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Having only very recently getting into the Soap and Glory range, and loving almost all the S&G products I've used, imagine how chuffed I was to find this at the back of my airing cupboard amidst all the rubbish cosmetics and lavender gift sets I tend to get at Christmas and subsequently pop at the back of the airing cupboard.
I wasnt clear about what this product was for at first and actually believed it was some kind of hair treatment like a hot wax product - I dont think this is just me being thick, the picture and packaging is quite confusing really.
~so what is the product?~
It's actually supposed to be a concealer that is applied under your eyes with the intention of hiding those dark circles and also to prevent future circles by using yellow tones that powerhouse the blue / black skin tones that give you that panda eyes look.
The product comes in the typical soap and glory pink 50's - esque type box which displays the product but also depicts two women, a blonde and a brunette - the brunette being the rough looking, unhappy before picture and the blonde being the perfect hollywood type who is clearly delighted with her bag free, bright radiant eyes! Or it could be that the brunette is so depressed as she has an arrow in her eye!
The concealer itself is a kind of beige, nothing at all like my natural colour but I found that it has the consistency of hand cream so rubs in relatively easy which is made even easier by the applicator that comes with the product, you dont have to use your fingers toblend it in as you really only need a little blob, the runniness means that it spreads out considerably.
The smell is pretty much non existant and there is way too much packaging for such a little tube.
~Does it work?~
When I first started using it, I really did rate it and did think that it was working but actually in hindsight this was just the placebo effect of trying something new and looking for improvements. It does add a little shine to the skin around your eyes though which reflects the light, which does give you that radiant look but it certainly didnt get rid of or prevent my dark circles so I have to say no, i did not find it fit for purpose unfortunetly.
Sorry Soap and Glory :( I wanted to like it !
I cant remember where this came from, if I bought it or if it was a gift but apparently this costs about £10 for 7ml- not too bad as would last ages. I would only buy it again though as a skin illuminator not to conceal or prevent dark circles.
Sorry, I dont like giving negative reviews as one mans junk is another mans treasure but I have to be honest and this gets a thumbs down from me.
Thanks for reading, hope it helps :)
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** Re-reviewed 27/9/2012 **
I have had this a while, however had neglected it, however after having a sort out a few weeks back I rediscovered it and realised just how good it was. The product is basically an under eye concealer, and it works brilliantly at its job. Now you may be surprised but the product comes in just one shade (which is unfair for those of darker skin tones, or very pale skins.) The product has what looks like 'glitter' in it, and it's this that I believe makes it so good at really awakening the eyes and making the dark circles disappear; please note though the glitter isn't noticeable, it disappears on the skin which is good. I haven't specifically timed the products lasting and staying power, however also on the plus side I haven't noticed it to be out of placed or thought it needed touching up; which again is good enough for me.
The product is priced at £9 on Boots has 16 reviews giving it on average 4.5 stars and is currently available, however I have known this to be sold out in the past online. Now you make of those facts what you will, however it all sounds pretty good. The product comes in a slim tube, and the applicator is in a wand style, now as I said I have had this product a while and it hadn't been used for ages yet the consistency was perfect; as it still is now. The product initially comes in a cardboard box style packet; with a lot of nifty and quirky packaging words and quotations on the box (which is the general style and theme with all Soap & Glory products).
* Contains Parbens
* Contains glitter (not that noticeable though)
* Only 1 shade available
* Good value product
Rating & Re-purchase
The product is made by the popular brand 'Soap & Glory' which state they don't test on animals, with this in mind and the fact that I believed to have found my perfect under eye concealer under £10 I would have re-purchased, however unfortunately the product contains parabens, which is the only reason why I have marked this down a star. If you don't read into product ingredients then the product is great and does the job, however for me personally I am trying to rid of these ingredients from my beauty regime. This is a real downside for me, as with another recently reviewed Soap & Glory product; if they can correct and reformular this, then I would be buying stacks of the stuff.
If you have read some of my other reviews you will know I have tried a lot of the Soap and Glory range and I love nearly all of them. I bought the Trick and Treatment under eye concealer only because I was stocking up on my faves and wanted one more as it was the '3 for 2' offer on in Boots.
