As a Consultant with The Body Shop At Home, I’m working my way through products I have wanted to try out but never quite got round to. I believe that the best way to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy is good hydration and maintaining skin moisture.

I’m currently in love with Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, which is £34, but is bloody amazing. It doesn’t hurt to be on the lookout for a more affordable alternative. Sadly the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet isn’t it, and to be honest, it’s not supposed to be.

Now we know what the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet isn’t supposed to be let’s talk about what it is supposed to be.

Refreshing and mattifying facial moisturiser with aquasphere technology, that drenches skin with moisture for all day hydration.

Given that this is supposed to be a hydrating boost to your skincare, it is confusing that it mattifies as well.It feels like a cross between Clinique Moisture Surge Thirst Relief and the Clinique Pep Start Moisturising Primer, with grains of rice powder mixed in for good measure. Seriously this feels very much like they have taken a dollop of Clinique Moisture Surge and a blob of Pep Start and just mixing together to see what you get. The texture is more grainy than I expected.


My tuppence 

The Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet just doesn’t give the intense hydration that I was looking for. My skins texture felt quite rough afterwards. This is billed as intense hydration, so I really expected a smooth and bouncy skin rather than a dry, matte and slightly rubbery texture.

That’s what I should have expected from a sorbet texture, if the Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet is anything to go by. A pole fitness instructor I know swears by the Mango Sorbet for herself and her class. They rub a little on their thighs, which gives the right balance of slip & grip for the pole. Great for when you need a rubbery grip, not so great on your face.

After applying, I massaged it into my skin as I normally do, and then let my skin absorb it for a little while. I thought that it absorbed quickly but my skin didn’t feel very moisturised. I felt my cheeks and could feel a layer of product deposited on my skin, not absorbed into it. The high alcohol content in the sorbet left my skin feeling tight. I lightly rubbed my skin and the silicone film deposited on my skin started to ball up and flake off. That’s definitely not a good thing for a facial moisturiser. Certainly not the smooth, hydrated finish I was looking for.

The Verdict

To be honest, there are better moisturisers on the market. There are also better mattifiers on the market. For me, the Vitamin E Sorbet simply doesn’t do what it says on the tin. I just don’t think it’s very functional. If I want to stay hydrated and mattified, I would rather use a two-step rather than bundling into one product, and unless you find a better alternative, I suggest you do too.