New No7 Instant Radiance Concealer Review

I feel like I’ve had no free time at the moment so I haven’t been able to do much in the way of crafting. I have, however been doing some shopping at work and have a couple of product reviews coming up instead.

Today’s review is the new No7 Instant Radiance concealer. This has been around for quite a while but if memory serves me correctly, was only available in about 3 shades. They’ve now reformulated it and redone the shades so there’s now 9 available. Sadly not enough to match the full range of match made colours they do now, but there should be enough colours to suit most people. On the match made note though, they don’t correspond with the names of the match made shades, they’re just numbered.

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Ooh. Shiny. I’m really loving No7’s packaging recently; they’ve done a good job of moving away from the older look they used to have.

This is a nice concealer. It seemed to have a good mix of colour and highlighter. Some of these types of under eye concealer I’ve tried in the past have lent more towards highlighting with not enough colour to actually conceal the dark circles whereas this appeared to have a good balance.

Application was easy enough. One or two clicks gave me enough product for each under eye area. You can probably use the brush to work it in but I used my fingers as there seemed to be a lot of product left on the brush. My current under eye concealer routine is to use two (yes two) different liquid concealers and then just finish it off in a few places with the Chella highlighter pencil that I love. I therefore just replaced the Chella pencil with the No7 concealer to see what difference I found. While the radiance was fantastic – it really did catch the light well – unfortunately it just didn’t cover the final bits of dark circle that the Chella pencil normally does. I was quite disappointed as I really wanted to like this.

In the end I guess this just matched my previous experiences with radiance concealers sadly. I might use it a couple more times and play around with it to see if I can improve the finish but I really do think they just need a bit more colour/pigment. Maybe my circles are just too dark?

Have you tried this? What did you think? Do you have any great under eye concealer tips?

Em x

My Week #41

Back at work and lots to do!

Lots of todo lists this week but thankfully I got most of it done. I like the decoration this week, even if it is a bit of a mish mash.  I’m really loving those little giraffe stickers – they’re so cute! We went away for a wedding last week and even though it was a bit grey and rainy we had an awesome time in the countryside.

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How was your week?

Em x

Latest crafty hauls

I’ve been trying to be good lately but sometimes I can’t resist the call of the craft shop!

One Stop Craft Shop

While I was on my week off I had to pop down to my favourite craft shop to start some Christmas crafting!

First I picked up last year’s DoCrafts Christmas grab bag (I don’t like what’s in this years), a bargain for only £10…

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This is a whole heap of goodies from Christmas in the Country and At Christmas by Lucy Cromwell. I love the whole Nordic theme of In the Country and the At Christmas items will give me chance to do some more older/traditional cards.

Next up I picked up a few My Minds Eye items and some unusual glitter film.

IMG_3389The MME alphas are fab – there’s eight sheets in total in a range of colours that should match any cards I make this Christmas. The wood dots will go nicely with the Christmas in the Country range above and the film was an impulse purchase. It’s really thin but drops no glitter and I’m thinking I could make some cute bows with it using my Silhouette.

Manchester picks

During my week off I also went to Manchester and picked up a few bits from Fred Aldous…

IMG_3394That’s another Livework pen as I loved the other one so much and this cute pack of sticky notes – I love how quirky they are!

I also had a quick look in the huge Paperchase there…

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I’ve been after some stickers like that for my new Filofax and that glitter ribbon was only £3 for six different colours. No idea what I’ll use it for but you’ve got to have glitter ribbon at Christmas!

Some nice little hauls and now I just need to get started on my Christmas crafting. Watch this space!

Have you started your Christmas crafts yet?

Em x