“ Type: Foundation Brush / Brand: Boots / What it does: Protects „
I am a bit of a child at heart - at 18 you're supposed to be considered an adult but I don't think that's the case because every time I see a new gadget or something quite funky the child in me is back in Toys-R-Us all those years ago! Just like when I spotted the Boots No7 Instant Radiance Brush Foundation - a normal foundation with a brush attached to it - I was sold!
I bought this foundation online, but the sensible 'adult' in me told me to do my research so that I wouldn't be disappointed once my order arrived. The Boots No7 website claimed that this foundation would give the user 'brighter, glowing skin' so far so good! It went on to say that there is a 'unique energising complex with Vitamin C and Vitamin E' (that helps to protect and also revitalise dull looking skin!) The velvety moisturising and silky formula has 'light reflecting particles' which boost your skins appearance to make it appear much more luminous and naturally flawless. As well as the nifty brush aspect that helps you to achieve 'make up artist results' with SPF 15 to help protect against the suns ageing rays.
I was very pleased on reading this and have always considered No7 to be a good quality brand so I found myself adding it to my online basket and eagerly awaiting my package through the door! I do not think that Boots still stock this foundation as I cannot find it on the Boots website, however other online make up stores do sell this. Having said that I could only find 4 shades available - I don't know whether it was a small range or if they do not sell the others anymore. However here are the shades available online to my knowledge: -
10 Ivory - The lightest shade that is quite pearly and slightly golden in colour, suitable for fair complexions that still want some colour! 20 Blonde - Named after a hair colour for some reason its quite a medium shade for the blonde & tanned look!
30 Almond - A gorgeous golden medium toned shade perfect for olive and tanned skin tones - have a summer glow all year round!
40 Suede - The darkest shade I could find with bronzed and slightly golden undertones.
I purchased Blonde as I have blonde hair and thought I would suit my complexion better, however when I tried it on the shade was a little too dark for me so perhaps I should have chosen ivory. Having said that I am VERY pale and most foundations are too dark for me so if you want to try for yourself I would opt for the safe version and pick the shade you think will match the best.
After waiting rather impatiently I finally got my parcel and inside was my fabulous foundation! I absolutely loved the packaging and look of it as a make up item! It comes encased in a black rectangular, thin cardboard box measuring roughly 5 inches in height - its very sleek and looks very high end and expensive. Gold writing adorns the box with a lot of the information I mentioned earlier and the ingredients. Once you open the box you will find the foundation! On a first glance, it appears to resemble a moisturiser in the fact that it is a black, glossy, shiny plastic tube bottle with a large lid - again gold writing adorns the bottle such as the brand and product name and the SPF 15. To the untrained eye you would think this was nothing special until...you take the lid off and voila there's a foundation type brush attached to the top! I was so excited when I saw it that I wanted to try it immediately! I have tried a similar one to this from the Bourjois range and loved it so I had high Hopes for the No7 version! The brush was much better quality than I was expecting - quite thick but also very soft to make sure your foundation goes on smoothly and evenly! One slight disadvantage of the packaging is the ration of brush to foundation - the brush takes up so much that there isn't as much foundation as there could be.
To use this foundation, you take off the lid so the brush is exposed and gently squeeze the tube so that the foundation is pumped out through the brush for you to then apply over your face and blend in. This is easier said than done. I found it so hard to judge how much foundation was going to appear so if you squeeze just a little - not a lot comes out and you have to keep squeezing each time which caused the foundation to not look seamless - but then if you try and squeeze a bit harder too much foundation comes out and you end up wasting it. I was very disappointed with it as I couldn't get the right amount out. After a while I managed to persevere and it was on to buffing it in to get rid of the lines on m jaw and around m hair line - that was another task in itself. As I was gripping the brush and trying to blend I kept accidently squeezing the tube (because blending is not done light handily!) causing foundation to come out and ruin the whole look. I think this would be so much better if they opted for a push button at the bottom like the Bourjois one.
Once I managed to get some actually onto my face I found it was about a medium coverage but ends up getting built up to full if you attempt to blend in some more. As I said earlier I got the Blonde shade which was a little dark for my skin but that was my fault as I should have chose the lightest shade - Ivory. I think I will just use this as my summer option with a tan, if I can get the brush to work.
