Vita Liberata Body Blur: Instant Air-Brush for the Legs

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish Review

I’ve long been a fan of Vita Liberata’s Capture the Light skin perfector; it adds a tint, a touch of glow and somehow seems to blur imperfections, leaving your legs looking as though they are clad in some sort of invisible miracle tights.

Capture the Light has been relaunched as Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, and it’s every bit as brilliant as the original incarnation. Easy to apply (it’s easiest with a mitt, so that you don’t get it all over your hands), this air-brush-effect body cream gives your skin an instant lift and sunkissed glow. No self-tanner required – no potential for streaky disasters, no hanging about in your knickers with your arms in the air waiting for your tan to dry. It’s body makeup, basically, but with an extra bit of pizazz.

Here’s one leg with and one leg without, because I know you like to see these things in action:

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish Review

There’s quite a tint going on, and a lovely glow, though the finish is most definitely matte. And here’s the baby, dressed as a cow, crawling over my newly Body Blurred skin – amazingly she didn’t have great big brown streaks all over her:

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish Review

That’s a good point, actually; transfer is minimal, with regards to the colour. I mean I wouldn’t want to roll about on my brand new Egyptian Cotton (1000TC, Kelly Hoppen at QVC, amazing) bedsheets, but guess what? I just accidentally did. I completely forgot that I was wearing the Body Blur. I can tell you that there was no colour transfer from just lying there and wriggling about and stretching to get the TV remote, but when I knelt up to rearrange the duvet and scraped my shin across the bed there was a bit of a mark. In real life, as in, out and about, I think you’d really have to go some to get it on your clothes – street dancing in a thunderstorm, etc – but I’d avoid bright white outfits if you’re the cautious type.

Overall, bravo – Vita Liberata’s Body Blur is like air-brushing in a tube. It does for the legs, I think, what La Roche-Posay’s excellent Effaclar BB Blur does for the face. Of course it’s meant for the entire body, but it’s always the shins that seem to look crappy isn’t it? Veiny and pallid and dry.

Body Blur is £29.95 at LookFantastic here.

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  1. June 9, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I tried it recently and I love it!!! It’s easy enough to go overboard but it looks so beautiful blended into the skin! :)

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog.

  2. June 9, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I tried it recently and I love it!!! It’s easy enough to go overboard but it looks so beautiful blended into the skin! :)

  3. Jemima
    June 9, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I’d love this but without so much of a tint. It suits you of course, you’re naturally golden, but I’m a bit of an English Rose. I’d love a foundation type thing for legs! To mask all my mum bruises and smooth out the tone. If you know of anything, do let me know!

    • Katie Russell
      June 10, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Sally Hansen Airbrush legs. It’s spray on so beware of the mess!

      • June 10, 2016 / 5:10 pm

        Yes I must do a comparison on these! x

        • SandyL
          May 21, 2017 / 5:49 pm

          Would love to know if you think the Body Blur is worth the price difference over the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs and if the SH one has a fragrance!

    • Ellie
      June 10, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      MAC face snd body foundation – loads of shades and doesn’t budge, not even in sweaty weather (you know what I mean! ) Last time I used it a friend commented that the skin on my legs looked so smooth and flawless (an oddly specific compliment maybe but I’m having it!) she had no idea I had anything on

  4. Virginia Villalobos
    June 9, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Nice review, Ruth. The temperature is 95 F (35 C degrees) where I live and I am looking at my scantily clad and rather ghostly limbs and thinking a little color might do them a world of good.

  5. Eleni
    June 9, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Hello Ruth! I used to be a big fan of the clasic vita liberata capture the light, of course after having read your review. Is this new product exactly the same? I have noticed the tube is quite bigger with the same price! If no difference at all, then thats a great deal. Also, is it also appropriate for the the face like the old version? Thank you!

    • June 9, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Oh I didn’t try it on the face… There’s nothing in it that I would particularly avoid, though it’s very sheeny so maybe not the most controllable of face things! I’ll give it a go. I’ll try and ask them re the formulation too and whether it’s new. x

  6. June 10, 2016 / 3:04 am

    Thanks for the review! I love products like this, since self-tanning is a chore but every now and again I need to do SOMETHING to my legs, just to take the edge off. If I see this in stores I will definitely try it out!

  7. Jules
    June 10, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Ruth, do you use hylamide booster glow serum and the alpha h exfoliator at the same time? Does not exfoliating tend to ruin attempts to build up colour on the surface of the skin? I’ve never used things that tint the skin; I would like to try, but don’t want to waste my efforts.

    Thanks for making it easier to choose appropriate products! Best wishes for the novel!

    • June 10, 2016 / 5:09 pm

      I use the hylamide booster daily, for a while, but don’t bother if I’m going to be using an acid peel product straight afterwards. I don’t use an acid daily, more like twice a week (if that, at the moment), so not really an issue! x

  8. Eleni
    June 10, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Does it come in different colours like the previous Capture the light? I have been using latte light.

    • June 10, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      I can’t seem to find them, I’m doing more research! x

  9. Julie
    June 12, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Love all the VL products. This one is great for the OMG I’ve got to get out NOW, and the phenomenal is for when you have time, but even with that one it’s quicker than most..thanks for your reviews, love them all..and adore the pets Instagram, great fun..xx

  10. annie z
    June 12, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Hi Ruth, if you had to choose one between this, Caudalie Divine Legs or This Works Perfect Legs (if you’ve tried it)…..which one would you pick? Thanks! X

      • annie z
        June 13, 2016 / 10:39 pm

        Thank you….especially as I was a few days behind! X

  11. Karen
    June 14, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I am a fan of Rimmel BB Instant Tan for legs. £7 from Boots. Minimal transfer. Easy to apply. Got to be the BB one though!

  12. Vanessa
    March 31, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I was wondering about the dark mocha color in this. Is that too dark for medium olive skin? Just can’t decide between the medium and the dark.

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