Product Type: Boots body care
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Boots No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser
Member Name: nickwock
Boots No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser
Date: 30/09/12, updated on 01/10/12 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Does what it says on the tube
Disadvantages: Bit greasy, don't like the smell
I bought a No.7 gift set for Christmas, well, to be honest, I got it free as part of the 3 for 2 promotion they run every year. I didn't actually need it but as the assistant pointed out, I might aswell choose something and after a quick search I decided this would be a great set to keep in-case I had forgotten someone or for a birthday. What actually happened is that I left my usual cleansing wash on the side of the bath and my middle son squirted it all into his bath water the next day. So, a little desperate I opened the gift set for the Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser and spoilt myself!
The cleanser in the set was a little 50ml sampler but I have since bought it from Boots in it's usual 200ml. It's rrp is £9.95 which is on the pricey side for me, but No.7 products are so often on offer, either 3 for 2, or with a skincare voucher that the prices are brought down to a more reasonable range. The muslin cloth was included with both sizes.
The bottle is an opaque white and cylindrical. The dispenser is a pump action, you just depress the whole of the pearly white top piece and once dose (about the size of a five pence piece) is enough to cover the whole face. There is a clear cap to protect the dispenser, but it doesn't stop the product slightly solidifying in the small dispenser opening if not used for a couple of days. The base can be seen moving up the tube as it is used so you know when to run to Boots and buy more. The brand and product name are printed on the front in the usual clear and plain type and the directions for use and customer care addresses are on the back in very small type.
The cream itself is thick and white, it looks more like a moisturiser, not as runny or gel like as most cleansers. It spreads well over the skin using clean fingertips and sould be massaged into dry skin in circular motions. It also feels like a moisturiser and sinks into your skin quite quickly. It does feel a little heavy and greasy, the fragrance is a bit heavy for me too, quite floral which isn't my favourite but only a trace is left when removed. The muslin cloth is very thin, the instructions are to run it under comfortably hot water and then place it over your face. I presume the heat is to draw out any impurities and soften the skin. The cloth isn't quite big enough to comfortably cover the whole area, I like to press it into the contours of my nose too as that is where I get both blackheads and dry skin so I usually rinse the cloth back out and apply again, two or three times. Afterwards the cloth is used to polish off the product from the skin, again in a circular motion. You are then advised to splash your face with cold water to close the pores.
I've been really happy with the results from this product. It is very relaxing using the hot cloth and my skin is left very clean from the polish from the ever so slightly rough muslin cloth. My skin feels very soft to the touch although maybe slightly greasy still, so I just use a little less moisturiser. I do think my skin looks brighter too. The splash with cold water is something I have adopted after using any facial wash now and as a result I definitely get less blackheads around my nose. I do have a couple of little gripes, one being the size of the muslin cloth, I wish it were a little bigger. Using this product takes a bit of time to apply, heat and relax under the hot cloth and then polish, it would be quicker if I didn't feel the need to apply the hot cloth more than once and also the heat only lasts a second, a thicker cloth might hold it longer. The good news about the cloth is that it can be rinsed out with soapy water very easily to keep it clean and hygenic. I also do not like the fragrance, I can put up with it, but I would find it more relaxing if I actually liked it.
If you are used to buying Clinique or more expensive brands you will probably find this cheap, but for me it is quite expensive, even with a £5 voucher! I combat this by only using it once or twice a week, usually if I can find time for a nice relaxing bath before bed. To be honest, I think it's a little rich to be used daily anyway.
Summary: Luxurious cleanser