This will definitely be a marmite product - some people will be able to work this brush idea to a tee and think its great and others will not have the Patience and give up, and some - like me - will be on the fence about it because although the application is tricky the results are very good. It makes my skin feel smooth and look more 'radiant' I could definitely see and feel the difference. You can wear this on its own but I prefer to add a dust of powder over the top to take the colour down a shade or two and to help it stay for longer.
I was so excited at the concept of the brush aspect but I think that the design is all wrong with it - the foundation escapes to easily and the shades are varied. If you want to try for yourself I would make sure that you do not buff the foundation in with the brush, just apply to your face and then use another brush to apply it - which I think defeats the whole purpose of this foundation, but it's the only way you can get a seamless look without a gloop of foundation appearing as you think you've just finished!
Retailing at about £14 you can purchase on online stores only as Boots no longer stock it - that should have been a head up I think!
So I finally managed a few weeks back to save up enough points on my Boots card to actually buy something! For the first time ever! Needless to say I was very happy but I already had a very clear idea of what I wanted, this "Boots No.7 Instant Radiance Brush Foundation". I was very tempted to try it as a Bourjois brush foundation quite similar looking to this worked really well for me and I kind of wanted to see how this one measured up. I didn't really have very high hopes for it in all honesty. I am continually impressed by No7's face creams, cleansers and toners but when it comes to their make-up Ive never been the biggest fan - that is the area which appears to have the most fails in my opinion. Sadly this was a let down as well - and now Ive spent my Boots points *sob!*.
Shades: Tan & Suede. That's all I could find on the website and although I don't have mine to hand I think my shade has a different name and is much lighter so maybe looking in store you will find more variety and therefore find it much easier to find a shade that matches your skin.
But this is no ordinary foundation this is foundation with extras. Not only is this said to give full, even coverage it also contains SPF15, is hypo allergenic, contains vitamin C & E and also helps revitalize tired looking skin. That leads me to believe older women may find this better than I did as it is designed to fill in wrinkles and liven up a complexion - Id like to think I don't need that kind of help just yet haha!
I found the brush very hard to use. The idea is that you squeeze the tube and the liquid comes onto the brush and is then applied to your face but I found it very difficult to gauge how much would come out the brush. As the tube isn't transparent its very hard to judge how much your squeezing out so over time I think a lot will end up being wasted. The brush for me is also far to big which makes it harder to blend the liquid and for some reason the bristles fall off at the most random times. And believe me having little brush bristles stuck in your foundation is not a good look.
The coverage is good but for me I think it is a little too heavy. I don't have wrinkled or spotty skin so I don't need a really thick, heavy foundation and that is exactly what this is. I might have had such a bad experience because this isn't for my skin type BUT unless you suffer badly with wrinkles or spots I think this will be far to heavy for your skin. It blends okay when you add your hands instead of the brush and the colour matches my skin tone really well but it is just too damn heavy for my skin. Sorry No7 I don't recommend this one.
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x0 Salz 0x
I always use No7 foundation, so when this new one first came out I wanted to give it ago, it was the brush tip that made me want to give it ago, it looked like a goood idea, however it turned out not to be.
With No7 I always use New Ivory because my skin is so pale however they do, do this foundation in 5 or 6 different colours there is bound to be your shade there if not ask one of the ladies at the stand because they are so helpful!
Now to use this foundation you have to squeeze the bottle so a little amount is visable on the brush then begin to work in wards and downwards on your face to get the great results, but to me this really did not work well!!
My face was left looking orange, it seems like the new ivory was a lot more darker than my usual foundation, so I looked really silly. I was then left with streaks were the brush had not evenly spread the foundation, which is so annoying.
The foundation claimed that it gave skin that revatalised look with extra vitamin C and E for extra protection. I found that my skin was left looking really shinny and greasy, the foundation rubs off very quickly, so be careful with your cloths as your top will soon become an orange mess.
The foundation also left my skin all spotty which is highly unsusual for No7 as it is normally so good.
After using the foundation and the brush for a while the brush becomes all stiff and manky to use, so needs regular cleaning and caring for, or else it becomes clog and very unhealthy.
