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Superdrug Instant Radiance Balm

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Brand: Superdrug / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Subcategory: Balm / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: regenerates,

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      26.01.2013 12:04
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      A great cream which is suitable for all skin types

      Superdrug do their own range of beauty products called Natural High and I've tried a few things and so far really liked them all. They are not too expensive and all seem to be quite good quality products. One of the ones I'm currently using is their Natural High instant radiance balm. This cost me £3.99 last time I bought some and for this I got 50ml of product.

      I have a very pale complexion and as soon as I used this cream for the very first time I instantly felt and noticed it gave my skin a great shimmery light glow. The best thing about this cream is the great fruity smell it has. It's quite an intense smell so if you prefer face creams with little or no fragrance, then I strongly suggest you steer well clear of this cream. It is quite an intense smell, though I personally really love it.

      The cream is absorbed almost instantly and it feels light and fresh on my skin. It contains witchazel, olive oil and elderberry and it has tiny light reflecting pigments that really do add a lovely glow to my tired looking skin. This is a great cream to wear on its own at weekends if I'm popping out and cannot be bothered to do the full foundation or tinted moisturiser routine.

      The cream appears to be suitable for those with sensitive skin and it causes me no nasty adverse reactions. It also lasts for ages as I only need to apply a small amount and it gives me immediate hydration and makes my skin feel so soft and supple.

      I really love this cream, it's a great price and I recommend it totally.

      Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons

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      02.03.2006 19:48
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      gorgeous skin brightening cream

      Clarins make a product called ‘Beauty flash balm’ which is a cream/balm that you apply to your skin and it supposedly gives your skin a lovely natural glow. I kept seeing it advertised in beauty magazines, and everyone seemed to be going on about how great it was, but unfortunately it was way, way out of my price range.

      Browsing in Superdrug one Saturday afternoon, I spotted a tube of Superdrug Instant Radiance Balm. I tried some on the back of my hand (as we girls do!), and was instantly impressed. Straight away I could see that my skin looked a lot brighter on the hand to which I had applied the balm. I loved the smell as well – very subtle and delicate, I think it smells very luxurious.

      It contains Orange, Wheatgerm oil, and olive.

      Being only £2.99 for a 50ml tube, it was a bargain, and I couldn’t wait to get home to try it!

      PACKAGING

      It comes in a white squeezy tube with silver writing. There is a pink sticker with the products name, and a really cute picture of four leaves arranged in the shape of a butterfly. Although the tube is quite plain, it also looks fairly stylish.

      USING IT

      This product should be applied to your face and neck before applying make-up to give it a lovely glow. The first mistake I made with this product, was that I used far too much. A little goes a long way, remember this is a balm, not a lotion, therefore you only need a dab, otherwise you will find it hard to wipe off and you may end up looking overly shiny!
      The tube also says that this can be used as a mask for a ‘special treat’. You just need to apply a thick layer to the face, leave 15 minutes and remove. I have not tried this myself, but next time the winter weather has got to my skin I might give it a go.

      IS IT ANY GOOD?

      Yes! When it’s on your skin it does make it look brighter and the first time I went to work with this on my face I actually had a few compliments! It does not irritate my skin or cause any redness either, which is good, as I have had that problem in the past.
      Another thing I have noticed, which I wasn’t expecting, is that it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth.
      I have been using it for quite a few months now, and although I don’t use it every day, I really love it and will definitely buy another tube when mine runs out!

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        26.02.2003 00:51
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        "Superdrug Natural High Instant Radiance Balm is the perfect 'pick me up' to give your skin that special beauty boost", claims the back of the tube. And I couldn't agree more! This product is dermatologically tested, and is suitable for all skin types. I first heard of this product in a magazine article, probably about a year ago. According to the author, everyone in the magazines offices had become addicted to the stuff. She described it as a miracle cure for dull, tired skin, and praised it so highly that i just had to see for myself what all the fuss was about, so I went out and bought some. And I have to say, I can see why she praised it so highly! The balm comes in a dinky little 50ml tube, which makes it the perfect size for travelling. The tube is silver, with a translucent plastic lid, and is easily identifiable as it has the Natural High logo clearly on he front. The writing on the front of the tube is in a different colour for each different point that is being made, but the writing is quite small, and so might be quite difficult for some people to read. The small hole in the nozzle makes sure that you don't dispense too much, and allows you to easily direct the balm where you want it to go. This, in turn, makes the balm really easy to apply with the fingers. The balm has a strange sort of herby smell to it, probably due to the Linden Blossom, but although it is quite strange, it is still pleasant and not at all overpowering. The balm itself is the perfect consistency, making it easily absorbed into the skin. It is also a very light formula, and so doesn't feel greasy, clog pores or create a layer on your skin. I usually have to be really careful about which products I use as I have sensitive skin, but this didn't irritate my skin at all. The Linden Blossom and Vitamin E halp to restore and protect the skin, whilst Witch Hazel and Milk Protein help to provide a
        lifting and brightening effect. I found that this product was particularly effective at brightening the skin, and it would make the perfect solution for any time that you can't properly cleanse your face, like when you're on a long flight for example. The balm also moisturises for up to 12 hours, giving your skin a really soft and smooth appearance, and a more uniform tone, and so acts as a great base for make up. For a more intensive treatment, the balm can be spread more thickly onto the skin and left for 15 minutes. This intensifies the already amazing results, and makes the perfect detox treatment for your skin. I really can't praise this highly enough! I would recommend that everyone tries this product, whether to use daily, or just to keep for when your skin really needs it. And at just £3.99 a tube, why not!?!

