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I bought The Body Shop's Lightening Touch on the recommendation of a friend, who had switched from the much more expensive Touche Eclat and said this was just as good. It costs £14 which is still fairly expensive but definitely more easily affordable than Touche Eclat. The pen is a shiny silver colour and looks very flashy and stylish, and I have to say I much prefer it to the gold one of Touche Eclat because to me gold just looks cheap and tacky! The pen is basically a tube with a twisty bit at one end and a brush on the other. It has a pull off lid that clicks into place to stop it from making a mess in your makeup bag. To use the pen you just twist the bottom for a couple of clicks to dispense the product into the brush, then dot under the eyes and blend with your finger. You need to be careful not to twist it too much or you will end up wasting loads, it sometimes takes a while for the product to reach the tip of the brush but you need to be patient not just keep twisting away. The makeup has a smooth creamy feel to it and it goes on really easily form the brush. I put 3 dabs under each eye and then blend with a finger. It blends easily by just dabbing carefully with a finger, you need to be gentle of you'll just rub it off again. It comes in 3 shades and I chose the lightest one and I find it blends well on my pale skin. I do find this has a bit of a brightening effect on my under-eye area but I do suffer with pretty bad dark circles and it doesn't hide them completely. It has a general illuminating effect rather than concealing so I find it just fades my dark circles a little, making them a bit less obvious. The downside about it is that it does feel a bit drying on my skin and also sits in the creases under my eyes making them look more obvious and this gets worse and worse throughout the day. It does stay on well though and doesn't rub off or fade all day. All in all I do think this is a decent product but I don't think I'll be buying it again as I don't lie the way it highlights the creases under my eyes.
I never used to use concealer, the only make up i ever wore was eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. But a couple of years ago i got sick and tired of doing my eye make up only to have it look rubbish because i had dark circles under my eyes. So i walked into boyd shop and bought my usual eyeshadows from there, and was told there was an offer on ( i think it was spend a certain amount and get cheapest free or something), as i was apprehensive about buying it as i'd never used it and it seemed quite expensive at £14 a pop, i decided to go for it. I asked the helpful assistant in the shop what would be the best, she actually told me to sit down and she would put it on for me (maybe it was obvious i was a noob?), she did and it looked good, so i bought it! i continued using the same one until it ran out. The bonus with the applicator for this is that even if you think it has ran out, you can still separate the white plastic bit with the brush on from the clear plastic bit (i will try and add photos later if i get the chance) and then actually use the brush to get more out of it, by doing this trick i was able to get 4 more uses out of it! The first couple of ones i had of these was the number 2, when i last went to get it they didnt appear to be selliing it, but i was given a mini-makeover again with the number 4. The number 4 is by far the best as it worked even better! and got rid of every dark patch under there. I like that you can twist it to get more of the concealer out ot it. i like that it is just plain silver, it makes it less liekly to get mistaken for anything else in my make up bag. The only draw back is that when you first use a new one, it can take a while for it puch enough of the concealer through the brush, and often it comes out with too much so you either over-apply or end up wasting it. It is easy to apply, either using the brush on the end, a separate make up brush or your fingers. It comes off easily, but seems to be tear-resistant , haha. overall, an extraordianry product, i'm glad i finally tried it!
