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This year the majority of my Christmas presents were make up and beauty related and the one that I was perhaps most excited about was this item. Highlighters or skin illuminates have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years and has been largely supported by celebrities along with the likes of contouring. I had previously tried Benefits High Beam highlighter and although I had really enjoyedit, I couldn't quite justify the price knowing there are other similar items on the market at a much more affordable price, so couldn't wait to see how this one would compare. ==~~Price and Availibility~~== This item is considerably cheaper than some of the higher brands highlighters in the market, yet is still not the cheapest priced at £11; although I do find that No 7 often have offers on their products such as 3 for 2 or their £3 off make up vouchers. As this is a No 7 it is limited in its avalilibilty to Boots stores; both instore and online. Although I have found tha some beauty websites, such as that of Feel Unique have began to stock some No 7 products, though this may perhaps be old stock or if the product packaging has been changed. There are two colour variants in this highlighter; peach and pink. Luckily I received the pink one as I have more pink tones in my skin, therefore this would look more natural on my skin, although if you are unsure there is usually someone at the No 7 counter to help. ==~~Application~~== One of the first thing I noticed about this product which I really like was the 'lock' system, in which you have to twist the tube to on to use the product. I really like this as I often carry around my make up in my bag and with this I worry much less about the product being squeezed out- just a question of being able to remember to lock it! As stated this product comes in a squeeze tube with a brush applicator in one end, personally I am not too keen on this as you are not able to clean the brush properly meaning germs could gather, so I normally apply a little to my hand and then go on to use my own brushes; that being said the bristles are very soft, however I do feel the brush is a little too large for precise application. I apply this skin illuminator to where the sun would normally hit my face, mainly being just above my cheekbones, but also sometimes subtly down my nose and the brow bone. I did find the consistency of this a little thicker than I had originally expected it to be and is someways it was almost greasy. Although I did find that as I started to work the product into the skin, the texture did become much less greasy and even began to feel fairly light; although I could definitely feel that it was still there which I wasn't too keen on. I actually found this product quite hard to apply and blend when using a brush (particularly when using the brush it came with!) as I found it tended to move the product around my face rather than actually blending it in. I actually found the beast way was to use my fingers in a dotting like motion along my cheekbone (as if I was applying eye cream) and found that he product stayed put much better like this and at the same time was able to blend it out to ensure it still looked 'natural'. ==~~Results~~== Despite the fact I originally found this skin illuminator a little difficult to apply and did not particularly like the texture, I was thoroughly impressed with the results. The highlighter has a lovely pearl like sheen to it and although it is link toned I found that it wasn't overly so and because of this it looked more natural than if it had been a white based highlighter, but also wasn't too pink so that it looked like I had applied blusher in an odd place. It added a lovely 'glow' to the top of natural bones and in such highlighted them and made them look a little more prominent and my face more structured. I really liked that this highlighter catches and reflects the very well, yet not in a way that looks shiny or oily. What I really liked about this product is that it did not seem to have any glitter particles in it which I know some highlighters can have as I often believe that this can be too much and can often look cheap. I'm not sure where I would go quite as far as calling it a 'natural' looking finish (as I have never met anyone with this much of a glow!) it is definitely more subtle than other highlighters and I like the fact that you can sheer it ou or build it up. I find that once blended in it did no longer feel heavy or greasy in my skin and sat well all day. I decided I didn't want to powder over the top of this as I thought it would defeat the point of having a glow, though despite the fact I did not powder it did not turn shiny nor greasy in the skin. I have also tried both mixing this with a moisturiser and my foundation for when I still want my skin to look healthy and glowy, but not necessarily to highlight and also enjoy using this product to do so. When using the product this way I find that it leaves my skin with a very subtle glow which really awakens my skin. Though I did find I only needed an extremely tiny amount when mixing with foundation as a little of this can go a long way and it can look a bit too full in when using together. ==~~Overall~~== Overall I have been very impressed with this skin illuminator and actually believe I prefer it to Benefit. Although it is not the cheapest highlighter on the market, I