Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Lesson in Self Tanning

Twas the night before our trip to Miami. One JSG went to Mystic Tan, the other decided to experiment with a new product: Model Co’s Self-Tanning Glove from the makers of Airbrush in a Can. She loved that the single-use pouch had exact directions on how to use it, from starting with her legs first, avoiding elbows and other rough patched down to applying it to the back of her hands after she washed them. The glove, is pre-moistened with tanner and is said to contain the exact amount needed for one tan.
Our intrepid JSG washed and scrubbed in the shower, towel dried then was ready to give the glove a whirl. The self-tanner wasn’t sticky and glided on easily. She followed the directions down to a T, threw an extra pouch in her suitcase (Bonus, she thought: it’s in a pouch, so it won’t leak at high altitudes), let it dry for 10 minutes, put on lose pjs then went to bed. “This is the best self tanner ever,” she thought to herself as she drifted off to sleep dreaming of pool boys admiring her savage tan while she sipped on a mojito.
The next morning the alarm blared frighteningly early for the am flight and the bleary-eyed JSG made her way to the bold lights of the bathroom. What to her wondering eyes did appear? Splotches and streaks along her legs and torso. LARGE splotches and LARGE streaks. “Oh no, this will not do!” She remembered that she packed an extra pouch and figured she would fix it once she got to Miami.
Sad to say, it only got worse from there. Even with the other half of JSG there to apply it to her backside, the splotches and streaking only got worse. She had to wear jeans out that night and pretend she didn’t hear the snickering at the pool.
Our verdict on the Model Co’s Self-Tanning Glove: We love the concept, but the clear self tanner is impossible to apply correctly. Perhaps if it was tinted?
The JSG who had Mystic? She was golden and gleaming (see her pretty feet at the pool?). Lesson learned.


BritishBeautyBlogger said...

Your experience equals mine with EcoTan! The worst, most splotchy, patchy and scrappy tan ever seen on a human body. I am a human art installation.

The Jet Set Girls said...

Thanks for the warning--we feel your pain! Don't think they sell that in the states. Does the name EcoTan mean it's supposed to be natural or organic?

BritishBeautyBlogger said...

Yes I think they do - it used to be called Su-do....its got organic sunscreen in some of the products so maybe that's why - but good question..what's so Eco about Ecotan? Starting on the Sisley foolproof even though its so expensive - seems cheap at the price not to end up streaky!

BritishBeautyBlogger said...

Hi Jet Setters - just thought I would update you on the self tan story - have found a fantastic one - no streaks, very realistic, and easy to apply - it's called ProFerm 'Afterglow'. It is really not cheap (£70, or $140ish) but because it has so many amazing ingredients in it, it actually leaves your skin very soft, too. It's also got a built-in 'boost' system, so that after two days, the tan boosts itself so you glow longer. Its available here in the UK at SpaceNK, and SpaceNK New York. I promise it's worth the big-up - a real find. BBB xxx

Nina said...

I also tried Afterglow, and I love it! I especially like the boost system - you don't have to apply it every day, once applied, the tan stays for more than a week, and it looks very natural, even if you're light-skinned. Once applied, you can feel that your skin is moisturised for more than two days. And it smells like summer!

The Jet Set Girls said...

Thanks for the tips! I'll have Anne pick me up some Afterglow at Space NK. We reviewed some other products this week if you're curious.

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