Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare
[sample/affiliate] Edging towards the end of the month (it’s going so slowly!) and with pay day feeling long overdue, the M&S Pure range is definitely worth some attention for giving effectiveness at a very reasonable price. I really don’t think anyone would have an issue with the £12 Rose Cleansing Balm for example that does a swift and thorough job at cleaning skin while leaving that emollient film that’s so comfortable on the skin.
If you need to stock up on cleanser, I suggest you grab this and run because it’s giving every balm cleanser double the price a run for its money. It comes with a truly miserable looking muslin cloth which I’ve immediately recycled. The formula does contain essential oils so if that’s an issue, avoid it. Otherwise, key players are camelina oil, blackcurrant seed oil and sweet almond oil. I don’t have a word of complaint although if I was pushed I would like it smell a little more rosy.
I’d likewise say that I have no complaints about the Glycolic Toner at £10. I often use a glycolic toner after cleansing – it’s a gentle and useful way to get rid of any old cells hanging around although it’s not, in my view, as effective as a proper exfoliation. Over time though, I think it does give a brighter effect to skin so worth having in a routine if radiance is an issue.
I’ve only surface tested this pair of skin hydrators – the day cream is really cooling on the skin and quite light for an SPF25, leaving a silky and smooth feel on the skin. It’s sort of that instant comfort feel and my first impression is that it’s something like a very light and whippy cold cream. At £16 for 50ml, I think it’s super value. You get more of a lightweight feel with the serum but it’s pleasant to use with an instant gratification finish. It’s the most expensive of the products sent for me to try at £18.
What I feel you are getting with this collection is a very solid and reliable skin care routine without the bells and whistles. It’s all made with mindfulness towards ‘natural’ ingredients although we could head down an endless rabbit hole working out quite what that means on any given day for any given brand claiming it, but hand on heart, I am not finding anything other than effective hydration and cleansing. I like it a lot and think it’s possibly priced for a younger audience whose values are reflected in the range which is a very different approach to other brands determined to stiff them into paying a fortune for ‘clean’ and ‘vegan’ products on the premise that they’d like to buy less but better. Which they probably wouldn’t if there were more alternatives. So, number one recommend is the cleansing balm if you want to dip your toe in the water. It’s HERE, non affiliate HERE.
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