This foundation seemed such a good idea at the time because it looked so simple and quick and easy to use, but this was definatly not the case, and in the future I think I will be sticking to my normal foundtion. (sorry I forget the name of it, it comes in a little glass pot the only foundation pot No7 do. If thats any help)
I do not recomemend this protect, especaily if you like simple foundation and do not want to spend all evening and all day getting right!
Plus it costs £10.50, so it is expensive for such poor results.
I never usually buy No 7 products becaUse I think they are really expensive but on this occasion I wanted to buy their blusher beads and a mascara so I thought I would try this aswell.
It comes in a little black box with gold writing describing the product. The product itself is in a squeezy tube with a foundation brush attached. The get it out you need to twist the top and squeeze slightly until you can see the foundation through the brush bristles. I think it's best to not have enough on the brush than too much.
I choose the colour new ivory and it looked ok on the box but when I put it on it looked slightly yellow but I am quite pale so I do find it difficult to get a good match. The brush itself is soft and feels nice on your skin, the downside is that you have to use just the right amount to stop it being streaky. I would also suggest applying it in natural light, I did my make up in my room with the ceiling light and I thought it looked perfect but when I stepped into the bathroom and I was SO streaky! I couldn't believe it!
I think it retails at about £10.50 maybe which is a bit more than I would like to spend but if you can apply it well it is worth the money and effort.
I also think you have to use quite a bit to have good coverage which I don't like because it cloggs up my skin and gives me blemishes.
I have used No 7's Stay Perfect foundation for the last few years but was intrigued by the claim they made about this product, '...revitalise your skin...skin looks luminous all day long'. With claims like this I had to try it.
This product is slightly different to the other foundtions in the range as it has an in-built application brush - Great idea!
Doesn't really work out though.
You should squeeze the tube to let some of the foundation out, it then squeezes up through the centre of the brush. When it gets to the top you should wipe the excess off on your hand and then brush from the nose out to the sides of your face.
In reality... You squeeze it out and when it gets to the top you wipe the excess off, which is quite a lot - probably about 2/3 of what you would use anyway. Then you try to brush it on but there is only the very middle of the brush that actually has foundation on so would take up to an hour to do it that way, it also goes on quite streaky so you need to go over it with something anyway.
The foundation itself is quite good so I cut the brush off and use it like the standard applicators. It is a liquid foundation and it goes on quite easily. I use a sponge but you could use your fingers or a brush just as well.
One of the No 7 consultants told me that they would be replacing the brush with a standard tube as it hasn't gone down so well but this was in october and even last week they still couldn't confirm when this would happen.
They weren't lying when they said it would luminate your skin. It looks ok when you apply but if you go back to the mirror about 10 mins later your skin does seem to look a lot healthier and brighter than it did ten minutes previously. It contains vitamins C and E which are supposed to revitalise the skin so maybe they need time to soak in and work their magic?
This foundation is £10.30 for 30ml and is available in 6 shades. This is one of the cheaper ones in the range. As with all No 7 foundations it also has spf 15 and is Hypo-allergenic (whatever that means!).
If you like the sound of it then now is the time to buy as Boots have 3 for 2 on selected No 7 products.
I bought this item for several reasons.
1. I was nearly out of my recent foundation (another No 7 foundtion)
2. I do like No 7 products (My main brand of makeup).
3. I liked the idea of the brush being attached to the tube for ease of use.
When I tried this foundation I was extremley dissapointed. I did try to apply the foundation using the brush but gave up, and instead used my fingers. The foundation did then apply quite well, however I was shocked at the colour (I know I chose this in the shop by trying it on my jawline, and it did blend in with my skin colour quite well). however once I tried it at home it was a very yellow colour, and I honestly can't belive anyone has skin that colour.
Needless to say I have not used the product since, and at £13.50 a go it was quite an expensive mistake to look highly jaundised.
When it comes to foundations for me it's a must have! I own a few because I couldn't even contemplate going to use some and having run out or something. I'd feel so naked no chance lol!
I like good stuff of course. Not too cheap and not too expensive either but I don't want rubbish on my face as my skin hates me for it. I also don't look for miracle claims like taking off ten years or anything like that. I simply don't care about promises I just want a smooth and and an even looking face base. It's that simple really.
