Sunday, 10 May 2009

Review: Boots No7 Instant Radiance Concealer

What is it?

This is Boot's No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer. As you can see it comes in a pen form with a 'clicker' end which dispenses the product into the brush end in which you then apply the concealer to the skin. The packaging is especially designed for ease of use and compactability. The consistency of the product is a not too thick cream which is almost like a lotion. It's very cooling to the touch and blends in very well. It does not smell of anything in particular. I believe this pen contains 2.5ml of product but don't quote me on that because I'm not too sure.

Why does it claim do?
"Look like you've had a great night's sleep, even when you haven't, with No7's magic wand. This clever concealer works wonders under your eyes, reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness" - Boots Website.
No 7 suggest also that it has light reflecting particles which even out the dark circles of the eyes so it not only conceals your dread dark patches but also makes you look more awake. It also says on the packaging that you can use it on all the shadows on your face.
How I use it
I tend to apply this first with its own applicator around my entire eye and also the shadows around my nose, my chin and the shadows on the side of my face. I then blend it in with a cosmetic sponge. My favourite sponges are these

How did it work for me?
I personally adore this concealer; it's been one of the best concealers I have used (and I have quite a few). What I think separates this concealer from the others is that it instantly brightens up my face. My original favourite concealer was the MAC studio fix concealer which I think is amazing but that doesn't make me look awake but does cover up slightly more as you build it up on your skin. However I think the coverage for this concealer is very decent and it has the added bonus of the light reflecting properties as well as its great blendibility. It's not designed to conceal blemishes or red areas and I agree that it doesn't do a good job for that, for this I stil reach for my MAC concealer but for under eyes and shadows - this is fantastic.

Fresh faced - no make up. Dark shadows galore.

Blending in with a make-up sponge, using dabbing motions

Voila! Have to say it makes me look quite 'radiant'

How much did it cost? Where can I get it?
You can purchase this product This product is a No7 product therefore will be exclusively at Boots. It costs a reasonable £12.50, definitely worth the money.
My verdict?
I love that i can rely on this product to brighten up my day. It's easy to use, I can take it anywhere and the best thing is that it works wonders if you need to touch up during the day or when you're working over time! I would definitely re-purchase this and I think I've found the ultimate undereye drugstore concealer! I give this product a 4.5/5

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