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      02.01.2014 18:50
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      A good concealer and morale booster from Boots.

      It's a long time since I bought any make up but in the Autumn I found myself at the grand age of 56 trying to re-enter the job market and I decided that I needed all the help that I could get. I live close to Gibraltar where there are many cosmetic and perfume shops but mostly these are very expensive so I found myself looking around in the U.K. I remembered seeing an advert on the TV for Boots with a special offer of a foundation and a matching concealer which would be sold at half price so on my return flight I bought the pair in Gatwick airport.

      What is it?

      Boots No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer is a liquid concealer designed to be used under your eyes to disguise dark circles and puffiness. It claims that it's light reflecting particles brightens your skin and leaves you looking healthy and refreshed. It can also be used anywhere that needs brightening up or to conceal a blemish.

      How is it packaged?

      It comes in a slim black and white box containing a white pen like tube about 11cms long which has a pull off top which reveals a small brush just like a little paint brush. At the base of the tube is a button which you click to release the fluid to the brush head. It contains 25ml of hypo-allergenic fluid concealer.

      How to use it.

      It does take a few clicks of the button to get the liquid through at first but then you simply dot a little of the concealer under your eyes or anywhere else you like and then smooth in gently with your finger tip. After use the brush should be cleaned with a tissue, not with water and the top put on firmly. I often forget to clean the brush and so far the liquid has not dried up.

      How do I use it?

      I have very fair skin but also a bit of a tan and the assistant recommended shade no 2, (there are three shades available) which matches my skin tone well. I have some scarring due to sun damage and I found that if I painted a little of this on the area it became much less noticeable. I also put a few drops in the inside corners of my eyes which have some dark marks looking as if I have wiped my eyes with a a sooty finger. I also paint a little drop onto 4 or 5 dark spots that I have and smooth them in gently with my finger. I put a few dots under each eye and again gently smooth them in. Afterwards I apply the matching foundation and the job's done.

      My Opinion.

      I am very pleased with the results. It is easy and smooth to apply with just the right amount of fluid on the brush and improves my blemishes so that they are hardly noticeable. I have used it on it's own and it gives my face a much smoother appearance. The first time I used it in combination with the Lift and Luminate Foundation, I actually said "Gosh", at the face in the mirror! It has given me much more confidence at facing the world of work again which was the initial idea. I find that I have to apply it again after 4 or 5 hours but it is so easy to carry that it is not a problem. I have used it daily for two months and have not found it to be running out at all. Unlike a stick concealer it does not drag at my skin nor leave any thick bits in the wrinkles! I am not an expert on make up so I cannot compare it to many other concealers but i shall be buying it again. For all these qualities I am awarding it,

      5 out of 5 stars.

      Available from Boots stores and on line. The full cost is currently 12.95 pounds so watch out for special offers. I believe that the buy one get the second half price offer is still on.

      Thanks for reading my review, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash.

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      12.09.2012 23:15
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      Instant Radiance Concealer

      My dark under eye circles have driven me up the wall for many years now. After finally accepting that I'll never get rid of them completely, I set about trying to find the most effective way of covering them with makeup to make them less noticeable. Whilst having my makeup applied by a lady who seemed to know her stuff, I was told that this product would be the answer to all my prayers so I purchased a tube in shade 1, the lightest shade, and hoped that the dreaded circles would be eradicated.

      There are only 3 shades available, which sadly isn't enough to compliment everyone's skin tone. I am very pale and often find that makeup is way too dark for my complexion, but shade 1 is actually perfect for me which was pleasantly surprising. It cost around £13 for 2.5ml when I purchased it which I think is a little steep in price as I can buy my favourite under eye concealer for £5 (and it works much better in my opinion!) It comes in a black tube with a clicky button on the end and a brush on the other end. The click button is a good design as it is very easy to use and means that you don't waste product as it doesn't gush out all over the place! The black tube however, means that you can't see how much concealer you've used so when you've finished the tube it simply clicks differently but you get no prior warning.

