Thursday, 28 November 2013

No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter- Review and Swatches

I like a bit of a glow at the best of times, never mind at Christmas time. I usually use  There is nothing like a little touch of highlighter to make you look more healthy and radiant, particularly when we will all be busy merrymaking and celebrating over the festive period. I have lots of powder highlighters but I spotted this No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter in Boots 2 weeks back, I had to pick it up and give it a whirl. It cost €12.95 and is available in store now. 

I loved the No7 Instant Radiance foundation- I blogged about it almost a year ago and I said then that I was not expecting to love it as much as I did and I almost couldn't help myself. My expectations from No7 products from that time onwards escalated, and so I had high hopes. Generally, I think No7 is way overpriced for what it is, and I am never surprised by the billions of €6.50/€4 off vouchers that they always seem to be distributing. I've already spoken about this in my review of the Instant Radiance foundation so I won't repeat myself.

The highlighter comes in a wind up stick format, similar to a cream blush. It's quite small and chubby and definitely easily portable. The formula is neither greasy not gritty, it applies easily with minimal tugging and effort and is easily blendable.

There is not a huge amount of product as you can see but for under 13 quid (and less if you use a No7 voucher)- it's respectable. I would rather have a little of a great product than a lot of a bad product. So the question is, is this a decent product?

I have to say, I am pleasantly impressed by this, but not blown away. The colour is a gorgeous candlelit ivory  shade which makes a change from my usual pink or gold highlighters. There is no chunky glitter in this formula which makes it that bit easier to work with in my opinion. The product in the stick format is easy to apply and it is easily blended with your fingers or a brush. I have used a synthetic brush to apply this to my browbone/ inner corner and cupids bow with no problems (the actually surface area of the product is a little too wide to get into these areas neatly all by itself. I would have to deduct points for lasting power however, because I don't feel it lasted all that long on my skin, maybe 3/4 hours,.before just fading away to oblivion. And even though this product is in stick form, it's not necessary the easiest thing to apply on the go without a blending brush or the likes.

So the bottom line- I love this product when it is applied but I wish it would last longer once applied because it is not the easiest thing to reapply on the go. I love the candlelit glow colour and I will definitely be using this over the Christmas period.

Has the No7 line impressed any of you in recent months?



  1. Nothing better than getting products with the vouchers! I went on a big No 7 spree a couple of months ago. I find a lot of their products can be hit and miss. But this looks lovely!!

  2. With the voucher I would say its worth it. Its a nice light shade, xoxo.

  3. Looks like a Chubby Stick, i never tend to get No7 they always seemed a bit boring.


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