Well I say it's that simple I have real issues getting the correct foundation, and ladies I know I'm not alone here in this whinge! My biggest problem is getting a colour to evenly blend with my own skin tone. I'm really very pale skinned and usually get some kind of tell tale 'give away' tide mark around my jawline I missed or foundation gets clogged up around my hairline or eyebrows and once again I miss that too till someone points it out to me lol! As I say that's my usual problem but along with that consistency can be pretty awful for me as well. I don't like anything too thick and/or mask like and I do have a few freckles to be perfectly honest. I know when they completely vanish I've gone to heavy and no longer do I have anything natural about me and I don't like that.
Aside from them problems I do suffer combination skin. I suffer spots and blackheads, an oily t-zone but dry skin to my jaw line. I have deep set frown lines, crows feet and little laughter lines. Nothing too bad but I am conscious of them which is another reason it's so hard to pick something decent to slap on my face. Light foundations slide off my face with my oil issues, thicker and more heavy foundations love to collect and and get congealed anywhere they shouldn't.
So I decided for Christmas to invest in something that hopefully I could rely on. I have lots of do's coming up a new bf, New Years Eve and I'm fed up of having to fight to get a nice flawless fresh faced look. I don't want to have to work so hard with one to get ok achievements so off I went to my favourite No7 counter in Boots and to have a chat with my favourite make up advisor.
Now although I love the No7 brand I've had an issue with them of late. I've still bought a couple of items from the range but I've had two mascara's which in my opinion were complete and utter rubbish. Overpriced, dried up, hard to apply and cloggy, one I took back and demanded a refund on as I was so cross (which I did get).
Although familiar with the brand and a fan spending about £23.00 on stuff that was terrible still bothered me and like I say I avoided No7 after that till I needed advice on foundation and in my Boots the only make up counter we can get advice on is No7 as the other cosmetics sold there are just stands and no one to help me and as I was planning to splash out a little on what I considered to be an important purchase I wanted the free advice! So I felt I had little choice lol
So in a nutshell together we looked at the different formulations and colours and in the end I plumped for this. I was a little concerned because in the past I have owned No7 foundations and found them a little dark once on my face even in the lightest shade of each formulation but as I say I got assured the colour was perfect for me. Pleased? I wasn't sure but I did like the tube and I did get a fiver off due to a money off voucher to use on the range so that all eased the blow somewhat to be fair lol
Dark blue cardboard long oblong box with gold writing all over it. Flip top opening which is colour coded with the colour stated on it and colour number stated on the top. On the front I'm told it's No7 Instant Radiance Brush Foundation, Beauty Sleep which is SPF 15 and it's hypo-allergenic. On one side little diagrams of how to use and open the product and then on the opposite side ingredients are listed and I'm told that the product is created with care, is hypo-allergenic and Boots have only used ingredients that they know and trust and that it's been tried and tested by customers with even the most sensitive skin. On the back I'm told a bit about the product, directions for using it and how to care for the brush, contact details for Boots are given, the recycle symbol is clearly displayed and the size is stated which in this case is 30ml (the only size this particular product is sold in). On the bottom of the box there is a small white bar-code and that's it. It all is very informative and stylish looking!
About The Product....According To The Box....
Truly Radiant. Look like you've had your beauty sleep every day. This silky, moisturising formula contains a unique energising complex and Vitamins C&E to help protect and revitalise your skin, boosting your natural radiance without blocking pores. Light reflecting particles add an instant glow so your skin looks luminous and naturally flawless all day long.
To Use It....
Masterstrokes.... The clever brush pack is the easy way to achieve make up artist results.
Shake before use. Turn the tube to the ON position then squeeze a small amount through the brush, wiping away any excess on the back of your hand. Brush the foundation on to your face, blending downwards and outwards from the centre for a flawless finish. Always remember to turn the tube neck to the OFF position after use. Clean the brush by wiping it with a tissue after use. Do not rinse with water.