      I personally think that this concealer works well on less severe under eye dark circles as it's light reflecting and provides decent coverage. However, for dark circles like mine, which as worse than average, I have to use this product on top of another similar concealer to brighten the under eye area as it doesn't provide enough coverage on its own. It does, however, stay put for hours and I don't usually end up touching up my concealer throughout the day which is great.

      I would recommend this concealer to people who are looking to banish their dark circles but for anyone who considers theirs to be on the more severe end of the scale, I would suggest that this isn't the product for you.

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      11.09.2012 23:30
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      A really good concealer for that delicate eye area!

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      Personally I think the No 7 range can be a hit and miss. I find the foundations and eyeshadows average but face wash and skin care quiet good. This concealer is easily the best No 7 product I've used.

      The Product
      This is advertised as a light reflecting concealer for under the eyes. It applied through a pen type stick with a light brush head. To transfer concealer from the pen onto the brush you need to click the bottom of the pen. (for the first application you will need to click repeatedly - about 20/25 times to get the product to appear (I think this is a mechanism installed to make sure that it isn't effectively clicked on in the shops before you buy it which I suppose is a good idea albeit a bit annoying the first time you use it).

      Once there is enough concealer on the head you simply brush this under the eyes. The brush is very soft and gentle and easily transfers colour onto the skin. The concealer is light in consistency and must have some magic ingredients which makes skin look smoother and lighter. It effectivly covers under eye circles/dark shadows but is light enough to easily blend into the skin and be non obvious.

      There are three colours - light medium and dark - to choose from. I have a light to medium skin tone but find the light colour works best on me.

      Positives
      Easy to use
      Effectively covers dark circles/concealers fine lines
      Much cheaper than some other eye concealer brands at c£13
      Once applied the concealer lasts for hours
      Is very light - I actually prefer this to the more expensive premium YSL brand which I find too heavy and a little noticable on skin
      Has no smell
      Nice pen packaging - fits in small handbags

      Negatives
      Doesn't conceal deep wrinkles
      Too light to be effective as a concealer for spots or red marks so can only be used under the eyes

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      15.09.2011 14:10

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      works well as a general concealor

      Although this concealor is designed to be used for the under eye area, I use it as a general concelaor for any blemishes or discolouring on my face. YSL's Touche Eclat have stolen the market for under eye concealor, and although I myself am not a fan, I think it is a hard marker for any other product to have a place in, but I think that this concealor manages.
      I've read before that you shouldn't use light refelcting concealor for under eye bags, as it draws attention to them by highlighing them, rather than masking them. I've never noticed any highlighting effects from this concealor at all, and have always found that it sits quite matt on top of my foundation.
      The concealor comes in an easy to use pen, and liquid is dispensed by pushing a button on the base that then pushes liquid into the brush so that it can be applied without touching the product.
      I would recommend this to a friend, especially as it is easy to find a £5 off voucher in Boots.

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      10.05.2011 10:43
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      Great product for making you look good.

      I love this product. It is almost a miracle worker when dealing with dark circles. The Boots Instant Radiance Concealer comes in a shiny black container with an easy to pull off top. Under this you will find a brush applicator. The concealer is a liquid similar in consistency to foundation. To access it you have to push the button at the base of the container. When you first get the product you have to click this button in repeatedly until the liquid comes through. This is a bit annoying to start with and I nearly took my concealer back when I bought my latest one, I didn't think it was ever going to come through. However, I persisted and now it is fine. Once it does appear you only need click the button once or twice to use it each time.

      The liquid pools in the bristles of the brush and then you can apply it to your eyes. A few strokes under each eye is all that is needed, then blend in with your fingers. It smooths in very easily and covers up those dark circles with light reflecting particles. It's effect is so dramatic that it often takes me back when I first apply it, I look in the mirror and think, 'Gosh I look odd', but no one has ever told me that so I guess I just look normal to everyone else.

      A tip from the make-up lady in Boots is that you should not apply anything else on top of the concealer, not even powder, as this stops the light reflecting particles from working. This means that occassionally I forget its there and rub my eyes and concealer comes away on my fingers, but usually the product lasts all day.

