As both a sheet mask junkie and very very pale person, you can probably imagine my excitement when I first heard about the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Sheet Mask ($9). Read on to find out if this new bronzing beauty buy lived up to my expectations.
What it is:
The Self Tan Bronzing Sheet Mask from St. Tropez is just like any other sheet mask in every way except for the tanning aspect. This mask hydrates the skin and leaves it glowy while it develops into a long-lasting golden tan.
How to use it:
Apply the mask like you would any other sheet mask, avoiding your eyes and lips. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes for a light tan, 10 for medium and 15 for a dark tan. Once you remove it, massage the leftover serum into any areas that the mask did not touch, like around your eyes, hairline, jawline and neck. Wash your hands after applying the mask and again after blending to avoid orange fingers.
Overall I had a great experience using this mask. In terms of application, it feels like any other sheet mask. It isn’t slimy like some and sits well on the skin without sliding off. It also doesn’t have that strong self-tanner scent (it doesn’t have much of a scent at all). While I had it on, I made sure to really press it in constantly so the tan would be even. I left the mask on for the “medium” tan time which was 10 minutes since I preferred to not look like a burnt carrot. Then I removed it and did my best to blend it into all the areas that may have been missed. It left my skin feeling soft and hydrated.
I highly recommend using the mask AT NIGHT because it takes hours for the tan to develop. I went to bed as my pale self and woke up in the morning with a lovely, somewhat unnatural looking faux glow. It definitely wasn’t perfectly blended, which I think may have been my mistake since I clearly missed parts of my hairline and neck. There were some very visible tan lines, but a little BB cream easily covered them up. Next time I plan to use the sheet mask itself to blend the product into my hairline and neck to ensure that I don’t run out of product and miss anything.
After applying a sheer BB cream, and some blush, everything evened out and I looked naturally glowy. I had a family party to attend that day and was constantly complimented on my glow and no one even suspected that I used a self tanner. While St. Tropez claims that the tan lasts days, I found that mine lasted maybe 2 days tops. It may last longer if you use only super gentle cleansers or don’t wear makeup. All in all, the mask was a win and I will definitely be purchasing more!
If you plan on giving it a try, remember to blend, blend, blend!