The Body Shop can do no wrong in my eyes – they constantly hit the ball out of the park with their new skincare and body care product releases. British Rose Instant Glow Body Essence? Amazing (review here)! Spa Of The World Dead Sea Salt Scrub? No other body scrub will ever compare! Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream? Yes, please (review here)! Atlas Mountain Rose Eau De Toilette? My favourite affordable fragrance (review here)! Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil? Removes makeup like this: *snaps fingers*
But…as you may very well know, no one gets it right ALL THE TIME.
I must admit, after testing the new Instaglow CC Creams for about a week I was left feeling both confused and disappointed. I like to include both the strengths and weaknesses of a product in my reviews, so today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on 2 of the 3 Instaglow CC Creams from The Body Shop.
If you read this blog post, then you’ll know I was VERY excited about these products after seeing them on a couple of international blogs. I waited in anticipation for just over a month, hoping I would see them in South Africa soon. When I popped in to my local The Body Shop store last week, I saw them waiting on the shelf just for me…so I popped the 2 lightest shades in my basket. I decided to skip the dark shade called ‘Warm Glow’ since it is VERY bronzey and I knew I probably wouldn’t use it after swatching it for this blog post.
The Instaglow CC Cream retails for R185,00 at The Body Shop stores nationwide. **Update: The Body Shop South Africa website indicates a retail price of R260,00 for this product (a couple of my readers have also mentioned they paid R260,00 for the Instaglow CC Cream). Perhaps my local The Body Shop store initially had the incorrect price?
The new Instaglow CC Cream is available in 3 shades: Bright Glow for light skin tones, Peachy Glow for light to medium skin tones, and Warm Glow for dark skin tones. Individually, they promise to illuminate, counteract dullness and can add a touch of bronzed glow to the skin.
A CC cream is a colour correcting cream (or complexion correcting cream), and is quite similar to a BB cream but it focuses on correcting certain skin issues i.e. dullness, redness, sallowness etc. I usually apply cc creams before I go in with my foundation, almost like a primer to correct imperfections on the skin. Based on the name of these products, you would expect them to illuminate and add a touch of glow…right? Sadly, the Instaglow CC Creams contain absolutely no illuminating particles to add radiance to the skin. I’m not someone who likes a super glowy base, but with a name like ‘Instaglow’, one would expect to see at least a tiny bit of shimmer.
Here’s what I like about the Instaglow CC Creams: They are easy to use, and travel-friendly – the soft, squeezable tubes have a thin nozzle, a gentle squeeze will release the perfect amount of product (no messing about with pumps), no leaks and no wastage. Formulated with marula oil (which by the way contains 60% more antioxidants than argan oil) to hydrate the skin without clogging pores, and SPF20 to add sun protection against both UVA and UVB rays, these sound like the perfect multi-taskers. Even though they are targeted at specific skin tones, all 3 can be used on all skin types (even sensitive skin). I love that both shades brighten my skin but as mentioned, neither add a healthy glow to the skin…which might not be a bad thing for someone who has super oily skin. And for superficial reasons, I have to mention the packaging – I LOVE the super glossy, metallic tubes.
Here’s what doesn’t float my boat: I’ve already mentioned the Instaglow CC Creams don’t contain shimmer, so for me, they don’t really add a healthy glow to the skin. The ‘Bright Glow’ shade works best for my skin tone (some days ‘Peachy Glow’ looks a little bit too orange on my skin), but here’s the thing – it looks and feels like I’m applying my normal everyday moisturiser. If I’m going to add another step to my skincare or makeup routine (and I’m paying almost R200,00 for this additional step), then I would like for the product to give me a little bit more than the moisturiser I applied a couple of minutes ago. Does that make sense? For me it doesn’t minimise pores or reduce shine, so I still need to apply a primer to blur my imperfections and control shine anyway.
Below are swatches of both shades:
I was very excited to try these, but I have to admit the Instaglow CC Creams from The Body Shop just didn’t win me over unfortunately. Perhaps I am misunderstanding their purpose, or maybe my expectations were too high – whatever the case, these didn’t work for me. If you have perfect skin and you rock ‘no-makeup-days’ almost every day, then this is the perfect fuss-free, quick and easy base / moisturiser for you. I can’t deny these Instaglow CC Creams provide great sun protection – with an SPF20 PA+++ rating, they not only protect the skin against UVB rays, but PA+++ is the highest grade of UVA protection currently available.
Will I be repurchasing these? Probably not, I don’t think these CC creams brighten my complexion enough to warrant adding another step to my skincare / makeup routine, plus my current moisturiser already does a great job of protecting my skin against sun damage. I really wish the Instaglow CC Creams contained illuminating particles, then this review would have been a rave review.
Have you tried the Instaglow CC Creams? What are your thoughts?