“ Brand: Virgin Vie / Type: Concealer „
I am a massive fan of YSL Touch Eclat and it is the one item of make up which I just could not live without. It is an expensive item though and as I use it daily, it is often time for it to be replaced and I am another £23 out of pocket. I am always seeking for a cheaper alternative and the latest alternative was Out Of The Shadows by Virgin Vie.
What does the product do?
Virgin Vie claim that this product is like a good night's sleep in a tube. It promises to banish those dark shadows from beneath your eyes that let the world know how exhausted you are really feeling and to cover up all signs of fatigue. It claims that with one application, you will look bright eyed and bushy tailed, even when you don't feel it.
How does it work?
The product works because it is packed full of light diffusing particles which catch the light and reflect it, masking the darkness beneath. The thick liquid also helps to cover over dark circles and to mask them.
How do you use the product?
I use the product as a final step when completing my make up. It can be used at any stage but I have found that to use it beneath foundation or powder seems to stop the particles from reflecting the light and hiding the shadows. The product can also be used on bare skin, if you don't intend to wear any make up and it still works well.
After twisting the base until it clicks in order to release the product, I sweep the brush onto the skin beneath my eyes and then dab the product into the skin until it has been completely blended. Make sure that you never rub the product in as it will result in wrinkles forming and you won't get a good coverage either.
The product can also be used anywhere on the face where you want light to be reflected. I also use it on the skin by the inner corner of my eyes to make my eyes look wider. By using the product down the length of the nose, you can make it look slimmer and by using it on the cheekbones, you can accentuate your bone structure. I even use a dot on the skin just above the cupid's bow of my lips which makes them look a little fuller.
Packaging and Price
The product looks like a silver version of my much loved Touch Eclat, which is what attracted me to the product in the first place. It is made of a metal feel material which is shiny, silver and reflective. There is no decoration on the tube other than the Virgin Vie symbol on one end and the name of the product is on a sticker at the other end. You twist the bottom of the tube to dispense the product and the liquid comes directly onto the brush at the other end. The brush is very soft and has plenty of bristles to dispense the product evenly and gently onto the skin.
Out Of The Shadows cost me £13 which is half that of Touch Eclat and for that amount of money, you get 10ml of the product. It can be bought from a few online websites or from your local Virgin Vie representative.
The packaging looks expensive and eye catching. The lid and the part of the tube that you twist looks very similar and many times, I have nearly broken my product by pulling at the wrong end. The lid is the larger section of the tube and it's obvious which one is which if you look at the product carefully but it can cause some frustration when you are in a rush.
A few clicks of the tube releases enough product to coat the brush and then the product is ready to use. The brush is really soft on the skin and it doesn't drag or pull the delicate skin beneath the eye. As far as I'm aware there is only one shade available and mine is a peachy/pinkish colour and I don't see how this shade could suit everyone. I have quite fair skin and it just about suits my complexion but when I get a tan, this product is too pale for my skin.
The consistency of the product isn't as silky as my Touch Eclat but it still blends in easily and looks natural. The product has a very matte finish that is almost chalky and I think that it wouldn't look good on skin that hadn't been properly moisturised. Out of the shadows also has a thicker and richer consistency than Touch Eclat.
Due to this fact, the product almost acts as a concealer and helps to hide the dark circles quite well. I can't noticeably see that light is being reflected and it doesn't give my skin any radiance but it certainly does make me look much more wide awake and my dark circles are reduced in appearance. When I use it on the other areas of my face, it doesn't have the same effect as Touch Eclat as I believe this product works as a cover up rather than a reflective cream.
All in all, this is a good enough product and it does make me look more awake and reduces the appearance of my dark circles. It isn't as versatile as Touch Eclat and it doesn't give my skin that lovely radiance. I will continue to use this product when I am just going to the supermarket etc, but I won't be repurchasing the product once it is gone or wearing it anywhere special. It performs well but it still nothing in comparison to my beloved Touch Eclat.
I first bought this product a few years ago when I noticed that I had dark shadows under my eyes and was beginning to look increasingly tired with every day that passed! It's not cheap at £12.50, but is it worth it?
It looks really ncie and posh in a gorgeous silver metallic pen style tube. It really does look classy and elegant. It has a pull off lid that comes off easily when you want it to, but also stays on when you want it to. It's about the same size as your average lip gloss or mascara tube, so it's easy to fit in a handbag, mak-up bag or even a pocket if you wanted to.
To use it you just twist the bottom of the tube to release some of the product onto the brush applicator at the other end. You only need to twist it about 3 times to get enough to do both eyes. Then all you do is dot it onto the undereye area that you want to conceal, and blend it by patting it gently with your ring finger.
The colour looks really dark and pinkish when it comes out but it blends in really easily to work with your own skintone. It feels creamy and smooth and it doesn't irritate the skin, which is essential in products that are used around the eyes as the skin is very sensitive here.
It's really quick and easy to apply and only takes a couple of seconds to blend perfectly to give an even finish and conceal those undereye bags. And the amazing thing is that it really does work! It brightens up the undereye area without looking like it's even there, and makes you look brighter and wide awake.
It doesn't shimmer like some of these undereye concealers do, which is great as all that does is draw more attention to any other flaws you may have. It just gives a really fresh, bright appearance, whilst still looking completely natural, and not at all made up. It lasts well and I don't find I need to touch it up at all during the day, unless I've been rubbing my eyes alot.
