Affordable Skincare with a Luxury FeelIncreasingly I am noticing that blurred line between luxury and high-street or drugstore brands when it comes to quality, performance and overall aesthetic. Be it clothing, makeup or skincare, there are some fantastic drugstore and high-street brands that come up trumps. Of course, I still love my luxury brands, but isn’t it just satisfying when you find a much cheaper beauty purchase that works just as well, if not better than the more expensive options? Finding affordable skincare is all the more an accomplishment – especially in my books since I, probably like many, am fussy with what goes on my skin.
It’s even more exciting when household favourites introduce and widen their beauty selection. That’s exactly what Marks & Spencer have been doing, for a while now, and boy do I love it. Being able to access brands that previously I couldn’t easily find in the stores is a god-send but more than that, their own-brand products contain some real gems. Gone are the days when I used to think they only did the heavily floral-scented hand creams. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of trying some skincare from the M&S own-brand beauty range, proving that affordable skincare doesn’t have to mean cheap and cheerful.
Formula Restore Night Cream
The Formula Restore Night Cream* is my favourite. Rich and creamy, this is luxury in a pot. Although this range is targeted for more mature skin, I have no qualms in using a product that comes with anti-ageing benefits and makes my skin feel firm and supple as well as hydrated through to the following morning.
Although very rich, this absorbs with ease and since it’s so hydrating, it works like an overnight mask too. If you are looking for a rich night cream this is definitely one to check out and at £13.50 for 50ml, you really can’t go wrong.
Formula Absolute Serum Elixir
The Formula Absolute Serum Elixir * is from the more premium M&S beauty range. However, it is still nonetheless affordable at £23 when compared to some luxury brands offering a similar product. This elixir is designed to target the 10 signs of ageing and can be layered into your skincare regime both morning and night.
I like using it at night before my night cream or oil. It does have a rose-type scent to it and is thick in consistency, but it works wonders. I love that this additional step helps to make my skin look healthier, brighter and more even.
Pure Super Grape Day Cream
Formula Restore Boosting Essence Water
Another un-assuming product but quite nice to layer into your skincare is the Formula Restore Boosting Essence Water, * £12.50. Like a toner in consistency and texture, this is meant to prep your skin for serum application.
This restores hydration to those extra dry areas and enriched with omega 3, 6, and 9 oils, I find that any serums and oils I use afterwards absorb a lot better.
Rosie for Autograph Divine Body Cream & Divine Body Scrub
Just in case you haven’t heard me mention it before, I adore Rosie for Autograph, especially the bath and body range. My post on Getting the Glow featured the Rosie for Autograph Divine Body Cream * and the Divine Body Scrub. The body scrub is infused with evening primrose seed and almond and coconut oil, ensuring my skin is prepped for warmer days ahead.
When followed with the body cream, my skin stays buttery soft for days, not to mention the stunning after-glow this leaves. These shimmering delights are a bargain at £10 each and how can I forget – they smell amazing.
I’ve genuinely been loving these products from M&S. From the sleek packaging to the performance of the products in question, this is affordable skincare at its best. For what you get, the price point is more than acceptable. Most importantly, there is no skimping on that luxury feel, which I think is incredibly important when it comes to skincare. I would highly recommend checking out their range as I think M&S have some hidden gems and understated heroes.
So have you tried anything from M&S Beauty before? What are your thoughts? x