Monday, September 27, 2010

AMW Reviews: The Body Shop Lightening Touch



TBS Lightening Touch says ---

Discover the wonder powers of Lightening Touch, a magical little wand that gives light relief to the appearance of under-eye circles, instantly brightening the skin.  Its ever-so-clever formula contains ingenious little light-diffusing particles to minimize fine lines and dark shadows.  Simply use around the eye area, after your foundation for a flawless-look.

Available in 3 shades: 01, 03 and 04
Ingredients:
  • Marula Oil - Is a very effective moisturiser that also helps to condition the skin over time. Also provides essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness.
  • Organic Beeswax - Moisturises and helps to condition the skin. Acts as a barrier that helps to seal in moisture. Helps to keep product texture consistent when used over time. 
  • Vitamin E - Is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect the skin. 
Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Mica (Opacifier), Polymethyl Methacrylate (Emollient), Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (Emulsifier), Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Oil) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Barium Sulfate

AMW says ---
Pros
  • packaging: The simple silver packaging is just too gorgeous!  The brush is soft and easy to use!
  • light formula which does not feel heavy at all
  • liquid texture which does not sit in fine lines
  • easy to blend using patting motion with fingers or sponge
  • gives a really nice, natural, brightened up look
  • as compared to other "light diffusing" products that has obvious glitters, this product doesn't have any!
  • no white casts on photos, yes, even on flash photos
  • multi-functional, I use this to highlight my nose bridge, the sides of my lips and the center of my forehead!
  • smells good!  Has a quaint floral scent.
  • coverage is light but buildable!
  • never creases even at the end of the day!
  • no allergies nor skin irritations
Cons
  • a bit pricey but as compared to its high end alternative YSL Touche Eclat, this is cheaper
  • product finishes up fast if you use it on other areas of your face to highlight
  • if you purchase this only as a concealer, you may feel disappointed as this works well WITH concealer, this is more of a brightening/highlighting product rather than just concealer.
  • as most problems with "click pen" packaging, you have to twist a couple of times especially on first time use before you get into the product!

Overall
I am quite impressed with the brightening power of this product!  I can totally see the "awake" look this product can create especially in the middle of the day when my eyes are tired from staring at the computer the whole day!  With a simple dab of this product and "pat pat pat" motion, it's like an instant Photoshop on the undereye area!


Tips
from TBS
  • Use around the eye area after applying a foundation so as not to reduce the effect of the light-reflective particles. 
  • Dab onto specific areas and blend using the applicator brush.  
from AMW
  • never use the applicator to another person, apply the lightening touch on your hand and use a separate brush before you apply it on other people's faces!
  • always use dabbing motion, never wipe it off
  • dab using the ring finger to prevent pulling the skin 
  • apply using clean hands and fingers
  • The Body Shop has monthly sales on their product lines, you can check with your local TBS stores on their Sale Schedules.
  • if you have heavy under eye circles, use your preferred concealer first then finish with TBS Lightening Touch to give an awake look!
  • use this to highlight the nose bridge for that nice "pop" and "glow"

  • since this product finished up "powder" finish, and setting is not needed, I still prefer to set this with a powder foundation using my favorite "fluffy blending brush" for that extra coverage especially if your under eye circles are dark.

Will I repurchase?
Yes!

To whom do I recommend this for?
People who does not have much puffiness under the eye area and dark circles aren't that dark!  For people who likes quick and easy way to highlight different areas around the face minus the extra tools!

Where to purchase and how much?

At The Body Shop for Php950.00 (approx. $22.00)

I got 04 shade


The shade 04 has a hint of "salmon orange" 
which I think works well on my undereye circles!


Here's a short diagram on how I apply my TBS Lightening Touch


Step 1:
After foundation application, I used Neutrogena Powder Foundation in this photo.

Step 2:
I dab 3 or even 4 dots of the TBS Lightening Touch onto the undereye area.

Step 3:
Using my clean ring finger, I dab it gently until the product disappears.  Re-apply if needed to build up coverage.

Step 4:
Step back and inspect if you're happy with the result!

A before and after photo!


