* Prices may differ from that shown
I'm a massive fan of the brand Soap & Glory. Started in 2006 with the aim of helping women pamper themselves without 'spending an arm and a leg just to moisturise one', the retro pink and black & white bottles and packages are a familiar fixture on the shelves of Boots and Harvey Nichols. They're also available online from retailers like ASOS. The stated aim may not be completely accurate, as the products are often more expensive than brands like Dove or Radox, but most of them are high quality. Just after Christmas, a limited edition set of 10 discontinued or renamed Soap & Glory products was advertised on Boots for under £30. Being a huge fan, I of course picked one of these up!
One of the products was Wizard of Flaws, described as an "amazing line filling luminizer and concealer". The product comes in a cardboard box stating that the product should be used for "do-it-yourself airbrushing" and is designed for dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, redness around the nose, deep lines at the side of the mouth, dull or dark lipstick and puffy undereyes. Phew! I do suffer from some of these but not all (I'm 25, I don't have wrinkles!) so I can only comment on some of the functions of this product!
Out of the box, Wizard of Flaws is a black tube with silver writing bearing the name of the product and that of the Soap and Glory brand. You get 1ml of product and it supposedly lasts 12 months from opening.
To use the product you need to click the bottom in order to get the product out of the top. This method will be familiar to users of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat and similar products. The note on the top does say that you need to click 'well' to start using the product.
I clicked the bottom of the tube many times and used the brush to apply it under my eyes. I don't suffer from puffy eyes, but do have slight dark circles which need covering up. It took ages to get the product out, and at first it was really watery. I had to wipe it away with a tissue and keep on clicking until the actual, less watery product came out.
I dabbed the product onto my undereyes but was dismayed to note that it looked rather thin and, worse, sparkly. After finishing my application I was alarmed to see that my dark circles were actually emphasised, and it looked like I had loads of wrinkles, even though I really don't! I actually had to cover up my undereyes with another concealer, it looked that bad.
I persevered with the product for a couple of days, trying to get it to function as an undereye concealer, but failed miserably. I had resigned myself to having to throw it out, until I discovered another use for it thanks to a review I read. This review suggested that the product can be used as a highlighter, applied over the eyebrows, down the nose and anywhere else you like.
I tried this over my makeup one day and was pleasantly surprised. The product highlighted my browbone really well and made my skin look glowing. It blended in well, however, and was very natural and subtle. I was pleased with this and I've continued to use the product in this way.
I don't feel I can give this product a really high rating, as I don't think it fulfils its main function as a concealer. As a luminiser and highlighter, however, it does a fine job and I've given the product three stars. Just don't apply it on any part of the face you don't want to show up, and keep it away from your undereyes!
Don't you hate it when you have been meaning to buy something and you have never quite got round to it? Story of my life really but I am quite particular about what I do like and what I don't like whether it is food, drink, champagne, bath products or even clothes and make-up, I always know what I will and wont like.
I am a huge fan of YSL Touché Éclat, I think it is brilliant and if used correctly it is almost a miracle in its own making because it is so clever at hiding dark circles under eyes, blotches, redness and so on. However, I ran out and never got round to buying a replacement and being full of cold with a big fundraiser happening at work I needed a quick alternative and Boots was my only hope.
I do love the Boots stores, my two local ones always stock what I need and they never re-arrange the shop so that I have to wander around looking for things and whilst exploring the make-up ranges I was drawn to the Soap & Glory shelves where right above them was a big sign for '3 for 2' offers and well I couldn't ignore that now could I?
I am as you guessed a really big fan of the Soap & Glory range. Their range of products is huge and it includes everything from shower gels and bath foams to lip glosses, hair products and creams for most parts of the body including scrubs, moisturising and exfoliating creams. One of the main reasons I like these products is purely for the lovely packaging which does tend to change depending on which product you are buying but I really like the kitsch looking bottles which are a dusty pink colour and the pictured a black and white 1950s style design. The other reason I like this brand, other than them all smelling wonderful is that they are sold at affordable high street prices, so whilst waiting for your pay packet, you ca still afford to look and smell like a goddess for a reasonable price. Being sold at high street prices also means that these products are widely available in shops like Boots and Harvey Nichols mainly. The Soap & Glory range is also not tested on animals and more information can be found on the homepage.
