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So what's the difference between the original and the Medium shade, you may ask? Aside from the fact that the medium shade is darker (obviously), it has 2 new ingredients ; Melanin enhancers to give a deeper golden glow and jojoba esters which increase skin hydration and helps the product sink better into the outer layers of the skin.
The application method is easy and pretty much foolproof : Apply the lotion on clean and wet skin, wash the palms of your hands, wait 3 minutes and then you can rinse it off and pat dry (don't rub). Use on three consecutive days for best results.
Here's the result after 3 applications (on my right arm) :
On my nails : OPI I'm Getting a Tan-gerine
The price is a little steep as you need to apply it a few times and repeat the process every week, but there are many advantages of using this product instead of your typical self-tanner! It doesn't leave an oily or sticky residue on the skin, you can get dressed immediately after! Also, it doesn't stain sheets or clothes. It has a very faint fake-tan smell compared to the Light shade (which doesn't have any self tanner smell) but it's barely noticeable.
The tan is even and streak-free, even on my hands and feets! As you can see in this photo, I don't have any weird tan lines on my wrist. It last up to 3-4 days on me and fades evenly without looking patchy.
That being said, this product isn't for you if you want a deep and rich tan. The Medium shade is definitely darker than the Light shade but if you are looking for a dark self tanner, I still think that you would prefer the St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse.
(I received this product in order to evaluate it and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)