Rated 4.33 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Ok ladies listen up
Alright. So I will say it, I'm addicted to being tan. I've tried a lot of different products (and I mean a lot) but this one exceeded my expectations. At first I was nervous about the clear liquid, everything before had a color so I could guess what color orange I was going to get (ranging from bronzed pistachio to an sunburnt oumpalumpa)...We've all seen those prom pictures... anywayys! I was very careful with my amount because I truly didn't know what to expect. After applying, I took a nap before work to see what level of glow I was going to get (mind you I have all white sheets and duvet). Three hours later not a streak on my bedding... major win! After waking up I didn't see much of a difference and was a little disappointed but figured I had been too frugal with the solution. Fast forward to halfway through my work shift, everyone was complementing my tan!! Like excessively! I manage about 30 employees on the night shift so any tan is impressive... but still! I was told I was glowing twice! But here's the best part... after my shift I went for a full hour long sweaty work out, took a shower and every part of my body looks even and the same color! Are you kidding me?! If I was using another product I would have streaks for days! Huge fan of this product, if you are a spray tan fanatic like me this is a must try!! I received this free but I am definitely going to be ordering more :)
Most Helpful Critical Review It's an okay product
The concept is there but it's a little hard to see where you've already applied the tan. I moisturized my dry spots before applying the tan and I woke up with absolutely no color on those spots so needless to say my legs are a little strange looking. However, the tan is a very nice color I just feel extra splotchy but that's probably due to my dry winter skin problems. The fragrance is a very strong fruity smell that quickly fades and the normal self tanner smell comes through, however it didn't bother me. Overall it was an okay self tanner but I would probably recommend some type of guide color, I mean I'd even go for some shimmer so you can still keep the no transfer thing. I received this product complimentary for my honest review.
Reviewed by 652 customers Nice tan, streaking
Erin from Georgia
I think this product has a good color and leaves a nice tan that isn't too gaudy but if you're someone like me who sweats in their sleep occasionally it will come off and leave streaks all over. I used it early in the day so it would have time to dry completely but still came off in my sleep :/
Not Streaky, Not Splotcy
MichelleSTTROPEZ from Portland, OR
If you use a mitt and pay attention to the sheen guide, this product applies and develops flawlessly. It's extremely hydrating without any tacky or stickiness. The smell is absolutely delightful. The product doesn't transfer. The light sheen guide makes it extremely easy to apply. My tan developed amazingly into a nice sun-kissed bronze tan, without any splotches or streaks.
Nice color - horrible streaking
Polly from Dublin, CA
I use the face tanner in the same formula/brand, so I was eager to try out the full-body tanning gel. I carefully applied it after exfoliating and doing everything I normally do to prep for self-tanner. I was so glad I didn't have to worry about it transferring to my clothes as it developed. I was also happy that I didn't have to take a shower to wash it off. The color is nice and natural. The main complaint is that it is incredibly streaky once it does develop. Since it's a clear gel, you cannot see where you've put it on, and any spots that are a little dry are really dark. It's embarrassing. I will use it on my face/neck moving forward, but after two tries on my legs and arms, I am done. I do not recommend it, unless you are an absolute professional when it comes to applying it.
streaks very bad
sb from al
I purchased this a while ago and it streaks bad, and I got a mitt to go with it and it just made it worse. it also made me look very orange. I had received it for Christmas and I tried it out for the first time and I will not be using it again
Maddy from Chambersburg, pa
A little expensive but loved how natural it looked and was not streaky at all. Smelled nice. Just be careful since it is clear that you aren't over doing it
Molly from Minneapolis
Got a sample of this product. So glad I didnt pay for this. This doesnt distribute evenly, the only area of my body they gathered color were my hands, feet, elbows, and ankles. The rest if my body didnt turn tan at all.
Dont waste your money. St Mortiz is a fraction of the price and works really really well.
Love! Love! Love!
Angie from Tulsa, OK
I absolutely love this stuff! I used it in conjunction w/ the mitt and was shocked at how fast and easy it was to apply. It didn't streak and left a beautiful glow a few hours later. Very buildable as well. I've definitely found my new favorite self tanner!
It doesn't give me a tan, am I using it wrong?