      It comes in three different shades, is fragrance free and hypo-allergenic.

      The container only holds 2.5ml of liquid, but this lasts a very long time as you only need to use a little each day. It's good design means the product does not dry out in the brush either.

      At a cost of £13.50 it is a tad on the expensive side, but it definately worth it.

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      18.04.2011 22:11
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      It appears you have infact had a good nights sleep if you use this product!

      The whole point of this is to be able to cover up panda eyes, and also for those random blemishes that may just appear, (although stylists will argue it should only be used for under the eyes!).

      The product --> This comes in a black, quite stylish pen like product. It can be turned so that more liquid comes out of the top, and then brushed on well. The brush is white, but I sometimes use this to dot in around the eyes and then I rub it in with my finger. It has No 7 in gold down the side. There are a few different shades available.

      This product is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, making it suitable for my sensitive skin. This concealer works by reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, as the light reflecting particles help to brighten up the skin. However, because it does contain these skin coloured particles I also use it for the odd blemish.

      Having had a chance to use this product as well as Cliniques I do think that one is better. But this one still is great! It lasts for about 4-5 hours, but it is easily kept in a handbag so can be applied throughout the day! I buy shade 1, which is the lightest one and I do have pale skin. I must admit it does work great under the eyes to brighten them up, especially after a night drinking or just little sleep!

      There is 2.5ml in the pen, but I don't apply much under my eyes so it lasts for months.

      The cost --> Being a no 7 product it can only be brought from boots, but if you have an advantage card you get quite a few points! It also can be redeemed with points, or if you have a money off voucher get £5 off. t is £13.50, which is a bit expensive but worth it. The reason I prefer the clinique one is because I think it lasts longer.

      I would recommend to try this product in store, but I am generally happy with it. It certainly does its job at covering up the darkness and the puffyness!

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        13.09.2010 14:27
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        Recommended!

        No.7 Instant Radiance Concealer, 12ml
        £13.25 (which will earn you 52 advantage card points worth 52p)

        I love No 7 products and have tried (and reviewed!) many, many items in the range. I first bought Instant Radiance Concealer around 2 years ago and have used it an and off ever since.

        The concealer comes in a long, slim pen; taking the lid off you will see a small brush that is similar to those cheap kids paintbrushes you often find, although this one is a bit thicker.
        To get the concealer out, you should push the small 'clicker' button on the top of the pen. I find that I need to click to 4-5 times to get enough concealer out.

        You can then apply wherever it's needed. I tend to use it under my eyes as I have quite prominent dark circles, I'll also use it when I get a spot every now and again. I tend to wipe a small amount under my eyes then use my finger to even it out as it would take ages to get a nice finish just using the brush.

        I quite like using the pen for my concealer as it is a handy size, the brush is quite small and soft, and it only lets a small amount of concealer out each time. I thus have no worries of squeezing too hard and wasting any, as you could with a bottle or tube (this is a good job really, considering the price!).

        The concealer itself is very soft and creamy; it is a liquid concealer and is quite runny compared to some other concealers but I quite like this as it is easier to apply and to get a nice finish with.

        You have a choice of three colours, so most people should be able to find a good colour match, I do find that No 7 make-up doesn't tend to cater for darker skin tones, an 'olive' tone is as far as they tend to go (although you may still struggle at that).

        I find the concealer quick and easy to use; the concealer lasts for most of the day, which I am quite impressed with, and it makes a nice base for foundation.

        I really like this product although am quite put-off by the price. I bought a very similar concealer from Avon last year that was less than half the price and did almost the same job. The finish wasn't as perfect, although as I use the concealer under foundation anyway, this doesn't matter as much.

        I would thus suggest that if you use concealer under other products as I do, to try the Avon version (I can't remember the name, but it comes in the same pen style as this one).
        If you use concealer alone, and therefore need a better finish then you may be better off with this one as it is a great product, I would still recommend giving the Avon one a go though as it could save you a small fortune over the years.

