Boots Botanics Foundation: A Review

by Bionic Beauty on 05.Aug.2008 · 6 comments

Hi ho, Bionic Beauty here with your daily news. Oh, for a minute there I was envisioning myself on TV. Anyhow, I’m here with a review of Boots’ Botanics foundation, variety “Quench Your Face”.

I’ve had mixed results with the Boots line (available in the UK and now in the US at Target stores). My trial of their mascara was not so grand, however I adore the Restore and Renew face serum (must, must, must checkout this out- seriously. It’s so much better than L’Oreal Skin Genesis line and great for sensitive skin).
Boots Foundation

I received the Quench Your Face foundation from Boots to test, sample and review. I opened the package and immediately loved the chunky glass bottle. Nice and strong, no flimsy packaging here. There’s a screw-top lid which is nice, but when you screw off the lid, there’s this little spatula thingy. Huh? Yeah. I’m not sure what that’s for, since if you used the spatula to put dollops on your face, you’ve then brought your faces bacteria right back into your fresh jar of foundation. So I used the spatula to place a splotch on a cosmetic sponge and applied from there.

The foundation went on very nicely and wore super well through the whole day (even with me sweating like crazy due to the heat here!). It didn’t feel too greasy and was nicely moisturizing, plus it packs SPF 12! Love makeup products with some SPF. The more, the better these days.

The next day…. uh oh. Breakouts and clogged pores everywhere. My sensitive skin clogged right up and I’m still battling to get everything calmed back down. That’s when I hoped online to check the ingredients (I know… I should’ve done this *before* I trashed my face), but this Quench Your Face foundation is no where to be found. Hmmmm… Check the bottle. Oi! The bottle is expired. As of May 2008. Grrrr.

So I’m guessing the culprit in my breakout is probably glycerin, but I can’t be positive. But my skin is reacting the same way to this foundation as it normally does when it comes into contact with a glycerin-containing beauty product. Sensitive skin types be aware. Please check the ingredients on Boots foundations before you purchase. Glycerin is quite common in facial care products and known to clog pores.

And let this be a lesson to you all… pitch the expired makeup. If you’re unsure, or can’t remember when you bought it, better safe than sorry.

Ok, I’m off to cover my pimples in Tea Tree Oil.

Bionic out.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jaimie August 5, 2008 at 10:20 am

I don’t wear much foundation, but that looks interesting. Thanks for posting.

xoxo jaimie


2 Denise August 5, 2008 at 11:19 pm

:( Hope you skin is back to normal soon.


3 Jen August 6, 2008 at 12:24 am

Dang, this sounded promising! And I am guilty of holding onto products way too long, so checking the expirations dates is good advice.

Hopefully your skin is recovering. Mine went crazy last week after going overboard while using an exfoliant product. Sigh.


4 Tammy M August 6, 2008 at 7:57 am

Yikes! I was all excited, then I got to the end of your post…I guess I will skip this one since my skin is pretty sensitive too…
It’s so hard to find a good foundation to stand up in this FL humidity!


5 The Cheap Chick August 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Hi Ho! Kermit the Frog here. Girl, you so just dated yourself. And, so did I.

Anyhoodles, I’m sorry the foundation caused a relapse to the teen years. I strongly recommend Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mud Mask – it has sulfur and other goodies to kill zits DEAD.

Once again, if you would all just move here to MN, the heat wouldn’t be kicking you. Of course, the winters do make us all cry…


6 sadaf May 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

whats a prise of boots botanics foundation


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