The only problem I have with this is that it must be clogging my pores, as I sometimes end up with tiny spots by the inner corners of my eyes when I've used this, and I never get spots there otherwise. Apart from that slight downside it's a fantastic product that I have kept on buying.
I don't think I'll be buying it again as I'm trying to cut back on my spending on cosmetics, and at £12.50 I really think I should be getting one that doesn't clog my pores and cause spots!
This is one of my must-have beauty products that since I found it I wouldn't be without. I was originally going to buy the very famous Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent, but when I found this one by Virgin Vie for a considerably cheaper £12.50 I thought I'd give this a go instead.
It's basically a concealer pen which, just like the Touche Eclat, is supposed to make you look more wide-eyed and awake and hide all signs of tiredness like bags and dark circles. It contains light diffusers to soften fine lines and add radiance and it's formula is supposed to go on smoothly and evenly. The brush applicator is supposed to make precision application and blending easy. It only comes in one colour, so you don't have to choose between shades.
It's a posh silver pen with a lid that just pulls off and a twist section at the bottom. You just twist the bottom of the pen until it clicks to get some of the product onto the brush, but sometimes you need to twist it a few times before you have enough on the brush. You can then just dab the brush onto the under eye area where you want it and blend carefully with your ring finger.
It does look very pink when it comes out of the pen and when you put it on your skin, but then it blends in really easily and you can't tell it's there. You can't feel it on your skin either as the texture is really light. It is smooth and easy to apply and blend, but I wouldn't use the brush to blend it as this just doesn't work, always use your ring finger and just dab at it until it blends in.
When applied to the inner corner of the eye this makes me look really awake even when I have the biggest dark circles you've ever seen. I just put 3 dabs on each eye from the inner corner to the middle of my undereye and it works a treat. You should never use this across the whole of your undereye as it will not cover dark circles and applying it this way will just make them more obvious - this is the mistake most people make and then they complain that the product doesn't work. It will never work if you don't use it right!
Anyway, it does do a really good job on the undereye area and can also conceal other small blemishes, but be careful what type of blemishes you do use it on as the light diffusers can draw attention to some, it wouldn't work for covering acne for example, it would just make it look worse.
It stays on all day and you don't need to keep reapplying it so there's no need to keep it with you though it would easily fit in your handbag if you wanted to. It comes off easily with any half-decent cleanser or makeup remover. Because you only use a tiny amount the pen lasts for ages before you have to replace it. It's definitely worth the price.
Feeling tired? Been burning the candle at both ends? Want to look as if you've been looking after yourself when you haven't? Got those tell-tale dark circles? This may well be the product you've been looking for! Virgin Vie's "Out of Shadows" has been rated so highly by the beauty press that it's one of those products you *want* to find out about. Women's magazines as varied as Marie Claire and Woman have recommended this as a must-have product. It was apparently one of the beauty necessities of the year, so when this all became a bit more personal and a friend who had used it for some time finally raved about it to me herself, curiosity got the better of me and made me decide to part with the cash and give it a go. I was not disappointed. It's marketed as " a good night's sleep in a bottle" and although it might not make you *feel* like you hit the hay at the right time last night, (I wish!) it will definitely make you *look* like you did. Those dark circles simply disappear as if by magic! It's a concealer which apparently is "bursting with light diffusers." Sound good? Well it is. Simply apply this pinkish liquid to those black rings with the little sponge-tipped applicator and it will be as if they never existed. I know it sounds unlikely - like an advertising spiel even - but it really does do what it's supposed to do. It's a doddle to apply for even the most cack-handed of us, and amazingly for me with my sensitive skin, it causes no allergic or other reaction. This stuff doesn't stand out as being a concealer ( believe me, some do!) but rather blends convincingly into your natural skin tones to give a healthy I've-had-the-best-night's-sleep-ever look. I have quite olive, dark skin, but find that it works just as well for me as it does for my very pale blonde friend who recommended it. You can use it with or without foundation,
it works equally well. As I don't usually wear much make-up other than eyeliner and a quick lick of lipstick, it's nice to be able to use this on its own. I'ver never noticed it wearing off either, it seems to last well all day. In the work I do, looking well-rested is not as enormous an advantage as it is in some professions. I imagine that air hostesses have it made with this stuff. come to think of it, maybe that's why Virgin invented it?! The kind of lives those Virgin hostesses lead, they probably need it... My usage on the other hand, is sporadic as the kids at the Family Centre are pretty much used to me just the way I am and my own kids worry if I look anything different to normal, dark circles and all.. I'd definitely recommend trying this if dark circles are a problem to you rather than an acceptable fact of life. If you need to look good for a job interview or good on the job (!) then this is in all probability a must. If I'm tired before a singing performance I would always reach for the "Out of the Shadows" bottle because as a performer appearance is almost as important as how you sound, but mostly I just don't bother as appearance is not a high-priority factor in my day-to-day work. I guess I'm lucky, but I can think of many jobs where appearance is paramount and where this product would be a life-saver. Try it if dark circles really bother you or you want to look your best for a special occasion, maybe a wedding! On the other hand, if you want to convince someone that you were up all last night working on that project, forget it make those dark circles work for you!