The Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams: Interesting Concept, Questionable Delivery

Anything that promises to add a glow to my complexion is something I immediately want to test. We all suffer with lack of radiance, often brought on by a combination of late nights and ageing playing havoc with our inner glow, so it’s no surprise that radiance boosting products are becoming increasingly popular. The Body Shop have been knocking pretty much every new launch out of the park this year, bringing affordable and effective solutions to the high street; very much influenced by the Korean trends that are sweeping the nation, the majority of their innovations have been focused on offering hydration and radiance. Taking that one step further is their new trio of Instaglow CC Creams, which not only capitalise on our obsession with taking selfies for social media, but our need to illuminate our complexions and look like we’re oozing health from within. Formulated with SPF20 to add a touch of sun protection simultaneously, these three lightweight creams claim to revive your skin with a healthy-looking glow. But how do they stand up and are they worth a purchase?

Available in three shades (Bright Glow, Peachy Glow and Warm Glow,) they claim that the
multi-tasking formula illuminates, minimises the appearance of pores,
reduces shine and moisturises for up to 24 hours. Non comedogenic,
suitable for all skin types and described as the ‘perfect primer’ I was instantly impressed with the promises these little tubes made. The tones do help to counteract dullness and brighten your usual products, but what I am incredibly disappointed with is the fact there’s not actually any ‘glow’ to be seen. Without illuminating particles or a touch of shimmer, these cream formulas become complexion correcting products – rather than a base that can illuminate as promised.

Although the colours look quite scary when they’re applied to the skin,
the trick is to use them to boost your natural complexion and add them
to your usual foundation or moisturiser – rather than relying on them completely to create the perfect base. They are marketed for different ethnicities, but actually they also offer different colour boosting properties no matter your skin tone. (Bright Glow for illuminating, Peachy Glow for counteracting dullness, and Warm Glow for adding a sunkissed hue.) I personally found the texture to be quite heavy and in needing of some real elbow grease to buff the product effectively into skin, which left me wondering whether it was worth the effort at all. After initially feeling excited to try these, I have to admit they just didn’t win me over; maybe I was using them wrong, maybe I was misunderstanding their purpose, but whatever the case these didn’t make the grade.

Have you tried these Instaglow CC Creams?

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams are available now, online and in store, priced £14.00 each.

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  1. HazelxJoy
    May 26, 2016 / 9:53 am

    I tried the Bright Glow this very morning. Rather than using it all over (I also tried the new vit e moisturiser and Instablur) I just used it one my cheekbones in place of a highlighter. I did feel it took some working in but it did give me a little bit of a glow, which is fine I'm not into too much highlight. It was just enough. I am tempted by the other shades but think I'll use this one a little more before parting with any more cash.I was confused by whether it was a CC cream or a primer and how to use it. So I made it up and used it my own way – interesting to read how you've used it here.

    • Hayley Carr
      May 26, 2016 / 10:15 am

      I think that's the main issue – it's not clear how or why you use it! I can see people buying it and then not actually really getting to grips with how to best implement it.

  2. Yiotou_La
    May 26, 2016 / 10:30 am

    This is the second review I read about these, and your opinions match: these cc creams do not work. I don't understand their concept either and look extremely heavy for a base.YiotaPinkDaisyLoves

  3. Cate EC
    May 26, 2016 / 10:31 am

    I saw these in the Body Shop yesterday and was debating picking one up but I wasn't really sure what colour to get so I didn't. Like you say, I'm not entirely sure how it's meant to be used…I have to admit I'm still intrigued though! xx The perks of being a hipster – Santorini – Exploring Fira

  4. Anonymous
    May 26, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I got some slathered on my hand by a shop assistant (which I really don't like when they jump on you and not let you browse piecfully) and they did not feel that great on my hand. I just by passed them…

  5. Rebecca Capel
    May 26, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I really want to try these but I've not heard many positive things about themes I'm a bit unsure, they sound amazing on paper though it is a shame they're not seeming to live up to what they're supposed to do xRebecca | Rebecca Olivia Capel

  6. Beekeyper
    May 26, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    These seem like they're lacking a bit of direction, which is a shame (especially at a an affordable price point!). Any review I've read has used them in a different way, each time with limited success! I had high hopes, but I think these will be a skip. Beekeyper – Latest post – 6 steps to swoon-worthy skin

  7. Pam Scalfi
    May 26, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    why call something glow when it doesn't actually give you any? mehPam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  8. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    May 26, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Ah I loved the sound of these, what a shame you weren't impressed. I might ask someone next time I'm in store – the staff in my local store are always so helpful :)Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  9. Sophie B
    May 27, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I'm so glad you reviewed these as I was going to buy them and try them out- I love anything glowy and these seemed interesting. However, I'm probably not going to waste my money now! xx Sophie

  10. Jenny Cole
    May 27, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    I was really excited to hear about these, as like you say on paper they sound great! I'm glad I've read your review though, as it's saved me some money that I can spend on something else instead! It's a shame that they don't live up to expectation – perhaps The Body Shop will respond to feedback and make some changes to them.Jenny

  11. Laura Kroczek
    May 29, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    I was very excited when I first heard about them and thought their texture would be like their All-In-One BB cream! I think I might swatch it in store and decided then if they will be worth it! :)Laura ||

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