To be perfectly honest, I don’t always fall for The Body Shop’s sales. I used to enjoy their skin products (I wrote about their Seaweed products ages ago here) until I took a good, educated look at the ingredients. I mean, they’re not terrible ingredients, but a lot of the products don’t exactly have very natural ingredients either, which I find quite ironic. During one of their most recent sales, I did decide to venture into their makeup products, and one of the products that I chose is their Instaglow CC Cream in “Bright Glow“, for light skin. It is meant to correct skin tone, illuminate, moisturise for 24 hours, minimise the appearance of pores, unify, reduce shine, and provide UVA/UVB protection. Here is what The Body Shop online states:
Our Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 PA+++ goes beyond a CC cream, it will revive your skin with a healthy-looking glow. This multi-tasking formula illuminates, minimises the appearance of pores, reduces shine and moisturises for 24H – making it a great pre-foundation primer. Non comedogenic and dermatologically tested it’s suitable for all skin types.
This CC cream is packaged in a pretty little soft, pink, 25ml metallic tube, perfect for your traveling makeup bag. It has a thin nozzle that releases just the right amount of product. The back of the packaging features a sticker that needs to be peeled in order to see the list of ingredients. This specific product has three stickers layered on top of each other, but I could only see the first and the last sticker, which means I could only see less than one-third of the ingredients. The back of the packaging also states the function of this product.
With a name like “Instaglow” and a promise to “revive your skin with a healthy-looking glow“, I expected more than just plain, white cream. It’s a bit strange because there are no visible illuminating particles, nor any colour correcting aspects. The other cc creams in this range are pigmented and target those with medium to dark skin tones, and I have read that those can be used to provide a bit of coverage, especially “Warm Glow“. I do like the consistency of this product as it is not oily and it feels kind of silky.
Unfortunately, the Instaglow CC Cream didn’t brighten my skin, it didn’t illuminate it, and it didn’t give it any sort of glow. I have noticed that this product does brighten the skin of those who are tanned or have medium skin tones, but not with my pale skin. For a R200 CC cream, it did a horrific job at correcting my skin tone, reducing sallowness, or unifying the skin. It actually did a whole lot of nothing. Strange, isn’t it? The Body Shop really took going “beyond a CC cream” to another level. On the bright side, it wasn’t necessarily a huge waste of R200. I do like the fact that it is SPF 20 PA+++ and it definitely does moisturise my skin, which is why it has temporarily replaced my morning moisturiser. It also helps with minimising the appearance of my pores and my foundation does last longer when I use it, so I tend to use it as a primer too. For a product labeled as a CC cream, I have found that it has much better use as a moisturising primer.
I don’t think that I will repurchase The Body Shop’s Instaglow CC Cream. It did absolutely nothing that a CC cream should do, and I think it would be extremely silly for me to repurchase it for use as a moisturising primer. I would rather spend the R200 on a product that is meant to be a primer. My skin is far too light for me to review the other two CC creams, so overall this range was just a huge flop (for me). I haven’t given up on The Body Shop’s makeup though! I am currently using a product that I am loving, which I am planning to write about soon.