I purchased the updated version of The Body Shops Lightening Touch pen last month and at £14 for 3ml, it's very good value for money. It's probably most known for being a rival to YSL Touche Eclat (which retails at around £20-£25). The Body Shop website describes it like "This magic little wand gives light relief to dark circles and fine lines and instantly brightens the skin. Contains ingenious little light-diffusing particles minimize fine lines and dark shadows". I could not agree more! I am a very light sleeper/work long 10-12 hour shifts and dark circles are a major concern for me. I may only be 20 but my gosh, they are dark! The packaging: Cute, Slimline, Silver and handbag size! It comes in 3 shades. 01, 03, 04. It's best to try the testers available in store before you buy as 01 doesn't mean it's lightest. I have shade 03 and i have fair skin/freckles/auburn hair. To start with you have to turn the clicking part at the bottom of the pen quite a few times to get the liquid flowing, it's only 1cm thick and makes a very small noise so hardly noticable. The product: It's lightweight, silky to touch and easy to apply. How i use it: Dab into the eye area with pen around inner corner and under eye, then with my ring finger i dab into skin. (The third 'ring' finger has the lightest touch so blends product better.) Apply AFTER foundation, this product contains light reflecting particles which reflect off the sunlight so it would be deemed useless if you used it before applying foundation which would cover the whole product up! It blends in effortlessly after foundation application and really helps open up my eyes. What i love about The Body Shop is that they do not test on animals and where possible use Community Fair Trade ingredients, in their make up range they use Marula Oil which is supplied by women farmers in Namibia and they receive a fair wage for their work. Girl Power! The Marula Oil itself is a great moisturiser and contains essential fatty acids to keep skin soft. The only few small issues i have are: a) the price - a bit steep for a high street store and in this recession i know people are trying cheaper alternatives. b) the product - it comes out very fast if you click too quickly/too much so you have to master the art of watching the brush and clicking slowly at the same time otherwise it's a waste and too much is used. (Hence why this isn't 5 stars.) Other than that, I feel that this product is a great competitor to YSL and really shouldn't be knocked until you've tried it. It has a 6 month shelf life but to be honest, you will use it in around 3 months anyway if you're a daily addict like myself. So really, animal cruelty free and for under £5 a month with no dark eye circles, really worth the spend.
I am usually a massive fan of Body Shop products, but this item was all wrong and I'm quite surprised by all the positive ratings on dooyoo. I decided to buy it because I was spending a fortune on YSL Touche Eclat and I thought this would be an affordable alternative. Now this item isn't that much cheaper than the YSL counterpart, I'd say you could probably pick up YSL for around £5 more (if you shop around), but every penny counts and all that. When I went to choose the relevant lightening touch shade I didn't think there were was much choice, there were only three options, and the pen didn't look particularly attractive, but I still decided to give it a go. When I first used the pen I found it difficult to blend with my base makeup, but eventually I managed it. However it didn't last all day and after a while I started to look like I had chalky patches under my eyes. I did persevere a few more times with the lightening touch and I found it ok for covering spots and blemishes, but it just didn't do the job when it came to the dark rings under my eyes. I wouldn't buy this product again.
Price: £11.70 From: The Body Shop For: Brightening under-eye skin and minimising dark circles The packaging is really classy and stylish, in a lovely shiny silver pen. It has a pull-off lid which comes off easily but fastens very tightly so it won't come open in a makeup bag. The pen is a brush-tip applicator where the concealer comes out into the bristles when you twist the other end of the pen. Turn it until it clicks a couple of times and you have just the right amount to do both under-eyes. It feels smooth and light on the skin and it blends easily using just a ring finger to gently pat it into the skin. Applying it under the eyes like this really does lighten and brighten the under-eye area and conceals bags and dark circles pretty well. It doesn't go cakey or look fake or obvious, but after a few hours it does tend to settle into any fine lines or creases around the eyes, so you do need to re-blend it, but this is easily done. At the end of the day it comes off easily with just a normal cleanser or soap. All in all this is a very good under-eye brightener/concealer. Thumbs up from me.
The Lightening Touch is a great little secret weapon make up product. If you have darker shadows under your eyes this is the perfect product for you. It comes in two shades, a light, yellow toned one and a slightly darker pink toned one. It is best to test them in the shop to find out which will be most effective for you. It costs £9.36 at the moment, however, it used to be around £12 so perhaps this is in the sale. To use, simply turn the end of the pen for about two clicks. This dispenses enough of the product for one eye on to the little brush. Ensure that you have applied your foundation BEFORE you use the Lightening Touch. Place along the dark area in little dots - I also use it to highlight underneath my eyebrows. You can blend it using your fingers or a make up brush, which I highly recommend. The reason for using it on top of your foundation is that it contains light reflecting particles. If you used it beneath your foundation you would not get the full benefit of the product. It genuinely does work and highlights and conceals areas to perfection. I use this every single day underneath both eyes and along the brow bones and one usually lasts me 2 to 3 months. If you buy one at the current price and it lasts three months, that is only £3.12 a month. I think that's worth it to look bright eyed and bushy tailed no matter how bad your dark circles are!