The Packaging & Price
The corrector or concealer comes in a glass transparent tube, with a small applicator attached to the lid. The packaging is simple with black bold text and it really stands out! The RRP is £9.00 for just 7ml, which may sound expensive compared to the rest of the Soap and Glory range but a little goes a long way. I have been using mine daily for 6 months and there's plenty left. Better still wait till it '3 for 2' at Boots.
The 'Corrector' claims to 'simultaneously hide and treat under eye circle...features a specail yellow pigment mix to neutralize dark purple under the eye(s)'. It has a lightening pigment - Haloxyltm' and a concealer to hide the circles while reducing them. Whe I first applied it I put way to much on. The Tip Applicator can put too much on and you only need to dab a little on as I found out! Just a little amount blended under the eyes does conceal come of the dark circles but not completely. I found that I still needed a little foundation over the top to hide them completely.
It comes in just one shade, where a couple more options may be benefical as I am quite pale and the colour was slightly too dark. It also seems to have some shine/illuminating effect to it when applied which I have noticed a few other reviews have mentioned. This gives a little bit of a sheen to under the eye which can look great and lighten your eye area. It doesnt mention anything about having illuminating qualities so this is a bonus.
Overall my undereye cicles do seem to have reduced. They are not quite as dark as they used to be and as I am sleeping exactly the same as before I know thats not had an effect so it must be Soap & Glory! Its definatly worth a try as mine where really dark and now I dont alwasy have to use the corrector which is great!
If you have read any of previous reviews you will know that I received many Soap & Glory products for Christmas, one of them being the pink tote bag which has most of their items in it, however, one item that I love which seemed to be missing from this bag was their Trick and Treatment.
This item is equivalent to what I assume most people would call a highlighter, concealer, or one of those under eye things to remove dark circles. As it is a soap and glory product it is exclusive to Boots and costs .around £8 I think, though I couldn't find it on the website, I know it is definitely still available instore.
This is for 7ml of the item
The item itself is very simple looking. It is a similar size as to the sexy mother pucker lip gloss and actually as a similar design to it. The main body of it is a clear tube with just the words 'Trick and Treatment' written on it. The lid is a brown / black colour and just screws onto it. Unlike many of the highlighter type items it does not have that 'click' / 'pump' action where you press the top in order for the highlighter to be released at the bottom brush and instead it has a lipgloss type applicator.
The applicator is of a sponge material and is angled at a slant and looks very similar to most lip gloss applicators. The applicator seems quite soft to the touch and the sponge material seems to be quite thick and of good quality.
It states that this is for under eye circles, which is personally where I'd use it to, however it also states you can use it for contouring around the most and also for the sides of the nose, however, I don't think that the colour I have would suit this. My colour is 'bright on' and I am not sure whether there are different colours available to match your skin tone, or whether this is the only one and as I was given this as a gift I find it matches my skin tone fine, now whether this was a lucky guess or it just suits all skin tones I am not sure.
To look at the colour looks a beige, creamy nude colour and has the constancy resembling a liquid foundation. It also looks quite thick, which I was slightly worried about as most highlighters I have used in the past have been quite light, which suit's the under eye area fine as it doesn't leave them feeling heavy and puffy.
When I first opened the item, the first thing I noticed was how much the applicator picked up, it looked like way too much, especially as it was of such a thick consistency, because of this when trying to blend it in I found it virtually impossible. It just looked like a thick, foundation mess as it didn't look like it was a highlighter.
I began to *try* to blend it in, which meant I did have to remove some with a cotton bud. When doing this the look that I achieved look so much better and it quickly became to look like a highlighter. It is much a different type of highlighter than I normally use. This is because the YSL one I use is a very light colour and has quite a subtle amount of radiance to it, however this one seems almost 'sparkly' in the form of being a highlighter. Rather than being a light, radiant colour it is also quite a bronzed colour and looks almost gold. It has this really nice to shimmer to it, which looks especially nice when it hit's the light or the sun.
I think this looks really nice as a highlighter, though personally I think it'd look better in the summer, due to the shimmery gold look to it. This is because in the winter I tend to have quite pale skin and due to this being a gold, 'tanned' looking highlighter I think it tends to make my skin tone look out of place and even makes it look a little yellowy.
Nonetheless it did manage to get rid of those horrible dark bags under my eyes! The gold colour just seems to cover them and does make me look more awake and radiant and definitely defines my eyes, however, I just think this colour suits me better in the summer.
