Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals review

Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals review

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As a self-tanning aficionado, I’ve gotten pretty good at achieving a tan that no one would guess was faux… on my body, that is. As for my face, I gave up trying. In the summer months, when I’m using self-tanner on my body, I skip my face entirely, and fake a glow with a combination of wash-off bronzing lotions and powders. It’s more labor-intensive, but seemed to be the only way to avoid that telltale Oompa Loompa hue that says, “Hey, world, my tan came from a bottle!”


Which is why I’m so intrigued by the self-tanning bronzer (yes, you read that right) I tested Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals ($55 with kabuki brush, $45 alone).

Trystal means crystals with a twist—micronized crystals for sheer bronzing combined with DHA for a lasting tan effect. I’m already a fan of Vita Liberata’s luxury tanners, and I’m impressed by all the “firsts” the company has contributed to the world of beauty: first odorless tanner in 2007 (thanks to their OdorRemove technology); first entirely non-toxic tanner in 2011; and now Trystal, which just might be their greatest creation of all.


Instant bronzing, lasting tan. Could it possibly be this easy?

As instructed, I applied the soft, quick-blending bronzer over moisturizer, and it gave me about the same coverage as a bronzed sheer foundation. I was careful to blend down into my neck and chest. Vita Liberata recommends concentrating the color on cheekbones, temples and jaw to create contouring. The bronzer has a matte finish with no shimmer at all, and gave me exactly the natural-looking results I was hoping to see.

Tan-Stef-we-heart-this-editorOur editor Stef gives Trystal Minerals a glow (see what we did there?)

Instant bronzing: check.

Now for the tanning…If you leave the bronzer on for a four-to-eight hour period, Trystal promises to leave behind a tan that will last up to five days. I waited the full eight hours before washing my face, and was left with a very slight tan effect which only lasted through the next day. I wondered if the tan was a cumulative thing, as with many gradual self-tanners, so I used Trystal three days in a row. I did develop a slightly darker tan each day, but after I stopped using the bronzer, the tan effect was gone a day or two later.

Lasting tan: not so much.

Vita Liberata says “up to 5 days” because body chemistry is always a factor with self-tanners. I’m not that disappointed by my results because the bronzing effect is amazing, and a slight tan is fine with me.


Trystal (which contains no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates, and is vegan as well as gluten, oil and cruelty-free) comes in two versions, one with a high-quality kabuki brush for an extra $10 and one sans brush. I highly recommend going for the brush, which makes the whole process a breeze.


we heartsters, does a lingering bronzer sound good to you? Give this a try!

Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pups Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare

2 thoughts on “Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals review”

  1. I waaant that… Lol. I reviewed their odorless tanner last year and loved it, still use it, so I can’t wait to try this bronzer, it sounds awesome, and looks very natural. They really have revolutionized the whole sunless tanning market…

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