When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Beaches, BBQ, good times with friends and glowing, tan skin. The California beach babe look has always been super popular and I like to think I have a bit of a beach babe inside me whenever the temps climb higher than 20 degrees.
Unfortunately, it can be tricky to get that natural glow. Sure you could get it the legit way, by you know, going outside, but as I work indoors and I'm also averse to getting more sun spots, that route isn't ideal for me. Also, fake tanners really freak me out as I have horrible visions of turning into an Asian Tan Mom and the idea of standing around naked waiting for my self-tanner to dry seems terribly tedious. So what's a girl to do?
Thankfully, The Body Shop has a solution. Just released this summer, the new Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer is a lotion that hits that sweet spot between makeup and skincare. Designed to be the last step in your cleansing routine before makeup, the Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer gives skin a subtle warmth while Fair Trade honey conditions and softens.
Looking at this product, you might be asking yourself, what is a skin enhancer? Well trust me, so was I and I had to do some googling to find out just where in one's routine The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer fits. What I've concluded so far is that this product is kind of a like a primer by smoothing out any bumps and imperfections and by giving a very light wash of coverage.
I've been trying The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer off and on for the past few weeks, so let's dive right in to how this "skin enhancer" panned out!
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Polysilicone 11 - provides a smooth base by creating a film over skin
- Glycerin - a humectant
- Polysorbate 20 - an emulsifier
- Silica - absorbent and thickener
Other ingredients of note are honey (moisturizer) and myrciaria dubia fruit extract (moisturizing).
A 25 ml tube costs $20 from The Body Shop. It's a reasonable size as this product is designed to be taken on the go for periodic touch-ups whenever you need a "glow boost." The slim packaging makes this easy to pop into your purse, but I do wish it had flip-top lid instead of a screw-top cap, which would make this product even easier to use on the go.
You can wear The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer solo or under makeup. Out of the tube, the product is a bright, peachy orange, but when applied to skin, it just melts away. The overall effect is a very subtle warmth to the skin and it also mattifies slightly, due to the silicones.
As it's so subtle, I found it impossible to photograph, but trust me, it's there. With the addition of bronzer, powder and highlighter, my face looks like I've just spent a couple days on the beach. In fact, there was one time when I paired it with my beloved Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, and my face was starkly darker than my chest - I actually had to bronze my chest to match!
Overall, I enjoyed the warm glow The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer gave my skin. The peach orange tones work well for my coloring and even though I don't like to load up on the 'cones, I didn't find this product to cause any breakouts or clogged pores.
As a primer, I found the texture of the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer to be very similar to The Body Shop's other primers; it's soft, a little crumbly and leaves a velvety film on the skin. It's abilities to help my foundation adhere better or last longer are so-so, as I didn't notice any difference between when I did and didn't wear it, but I did find that it helped stave off my daily shininess a little longer than with just powder alone.
One thing I do wonder is how well The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer will work on dark or very fair skin tones as there's only the one shade. I have a feeling it may not do anything at all for very dark skins, while super fair skin may look too artificially orange.
Ditch - so do you need this product? Probably not, but it's a fun product to try out and if you have a medium skin tone, then it can help you achieve that sun-kissed look with zero effort.