The Body Shop Lightening Touch Pen - Make Up Do you currently use a concealer or touch up pen? If the answer is no...then you should buy this!!! I used to use the ysl touch up pen after it was made famous by Geri Haliwell using on a documentry. This cost me £21! I was made redundant and found this was too expensive to continue buying so stopped using a concealer touch up pen and went back to just foundation. The different was really noticeable. I looked tired and had darker circles under my eyes. I found a very similar product in the Body Shop. The texture is smooth and provides a great cover up liquid to apply under the eyes. It blends really well leaving the area area flawless and consistent in colour. The only disadvantage is that this used to be a lot cheaper. You used to beable to buy 8ml for £11. Now you get 1.8ml for £8! I think £8 is still a reasonable price. I use it every day and it lasts me about 2 months.
I was given this product as part of a present and is one of the best i have used in awhile. The aim of this product is to reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. The way that this is done is by using light refusing particles to reflect light, and therfore reducing shadows and fine lines. It is best applied after using your foundation, or face base, around the eyes, where in my case most needed. It is esy to use, to and comes in a stylish crome contanier. All you do is twist the bottom and the liquid will come out from the bristle at the top. then you dab it around the effective area. They come in a veriety of colours, and cost £12 for 8ml. I use it on a everyda bases, and with either a foundation, or the body shop all in one powder, and it does do what it says, and brightens up my skin. Even tho this is a light coverage.
Recently I was talked into hosting a Body Shop at Home party. I had been looking for something to disguise the dark circles under my eyes, which I am really paranoid about, so thought this was the ideal time to try some things out... and Body Shop products are really good too! I decided to purchase a product called "lightening touch" in shade 01. It is available in 2 different shades - the one that I ordered and shade 03 which is slightly darker. I thought that as seen as I was trying to lighten up my eyes, the darker shade wouldn't be a good idea! Unfortunately there aren't any colours for darker skin. Lightening touch is designed not as a concealer but purposely for hiding all those dark circles which concealer, lets be honest, sometimes makes look a million times worse (ever seen one of those women that's got more makeup under her eyes than on the whole of the rest of her face??). The idea is that light difusing particles minimise fine lines and shadows, rather than just caking them up. Also I find concealers much too thick for under my eyes, making any little lines look so much more defined... the complete opposite of the look I go for! I love my lightening touch pen. It comes in a fab looking silver tube, as the picture above, which is ideal to throw into my handbag if I ever needed to, but in truth you don't really need to take it out with you because it doesn't melt and stays looking fresh all day! To dispense the liquid, you simply twist the end of the pen and it comes out of the end of the brush (it does take a while the first time you use it but just keep twisting until you get a blob at the end of the brush). For me, one twist is enough to do under both eyes. I prefer to brush it on and blend in with my fingers, although the brush is designed to do this job, but that is just my preference. The Body Shop advise that you apply after your foundation, so that you do not cover it up and disguise the effect. The lightening touch is a thin liquid which does not clog up or look too thick. The finished effect is very natural and makes you look much more wide awake, youthful and fresh. It does not make my fine lines any more noticeable, I would say if anything it makes them less noticeable. You could quite easily use this as a highlighter on your face if you prefer not to wear makeup every day. This product also includes: Organic Beeswax: to moisturise and condition the skin. Helps to seal in moisture. Also helps to keep product texture consistant. Marula Oil: a very effective moisturiser. Helps to repair the skin's moisture barrier, therefore restoring moisture, smoothness and suppleness. Vitamin E: Used to soften, condition and protect. Community trade information taken from www.thebodyshop.co.uk which I thought was important to include: "Marula oil comes from the marula tree, native to Southern Africa. The oil is rich in oleic acid, essential to the maintenance of healthy-looking skin. The Body Shop trades with the Eudafano Womens Cooperative in northern Namibia, which helps women in rural communities who have very few opportunities to earn money. The trade with our company has helped more than 750 women and their families to benefit from this traditional, yet underutilized natural resource." This amazing product is available to buy both online or from your local Body Shop (or at any Body Shop at Home party) for £11 (1.8ml). The shades are also available to view online but you may prefer to actually try it in store. Highly recommended.
