I have been using self tanners for 10+ years and have perfected the art of applying it to my body. I loved the foaming mousse self tanners when they first came out and was upset when they were off the market for a brief time and stopped looking for them. When I saw they had them at WalMart this week I was really excited and even more so when I saw the Equate version as I usually don't mind getting Equate brand. When I first started to apply the mousse I noticed it seemed very dark but most of them are and fade after drying but it literally made my hands black but I continued as I liked how it was looking after applying it on the rest of my skin. Stopping to wash my hands frequently I noticed if water dripped on an applied area there was a streak but I would just rub in with some more mousse to blend it in and that seemed to do the trick. When I was done I really, really liked the overall color (not orange at all, very natural brown color one would get from being at the beach) and how it seemed to cover/blend in areas that had a lot of freckles. I made sure I was completely dry before putting my pajamas on and went to bed. When I awoke, I had the same great color and was overjoyed at my results. I needed to take a shower due to the smell (as most self tanners do) but ate breakfast first. I spilled a little of my tea down my chin when I was drinking and then some dripped on my arm. Everywhere it got wet (mind you it has been 12 hours after application) the tan was completely gone! Streaks exactly where my tea dripped. I was really worried so I just jumped in the shower to see if I couldn't blend it in or something and it all just literally came off!!! All of it! Brown water just ran off my body and I was the same color as when I started. I have had spray tans, mystic booth tans, used lotions and foams for over 10 years (even with the orange stuff) and have never had this happen! I've had it streak shortly after applying if it got wet but never after it dried overnight and then got wet. Yes it really looks great after applying and if you plan to go out after applying you might look great as long as you don't get wet at all anywhere (don't sweat either). You would also smell funny. I also have had little red bumps all over my body (it's been 2 days now since application) and I've never had an allergic reaction to anything before (except pollen and I only sneeze). Again, I really like most of the equate stuff (I use their "compare to jergens" lotion, their face wash, fem products, etc...) so I was just disappointed at this product. I don't know why it would streak when it gets wet and come completely off with showering. It makes the product useless...I'm assuming the people with positive reviews wrote them before getting wet or showering as I'm not the only one this has happened to. If you still want to try it I would suggest applying a small area on your hip or back side and then splash it with one drop of water the next morning and see what I'm talking about...and if you see a streak then go get your money back. I like that WalMart accepted my return. Oh and having done this for so long I knew to shower and exfoliate before applying and you DON'T put regular lotion on either...you should put self tanning foam, spray, or lotion on clean, exfoliated, dry skin as some lotions might create a barrier to it sticking...so I did this routine and it still washed all off. Hope this helps.
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