BootsInstant Radiance Beauty Balm
1 fl. oz. for $15.99
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This thick, emollient moisturizer adds radiance from the shiny mineral pigment mica and the slightly greasy finish it leaves on skin, and that’s it. Keep in mind, shine isn’t skin care, and the formula lacks the advanced beneficial ingredients, such as antioxidants, your skin needs to repair itself and to look and act younger.

  • Contains emollients that are helpful for dry skin.
  • Boring, out-of-date formula gives dry skin the bare minimum of what it needs to improve and act younger.
  • Cannot tighten skin as claimed.
  • The mica it contains may make skin instantly “radiant,” but shine isn’t skin care, it is merely a cosmetic effect.
  • Contains strong fragrance

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The ingredient PVP it contains is a film-forming agent most often used in hair-styling products (such as gels and hairsprays). The PVP is responsible for the tightening effect mentioned in the claims, but the effect is strictly cosmetic. Sagging skin cannot be tightened by film-forming agents; even if it could, where would the excess skin go?

Last Updated:02.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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This light and silky lotion gets tired skin looking bright and beautiful in no time leaving you with a fresh dewy glow. It tightens and brightens the skin using light diffusing particles to reduce the appearance of fine lines. With smoothing moisturizers and almond oil to nourish and protect the skin.


Water, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Glycerin, Mica, Polyglyceryl 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, PVP, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Cocoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide

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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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