If dark circles under your eyes are the bane of your beauty regime, then The Body Shop's Lightening Touch is the product for you. The product itself is a tinted cream of a similar consistancy to liquid foundation, which promises to lighten the skin around your eyes and make dark circles less noticable. It comes in a fancy silver tube divided into three segments. The bottom segment is twisted to get the cream to come out the top, the middle segment holds the cream and the top segment has a brush to help you apply the cream. I find the brush quite bristley and plastic, though, so I tend to use my fingertip. The best way to use the product is to dab a tiny bit on the end of you finger and to blend slowly into the circles under your eyes. Do this after you've moisturise to get a more even application. If you use foundation, use this on the top so it's light-diffusing particles aren't covered up. The key ingredients are marula oil, a very effective moisturiser that is similar in chemical composition to the oil in your skin, enabling a very even application; organic beeswax to help condition the skin and act as a moisture barrier; and vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant. Another key ingredient is the 'light-diffusing particles' - basically the thing that sets this product apart from a regular foundation - but it is not clear from the packaging what this actually consists of. Ground-up fairy wings? Moondust? We just don't know.... The key benefit of this product would be the reduction of the dark circles round your eyes. And yes, it really does work! I have one year old twins and thus have the odd day when they've got me up in the night and feel like a walking zombie, but this little silver tube makes me look like I've had a full eight hours! Another great benefit is that The Body Shop buys community traded ingredients (their version of Fairtrade), so the products are doing other people around the world good too. All Body Shop Products are made in the UK, so the impact on the environment in terms of transportation ae reduced too (plus it provides local jobs). Lightening Touch comes in two shades, a pinky shade and a pinky-brown. Now, on to the price. This is where I get a bit annoyed. I used to buy Lightening Touch when I was an impoverished student. It was about £7 and, according to venice105 (thanks!) who has also written a review of this it used to contain 7ml. Nowadays, it costs £11 and only contains 1.8ml! That is six times, ml for ml, what it used to cost. What a rip-off! Maybe they really have started using fairy wings? Having said that, Yves Saint Laurent's Touch Eclat works out even more expensive and I actually prefer this product. I guess if I want to get rid of the dark circles I'm just going to have to grin and bear it!
The Body Shop Lightening Touch Concealer is a product that has been a staple for me for a couple of years now. It is meant to be a highlighter-type concealer, in the vein of Yves St. Laurent's Touche Eclat, brightening the under-eye area whilst simultaneously camouflaging dark circles. The Body Shop recently re-packaged this product, along with the rest of their makeup line. While I don't argue the line was in need of a face lift - the old packaging had seemingly been around forever - I do take issue with this particular product's repackaging. I bought the new, silver pen-style concealer pen recently. I had used the dregs of the old container, which was a wand applicator in a long tube. It occurred to me that some changes might have occurred, although the girl in the shop assured me it was indeed the same product, simply re-packaged. Well, then, I have no issue with that, I thought. I admit the new pen is very attractive, almost as pretty as the Touche Eclat. Gosh that is strange, I thought, when I went to use it for the first time, it seems to be in three equal segments. I had assumed the whole pen contained the product, but on further inspection, it appears that 1/3 of the pen only contains product. Hmmm so didn't look very much then. To dispense the product, you have to twist the bottom third of the pen. It makes a very faint clicking noise that is barely audible. There is no resistance at all when twisting so it would be very easy to twist several times if you weren't paying attention, dispensing far more product than is necessary. So I'm not too keen on that, then. The brush appears to be quite hard plastic bristles, and indeed feels very rough on the skin. Maybe after many uses it will soften but having used it several times it is still far too hard to use as an applicator under my eye. The product is seemingly identical to the old one in colour and consistency. I test this out by pulling out my old tube of Lightening Touch, and this is when things start to smell a bit fishy. I notice that compared to my old tube, the new product appears to be much