SkinClear is a Boots own brand product. I found the range a little tricky to find in store amongst the other skin care brands, and it doesn’t really jump out at your either in terms of the packaging. It can also been found on their website. I picked up the products when the range was on offer. The Oil-Free Mattifying Lotion is sold in a 75ml plastic squeeze tube, with a white flip top lid that the tube stands on. There’s a sticker on the front and back, with the front sticker being a blue and white design. It’s reasonably easy to read, keeps things simple and to the point, and doesn’t make too many wild promises. It looks quite basic and understated, but I don’t mind as I like to think we’re saving a few pennies on fancy packaging.
We are told this is for ‘clearer confident skin’ and that the product is designed primarily to do three things: Reduce shine, leave an instant matte complexion and remove excess oil. The product was ‘formulated by Boots Skincare Experts to absorb excess oil’ with its ‘non-greasy formula’, leaving an ‘instant perfect matte finish to your face’.
The product is, unsurprisingly, nice and simple to use like most moisturisers. You just squeeze out a small blob and apply to your skin, avoiding contact with the eyes.
The first thing I noticed was that the lotion seemed quite thin. It didn’t take much of a squeeze of the tube for a load of the lotion to come out, with the consistency being far more liquefied than I had expected. There is a scent but it’s not too overwhelming, though there is something there that reminds me a tad of sun tan lotion, which isn’t so great. It’s smooth to apply to your face and neck and I like that it glides on & you don’t need much, but it’s too watered down for my liking.
The other annoyance is what happens once the lotion is actually on. I tend to apply a bit of concealer if I’m going out and usually do this straight after moisturising. A bit of the moisture from this seems to really help the concealer go on my face without caking or flaking. That’s not the case with this moisturiser. The lotion seems to flake off, not just the concealer. Even after giving it a little bit to absorb and not using too much on the application, the lotion still seems damp, and it practically starts to rub off. Very odd, and not something I can recall coming across with any other moisturiser. As for the anti-shine and mattifying promises - I’ve certainly not noticed my face look any more matte, possibly the opposite, and there’s been no improvement to the condition or appearance of my skin.
I've always used products by simple to moisturise my face but this was on offer recently so I thought I would give it a try. It's usually priced at £2.99 but was on offer at 2 for £5 so I bought it along with the face wash.
At first glance, the product claims to instantly mattify your complexion, reduce shine and remove excess oil. Unfortunately, it smells rather perfumed. I prefer to use un-perfumed products as they are kinder to skin.
When applying the moisturiser, it felt quite thick, heavy and gloopy. I then put a thin layer all over my face to avoid putting too much on. On days when I wore no make-up, I still got a shine to my face. When it came to applying make-up, I found it impossible. As soon as I touched my face the moisturiser peeled off. With the slightest amount of pressure, the moisturiser looked as though my skin was very dry and flaky. This was an absolute nightmare and I couldn't wear make-up with it at all. I suppose it is okay if you don't wear make-up, just don't rub your face or you will look flaky!
In conclusion, I found this product to be very disappointing for Boots. Their own brand range is usually great!
Boots Skin Clear Oil Free Mattifying Lotion
I have slightly dry skin mostly, but on my nose and forehead my skin can become really quite oily, which is made a bit worse by the hotter weather we are getting. I have seen the other products on the market such as the new urban decay de slick gel which looks like it will be an amazing product (as are all of the urban decay products I have used), but it is like £16 for 20ml, which to me sounds like quite a lot of money.
So I saw this in boots and I think it was either half price or two of the boots skin clear products for £4, I can't actually remember, but it is only like £2.99 from boots (or boots.com), which is a much better price than £16 and you get 75ml too!
I have only used this twice and It is really working. I have just put it on again and it is really really nice. It smells a bit like a sweet menthol scent which is nice, refreshing and cooling on my skin. It says:
*instant matte complexion
*Removes excess oil
I have found that it does actually instantly mattifies (Not sure that that is how you spell it) but anyway it is great on my oily skin. I only use it on my nose and on my forehead and it does make my skin matte and it does remove excess shine - this does not last all day, but it does last for most of the day in my case.
For best results, I just cleanse and exfoliate my skin, then apply my moisturizer and then I use this product, so it is under my foundation and it keeps my skin oil free for most of the day.
Overall it is really nice to use, I really like the cooling sensation when I apply it. It is really good at controlling the oil on my forehead and it is good at controlling the oil that I get around my nose, but not as good as it is on my forehead.
