“ Brand: Boots / Type: Foam „
Whilst carrying out a shop in Boots a couple of months ago, in my haste I picked up four packs containing their own brand of 3 Soft Foam Puffs instead of their twin packs of Velour Powder Puffs. It was only when I arrived home that I realised my mistake and I could have kicked myself especially for buying so many, as I was tempted by the buy one, get one half price offer.
Despite my mistake I decided to go ahead and use them, particularly as I cannot bear wasting money. The three foam puffs are hygienically packed in transparent packaging and offer a pale peach colour as opposed to the velour puffs, which are white. I cannot understand how I made such a silly mistake especially as my normal choice is a pack of two.
The 5½ in diameter foam puffs are created from polyurethane foam with their appearance being of a significant lower quality than the velour style. On removing one from the packaging I was extremely disappointed as whilst it was soft to the touch, it was dreadfully thin and much more so than the puff contained within a pressed powder compact.
As I use a mousse foundation, my use of face puffs is solely for applying pressed powder and due to the flocked coating a thin dusting of powder was transferred by gently gliding it along the surface. Due to the flimsy material used to create the puff, I found it quite difficult to hold, as I attempted to apply the powder to my face although the effect was identical to when I use the velour puffs and I only needed a few strokes to complete my make up.
However, after only a week of using a couple of times each day, I found that the puff was beginning to fall apart in addition to becoming clogged with face powder and as a result, it was ineffective at enabling me to touch up my make up especially any oily patches. Whilst the directions on the reverse of the packaging state that the puff can be washed in warm soapy water and left to dry naturally, I found that this worsened both its appearance and texture and as a consequence, I tossed it into the bin.
Due to the poor quality of the puffs, it was necessary for me to use a fresh one after only seven days, which is poor value for money when I make a comparison with the Velour Powder Puffs, which generally last well over a month before needing to be replaced.
A pack of three Soft Foam Puffs will set you back £1.99 whilst a pack of two of the Velour variety will cost you the same and at the time of writing if you purchase one pack you can obtain a second for half price. Whilst the velour work out a little more expensive, they provide far better value for money and due to the reasons discussed above, I feel only a two star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
~ The Soft Foam Puffs ~
I was browsing some of aisles in boots, looking at things such as make up brushes when I saw these foam puffs. I thought these looked great and would be a great replacement for the applicator in my pressed powder as the one currently in there was getting rather dirty. The foam puffs comes in a pack of 3 and are sealed in a silver coloured bag which hangs from a peg on the shelf. You can clearly see the foam puffs in the packaging as the front of it is made from clear plastic. On the back of the packaging it tells you what the foam puffs can be used for. The puffs are made from Polyurethane foam and are latex free. They are suitable for using with powder and liquid make-up to give a smooth sheer finish. Due to the convenient size of the foam puffs they can be used in most powder compacts too. The foam puffs have a soft flocked coating to them which helps to give make up a smooth finish.
~ Price/Availability ~
These can be purchased online on in store from Boots. For a pack of 3 foam puffs it will cost you £1.85.
~ Using the Foam Puffs ~
I took one of the foam puffs out of the packet and was surprised at just how cheap they looked and felt. The puff was literally a very thin foam disc with one side flocked and the other just white foam. The foam side didn't feel particularly soft, how-ever the flocked side felt a little softer. I wouldn't use one of these for applying liquid make up anyway as I always use a foundation brush. I did how-ever think this would be great to use with my pressed powder. I wiped the puff along the pressed powder to ensure some of the powder was transferred onto the puff. There was a light amount of powder on the puff so I applied this to my face as I would normally with pressed powder. The foam pad wasn't rough on my skin but it wasn't soft either. The foam puff did transfer some of the powder onto my face how-ever after looking at the foam puff there was still more on the foam puff then there was on my face. The foam puff just didn't really do a very good job of applying the powder onto my face and I got better results with the one supplied in my powder compact so I threw the foam one away and continued to use the one which came with the compact.
~ Overall Opinion ~
Although the foam puffs only cost me £1.85 I was expecting slightly better quality than this, and I would expect to buy this quality product from a pound shop not from Boots. You can wash the foam puffs and use them again; how-ever I really don't think it's worth it. After using one of the foam puffs I threw the others away. If the foam puffs didn't do a very good job with pressed powder I should hate to think how they would work with liquid foundation. I can't recommend the foam puffs for any of your beauty regime and I would suggest not wasting your money on these. These get a very low rating from me.
