Monday, 16 April 2012

review: Guinot Instant Radiance Vials

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Not too long ago I was given some Guinot Instant Radiance Vials, and finally on the weekend I had the perfect opportunity to review them for you.

On Saturday, I had a nice late breakfast at home (my best avocado, as you saw here) and then took it pretty easy until dinner with some friends later in the evening – I was still feeling a bit tired getting over my cold. I thought it would be the perfect time to see how these vials work.

The vials are designed for special occasions, and are meant to illuminate the complexion, plump out fine lines and ensure long lasting makeup. Well, that all sounds pretty good to me! My special occasion for the evening was my friend and ex-neighbour moving out of her old flat – next door to our old flat! – into her new one, which is just down the road from us! We were neighbours for years and, along with a fourth neighbour in that same block, we had one of our regular dinners, but this time it was a goodbye one! Well, a goodbyeone, soon to be followed with a hello dinner, of course. Welcome to the neighbourhood, Miss J!

So, I did my makeup early that afternoon, as I thought this would be a perfect way to see if it lasted late into the night, just as our dinners always do.

I did my usual makeup, and you can see what foundation I am using at the moment here. I usually use sunscreen rather than primer under my foundation – you can’t go outside in the daytime without factor 30 here, there’s just no way – but as I was going to be safe indoors till sundown, I skipped it. Instead, I used one of the Guinot vials.

They come in tiny glass (I think?) bottles, or vials, really – obviously! – and I do quite like the packaging; very impressive looking. There are two vials in the box, which you can see in the top pic. The instructions are to apply the product to a cleansed face, and then follow with makeup immediately. Face washed and ready to go, I won’t lie: I had a bit of a freakout! How on earth was I going to open the vial? I had visions of massaging tiny shards of glass into my face, getting glass in my eyes… I re-read the instructions, and, having tentatively tapped at the vial with big metal hair clips at arms length, face screwed up and turned away with no success, I tried actually following those instructions and simply snapped off the tip of the vial! It was, of course, really easy, no sharp edges and no splinters and basically I’d been in a tizz about absolutely nothing. Read the instructions and follow them… they might just work!

I then used my fingers to apply the clear liquid. I found that it went a long way, and used just over a third of the bottle, as this was plenty to cover my face. I am always a little nervous about using new products as I have quite sensitive skin, and have sometimes reacted to the most innocent-seeming things. However, this went really well, with no adverse reactions, and my makeup went on beautifully!

Did it work?
Well, having just turned 31 I know I should be thinking about fine lines, but I can’t seem to keep my mind on mine… I am sure I have some but my skin seems to be doing pretty well! My foundation went on very smoothly, and yes, it did last all day and night – it was as perfect at 1am as when I applied it many hours earlier. It kept my makeup fresh and very well hydrated, which is something that can be a problem for me as my skin gets dry from time to time. These vials kept my foundation immaculate. Excellent!

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18 comments:

Peta said...

you look beautiful - love your eyes!

Solanah said...

Ok, what now? 31? No way.

Charmaine said...

My god, I can't believe your 31! Not that 31 is old or anything, but based on your photos your skin does look amazing! Like a baby's bottom. Lucky!

Ally,The Vintage Valley said...

Gorgeous!!!

Vivian said...

You are 31? Girl, I thought you are max. 26, you look really young :) Im 29 and I look older than you imo :)
Those vials seem to be a helpful thing, never tried anything like that before, thanks for sharing!

esme and the lane way said...

Solanah, Charmaine, Vivian: hehe thanks guys, that's done wonders for my ego! ;)

markedbeautyblog said...

31?! You've got to be kidding me, no way!
You look absolutely fabulous!
Sharleena xx

Pretty Things said...

you look absolutely stunning as always! may i ask what camera and lens you use?

http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.co.uk/

xxx

Esz said...

I too am amazed you're 31! That sunscreen really pays off doesn't it. I swear that is the one thing that will stop wrinkles from setting in.

Fantastic to hear the vials work brilliantly! They would be great for special occasions indeed :-D

Emma Litton said...

You look so lovely! Those sound so interesting, perfect for a special night. I also cannot believe you're 31. You look like you're in you early 20's!

xo,
Em

Cherise said...

31? No way! You don't look a day older than 25 to me. You're so lucky :) I really have to start taking beauty tips from you :D

Michou said...

Just a quick advise: don't use the rest of it because there are no preservative agents in there - you are supposed to use the whole phial at once. After a few hours the liquid will be a place for a lot of bacterias and your skin is likely to react.

Maja said...

oh my god are you 31?! Lord I thought you were 23!! I don't know why I thought it but I didn't doubt it for a moment that you were around my own age (I'm 25) wow;)

Margaux said...

You look so pretty!
The perfect lady!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

great hairdo!

LandGirl1980 said...

Glorious as always - but I would not mind me some of that elixir!

Gabrielle-The Gift of Gab said...

You look 23 max 25. You sure fooled me. Whatever you are doing it's working very well. Beautiful up close pictures by the way. Your skin is flawless!

esme and the lane way said...

Pretty Things: of course, I use a Canon 450D EOD with a 18-55 lens (the ones my face is on for this post) and a fixed 1.8f 50mm lens. :)

Esz: sunscreen and having chubby cheeks! Ha! ;D

Michou: very good advice! Escpecially as there is no lid, either. :)

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