If you're wondering why my under eye area isn't as dark as before, as you look back on Step 1, I applied powder foundation all over my face prior to TBS Lightening Touch application, dabbing the product gives an extra "brightening effect" which I love. 

I know there's a love/hate relationship for this product!
Tell me if you own this and love/hate this!  I'd love to know your thoughts on this!
For AMW?  It's love!  Something for personal use I may have to say!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!



20 comments:

  1. very nice review nikki... pang commercial ad yung 3rd pic mo hehe

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  2. i can really see the difference sa dark circles mo! nice review Nikki!

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  3. Hi Nikki,

    Can you use this together with Skin Food's salmon concealer?

    Thanks!

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  4. Hi Nikki,

    Can you use this together with Skin Food's salmon concealer?

    Thanks!

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  5. It works so well for you! Thanks for the review.

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  6. Donnarence! NAKS!AYLABYU!!! Pang commercial pa talaga! hahahhaha niloloko mo naman ako ha! hahahahah :)

    Anastacia, thanks! I didn't see it at first but when it was done to me by the Sr. Training Officer of TBS, I've seen huge differences!

    Khymm, thanks dear!

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  7. Erin, yes, you can use the concealer first then use this to brighten up the area! :) Be careful on blending though as it may crease on you because the Salmon Concealer is creamy in texture!

    Gio, thanks for reading the review :) As always!

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  8. I have this too! I like how it brightens the under eyes but I agree it works best with a concealer. :)

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  9. good for you! i got that a couple of weeks ago and im not impressed. i'm actually thinking of selling it online. i got mine in 01 and most of the product is still there so if anyones intersted...

    i think its too orange-y compared to others which are more yellowish.

    still havent found the best concealer :(

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  10. it does look effective but a tad pricey. But, I'd still check the store to see if it does wonders for my panda eyes.

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  11. I have terrible dark circles! D=
    I'm trying to find a miracle concealer, hahaha! But yea, this is a bit pricey =/

    http://xmaterialgirlsx.blogspot.com/

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  12. Pammy, i actually like using this to highlight parts of my face especially the nose bridge :)

    Mia.e, awww, I'm sorry it did not work for you, I think the orange thingy works for me because it lessen the darkness of undereye circles :) Goodluck with your quest for concealers

    Tartlove, yes, do check them up in store first :) They have testers

    Lisa, goodluck, try something with a bit of salmon shade :)

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  13. Could this be their answer to YSL's Touche Eclat at only a fraction of the price? :D

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  14. i've been seeing a ton of body shop stuff popping up on blogs. think it's time to stop by the shop!

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  15. Kira, I can't really say as I just tested the YSL Touche Eclat's tester :) This is a good product though, minus the comparison :)

    Mona, yes, they are coming up with good products, I like this collection!

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  16. nice. thanks again ms. nikki.. lovin your blog coz i don't have to go out and spend a lot on products i don't have any idea with. :)

    workin on night shift that's why dark circles is really a huge problem for me. people say it's doubling my age already. :( that's why i'm really doing everything to hide it.

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  17. Indiegie07, thanks for reading my reviews and I hope this will help out your problem with dark circles. Give this a try they do have testers :D

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  18. Hi there AMW, I just got this lightening touch concealer yesterday based on your blog! LOL I tried it this morning. I got Shade #3 and it's orangy yellow and I think it's slightly lighter than your shade #4. I find that's it's too creamy to blend and not as liquidy as I hope it would be. I have quite dark circles and applying it after concealer & powder seems to remove some of the concealer if you get what I mean. But if I apply it before concealer, then it defeats the purpose of the lightening effect. Is it just me or what? =( Anyways, I'm new to this blog thingy so if you have time, pls check mine out. Thanks! ^^
    http://snowyscorner.blogspot.com/

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  19. @Snowy Hi there, actually its not that creamy and you pat it actually right after "foundation" application. It gives lightening and at the same time a bit more coverage! try to use more! I know that's mostly the problems of everyone sho says their concealer doesn't have enough coverage, it is because they don't apply the right amount. Click 3-4 times then apply on the undereye area (especially the distinct line that gives darkness), use your ring finger and PAT it, not rub! Add more as you go on! I hope this helps! :) goodluck and update me!

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