So whilst I am not going to break the bank by taking advantage of the '3 for 2' offer that had tempted me I did also fulfill my mission of buying a replacement product for my YSL Touché Éclat and Soap and Glory Wizard of Flaws Wand is the name of that very product. It retails at £10 in Boots and there is currently an offer on where you can purchase it for £7.50.
Wizard of Flaws which I think is a fabulous name for a product is described as being "An amazing line filling, luminizer and concealer. Every woman should have one of these!" and it is sold inside a cardboard box which is designed very eye-catchingly with big logos and stand out words in the pinks that are recognised with the Soap & Glory brand. Inside that packaging is a black pen shaped wand, which is similar in size to my Touché Éclat wand only this product is slightly thicker and well more wand like in look. Written down the middle of the wand in silver lettering is 'The Wizard of Flaws' and then underneath again in silver lettering is the statement 'Magical Line Filling Wand'.
This wand is used in exactly the same way as you would use Touché Éclat and the idea with this product is that you can use it hide the dark circles under your eyes, hide fine lines and wrinkles and any other little issues such as redness and blotching, scars and almost gone spots. The skin under your eyes says quite a lot about you as a person and for some it gives an insight into their lifestyle. The dark circles, often referred to as 'bags' are usually linked with issues such as fatigue, stress, sleep deprivation and for some Anemia. So whilst all of those problems can be cured, when you are in need of a quick fix to hide those circles, then products like these become a life saver.
So, when using again, you use it in exactly the same way you would similar products and brush it over your skin and then blend it in, so that it actually doesn't look like you have a) tried to hide anything and b) it does actually hide what you want it to and c) it makes your eyes appear brighter and it does that due to the luminizing effects. So as well as dark circles under the eyes you can also use on the redness around your nose, particularly helpful if you have a cold and a bright red hooter from blowing your nose, fine lines around your mouth and the crows feet at the side of your eyes and because this product is infused with a puff-reducer it does help to deal with puffy eyes by masking the problems and making them disappear, well to the naked eye they are not there. Also included as an ingredient is Cucumber extract which is naturally cooling and hydrating on the skin and also contains a high level of Vitamin C with Caffeic which helps to calm irritated skin and reduce swelling. There is also beeswax which helps to lock in moisture and Castor Oil which is used to help keep wrinkles at bay in many anti-ageing products. Despite these ingredients the product is almost fragrance-free, there is certainly no evidence that it is a Soap & Glory product because the aroma which accompanies them is non-existent, yet the fragrance that you can smell very faintly is non-descriptive, it's neither pleasant nor horrid.
Whilst I am not the best applier of make-up, I have got really good at applying this in the time I have used it and whilst it is sold in only one shade and for some that wont suit their skin type. With Touché Éclat you can now buy it in at least three different shades, however with the Wizard of Flaws, there was a tester which allowed me to test it on the back of my hand and thankfully the shade was almost perfect and would do for the amount of time I would be wearing it, which at the time, would have been a few hours. However, removing the cap and click the bottom of the wand, again similarly to Touché Éclat and in doing so some of the cream is released it is pink in colour, similarly to the Soap & Glory packaging and when it is applied to the skin it is actually clear and not pink. So when blending it in, you can either use the brush on which the bristles are quite soft and do allow the cream to blend into your skin or like me you can use your fingers to blend it in.
So how does it compare to Touché Éclat? I have to say that overall I am really impressed with this as a product as it went on to my skin smoothly and blended into my skin and did what I wanted it to do and hide the dark circles under my eyes and make my eyes appear to be brighter than they were thanks to the luminizer. It is also a convenient size to be carried around in my make-up bag and at the bargain price of £10 it is a lot cheaper than my usual brand and hopefully it will last just as long. The only problem I face is whether or not I continue to use The Wizard of Flaws and purchase another once it has run out, or do I revert back to Touché Éclat and it's a problem because I feel The Wizard of Flaws does just as good as job and the price definitely is in its favour. The only downside for the time being is that I have only seen it available in the one shade and it might not be suitable for everyone.
Overall I do recommend it as a cheap alternative to Touché Éclat, it does exactly what it promises to do and it is easy to use.