Let me first say that this beauty experiment is less than scientific. I mean, none of my beauty experiments would qualify for a a science fair ribbon, but for this one in particular you'll have to trust my words and not the pictures. No matter how I tried it, I just couldn't capture how these towels worked and looked.
This comparison is between the Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes and the Tan Towel. Although I did see a few differences between the two, overall I was just so pleased with the towel method of self-tanning application. Both towels worked the same and were the easiest way to apply self-tanner that I've ever come across.
I applied both towels to my whole body and face, but thought that showing my legs was the easiest way for you to get the gist. For both applications (over a week apart), I started with my ankles and moved up the body. I finished with my face & neck, since I wanted that to be the least intense.
The Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes ($48 for 8 towelettes) were first up.
Yes, I get that the lighting it totally different here. Understand that before I applied, my legs were white, pasty, and dry-looking. A few hours after application, there was a subtle glow that looked totally natural.
Pros: Very natural looking color, lemon-y scent, nice packaging.
Cons: Expensive, only lasted a few days (without building on the color).
After 10-ish days (when I felt like the Kate Somerville had faded completely), I started over with the Tan Towel ($16.50 for 10 half body towels). Ideally, I think you should build these, meaning that you re-apply after a few days until you get the depth you want. Since I only did a one-time use, I'm not sure how that would affect the staying power.
The Tan Towel showed more quickly and lasted longer, but it was slightly more orange and after a few days it was a bit streakier.
Pros: Darker color, lasted a solid week, reasonably priced.
Cons: Stronger smell, streaky & patchy after a few days.
So here's the summary: I strongly recommend the towel method. I just liked it. You should still wash your hands immediately after applying, and both were slightly sticky for the first 20 minutes, but other than that it was so easy.
The Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes are about twice the price of the Tan Towels, and the color is more subtle, which is a pro or con depending on how you view it. But the Kate Somerville smelled better (though neither were horrible) and was less streaky and patchy.
If budget is a major issue, the Tan Towel is a great option. Personally, I decided to keep both on hand.
Next up I'm trying two different types of mousse. They're longer lasting, but more difficult to apply. Stay tuned!
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