Body Shop All-in-One Tinted Concealer + Primer Instablur Eye Review & Swatches
I was running low on my usual eye primer and quickly popped into the Body Shop to ask if they had a eye primer and the assistant suggested this one. I have never used Body Shop primers before so was interested to see what they were like.
I was a little shocked when she said it was $16 CND as it was only a very small tube with just with 10ml of product. I consider this pretty expensive for a brand I would not call high-end, but I happened to purchase when they had an offer of buy one get one 50% off, so that’s what I did.
When I first opened the tube and tried it I thought that the product had dried out and was not fresh as it came out in a clumpy line and actually spurted so some product ended up a few inches away on my mirror and table. It was very hard to control the amount of product coming out of the tube. Not good! This led me to open the second tube to see if this was the same and it was. Okay, this must be what it is like, so moving on.
When I started to rub it in on the back of my hand it started off by going all clumpy and I was thinking to myself, this is just going from bad to worse. It has a very strange consistancy and almost feels gritty. However, it did eventually rub down and smooth out.
The product, as you can see, has a yellow base which is designed to even out redness on the eyelids and camouflage under eye darkness. You can use this as an eye primer and as an undereye concealer, so the yellow tint is good for this purpose
Because of its consistency I found it very hard to transfer the product from my finger to my eyelid as it was clumpy and kept falling off my eyelid. This really is one of the strangest products I have ever tried. When applying under my eye I had the same consistency issues, but once smoothed out there was a slight difference in my skin tone and I found it did have some concealing benefits, but it is not great coverage, so it's perhaps best used by people with very little under eye discoloration like myself. Anyone with darker circles will probably find this doesn’t do enough to conceal anything. I also found that after a few hours I got creasing under my eye.
As an eyelid primer, it does work (once you can get it on your eyelid) as it did smooth over and did give my eyelids a more even colour and did tone down my lid redness. My eyeshadow went on fine and as a primer should, it made the colour more vibrant. I have oily eyelids so after about four hours I found that my shadow was creasing and melting off. If you don’t have these issues, I’m sure it would last a lot longer.
So, what was my overall impression?
It does work okay as a primer, but only if you don’t have oily lids. As for a concealer it really is very light coverage, so only really useful for slight discolouration and I did get some creasing, but again this might work better for younger skin without the fine lines I have. I tried this primer for several days but never got any better results, so this is my final conclusion.
Would I buy Body Shop Instablur Again?
No, I would not, it was just too hard to work with. However many times I tried to like this, it just didn't get any better for me. There are plenty of other eye primers out there that are easier to work with and give better results, many of which are also much cheaper.