“ Brand: Boots / Type: Moisture Lotion / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Boots No7 „
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This Instant Radiance Beauty Balm from the Boots No7 range promises to give skin an 'instant pick me up'.. Well, as my skin at times looks, not merely tired but completely knackered, I was keen to give this a go, especially as I use other products from the range and these are all supposed to work together to hopefully produce the skin we dream of!
This costs around £16 for a 30ml bottle and comes in a cardboard box with all the blurb on the back as follows: 'Give tired skin an instant pick-me-up, with this light, easily absorbed beauty balm. An intense moisture boost for irresistibly long-lasting radiance, it leaves your skin glowing and feeling deliciously soft, creating the perfect base for make-up. With smoothing moisturisers for firmer looking and feeling skin.'
The glass bottle you find inside the box has a pump dispenser beneath the covering lid which snaps on and off. I am not that keen on the glass bottle pump with dispenser as I do find that as you near the bottom of these it is very difficult to get the remaining product out and being glass you can't squeeze the last amounts out and I am sure that a fair bit of product is wasted in this way.
The balm itself is very light, neither too thick nor too runny and is slightly shimmery which is what is supposed to help give you a radiant glow. The lady who advised me on my purchase made the point that you should only use a small amount of this as a little goes a long way and it is never good to overload the skin. Although this boasts moisturising properties the directions say to put this on over your moisturiser but depending on how dry your skin is, you might get away with just using this alone.
Two pumps of the dispenser and I was good to go! The balm does go onto the skin incredibly easily and smoothly and is pretty much instantly absorbed. It does feel light and refreshing on the skin and leaves a slightly perceptible sheen to the skin. However I wouldn't say that my skin looked instantly different in any really noticeable way but I guess we always hope too much because of the hype we read when considering whether to buy the product or not. So I have to say I wasn't instantly wowed and was a tad disappointed overall.
I would say however that this does provide a really good base for makeup and acts like a primer, enabling your makeup to go on smoothly over the top so I did find this a plus to the product and my skin did look better once made up!
However, for the price I would not bother to repurchase this but would stick to the beauty serum and moisturisers from no.7 alone as they work in the long-term and offer sun protection which this doesn't and I don't think the very minor results are worth the price tag of this beauty balm. I hope you find this of some help.
Thanks for reading. x
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Sucked in by the lure of a free gift with purchase, I recently decided to try out this product, Instant Radiance Beauty Balm in the Boots No7 range. The product says it livens up tired skin by delivering a radiance boost and an instant pick-me-up. Priced at £16 for a 30ml bottle, this isn't a cheap product so I really hoped it would deliver on its promises!
To quote the Boots website, Instant Radiance Beauty Balm is designed to deliver "an intense moisture boost for irresistibly long-lasting radiance, it leaves your skin glowing and feeling deliciously soft, creating the perfect base for make-up. With smoothing moisturisers for firmer looking and feeling skin." All in all, this certainly makes it sound like a miracle product!
A light cream
The balm comes in a glass bottle - no plastic for these prices! - which is see-through so you can see the white cream inside. There is a white lid on the top that you simply pull off - although mine is actually quite stiff and difficult to remove and replace. A minor complaint though. Inside is a white and gold pump, allowing you to dispense just a small amount of cream, and you only need very little. The cream itself is very light and has a slight pearly sheen to it. If you rub a tiny dot into your hand, it leaves a very slight pink sheen.
A small, pea-sized amount is all you need, and this feels lovely as you apply it to your skin. It is cooling, light and refreshing, with a fresh scent that makes it a pleasure to use. It sinks into the skin straight away and instantly leaves it feeling soft, with no greasy residue or stickiness. Even a while after applying, skin still feels firm, soft and refreshed.
To glow or not to glow?
So I agree with the claims that this leaves skin "deliciously soft"! But what of the radiant glow? This definitely gives skin a very faint, dewy look. But, in all honesty, this is so subtle it's virtually non-existent! In fact, to test this properly, I have applied the balm to only one half of my face, and although it leaves that half of the face feeling noticeably soft, smooth and firm, looking in the mirror it's almost impossible for me to notice any difference. I should mention, however, that I have light Asian skin, so this may be more effective on paler skin tones.
