Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Face Sheet Mask
Boots claims that their Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Face Sheet Mask absorbs excess oil, leaving skin shine-free for up to 24 hours. They also promise that pores will appear tighter after one use. While those claims are farfetched, the formula still has some redeeming value in terms of “re-balancing” skin.
Starting with the aesthetics, this sheet mask is comprised of a soft cloth steeped in a liquid solution. It’s not too drippy or messy as you remove it from the pouch, and covers both the face and the upper portion of the neck. As a bonus, the smartly designed ear hooks help it stay on better.
The mask feels refreshingly cool—but not in a way that irritates skin—during the recommended 15 minutes of wear. Once removed, you’re supposed to pat the remaining solution into skin.
Does it leave the complexion shine free? Nope. In fact, if anything it leaves a somewhat dewy-looking sheen. The sheen isn’t all that surprising considering hydrators such as glycerin top the ingredient list. Do pores look smaller after one use? That’s a solid no as well.
Interestingly, this mask’s “superstar” willow bark extract falls near the tail end of the ingredient list, meaning you’re getting a very low concentration of it. Moreover, willow bark extract isn’t all it’s hyped up to be in terms of its ability to refine skin. We’d count on it for soothing benefits and that’s about it.
The rest of the fragrance-free formula is pretty basic, although not bad. The betaine in the formula helps skin adapt to moisture losses and gains, which backs the claim that this sheet mask can re-balance the complexion. We’re happy to give Boots credit there…. just don’t count on it for the rest of the claims that they’re making (or to replace what a great serum or moisturizer can do much better).
- Contains betaine to help balance skin.
- Feels soothingly cool during wear.
- Fragrance free.
- Fails to live up to its promise of mattifying skin and shrinking pores.
- The highly touted willow bark isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Infused with Willow Bark extract, Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Sheet Mask absorbs and reduces excess oil, leaving skin looking matte for up to 24 hours. After one use, skin looks clearer and pores appear tighter.
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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