City Light Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
Boots' City Light Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 has a lot to like, but it simply cannot live up to all its claims, meaning it's just an average option if you have normal to dry skin and want a sheer tint with the added benefit of sun protection.
This product comes in a squeeze tube and has a lightweight cream texture that's a cinch to apply and blend, feeling smooth and soothing going on. True to its name, this is a tinted moisturizer. If you're looking for any significant coverage of imperfections this is not the product for you, because the tint is very subtle indeed, providing just a hint of color and coverage.
The formula feels moisturizing and because the tint is almost imperceptible, this avoids the pitfalls of heavier formulas that experience creasing or fading over time.
The problem with this fragrance-free moisturizer is that it's pitched as being a skincare product in addition to makeup, and that's where it falls short. While it provides broad-spectrum sun protection, it's only SPF 15, and SPF 30 or greater is the standard that's now recommended by doctors and health boards worldwide (see More Info for details). Relying on this alone for great sun protection isn't advised; SPF 15 isn't "the perfect shield" skin needs to look younger.
Then there's the fact that Boots claims this can protect against environmental aggressors. This does contain antioxidants that can provide such protection, but they're aren't present here in great amounts, meaning this is a less impressive product than claimed.
While not a bad tinted moisturizer, this just doesn't have what it takes to rank among the best foundation-type products with SPF.
- Lightweight formula feels moisturizing.
- Doesn't crease or fade over time.
- Fragrance free.
- SPF 15 is below global standards for optimal sun protection.
- Contains only a smattering of antioxidants for environmental protection.
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.
References for this information:
Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016, ePublication
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, pages 212–219
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2012, pages 18–23
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, Supplemental, pages S149–S154
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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