St. Tropez Self Tan Face Mask
Recently I received a sample of St. Tropez Self Tan Face Mask and I couldn’t wait to use it! This is the first time I’ve ever used anything from the St. Tropez range, but I’ve always heard such good things about it so I was really excited to give this a go.
After I managed to unfold the mask without ripping it (I normally do), I peeled off the plastic backing and then applied to my face. You’re meant to smooth out any air bubbles, which I always struggle to do as these types of masks always seem too big for my face, so I did my best.
The instructions say to leave it on for 5 minutes for a natural sun-kissed glow, or 15 for a deeper tan. I went for 10 minutes, just to be on the safe side. I wanted to look like I’d been on holiday, but not tangoed. After 10 minutes of awkwardly watching TV and trying not to move too much in case the mask slid off, I gently removed it and then blended the serum into my neck and hairline as told to do so by the instructions. I thought I had blended really well into my hairline, but when I woke up the next morning my hairline on the right side of my face was looking a little white compared to the rest of my face. I’d blended it well into my neck so at least I didn’t look too daft.
Benefits and negatives:
+ Gives a very natural glow, unlike other tanning products it doesn’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa, it genuinely looked like I’d been on holiday for 2 weeks.
+ Serum wasn’t too thick and there wasn’t loads and loads of it, so when it came to blending in the excess it took 2 minutes.
– If you don’t blend it properly after taking off the mask, you can be left with some dodgy white patches, as I found out.
+ It didn’t have a strong smell, during or after application. Sometimes I find self-tan products have a sort of biscuity smell to them, but to me this was unscented. Who wants their face to smell like a biscuit anyway?
– I didn’t find it very long lasting, I applied it Saturday night and it had developed by Sunday morning. I’ve washed my face twice so far and most of the colours gone already. I’d say it’s best used for an event.
– Because it takes 8 hours for the tan to develop, you sort of have to plan when to use it. If you knew you were going out that night, you’d have to put it on first thing that morning, or the previous night.
Overall, I really enjoyed using this mask. It was dead easy to use and and the actual application took like 15 minutes. I was pleased with the results, minus the white hairline, but I suppose I know how to make it better next time. Just make sure you wash your hands afterwards or you’ll be left with carrot fingers!