“ Brand: Superdrug / Texture: Balm / Type: Face Balm / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: regenerates / Product line: Superdrug Natural „
I am a member of moneysavingexpert.com and some time ago now they did a 'hunt' (which is basically a forum where you can post stuff) for the best beauty bargains under a fiver. I was a regular poster on the forum as I generally don't believe in paying a fortune for supposed wonder products which claim to make you look like a super model and generally have little or no effect. Anyway, on the forum there was a lot of buzz about 'replacements' or like for like cheapies such as an alternative to Crème de la Mer, or Benefit Lemon Aid or Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. Superdrug's Natural High Radiance Balm was mentioned a hundred times over as a great alternative to Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and this got me intrigued. Firstly, I didn't know much about the Beauty Flash Balm, then once I did read up on all of the miracle claims, I decided to go out and buy the Superdrug equivalent to try it out. I can't comment on the similarities here as I've never used the Clarins product, all I can do is review the product in question, though this was the reason I bought it.
So, the product comes in a little non-descript pale green tube - it has a plastic sticker on the front and reverse with the Natural High logo and list of ingredients, etc on the reverse. It specifies that it is dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types owing to the natural ingredients it boasts. It includes Organic Olive Oil to smooth, soften and tone as well as Witch Hazel, a soothing anti-inflammatory plus Elderberry which is apparently nourishing and toning which improves radiance. It also contains light reflective particles to give an instant illuminating lift to skin - leaving it 'soft, smooth and radiant'. The instructions advise you to smooth it over skin when a boost is required - and if a beauty treat is required, to slather it on thick, lay back and relax then remove (almost like a moisture face mask).
Now the truth! I used it as a moisturiser a couple of days out of the week when I was feeling pretty rubbish. The first thing to note is the rich consistency, and the smell - which is absolute divinity - if I could eat it I probably would. I smoothed it on to my skin and it felt quite nice and absorbed well. I expected to look like a different woman, but I didn't - no surprise there then. And the light reflective particles are actually little bits of glitter, so I looked like I'd powdered myself with dazzle dust or something which wasn't the most professional look I've gone to work with! It felt nice though and was quite mattifying - which is nice from a moisturiser, some make me feel greasy, but this was different. Really nice texture.
After an initially disappointing start and a glittery face, I decided that at £4 for 2 x 50 ml tubes I couldn't complain (think it is usually around £4 a tube, it was on offer at the time I bought it though), and I wore it for about 2 weeks. That's when I noticed the horrific degeneration of my clear complexion in to a big spotty mess! Honestly, I usually have very clear skin, I've been known to have plenty of break outs in my 20's but after finally settling with No.7 products my skin has been great - until I used this. I don't know if it's because it is a very rich product, which contains (natural) oils, or whether it's those glittery particles, but something made my skin breakout and look terrible. Obviously I stopped using the product, and it has now been demoted to an emergency desk hand cream!
To sum it up, it wasn't suitable for my skin and I didn't like the glittery finish. It's an okay moisturiser for the money and while it doesn't work miracles it has a lovely fragrance and texture - and absorbs in to skin very well. I would encourage anyone buying it to test it over a couple of weeks on the bit of neck behind your ear to ensure you don't break out or have a reaction to it before slathering it all over your face! But, if it does work for you, for a couple of quid, I'm sure it does rival it's Clarins equivalent (and if not, at least you won't have spent £30 finding out!)
*** Glow for it! ***
This product is part of Superdrug's own-brand Natural High range. Other products in the Natural High range include face wipes, day cream, night cream and face wash. The range has everything you need for your skincare routine!
The Radiance Balm I am reviewing here comes in a pale green tube, which weighs 50ml and costs £4.49. Currently, though, Superdrug is selling two Natural High products for a fiver, so a very good deal and virtually BOGOF!
*** What's inside? ***
The front of the tube lists the main ingredients and their properties:
Organic olive oil - smoothes, softens and tones
Witchhazel - a soothing anti-inflammatory
Elderberry - nourishes and tones to improve radiance
The cream contains tiny light reflecting particles to give your face a glow!
*** Super smell ***
I love the smell of this product. It is really unusual for a face cream - which usually have more subtle fragrances - but this is more like a body cream. It's quite fruity and although it is a strong smell I really liked it and this added to my enjoyment of applying the cream. However, this may put some people off so if you prefer a fragrance-free or lightly scented face cream, this isn't for you.
*** Pearly white ***
The cream has a slight pearly colour to it, and a bit of shimmer in the light, and it's a nice rich consistency. It's very easily absorbed into the skin, and gives the face a real moisture boost. I loved applying it, and the fresh smell made it a pleasure to use.
*** Radiant? ***
But what about the glow? This is where the balm loses a star from me, as I expected at least a slight glow - but I didn't notice anything. However, I do have a light Asian skintone, so this may work better on paler complexions.
*** Summary ***
Overall I really liked using the product, but I can't vouch for any radiance boost! But it is a perfectly pleasant face cream with a nice smell, that leaves skin noticeably softer!