Layci from Callahan FL
I've been using self tanners for a hot minute OK. I am naturally very fair skinned and burn easily. I've been using the foam tanner of this brand with the mitt for a while and wanted to try something new and less thick. I applied this according to directions, and the mitt. I didn't see the same kind of results as I did with the foam. It didn't really tan my skin. Am I using it wrong?
ABSOLUTELY ZERO TAN
lm from SC
I'm very fair. I may have zero streaks, but at hour 4, I have ZERO tan. And I didn't use a mitt. The product was straight to skin with zero results. Especially on the legs...
Jillerbean14 from Milwaukee
The initial smell and consistency of this is why I gave it any stars at all. It does smell good in the bottle and absorbs quickly. But once on skin smells like any self tanner and without any tinting makes it difficult to know exactly what coverage you're going to have. Lasts about three days. Save your money buy a less expensive lotion or foam self tanner with color.
Streaky and Crumbles
Jo from Naples, FL
I have always loved the St. Tropez products and have tried most of them. Mousse gives great results and is easy to see where applied, but can wipe off on things easily because of it's color. Porbably my favorite choice though overall. Aerosol also works great but I feel like you get less uses out of it. When the Purity Water Face Spray came out, I tried it and have been hooked ever since. So, I tried this product. I am pretty experienced with applying self-tanner but no matter how well I exfoliated, how careful I was, or how many times I tried I could never get this one to not come out streaky. Also, once it dries on my skin it starts crumbling. Clear little dried gel crumbles go everywhere. Thought the first time maybe my skin was too dry, but it happened every subsequent time after that. It gives a color that develops a similar tone to the face spray and has a similar fruity smell, and it is nice that it goes on clear if you don't want to stain clothes you're putting on after. However, the streaking and crumbling make this a no-go for me.
Super skeptical but gave it a chance and LOVE it!
Kara S. from VA
Honestly, the people leaving terrible reviews probably don't know how to apply self tanners and have no idea what they're doing. It's NOT splotchey. It's NOT patchy. It's NOT orange. (I am olive skin tone and tan easily.)
Like I said I was skeptical because of all the reviews, but I decided to give it a chance anyway. I used it on my legs and stomach as a test, and I had no complaints about the results. It's the perfect glowy, bronzed tan. I then decided to do the rest of my body the following day. (I bought the facial spray as well.)
*TIP* Use a mitt when applying! You should be using one to apply ALL self tanners so it doesn't dry patchy. Just because the Purity Water Gel is clear doesn't mean you skip the mitt. Absolutely use it, this is how you get even tans.
I've had so many compliments since using this. If you have olive/tan skin and just want a nice bronzed glow, buy this. It's honestly incredible.
The only downside is washing your hands. Washing them causes to fade, but that shouldn't be a surprise
Orange and splotchy
Whitby from Springfield
I've been fake tanning with St. Tropez products for 7 years and this is the worst one in the product line. I was excited to try it since I liked the purity water mouse so much. I have very very pale skin so the color distribution really shows up on me. Came out absolutely horrible. I have never had a fake tan streak so bad. There were distinctive streak marks all over my arms, chest, shins, and hands. Looks more like orange marbling than anything else. I would recommend the mouse version or the express instead.
DOES NOT GO ON EVEN
HC from Texas
I am usually a huge fan of St. Tropez, however this product just wasn't it. Although the color is excellent, it does dries very uneven leaving my skin very splotchy. I thought it was how I was applying, but whenever I applied the next time and focused on putting it on evenly all over my body the exact same thing happened. Don't waste your time on this product and just buy the other St. Tropez products. THROWING IT AWAY.
I will definately buy this product again!
Ang from Michigan
Definately take your time when applying making sure you dont miss areas because it has no color and you cant see it. Great smell and the color last more than other products I've used.
Won't buy again
Mom53 from Texas
Followed instructions. Looked okay next day. Second day noticed color was rubbing off in random places. Washed off in shower and rubbed off on towel. Sweats off too. Bad purchase
Very uneven and Orange
DDubbs from Fargo
This product did not live up to what I thought it would do. It leaves a very orange and patchy tan. I did read the instructions and exfoliated, moisturized problematic areas, etc. Still after 3 attempts, terrible tan. Only positives are that it does smell nice, doesn't leave that normal "self tan aroma". The gel seems to apply nice and smooth but with the results, it didn't cover as I thought. I do really like the Purity Face Mist. But this gel is a miss for me. Also note that I have fair skin with pinkish undertones. Maybe not a good combo for me personally either.
