From the age of about 13 to 16 I smelt of Witch Stick. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you’re lucky – if you do then I’m sure you smothered your face in that TCP-smelling stick that helped to ease your spots and cleared your skin too. The scent still brings back strange memories and the pack still makes me giggle to myself, so when I found out the skin specialists were launching their very own make-up base range I was really intrigued as to how they’d do this. The range consists of a primer, redness relief moisturiser, tinted moisturiser and pressed powder. All the products contain witch hazel to combat the nasties in your skin and give you a glowing and fresh complexion, so you can have a make-up product that doesn’t just cover up the blemishes but actually targets the problem too.
I’ve been trying these for about a week and for their price point (£4.99-£6.99) I think they’re good little products. I’m really into primers at the moment and so slapped this on straight away – the formula isn’t silky smooth like I’m used to so it’s definitely not a cosmetic primer as you really have to work hard to spread it around your face. It absorbs quite fast but it does leave you with a sticky feeling for a few minutes before it does. The purpose of this is to absorb excess oils and protect your skin from make-up by creating a barrier over the skin… I wouldn’t say I noticed any less oil by the end of the day but if you suffer from spots this may help you to protect your skin from further damage if you still feel like you have to apply your slap.
The redness relief moisturiser is one of those green things that scare the bejeezus out of me. However, because it’s a really light, dewy formula that absorbs and blends well, this actually looked fab and not green at all when it set! I don’t have a redness problem so it’s hard to judge how effective this is, but it did even the look of my complexion and felt great on the skin. It comes in a handy tube with a pointy applicator though, so it’s easy to get the amount you want and not pump the green stuff out all over the place.
The tinted moisturiser was my favourite of the range. It comes in three shades (I used the fairest) and contains enough ‘tint’ to feel like a light foundation with all the benefits of a moisturiser… kind of the point, I know! It gave me enough coverage to wear in the day, which considering I normally stay clear of tinted moisturisers was a pleasant surprise. It blended well and felt good on my skin, but by the end of the day I did look a bit ‘dewy’ and felt like I needed a dose of powder on my t-zone. I did like this though and would definitely buy it if I was after an easy ‘bung on’ product for the day.
The final product was the compact powder which is available in just one shade. It’s in a fairly good quality pack, but I think all the budget was spent on the leaf design in the product! It’s what I would call a bog-standard, non-specific powder as there wasn’t anything special about it but it also wasn’t bad in any way. The texture wasn’t as soft or blendable as I’m used to but, again, if you have problem skin and are worrying about logging up your pores this may be a good idea for you.
I think the range has a good message and there’s a definite place in the shelves of Boots for it. I an imagine that it’s incredibly frustrating if you’ve got problem skin that you want to cover it up, but you’re fearful of making it worse by doing so. The range is reasonably priced and contains some effective products so it’s worth a look. They don’t smell great because of the ingredients, but that’s a minor thing that outweighs the fact that they could make a real difference to your make-up regime.
|L-R: Tinted Moisturiser, Redness Relief, Primer (rubbed in above)|