Overall, this balm is wonderful to apply and it definitely leaves skin feeling really soft, smooth and refreshed. But for £16 this is way too overpriced for me, especially as it doesn't really make any visible difference to my complexion. For this steep price, I would expect a little more. Having said this, I will continue to use this balm quite happily, as it is a really pleasant product to use, but I won't be buying it again. And I would advise potential buyers to give it a try before you buy!
A while ago I received a big box of No 7 goodies as a gift and I've been merrily trying them all out every since. I hadn't tried the Instant Radiance Beauty Lotion until recently when I was having a "washed out face" day. I don't know if it's the weather or New Year blues but my skin was seriously lacking in radiance of any kind so I dug out the 15 ml bottle supplied in my kit and started using it.
The full size version is about £15 from Boots but mine is a trial size one and has 15ml in it. My bottle is made of plastic and has a tiny pump dispenser on top which dispenses a very small pea size amount at a time. You don't actually need much of this lotion though so a couple of pumps is enough for face and neck. I like the 15ml size too because it can be popped into a handbag for top ups.
This lotion works like Clarins Flash Blam and Gale Hayman's Face Lift In A Bottle in that it's a mascogenic. It leaves a mask like coating on the skin which then dries and tightens and produces the tighter skin look. It also contains light reflecting particles so will give a bit of a pearly glow to the skin. Thankfully the particles are too small to see so it doesn't give the appearance of glitter!
The liquid is a pearly pink colour and not very thick. It smoothes over the face very easily and smells fresh. It absorbs quickly, at least it does on my dry skin, and although you can feel a coating on the skin afterwards this is definitely one of the better ones of this type of product. Some of them feel almost like you've used the glue we used at school and wiped it over your face but this is a subtle layer that isn't irritating in any way.
The light reflecting particles do make your face glow a bit so it immediately gets rid of the dull, tired look of winter skin. The tightening effects are subtle, it isn't going to give you a tight facelift look (would you want one?!) but it does seem to tighten a little bit.
Overall I like the product for occasional use, it's not something I would use everyday but just on the occasions where my skin looks particularly tired or dull. I like the small size for convenience and although you should apply this over moisturiser I've used it later in the day to pep up my face over my foundation and it's been fine. It's a really handy product to have with you if you think your face might need a bit of livening up!
At £15 a pop I probably wouldn't buy this unless it's on offer but the 15ml one I have has lasted me ages because you need so little for the effect and it's really only for occasional use. I suspect this would be great to use with a hangover to make you look more human again!
I do recommend this to anyone whose skin looks a bit drab and think this is a product that will suit all skin types. A handy winter skin product that is often on offer at Boots.
No7 Instant Radiance Beauty balm, 30ml
£14.75 (which will earn you 56 advantage card points worth 56p)
After a stressful few months my skin was definitely not looking it's best, so off I headed to my local Boots store in search of a miracle cure...
I found No 7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm.
The 'Balm' claims to provide 'an instant pick-me-up for tired looking skin' - Just what I needed!
It comes in a tall, rounded glass bottle pot with an off white subtle shimmery lid. The cream itself is also off white, with a slightly shimmery, pinkish tone to it.
When you apply it, it blends in well and easily skims over the skin so you don't have to use any more than is necessary. Once applied, your skin feels light it has been coated in a moisturiser, this feeling takes around a minute to fade.
The balm gives the skin a very subtle shimmer and a hint of pink colouring to it. It is barely noticeable though, so don't worry, you will not end up looking like a child that has raided their mother's make-up box!
Looking in the mirror from around 1 ft away, my skin looks slightly brighter and a little fresher than it did before. There is not a huge difference, but my skin definitely does look a little better than it did before.
It is a nice product, but in my opinion it is not worth the money. It is not amazing and I would probably pay up to about £8, definitely not £14.75, so unless I receive it as a gift, I will not be purchasing it again.
However, if you like the sound of it get in quick as boots are currently giving away a free 'goody bag' to anyone who spends over £22 on No 7 products, and don't forget your advantage card as the points you make are the equivalent of a 4% discount.
