Botanics Age Defense Foundation
1 fl. oz. for $13.99
Last Updated:10.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Boots' Botanics Age Defense Foundation comes with a promise to "instantly" give you smoother, younger-looking skin, but that should be the job of any foundation that's worth buying!

Claims aside, this is a decent, though not noteworthy, liquid foundation for normal to dry skin. It applies easily and blends into skin quickly for a natural, slightly dewy finish. It doesn't emphasize pores or wrinkles, and it wears well.

Unfortunately, this foundation has a noticeably cloying fragrance that lingers after it's on, which is a definite drawback. Daily use of fragrant products can cause irritation, something you absolutely don't want from your foundation! Botanics Age Defense Foundation contains a range of shades for light to medium skin tones, with one natural-looking option for darker skin.

  • Applies quickly and easily.
  • Natural, slightly dewy finish.
  • Doesn't emphasize pores or fine lines.
  • Includes a fragrance that lingers after application.
  • Fragrance in makeup is a source of irritation, especially if applied near the eyes.
Aqua (Water), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Boron Nitride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tribehenin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone , C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Chlorphenesin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-10, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Methicone, Tocopherol, Ethyl Benzoate [+/- ( May Contain) Mica, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.]
Brand Overview

Boots At-A-Glance

Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.

Boots’ sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, you’ll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots’ line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.

Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.

You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn’t be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).

For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.

Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.

Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.

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