be suitable for, either. When blended in, as you can see below, it's not so in your face glitter disco red, but it's still quite dark for me and that's coming from a girl who loves dark bronzers! As a bronzer, this just doesn't work for me. But I think it would work nicely in the crease of my eye in the summer as a shadow. So keep an eye out for the warmer days when I'll be sharing my thoughts on this product again!

Overall, I really like the tanning lotion. It's definitely one I'd repurchase because it's cheap as chips, it does the job and it looks nice. On me, showering and exfoliating each day, this lasted around three days before starting to fade, and around four days before I felt it was mostly all gone. But with only one application, I think that's quite good! If you've tried St. Moriz before, let me know how you got on with it and whether you think it's really the tanning World's best kept secret!

A picture of a swatch of the St. Moriz Bronzing Powder