*Good value for money as you only need a tiny amount of product
*Keeps my skin oil free for most of the day
*Only £2.99 for 75ml!
*Did not irritate my slightly sensitive skin
*It is really really refreshing - as it has a cool menthol feel/scent
*Instantly makes my skin matte
*Only available at boots
*Can make my skin a bit less soft
*Easily absorbed - instantly
It also reduces the size of my pores!
Thank you for reading my review
My skin in general can be all over the place, one minute it is sensitive, eczema, dry, combination, spotty, congested... the list is endless. But the one thing I always suffer with is oiliness and this is something I have always tried to combat with mattifying moisturisers, powders, blotting sheets on a daily basis, you name it I have tired it and not with good results either. Through my years I have tried products at high range that cost the earth for the amount of product you get and frankly they don't work then you resort to powders and blotting sheets work for a second or two until your back to powering or blotting again. Because of all this while searching Boots.com looking for a new mattifying lotion that wont work, I came across Boot's own range called Skin Clear Oil Free Mattifying Lotion, as it was only £2.99 for 75ml tube I thought I had nothing to lose and placed it into my basket.
Boots claim this oil free mattifyling lotion works instantly at combating shine, giving a matte completion, removes shine and removes excess oil all day. Doesn't it sound like all the other products out there on the market that claim the same thing?
Well since I have it at home it is time to give it a try and see for myself.
The packaging looks simple yet effective for the type of product it is, its distinctive baby blue colour sticker at the top going down the tube into a darker blue shade. The product comes in a 75ml plastic tube with a white flip top lid that the product sits on. The tube is see through but Boots placed a big sticker on the front and back that covers nearly all the tube, but you can still measure how much product you have left from the side where the sticker doesn't meet. On the sticker it has Skin Clear down the side with what the product is called in the middle.
The back states how to use the product and ingredients. The date to be used by is 24 months, which is brilliant for an oil free product. The packaging can also be recycled, which is always a plus.
The product comes out white and creamy with a fresh light smell. Rubbing the product between my fingers the product feels very light I find it hard to believe that this product will work well at mattifying my skin all day. If you have combination skin you can apply this product to your t-zone and your usual moisturiser on your cheeks or for oily skin suffers you can apply it all over your face.
At first I squeezed out a small amount and applied it all over my face, as it glides on my skin it feels almost like I am applying a light layer of silicone to my skin. It feels light, creamy and a little does go a long way. The product feels like it is being stretched over the skin, hence why I said silicone, other products just feels like you're rubbing them in.
To my surprise this product sinks in very quickly and my skin looks matte! I think this is a first for me, but I am left wondering how long it will last.
I wouldn't apply this lotion up to the eye area as it will be too drying; instead use your usual eye moisturiser.
I left my skin for a few minutes before applying makeup and when I did I was again surprised at how soft my skin felt, it didn't feel dry at all like I almost expected it to. The one thing I have found if you apply too much product and touch your face, the product that hasn't sunk in all the way rolls off your skin. But this doesn't mean the product won't work because it does.
I applied my makeup the usual way, headed off and started my day. With a little girl to run around for and the usual house chores I need something that works as I don't always have time to touch up throughout the day unless I need to.
After a few hours of playing with my daughter and keeping up with the chores in the house I headed off and had a look in the mirror to see if I needed to blot. By this time with any product my face is back to normal and I think what a waste of product and more importantly what a waste of my hard earned money. Not this time, oh no, my face is like it was first thing in the morning, lovely and matte and all my makeup in place! Result and very impressed indeed. How can a product of £2.99 work a lot better than something that costs £25+?
With the warmer weather we've been having I thought this would be an even better test, with my high SPF on and my Skin Clear Oil Free Mattifying Lotion over the top. Again with the same results my face is lovely and matte. Being in the garden where it is a sun trap, playing with my daughter and getting all hot and bothered my face is still shine free, I am absolutely amazed and how well it works. I can't believe I had so many doubts at the beginning at how well it would work, but can you forgive me giving the other products track record? This is now something I doubt I will be without.
I wouldn't recommend applying this product to areas of the face where you have dry skin or eczema like I have had recently. I found this product to dry the area out even more. Instead I have been applying it to my t-zone and moisturiser on the rest of my face and this works just as well.
Skin Clear is none pore clogging formula that hasn't caused me spots, it is defiantly a product I would recommended again and again. Fantastic.