TRY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cmny925 from Long Island NY
Much like everybody else who commented, I am an avid self tanner. I'm talking all year round. I have tried numerous products, and this is by far my favorite. My favorite part is that it does apply clear, so I can literally put it on before going out, and go about my errands or my day without having splotchy sticky skin that you get from a colored mousse. I used to use the St. Tropez Ultra Dark (the black bottle), until I discovered the tanning water. It does have a bit of a self tanner smell after it does settle, however, if you moisturize prior to using, and apply a LIGHT layer of lotion after, I find it is not as strong. ( I moisturize with the Johnson and Johnson baby lotion in the lavender scent ). It does apply clear, and has a bit of a sticky consistency if it's not rubbed in, but I have never had an issue with streaking. You can feel where it has been applied. What I like best is that you don't need to use a mitt, because if it does get on your palms, you can simply use a dry cloth or paper towel and take it off, unlike a mousse. If you do want to achieve a darker color, you do need to layer, which I find waiting until after the 3 hour period for development works best. Overall very very happy!
Best Self Tanner on the Market
Paige from Nashville
I always felt like tanning myself was a chore before I found this product. This is the best self tanner. Trust... I've tried hundreds. Its just so easy. PROS: Smells GREAT! No spray tan smell at all. Nice tropical scent. No orange color. The color isn't very dark, but you can layer this product to get a deeper tan. It glides on the skin SO easy and you don't have to work it in. Melts right into the skin and makes the application process so much quicker. It feels like im applying moisturizer on. Also, this color fades beautifully. Does Not come off in patches. CONS: unlike conventional tans, it doesn't show up immediately and the clear color makes it hard to tell where the product is. You may end up with some streaks if you apply this too fast and do not rub in evenly. I always use the mitt in circular motions and do not see streaks.
I liked it!
Lgreene788 from Itasca, IL
I received a sample from Allure. Goes on very easily. Didn't have any streaking. There was a very very faint self-tanner smell. Not bad compared to so many other products. I am going to buy a full size for sure!
Not very dark- and still smells
Cass from Jacksonville
I've tried 3 now. Hoping this one would be better since it's kind of different than other tanners- but nope. The color wen on streak free- just not very dark. And it still smelled. Even after body way I could still smell the fake tan smell and so could my boyfriend- uhh! Really wish I could find one that didn't smell!
Easy and quick
Elle from FL
I bought this product after seeing it reviewed on You Tube and the review was positive. The spray has a very pleasant scent, not over powering at all. I spray my face at bedtime and let it dry. It doesn't rub off on my pillow or leave a stain. The next morning the result is a light tan, which is buildable and looks nice. I use it several nights in a row then take a break a few days. The only thing you need to be aware of is holding the bottle too close when applying. If you hold the bottle close you'll get big drops of tanner instead of a fine mist. There is some over spray when you mist your face onto your chest area and that gives a nice boost as well.
Terrible buy. Unless orange skin is your color.
Myself from Huntsville, Al
At first product smells nice, then an overwhelming smell of fake tan. Turns splotchy orange that does not come off. I'm wearing long sleeves in 105 degree weather until the remaining orange is gone.
Beautiful Tan without Skin Damage
KarleyO from Idaho
I love the St. Tropez Bronzing Water Gel so much! A few months back I received a sample when I made an online purchase, I have been hooked ever since! My skin looks so beautiful. and natural! I receive complements all the time. My skin looks like I have spent a lot of time out in the sun, and I haven't spent one hour! The product goes on easily, looks great. I do make sure to put lotion on my elbows and knees before I use the water gel. I have purchased this product and the face mist several times!! I have light medium skin, but can be on the pale side in the winter, but not anymore! With this product I won't be spending any time in a tanning bed or laying out in the sun!
Best self tanner ever!!!
Freckled Mom from New York
I have used many self tanners because I am fair skinned. This is my favorite because it works quickly, doesn't transfer to my clothes, so I can apply after the shower and immediately get dressed and go to work. No dry time, no wash off, don't have to wear black!