Sunday, 3 January 2016

Speed Review: Superdrug Naturally Radiant Skincare



As a general rule, I feel that skincare is an area of beauty where it's worth spending as much as you can afford to, making savings on items such as makeup & bodycare instead. That said, there are some gems at the drugstore (along with a lot of duds) and I've previously been asked to recommend affordable skincare products hence my research into Superdrug's Naturally Radiant range. I may have bypassed this range had it not been for rave reviews on Youtube, in particular of the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask. It was quite difficult to get hold of but I managed to hunt down a tube and as the range was on a "buy one, get one free" offer, I decided to try out the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser as well.

Superdrug's Naturally Radiant range comprises more than ten products ranging from cleansers to serums and moisturisers, with the most expensive product being a facial oil for £7.99. As the name suggests, the range is designed to awaken skin's natural glow. So, did the products deliver on the claims?

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser contains nourishing cocoa butter along with kiwi fruit & mulberry fruit extract to cleanse away makeup & impurities whilst also providing gentle exfoliation, leaving skin feeling renewed, soft & ultra clean.

Whilst it was originally the face mask which I intended to buy, the slightly higher price point of the Hot Cloth Cleanser meant that this was the product I paid for, receiving the mask for free. The packaging reflects the higher price point in that the cleanser is presented in an outer box. Inside, the Hot Cloth Cleanser is presented in a functional tube for easy & controlled dispensing. I appreciated the inclusion of a muslin cloth which I feel adds value & is a nice touch, particularly given that it's an affordable product. The directions were clear & easy to follow.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser has a rich, creamy texture and as such, little goes a long way. It absorbed into my dehydrated skin and the way in which my skin drank it up reminded me of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish although I wouldn't necessarily call it a dupe. I could only detect a light, slightly powdery fragrance but it wasn't overpowering or offensive.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser was easily removed with a hot cloth. It effectively removed traces of makeup, leaving skin feeling soft but not stripped or tight. A slight downside is that it can't be used around the delicate eye area and as such, a separate eye makeup remover is needed. I personally found this a little frustrating as I prefer all-in-one products. It's not my favourite hot cloth cleanser but for the affordable price of £5.99 for 150ml, it's not a bad option.


Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask is described as being formulated with a unique, energising complex & infused with brightening, antioxidant-rich kiwi and mulberry extracts to help revive skin's radiance, clarify skin discolouration and even out skin tone. It contains fruit acids to naturally exfoliate and refine skin's surface texture for a more youthful-looking complexion. Like the Hot Cloth Cleanser, the mask is suitable for vegetarians & vegans.

On first impressions, the packaging reflects the affordable price tag and as aforementioned, this is part of the reason why I might have bypassed it if it hadn't been for the rave reviews. That said, I appreciated the functionality of the tube packaging and what's more, the directions are clear & easy to follow.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask has a gel texture which made it easy to smooth onto skin. It felt cooling both on application & during use which I found soothing & enjoyable. I didn't notice a scent.

I appreciated that the mask gets to work in just 10 minutes, which isn't too much of a commitment so it was easy to work into my routine. After 10 minutes, the mask hadn't set except in areas where I'd only applied a thin layer (the directions state that a generous amount should be applied). I found it easy to remove, without mess.

I didn't find Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask to be results driven in terms of delivering an immediate, noticeable improvement on blackheads but it doesn't directly claim to do so. My skin was left looking radiant and the texture appeared smooth & refined. As I'd expect, other products (e.g. moisturiser) applied and absorbed more easily following use. People often compare Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask to the popular REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and overall, I'd say that the results are similar. At just £4.99 for 75ml, I feel that this is a good, affordable option which I'd recommend if you're looking for a wallet friendly way to treat skin.





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