dinkier. It is impossible to see how much product there is inside the silver pen - however, a glance at the bottom of both containers reveals a HUGE discrepancy. The original product, which retailed for the same price as the new - £11, contained 7ml of product. The new, "improved" version contains .1.8ml !!! Yes, that's correct, I have to double check. I try and think of ways I may be confusing things as I am not known for my maths, but it seems quite straightforward, really. I am truly gobsmacked, however, at this blatant ripoff. From none other than that bastion of ethics, my friendly Body Shop. They've never been cheap, but I never would have expected such a downright swindle and frankly am quite angered by this. To be sold less than a QUARTER of the original amount, for the same price, is just obscene, greedy guts-ness. I could feasibly be wrong, but I just can't see it. 7ml versus 1.8ml When looking at the products side by side just now, I can see that the product must be contained only in the middle third of the pen. So this lovely new packaging has come at a swift and staggering price. I know what I should do. I should march back into the goodly Body Shop and give them what for. Even better, I should post it back to Anita Roddick with a resounding "Ah-ha!, See where things have gone now that you've sold out to THE MAN!"(L'Oreal). Oh I really am tempted. There is one slight problem. I love this stuff. If I were sent to a desert island with only one makeup product, this would be it. It is manna from heaven for anyone with under-eye circles. I actually prefer it to YSL. I have tried numerous other concealers, with mixed results. They're often too chalky, settle into fine lines (what lines? heh heh!). Or they just don't do their job and cover up my varying degrees of under-eye baggage. This stuff works. They must know this, or else would never have staged such a brazen swindle. Maybe I am overreacting, it's hardly "Watchdog" worthy, but I do find it pretty shocking. So what to do. Shall I say why it's worth it? Well God, it's probably dearer than Touch Eclat now. Actually, upon further inspection, Touche Eclat contains 2.5ml of product, for approximately £20 on the high street, compared to this one at £11 for 1.8ml so this is actually almost the same price as one of the most expensive department store brands around (if you're flush, the two together work a treat - combined this is the perfect, though expensive £££ camouflage). OK, despite all this I still like this concealer. It works to make you look naturally lovely. I like it because I don't have to use a thicker concealer under it. It is quite thin in consistency, so you can apply a layer (or three, depending on level of raccoon resemblance), and it never goes cake-y or makes the under-eye look "crepe-y". I am of the age (31..and 11 months!) where I need to think about these things. There's nothing worse than applying makeup and having it actually age you. So it blends in well, isn't too dry, and leaves a nice, dewy finish. It WILL settle into any larger lines you may have after initial application, but a simple smudge will fix this without too much fuss. It doesn't accentuate any lines you never noticed before, and has quite good staying power. It is quite a runny liquid so not ideal for covering blemishes, although it can be used to even out the complexion where needed. There are two shades of this, 01 and 02 I believe. I wear the 01 which is the paler of the two and pink toned, the other has a more yellow tone to it. It conceals under-eye circles brilliantly. It is not as pale or lightening as some others, on the plus side though you will not get the dreaded "reverse raccoon" effect with this. On its own it is fine, but ever in search of perfection, I have discovered that a teensy bit of something lighter like Touche Eclat or the No.7 highlighter over this creates a "natural" look that is about as good as I'm going to get. So I suppose it comes down to what price beauty? I feel a fool to keep buying this stuff, unfortunately this will probably just lead to me looking for something new, stretching my wallet even more. I can unequivocally say that, when compared with numerous other drugstore brands, this one wins for me, hands down. It is not really available at drugstore prices anymore, however, which means I will probably end up looking to the department store brands when this runs out. I'm troubled as to how to rate this. If I were rating the product on its own, it would have to be five stars. From a consumer perspective, I am irked enough by the Body Shop's price hike to take off at least one. But that's not really fair to the product OR the consumer. Or should the consumer be warned by a downrate? I really don't know. It IS good. Just don't be fooled into thinking you're getting a cheaper YSL, because it costs virtually the same now.
