So it's kind of a funny story... A few weeks ago, Jana Bobosikova of Vita Liberata came in to the Canadian Living office to give me a spray tan. She set up a three-sided tent in one of the boardrooms and I stripped down to my knickers and stepped into the black pyramid, where she sprayed me with a rapid tan formulation—one that darkens the longer you wear it—from head to toe. It was my first ever spray tan, and it happened at work.
Vita Liberata Rapid Tan Mousse, $52, sephora.ca.
(This is the at-home version of the professional tan I tried.)Vita Liberata is a company founded in Ireland that is now sold in Sephora stores and on sephora.ca. It makes several claims to differentiate itself from its competitors—that it's odour free, moisturizes the skin, doesn't streak and won't stain clothes. How did it stack up? I looked pretty dirty for the hours before I showered, because the spray had a bronzer that settled into the fine lines on my face. However, when I returned to work the next day after a good rinse, everyone said that I had a natural-looking glow. Even though I'm pale, the shade worked for my skin tone—it wasn't at all harsh or orange. Of all the sunless tanners that I've tried, it did, in fact, produce the least odour. I didn't find that it moisturized my skin in any way, but it was mostly streak-free. I didn't prepare at all for my appointment, so I hadn't exfoliated beforehand and I was wearing antiperspirant. I would plan ahead next time to make sure my skin was bare, because anything that comes between the spray and the skin affects the results. The bronzer rubbed off on my clothes when I got dressed, but I washed them and they were back to normal. I think my tan probably lasted about four days, and I would definitely do it again before an event because it made my skin tone look golden and more even.