Review | The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur™ Universal
Recently I picked up a tube of The Body Shop's All-In-One Instablur™ Universal after coveting it for the longest time; I have a real love/hate relationship with primers and am constantly on the lookout for one that will tick all my boxes. In short, I want a primer to give me a smooth base and hide my huge pores, keep my make-up in place all day, and keep my skin matte. Not so much to ask, is it!?
The Body Shop make some pretty lofty claims for this little tube; apparently, an application of All-In-One Instablur™ Universal offers • 12-hour shine control • Reduced appearance of pores • Blemish hiding • Evening of the complexion • aaaaand extended make-up wear-time. If it can live up to all those, I think we're onto a winner!
For me, the packaging is basic but functional; a white squeezy plastic tube with a screw-cap means it's safe to travel with without the fear of leaks, and it's easy to dispense product from the tube when you want it. The product is silicone-based (so one to be careful with, if you find silicones break you out) and translucent in colour, as you can see below, with quite a thick texture which is nonetheless easy to blend over the skin; I think it will suit all skintones as it's invisible once on the skin. I tend to apply either with my fingers, or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, focussing on the areas on my cheeks with enlarged pores, as well as my forehead and nose where I tend to experience the most oiliness.
Once applied, I do feel like my complexion is evened out, with pores and any blemishes being blurred, as you can see below; it's by no means enough for my skin, but if you have pretty good skin then there's a chance this would be enough for you with maybe a little concealer. I find it gives a lovely smooth base, which is easy to apply and blend foundation over, probably due to the silicones. My pores are far less obvious when I apply my base over this, as compared to without primer, or indeed any other primer I've ever tried. I'm also thrilled (no exaggeration!) to report that whilst I often experience shine coming through within the hour of applying my make-up, I've noticed that with The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur™ Universal as my base, my skin is still looking almost completely matte up to five hours later!!
This is nothing short of miraculous as far as I'm concerned and I don't think I'll stop singing this one's praises for years to come! To my mind, it lives up to all of its claims with the exception of the 12-hour shine control thing - and even that, I'm happy with, as five hours is a huge improvement to me! My skin is extraordinarily oily so I do think that if you're the average, slightly oily person, you'd be in with a good chance of 10-12 hours of shine control. You can purchase The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur™ Universal here, priced at £14 for 25ml; for me this is a reasonable price as a little goes a long way, it works really well for my skin-type and requirements, and there are often offers available anyway. I'd definitely recommend giving this a try if, like me, you're after a smooth base which will help your make-up stay in place whilst keeping your skin looking matte! Have you tried The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur™ Universal? What's your favourite primer?