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          23.01.2002 18:21
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          This stuff is always touted in beauty pages as the inexpensive alternative to Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and so having tired looking skin but always being hard up, I thought I’d give it a go. It comes in a cheap and cheerful plastic tube, all pink and silver. Unfortunately the silver rubbed off the lid every time I opened it, would flake off onto my fingers and then be transferred onto my face as I applied the cream. Not surprisingly silver-grey specks dotted across my face did nothing to improve the appearance of my skin. Luckily this balm lasts for ages and I've been using it so long that all the paint has flaked off, so I no longer have to worry about looking like I've just failed a casting for the Wizard of Oz. (besides, I'd make a much better Wicked Witch of the West than the Tin Man) So what was the cream itself like? Well, it claims to be formulated to “provide an extra beauty boost for your skin”. It contains natural products like Linden Blossom, Vitamin E, milk protein and Witch Hazel to “provide a lifting and brightening effect”. Well, I've never heard of Linden Blossom, or have a clue as to its properties but we all know how good protein, Vitamin E and Witch Hazel are meant to be for the skin. It's a light cream which is absorbed easily but it does have a surprising smell for something that pertains to be so natural. Its not unpleasant, just strong so sniff before you buy. As a moisturiser it does a perfectly good job, leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. The Witch Hazel has the added benefits of refreshing and tightening the skin, don’t be surprised to feel a tingling when you apply it. The results aren’t visibly very different, don’t expect under eye shadows and blemishes to miraculously disappear upon application but your skin will feel brighter and fresher as a result of regular use. The directions say you can also apply a thicker layer as an "intensive mo
          isture mask" - just leave it for 15 minutes then remove. I was a bit sceptical that just bunging more on will make much of a difference, it seemed like a ploy to get me to use it up quicker, thus having to run out and spend more money on another tube. Or am I just being cynical? Well, in the interests of this op I did try it and it just left my skin feeling smothered and slightly uncomfortable and in fact the benefits were minimal. However as a daily mosituriser it really is very good, particularly as a base before applying foundation. Like lots of moisturisers it contains UV filters which is generally a good thing, stopping those dangerous sun rays from wrinkling and ruining our skin. However research has been done that suggests in the winter months we don't get enough vitamin A from the sun because we're so smothered in UV filtering products that weaker winter rays just don't stand a chance. All in all, this is a lovely little balm, quite effective if not miraculous, it lasts for ages and its great value for money. Just beware of that darn silver paint!

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            20.11.2001 23:57
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            It has taken me a year and a half to discover this little wonder - but better late than never! When superdrug brought out their Natural High, Instant Radiance Balm, it was hailed as the poor girls' 'Clarins Beauty Flash Balm' (which is a celebrity favourite). At less than a quarter of the price, it was certainly worth a try. The pink and silver tube is shamelessly girly, but what the heck - I like it. The smell has been described as unusual as it contains some strange ingredients, including witch hazel. Personally I thought it was just like Turkish Delight - an aquired taste but one I certainly took to. It's probably best to give it a sniff before you buy it just in case you take an aversion to the scent as it is quite strong. Oh yes, and I nearly forgot - It works too! Yes, for your £3.95, you get a rather nice moisuriser, crossed between and gel and a cream. It goes on easily; feels really fresh and sinks in quickly. You can top it up if you think you'll be needing a bit extra, leave it as it is - or stick on lashings of the stuff and use it like a face pack. It seems to help perk up my skin making it look like I've had more sleep than I actually have. Dark circles are reduced quite a bit and skins glows like a baby's! After my usual two coats, it definitely lasts the distance. All in all, I think that this will be yet another beauty staple added to my list.

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              16.08.2001 04:45
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              I bought Superdrug's Instant Radiance Balm hoping that it would be the perfect budget version of the legendary Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - sadly it wasn't as good as I had first heard. I could not afford to pay around £18 (I think) for Clarins so I tried Superdrugs radiance balm instead. (around £4) At first test the balm seemed to absorb into the skin on my hand perfectly, and the smell was very nice. I prefer products that don't smell too strongly, but as soon as I tried the balm on my face I found the smell very overpowering. Though it did absorb into my skin very well, and it left it feeling nice and smooth and soft I found that my skin felt uncomfortable ( I know that sounds odd but it did!)because of the smell. I hoped that having linden blossom and witch hazel, (5% of each in it) that it would smell quite natural but it didn't. A yummy smell but too concentrated. I liked what this product did to my skin, but I just couldn't use it again - less smell and I definitely would. For anyone interested in buying this product, give it a go, other reviews of it were very positive, at such a cheap price it's worth trying out. But if you have sensitive skin ( or nose) steer clear of it!

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                19.07.2000 06:39
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                It was an absolute nightmare trying to get hold of this product when it first came out, as there were never any tubes left in the shops. It is a good and effective product, which works as a moisturising booster for your skin. It is particularly good around the eye/ puffy cheeks area. It has a pleasant, if rather unusual smell, and contains witchhazel and linden blossom. It goes on to the surface of the skin very smoothly and is absorbed quickly. It is priced at £3.95 and there are other equally effective products in the range. It is an attractive small pink tube, with a silver lid (which in initially packaging, the silver would come off on your hands). It is supposed to act as a flash beauty treatment, in other words - working to solve dull skin quickly (ie. "in a flash"). It brings a brightness to the skin, and leaves it feeling supple and somehow "brighter".

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                02.07.2000 02:12
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                This is a new product which I have just discovered and I'm impressed. Apparently it is just like Vichys Instant Beauty Flash but a lot cheaper! It is a lovely pink colour and retails for £3.95. You can put it on instead of a moisturiser and it provides a lifting and brightening effect. It helps to provide an even tone to the skin. I find it helps brighten up my skin when I'm hungover and it is very cooling too! The other good thing is you can also apply more and use it as an intensive moisture mask - put it on and leave for 15 mins then wash it off. The tube lasts for ages but be warned they sell out fast!

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