Previews/Launches, Skin Care, Tanning Products

St Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion – A Review & Pics

It’s that time of year again – I embraced my fair skin all Winter but now that it’s Spring I’m starting to think about a little bit of colour. I can’t stress the ‘little bit’ enough.

I have been trying out St Tropez’s new Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion for the past couple of weeks.

The blurb: A deep tan minus the commitment, the new Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion is designed to deliver an instant glow and flawless finish.

Before I share my thoughts, I will give you a look at what it looks like on my skin.


After one application (tan applied to top arm)…


And after two applications….

Before I apply this product I prepare my skin as if I was using a tan that develops. I exfoliate my skin, focusing on my elbows and knees. Moisturising is essential for me before I apply tan (particularly instant products) as I have dry skin. Chunks of tan stuck to dry skin is not as good look. I wait until my moisturiser has been absorbed, then I apply the product.

I always apply tan to my body using a mit. I buy mine from my local pharmacy. I think this gives the best finish and you don’t have to worry about staining hands.

Other methods of application I’ve tried:

Rubber gloves – the smell of latex makes me gag. The worst thing about it is that you can smell it off your skin all night. You can buy latex free gloves but I find that it’s harder to work into my skin that the mit and even the small size gloves move around on my hands.

Bare hands – I hate when tan sticks to the palms of your hands. I usually wash my hands with soap and warm water for 2 minutes but I sometimes have to resort to scrubbing –  not convenient if you’re in a rush.

St Tropez Back Applicator -I just couldn’t manage it.

Sponge – I use a sponge to apply tan to my fingers. I have also used the St Tropez Sponge face applicator in the past, I wasn’t a huge fan. This was mainly down to its shape – long and flat, very hard to use on your face.

I’ll be sticking to my mit :)

My thoughts:

I like that you can achieve a rich dark glow which can be removed with soap and water at the end of the night. It didn’t move in light rain, it didn’t even budge after an few hours of dancing. The colour stayed put until I showered the following morning.

The best part for me is the colour – deep and olive toned. There is not a hint of orange in sight. Another thing I love is that there is no ‘developing tan’ smell. You know that smell, the one so many describe as digestive biscuity :)

It’s easy to apply blends well and dries rapidly. I’m glad to say goodbye to the days I used to walk around my bedroom like a robot trying to dry tan.

You can also highlight and contour the areas you want to help sculpt your body (that would take way too much time for the likes of me). I once read that you should use a slightly darker shade of tan on your legs.

It goes without saying that if you don’t exfoliate or moisturise than you can’t really expect this product to look good. Every tan requires a bit of maintenance. In this case, it’s well worth it.

Would I repurchase?


As far as where to buy – St Tropez is widely available around the world. In Ireland you can find it in Brown Thomas and pharmacies for €17.40.

What tan are you using right now? Do you use instant tan?


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  • whatshewears

    Great review, though I think I will try the lighter version of this as the dark looks too dark for pasty me

  • Emma

    i tryed this product recently as i am a big fan of st. tropez products but i was very let down by this tan! i prep my skin but when i was applying the tan with a mitt it went flaky across my chest and the tops of my arms was ok on my legs. i wiped the tan of my chest and applyed some more with a latex glove it was a little better and could pull it off to go out that night. the next morning i washed it off only to find i had a rash on my chest and arms like a prickly heat. i think unfortunatly i will be sticking to tan that develops over night! :)

    • Joanna

      I just tried the St. Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion, and just like Emma, I also developed a rash on my arms in 4 hours that looked like prickly heat. It did not happen on my legs though. The night before I tried the Bronzing Mousse and did not get the prickly heat rash. I guess I’ll be sticking with the mousse. I wonder what is in the instant lotion that causes the rash? I think I like the idea of the mousse better anyway because the instant lotion washes off so easily. Like everyone says, hope you don’t get caught in a rain storm because you would look like a streaked mess.

  • Tracey

    I prefer your natural look. Im loving pale skin at the moment. I think im too traumatised from years of returning to Ireland and seeing losts of Orange Ompa Lumpa Irish girls on nights out. In France people still look very chic with their natural skin. Im definitely more comfortable having fair skin. No more tanning for me ;)

  • lyndsy

    Hi, that is quite good, must try it.
    I still actually use Lancome Flash bronzer and i no it needs overnight to come up but is a lovely natural colour. Have u tried?

  • Becky

    I’ve actually never used tanning products. I’m always afraid of how they’ll look on me. I’m a very pale (think the skin of ye regular ginger, but I’m blonde). I also never do actual sun tan, as I just go red, even with an SPF 50. So no healthy summery glow for me =( It does look nice on you, though, Amy.

  • Annie

    I sort of want to try this but I promised myself last year – no more fake tan. Time to embrace the pale.

  • Annie

    Mmm, I love the smell of original Carmex. But I’m not sure whether it dries my lips out in the long run. I was addicted to Blistex pots for ages and I think it might have been making my lips worse.

  • Becky

    I like the idea of using a mitt. I think I’ll be trying that!
    I am unfortunately completely pasty white, so fake tan is a necessity if I don’t want to glare in the sun when I wear summer clothes :S Looking tanned on me would just be ridiculous though, since I obviously don’t tan, so I need the lightest of the lightest tan, like to get to a normal person’s “pale” colour. So if you come across a fake tan that can get me to the colour of your bottom arm in the first pic, let me know! :D

  • caitriona

    I like the idea of using this if u don’t hav the time to let ur tan develop. I like using the St Tropez mouse that lasts bout 5 days. I always use marigold ultrafine gloves. They come in a pack of 20 n they r latex free. I usually get the them in Tesco’s, in medium size.

  • Lex

    Very nice! I wish I had the patience to use self-tanner, but alas, I don’t :). I’m ok with wearing the same color of foundation year-round, though :).

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