Botanics Hydration Burst with Clary Sage Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
Boots’ Botanics Hydration Burst with Clary Sage Hydrating Face Sheet mask claims to be a moisturizing dynamo, but a close inspection of its ingredients finds it isn’t quite as impressive as it seems.
Like its sister product, No 7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask, this mask features a soft cloth design that covers both the face and the upper portion of the neck. To get it to stay on, there are ear hooks included, which you might miss (since there are ear hooks on the neck portion as well!). These are definitely helpful, though we should note that since everyone’s face isn’t the same size, this will work better for some than others.
As with most sheet masks, this is soaked in a skin care solution, though the mask isn’t oversaturated to the point of messiness. Upon application it feels moisturizing and soothing. You’re instructed to leave it on for 15 minutes, then remove the sheet and pat in any remaining solution.
The serum works well under other skin care products (if you’re using this in the morning, or as part of a multi-step nighttime routine) – though if this is the last step during your evening routine, its stickiness, even after drying, might be an issue, as your face might stick to your pillowcase.
Upon analyzing the ingredients, there’s skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, the salt form of hyaluronic acid, which is well known for helping skin maintain its moisture. It’s good to have, especially in a hydrating mask, though its presence isn’t as prominent as you might expect given the promises of providing a “hydration burst.”
As advertised, antioxidant clary sage extract is included, but it’s not an ingredient renowned for its moisturizing properties (one note: the oil form of clary sage is fragrant and considered an irritant, but its extract form is not). This also includes moisturizing glycerin and panthenol, but it’s not a powerhouse formula worth taking the time to use.
It would be time well spent (assuming you have the time to spare) if it contained additional hydrators, like non-fragrant plant oils, omega fatty acids, fatty alcohols, or amino acids to boost this product’s 24-hour hydration claims.
While not a bad sheet mask per se, it’s simply just not as exciting or beneficial as the options you’ll find on our list of best face masks.
- Mask feels hydrating and soothing and isn’t drippy or messy.
- Includes skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate + glycerin and panthenol.
- Fragrance free.
- Skin care solution is a bit tacky even after it’s dried down.
- Formula isn’t as robust for hydration as the claims make it out to be.
Hydrate and soothe your skin with our Hydration Burst sheet mask. Infused with Clary Sage extract, this mask restores hydration. After one use, skin feels more supple and hydrated for up to 24 hours.
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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