12.31.2014
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Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid
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$11
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free highlighter has only two shades—a golden champagne color and a soft peach cream—and both are recommended for brightening the skin and adding a dewy glow. The shimmer finish may be too shiny for oily skin, but the formula is suitable for all skin types.

We love how smoothly this liquid illuminator applies and blends. The only small complaint about this product is the packaging. It comes in a squeeze tube and is dispensed through a built-in brush applicator instead of a pump. If you don't clean the brush after each use, it splays, which affects application. Aside from that issue, this is a great alternative to the much more expensive highlighting products from NARS and Clinique.

Note: Right now, this product is only available in Europe. Its price is listed in Euros.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Applies and blends smoothly.
  • An inexpensive alternative to department store highlighter products.
Cons:
  • Limited availability.
Claims
Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Ethylparaben. May contain: Mica, CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77491 (Iron Oxides).

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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10.21.2013
Great Stuff!

Picked this up in London last summer and love the product. Works very well on my 60 yr old skin. Gives just enough light without the sparkling of products for 20 somethings. As for the distribution, the brush is a pain; but it was easily solved by taking a pair of pliers to the plastic base of the brush and pulling it straight off. No brush has the added advantage of no waste, as I can squeeze just a tiny bit out at a time.

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