This item did feel a little heavy underneath my eyes at first, though I think this may be due to the fact that I am used to a much lighter formula. It was not so heavy that my eyes felt puffy, sleepy or tired and most people may not even notice, however I think the YSL formula is quite a light one, so this does feel very different in comparison. It does feel like quite a silky, smooth formula though and does not feel too sticky or gloopy like some of them can.
I am also pleased to report that this lasted all day. My eyes stayed shimmering and radiant all day long. It also a small size, so just incase you need to take it anywhere or feel the need to reapply then it will easily fit into a make up bag or handbag. I wore my make up for 11 hours and did not need to reapply, so this definitely lasts.
I think there was a claim on the packaging somewhere saying that over time it reduces dark circles, however I don't think this happens. Yes, it covers them up when wearing it in the day, but would definitely not say that I have noted any difference since using this and don't really see how a make up item can do this. So, if you were looking at this item for that reason then I am afraid to say it doesn't really work, I'd also suggest looking at cleansing, toning and investing in a good moisturiser. I know this may sound a little funny, but I started to do this about 6 months ago after never really looking after my skin and have noticed a dramatic difference, not just in my skin, but also in my dark circles, also drinking plenty of water!
I would definitely recommend this item, but unless you have naturally tanned or darker skin then I would wait until the summer as I think it'd suit most skin tones at this time of the year, also the shimmery effect will be used to its full potential should it hit the lights. It works well and does get rid of those nasty dark circles, however, I am just not sure as to whether it could be used all year round and think that if you want one for all year round then the No 7 or YSL one are much more suited for this purpose.
I personally really like this item and love the gold shimmer it has as it definitely adds radiance, though may just save mine for the summer!
I suffer from dark under eye circles, so when i seen that my favourite brand had released a product to combat it, i couldn't resist purchasing it!
It claimed that, 'The undereye circles concealer has a special yellow-tone engineered to hide blush-purple undereye circles'
I purchased Trick and Treatment from Boots for £9.00, which is fairly reasonable and similar to many other S&G products. Boots are also currently doing a 3 for 2 offer on S&G products, so i was more than eager to purchase! Furthermore, you can buy S&G products from asos.com and harveynichols.com also, so be sure to browse around if you look for good deals and discounts!
The packaging of S&G products never fail to amuse, and Trick and Treat was no exception! There is a 'before' picture of a worn-out looking woman, then an after picture (after application of the concealer) of a flawless woman. The packaging is sort of old-style, like other S&G products, and looks girly and pretty. The concealer comes in a tube similar to lip gloss. The tube is 7ml, and larger than most concealers that i usually buy. The tube is clear so you can see the beige-coloured, concealer inside. There is a glittery black, screw off lid at one side with a wand application attached to help with applcation. It's a cute little tube, that would slip into your handbag easily. It also seems really quite sturdy, so i doubt the contents would spill out, so it makes it great for transport!
The product is a beige/yellow toned concealer. It's creamy yet smooth and seems to soften the skin when applied. The application is rather easy, just either dot or swipe under the eyes with the wand, then gently blend with your fingers. The product gives pretty good coverage, and only a small amount is need.
I don't know if it's just me but the concealer left a sparkly/glittery finish under the eyes, which looked a bit odd in some lights. It wasnt noticable to anyone else, just me, although i applied some powder over it to be certain. Other than that, it gave good coverage and did what it claimed to do. There was definitely an improvement in the darkness under my eyes, I continue to use it, and am overall happy with the product. The product lasts from the morning when i apply, until i take it off at night, and the coverage seems constant the whole day! It also leaves your skin feeling fresh and bright. I seen a big difference in my under eye circles. They were practically gone! I was delighted with the results.
The only downfall i could find was that this product only comes in one tone, so the product wont suit everyones skin tone. I'm paler, so the product works effectively, but this may not be the case for everyone else. And as i said, the glittery sort of finish that it left under my eyes. Not a major problem though and easily corrected.
I really like this product! I think Soap & Glory again proved that they make reliable products, that do what they claim, at affordable prices. I would recommend this product over and over again, like i already have done with friends and family!!
==Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment==
I am a big Soap & glory fan and whenever I see a product that I haven't tried I like to splash out and treat myself. The majority of the products that I have tried have been a good purchase and so when I saw this Trick and Treatment under eye dark circle concealer, I thought it was fate that my favourite company had made a product to combat my most hated problem, my dark circles.
