On one of our recent wanders around Primark, aka our spiritual home, we discovered that the shop’s added even more to its PS Love beauty range, which previously consisted of makeup, cosmetic tools and false nails. Now on those shelves of dreams and slight apprehension you can find haircare, fake tan and – the one that clearly intrigued us the most – skincare. I picked up the Oil Free Mattifying Moisturiser and 8 Hour Deep Hydration Face Mask, while Lauren splashed out on the 8 Hour Dehydration Face Cream.
First up, there’s the Oil Free Mattifying Moisturiser. I once told Lauren that I don’t moisturise every day and she looked at me as if she was going to throw up on me. Since then, I’ve accepted that even though my skin isn’t dry in the slightest, I still need to moisturise if I want to avoid looking like a craggy rockface by the time I’m 30.
This moisturiser is a kind of light gel formula as opposed to a cream, which I like as the heaviness of moisturisers is what sometimes makes me a bit ‘cba’ about them. It applies nicely and feels fresh on the skin thanks to the tea tree. I wouldn’t say it actually had a mattifying effect on me, but the fact that it’s not a cream means it does feel less greasy than other moisturisers, and it seems to settle into my skin quicker. Because of that, it gets a thumbs up from me.
Next, we have the face mask. At first I thought I was supposed to leave it on for 8 hours as its name suggests, which frankly would have been too much commitment for me to handle. The back instructs you to leave it on for 5-10 minutes though, so I’m not totally sure where the 8 hours come into it. Anywho, the mask applies as a thick white cream that then seems to get absorbed quite quckly into the skin, as after the ten minutes you’re left with nothing but odd patches of white over your face (totally not suspicious looking, oi oi). This is good though, as I assume it’s really sinking in and working its hydrating magic. Once washed off, skin feels silky smooth and squeaky clean.
Finally, Lauren’s been testing out her 8 Hour Dehydration Face Cream this week and so far she’s a big fan. She showed it to a friend who is quite in the know about skincare (ie the complete opposite of us), and she was really impressed by the ingredient list, which apparently includes a lot of essential oils and ingredients like dimethicone which are often found in more high end stuff.
Since working in the beauty industry, I am slowly discovering how a lot of brands’ products come from the same manufacturer, and are just re-packaged and sold at whatever that brand’s price point is. So, just because this is Primark skincare, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s made cheaply (or any cheaper than other brands’ products are, shall we say!) or will be low-quality.
It may not have the most inspiring packaging out there, but overall we’re pretty impressed with this little skincare bundle. It’s definitely worth making your own mind up though, and with all of the prices in the £1-2 range, it’s definitely worth chucking a few of these in your basket to try out yourself.
Have any of you tried the PS Love skincare? What do you think?