believe it does everything I would wish for a highlighter to do and due to the fact a little really does go a far way I can see this lasting me a very long time, making it good value for money. The fact that it is has the 'lock' system also is extremely useful for anyone who carries their make up around with them as you can travel with much more ease that your make up isn't going to explode everywhere, which is perfect for someone like me as a training make up artist. Although I am not overly keen in the way in which this applies and blends, I feel that the results of this far outway this and would be happy to apply £11 for this; hence me giving it 5 stars. **Again apologies for anyone spelling/grammar mistakes as I am on my tablet due to my laptop being broken, but will go through all my reviews and correct everything when the laptop is up & running!!**
Illuminators are quite hard to get right. You need to apply a small amount to stop you from just looking shiny and you need to know how to blend it properly with foundation, moistriser or anything else! This illuminator is no exception and I've found the best method is to use it in conjunction with a lightweight foundation such as foam-based or powder based. Application: Thin and liquidy texture means it is easy to apply to skin if the right amount is used. Concentrate hard on blending it otherwise you will get patches of shine. The bottle is an odd design which I don't really see the point of. For example the first application will allow the brushes to stay soft and let you paint it on your face. But painting it on can make your make-up look too heavy and risks the shiny effect? After the first application, clean the brush inside and out. If you don't, the illuminator will stick the bristles together and you will get a horrible gunky mess. Also you MUST remember to switch it to the 'Off' position. Otherwise it will leak in your handbag - this happened to me. But the good thing is that you don't need to use the brush at all. I just leave it securely on the 'off' position and take the brush off entirely so that it flows out like an ordinary cream. This renders the brush a bit useless really but it is just my personal preference not to use it. Remember if you do use it, that brushes can harbour germs and oil which give you spots; another reason to keep it super clean. Always keep the lid on the illuminator too, otherwise it will harden very quickly and I once ended up squirting my dress with it accidently when I was squeezing it manicly getting ready for a night out. Overall, this product works very well and creates a lovely healthy and youthful glow on the face, as long as it is applied correctly, the lid is always on and you keep the brush clean if you intend to use it.
I tried this product as I am always after that dewy, radiant looking skin and very rarely achieve it. This illuminator comes in a 30 ml tube, with a pull off lid that reveals a brush inside that is attached to a nozzle that you can twist on and off to release the product. The product is marketed as something you can wear alone or under foundation and is a 'radiance boosting beauty fluid' which sounded just the thing! This comes in two shades, pink and peach and I purchased the pink variety for £10.50 although if you have one of those No7 vouchers you can of course make a great saving on No7 products. On getting this product home, with a nicely cleansed face I turned the nozzle to ON and started to squeeze the tube. It took a little while and a little pressure for the product to come through and when it did quite a bit suddenly appeared amongst the brushes' bristles. After only using this one or two times the end of the tube split and the product shot out the back much to my dismay. However, Boots was fine about replacing it for me and I have not had any trouble with the second tube. I proceeded to apply the product to my face with the brush and a shimmery, pearlescent, pale pink hue was left on my face. It did look quite obvious but after a little blending with my fingers it looked much better although my fingers then ended up all sparkly and shimmery!! You can use this all over the face or just on areas that you wish to highlight, i.e. brow bone, cheekbones, decolletage which is my preference and the way in which I feel the product works best. The instructions say you should shake the tube before use, squeeze the tube and then wipe any excess on the back of your hand. The fact that they feel the need to mention the excess equates to my experience of too much coming onto the brush no matter how gently you squeeze and it is a shame that there should be wastage so I apply any excess to my neck and décolletage which is another area No7 suggest using the product. This does make your skin glow but to wear this alone you would need to have pretty good, clear skin as it does not cover blemishes very well but I guess that is not really what it is for. I do have some marks from old blemishes so until they fade I will carry on using this under my foundation although once foundation is applied the effect of the cream, i.e. the radiant sheen is obviously diminished somewhat so it has not, for me, quite achieved the dewy, radiant look I was after but I would buy this again but not at full price. I have also found that the brush gets a little mucky with product over time. The instructions say to merely wipe the brush after use as you cannot wash or rinse the brush but all the product does not completely come off and a build up ensues. The brush is nice and soft to start with but as the product builds up it can become a bit stiff and perhaps if I am honest I might not have wiped it too well on occasion and you will have better results with more thorough wiping! . The tube is recyclable and the product has a lifespan of 24 months. Thanks for reading. x also on ciao
