Skinny Tan v’s St Tropez Review

I do not tend to wear a lot of fake tan, but this year I hadn’t been on a sun holiday and felt my legs needed a bit of colour. In the past I have often used Dove gradual tan, which worked fine but has a really horrible smell that lingered for days. So I started researching new products to try. I looked for 3 key things:

  1. Easy to apply (I always seem to end up with odd colour tanning marks around my ankles and knees, even though I apply moisturiser etc!)
  2. Creates a nice ‘natural looking’ tan. (Did not want to look like I had been sprayed with orange paint).
  3. Smells nice.

There were two that I fancied trying so I thought I would review them for you.


St Tropez’s new Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion (£14.99 from Superdrug)

There was a lot of hype about this new in shower tanning lotion and I was really excited to try this product. It was a little more expensive than the drugstore brands but I thought the reliability of the brand would make the purchase worthwhile.

It claims to: “Build a sunkissed, gradual glow, that provides up to 24 hour moisturisation.” It is “Streak-free and easy to apply and with Sweet Almond Oil it’s also clinically proven to hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours.”

The Results:

  1. Application: I loved the application of this product. You wash your body in the shower as normal, and then apply this lotion in circular motions onto your skin. You then wait for 3 minutes before washing off with warm water. It was really easy and stress free.
  2. Tan: I followed all the instructions, showered, patted dry got dressed and waited, and waited, and waited. My skin colour did not change at all!
  3. Smell: It did however, smell nice and are my skin soft, but a moisturiser can do that!

I appreciate it is a gradual tan but I expected a little bit of a tan. I even applied it on the 2nd day but still my skin did not change colour. I was so disappointed. I have fair/medium skin so I usually have some change when using gradual tan. I did a bit more research and found a lot of people have been having a similar outcome with this product. ST Tropez have since brought out a darker shade (Medium) which will probably work better for my skin but to be honest, I am not prepared to try it again.

I haven’t even put on a before and after photo and they were the same!

I also wanted to review Skinny Tan as it has been getting really good reviews online. The Skinny Tan products were on offer (buy 1 get 2nd half price), so I also got this Primer too. I thought it would help achieve the best finish I could.


Skinny Tan Pre-tan Primer (£9.99 for 100ml from Superdrug)

It Claims to: “Remove any dry or dead skin cells with this crushed walnut shell primer. Help achieve a perfect finish to your tan.”

I applied this in the shower using an exfoliation mitt in circular motions onto my skin. It has a gentle sweet smell and contains small gritty particles that massage the skin. I paid extra attention to my elbows, knees and heels, which are often dry. After my shower, my skin was really glowing and super smooth. Don’t know if it helped when applying the Skinny tan Mousse, but a good exfoliate is always good for the skin.

Skinny Tan Mousse (£21.99 for 150ml from Superdrug)

It claims: “Skinny Tan Mousse is the first natural tan and tone breakthrough that applies in seconds. It lasts up to 14 days. And never ever goes streaky. No orange- No harsh chemicals – no animal testing – Just gorgeous natural actives that are good for your skin.”

A couple of my friends had recommended this to me. They always have a lovely natural looking tan so I thought I would give it a try. It was a bit more expensive than the drugstore brands at £21.99 but I don’t wear it that often so it will last me a while.

  1. Application: I applied it using a tanning mitt (I used a L’Oreal one, not the skinny tan own brand one). It applies as a dark colour so allowed me to see where I was rubbing it. I used gentle circular motions as recommended and was careful around my knees, heels and elbows. It dried quite quickly, which I liked, so I wasn’t stood around half naked for ages waiting for it to dry. After application my skin looked really dark and patchy. I slept overnight and then showered it off on the morning.
  2. Tan: The results were really good. I had a really even tan across my arms, legs and neck where I had applied it. It was quite dark but had a natural colour, with no orange tint to it. My feet were a little patchy but on the whole I was very impressed. It claims to last for 14 days, my friend told me hers lasts for about a week.
  3. Smell: It has a gentle coconut like smell.


Overall, the Skinny Tan was a much better product and I would highly recommend it to any one wanting a natural darker tan. I would not recommend the St Tropez’s new Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. I am however going to ask a friend to try it who has very light skin to see how she finds it.

Thanks for reading…


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1 comment

  1. I’d agree with your review, I’ve also tried both and found the same as you. I did get some patches with the skinny tan though so I might try the primer you used.

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