And unlike most other beauty/cosmetics companies, if you are at all unhappy with any No7 product you can return it for a full refund, as long as you have your reciept.
Is your skin looking dull and tired after a winter of central heated offices and homes?
I was lucky enough to receive a big gift box of No 7 goodies at Christmas and one of the items was a small bottle of Instant Radiance beauty lotion. I presumed it would be like my Clarins Beauty balm which I only use for special occasions as it is really expensive.
So one morning after using an exfoliator and putting on my moisturiser I decided to try this lotion. I pressed the dispenser and it squirted out a little of the lotion, there was no significant fragrance and it was a creamy colour quite pearly too. I dabbed it onto my nose and cheeks and spread it over my face, it was soon absorbed and left my face with a nice glow. I then applied my foundation as usual. Later when I was out and talking to an old friend she commented on how well I looked. So I was pleased with the result as I was feeling tired and thought I looked rather pale!
Boots claim that it gives "Instant Radiance" and is a pick me up for tired skin, it is also easily absorbed. They also say it is a moisture boost and leaves the skin feeling soft and provides a good base for make up. It contains soothing moisturisers for firmer looking skin. Does it do as they claim? I would say on the whole yes it does. It certainly was easily absorbed and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy, but my skin is fairly dry as I am in my 60's, my skin also felt soft but perhaps that was helped by using exfoliators! My skin does look quite firm and people don't think I am as old as I am, but there again I've been using No 7 serum so that may help too. It is hypo-allergenic and dermatologically tested.
If you want a little boost I would say try it, but try and buy it when there is a 3 for the price of 2 offer as there is at the moment. I also had a small bottle in a free gift from Boots, so worth looking out for if you don't want to pay the £15.17 it costs for a 30ml bottle. Comparing it to Clarins which costs just over £25 for a 50ml tube, it is about the same price, but I actually think the Clarins product is better and gives more radiance.
I received a small bottle of this product as part of a No.7 gift set, but have only just got round to using it.
~About the Product~
This is a lotion which is supposed to give the skin an instant pick-me-up. It says on the back of the bottle that it is designed to be used after moisturising, however the Boots website says that it contains smoothing moisturisers, and gives an 'intense moisture boost' which I find a bit confusing. It also contains larch extract which tightens and tones the skin to make it look younger. It contains a slight shimmer, and is designed to give the skin a luminous glow.
The mini bottle I have is in a similar bottle to the full sized product. It has a pump action dispenser, and comes in a fairly sleek looking bottle with a silver lid, as you can see from the picture.
On dispensing the product you will notice that it is a sort of creamy beige colour with a very subtle gold shimmer running through it. The lotion is slightly on the thick side, but glides onto the skin quite easily. It doesn't really have a smell to it.
I wasn't really sure how I was supposed to apply it, so the first time I used it, I just slapped it all over my face - after all there's no point in just some parts of my skin looking radiant and the rest looking dull! I've since tried just applying it to my cheeks, and even gave it a go using it like a highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones to give a bit of shimmer, but I'm still not sure which way is the right way!
After applying it, I found that it made my skin feel tight. It does say that the larch extract contained in this can have a tightening effect, but I didn't like it - it was almost as though it was making my skin feel itchy.
When I was applying it, I could see a sort of subtle, golden shimmer, however once it had been on my skin a couple of minutes this seemed to all but disappear. The only real effect I thought this gave my skin was to make it look as though it was greasy. Rather than adding a luminous glow, it just looked like I had oily skin on the patches where I had applied it.
As for moisturising, it didn't do that - in fact if anything it did the opposite, as when it was making my skin feel tight, it also seemed to dry it out.
As I said, I received a small bottle in a gift set, but I nearly died when I saw the price of this - at £14.75 it's not exactly cheap. I know some of the No.7 products can be quite pricey, but I don't feel that this is worth anywhere near that.
I didn't like this stuff one bit. Firstly it felt horrible on my skin, making it dry and tight. Secondly my skin looked terrible after using it - it went from looking dry and tired to looking dry and oily. I definitely don't think that this is worth the money - in fact the only positive I can think of, is that the bottle is nice!