        To sum up; a nice product, just a little overpriced for my liking (although Boots regularly have offers on No 7 items so it is worth a try if you can get it a little cheaper).

        If you like the sound of it get in quick as boots are giving out those fab No 7 goody bags again, and don't forget your advantage card as the points you make are the equivalent of a 4% discount.

        And unlike most other beauty/cosmetics companies, if you are at all unhappy with any No7 product you can return it for a full refund, as long as you have your receipt.

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          25.08.2010 12:55
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          A good concealer, but i'm sure there are better ones for this price

          I am prone to getting dark circles under my eyes - probably as a result of a poor sleeping pattern. For a long time I used only excess foundation to cover them, but this often resulted in them appearing too white. I borrowed some of my mother's Instant Radiance Concealer and was surprised by how much more effective it was than a mere foundation covering. From there I decided to purchase some for myself.

          The product comes in a black tube with gold text printed on it. It contains 2.5ml of the concealer. The cap pops off to reveal a white bristle-brush, which is dry to begin with. The other end of the pen is equipped with a push mechanism which must be depressed approximately 3 - 5 times for the concealer to work its way into the bristles for you to apply it. This is a nice touch, as it means the concealer is dispensed slowly and evenly, and minimises waste. It also allows you to control application and use as little or as much of it as you please. The concealer is available in three shades, so you can select the most appropriate colour for your skin.

          The concealer boasts light-reflecting properties, but these are very subtle and will not leave your skin too shiny. The concealer works best when you decant a few dabs of it on your under eye skin, then blend it over the area with your fingertips. I chose a shade that was very similar to the colour of my foundation, and found that the concealer blended seamlessly with it. It did not make my under eye circles disappear completely, but it did significantly reduce their appearance and was much more effective than solid concealer stick, which went cakey after a time. The Instant Radiance Concealer is smooth and gives a natural finish, but I did feel it was a touch too greasy.

          Retailing at £13.35 in Boots stores, this is a very good concealer but it could be better. It greatly reduced the appearance of my dark under eye circles, and 2.5ml of the product lasted me approximately 6 - 7 months. I would certainly recommend this product, and although I still use it I am still looking for a slightly more effective one.

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          14.08.2010 18:31
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          Easy to use under eye concealer

          I used to be an avid buyer of Touche Eclat but now I am a student I had to find a much cheaper alternative as my budget wouldn't stretch that far! Boots regularly do a no7 make up coupon which is given out if you spend over £5 in Boots and entitles you to £5 off a no7 product. This makes the price of the Instant Radiance Concealer £8.25 which I think is a lot more reasonable than the pricer alternative. Mine tends to last me between 2-3 months.

          The Instant Radiance Concealer comes in 3 shades, entitle shade I, II or III (genius!). It is very very similar to the Touche Eclat, it is in the form of a pen, which has a button at one end which is clicked and then releases the concealer out into the brush at the other end. When first purchased it takes a fair few clicks to get going but then I tend to use 2-3 clicks per day although it can be more if I look particularly tired!

          I apply the concealer under my eyes, sweep it over using the pen and then blend with my fingers before I apply foundation and then also just at the side of my nose. After applying foundation I tend to do a few touch ups to ensure a flawless finish.

          I find the product to be long lasting and it does do what I intend it to do- it brightens my face and hides the dreaded under eye circles- that unfortunately these days can be a fact of life!

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          02.07.2010 13:40
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          Overall this does a great job at reducing how noticeable any dark circles might be

          Boots No 7 instant radiance concealer

          I am sure I am not alone out there in being a bit of a terrible sleeper, and this often shows in the form of dark circles around my eyes much, more than I would prefer. Thanks to this I have quite a few concealers and cover-ups that are aimed at making me look less like a sleep deprived zombie and faking the wide awake and bright eyed look. Among these is the Boots No 7 instant radiance concealer and it doesn't work wonders but it does make me look that much better than I often feel.