I went into Boots recently to originally buy a blusher brush as I had a £5 voucher to use on No 7 beauty products, but the assistant came over to me and asked if I wanted any help etc, so we chatted about some of the products and I was trying some of them from the testers, I really liked the look of this one and so I decided to buy this one instead of the brush, as I already had lots of brushes but I had not tried this illuminator so I thought I would give it a try as I really like this range of beauty products. I do wear foundations but a lot of the time I just like my skin to breathe, and I like a natural look on my skin most of the time, I have been looking around for some time for something a little lighter for my skin that I could use to give a fine coverage, and so when I saw this I thought it would be perfect for my skin. This illuminator comes in a tube, with a pull off cap, it has a brush at the end of the tube to apply it to the skin, the colour I have is the Pink as it suits my fair skin much better than the darker shade that was available in this range, when using it has to be turned on and off via the top, it is easy to turn but once used it has to be turned off again so it does not come out of the tube and onto the brush, any excess can be wipes on the back of the hand. I just shake the tube and then brush it onto my face and it really covers the skin very well, I had to use it a couple of times to get used to it as I first applied too much but I just then blended it with my fingers, and it gave excellent coverage for my skin, after I used the couple of times I got the hang of it and have ever since, the brush has to be wiped gently after use to keep it clean, and the brush cannot be washed or rinsed but I have found the brush is nice and clean after I have wiped it and had no problems. It is a pale liquid, it is a very good texture and it nice and soft, it is very gentle on the skin while applying it, it does not have any fragrance that I can smell, it feels nice and soft on my skin, it is also light and not at all too heavy, just how I like it, the brush feels really soft on the skin and does not scratch, the bristles are very fine. It can be used under foundation or just onto the clean skin, it gives a lovely glow to my skin, it dries in no time and it has a lovely shimmer too, I have been using this for a few about a week and I really do love the way it sits on my skin, I have not had the need to top it up, but it is a very nice size for my make up bag, and I could easily fit it into a hand bag if I wanted to top up while outdoors. I think this is nice for day wear or evening, I think it is just perfect for a nice radiant glow for any skin, since I have a pale skin, I decided the Pink colour would suit me much better and since I have blonde hair it looks much lighter for me, but the other colour available would suit darker hair or a darker skin and that colour is Peach. It is priced at only £10.50 for a 30ml tube, it has to be squeezed from the tube gently to release the liquid and then it is just brushed onto the skin, simple as that, with no problems at all, I have found this does not dry my skin, I have dry sensitive skin and it is perfect for my skin type, it is a skin booster beauty liquid which I would definitely recommend for anyone to try. I really do love this illuminator and I will certainly buy it again in the future and with a voucher it is saving me lots of money for a beauty product that I really am happy with and the results it give for my skin. I give it 5 stars. Thank you for reading my review.
I have been using Boots No.7 skin illuminator for the past year since I tried my friends, after this i went and bought my own. I never used any sort of highlighter on my face until i tried my friends and liked the effect. I only wear it for a night out or special occasions though as I feel a bit too dressed up just wearing it during the day or for work. It comes in two different shades, peach and pink. I originally tried the peach colour and went and bought this shade as it was the only shade that Boots had in the shop at the time. I have recently however, bought the pink shade when I got a £5 boots no.7 voucher and was starting to run out of the product. After trying both, I prefer the pink to the peach colour. I apply this on top of my foundation as the hint of colour is more noticable then, I then apply my blusher after. I have noticed that by applying the blusher after, the illuminator makes it stay on longer. One of the advantages of the product is that it has a brush connected to it which is handy when applying to the face. However, if you do not like the brush you can easily remove it and squeeze the product out normally. It also twists to 'on' or 'off'. I always make sure that it is switched to 'off' after using it because I once left it 'on' and when carrying it around in my bag it somehow managed to clog up in the lid! The product costs £10.50 from Boots, which to me is worth it as it lasts a long time. but I don't use it everyday.
