St Moriz – Self Tanning Mousse

Over the past few weeks I’ve been trialling the many fake tan products I have in my cupboard and will be sharing them all individually this month before hitting you with a monster tan post where I unveil my top picks, hopefully in time for some nicer weather.

Today I’m looking at St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse


For a long time mousse formula’s were my favourite, they’re easy to apply and dry quickly so you can hop into bed 5 minutes later without worrying about smudging. Whenever I’ve spoken about this or the St Tropez equivalent I’ve had the same questions about application, I always advise you don’t NEED to blend it, it dries super fast and it’s almost impossible to get an even look while it’s developing. Unless you’re wearing it as an instant tan it’s a really unnecessary effort in my experience. I find it so difficult to describe the application so here’s an old video as a visual aid..


Compared to super budget tanners of it’s kind the colour is really nice, it’s a natural bronze and not too orange at all. It’s not the best I’ve tried but it’s definitely one of the best cheaper options on the market.


Longevity is tough on my as I am a regular exfoliator and shave my legs every single day so I don’t expect much from a self tanner but I look noticeably darker for 2 or 3 days after applying this.


This might be one of the worst for patchy wear off-ness (okay not a word but what is THE word??).  I wouldn’t want to layer this tan on me as I think I’d start looking a bit leopardish (also not a word *sigh*) but I know others have said it’s fine for them. My skin is particularly dry so if you err on that side you may have the same problem.


I’ve heard the fake tan smell described so many different ways but the most common has to be ‘biscuity’. I had no idea what people were talking about until I used this. I always considered the tan smell to be more vinegary than biscuity and that still remains what I consider to be the normal fake tan smell but St Moriz really does smell like biscuits and to me that just isn’t as bad.. not quite the giveaway that the insipid vinegar scent is.


The finish is hit and miss with this bronzer so I wouldn’t use it before an important event but compared to the St Tropez it’s practically the same for a teeny tiny price so if you like that you’ll love this for the discount. It’s not designed for the face and it never looks right (see video) but on the body it’s as good as any other mousse tanner I’ve used regardless of price.

Would I Repurchase?

Yes and I have done. It’s not great for me now my skin is drier but when it was a bit more ‘normal’ is was my tanner of choice. I’d recommend you use a super heavy body butter or such the night before ’cause this will really dry you out.

Let’s face it for £2.99 you have to try it!

Miss BB



  1. 21 June, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    This is my favourite self tanner as I am on a student budget and I think the colour is the best I’ve tried on a budget – I can layer it and it never looks orange. I agree with it being patchy after a few days though as I have dry skin too and I can look a bit scaly on my legs! x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      22 June, 2012 / 9:35 am

      you get what you pay for but for the money it’s still really good.. it’s just not the best money can buy x

  2. 22 June, 2012 / 7:31 pm

    I love this stuff! I tend to use it combined with the Palmers tanning body lotion, because then the leopard look is put off for a bit longer, and you smell like chocolate biscuits! My friend bought me the extra dark stuff the other day though – my knees are still black and no amount of scrubbing will get rid of it!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 June, 2012 / 9:58 am

      Not a bad idea as I love the palmers stuff (post to come) and the xen tan I tried last week had left my knees dirty looking and my feet.. ugh!

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