Happy Monday, today I want to talk about the facial wipes I’m currently trying out at the moment, which are the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes. Botanics is a Boots own-brand, so you can find it exclusively in their stores/on their site. These facial wipes retail for £3.49 at full price, although the brand does participate in sales often. For example, at the time of writing, the brand is participating in 1/3 off sales.
As I said, I’ve reviewed other products from this brand, including their All Bright Cleansing Toner, which is the most recent product I’ve reviewed here, not including these wipes today.
Boots as a whole is 100% cruelty-free, so Botanics by extension is also cruelty-free. It makes me really happy to have Boots’ brands as options for my beauty purchases. While there is a lot of choice for cruelty-free brands, there can be some limitations for specific products.
I recently shopped for a replacement setting powder with pigment to it, and there were only 2 or 3 cruelty-free brands that would fit me because of their limited shade ranges – especially as I have very pale skin. They’re very niche situations, but it’s one of those things I really notice as an actively cruelty-free consumer. The same can also be said for skincare as well: there are so many brands on the market nowadays, and it’s nice to know that some of the affordable brands like Botanics is one I can look at and get lost in when I’m in-store. Especially when I’m looking for products with very specific standards.
And these wipes are an example of this: what made them stand out is the claim that they are biodegradable. After finishing up my last makeup wipes, I went out of my way to look for cruelty-free biodegradable wipes. Makeup wipes serve a really specific purpose in my routine, and while I could figure out new methods to work around it, I know they work for me, but I also want to be conscientious about my impact on the environment.
If you’re a long-term reader of my blog, then you’re likely aware that I like to use facial wipes for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes on a daily basis so I don’t need to deep-clean my makeup brushes as often. I use them almost daily, or whenever I wear makeup, so they’re a core part of my routine. I’ve tried a handful over the past couple of years, but as they’re not biodegradable, I’m no longer rebuying them unless that changes.
So aside from being biodegradable, what are the other claims? Starting with some cautionary advice, like the rest of the All Bright line, they do have Alpha Hydroxy Acids, better known as AHAs, which they warn can increase sensitivity to sunlight, and that you should wear sunscreen daily. They also include how you shouldn’t wipe over broken or already-irritated skin.
There’s a small paragraph on the underside of the packaging that was too tricky to photograph which reads as follows:
“CLEANSING FACIAL WIPES: You multi-task so why shouldn’t your skincare? Remove the dirt and grime your complexion is faced with on a daily basis; formulated with natural AHAs from the hibiscus plant, to help exfoliate as you cleanse.”
The idea is that you cleanse your skin while gently exfoliating to ‘multi-task’ two skincare steps into one. While it definitely will do that, I find that most facial wipes are mildly exfoliating enough on its own to do this anyway.
For me, the multi-tasking comes from it being both a spot-cleaning product for my makeup brushes, and for the really lazy days when I want to remove my makeup or cleanse my skin. I don’t like to do the latter very often as my skin appreciates a full night time routine, but for those days when I’m just that tired, I will use them for that.
I’ve used them to cleanse my face a couple of times in the past month, and they do the job well enough, but it’s not what I would reach for on days I’m wearing heavy makeup. For foundation, it won’t clean off everything. For my eye makeup, I still reach for my micellar water with a cotton bud to just remove everything from my lash line or any areas I can’t reach with the facial wipe. So if I’m going to reach for my micellar water at all, I should just force myself to use it for my entire face.
In terms of the wipes themselves, these a conventional size, folded up inside the sachet. Compared to the Superdrug Cleansing Wipes for sensitive skin which I was using before these, these wipes are slightly thinner. I don’t really have any strong opinions about this, as they don’t perform worse as a result of it.
In terms of performance, they pick up the pigmentation off my brushes really well, and a great spot-cleaner for me. I picked a bad day to demonstrate it, as I did a very minimal makeup day today, and the lighting really doesn’t help as it’s drowned out the appearance of the makeup on the wipe.
I find it’s more than enough space to spot-clean my eye makeup brushes, which I use the side portions for. The central portions are typically reserved for my face brushes, including my beloved EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush, as well as my blush and highlighter brushes that I picked for that day.
These aren’t a replacement for deep-cleaning my brushes, but they do let me extend my brush cleaning sessions a bit. While I should just fight the urge to be lazy, it can be messy cleaning my brushes in the bathroom, and it’s the cleaning up the aftermath that I dread. So they’re a core part of my makeup routine as they’re a really nice quality of life step.
As cleansing wipes for my face, these are okay for cleaning away my minimal makeup days, but I will always get a better job from micellar waters or from a cleansing oil. While I haven’t traveled since buying these wipes, these will definitely be great for travel, and I can definitely see the appeal if you’re a jet-setter.
After using these, my face does feel a bit dry, but this quickly alleviated by my other night time skincare products. So I wouldn’t think to use these outside of the summer season when the weather is cooler and less humid. The drying effect would probably be even worse, and that’s not something I want to deal with.
It’s bearable right now in the summer heat, but I think anyone with normal to drier skin types will feel the effect even more than me. I have oily-sensitive skin, so it’s likely my skin’s disposition to feeling sensitive that causes this feeling, but if you’re prone to feeling dried out, I’d say avoid these. If your skin is more resilient, these are worth trying, but probably not a daily basis.
Overall, these are great for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes, which is what I use these wipes primarily for. As these are biodegradable, I feel a certain feeling of guilt lifted off my shoulders, so these are ones I will repurchase in the future. For their dedicated purpose, they’re too drying for my skin, but I think that’s dependent on your individual skin needs whether it’ll do that to your skin as well.
When they’re on offer, I think they’re worth trying, as you can find them for even more affordable prices. They’re not expensive at full price either, but if you’re looking to save money, I think it’s worth keeping your eye on these wipes for when they do go on sale.
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