I've always been quite a big fan of Benefit's highbeam, I've always used medium to full coverage foundations and I think adding something like this as a highlighter makes my skin look more like skin instead of skin with foundation on top. I've always been very happy with the way high beam performs, it blends nicely and doesn't cause any skin issues which is great but the tiny little bottle and the nail polish type brush applicator has always bugged me a bit. Last time I ran out of highbeam I decided to try Boot's No 7 skin illuminator in pink instead, which is a 'radiance boosting beauty fluid with tiny iridescent particles that shimmer in the light'. It's supposed to add subtle highlights and leave skin with a healthy looking glow. I decided to give this one a go because you get 30ml instead of 7ml and also because No 7's is £10.50 and Benefit's is £17.50. Well after using both I have to say that I really don't see much of a difference in the two. Once blended the colours are very similar, I would say that high beam maybe has a bit more shimmer to it and is maybe a touch more pink but the differences are really subtle. Texture is similar too, I do feel as though high beam dries quicker and feels a bit fresher on my skin but again they both feel very similar when they dry.The only major difference between the two is price and size, Boot's illuminate is huge compared to high beam. I've even been using illuminate mixed in with a bit of moisturiser on legs and arms which works really well.
Boots No7 Skin Illiminator comes with the tag line 'Radiance boosting beauty fluid.' It is 30ml of a brown-ish coloured liquid similar in appearance to foundation. However, the similarities end at outward appearance. This product comes in a squezzable tube with a brush applicator at the end. To use it you need to squeeze until a blob of the liquid comes out into the middle of the brush, then apply to cheek bones using the brush. So far, so easy - if this is the first time you are using the product. The brush bit does have a twisty bit which allows you turn it from on to off to stop accidental spillages. I guess it is also to avoid the product drying up. This might be adviseable because I forget and then when I try to use the liquid again I run into trouble. I have to confess to using it rarely. I usually reserve it for occassions when I am going out and wish to dress to kill, with appropriate make up too. So I find that when I try to get the liquid into the applicator brush it is almost impossible to squeeze out. I usually end up running it under a hot tap to clean out the brush and melt the dried in lumps. Even then I have to squeeze hard and lose huge spoldges of the stuff into the sink. But I suspect this is not entirely the products fault. Once its on it is very lovely. It's quite light in consistency and does not change the colour of your skin, it just brightens it up. The best way I can describe it is to say it creates a sort of sheen across your cheek bones for the light to bounce off. There is also just the hint of glitter about it. The instructions that come with it say to use alone, or under foundation. I prefer the latter and find that it does give my skin a lift, making me look slightly less undead (I am the mother of three remember - looking undead for most of your time is part of the job description.) It retails for £10.50 and comes in two colours - peach or pink.
Boots No 7 skin illuminator I own a large range of Boots No 7 products and I love when they do the three for two promotions, I get a little bit too giddy and spend far too many pennies on things that I don't even remotely need. The Boots No 7 skin illuminator was one such impulse purchase. It comes in a choice of two shades; peach and pink. Best to get the lady to try some on you before you buy, initially I thought I would need the pinky colour being quite fair in complexion, but after trying those both out the peach suited me much better. With make-up I find that it is always best to test the shades out on your skin, it is recommended by make-up professionals that along the jaw line is a great place. --Tips for application-- It does come with an inbuilt brush but it isn't really any good and is a bit harsh on your face. It's also a bit of a pain because you need to wash and clean it regularly to keep it all hygienic, especially if you let other people use it. I also find trying to get the correct amount out is near impossible, because you have to squeeze it through the brush it is difficult to say the least to get a small amount out. I am forever wasting some of it because simply too much has been expelled. When you've finally got the amount you want ignore the brush and apply with your fingers, with the brush it is hard to get it smoothed in correctly and evenly. --The cost-- The 30ml tube is priced at £10.50 as I mentioned at the start I bought this as part of Boot's three for two offer, which they have on a fairly regular basis. I don't think I would buy this one again and really seeing how it works I think there are probably better skin brighteners out there for that price. --My overall opinion on this one-- The packaging says it is a 'Perfect skin-brightening solution for every skin tone'...hmm I'm not convinced. It does provide a healthy glow to your skin but it doesn't work wonders. Overall, I like the product. I hate the packaging. The skin illuminator is great to put on with a little blusher and nothing else if you are running out the door, or if you don't want to wear too much make-up when we get a sunny day or two. I am going to award Boots No7 skin illuminator three out of five stars. This product does a pretty average job but I would hesitate in recommending it to other people. For the price you are going to pay for this I would recommend shopping around and seeing what else is available. I will use the rest of mine but after it is done I won't be a repeat customer for this specific product. It still has in no way put me off the No7 range, just a shame the skin illuminator didn't live up to my expectations.
