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This Christmas I received selection of skincare miniatures from the Sanctuary range by Boots as a present. As part of the selection was this illuminating moisture lotion, the name sounded promising and in the pursuit of clear, dewy skin when my moisturiser ran out I turned to this to see if it could serve me better!
--First Impressions and Application--
I had seen Sanctuary products before but I had never used them. Although I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover the packaging snob in me did not care for (what I would consider) dated and boring packaging. However, with this range the Sanctuary seems to have a new look. The packaging is very clean and minimalist in style and comes in a functional light green plastic tube. The whole Sanctuary brand is meant to mirror a spa experience at home, this product in particular is part of their "brightening facial" line. The cream itself is very light and fluid with a pleasant light herbal scent and applies easily cleansing.
The packaging is festooned with claims of the moisturisers properties, which are as follows:
- 24 hour hydrating protection
- illuminating moisture brightening facial
- spa perfect skin
- spf of 15 which is always handy
I think that these are pretty bold claims - particularly the 24 hour moisture claim - my expectations were high!
The cream proclaims on its packaging that it is a "brightening facial" what the packaging omits is that it does this via tiny little sparkles in the moisturiser itself! Although Edward Cullen may love this innovation (I know cliché reference but I couldn't resist!) I am less enamoured. I kept wondering why my face was every so glittery - it is not like there are chunks of glitter in the cream but there is a lot of irridescent particles.
In addition to making one sparkle I also find that it also makes me shiny. It just does not absorb well and seems to just sit on the skin. Furthermore, as well as turning my face into an oil slick it remarkably doesn't even moisturise! It still shows up areas where my skin is dry and dehydrated - there was no hydrating protection for me, never mind 24 hour hydration!
I think this review has evidenced that I do not care for this moisturiser and I definitely will not be repurchasing. However, I would not write of the entire range on the basis of this moisturiser as the selection gifted to me also included some great products. If you want to sparkle then you can pick up the moisturiser from Boots for £11.50 for 75ml or £2.99 for 15ml. This product is a real let down and in my view what makes it worse are the numerous claims on the packaging which inspire great expectations!