Time for another very short beauty review! I pledge my allegiance to Korean skincare and if I could I would rub myself with K-beauty products only. BUT! I’m an European gal living in Europe, so I can’t quite go to the K Market everyday.
Plus in UK we have Boots. Yay!
When I arrived in Scotland at the beginning of March, I was armed with a small but efficient set of skincare products from home. But they couldn’t preserve my skin from the cruel biting wind of the east coast, so I had to look for something a little stronger.
I found a few products from Boots Botanics on sale (though they’re very affordable even without promotion) and I thought I could give them a try. I like the fact that there’re supposed to be plant-based, and the All Bright range in particular is developed in collaboration with Kew Botanic gardens, which is pretty cool if you ask me. They’ve very recently redone all the packaging, so the products on the website look different from the ones in my photos.
(1) Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream
This is a no-no for me. To be honest, I still have to find my holy grail in terms of eye cream, so this one wasn’t much worse than others I tried in the past. It’s just like using a regular moisturiser (while eye creams should be richer), I couldn’t feel or see any specific effect after using it. Plus it did a very unpleasant thing – I went to visit my parents for 20 days in May and I left it at home; when I was back the liquid part had completely separated itself from the creamy one. Very annoying outcome. Definitely won’t rebuy.
(2) Botanics Radiance Concentrate Serum All Bright
I didn’t like nor dislike this serum. The brightening effect is not particularly visible on my skin, and it’s fairly hydrating but not like others I tried in the past. All in all is not a bad product (I discovered that with gel-like products it’s better to pat them on the skin rather than rubbing), but to be honest I’m looking for something a little more hydrating for the kind of skin I have and the climate I live in.
(3) Botanics Radiance Balm All Bright
This one is the product I actually liked the most. The only problem with this is that the cream itself is very fluid and it tends to spill out of the bottle every time I open it. I think for this kind of fluidity a top-opening packaging would have been better. The product itself is a creamy, light-textured balm that gives the skin a nice subtle glowing look. I used it in the morning right before day cream and SPF as a sort of in-between. If the new packaging has fixed the problem of product spilling I would definitely consider rebuying it.
All in all, I think Botanics products are very good for young, fuss-free skin types (especially considering the price). For moisturisers and serums I’d rather buy something a little richer, but I would like to try something else from their All Bright line, especially the face scrub and the cleansing cream.