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As part of a three for two price deal in Boots I choose Soap and Glory Bright here Bright now energy balm.
The balm comes inside a cardboard box which is pink white and silver so is recognizable not only as a brand but on the shelf amongst the others.
Full with information the box gives instructions on how to use it which is varied.
1. Use it as a moisturizer
2. Mix the balm in with make up to give a silkier appearance
Inside the box the product is enclosed in a silver tube and a screw top lid that is easy to use, squeeze and provides an adequate amount each time.
The claims are that it makes are that it "makes dull skin dazzle" and has an "immediate firming action"
So does it live up to the claims in my opinion?
The product is more of a thick lotion than a cream and has a slight yellow tinge to it with a little sparkle. The little sparkle I assume is the bit that is supposed to give the dazzle to my skin, probably from the oil products in the ingredients although the blurb says it contains ronaspheres and timeron pearls to do the job whatever they are.
The smell is nutty in fragrance (mintango according to the company) maybe this is because it contains kernel oil from an apricot and oat kernel extract. The smell is not unpleasant but it is not the nicest I have smelt I have to say, but once on you don't notice it anyhow.
It says use a generous amount an I do, at first I thought this would make my skin look oily but it didn't, a nice sheen to my skin giving that fresh glow is more the appearance you get. I tend to use mine as an occasional moisturizer when I feel the need for an extra boost to my skin. It does give a little dazzle but once I have applied foundation I don't notice it anymore so the dazzle has pretty much gone. It may be better if you were using it without foundation.
It is quick to absorb into the skin and does make applying make up easier as the base of your skin is silkier.
As for the instant firming - no in a word! Myself personally I have felt no firming of the skin even after a test run of consistent daily use.
Given that the price is around £11 for 50mls I am not convinced I would use it again I'm afraid there are other products, which do more.
It has got an expiry of 24 months, is made in the UK and can be found in Boots stores and online.
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
This is a review of Soap & Glory Bright Here Bright Now Instant Radiance Energy Balm. I treated myself to a 50ml tube of this on recent trip to Boots as I had to spend a few more pounds to get 250 Boots points so added this to my basket of goodies even though I didn't really need it.
I think the packaging seduces me on the Soap and Glory range. With the energy balm it comes boxed with a window featuring the product. The box makes it look a bit bigger than it really is I think as it has an insert to push it up in the box. Inside is an attractive silver tube, a bit like old fashioned toothpaste and a red plastic top. There is a lot of information on the front of the tube which promises an awful lot:
-Make that dull skin dazzle
- Just apply bright here bright now
- Instant radiance energy balm
- and get beautifully luminous skin
-with moisturizing apricot kernel oil, aloe vera and face firming active instantight2
You can use this alone as a moisturiser or mix it in your foundation. I tend to use this as a moisturiser rather than with make up as I usually use mineral powders so that doesn't really mix well with this. I find the tube always squeezes out far too much product no matter how hard I try to only squeeze out a bit. The cream is a light peach colour which helps the skin to have a bit of a glow just from the cream. If you want to you could wear this on its own without make up but I do prefer to add a bit of make up. After applying, I find my skin tingles a bit which tells me something is happening with this balm. I also found my eyes were streaming the first couple of times so now I am careful to avoid the eye area when applying as that was not pleasant.
I paid £7.50 for a 50ml tube which was on special offer. I believe this had £5 off the normal price so that would make it £12.50 but this range is often on 3 for 2 and I think the Christmas gift sets that included this were better value, especially in the sales!
I think the full retail price is too expensive for this product but when it is on offer it is not bad value for money. Obviously it is not advisable to rub any cream in your eyes, and it did hurt when I inadvertently did it, but to be fair it does warn about this on the back of the tube.
So, the best way of rating this is to consider whether I would buy this again in the future. I do have issues with the packaging, mainly in that it dispenses too much in one go and it is virtually impossible to get it back in the tube once it is out so sometimes my arms do well out of my intention to only moisturise my face. I do quite like the results of the cream and feel it made my skin look better. I even had a photo wearing this (and make up) and it was quite flattering to my skin (which is unusual for me) so I can only really say that it is a good balm and probably one I will buy again in the future if the price is right.
I received a tube of Bright Here, Bright Now in a facial care Soap & Glory set I got in the sale from Boots.
The product comes in a silver tube with a box describing it as an instant radiance energy balm. You get 50ml in a tube. This retails at £11 but is often on 3 for 2.
The tube says that the balm will give you beautifully luminous skin and will also moisturise because it contains apricot kernel oil, aloe vera and also instantight 2 which is Soap and Glory's face firming additive.
To use the product you simply apply a generous amount onto clean skin like a moisturiser or you can mix it with make up. The balm is white in colour and when you squeeze it from the tube you can see the shimmery hues in the product. It has the consistency of a moisturiser. I wear a small amount of foundation most days but some days I just use this. The balm is really moisturising and my skin which is very dry on my cheeks and can be sensitive feels really soft and smooth as well as moisturised. Once you have applied the balm you can see a noticable difference in your face. Sometimes my skin can look dull particularly in the winter months when the central heating dries out my skin. The balm also has a nice smell which I would describe as fruity.
