I didn’t initially order the Loving Tan Mousse since I thought I had to get it shipped from Australia. Well, I was wrong, not only do you get free shipping through their website, but if you use a promo code (most Youtubbers have one) you can get a free tan removing mitt. I used the code CASEY.
After using both a few times I decided to do a little face off of them on the blog. But first, a few thoughts and info on the Loving Tan mousse since I didn’t review that one individually. Read my post on the St. Tropez mousse here.
Unlike St. Tropez, Loving Tan has three different color options Medium, Dark & Ultra Dark. St. Tropez only has the Classic & Dark. Keep in mind I’m only referring to their tanning mousses – not the express or gradual tan options.
Since I purchased the Dark version for St. Tropez and realized I needed to apply it at least twice to get the tan I wanted, I decided to go with the Ultra Dark Version in Loving Tan.
The instructions and application are essentially the same as St. Tropez. The only difference is the Loving Tan Mousse says to shower after 6 hours while the St. Tropez says to shower after 4-8 hours.
A 4oz bottle of the Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse costs $39.95 while a 6.7oz bottle of St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse runs at $44.
Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse vs St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse
+ Right off the bat I noticed the color of the mousse is VERY different. The St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse comes out a very dark, almost greenish shade. It’s very easy to tell where you haven’t applied since the mousse is very tinted. The Loving Tan Mousse on the other hand is more of a tan color with red undertones. Once you start blending the mousse, it’s a lot less noticeable than the St. Tropez mousse. I.e. it’s harder to tell where you’ve already applied. The first time I used the Loving Tan mousse, I missed a pretty noticeable area in the back of my leg.
Winner: St. Tropez
Texture & Feel
+ The Loving Tan mousse without a doubt dries faster than St. Tropez. This is good and bad since it gives you less time to blend, but also less time waiting to put your clothes back on. Similarly, the Loving Tan mousse feels less sticky during the waiting period than the St. Tropez mousse. It’s a more… comfortable wait to shower with Loving Tan.
Winner: Loving Tan
Actual Tan Color
+ Once washed off, the tan resulting from the Loving Tan mousse definitely has more reddish undertones than the St Tropez tan. I wouldn’t say that the result would be noticeable to most people, but the St Tropez mousse is more olive toned than Loving Tan.
In terms of how deep of a tan you get, obviously one application of the Loving Tan mousse is darker than the St. Tropez tan. I have to do at least two applications of the St. Tropez mousse to get the color from one application of the Loving Tan Ultra Dark.
Winner: It depends. In terms of undertone, I hand it to St. Tropez. In terms of color payoff, I hand it to Loving Tan.
+ This one is pretty easy, the St. Tropez mousse is definitely smellier than the Loving Tan. This applies both to the mousse itself and after you shower. I can still smell the telling self tanner smell on my skin days later with St. Tropez. With Loving Tan, the smell mostly washes off.
Winner: Loving Tan
+ I haven’t noticed much of a difference in how long both products last. I would say once I hit the one week mark it’s all down hill with both. However, I have noticed a MAJOR difference in how the product wears. The St. Tropez tan fades relatively gracefully. It mostly wears off pretty evenly. The Loving Tan mousse on the other hand isn’t as graceful. The tan starts fading very unevenly and in patches. Let’s just say it’s not pretty – you basically have to scrub it off once you reach 6-7 days to avoid looking like a patchy mess.
Winner: St. Tropez
It’s clear from all the categories above that I’m a bit torn. There isn’t a clear winner for me since they each have their perks and problems. Generally, each is best for the following:
+ If you need to get dark QUICK for an event go with the Loving Tan Deluxe Mousse in Ultra Dark. It dries fast, isn’t sticky and develops in 6 hours. Just make sure you have a tan removing mitt or body scrub to remove it after a few days.
+ If you aren’t in a big rush and want a tan that will fade evenly, go with the St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse. You may need multiple applications to get the color you want, but it’s easier to work with since it doesn’t dry as fast, and it fades more evenly.
Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite self tanner?
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