Well firstly lets talk about the tube which is afterall a big reason I chose it. I get sick of blending in foundations with my fingers and getting dark marks showing up on my clothes or my door-frame or wherever I've put my mitts afterwards lol. I get fed up of pouring some out onto a cosmetic sponge and it dripping everywhere. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to screw a lid back on a bottle of foundation after using it and I've lost it all in my make up bag killing most of my other cosmetics on route or worse, all over my beige bedroom carpet! So this idea about being dispensed via a brush straight on to my face is perfect for a clutz for me! Also the sale assistant advised me that this radiant enhancing foundation was great for my skin type and tone and she felt the colour was my best match although other foundations types had the same colour as this one is although this appeared a little more sheer on me so colour-wise appeared lighter which is what I needed.
So the tube is simple. Navy blue plastic with gold writing on it telling me it is of course No7, Instant Radiance, Brush foundation, SPF 15, Hypo Allergenic. On the back again in gold writing I'm told the colour (in my case it's No 10 New Ivory) and once again as I have already described from the box I'm told about the product, how to use it, contact details for Boots, recycle symbol is once again shown and the size is stated. The tube is rather nice once again and is plain and simple in it's approach. I like the way the writing doesn't crumble off it over time and stays on therefore not making my product look shabby but as you use this tube it does start to deflate of course as you use the product which does slightly spoil it's appearance but it's ok.
So you twist the bottom lid/cap on and off and under that there is a fabulous quality black brush, really, really good. Not very long! but is is quite thick and smooth as anything!! It's just great quality and in all the times I have used it (I've owned this product a while now), it has never gone coarse or malted on me and it's easy to control as it isn't long.
So near that brush which is at the bottom of the tube there is a section of plastic at the base which twists to open and close. Very simple and clearly stated so you know when the product is open or closed it's just up to you to remember to close it off! (I never do lol). So when you've twisted it open all you then do is squeeze the tube gently to dispense some product. Now the first few times you do this it's great the foundation just comes out simply however when you've had a few uses out of this and obviously used some of the product inside air is in there so you get what I can only call a big fart noise and out squirts the product intermittently! Still you can work with it though but it has to be said it's more than a little off putting!
So the product is dispensed from a small hole in the centre of the brush and you can see this because as you squeeze the brush becomes fuller from the centre. It is important to give it a shake before you use this to mix the colour and the consistency up of course but you only need to give it a gentle shake.
Then you gently brush over you whole face, over the top of moisturiser or concealers or whatever you want to really. It's simple in it's concept just don't apply too much!
The consistency is really good and easy to work with. It isn't an oil free formula but it really isn't a greasy one either. It brushes easily over the face and feels comfortable and easy to work with not clogging on the face or dragging it's feet as you go. A little goes a very long way...
However the smell. This isn't fragrance free! I can't put my finger on what it is. It's not a chemical smell or anything and at one point I thought it had a bit of a hint of a fishy aroma to it whilst I applied it anyway. Whatever it is it doesn't stink and the smell is gone once you've finished applying it but I'm not keen on that at all!
Then there's applying something totally with a brush that's moist/wet. Well it's hard to know the right amount and although I've use this and experimented a few times with getting it right I'm the first to admit I'm not doing it right and then I have to use my hands or a make up sponge afterwards to blend in any left over foundation I haven't been able to blend in with the brush which in my view is a waste of time and effort with the brush in that case. I may as well just buy an ordinary foundation!
After using it I never remember to close off the foundation. It's not something I'm used to having to do so I'm finding that when I come to using my brush it's a bit dirty although the product hasn't gone anywhere it shouldn't as I do put the lid on to be fair. However you do need to wipe brush after using it which for me is just something extra to do really and I don't like that either!
Well I can't blend all the foundation into my face with a brush. I don't know if it's me using too much product but I'm not getting an even looking face so I now apply a few dabs over my face with the brush then I blend in with my fingers. As I touched on previously I don't like the sell at all but it is bearable.
It blends with fingers or sponge or whatever very easily. Any that gets into eyebrows is easily removed with a piece of toilet paper or whatever. It doesn't sit in creases or lines and humidity doesn't affect it at all.
It glides over other products and once you've allowed it to 'set' loose or pressed powder is fine over the top of it too. Once on the face it stays on the face until you remove it. I can apply this for an evening out at 7pm and I can still sort of see a flawless look (even though I'm drunk lol !) at 3am. I wouldn't give it much longer than that though! Skin eats it lol It's easy to remove with your usual make up removing routine and has no special requirements and it doesn't upset sensitive skin at all. I certainly have had no flare ups or had any falling outs lately with my face!
