Happy Summer! I know it has been some time since I have posted. I had to take a bit of a hiatus from the blog since I have been working on a lot of exciting new creative projects at work, which I hope to share once they see the light of day!
Anyways, I kicked off the summer in Miami with Cris, which called for my pasty white self to get a spray tan (obviously). I have had my share of air brush spray tans and not all of them end up how you expect, so I thought I would do a post on the pros and cons of all the ones I have had thus far. I have a lot of friends who are afraid of turning orange, getting splotchy, or just having an all round bad experience. Here is the master list of everywhere I have been and where I would return. I am going to rate the salons from 1-5 so you can see where my loyalty lies!
Location: 242 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06855
Cost: $60 per airbrush tan, but they do a buy 2 get 1 free offer as well.
Experience: This was where I got my first spray tan ever. I went with my sister, and we figured that at least both of us would look ridiculous if the spray tan turned out to be a total bust (I definitely made her go first though). This airbrush tan was still to this day one of the best I have ever gotten. The girls who worked there were extremely nice and made me feel very comfortable, despite the fact that I was completely naked in front of them. I told them how dark I wanted to go and how I am naturally very pale, so I didn't want the tan to look ridiculous. They were very receptive and after a series of strange positions, the tan was over and she had me put my loose clothing back on (IMPORTANT: I recommend wearing a maxi dress or sweat pants). The tan had to be kept on for at least 6-8 hours. To be honest, this is the most uncomfortable part of the whole airbrush experience. The sticky and smelly feeling is a pain in the butt, but I swear it was all worth it when I showered it all off to reveal a nice healthy glow. This tan stayed put for about 5 days and I had NO splotches or weird lines anywhere.
Overall Rating: 5
- Benefit Cosmetics
Location: They have locations all over the country however I went to the one in Connecticut and NYC.
CT: 2 Main St Westport, CT
NY: 454 West Broadway New York, NYC
Cost: $48 for a full body and $30 for a half body
Experience: I am a loyal user of any and all Benefit Cosmetics to begin with, so when I found out that they did airbrush tans, you better believe I tried it. My first tan by them was done in Westport, CT and they really took time to prep your skin for the tan, which I had never experienced before. They sat me down and removed all the makeup and oils from my face, and then took me into the room to get sprayed. After the solution was applied, she also took a good five minutes to dry my entire body off with cool air. This helped set the tan and make it a little less sticky for the next 6-8 hours. This tan also lasted about 5 days and I did not experience any splotchy marks or strange tan lines. The only thing that was a little weird to me, was when I went to get it done in NYC, they did not do the whole make up removal process, or the drying process for that matter.
Overall Rating: 4
- Future Tan Midtown
Location: 526 7th Ave. Btwn 38th & 39th Street New York, NY
Cost: I paid $30 because I had bought a Groupon for this service.
Experience: This was my least favorite tan of them all. A friend of mine had gone and said it was a pretty decent tan for the cheap price of $30 on Groupon. I decided to try it out since it was an all organic air brush tan that seemed legitamate. The experience was the same at the others as far as the actually spraying goes, but I noticed after I got home that there were splotches on my arms that looked like they were there to stay. After I showered 6 hours later, the coloring was decent, but there were still patches that did not get covered properly. Luckily they appeared in places that weren't so obvious but the experience was bad enough for me to not go back.
Overall Rating: 2
- Gotham Glow NYC
Location: 1123 Broadway, Suite 417 New York, NY 10010
Experience: This place is a bit pricy, but it was my birthday and it was named the "best spray tan in New York City" so I figured YOLO. The place itself is very spacious than other salons I had been to, and there was a lot of room to get changed. This place also had the option of getting an express tan which means you only have to wait 3-4 hours before showering. I went for the regular one anyways since the express was expensive and I had already decided I would sleep in the tan. The woman who sprayed me was very nice and informative and the tan was all around pretty good. The only thing that annoyed me was that I think she was afraid to go darker on me since I was so fair, and the results were not as drastic as I had hoped. I have had plenty of tans before and really wanted to get my moneys worth, so I would recommend telling them you want to go dark, because their gut reaction is to always go lighter than you ask for. The tan lasted for about 5 days and I did not experience any weird splotches.
Overall Rating: 4
Sugared and Bronzed
Location: 114 4th Ave. New York, NY 10003
Cost: $39 for the standard airbrush tan, and $49 for the express
Experience: I had really high hopes for this place since it originated in LA, the land of tan people and also got really good reviews on racked.com. They also happen to be 5 minutes from my apartment so I really thought I had scored. They do a buy 1 get 1 free for first time customers, which is a pretty good deal. My first tan I got there I did as a test to make sure that it would look good for when I went to Miami for Memorial Day Weekend. I didn't have that big of a problem the first time I went, but the second time I went, the tan looked good for the first three days and then it started to fade into a splotchy mess on my arms and stomach. I don't no if it was the sunscreen I was wearing or the fact that I was swimming in salt water, but I really did not like the way it looked on me toward the end of the vacation. I would recommend only getting this express tan if you plan on staying out of the water and not applying sunscreen. The tan did last for about 5-6 days even though I ended up exfoliating all the splotches off when I got home. Also be careful when you are applying the lotion they give you for your elbows and ankles. If you accidentally get it on your legs or face, the tanning solution will not adhere to that area, making it look very uneven.
Overall Rating: 2
All in all, I think my favorite two airbrush tans were at Sundaze in CT and Benefit Cosmetics in NYC/CT. The other thing I use to get color when I don't want to spend a fortune is Jergens Tanning Mousse, which is literally the best thing ever invented. It gives you airbrush tan results if you use it properly, and it lasts for about 4-5 days. The bottle only costs about $12 and will give you about 2 or 3 full body tans.
Thank for reading and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!