Through iFabbo, I was able to try Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse in Medium. While I am one of the palest people I know, I actually don’t tan or self-tan very often. Tanning (or in my case, burning) is unhealthy, and sunless tanning products have always been too intimidating. I tried a sunless, gradual tanning lotion in high school that resulted in orange splotches across my body. I tried another a few years later in college, but I couldn’t get over the scent! So, as you read this review, please keep in mind that this is from the perspective of a self-tanning noob.
Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse is a quick-drying self-tanning mousse for the body with “Pure Scent” technology. It is paraben-free, propylene glycol-free and cruelty-free (PETA certified). This little bottle promises a natural looking tan for all skin colors and skin types. As someone with porcelain skin, you could say I was a bit skeptical.
You pump the product out on to the applicator mitt (I recommend purchasing one!). The applicator mitt makes it easy to buff the product in for steak-free application without turning your palms orange. The consistency of the mousse reminds me of a light hair mousse – light and airy, slightly liquidy. The mousse comes with an application guide (see image above) with a list of how many pumps are recommended for each body part, which I think is extremely helpful for tanning noobs like myself.
The product has a light color that helped me to see where I applied the product and where I missed spots. VERY helpful!! The lotions I’ve used in the past did not offer this luxury. I only ended up with a weird spot one time on the back of my leg, which I attribute to user error, so I recommend reviewing your handy work in a full-length mirror if possible.
Be very, very, very careful about getting this product on your bathroom surfaces. It easily washed off my shower tile walls and tub, but my bathroom counter has a purplish-blueish spot now that I fear is permanent.
It gave me an immediate bronze look. It was very faint, but definitely there. After the 6-8 hours the tan was quite obvious. I was much darker than I would normally want to be, which I actually think is a very good quality, because if you want to be tanner you can leave the product on the full 8 hours, or if you want something in between you can wash it off a bit early.
I think the color of this tanner is incredible. I have very fair skin, so I always fear using self-tanners. No one wants to be orange. I think it was a very believable, natural looking color. A coworker the next day said to me, “I’m not sure if you’ve lost weight, or if maybe you’re tanner.. but you look good.”
Now this whole Pure Scent technology thing.. I’m not totally buying it. It is supposed to be an odor-eliminating fragrance technology that gets rid of that self-tanner scent (about 80% according to their site). I do think the scent was better than most, but while I was waiting the 6-8 hours for my color to develop, I stank, my clothes stank.. Not attractive. I think self-tanners still have a long way to go in this department.
It wore off gracefully for the first few days, but around the 5 day mark suddenly my skin looked dirty. The product collected in the lines of my skin sort of.. that is the best way I can explain it. At that point I exfoliated and applied a touch-up coat, and it looked good again. Even so, I was slightly disappointed the color didn’t last for a full week.
Another downside I encountered is that the product for some reason collected in the hair follicles on my legs. I exfoliated before using the product, so I’m not sure why it did this. It kind of looked like razor-burn. The second time I used this I exfoliated and moisturized, but it still didn’t prevent it. Otherwise, the color developed very well on the rest of my body, knees and elbows included.
Overall, I would give this tanner a 4 out of 5. It gave me a streak-free natural-looking tan, and it was easy to apply – that’s half the battle! The scent was better than the other products I’ve tried, but it still had an unpleasant odor. I’m going to say the product in the hair follicle thing is a just-me kind of thing because I’ve read a few reviews, and no one else seemed to have this problem. I’ve used the product several times now, and I will continue to use it. I think it will take me awhile to go through a bottle, but I would repurchase this.
Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse retails for $29.