A Non Review: Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

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The Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (gracious me what a long title for a product) was free with Red Magazine.  Hurrah.  I am a fan of the Elemis range and on the back of them winning the Natural Heath Skincare System 2013 award.  An award  for ‘

 “…beauty buys on the market that are free from chemical nasties and are supported by top natural and ethical credentials.”

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I was excited to try this product.  To be honest I don’t really understand the purpose of a flash balm.  I read the back of the packet and I see that is supposed to brighten, tighten, smooth, as well as providing luminosity and dewiness.  All things that I would like my skin to be no doubt, but I don’t think it is possible to provide all of them ‘in a flash’ from one product.

Firstly it is not a balm, it is a cream.  A bit gel based, not dissimilar from Pro Collagen Marine Cream texture.  Nothing like the cleansing balm.  It is a white cream, not the most easily absorbed.  The thing I LOVE about this cream is the fragrance.  Gracious me I with they would make it an eau de parfum because I would spray it liberally twice a day. It is a citrus with depth.  Lovely.

Elemis say you can use it as a primer… which means  that you put it on over moisturiser, so unless you are going to be in a photo shoot where you want you skin to be uber hydrated to deal with the make up that you are going to put on – this does not work for me.

Elemis say that you can put it on over your make up to make your face radiant.  But I use a use a stick foundation so it would just make it move all over my face… so this does not work for me.

Elemis say that you can use it as a light moisturiser which is probably how I would use it … but I didn’t use this product.

Why am I posting about a product I have not used?  Because after putting some of the product on the back of my hand, smelling the citrus loveliness and wanting to know which notes were in the blend…so I was happy to see mandarin oil, orange oil, bergamot oil, orchid, lemon, lime, lavender and getting a bit excited when I saw  moringa seed extract… but then  I stopped getting excited because this product has mineral oil in it.   On the label it is called C13-14 Isoparaffin, which describes the  Yes really…. look.

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Why Elemis? Why? Why are you using mineral oil in this product?  There are lots of other non reactive oils could have been used… or alternatively, it could have been left out.  Anyway, mineral oil is the ingredient that I try really hard to avoid in skincare so I have not used it.

  • Nandz

    Thanks for your review. This sheds light on why i ended up with white heads after using a generous sample of this product. Disappointing for Elemis to include such a cheap comedogenic ingredient. Not wanting to waste a sample, I’m thinking of layering it above Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair in the hope that DBR will act as a shield.

    • Jo

      Hi Nandz

      Sorry to hear about the impact it had on your skin. I was very surprised and disappointed too. It is a good idea to layer it. Let me know how you get on.

      Thanks

      Jo

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