==Price and Availability==
Like most Soap & glory products, this one is not especially cheap but in my opinion it is not too highly priced that I worry about purchasing it and it being no good. For £9 you get a tube of concealer type product which comes tightly packed within a outer cardboard box and an inner plastic holder. This does seem like excessive packaging as with a lot of the smaller items from this company but the product inside is well protected.
The outer cardboard packaging is always rather appealing and somewhat comical as there is a picture of a rather haggled looking women who, after using the product, is transformed into this Marilyn Monroe type creature! Of course by looking at this anyone in their right mind would want to buy it if indeed it worked miracles like this!
The concealer is 7 ml in size which is a fair bit larger than a lot of my usual lipstick like concealers I get and it comes in a tube which resembles a lip gloss. The cap is an unscrew one and inside there is a long wand with a soft sponge applicator on the end. The tube is clear so that you are able to see the beige coloured product which is held inside.
The product states that "The under eye dark circles concealer has a special yellow tone engineered to hide blush purple under eye circles!". This sounds right up my street as my deep set eyes seem to give the impression of a heavy night each and every morning (of course copious amount of vodka and whiskey doesn't help)
The application I found rather easy as it is a simple case of dotting the product on to the inner corners of eyes with the sponge end of the wand. It seems like a little bit of the product really does go a long way to good coverage so I don't use more than three dabs with the wand to get the desired amount. It is then just a case of blending the product in and around the delicate under eye area. This is best done very lightly and very gently.
The results I can say that I was quite pleased with and the product did do a good job at concealing the dark areas and giving them a slight lift. I can't say that it is the best product that I have ever used but it is up their with a few of my favourites. The product seems to have alight shimmer to it which makes it slightly light reflective and this is I believe how it makes the dark areas appear lighter. The yellow tones do seem to work to neutralise the darker colourings of the skin and again this all adds to the general good use of the product.
There is a slight smell to the product which is rather nice but nothing too strong as it is doesn't affect my eyes or the skin around them in any way which is always important especially as I am a contact lens wearer. Of course it doesn't have the strong and classic Soap & Glory aroma that a lot for their products has but it still is appealing in its own way.
As far as longevity goes, this product does pretty well because after applying it along with the rest of my make up in the morning this is still doing the job at covering the dark circles by the end of the day which I feel is another plus point.
The fact that there is only one colour tone to chose from would mean that it really can't suit everyone's skin. I would think that people with a more olive skin tone wouldn't find this as effective as someone who has a fairer type of colourings such as myself.
All in all though I felt this product was not a bad purchase for the £9 that I paid for it. The 7 ml tube does last a good few months and I have really nearly come to the end of mine. I can't say that I would be rushing out to buy another tube as I do like to try different products (in case I run out of things to review!) but I would probably consider buying it again some time in the future.
I think a good score of 4 out of 5 stars is in order for this product. Like I say it won't be suitable for everyone but it is a good concealer that works well and lasts a good while.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
This concealer certainly covers dark circles but I won't be buying it again. It's an odd one to review!
My mixed opinion may be due to Trick and Treatment simply not suiting my skin type or skin colour so I would definitely recommend that you try before you buy even after reading these reviews. What doesn't work for me, may work for you.
Trick and Treatment definitely covers dark circles well as it has light reflecting particles like a lot of other under eye concealers out there. It has a creamy texture that is quite thick and can be applied with fingers or a make-up brush (I use both) and is easy to apply as I am certainly no make-up artist! I only apply a few light dabs under each eye to cover the circles. It has a slightly yellow/golden tinge and I think this also helps to cover the dark circles but this is also its downfall.
When I have looked at photographs taken when I've worn this product I think it is obvious that you are wearing a concealer and not subtle because of the yellow/golden tinge and light reflecting particles. It makes your under eye circles look dewy and more dangerously (and this is the complete truth) a little like they are sweaty! This is what really puts me off!
The packaging is typical Soap and Glory and I always love the quirky names they use so it will look good in your make up bag (if you are bothered about that) but beware because the container is made of glass so if you are clumsy and have a tiled floor it may smash! Also, there is only one shade available so this definitely won't suit everybody's skin.
