Product Type: Soap & Glory body care
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Member Name: walsha11
Soap & Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw Softening Lotion
Advantages: bottle, long lasting, versatile
Disadvantages: price, messy, watery
This Hocus Focus lotion is another Soap & Glory product I have been using recently (if you read my reviews you can tell I buy a lot of their products). I purchased this one a couple of months ago mostly because there was a 3 for 2 deal and also because I am easily duped by information on a box. This product claimed to be a 'blast of brilliance for tired skin' - I felt like it was talking to me, a university course and about a million jobs means I definitely have tired skin. It also boasts luminospheres which sounded so complicated that I knew they had to be good, that's consumer logic for you. I did like the idea of the flaw-softening technology, visible pore reduction and diffusion of uneven pigmentation. In fact it all sounded rather good, so I was convinced.
The lotion comes in a lovely pink, black and white box which represents the quirky branding for this range well. It has those lovely retro images of women using the product and loads of wonderful humorously displayed information. The lotion itself comes in a heavy, very solid feeling bottle. I'm not sure what it is made of but it certainly isn't plastic. It has a pump at the top and a clear lid which sits on top of that. I really like the look of the bottle, it feels very well made, durable ans functional whilst also being rather pretty. It is pearlescent in colour with pink writing on the front. It is the perfect size for your hand and is very easy to use even if your hands are a little slippery or greasy from applying your make up. I think the design overall is really great and you can tell that the bottle is very good quality and designed to last.
The product squirts easily from the bottle - depending on what you use it for you probably only want one pump. The pump is quite hard to push down but this is actually a good thing as it means you can control the amount of lotion that you squirt from it. I never find that I end up with too much. The lotion itself it also pearlescent in colour and a lot more liquid than I had imagined it to be. Lotions I would generally assume to be a thin moisturiser but this is more of a liquid - it might get a little messy too because it is so thin. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing but I did expect the consistency to be a little more like the highlighter product sold by benefit which are a little thicker. The thinness of the lotion does make it very easily to rub in to your face, though I often feel like I end up with as much on my hands as I do on my face.
It can actually be use for several different purposes so I will run through those and explain my experiences with them:
You can use this as a base for your make up if mixed with a moisturiser or applied alone. The product goes on easily and leaves your face with a glowing, dewy quality which is very nice. I wouldn't say that it reduces the appearance of my pores or uneven skin but it does give my skin a nice sheen. Foundation applied over the top looks smooth and fresh and your skin remains feeling hydrated, although sometimes a little sticky or wet for longer than usual. I think it works well at this function and this is probably what I use it for most.
You can use it in combination with your foundation to give your skin an added glowing dimension. I think it also works well in this way although it does water down my foundation a little bit which can be a bit annoying as I like thicker foundations. It can also leave your skin feeling a little wet or tacky for longer than usual but this does dry eventually. The only annoying aspect is that I apply powder over the top and it can sometimes make my powder brush a little wet. I would suggest letting it dry for a little bit although obviously if you are in a hurry, which I often am, this is not ideal.
You can also use this product as a highlighter for your cheekbones/eyebrow/eye socket etc. I don't think it works as well for this purpose because of the watery consistency of the lotion. It does create a lovely shine but it is a little hard to control and get exactly where you want it. I usually use benefit moon beam of high beam for my highlighter (only really when I am going out though, not for every day) and the thicker consistency of these works well for a highlighter. However, these products are expensive and if you want something to use everyday I think this is a pretty good alternative.
You can use this alone as a face highlighter to even your skin and to give a little added glow. Admittedly I haven't use it much for this purpose but I am soon to go on holiday and hope that this will prove to be a useful product. When I have used it in this way I have combined it with a little bit of moisturiser to give added hydration and SPF for sunny days. I think the lotion gives a lovely glowing, dewy quality to the skin which looks very fresh and it maintains the shine well for the majority of the day. I do think though that you end up with as much shine on your hands as you do on your face and that's a little annoying as you really don't get your moneys worth.
Overall I think this is a good product. I don't use it everyday but when I do use it in combination with my make up I really like the effect it has on my skin and the way it looks. The lotion costs roughly £13.00 from Boots although you can find it cheaper in deals, online and at other consumers on the high street. I would shop around for it and find the cheapest price because £13.00 is probably a little steep for a product like this. I do really like using it but I think has it been packaged in a cheaper, plastic bottle it might have been cheaper and therefore more cost effective. I bought my Hocus Focus a couple of months ago and have barely made a dent in the contents so I think it will probably last me for anything up to a year.
I have to say I would recommend this product, especially if you are going on holiday and want a fresh faced alternative to your usual foundation. Just make sure you shop for a cheap price and maybe don't expect it to do everything brilliantly.
Summary: A versatile product perfect for your holiday.