          --So what's so good about Boots No 7 instant radiance concealer?--

          It comes in three different shades, aptly named shade I, shade II and shade III. I am currently using shade II, which blends well. The concealer is easy to apply and smoothes into the delicate skin around the eye area without feeling or appearing dry, or looking too thick and patchy. When it is applied it looks lovely and natural, giving me enough coverage but without looking like I have plastered on the make-up.

          On the days I really need a bit of a reprieve from looking tired and worn out I apply this before my foundation and powder, then a little bit more just at the end of getting ready. It's not a thick concealer and it is smooth to go on so applying it that bit thicker doesn't make it look patchy or like I'm wearing a truck load of make-up, even when in fact I am.

          As with all these types of concealers it is set in a standard packaging of button press at the bottom, to release the amount you need into the brush head and then just sweep around under the eyes until you have the desired look.

          --The cost--

          At £13.25 it's one of Boots No 7's more expensive products, but it does the same good job as some of very similar but probably better advertised products that I have paid a small fortune for. I own three or four of these radiance concealers from big brand names and this is the cheapest of that bunch, but it manages to perform admirably at a considerable less price.

          --My overall opinion--

          In my opinion, I am going to give this a well deserved and well earned four out of five stars. It does a good job of making me look healthier and more awake on those days that I really need a little bit of extra help from my make-up. If you are shopping around for something like this then I would recommend that you try this out at the nearest Boots store.

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            16.04.2010 21:21
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            good concealer

            I first bought this a few months ago, luckily I got it on 3 for 2 with a no7 voucher. I've had sleeping problems since I was really young, I used to get away with it but now at 18 I'm getting dark circles. I've never been happy with any concealers I buy so most of the time I've just left the dark baddies on show. But since this concealer would be free, I'd give it a go.

            The appearance of the concealer is the biggest problem for me. It's a clicky pen where you click at the end and the concealer is supposed to come out, and on the tip is a little bristled brush. When I first tried to click it, NOTHING was coming out! I was clicking vigorously, I was begining to think, is it invisable? I popped it in my make up bag and abandoned it, I wasn't happy with any of the no7 products I got and dubbed them as useless.

            Until one morning after an all night, I had to be at college. My dark circles were terrible I was desperate for something to hide them with. I tried instant radance concealer again, got some product out this time after a few clicks. It had a creamy consistency. I used some under my eyes and dabbed it with a sponge for more coverage. I have to say it done an amazing job, my eyes lifted, I no longer looked like I was in need of some serious beauty sleep.

            It really masked my problem for me, and seemed to last all day. The only downside I would say if you are thinking of trying this then do one eye first as the concealer dries up so quickly. I used it on both eyes and by the time I was ready to do the second one it had gone cakey and dried up.

            It claims to reduce puffiness aswell, although I don't have eye bags just yet so can't comment on that. It is an undereye concealer and not really for the use of spots. You shouldn't really use the same eye concealer to spot concealer as it's unhygienic.

            I like this concealer better applied with a sponge, when I first used it I dabbed not rubbed and the effect was not so good. The concealer comes in 3 shades, light medium and dark, and is in a 2.5ml clicky black pen with the no7 logo on it. The product is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, which is great because the skin under your eyes is the most fragile.

            This did work brilliant for me and brightened my under eye and hid my dark circles, but after I've ran out I'm not sure if I will purchase again because of the fiddly pen, and the concealer is often hard to get out because it is hidden in the sharp bristle brush. But take into consideration that it really works, it was put to the ultimate test on my dark circles, trust me. It's quite expensive at £12.75 as I don't expect it to last long, but as you know boots do no7 and ruby & millie £5 off vouchers most of the year, which offers better value. I think no7 is ridiculously overpriced for a drugstore brand and I wouldn't buy their products without a voucher.

            The concealer can be purchased in your local boots at a no7 counter. Or on www.boots.co.uk for £12.75

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              19.03.2010 16:46
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              Good for day-to-day wear

              I had been using a stick concealer from Rimmel since my teenage years, but a few years ago I decided it was time for a change and for something a little better. Having had good experiences with other No7 products, I decided to try their Instant Radiance Concealer.

