I've spoken before about my love of the Boots Botanics range. The Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is a firm favourite of mine (and an affordable alternative to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish version) and I've been buying the Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish repeatedly for over a year now. Both products really suit my skin and perform much better than the more expensive variations I've been seduced in to buying from time to time.
Botanics has six different ranges, all tailored for different needs, and created with advice from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew who help to seek out the most beneficial ingredients. While I tend to flit between the Organic range and the Radiant Youth range (designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), I was excited to receive four products from the All Bright range to review: Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, Boots Botanics All Bright Day Cream, Boots Botanics All Bright Purifying Scrub and Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm. Best for normal to dry skin, these are products which use gently exfoliating flower acids to leave skin blooming.
My morning routine tends to consist of me washing my face in the shower with the Boots Organics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish (twice a week ... it's not an everyday scrub) or a more gentle, nondescript alternative, cleansing with Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk, and then moisturising with Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream.
So how did I get on swapping my usual favourites for the Boots Botanics All Bright range?
Well, I have mixed feelings.
It was always going to be tough for the All Bright Purifying Scrub to live up to the Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish, and it doesn't. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice daily face scrub rather than an intensive polisher, but it just doesn't stand out from any of the others that I've tried. At £3.99 it's an affordable option which I may use again but it's not one which I'd swear undying love to and use forevermore.
I suspect that the All Bright Radiance Balm is intended to be the hero product of the range. It promises to 'provide skin with an instant pick-me-up effect, promoting a brighter, fresher and more radiant complexion that lasts all day long.' And it does. It absolutely does. However, rather than looking radiant, I just looked a bit shiny. A lot shiny, in fact. More hot flush shiny than a youthful glow. And this is not a look I'm really aiming for. If, like me, you're approaching forty, I'd suggest that you leave this product on the shelf and walk away.
In contrast, the All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution is a gem. It cleanses the skin like no other product I've tried. I absolutely love it. It's amazing at removing makeup and is definitely a product I'll continue to use and will buy instead of the Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk. At £4.49, it's a third of the price, too. I'll also be swapping it for the Nivea eye makeup remover which I use as part of my evening routine as it does a much better job. A real winner in my eyes!
The Even More Brilliant
I've fallen head over heels for the All Bright Day Cream. It really did leave my skin brightened in a more appropriate and modest way than the radiance balm. It's a brilliant hydrating day cream ... not too thick, not too runny, smells lovely, absorbs well, leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, and also contains SPF15 protection. Comparing it with my usual Clarins version, I do not find it wanting, at all. It's a little pot of joy and costs just £4.99 for 50ml. Winner!
I really do love the Botanics ranges. The products, on the whole, are brilliant and are so affordable. I'd highly recommend giving them a try. If you pop over to the Boots website, you can save up to 50 percent across Botanics facial skincare until September 29, so it's the ideal time to give them a whirl or stock up!
I received these products free of charge for the purpose of this review but I've long been a fan of the Botanics range and will continue to be so ... just not the radiance balm ;)