Usually I don't buy No.7 makeup, not for any particular reason, just that I have never used it before. However I recieved one of these £5 off No.7 vouchers and the Boots salesgirl pointed me to this skin illuminator and I thought id give it ago. After many attempts of trying to use it correctly (as the instructions weren't very clear), I finally got the knack of it. The illuminator is a sort of pinky/peach colour and once applied turns to a shimmer, so it isn't really for daytime. However I found it really lights up my face and defines my cheekbones, you can also use it as a clear eyshadow (very lightly applied), with a touch of shimmer. The tube it comes in lasts for ages and I probably won't need one for a very long time. It doesn't smell and isn't sticky, lasts on the skin for quite a while before you have to reapply (a good 2-3 hours) and has a really smooth texture on the skin. This skin illuminator is difficult to work at first, but once you get the knack you can define so much more of your face, especially on a night out. Definately not a necessity but great fun to use!!
Being a bit of a fan of the No7 range there isn't much I don't like, but there are one or two products, that whilst being nice enough, just soon suit me/ or give the results that certain other No7 cosmetic products do. I would include the No7 Skin Illuminator within the group of items I have tried but not liked as much as others. The No7 Skin Illuminator comes in a plastic squeezable tube with a brush applicator on one end. Its a clear container so that you can see the colour of the foundation product which also helps you see how much or how little of the illuminator is left. It comes in either a pink or peach shade to suit your skin type and is mean't to give your skin a lightly illuminated glow. ********************************************************** The 30ml tube is priced at £10.50, but No7 products are very often on special promotional offers such as 3 4 2 deals and there are also regular £5 off vouchers that can be used to buy this. Boots say the No7 Skin Illuminator offers a 'perfect skin-brightening solution for every skin tone'. Which seems a pretty big claim to make and whilst some of their foundations are very good indeed, this is not in the same league. I thought that the brush applicator was a little rough and found that the bristles soon started to come away from the brush. This was not at all good, although it may have been just an odd batch with a dodgy brush, as I haven't bought the product since I cannot comment on that really. ********************************************************* The lluminator can be used either on its own or with a foundation. To activate the brush you just need to squeeze the tube a little and then apply to your face and neck area. The illuminator is mean't to contain some kind of radiance boosting iridescent particles that shimmer in the light, giving skin a healthy looking glow. I think that the Time Delay Radiance Booster cream does a better job of that and can be used in conjunction with some of the better No7 Foundation products. Due to the dodgy brush applicator and uneven result the product gave, I am only able to rate this as a 3 star item, though I may have rated it higher if the brush did what it was mean't to.
I have rather pale skin, which simply does not get along with foundation . I've tried all kinds and all sorts of different shades, and I've never yet managed to find a foundation that suits me. This is a problem, as I don't like to look old and tired, and would like to be able to wear a minimal amount of make up to make me look brighter and more alert. All this has changed now I've discovered No7 Skin Illuminator, which is described as a radiance boosting beauty fluid, and can either be used alone or under foundation - given my disagreement with foundation, I naturally used it alone, and opted to buy this in the pink shade . It is also available in peach. It normally costs £10.50 but I had a £5 off voucher that I used against this, making my purchase £5.50. It comes in a squeezy tube which is transparent, allowing you to see the liquid inside,. With quite a long plastic cap in a sort of beige colour, which comes on and off easily. Taking off the lid, I was surprised to see a thick black brush, as I thought this was simply going to be a squeezy tube. The directions for use are easy - shake,turn the brush to the 'on' position, squeeze the tube to release some of the liquid through the brush, wiping away any excess. Then turn the brush to the off position, and use the brush to apply over the skin . Squeezing this out was easy- rather two easy as the first couple of times too much came out, and I don't really like to waste beauty products. I soon got the hang of dispensing the right amount though. I soon gave up on trying to actually apply this with the brush, as it left it too thick on my skin, and rather streaky in certain places, - I find it much easier and much less messy to apply using a sponge or my fingers, and I find that this leaves a more even finish. It's hard to define the effect it has on my face- it would actually be hard for a stranger to look at me and even notice I was wearing make up, as there is no real colour change to my face . There is however a healthy, dewy glow, and a very faint shimmer along my cheekbones. My skin looks much fresher, much younger, and a lot more radiant. The effect was subtle enough that I didn't feel made up, yet strong enough that I could see a visible difference . At £10.50 I feel this is a little pricey, however the tube does seem to last a fair while, and a little goes a long way. I do not like the design with the brush though, and would much rather have a simple squeezy tube or pump dispenser that would give less wastage . I think I might buy this again, but equally I may look for similar products from other brands to experiment with. 4 stars!