** Soap & Glory **
Soap & Glory was created by a very clever lady named Marcia Kilgore who is also the brain behind Bliss Spas and the new Fit flops range. Soap & Glory is now a huge bath and beauty range sold in boots, John Lewis and the similar large stores. Its products range from bubble bath and body lotion, to lip gloss and self-tan. Although the products are quite pricey compared to the rest of the market it definitely has made its mark in the beauty and body industry and has a strong, loyal customer base. They have recently moved into the cosmetic market although I think they still have some way to go live up to their usual standards!
** Trick and Treatment **
The title of this product really gives nothing away about what it actually is. That is why when I saw it on offer it enticed me to lean forward and read more about it. Trick and treatment is in-fact an under eye concealer for those dark circles or in more dramatic cases, eye bags! The concealer states that its yellow-tone is engineered to perfectly hide purple under-eye circles. It is also apparently 'scientifically' proven not only to hide the dark circles but to also reduce them over time. Now, it doesn't give away any secret ingredients and it also doesn't say how exactly it works in reducing them over time, but the best way of finding out if it works is to trial it myself!
It does of course advertise it amazingly on the packaging. You have a miserable, frowning looking woman with a pair of black eyes for the 'before' picture and amazingly in the 'after' picture she has turned into a fresh and sparkling Marilyn Monroe lookalike! Incredible! If of course you believe that such things can actually happen. If that was the case I would like to resemble... Shakira, Beyonce or even Cheryl Cole in the next week of so! Thanks!
The directions for this under eye concealer seem pretty basic and easy to follow, dab onto the inner corners of the eye (on top of any eye cream) and blend outwards as needed. If it works it will be a mini miracle!
** What was it like to use? **
I tend to get under eye dark circles when I am really unwell or just purely knackered! I work with people all day and the last thing I need to hear is 'oh you look tired today!' and that is AFTER doing a face-full of make-up! So after putting this in my wish list and getting it as part of my birthday gift package I was looking forward to using it. I think concealer is something that can not only make you look better, but also feel better. It is a quick job which can make the different to how you feel about yourself that day. Something tiny but helpful.
Trick and Treatment comes in a little tube that you can screw on and off. This makes it really easy to apply small dabs without getting messy. Really like a lip gloss applicator with a soft little sponge on the end. It's great to stop you pulling the skin under eyes as this can make them droop even more in the long run. The concealer itself is quite a thin liquid and very light in colour. I was slightly concerned at first that it would make me look ill, but I went with the idea that yellow blocks out purple. Let's do it!
After applying a small dab I found that the concealer blended in to the skin really easily. You don need very much at all as although it seems thin, it applies quite thickly. It is impossible to blend it in with the applicator stick as there is just too much on it. So a few gentle motions using my fingers was enough without being too rough. I applied mine over my foundation and found that it blended in well without rubbing off my foundation. I think this is the best way of using this product. It does conceal the dark circles slightly, leaving your under eyes looking brighter and more awake. But I found that using it on my natural skin (with no foundation) the concealer colour just wasn't working. It was such a yellow tone compared to my natural skin tone that it had nothing to lend into, leaving me with what looked like week old bruises under my eyes. Not good!
As for the longer term reduction of dark circles. I can't say I have noticed any changes. My dark circles vary on how much sleep I have and how much energy I have and this concealer has had no effect on that whatsoever. So any scientific evidence they have then they should indeed deliver it to us dark circle consumers! To be honest I never expected it to have any long term benefits. It is a cosmetic which is intended to give an immediate result and I believe it does that, as long as you work well with the concealer and practise using it with make-up or how much or little to put on. Too much will end up with your under eyes turning into cakey cracked lines and too little will just blend away.
** Recommendation **
I have had better concealers if I am honest. This does work well if blended in over foundation. It blends in well with the make-up to give a natural brighter look. But used alone the yellow cream is just too yellow! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to add a little boost under their eyes when they have had a night out or lacking in a bit of sleep. It will not work miracles and as it only comes in one shade (beige / yellow) then it won't sit all skin tones, even with the help of foundation.
I did like how quick and easy it was to use, how well it blended and it did reduce my dark circles immediately as well as making me feel better about my tired state! You also don't need very much so the 7ml bottle should last you a few months at least.
However, there is no long lasting defence against dark circles under the eyes. My suggestion would be save the £9 and put it towards some decent pillows to get a good nights sleep!
Thank you for reading!
If you have been following my reviews, you will know that I am a big user of Soap and Glory Products, and this is yet another review of a Soap and Glory product. This time I am reviewing Trick and Treatment concealer.