              The concealer comes in a pen form, just as in the picture. At the tip of the 'pen' is a soft brush. You click the bottom of the pen to push the concealer cream out and onto the brush. The first time you use it, it takes quite a lot of clicks before the cream starts to come out, but from then on I would say that 2-3 clicks gives enough concealer.

              The concealer has a nice creamy texture which applies very smoothly with the brush. It is not too thick or too thin, so it is easy to blend in and build up. I have particular problems with dark circles, partly lack of sleep but largely genetic I think. This concealer works well for me as I can gradually build it up and blend it well, so I don't end up covering the dark circles with a very obvious thick concealer.

              I think this product does it's job well in terms of concealing. I have found the right shade for me to be number II; there are only 3 shades I think so I am not sure how good it would be if you can't find a shade that matches your skin tone well. The concealer lasts well throughout the day (I normally apply it over foundation and under powder).

              I'm not sure about the product's claims to provide radiance and brighten your skin. I don't think there is anything special about it in this respect and you could probably find a better product out there. But it certainly does not look heavy.

              The concealer costs £12.75, and I would say this is decent value as it does last a good couple of months if not longer (to be honest I can't quite remember when I bought my current one - so it must be quite a while ago!).

              I would recommend it as a good general concealer, but don't be fooled into thinking your skin will be brightened or glowing. For this reason, I'm giving this 4 stars - it just doesn't quite live up to its name, but is still a good product.

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              25.02.2010 13:14
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              love this concealer, highly recommended

              I am pleased to have discovered No.7 instant radiance concealer. Due to the resent credit crunch, I can no longer afford the very expensive designer click concealer. So thank the heavens when in boots I discovered this product. It is a quarter of the cost, so I was a bit of a sceptic. I am pleased to say it is as good if not better. It is easy to use, just click the button at the top of the pen like tub, after about four to five clicks it will come through. After the first few clicks you need not to click more them two times to get it to come through onto the brush. It is a good consistency, not too liquid so it blobs off down your best top ( I found this to often happen with the designer one) I used it under my eyes to conceal dark shadows. You only need one to two clicks worth for both eyes, not much at all. I find dabbing it into my shadowy under eyes with the tips of my ring fingers. You only need to do this gently, it will press into your skin and you can see an instant lighter, fresher look. I found putting it on after I have applied foundation is better. The concealer stays on all day and keeps tiered eyes looking very awake and fresh. The concealer also covers my tiny red thread veins on my checks extremely well, again just a tiny amount is enough to cover up and keep covered all day. I will not be going back to the more expensive designer brand. I am very happy with the No.7 product and will most definitely be sticking or should I say clicking to it in the future

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              At last - a cheap highlighter that really delivers!

              Anyone who is a. female and b. hasn't been living under a rock for the last ten years has heard of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat. Neither a concealer nor a highlighter, but a little bit of both rolled into one, Touche Eclat hides under-eye circles and other minor blemishes, leaving even tired, hungover skin looking beautifully radiant. Unfortunately, the product comes with a huge disadvantage: it costs a credit-card-denting £21 for a simple pen. Ouch!

              But here is where Boots ride to the rescue with their Instant Radiance Concealer. Clearly designed as a cheaper version of Touche Eclat, it's packaged similarly in a pen. However, whereas Touche Eclat go overboard with luxurious gold all over their packet, the Boots version is simple and black with gold lettering. If I have a gripe about this product, it's the fact that , like most of the rest of Boots' No 7 range, the lettering fades badly after just a few weeks in a makeup bag, which means you're left with a tired and jaded-looking collection after just a few weeks.

              The principle of application is the same as with Touche Eclat. You click the bottom of the pen, like a ballpoint, and the concealer appears on an acrylic brush 'nib'. One of two clicks dispenses a small bead of the concealer, which is usually enough to cover under-eye bags and any other minor blemishes. Using the brush is very easy, as its plastic bristles clump together nicely, leaving it narrow enough to allow a very precise application of product. The only problem with this style of application is that it's not brilliantly hygienic - though it is highly convenient when you're on the go.

