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Last year, I went through a phase of buying loads of Body Shop products. I probably wouldn't have bought this Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder Mix, but it was free when I spent over a certain amount, and it's been languishing in my cupboard ever since. I decided that it was about time to give it a try.
As the name suggests, the product is designed to "awaken skin radiance", improving the tone and texture of the skin. It is a serum and powder which contains 5% Vitamin C when mixed. The serum and powder is made with Amazonian camu camu, rich in Vitamin C, and Community Trade aloe vera. The product should be freshly mixed and used straight away over a period of ten days in order to work. It comes in a bright orange box to match the other items in the Vitamin C range, and the bottle inside is clear glass with two plastic lids - one white, containing the powder, and one orange, to use as a dispenser.
The packaging states that you should use the product twice a day on freshly cleansed skin, under moisturiser. In this way it resembles standard serums. An instruction leaflet that comes in the box explains how to mix the serum and powder - simply press down on the top, shake, then switch lids - and these instructions were easy to follow. You do have to press down pretty hard on the lid though, so be warned!
Once mixed, you apply the serum from out of the tube-style orange lid. I was worried that it might be a bit greasy and thick, but in fact it had a light non-oily texture and a lovely citrus scent. My face did look a bit shiny after application, but when I applied my moisturiser afterwards this seemed to 'mattify' the skin and it didn't look much more shiny than usual. It made a good base for makeup, too. The mix didn't irritate my skin at all and didn't give me any spots, which was good!
My little bottle of serum lasted two weeks after being used both morning and night. You're only really supposed to use it for ten days but I decided to go ahead and use up the lot. You only need a little at once so the bottle does go a long way.
So what was the effect on my skin? Well, there wasn't a dramatic difference, but I did notice that my skin looked brighter and more radiant after I started using the mix, and for a few days after I stopped. I do have pretty good skin anyway so perhaps someone with dull skin might notice a dramatic difference. However, I could clearly tell that I had been using something good on my skin.
I don' t know if I would buy this again, as it didn't make a dramatic difference - I would rather use a Lush fresh face mask which has a positive effect and costs less. However, I would tentatively recommend it to someone who has dull skin and would like to try and brighten it up.