I brought this product as i have dry skin that often looks dull, and i love that dewy make-up look. Shortly after, i recieved some MAC Strobe Cream as a present, i thought ahh no, MAC is like a major expensive amazing brand, its definitly going to be better than this No.7 stuff. However, i applied the No.7 skin illuminator that night to go out. I chose the beige shade rather than the pinky one (seemed to have more of a sheen). I applied it underneath my foundation and i was good to go. Only flaw with this product was that i prefer to apply it with the built in brush, then use my fingers to blend, using the brush alone creates lines on your face :| ...WOW, in all the photos taken that night, my skin looked beautiful! Flawless, healthy and glowing :) a truly great product. But the MAC stuff is bound to be better right? Nope! It doesnt provide as much of a dewy finish, it didnt give me the flawless look like No 7 did and omg, its TWICE the price! Seriously girlies, buy this product, you wont be unhappy.
Having gone into Boots to get my essentials I received one of their £5 off vouchers on their No7 range. Normally I steer clear of No7 as its way over priced for what it is, Essentially a high street brand with some posh packaging. But I was attracted like a moth to the skin illuminator, I've read and heard some reviews previously and they've been mostly positive. It comes in two shades either pink, which is pale and white or peach which has more of a golden tone. It claims it will give your skin a perfectly healthy glow and the particles will reflect the light, making you look all nice and fresh faced. You get 30ml of product and it comes with its very own brush applicator which is quite soft and a good idea but not very hygienic, so I always squeeze a bit on to my hand but I have to warn you don't press to hard or you'll end up with enough product to cover your whole body! You can either use it alone or under foundation, sometimes I even mix it with my foundation because I'm crazy like that! It does give you a subtle highlight which is not over the top and brightens up the face. I would buy it again but not at the normal price of £10.30 because I think you can get the same sort of product cheaper and maybe better elsewhere.
No7 is a Boots exclusive brand offering makeup, skincare, nailcare and electrical beauty products at mid range prices. *Product* No7 Skin Illuminator is described as being "an amazing radiance boosting beauty fluid with tiny irridescent particles that shimmer in the light, giving skin a healthy glow" (taken from www.boots.com). The illuminator can be used by itself or under foundation. It is suitable for use on the face and neck. The illuminator is available in 2 shades Pink and Peach. *Packaging* The illuminator comes in a squeeze tube which is quite long. There is a click on/off irridescent pink lid and the actual tube is clear so you can see the contents. There is a fairly thick black brush connected to the tube. This is the applicator. The writing on the tube is black and quite plain. The front is the brand and product name. The back is the directions for use and details of how to contact No7. *To Use* Give this a shake before use. The tube has a On and Off indicator next to the brush. Simply twist til the gold arrow is aimed at On and squeeze a small amount through the tube and wipes any excess on your hand. Once you have some illuminator on the brush, turn the arrow to the Off indicator and sweep across your face or neck area. To clean this simply wipe with a tissue after use and never use water. *Availability and Price* No7 Skin Illuminator can be purchased in Boots or at www.boots.com for £10.50 for a 30ml tube. *My Opinion* I love No7 products as I feel they are good value and there is always an excellent range of colour and products to choose from. They also run regular promotions such as £5 off vouchers, 3 for 2 and spend so much and receive a gift set of products for free. I first started using this Skin Illuminator about a year and a half ago. At that time, it came in a glass bottle with a pump top. When I ran out and went to purchase another, they had changed the packaging to a tube with a brush applicator. I really wish they hadn't! I opted for the Pink shade which is a pearlescent baby pink and very cute and girly. My preference is to use this on my cheeks for a fresh colour and an alternative to my No7 Mineral Powder Blush. So lets talk