I remember browsing through Boots years ago and seeing their Natural Collection, but I was never too convinced. I think I only tried a few of the nail polishes which were ok, but I didn’t have much of an opinion about the rest of the range. However, I noticed this summer that many beauty bloggers were reviewing the Natural Collection so I thought it must be a good thing. If PRs are pushing them, then the quality should be good.
Very affordable price range
I headed to Boots for research purposes. I spent less than £10 and that gave me 5 individual products! Each was £1.99 – definitely a price that can hardly be beaten.
I stocked up with two mascaras, a foundation, bronzing pearls and a lip gloss – a bit of everything that should be enough for a light makeup look. I wondered how they achieved to drop the price of the products so much.
My first thoughts were on the packaging. You can see how they’ve saved on this level. No gold foil prints, textured material or anything else fancy – just a very basic container with a one or two tone print. I quite like the minimalist look. After all, apart from giving a luxury feel when using a product, the expensive shell doesn’t do much else – it still goes for recycling at the end of the day, once we’ve finished what’s inside.
How natural is the Natural Collection?
I’m not completely sure about what the name of the Natural Collection should mean. I found no evidence that it is a cruelty-free brand. Boots website only states two things in the description of some of the products:
- Dermalogically tested
Fragrance-free is good, especially for sensitive skin. Who am I to judge typos, but “Dermalogically tested” probably should read dermatologically tested. Anyway, according to my knowledge, it simply means that the product has been tested on human skin. All the items have been made in the EU and I know that the law bans all animal testing within EU borders. Well, I’m happy with that.
I don’t know if the collection is made of natural ingredients or is supposed to give you a natural look. But… enough thinking – let’s get on with sampling.
Shine Away Foundation
I have a bit too many foundations from many different brands, but as it is essential for any makeup look, I got one for my research.
In a simple tube without a pump, you take the amount you need as you’d do with a regular hand cream. Surprisingly, it had a pretty good coverage and it didn’t cake up on my face over day. By the end of the day it had faded out, but this was expected as I didn’t use any primer or powder to fix it.
I missed the thin shiny particles and light perfumed scent of other more expensive brands, but for the price of this foundation I couldn’t complain. It does what it says on the label and is a good one to use when on a budget. The small tube is also easy to store in your handbag when flying.
Shine Away Foundation: £1.99 for 40 ml
Tinted Lip Balm
I liked the lightly tinted hue of this lip balm which gives you that wet look on the lips. I’m not sure that I enjoyed the glycerin-like chemical on my skin. It’s thick, so it prevents your lips from drying out during colder weather. It reminds me of the products I used in my teen years – not yet a lipstick for grown-ups, not exactly a lip balm either. I don’t think I’ll buy it again – it just doesn’t feel right for me.
Tinted Lip Balm: £1.99
Lash Length Mascara
The different mascaras looked interesting and I got tempted to try two separate ones. It’s sometimes hard to find a good one, so some experimentation is allowed, especially when they cost so little.
According to the Boots website: “Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara creates smooth eyelashes by coating them thinly and evenly-emphasizing even the shortest lashes.” I quite like how this mascara goes on my lashes giving them an even look. I can’t say that it makes them any longer, but it gives them well defined body.
Lash Length Mascara: £1.99
Lash Curl Mascara
At this very moment I can’t find this particular mascara on Boots website. As it’s fragrance free, I can’t tell if there is any difference from the liquid inside the other mascara, but the brush is very different. Not so happy about the curling, but I’m really impressed with how well it defines and separates my lashes. I have even caught myself using it regularly for my day looks on-the-go.
Lash Curl Mascara: £1.99
SunTint Bronzing Pearls
I always go for bronzing powder or mousse and I haven’t had pearls for over a decade. This time I decided to try the pearls rather than the powder version. To be perfectly honest, this product is the one I’m least happy with!
First, the pearls are covered in a very rough sponge. I already told you about the packaging, so it’s not a big deal, but if you don’t have a brush to hand, you can’t use the sponge because it has huge pores and feels super tough. Let’s say you’re ready with the makeup brush – the pearls leave little to no illumination at all. They break off too easily and still don’t offer up much to the brush. I tried multiple brushes and methods to swirl and transfer some glitter onto my cheeks, but with no success.
SunTint Bronzing Pearls: £1.99
I told you about the good, the bad and the ugly. I think the Natural Collection at Boots has some good products that are very affordable, and others which are not as good. It’s worth checking the trial products before you fill your basket, just to make sure the swatches work fine for you.
It’s not luxurious or wrapped in silk, but most of the time it does what it says on the tin. All in all, if you need some simple essentials when you’re travelling that you don’t want to spend too much on, it’s a decent range to go for.