St Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Lotion ($30; sttropeztan.com)
Genevieve (More’s beauty director) told me to use rubber gloves to apply this lotion and boy am I glad I did. The mess would have driven me crazy. I also applied it in the shower stall, in case I splattered. I loved the stuff. It went on so well, very smooth and spread easily. It’s tinted, so I could see what I was doing which really helped.
At first the color looked a bit gray, but once it was on, it was a perfectly tan color. It dried quickly (and I did it on a humid night). What I loved most is that I didn’t feel like I had a lot of product on—it has a thin, almost watery consistency—and the odor was mild enough that it didn’t smell heavy. I did my face too, and had no bad reaction (don’t really have sensitive skin, but still). Best of all? I went to bed and woke up TAN.
Totally amazing color that I think looks real. And unlike so many other tanners I’ve tried, I wasn’t in a hurry to wash it off. The only downside: It got all over my pillow case so next time I’ll cover it with a dark towel.
—Susan Swimmer, Contributing Fashion Features Editor