Botanics All Bright with Hibiscus Brightening Face Sheet Mask
Boots’ Botanics All Bright with Hibiscus Brightening Face Sheet Mask delivers a pleasant, spa-like experience at home (at least if the spa you frequent uses sheet masks), but comes up short on ingredients that can really give you its claimed benefits.
Like its sister product, No 7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask, this mask features a soft cloth design and covers both the face and the upper portion of the neck. To get it to stay on, they included ear hooks, which you might miss (since there are ear hooks on the neck portion as well!). These are definitely helpful – it’s worth pointing out that if you have a smaller face, you’ll have more success with this, as larger faces might find attaching the ear hook portion stretches the mask out too much.
The mask feels hydrating and soothing, and while it’s saturated in skin care solution, it isn’t drippy or messy. Boots recommends wearing it for 15 minutes, then removing it and patting the remaining solution into skin.
That serum dries down in about 5 minutes, but we found it was still a bit tacky after. This isn’t as much of an issue if you’re applying other skin care products over it, but if this is your last step before going to bed, you might find your face sticking to your pillowcase!
Turning to the ingredients, this mask includes antioxidant bilberry extract, sugar cane extract, and sugar maple extract, as well as conditioning panthenol.
Unfortunately, the positives end here. Along for the ride are orange and lemon extracts, which research has shown can irritate skin.
Then there’s the matter that while this mask is touted as brightening, there’s not much here that will help skin appear brighter. This lacks vitamin C (which is more effective in its pure form, not from problematic citrus extracts), niacinamide, arbutin, licorice root, or bearberry extract, all of which can brighten skin in a meaningful way.
Ultimately this ends up being a disappointment. You’ll find better options on our list of best face masks.
- Mask feels hydrating and soothing and isn’t drippy or messy.
- Includes antioxidant bilberry, sugar cane, and sugar maple extracts.
- Contains conditioning panthenol.
- Skin care solution is a bit tacky even after it’s dried down.
- Contains citrus extracts that put skin at risk for irritation.
- Lacks a robust complement of proven skin-brightening ingredients.
Instantly brighten your complexion with our All Bright sheet mask. Infused with Hibiscus extract, this mask refines skin's texture and tone for a glowing complexion. After one use, skin feels smoother and brighter looking skin.
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, youll 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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