Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Battle of the Drugstore Nightcreams

I've been using two pretty cheap nightcreams for a while now, and whilst I am not totally into my skincare I understand its importance. So if you are like me and would like to start a simple night routine, without spending serious money, have a read.

So here are the contenders:
Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream 50ml - £4.99 here
Described as being a rich moisturising night cream with hibiscus and hylarunic acid so brighten and renew. It hydrates overnight to leave soft skin.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream 75ml - £5.99 here
Formulated with kiwi fruit and mulberry extract, it 'delivers rich and long-lasting moisturisation whilst helping to refine skin's texture as you sleep'. It brightens, helps even out skintone and softens skin.

So I'd say they are pretty fairly matched, do you agree? So onto the battle!

Both are currently on offer, the Boots product being £3.49 and the Superdrug one being £2.99. With the Superdrug one though you get more for your money, so Superdrug wins this one.

If I'm going to sleep with this on my face, it has to smell nice otherwise it's going to become irritating. The superdrug cream smells fresh very earthy whereas the boots cream the hibiscus really comes through and it smells a lot sweeter. This is down to personal preference but I vote for the Boots night cream.

So I've used these individually but for the purpose of testing, I wore them both last night. Yep, I had half and half face. In on application the boots cream sinks into the face quicker wheras the Superdrug cream leaves an oil sheen on the skin which is a bit annoying. In the morning I tried to feel a difference in the skin but they felt the same! I'm going to go with Boots Botanics as the winner because it didn't leave an oily residue.

Both of these claim to be brightening but in all honesty (and I've used these for weeks now) I can't say they do.

The Superdrug cream is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is certified by Cruelty Free International and this is clear on the packaging. The Boots night cream, as stated in their policy here 'No animal testing of any kind is undertaken or commissioned by Boots or its subsidiary businesses'. On the website it states that  Boots have tried to reduce the 'impact on the planet at every stage in this product's journey'. For transparacy I vote that Superdrug with the battle of the ethics.

Out of the five categories there is a tiebreak. So I'm going to be controversial and say that my favourite is the Boots Botanics. The feel of the skin and the smell are two important factors, after all that is why we want to use a night cream right? The results of both are the same so whichever you choose, be safe in the knowledge you are helping your skin be as lovely as it is now it ten years time... hopefully...


  1. Love this post! I have been considering using a night cream but didn't want to spend too much money. The Boots one sounds really good.


  2. Love this post - although I wouldn't buy either of the products I love knowing what one is best and Boots vs Superdrug is the ultimate battle for sure! x


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