Trick and Treatment is a concealer which claims to treat dark circles at the same time as covering them. I have always had problems with dark circles, so thought I would give this product a try since I was desperate to find some thing that worked. I bought this in boots and I think it was around £4.
The concealer comes in a thin tube and has an applicator in the lid which enables you to dab on some product, and then you just gently blend it in with your finger. I usually dab on 3 drops per eye, but this will differ for everyone depending on how bad your circles are. The product only comes in one color, but this should blend to most skin tones so it is suitable for a wide range of people.
I found that the coverage with this product was ok, nothing amazing. My circles were not as dark, but they were not covered enough for my liking, and I am unsure as to how they are treated whilst being covered, as no matter how many times I have used this product, when I take my make up off, there is no difference in my dark circles.
This product would probably be best for someone who has very slight dark circles under their eyes, as it is not a very heavy duty product, although once the product is on the skin, I did find that it lasted all day, so it has some proper stay put action, it is just a shame that it didn't do quite as good a job as I needed it, but like I said before it should be fine for someone with lighter dark circles.
I recommend this product to anyone who has slight dark circles under their eyes, but if you have darker circles then it is best to get a different product, maybe Benefit Boi-ing.
*This review is also on Ciao under the name of Hailee*
As I may have already mentionedin previous reviews I find it really difficult to get enough sleep at night and therefore Im always left with those tell take dark circles and bags underneath my eyes! So lately Ive been looking around for a concealer that actually works in disguising the bags but also that wasnt very expensive ( as budgeting my wages is not my strong point!!) So as I was having a look around Boots I came across this Trick & Treatment concealer by the Soap & Glory range, now after trying some of their products before I thought that this one was definatley worth a shot and so I bought myself some just to try and test it out!
Appearance & Packaging:
As with all the Soap & Glory range the packaging the product comes in is very eye catching being light pink and yellow in colour. The package also has a before and after picture on the front. The first picture being of a woman with huge bags underneath her eyes and the second of a woman who we can only assume has used this concealer and she is looking fresh and there are no bags or dark circles in sight! On the back of the packaging it has all the necessary information: ingredients, the fact that no Soap & Glory products are tested on animals and an address and email to write to should you have any problems with this concealer.
The concealer is very easy to apply, you just dab a few dots onto the corner of each eye and blend inwards until you come to the outer part of your eye. Its very easy to rub in and sinks into your skin quickly making your bags disappear as if by magic.
I tend to apply this first thing in the morning and it lasts me until Ive finsihed work at night about 6pm, if I had wanted to go out after I would need to re-apply but as you can tell it does last for AGES!
What Does This Product Promise?:
This product is slightly different to the usual concealer, as it has a special yellow tone which is specifically designed to hide dark blue/purple under eye circles and this is said to be clinically proven!
It also promises to hide even the biggest dark circles and bags even if you had been awake for a week! Sounds Amazing! Right?
Well as I mentioned at the start of this review I suffer quit badly from these so called dark circles! And I sometimes look like Im carrying my shopping bags underneath my eyes lol! But this concealer is like a life-saver. It certainly did cover up those pesky dark circles and left me looking fresh and awake, in short ready for the day! Th only thing I did find quite odd was that it did leave me with a slight glittery yellow ting underneath my eyes, but after applying my usual foundation over the top of that it soon got rid of the yellowness (if thats the right word!)
Overall it was a fantastic product that I will definatley be buying again when mine runs out, does exactly what it says on the tin and comes highly recommended from me.
5/5 Dooyoo stars!
You can pick this product up from any Boots store or online at boots.com for around £9.00 and if you have a boots advantage card you can get 36 points when purchasing this concealer.
Also posted on Ciao under the name sexybeest
Since going back to University I've had to curb my spending somewhat, especially when it comes to face and body products as I can no longer justify spending an extraordinary amount on a lip gloss when my income each month consists of a meagre teaching training bursary and whatever handouts I get off my parents! As such I've not actually been and splurged in Boots in over a month now which is quite an achievement for me. Today I decided to route through my make up bag and numerous shelves of products to see if there was something I could possibly review as I seem to be having withdrawal symptoms almost from having no new beauty products to review! Luckily one product that had been pushed to the very back of my shelves caught my eye, Soap and Glory's very own Trick and Treatment.