I like this balm I wouldn't have bought it separately and had it not have been in the gift set I doubt I would have tried it. I was however very suprised with the results and this makes my skin look nice and shimmery without the need for make up. If you want to wear this under make up I would recommend leaving it a few minutes before applying as I have found it can make my foundation slip off.
I would recommend this product and give it 4 out of 5 as I find it expensive compared to other similar products.
My skin can often look quite dull and unhealthy because of a busy lifestyle and an often poor diet. I need product to bring a bit of life into my skin and when Bright Here Bright Now by Soap & Glory caught my eye, it sounded like just what I needed.
What does the product do?
The product is described as being an instant radiance energy balm. It claims that it instantly give you luminous skin that glows with health and that it will moisturise the skin with delicious natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Apricot Kernal Oil. It also promises to tone the skin using a special technology leaving you looking more youthful and less tired.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be applied to clean skin as often as required. You are directed to gently massage a generous amount of the balm in the face and neck in the same way in which you would use a moisturiser. It can be used alone or actually mixed in with your foundation in order to create a brightening product of your own.
Packaging and Price
The product is packaged in the same quirky, retro way that you would expect from Soap & Glory. It comes in a silver metallic tube which has some pretty pink and red writing on it which gives a little bit more information about the product itself. The product has a bright red lid on which it can stand, at least until it starts getting a bit empty. The product will cost you around £11 for 50ml of the balm and it can be bought from Boots or from a few online websites.
Aroma and Consistency
The Product has a strong smell which you would expect from a Soap & Glory product. It smells like mints mixed with oranges and it's not offensive but I'd rather have my facial products fragrance free. It has a pale beige colour and quite a thick consistency when it is first dispensed from the tube which is about the same as a moisturiser.
The product goes onto the skin just like a moisturiser. Its consistency changes as it is applied to the skin and it becomes slightly more watery meaning that it is easily absorbed. You are supposed to use this instead of a moisturiser and this is hydrating enough if you have oily skin but it might not be enough if you're skin is a little dry.
The product feels a bit greasy on my skin from the word go and it gives the skin dewy glow that isn't shimmery or glittery. I wouldn't go without make up but it would make your skin look brighter for those who were braver. I tried mixing the product in with my make up but it changed the consistency of my foundation in a way that I didn't like. Nevertheless, the balm does show through your foundation and make your skin dewy but my skin looks like an oil slick at the best of times so this tend to enhance the oiliness of my skin.
It does make the skin soft and silky, removing all feeling of dryness and tightness. Your skin certainly won't look dull while you are wearing this product. It hasn't caused any spots or irritations on my sensitive skin. I wouldn't agree that my skin looked or felt more toned with this product as was promised but it definitely makes you glow.
This product is no good for those with oily skin. I should have realised this as the last thing I want my skin to do it look any more dewy. If your skin is drier and you team it with a good moisturiser, then I think you'd get on well with this product. It does make the skin feel softness and banishes all signs of dullness and tiredness.
If you've read a few of my reviews it may be obvious by now that I really like Soap and Glory products. I bought this the other day when i was just browsing. I thought it sounded ideal for the summer days where I don't feel like wearing much make-up. After using it, I don't think its really up to that job, but it is still a nice light moisturiser that gives skin an even glow.
Price - £6.81 as part of Boots 1/3 off offer, but usually costs £10.21. I think this is seriously over priced for what your getting. You get 50ml of product, but as the packaging says, you need a generous amount to get a glowing effect so I can't imagine this would last awfully long if you were using it daily.
Packaging - I was a little annoyed with this packaging (which is unusual for S&G products). the design was typically kitsch and in line with Soap and Glory's usual style, but what disappointed me was the fact that the outer box was padded to make it look like the tube was thicker than it is, then the actual tube itself is half full of air, not product. So I feel it is a little misleadingly packaged.
Application - You just apply this as a moisturiser either before make up or on its own. You can also mix it with your foundation to give it a little glow. It smells sort of organic, its a nice smell, not too over powering.
Performance - This is a lovely moisturiser, quite thin in texture and you can see it has a pearly look to it. It does give your skin a nice healthy look, not too strong and quite nice for non make up days, although a little to bare for me. My skin felt good after, but not terribly moisturised, so I wont be replacing my current moisturiser for this one . it claims to contain a firming agent, but I can't say my face felt any firmer after a few uses.
Overall, I think this is a nice product, but it is not worth they price tag and could be packaged be honestly.