              The concealer comes in two shades: light and dark. Being a thin concealer/highlighter, you don't require the same precision of colour as you would would with thicker foundations or solid concealers. On application, it blends into the skin beautifully with the slightest of touches, and does a terrific job of concealing small blemishes, dark under-eye circles and uneven skintone. It also works well as a highlighter, as it contains small particles that reflect light, brightening your skin and adding a healthy glow. It made me look human even after two hours of sleep following a work 'do', and, trust me, that's a massively difficult test to pass!

              It's also suitable for sensitive skin. I find that some concealers and foundations can make me break out, but this is so fine and light in texture that it just glides on and off. Another upside of that is that it feels as if you're not wearing anything on your face: a welcome relief for those who don't like the heavy, sandy feeling of thick foundation.

              Overall, I'd say that this gives Touche Eclat a good run for it's money, though it costs half the price at £11.50 for one pen. I know that sounds expensive, but if you don't have problem skin, you can get away with wearing just this some days, with the result that you actually save money on expensive foundation. Plus, you can often buy it even cheaper than the shelf price, as Boots frequently run '3 for 2' offers on their No 7 range.

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              09.11.2009 02:52
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              It can't work miracles but it almost does - and at a much better price than a designer product.

              I've always had quite dark circles under my eyes which never completely go away however much sleep I've had. My previous experiences with using the normal, old-fashioned concealer sticks have looked cakey and dry, and give the appearance that I have wrinkles, which is most unwelcome!

              Like other reviewers that have commented on the Instant Radiance Concealer, I had read about Touch Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent and wondered if I should invest in it, but thought the price was prohibitive. Reading up about Instant Radiance Concealer on the Boots website convinced me that this would be a reasonably-priced alternative, so I bought some on my next visit to the shop.

              It comes in a narrow black box with an instruction leaflet. The concealer itself is contained in a cylinder that looks similar to a pen. The concealer costs £12.75 which isn't cheap, but whilst some make-up products can be bought cheaply (I don't see the point in spending much money on blusher or powder, for instance), some are worth a bit more money in order to get a quality product. There are a lot of demands placed on concealer (ie it has to blend in well, and look invisible despite covering imperfections, and stay in place without being cakey), so it's worth spending more. It comes in 3 shades, and being rather pale, I chose the lightest one.

              When I got the concealer home I was excited to try it out. I took it out of the box and took the lid off, to be confronted by a little white brush. The instruction leaflet told me to press the button on the bottom end of the cylinder several times to get the product flowing into the brush. I clicked for a couple of minutes until this happened; it was much like clicking a retractable pen. It only needs a couple of clicks to get more product to reach the brush once it has been started off.

              The leaflet also explained that the concealer should be applied over the top of foundation so that it stays in place rather than being blended away.

              I applied the concealer in dots along the underside of my eye and blended it in. It had a pleasant texture, much like an expensive foundation, and it blended very well whilst still being opaque enough to hide the dark circles. It was not drying or cakey, neither was it greasy or shiny. It does take some practise to get used to the technique but it has become part of my daily make-up routine and it's very easy for me to use it now. It doesn't completely hide my dark circles but I don't think anything would. It stays on the skin fairly well but all of my base make-up wears off a little bit during the day. The fact that it goes on over foundation means that a touch-up is no bother.

              The product can be used to highlight areas of the face but I haven't used it for that purpose yet, although I may experiment in the future!
              You're supposed to clean the brush after every application but if I am honest I haven't done so. It would probably be better to stick to the advice but I don't think it's essential.

              My one complaint is that there's no real indicator of when it will run out - I simply clicked one day and nothing came out.
              The product lasted me around 5 or 6 months which I thought was quite good with daily use. I then went out and bought a replacement one straight away, which is a good recommendation!

              Please note that I've also posted this review on Ciao.

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              Light reflecting under eye concealer /