Soap and Glory is a range of beauty and skin care products that was introduced in England during 2008, I think this time last year was the first time I really came across it. The range is very focused on the female market and boasts a range of products including body and facial scrubs, body moisturisers, hand creams and shower gels too. More recently the range has moved into the beauty arena and now offers a range of facial moisturisers, perfume and toners. The products all have a rather 1950's feel to the packaging as well as having rather humorous and unique names, similar to the Benefit make up range. The products are currently stocked in Boots and Harvey Nichols. I've tried about ten products from this range now, if not more and can't actually remember having a truly awful experience... well until I bought this product!
I think one of my most recent acquisitions, obviously before I stopped splashing out each week in Boots, was a product called Trick and Treatment. Now the name doesn't give very much away at all although I think the word "treatment" does bring about connotations of treating spots almost. It's actually an under eye dark circle concealer which not only promises to conceal any dark circles under your eyes but also promises to reduce those dark circles with continued usage. It also has a special yellow tone to it which will hide any blue tints that you often get in dark circles around the eye area. Now I've tried numerous under eye concealers, with very different effects and I have to say I've never actually found a product that does more than conceal your dark circles... nothing has ever minimised them noticeably I think.
The packaging has the classic baby pink feel of Soap and Glory, the tube itself is actually quite small although it comes in a rather oversized cardboard package. The package contains the tube on the left hand side and the remainder is devoted to advertising the product with there being a before and after photo which is rather comical. The before photo shows a cross looking brunette woman with overly pronounced dark circles under her eyes while the after photo shows a happy blonde woman with a rather devilish glint in her eye and absolutely no dark circles to be seen! The play on words for the brand name is advertised as being "Youthful looking insomniac admits her bright eye under area all comes down to... Trick and Treatment." It's also advertised as being a "double action" product as it conceals and reduces.
The product itself is actually contained in a small tube with a screw on and off lid for easy application. The lid actually has a wand with a small sponge attached to it to use for application, very similar to a lip gloss really. It's actually quite a good idea as it means you don't need to use your fingers and as the skin under your eye is so sensitive and thin it means you won't risk exerting too much pressure on it when using your fingers. It also controls how much comes out of the tube so there's no wastage if you put too much on your finger and didn't need it all. There's no real smell to the product or nothing that I can actually put a name to anyway. It has a very light colour to it which is more like a dark cream than your typical concealer which tends to be some sort of variation of brown. It's quite runny, more like body cream really.
When I first applied this product I was firstly surprised by how light the colour was, they don't offer any variations of the colour which you do normally find with products such as concealers and foundations as they try to match your skin tone as much as possible. The second thing I noticed was how thin it was, it was thinner than any under eye concealer I've come across before yet it still did take a little blending and rubbing in. It went on really easily, I found a tiny blob under each eye was enough and although I did blend it in a little on top of my moisturiser I found I still had to use my finger to fully rub it in. It did blend in quite easily and although it didn't fully cover up my dark circle it did make the area under my eye look much brighter and the darkness was minimised a little although not as much as with other concealers.
As for the long term effects of this and the other promise of the product that it will reduce dark circles I can safely say that over a period of a month it made absolutely no difference. I have tried a couple of other products in the past that have promised to do this but not a single one has made any noticeable or real difference although I did have higher hopes for this one! My dark circles were probably just the same as they were before I started using the product, if they did lighten at all during the month it was probably due to me getting more sleep! I don't think this product really makes any difference to dark circles, although it does make the eye area look brighter and hides them a little it doesn't actually have any long term or lasting effects on those dark circles. I have to say I was rather disappointed with this one!
The strange thing is the reviews on the Boots website actually rate it quite highly with it receiving an average score of three out of five stars, as you can see I've only given it two stars here as it was a disappointment to me. Just to give you a taster of what other people have found with this product here's a couple of the comments from Boots "I love this I use it everyday under my foundation, it hides bags and dark circles and makes you look fresh and awake," as well as "I have tried many a concealer to sort the bags under my eyes but this one is defo my fave," with that latter comment even rating it as being than the YSL Touche Eclat... something I just can't quite believe. It's also worth noting that neither of these glowing reviews mentions the product's ability or rather lack of ability to minimise dark circles over time.