** WHO ARE SOAP & GLORY? **
Soap & Glory was created by a very clever lady named Marcia Kilgore who is also the brain behind Bliss Spas and the new Fit flops range. Soap & Glory is now a huge bath and beauty range sold in boots, John Lewis and the similar large stores. Its products range from bubble bath and body lotion, to lip gloss and self-tan. Although the products are quite pricey compared to the rest of the market it definitely has made its mark in the beauty and body industry and has a strong, loyal customer base.
** BRIGHT HERE BRIGHT NOW **
Soap & Glory have a huge range of face products, everything from cleansers to peelers. I love how effective the past products I have used have been and I have been hunting for a basic face cream from them, but still with the extra Soap & glory tinge of excitement! So I was almost jumping up and down when I saw this in Boots and soon informed my boyfriend of why exactly it was so special.
Advertised as being an instant-radiance energy balm that makes dull skin dazzle, I already has visions of a glowing face. I definitely believe that using a skin illuminator alone or before make-up preps the skin on the face nicely and to be honest I haven't used one for a while, purely because I find them quite expensive. The last one I used was from The Body Shop but at almost £16 it pushed my pennies a little too far. Bright Here Bight Now is sold at around £10 for a 50ml tube but Boots have many 3 for 2 or 1/3 off the price offers on the Soap & Glory range so grab it on offer and you get a bargain.
From previous experience, Soap & glory packaging always exaggerated the benefits of their products and almost edge you to believe you will have instant magical Hollywood beauty. (If only!) Bright Here Bright Now is no different. With an attractive silver foil tube and pink lid and pink and white writing you can't help but be charmed by this promising face cream.
The talented balm seems to make it sound so simple and easy. INSTANT radiance and beautiful luminous skin. As well as moisturising natural oils and their immediate face firming 'instantight 2' whatever that is! Obviously their secret ingredient that they don't wish to be disclosed. It really does sound too good to be true. I am however, hopeful as always when it comes to Soap & glory. Even if they don't fulfil the full potential I hope the balm does give my skin a somewhat important lift and make it worthy of a show or two.
** SO... WHAT IS IT LIKE TO USE? **
Simple. Apply generously to clean skin whenever your face is flagging. It advises you to use it like moisturiser or mix it into your make-up. I like the fact that this product is so easy to use and doesn't require any special massage techniques or certain night time rituals for it to work. The first thing you notice when using the balm is that it is actually more of a cream. The thick, creamy gold liquid has a hint of shimmer in it and it spreads out really well.
As soon as the cream is applied to the face it has an almost refreshing and uplifting feel to it and as the cream sinks into the skin you automatically feel your face become soft and moisturised. I love the instant effect and the cream sinks in amazingly well without leaving any stickiness or greasiness. Absolutely perfect. My skin felt so moisturised and refreshed I almost didn't want to out any make-up on. It makes you want to keep stoking your face because it really does feel soft and smooth.
The apricot kernel oil and Aloe Vera doesn't just add the skin softening qualities to the skin but also gives the cream an uplifting 'green' fragrance. Almost imagine freshly cut grass! Very natural and friendly, with a hint of methyl added in. It is similar to a lot of their face range and differs from the fruity scent that Soap & glory body lotions and bath creams usually have. It is definitely uplifting and I think this adds to the dazzle effect as it uplifts your senses.
In terms of leaving the skin luminous, it isn't extremely shimmery or bright but it definitely gives your skin a smooth and glowing appeal. My skin looks softer and slightly healthier when I use this cream and it works super well under foundation. It works as a great primer for the skin, creating a soft and silky base that left my foundation looking flawless. The cream by itself is good. It adds softness and a little glow, but under make-up it really does brighten up the skin. When I walked in, even my mum looked and said 'wow'. (That's when I know she is impressed!). She even used some herself!
I use this every morning before work and if I have a make-up free day then I tend to just smooth it in whenever I see it as I love the silky smooth feeling. A great product that I really love having on my face as it compliments any make-u you wear and adds a bit of something special to your visage without turning you into a shimmering wreck.
** RECOMMENDATION **
In my opinion this is perfect for all skin types because it isn't greasy so won't add to already oily skin but it sinks into the face easy enough, leaving added softness so it will benefit dry skin as well as combination skin. Bright Here Bright Now doesn't have magic powers and it didn't male my skin 'Dazzle' but it did make it look and feel silky smooth and slightly healthier.
I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a good make-up base but who doesn't want to add cream over cream every morning. I also recommend it to someone who wants generally healthier looking skin without spending a huge amount of money. This does have a way of making the face look healthier. It might be the subtle shine it leaves but I can't 100% put my finger on it but I know it works.
The price in my opinion is fair for a tube which will last more then a month with generous application once or twice a day. If you use anymore then obviously your usage time will decrease but I also believe it will prolong the lift of your foundation. It helps the foundation glide on and spread easier so that you don't have to cake the foundation on.
The cream comes beautifully packaged in the fun retro pink box and is a lovely little present and also a general good buy or pick me up. Recommended by me and my mum!
Thanks for reading!