Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse swatches and review

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Bringing smell-free color to your sun-less body

Summer is winding down and we’re about to enter the seasons where my husband begins to refer to me as “pasty” (thanks honey!) But it’s true, with fall and winter on the brink, my skin gets so dull and pale, I start to look ghostly. Bronzer only gets me so far and it’s hard to find a self tanner I’m willing to use. So many are stinky, orange and difficult to apply… they’re more trouble than they’re worth. If you’d agree, Vita Liberta is a game changer you’ll want to hear about.

Vita Liberta is a leader in high quality self tanning products who have revolutionized the tanner. In 2007, they were the first to create an odorless one thanks to their OdorRemove technology. And in 2011, they became the first to release a completely non toxic tanner.

No smell? SIGN ME UP! Because there’s nothing worse than that gross lingering smell of a self tanner. The fact that Vita Liberta’s ingredients are non toxic is an added bonus.


As if these two advancements weren’t enough to peak your curiosity, their latest innovation is bound to tip the scale. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is the world’s longest-lasting tan, claiming it will hold up 4x longer than regular tans.


So with my “pasty” legs willing and ready, I lathered on pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse in medium and waited for the magic to happen (it also comes in Fair and Dark).

Some initial observations, it’s a super fast drying mousse, which was great. It soaked right in and dries almost on contact. The first ingredient is organic Aloe Vera, and the mousse also contains cucumber extract, witch hazel, papaya and raspberry fruit extracts, and grape seed extract. So, you’re getting some good hydration along with a beautiful tan.


THERE REALLY IS NO SMELL. Let me repeat that…NO SMELL! This was seriously the biggest pro ever for a self tanner and sets Vita Liberata apart from all other tanners I’ve used.

Tips for a smooth application:
• Exfoliate and make sure your skin is clean
• Use a tanning mitt
• Don’t moisturize before applying

For the longest lasting effect, they recommend 3 applications, letting each one set for 3-24hrs before applying the next. (And showering only with water during that time, if you must.) With this being my first experience, I only did one application to start, as did Stef in the before and after shot below. You’ll see the shade is spot on, not orange, not too dark, and very natural. I was really impressed with the ease of application, and with how subtle it was.

Vita-Liberata-pHenomenal-luxury-tan-medium-swatch-5first applied and not fully rubbed in

Vita-Liberata-pHenomenal-luxury-tan-medium-swatch-630 mins later, the color continued to subtly deepen over the rest of the day

The verdict: pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is pretty amazing! I love that there’s no smell, it was easy to apply and dries really fast. After a week, my legs are still looking pretty good, and the tan is fading very naturally. Just found my new “go- to tanner” thanks to Vita-Liberata, who truly are tanning experts.

The best price around is on QVC, where you can get a 4.2 oz full size product for $49.50. Or, get a 1.69 oz trial size at Sephora for just $25.


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    Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating. skin tone: NC30 skin type: oily to normal favorite beauty product: lipglosses and bronzers

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  1. I seriously really love this tanner! The mousse is light and fluffy and easy to apply, dries really fast, is very subtle, natural, and the nro smell thing is AWESOME!!!!

  2. I seriously wish I could share a before and after picture of just how amazing this product works. I’m another that rarely likes to use self-tanners because most (not all) smell and look ridiculous. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is another game changing story! AND It’s also a REALLY big deal that it’s non toxic! Yay! I’m soooo happy and am sporting a really nice tan too!

  3. I think I’ve used six different brands of self tanners this summer. Next summer, I’m using one: Vita Liberata! This stuff is amazing– it dries so fast and doesn’t smell (how do they do that?!), and the color is so natural-looking! I got a nice glow from just one application, and after the recommended three, I’m tan. Not orange, not streaky.. pretty much the tan I would have if I baked myself in the sun like I used to do. As for the color lasting 2-3 weeks, stay tuned… I’m one week in, and the color seems to be fading gradually. Seriously, fabulous product!

    1. I’m now on Day 10, and my tan is pretty much gone. The packaging does say that results vary based on body chemistry– and really, 10 days and a gradual fading is still a big winner in my book.

      I’m curious, did anyone have longer-lasting results?

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