(review also on ciao)
Pressed face powder is a make-up product I could never live without as basically I look terrible without it. Now when I buy a face powder there is usually a foam puff already contained in it but for some reason last time I bought one (the Collection 2000 powder) the puff was missing so I went looking around for a pack which I could use for ages and this product is the one I found "Boots Soft Foam Puffs". Ive bought products from the Boots own range in the past and although their packaging leaves a lot to be desired the actual product has been very good so I thought Id take a chance with these.
In the other review on these puffs it says that the packaging is bright pink but I think it must have been changed as the packaging mine were in was basically a transparent plastic bag. There is nothing special about the packging but it does the job. In each bag there are 5 foam puffs and it they cost around £2 from Boots. These puffs are also latex free so that may be useful for people with allergies.
The puffs themselves can be used for applying either liquid or powder foundation but do use a different one for each as they do tend to get dirty with make-up very quickly. The puffs are really soft and dont scratch at your skin at all when your applying make up and it helps me to blend my powder in better than when Im trying to apply foundation/powder with my hands on a brush. I think applying foundation or powder with these is much easier as it helps to give your face a flawless finish with no tell tale streaks or orange lines. Using these actually gives my face a more even,matte look I think so I strongly recommend these to people who often use foundation or powder if you dont then I dont think these will be much use! They dont look anything special but I find that these makes it easier to: blend foundation, apply a lquid foundation, prevent streaks/lines & you get a really even finish. Highly recommended.
Also these can be washed really easily with simple soap and water - that will get rid of any make-up including stains and it obviously makes them more hygenic but I dont recommend keeping them for more than 6 months after you start using them.
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Boots Foam Puffs
**WHAT IS IT**
I recently needed foam puffs to apply my makeup with. After having a look around Boots I found these foam puffs were being sold at a reasonable price.
They are suitable for use with powder and liquid makeup and will help you obtain a smooth sheer finish.
Three are in a packet and they are latex free, which may be useful to some people who have sensitive skin and are allergic to latex.
The foam puffs come in a plastic bag that will most likely be hung up on the shelves in Boots. The packaging is bright pink and hard to miss really. You can see the foam puffs inside as there is a section that is see-through (only two puffs are visible at first glance).
At the top left hand corner the boots logo in clear in pink and white. On the bottom of the packaging it clearly states what the product is '3 Soft Foam Puffs'. It also lets you know that they are latex free.
The back of the packet is bright pink as well and will give you more information on the product.
The foam puffs are a compact size, which is convenient. They can be used in most powder compacts. This is handy as it means that you can leave them in the compacts if you are on the go.
They are made out of Polyurethane foam and are latex free. I have to admit that they are very soft to touch.
On one side of the puff you can feel the sponge and that the sponge seems almost glittery. This side would absorb things better than the other side. I use this side if I need to blot my makeup (for example if I have put too much on)
The other side of the puff is really soft and feels very soft against your skin. It feels more like a cushion against your skin. There is a slight difference in the colour of the other side and it is smoother. This is the side that I use to apply my makeup whether it is a liquid or a powder.
I tend to keep one of the puffs for powder makeup and another for liquid makeup. This is because if I use the puff for liquid and then put my powder on it after, the powder cakes to the liquid and just ends up making a mess. You have to absorb all of the liquid makeup using the powder before you can actually apply the powder to your face. You can however still do this if you wish, I suppose it's just my personal choice. As there are three in a packet I feel that it is easy to just have one for each type of makeup.
If your puff is getting grubby or you have been using it for a while you can wash it with warm soapy water and allow it to dry naturally. I find it doesn't take out the colour of your makeup as it still leaves a stain but it does leave the foam puff fresher and it is more hygienic to use.
These puffs cost me £1.69 so that is roughly 56p per foam puff. I have to say that I feel this is good value for money as they can be washed and used for a long time. The foam puff's themselves are small and can be carried around with you when you need them. They are also quite thin and extremely soft to touch. I really like the feel of them against my skin. It feels like silk is being brushed over my skin.
They are ideal when applying my makeup and as they are round I find that it is easy to get close to my eyes to make sure that the makeup has been applied evenly.
As they are thin they also are flexible so they will move easily with the contours of your face. The only problem with them being thin is that after a period of time they do get damaged and you will have to replace them.
If you don't get any puff with your cosmetics I feel that these are great value and are definitely worth the money. These foam puffs are a great product from the Boots range.