I do like the concept of this product. Though not really that easy to get it right I think. I'd love it to be easier for me to use but it isn't but as I have said that could be down to be but I don't like having to use a brush and then continue with my fingers or whatever it all just seems time consuming and pointless.
Does it give radiant skin?
Well it doesn't not to be fair. It's as light as a feather to apply and to wear and very unmask like and you can't feel it and I feel it allows my skin to breath. As I have said it clogs no where and it's very smooth to the touch. It does create a flawless finish for me in a very light way when my skin isn't full of acne already.
Suitable for all skin types in my view and once on is lovely to wear. It is light coverage though and I wouldn't advise anyone with very bad greasy skin to use this because after all it is dispensed using a brush you cant detach and wash as it is intgrated into the tube and so you could spread bacteria and grime etc. If you have skin discoloration etc nope neither as once again it really is very light in formulation. It is long lasting in my view on the face but economical? Not really. I mean you can't get all the product out to finish the tube for starters and this is quite a small size for a product of this type!
I quite like the concept though it falls a bit short and do watch out for colour! I have the palest shade and for daytime use I wouldn't be able to get away with using this shade as it's a little bit orangy on me! I can tame the colour down enough to wear for the evenings though with some pressed powder etc but only just. No7's light foundations are really not light enough I reckon!
This isn't bad it's just not the best foundation in my view!
Only available in Boots priced at £10.50 a tube.
I've gone through the last few months looking like i've got a newborn child with tired eyes, uneven skin tone and just a general tired & worn appearance.
I'd tried other foundations before but they seem to dry my skin out but I thought i'd have one last bash at trying to look somewhere near normal! I use the No7 Instant Radiance Concealer pen with great effect so I thought i'd try the foundation within the same brand.
I was over joyed to find a foundation with the same effects of the concealer which is a 'unique energising complex with vitamins C and E to help protect and revitalise dull-looking skin' (quote taken from the Boots website, as I couldn't describe it any better myself other than revitalising). It reflects the light also which helps to balance out the different skin tones of your face. It's difficult to describe exactly how it works, but it just works! It is hypoallergenic and has an SPF factor of 15 which is useful for day to day.
It comes with a brush already attached to the bottle, which was another bonus as I just don't have time to be messing around with applicator sponges etc. This is very easy to use, you simpy remove the pop on/off cap and turn the brush dial to the 'on' position and then GENTLY squeeze the required amount into the brush. My advise would be to turn it back to 'off' when applying the foundation as I have accidently squeezed the tube whilst in the 'on' postion and ended up with an extra blob on my face.
I have found that you don't need much either as alittle really does go a long way. It comes with tips on how to apply to your face which was very handy for a novice like me.
I have found that when applied it doesn't feel like your wearing any make up which is lovely and it spreads really well and evenly if your careful and don't slap it on like a teenager. It doesn't clog up my pores like other brands have in the past and is very easy to apply makeup on top of it. It is really quick and easy to remove and the biggest bonus for me is that it doesn't dry my skin out or give me spots! Both of which have been problems in the past which made me stop wearing foundation.
When I applied it for the first day, I went into work and most people noticed that something was different about me but couldn't quite identify what. Once woman said, had I had my eyebrows done, another said have you done something with your hair and the other person said that I looked really healthy. This was the ultimate compliment and ultimately what I was wanting to achieve, just a healthy glow. I wasn't wanting an obvious difference, just something to even out my skin tone and make me look like I had 8 hours uninterupted sleep at night and I can honestly say that this foundation gives me this result.
Right, time for some of the technical stuff. It comes in a black 30ml squeezy tube with an applicator brush attached. It costs £10.50 to buy but you can often get the No7 discount vouchers which you could use to buy this. It comes in six shades: Amond, Blonde, New Ivory, Buff, Tan & Suede. I'm quite fair in complexion and I have New Ivory and it suits my natural shade very well. Although I think that the shades at the moment are somewhat limited I still think that most people would be able to find a close match.
Truly an amazing foundation at a reasonable price. Go on, try it . . . you know you want to :)
Contains vitamins C and E to help protect and revitalise dull-looking skin /