“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Texture: Balm / Type: Face Balm / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: regenerates, „
No matter how hard I try I simply cannot stay away from the beauty and body care section in Marks and Spencer. I tend to visit my local store every couple of weeks with my mum and no matter how hard I try I always seem to end up making a purchase... even when I really don't need to buy anything! My latest purchase is from the Tess Daly range which is a fairly new introduction to Marks and Spencer. The model and television presenter unveiled her new body care and make up range earlier this year and it is sold exclusively in Marks and Spencer stores. The range is somewhat small at present as it consists of less than twenty products and is focused on products that will result in glimmering and shimmering skin, as modelled so perfectly by Tess Daly herself!
The Tess Daly Illuminating Face Balm comes in a small and shiny gold compact with pops open, very similar to many cream and powder foundations or pressed powders. The compact has a mirror on the upper half which is always useful when applying make up on the move while the actual product is encased in the lower half. Overall the packaging does the job just fine and does have quite an expensive look to it. The product itself has no smell apart from a very faint perfumed smell although it is advertised as being fragrance free. It is very much like a cream foundation in terms of appearance and consistency. It's a lovely pearlescent white colour and it's clear to see the shine when you hold it up to the light as it glimmers and shimmers while still in the pallet.
There's no applicator with the product which at first did surprise me a little until I realised that you're meant to apply it directly with your fingertips. The balm is quite soft so when you rub your finger over it there's no need to apply much pressure as it comes off the pallet quite easily. I then started off by rubbing it over my cheek bones and down my nose, the areas that I'd expect to glow a little more when I have a tan. The effect wasn't overly astonishing or noticeable; in fact it was quite hard to see at first. I then tried to apply it over all my face and there was slight glowing shimmer to my skin, but again it was really quite subtle and only evident in the light. The product advertises itself as giving a youthful dewy brightness through a light reflecting shimmer.
I've had this product for over a week now and have persisted in using it; even so I can't quite make my mind up. It's probably the best highlighter I've actually come across as it does draw the light to my cheekbones and on my eyelids to yet it's subtle enough to not be overly noticeable. I would recommend having a look at this product if you're interested, but be sure to test it out before you buy as I was ever so slightly disappointed it wasn't more noticeable. It gives my skin a dewy and slightly shimmery effect which does make it look really fresh and moisturised; it doesn't make it greasy at all either which is good. It's priced at £9.50 for a 15ml pallet so it's not overly cheap! I'm giving it four stars, a good highlighter but it could have been slightly better.
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