about the product. I just cannot get on with this brush. Twist and click to on, squeeze, wipe excess and turn to off should be simple shouldn't it? Not for a numpty like me. I closely followed the instructions and squeezed with no liquid coming out so I squeezed again and ended up in a mess! I wiped off the excess with a tissue and swept across my cheeks. The illuminator felt cool and smooth. I felt that the brush left streaky lines and I ended up having to use my fingers to even the colour out which basically defeats the purpose of the brush applicator in my opinion. I finished my makeup off with a sweep of Mineral Powder. The colour was fresh and natural and looked girly. The colour and combined particles gave me a shimmery effect which is suitable for day or night time wear and is light so doesn't make my face feel caked. It smells quite nice and distinctive though I cannot quite put my finger on what it is. As for lasting, the colour remained visible for several hours under my powder. I love this product but I simply do not like the tube and more so the brush. I did clean it with a tissue yet still ended up finding dried up liquid in the inside of it which is pretty unhygenic. I much prefer the bottle with the pump. At £10.50 for the tube I feel it is quite alot as alot is wasted if you squeeze out too much. At £10.50 for the pump is perfect in price as you only need a small pump and no wastage is involved. No7 bring back the pump bottle please! Look out for the offers, I don't get to treat myself often but when I get No7 £5 off vouchers, I stock up! Thanks for reading :)
Being that again Boots are giving away their £5.00 vouchers when you spend over a certain amount of money ( I'm not sure how much as I seem to get them whenever I buy anything!), I decided I had better start and try to use them as they were coming to near the end of their use by date 31.1.2010. Well being that I usually use Benefits High Beam and it was getting low I thought I would have a look at the No7 range. Their new No7 Skin Illuminator looked very similar in colour and texture, so I grabbed one. When I got home I tried them both on my hand and they definitely were very similar indeed, as I couldn't see any difference when comparing them next to each other. The only difference was the price, with Benefits High Beam costing in the range of £15-17 for 13ml. and the No7 Skin Illuminator costing £10.50 for 30ml. So quite a big saving for twice the size! (plus my £5.00 voucher a good buy indeed!). This comes in a pink box and on opening it and pulling out the Illuminator you will find it comes in plastic fat tube with a very long lid on the bottom. The reason the lid is so long is because when you pull this off it will expose a short bristle brush with a twist around collar beneath the brush. Now the idea of this is that you twist it onto the "ON" position and squeeze very gently until some of the cream illuminator is showing and then twist it back to the "OFF" position. It is now ready to use, by just sweeping across the top of your cheekbones ( this is the only place I use it!) face, neck or decolletage. You will notice a slight shimmer that reflects the light giving you a radiant look to your skin. They do suggest on the box that you can put it under your foundation for a radiant finish, but I can't see how that can happen if you have covered it with your foundation and blusher!. This does sweep across your face really easily and it does seem to do the same trick as High Beam, on first seeing the wide brush on this tube I was a bit unsure that it might cover a too wider area on my face, but if you squeeze just enough out and wipe any excess on the back of your hand ( I'm so mean and only squeeze the smallest amount out possible), you will have perfect control of where you want to use it. It is important that you remember to twist it back into the off position as it could leak out when not in use. It is clearly marked ON/OFF for you to see. You can only buy this in one shade as far as I'm aware and that is called "Pink" which I expect will suit all skin shades as it is only an illuminator. To keep your brush clean you should carefully wipe with a clean tissue after each use, but must never wash in water. This product keeps once open for 24 months. So I'm happy with this Skin Illuminator, but have now got one problem and that is what to spend the new £5.00 voucher on before the end of the month!