Thursday, 9 February 2012

Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream

"A daily moisturizing cream with light diffusing particles that helps to protect the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth with a luminous, healthy-looking glow."

Warning: Long post  ahead

I first heard about how great vitamin e cream is for the skin on America's Next Top Model Cycle 16. Kasia,  was one of the oldest models in the competition but looked like one of the youngest. On the show she described her skin care routine, and one of the things she used was vitamin e cream. I googled the benefits of Vitamin E creams/oil, and I was surprised by how many they were. (There are too many to list, but you can read about them here or watch it here.)

I went to The Body Shop and saw they had different varieties of Vitamin E creams, and this one of them. One of the Youtube Beauty guru's mentioned The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Cream in one of her favorites. I was curious about it, but when I sampled it at the store, I thought it was a little too glowy for someone who has oily skin like me. I bought the day and night creams instead which I loved, and repurchased a couple of times last year.

As I was I on a quest to find the perfect eye liner, my friend Aroosa was busy obsessing about making her skin glow. It took her months of research, and she finally decided that this cream was 'the one'! I played the role of fairy god mother this time, and bought the Illuminating Vitamin E Cream for both Aroosa and myself. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream

The first couple of times I used it with a heavy hand and I didn't like the result at all. The cream has pink/lilac undertones which show if you apply it heavily. My face did not look oily, it just looked glowy in an unflattering way.

When applied with a light hand it lights up the face beautifully. I use a pea size amount and I love the way it illuminates my face. It looks so natural, like you're glowing from within. After letting it sink in, I apply my sun block*. My skin does not get, or look oily after having applied sunblock (small note at the end of the post on what I mix the sunblock with). It's lasting power is worth mentioning as well (for me it could be because of the sunblock combination I use). I've noticed it's luminous effect late in to the night as well, after having it on for an entire day.

Honestly, the glow lasts all day! This cream lights up the face in all the right place without looking oily or over done. Aroosa told me that she uses it under her mineral foundation and her skin looks 'fresh'. She notices the glow only if she applies a powder or foundation over it.
I applied a lot so that it can show on camera. The cream is on the left hand
  • Illuminates beautifully, 
  • You need only half a pea-sized amount, at most, to illuminate and moisturize.
  • Great for dry-skinned people - you'll need only a tiny amount to moisturize your skin in seconds.
  • Blends fast, so blend it quickly and well (always blend upwards) to get results.
  • Looks great under foundation
  • You can skip the highlighter when using this
  • does not make the skin oily
  • It is on the price side. I bought it for RS1550
  • You only need to use a tiniest amount to get the desired result, so this will last a long time. It is 50ml
I have oily skin and it works great for me, especially on the days when I've had little sleep the night before or when my skin looks dull.
The Vitamin E range from The Body Shop is my favorite line. I've tried all the creams in this range and this along with the moisture sink in mask are my favorites. This is better than their normal day cream because it not only does the work of the day cream but it gives the skin a little extra boost as well. 

The only con in my opinion is the price. It is a little expensive for a cream. You only need to use a tiny amount to it's going to last a long time. It is well worth the investment. I've had this for about a month now, and you can see there is a lot left in the jar.

People either hate this or love it. Be sure to test it out before purchasing it. Have you tried this or any of the Vitamin E creams from The Body Shop?


Side note: Please not that I mix my Neutrogena sunblock with Tibet cream. The Tibet Snow cream mattifies the sunblock and the sunblock cancels out the whiteness Tibet Snow. The illuminating cream might work differently with another sunblock.


  1. Nice review:)I love browsing the shelves at body shop too.I will try the tip about the sun block.Tibet cream?You mean Tibet snow cream?the one with the pic of mountains on the label?

    1. yes, Tibet Snow (I shall edit that:)). Mixed with sunblock it does wonders.

  2. OOPs expensive.. plus skin thing is a risk thing. i always fear of breakouts :(

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  4. Hey !! :)

    Vitamin e creams are very beneficial for our skin :) good purchase..

    m a new follower :) :)

  5. wao...u r amazing...vit e is too good for for me too....felt good to c quality blog from pakistan..

  6. nice idea.. thanks for sharing...

  7. Hello just came across your blog accidenttllyy and liked it quite a bit as well.
    Quickly dropping my comment,I use this vitamin E cream every day and my skin absorbs it really perfectly.
    I would surely recommend this product,it's worth buying :-)