Self tanners have been my recent obsession. Most of the ones I own are gradual or long lasting formulas. I wanted something that gave an instant tan but would still be easy to wash off and reapply when needed. After much research, I couldn't pass up one of my favorite brands and their new formula. Tarte's Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector ($39)(mouthful I know) is what I decided to go with.
This is an instant self tanning formula with a thick cream texture. It dries to matte finish which seems to give your skin a smoother and healthier look. It's also infused with their famous Maracuja oil which leaves your legs feeling hydrated.
Right now my legs have a good amount of color to them from being outside so I would assume this product would show up darker on someone with a lighter skin tone. At first, I picked up on a pink undertone and thought immediately, "Oh heck no, this ain't gonna work." But it seemed to fade once I blended it into the skin with the self tanning mitt they provide you with. There's also a slight scent at first, but it quickly disappears!
My first concern was that it would transfer since it's a pretty thick formula and only temporary. However, I sat down to take these photos less than 10 minutes after applying it and there was no transfer (even though the suggested wait time is 30 minutes). It reminds me of Sally Hansen Airbrush legs except A LOT better. It's different from a regular self tanner because it's almost like "makeup" for your body. The matte property truly does smooth everything out and hide imperfections.
Overall, I am really enjoying this! I don't think it would be the right choice for someone who is already pretty tan. It gives a medium tanned finish but nothing too dark. I would also only suggest it if you're like me and like to reapply self tanner daily instead of gradually building it up throughout the week.
Once you take a shower it rubs off with a bit of soap and water. You will have to use soap (I prefer a scrub) and some sort of loofah because it is pretty water resilient. Thank you Tarte for coming through once again!