Today, I’m sharing the difference between the two most popular spray tanning booths: Versa vs. Mystic. I’m pale. Really pale. My skin looks like Casper and that guy from The DaVinci Code had a baby.
I don’t tan. Ever. I could lay in the sun all day and just look like Clifford the Big Red Dog. Then I just peel and go back to being pale. I don’t want the sun damage so I am a spray tanner.
It has some bad stereotypes and horror stories, but more often than not, I have a great experience. So today, for all my pale friends, I’m going to do a comparison between VersaSpa and Mystic Tan. These are the two most popular spray tanning booths.
This is pretty much the same for both. Get down to your birthday suit, put your hair net on (or don’t, your choice it washes out. I’m pro hair net though.) put the lotion on your hands and feet, hop in, wave your hand in front of the sensor and go.
Mystic: Your technician mixes your formula and prep and pops it in the machine.
Versa: The computer enters your settings. I highly recommend doing the prep.
Mystic: Mystic is easier in this sense. There are four numbered footprints on the floor of the booth. The machine will tell you when to move and on which number to put your left foot and your right foot at each transition.
Versa: You have to pay attention your first time to what your technician says, but there is a lot less moving around. You face the nozzle, turn left and “Walk Like an Egyptian Pose,” turn right and “Walk Like an Egyptian Pose,” and then face the back.
Mystic: The nozzle sprays back and forth as it moves the up and down the length of your body.
Versa: The nozzle remains stationary as it moves up and down the length of your body. The nozzle just has a larger spray radius.
Mystic: Allows a minute in between passes to dry.
Versa: Has a dry pass setting after all your color passes are finished.
Mystic: Sometimes a little streaky and unnatural. I currently have a Mystic tan because I’m out of town and didn’t have a Versa option. I am noticing more streaking from the back and forth motion of the nozzle, particularly the back of my legs. Also, someone really dark was in the booth before me so I got her color on the bottom of my feet. My feet now look like this…
Versa: All over even color. I’ve never ever had a problem. I always do a clear level one with prep and it looks totally natural even on pale people like me!
If booth tanning isn’t your thing, check out my post on my favorite sunless self-tanners here.
Do you spray tan? What is your favorite method?