On the upside it was really easy to apply and the applicator brush was really helpful although I did still have to use my finger to fully blend it in. It had a lovely creamy texture to it that was quite cooling on my under eye area when I first applied it and did blend in quite easily too without leaving any knowing signs or settling into any of the creases under my eyes. As far as concealers go I wouldn't say this is anything special, in fact I've found others in the past that have given much better results and as far as the second claim of minimising the dark circles goes I can safely say it's not at all true with me. This costs £9 for a 7ml tube which is quite a small size, however in the month I used it I probably used about a quarter of it so it would last about four to five months in total... yet I won't be using it again sadly.
Thanks for reading.
Soap and glory trick and treatment
Another one of my Soap and Glory products bought from Boots when they were on a buy 3 get one free offer, and also because i do like the packaging!
WHAT IS IT?
This is an under eye dark circle concealer and promises that it is clinically proven to reduce dark circles. It apparently has a special yellow tone which is designed to hide any bluish purple undereye circles.
There are before and after pictures showing a marked difference in the eye area and a comment that "youthful looking insomniac admits her bright under eye area all comes down to trick and Treatment".
This sounds like it should be good.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
This is packaged in typical Soap and Glory packaging. The product is inside a box and the box is covered in newspaper type headlines and attention grabbing slogans such as the one quoted above. It's all very easy to read and with the use of pictures we quickly get the idea of what the product will do and how it will help with beauty issues!
When I open the box, I take out the small tube containing the product. When the screw on/off lid is unscrewed, there is a wand with a kind of lip gloss sponge on the end with which to apply the concealer.
The product itself has no real discernible smell, nothing which I at any rate could say what it smells like. When I apply it, it's a kind of cream colour and much lighter than my skin and does feel lovely and soft and creamy but strangely enough, not very thick. It does take some rubbing in, so be careful because it's the eye area, but once rubbed in fully, underneath my eye area looks much brighter- could be because of the lighter colour.
It's very simple to use- simply apply every day onto dark under eye circles. Dab on the inner corners of the eye and then blend outwards as needed. It doesn't say how often but I have been applying it morning and night to try to encourage maximum impact.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
This costs £9.00 for a 7ml tube but because only a little is required it does last a long time-using it twice daily I have had this almost a month now. This, like all of the Soap and Glory products is available from Boots the Chemist, www.boots.com, beyond beauty and Harvey Nichols.
The website, www.soapandglorycosmetics.com gives lots of information about all of the products in the range, so you can get an idea of what you would like to buy.
It is nice and creamy and for me is like giving my eye area some extra moisture especially in this colder weather. The colour of the product is lighter than my skin tone and so does take some blending to ensure its not obvious. I don't know that it really makes too much difference to any dark shadows but I do feel it's nice and gentle for my eye area.
The product does last a considerable length of time given thatit's such a small tube. However, it's not the best under eye product i have used and it's a bit pricey for an under eye cream.
Anyone who loves the soap and glory products will love it but I won't be buying it again.
Thanks for reading.
Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment, £9 (depending on where you buy!).
I have always suffered with dark circles under my eyes, progressively more so in the 5 years since I became a mother!
I have tried many brands of concealer, creams and treatments - none of which seem to work!
The Soap and Glory range have lovely bright packaging, with a fun 50's feel that really draws you in. I'm sure you will have noticed them around before now.
Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment claims to have been clinically proven to cover dark circles. Well, if it has been clinically proven it must work, right?
It does work, although not very well.
It comes in a tube with a one of those soft, furry brush ends, just like a lip gloss tube. It is a shimmery golden colour and apparently has 'a special yellow-tone which is great for hiding bluish-purple under-eye colours'.
When you apply it, it looks like a yellowy gold colour, it is also very shimmery so looks like it should be applied above your eyes rather than below them!
It is a soft, serum that is easy to apply, you should apply with the brush and then blend in with your fingers.
If you then apply foundation, it tones the whole thing down and does slightly improve the appearance of dark circles.
It says that it can be used alone or with make-up, but you would probably get some very funny looks if you used this product alone!
It does seem to help a little, but that is only because you will end up having that much make-up under your eyes that the blue/purple cannot be seen through it!
I will not be buying again, it is an OK product, but it is not that great and is worth nowhere near the £9 that I paid for it.
If you are interested in trying it, they are available at Boots for £9. They are probably available at other outlets, maybe even a little cheaper, but to be honest it is not really a product that is worth looking around for!
Under eye dark circle concealer /