Fed up, and armed with a fistful of cash, i trekked through my local shopping centre to the last shop on the list - the Body Shop. 'Im looking for something to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes!!' I revealed to the apologetic looking shop assistant, who smiled graciously and took me straight over to the make up counter. Ive seen it all before, i thought. Years messing about to find the right match for my skin always ended in wasted money and a slight resemblance to a sick panda (im olive skinned; not dark enough for asian tones, but not light enough to be white!!!) And so my delightful new friend, elie she was called, chirped away about the positives of this wonder stuff - and i was reliably informed none other than jennifer aniston demands this product! however a hardened shopper like myself, i was still suitably sceptical; they ARE paid to talk the talk after all!! And so< she applied this wonder stuff to my tired, weary eyes, showing me how it should be correctly applied and blended. This is the great thing about the Body Shop, they will apply the make up and let you see how they do it at no extra cost, meaning you're not going home with something you have no idea to use, or that wont match your skin tone. Here comes the science!!! apparently light reflective particles are at work in the make up that bounce away light from the dark areas and give a refreshed, good nights sleep, kind of look. whether the reflective thing is true i will leave to someone with a science degree but i can certainly vouch that standing there in the shop i instantly looked more awake and fresh. So this little tube of magic was plopped into the bag, along with concealer, which it is ideally used in conjunction with, and a lip/concealer brush to apply. I would recommend this to anyone with the same problem as myself, especially anyone with an olive complexion. The price, at 7 pounds is fairly reaso nable when considering its upmarket equivalent, Touche Eclat, is about 13 pounds more. Also at 7ml, just over twice the volume of Touche, Lightening touch represents good value for money over a long time (ive had it just over a month now and 3/4 remains) Whether Jennifer Aniston really does use this or not, i can certainly say it made me look 'picture perfect'. sorry guys! you love these cheesy endings! A fantastic buy.
I managed to get hold of this a few months ago. It is the best thing possible to stop bags under the eyes showing. I have tried many similar products to this by many different brand, even some more expensive brands, however this one stood out from the rest, because it worked noticeably. Not only does it remove any trace of darkness underneath your eyes, it also makes your entire eye socket look lighter and a lot more awake!! I would say this is an essential for anyone who has to make a very early start! You only need to use a small amount of the product, therefore another advantage of Body Shop Lightening Touch is that it will last for ages, and give you good value for money. The packaging is very simple. It comes in a cylindrical container, with a gold screw top lid. It looks similar to the small concealer from the Body Shop, not the clear one where you can actually see the concealer, but the small one which has a green bottom and a gold lid. Due to the size it is perfect to put in your make up bag, but I’ve found that one application lasts for ages and there is no need to reapply, therefore you may not actually need to carry it around with you. Another benefit of The Body shop’s lightening touch, is the fact it blends in fantastically with your skin colour. With a lot of concealers that are used to remove bags, they can leave a lighter ring under you eye, the kind of rings that you get when you have been skiing and your face is tanned except for where you have been wearing goggles. The Lightening Touch does not do this at all. It just makes you look like you have had about twelve hours sleep! It also covers many fine lines around the eye two. One of the other appealing sides to this product, along with all other Body Shop merchandise, is the fact that it is not tested on animals whatsoever. When purchasing the product, you may wish to buy the corresponding pressed face powder to give you that flawless celebrity loo k. Buying the pressed face powder in the same shade as the lightener is not essential, as the lightening touch works well on its own, it is just an idea. The Lightening touch is also very easy to remove as well, just use your normal eye make up remover. You can buy it at any Body Shop, and there is usually one in every large town. However it is one of the most popular Body Shop products, and the only disadvantage of the product is that the Body Shop are out of stock of it quite frequently. I had to order it and go and collect it on the day the delivery came in. Apparently I was one of 11 women who had ordered it, and also the demand is so high, that the warehouse is often out of stock.
After amounts of searching for a good under eye concealer to cover those black marks under my eyes I have found the perfect one and it is cheap. Everyone raved about the YSL touch eclat and I will be fair it was good, but a bit pricey for us normal people, so I was in the Body Shop one day and seen this, it is called Lightening touch and it comes in two colours, it works by diffusing light so you can't see your bags at all. It comes nicely packaged in a little green tubu with gold around the edges and has a little wand inside to apply it. It only costs £5 and a little bit goes a long way, there is no need to keep applying as one application lasts all day. I would defintaely recommend this as it is the bees kenees. What more can I say
I really cannot rate this product highly enough. I only use cosmetics not tested on animals, which limits my choice somewhat. However, even if this weren't the case I would still be buying this. I generally don't wear much make-up, mostly due to laziness! What I tend to go for is a nice base. I moisturise, use clear brow and lash gel, and some lightening touch where needed. It feels light, and blends in well with the skin. My eye area is very sensitive, but this does not irritate at all, and does a great job covering up dark areas. It works just as well on any other area of the face too. There is a limited choice of shades, which may not suit everybody, but overall this gives great value for money, does the job brilliantly, and is one of those products you will stay loyal to. Well done to the Body Shop!
A light-reflective fluid that banishes dark shadows and brings radiance to the skin