I am quite fussy about my face creams but I also cannot resist a bargain. When I saw a tub of this cream on sale for 75 pence I though it was worth a try or to keep as a back up.
The face cream is part of the boots essentials range which is their basics, budget line. It is packaged in an unappealing white tub with blue screw top lid. The label design is plain and basic stating only that it is for all skin types.
I have fairly dry skin and like my moisturisers to be rich and heavy feeling. First impressions of the cream upon opening the pot made me think this was going to be my sort of cream. It is very thick with very little fragrance and is very rich. However once on the face it quite greasy feeling and doesn't sink in well. While I don't mind this too much at night time, I haven't found this suitable for daytime use.
I like that it is fragrance free and my skin hasn't reacted to it in any way so I would recommend it for sensitive skin or those with allergies to perfume.
Boots also state that the cream is enriched with antioxidants to protect against environmental damage.
A 100ml tub usually costs £1.50 in store and a cucumber version is also available. Although it is very reasonably priced overall I wouldn't recommend it due to the greasy residue it leaves.
Abut two years Iago I sued to use a lot of products in Boot's Essentials Range. On of the things was their moisturising cream which looked a bit like the pots of Nivea you can get apart fro the fact that these were actually a lot cheaper. The tubs were round and made of plastic and they came with a nicely fitted blue screw top lid.
This moisturizing scream used to cost me less than two pounds per pot and it was really excellent value for money as it used to last me for ages. I would use this cream all over my face and neck and even around the delicate eye area, normally with some creams you have to be very careful of using it around the eyes as it can be heavy and drag them. This cream was lovely and light and fresh and not heavy at all around the eye area.
The cream was suitable for all types of skin and had no smell to it at all. Every now and again I would also use this to rub unto my knees and my elbows. It was just a good all rounder.
I think it may be still available to buy now and I really do recommend it.
After running out of my last tub of Nivea, I decided I wanted to try something a little different as it wasn't quite working for me. I have completely changed my skincare routine, because I am really impressed with the Boots Essentials cleansing and toning range, and thought I would give their moisturiser a go. All of my skincare is part of their cucumber line, however the moisturiser wasn't in stock, so I picked up this one instead. It is still a Boots Essentials cream, however it is part of the fragrance free section.
Obviously, this is only available from Boots stores and online on their website. They did not have much of the skincare stock in my local store, but I am sure there would be lots available in bigger stores. This retails for only £1.52 which I think is absolutely fantastic for a moisturiser, particularly when you compare it against some of the branded moisturisers that are available out there. I was really happy with this price.
It comes in a tub as shown on the image, and you get 100ml within it. I think it is a nice sized tub as it does last a while, yet is small enough to pop into bags if you want to carry it around with you. The packaging is pretty dull as you would expect for a Boots own branded product. It is just a clear tub with a blue lid and the usual writing on the front. The moisturising cream itself is white in colour. The tub is easy to get into and close as it is just a screw top lid, however it pushes down and stays secure meaning you don't get any leakage which is fantastic.
As this wasn't my first choice of cream, I sort of just had to settle for it, and fragrance free products were something which I have never dabbled with before. My skin isn't particularly sensitive, but this is great for those who suffer with sensitive skin. I thought there would just be no scent to it at all, however it has quite a chemical scent, and almost reminds me of hospital smells which I didn't particularly like, but the more I use it, the more I have got used to this scent, and it does not linger on your skin which is fine.
The thing I like most about this moisturiser is that you really do not need much for it to go for. I dip my one finger in and just get a little dab on it and I apply to my face. You only need about three or so dips worth to cover your whole face and neck, as this is quite a moist cream. One problem I have encountered is that if you apply even a smidgen too much, it can be quite a nuisance as it takes forever to dry and leaves your face with a horrible wet look. I do find that the moisturiser itself is a little too wet in consistency, which is a shame. You do also have to wait a good few minutes for it to sink into your skin. I don't mind this so much when I apply it at night, however when I apply it in the morning and I am in a hurry it can be a nuisance. Especially if you are somebody that wears make up, I tend to give it at least ten minutes before it is okay to start applying facial make up. So as far as convenience goes, this is not good for those that are constantly on the go.
Despite these issues I faced with it, the cream does actually moisturise the skin really well for a budget cream. Being patient and waiting for it to take effect is annoying, but the results are really good. It has helped to combat my dry skin, and it is also good for using on elbows and knees if you suffer from dry skin there. The results are really good, it is just a shame about the application.
Overall, this is a good own branded moisturising cream from Boots, and it does offer good value for money. For such a cheap price, it does leave you skin moisturised and soft, however the application part can be a bit of a nightmare, as the cream itself is just too wet and takes ages to soak into your skin. I would recommend this to those who are really on a budget, otherwise I would say pay a little more for something more convenient. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps.