“ Brand: Boots / Type: Face Care / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Boots No7 „
I have to say that I don't really take that good care of my skin. I only cleanse my face when in the shower, rarely use toner and exfoliate even less frequently. Instead of moisturiser, I've mainly been using an after sun lotion on my face for the past few years now, as it's cheaper than proper moisturiser and because I often have a lot left over after the summer. When I came back to the UK from Germany in August, however, I left behind half empty products and so found myself without anything moisturising at all. I decided that it would be better for my skin to go for a proper moisturiser again and so, armed with a £5 off voucher, went to the No7 stand in Boots. I didn't know which would be the best for my skin type, as most varieties on offer appeared to be aimed at mature, dry or otherwise problem skin, which didn't seem to fit what I was after. I asked the girl working on the counter and when I told her that I had combination skin which is occasionally a bit dry but also with large pores, she said that this Balanced Results Day Sorbet would probably be the best choice for me. Since I hadn't tried it before, however, and it cost a pretty penny, she gave me a small sample pot to take home with me. After using it for a week I found that I liked it so much that I went back and purchased a full pot of it.
== Use and Effects ==
Like most moisturisers, you apply as much as necessary to your face and neck, preferably after cleansing and toning. This is a very light moisturiser as it is intended for slightly oily to combination skin but still not much is needed to leave my face feeling lovely and smooth. When I first started using this moisturiser I couldn't stop touching my face as I was amazed by how soft and smooth it felt - certainly a lot nicer than using after sun. After using it for a couple of months I still find that my face feels gorgeous, but I've now gotten used to it, I'm no longer amazed by it.
Since it makes my face soft and smooth, it's no surprise that this moisturiser is also really good for applying makeup on top of. Foundation doesn't stick to any parts of skin or look too heavy when put on after day sorbet, which is always a thing to look out for with moisturisers, as a lot of heavier ones make it more difficult to apply makeup. Makeup glides on easily on top of this and I never have any problems.
Although my skin isn't particularly oily, this moisturiser is brilliant for my skin and I now never really suffer from dry or oily areas of skin. The website description of day sorbet says that it works on skin 'without blocking pores', which is definitely true, but I have to say that it doesn't really do anything for my pores either. It doesn't claim to make large pores look better but since this is aimed at oily skin, I would have hoped that it would do something to help with this problem.
== Conclusion ==
I've been using this moisturiser for a couple of months now and have to say that I love it. My skin is the softest that it's ever been and looks nice and smooth as well. Makeup goes on well on top of it and my skin looks nicer in general than when I was using other moisturisers or after sun. A pot of this, despite only containing 50ml, lasts for a reasonably long time: after approximately two months of daily use, I've still got almost half left. Since a pot costs £17 it's good that it lasts for a good amount of time, as otherwise this would be a fairly expensive choice.
In short, this is a great moisturiser for my skin, which I would recommend to anyone with combination to slightly oily skin. If you go into Boots and ask for a sample they should give you a couple of days worth in a small container so you can try it out before forking out £17 for it. I'll definitely be buying it again.
The container is lovely, looks expensive and elegant. It is a heavy little pot with nice frosted glass, almost a shame to throw away when empty! lol.
I got this in one of the 3 for 2 offers, i dont normally spend a lot on moisturisers as my skin can be oily so i see that it moisturises itself but i was surprised this lightweight yet creamy product is actually lovely. it goes on lovely and can be used easily before make up or obviously on its own. it leaves skin soft, clean and refreshed looking. As with alot of No7 products it goes along way so it will last you quite a while.
it also has SPf 15 for those who want that in a product. It says it is water based so i guess that helps with not clogging pores, i certainly havent broken out since using it and that is odd for my skin (it hates everything)
A while ago now I went in to the No.7 counter at Boots and I asked for some skin care advice. I have pretty normal skin - maybe slightly combination with dry areas around the bridge of my nose and cheeks, and a slightly oily tip of my nose and chin. But as an adult I've been plagued with breakouts - random spots, no particular problem area - and the skin care adviser on the No.7 counter recommended Beautifully Balanced Cleanser and Toner along with the Balanced Results Day Sorbet. She made so many claims about how wonderful the moisturiser was, how amazing it would make my skin feel, how it would stop my breakouts and even, brighten and tone my skin - I was excited. When we went to get it, there was none of the moisturiser in stock, so she gave me a different one instead, which she told me would provide basic hydration while I waited for the arrival of stock. I did love it, but there was always a little nagging feeling in me that my skin would be even nicer if I could get the Balanced Results Day Sorbet to complement my balanced cleansing / toning routine.
When I ran out of the first moisturiser I practically hopped in the car and drove straight to Boots to buy the Day Sorbet and was quite surprised firstly at the price. It's £17 for a 50ml typically gorgeously packaged jar - the first moisturiser I'd purchased was £5 cheaper, so I was quite put off, but I still purchased it as I really wanted to try it. At home, I tore in to the packaging pulled out the 'miracle' product.
The consistency was strange for a moisturising cream, it's more like a fluid; possibly owing to its 'revolutionary water-based formula' (Boots.com). However, this isn't how I like my moisturiser to be, I like it to be thick and to disappear in to my skin. This product is very light and runny - which is supposed to allow the product to vanish in to skin, but in actual fact, I found that it almost sat on the top of my skin leaving a light film over my face. In particular, I've found that my nose and chin 'bead' when I wear it, like little beads of water so the 'oil absorbing micro-sponges' which 'work to reduce skin oiliness so you look youthfully radiant not shiny' (Boots.com) don't particularly live up to their name!
The moisturiser is supposed to contain Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin moisturised for 24 hours, which kind of negates the need for the Balanced Results Night Sorbet, but hey, it's all to do with marketing and hats off to Boots if this makes people buy it - their beauty counter consultants certainly did me. I definitely did not find the moisturiser moisturised my drier areas to begin with, never mind 24 hours later - and my greasier bits stopped sweating through it within an hour or so, so they dried up to, therefore I think that the 24 hour moisturising point is a slight exaggeration. It is, however, one of only a few moisturisers in the No.7 range which contains SPF15, an essential to look for in a moisturiser so this is definitely a saving grace - and earns the 1 out of 5 score that I am awarding this product.
It was tested by No.7 and around two thirds of the test base said that their skin looked healthier and more radiant. I am not sceptical and love to get a recommendation on a product, but I am sure these people were either lying, had really unusual skin types, didn't really need to use a moisturiser or were crazy. Because this product does not make skin look healthier at all (unless it means just-got-out-of-the-gym-and-am-still-a-bit-sweaty healthy).
I found it to be a terrible basis for applying make up too, as it sucks up foundation on the greasier areas and then cakes the foundation on the dry bits. Because my skin was beading / sweating on my nose and chin, then mixing with the moisturiser filmy coating, my spots became exacerbated after only a few uses. But, the product cost so much that I couldn't afford to just give up using it, so instead I used it only for my dry bits - which is why it's lasted me around 6 months and which I would say didn't make a lot of difference to my dry bits. What makes the whole experience worse is that I was using it with Beautifully Balanced Cleanser and Toner, which do actually work exactly as they claim - so it is achievable, this product just doesn't work!
Unfortunately I feel that the moisturiser doesn't live up to any claims about it, it is severely over priced, it doesn't last as long as the thicker moisturisers as it's almost like a fluid rather than a cream and it really made my skin feel greasier on the greasy bits and drier on the dry bits (maybe that is where to micro-sponges were working their magic). When I got to the end of the jar this morning I thought thank goodness, I am off to buy the less expensive, better performing moisturiser I used initially from No.7 this evening!
Boots do a range of different moisturisers and it's often difficult to decide on which one to buy, so here is one I can thoroughly recommend - No7 Balanced Results Day Sorbet.
It comes in rounded pot holding 50ml of moisturiser. The lid is white plastic and easy to remove and screw back on. The bottle is frosted glass and feels reassuringly expensive and of good quality, although the cost of the product is only £16.25.
On the back of the bottle it tells you this product will 'refresh and hydrate your skin' and that it is formulated to 'give you skin just the amount of moisture it needs.' And I think all this is true. The moiusturiser is a very light liquid that is white in colour. It has a very slight scent, but not so you'd notice when on. And is not at all thick in consistency. A very small amount of it is sufficient to cover your face. I also apply to my neck it's been great here too. It soaks in almost immediately and then feels like you have nothing on your face, appart from the fact that you feel no longer papery dry, but your skin is flexible, soft and more healthy.
It is the very light, runny consistency of this moisturiser that for me is its real selling point. I can't stand the stuff that is really thick and heavy. There's a reason this is called a sorbet, because that's what its like. It really is gorgeous.
I'm really pleased that this product has been added to the Dooyoo catalogue because I'm keen to give it my (almost) unreserved endorsement.
I received my jar of No 7 Balanced Results Day Sorbet as part of my Christmas present last year from my son. This is the man who once bought me Chanel No 19 because he thought it would be roughly the same as Chanel No 5! By the same token, he chose this even though he had a list of my preferred products which definitely didn't include this one. However, I discovered on using this day sorbet that it wasn't such a bad mistake to make after all because I really like it.
I'm sure that much of the efficacy of any cream or lotion is down to the container. If the container looks good, you're far more likely to believe that the contents will do you good. This container comes in a blue cardboard outer box, inside of which is a fairly weighty frosted glass jar with a pearly lid which looks elegant enough to stand on the dressing table. However, in my opinion, it's an inappropriate container for the product. More of that later.
I received this as a present but I understand it retails at approximately £16.
This is a water based cream and has an SPF of 15 and like most No 7 products, it's hypo-allergenic. The list of ingredients is composed of the usual tongue twisting scientific terms, of which I only recognise aqua, glycerine and perfume! I've listed the complete ingredients at the end of this review for those who can be bothered to read it.
This cream is formulated for oily/combination skin and truth be told, my skin is normal and only gets slightly oily down the sides of my nose so other people's experience of using this cream may be slightly different to mine.
Being a water based formula, it's light and soft and Boots's claim on the box is that it has ingredients to leave your skin looking "youthfully radiant". I'm afraid, for me, achieving a youthful or radiant look is totally beyond the capabilities of any face cream these days and could probably only be achieved with a great deal of botox or possibly a full face lift. I should perhaps add here, however, that I'm not quite as ancient as my ID picture might lead you to believe but neither am I in the first flush of youth!
The consistency of the sorbet is very light, and could almost be described as a lotion rather than a cream, as it comes very close to a dripping consistency. In fact, on a couple of occasions, the cream has dripped off my fingers either onto the floor or my clothes, for which I'm deducting one star because I feel that if the product was marketed in a bottle rather than a jar, this could eliminate the dripping problem.
The smell is lovely being pleasantly light and floral and the scent lasts well. At least six out of the seven days a week, I use this as a moisturiser before applying foundation but on the day I give my skin a break from make-up, I find the scent lasts for several hours.
Application is very easy. Because of it's extremely light consistency, a little of this product goes a long way. I've been using it daily since Christmas and there is still a good two thirds of the 50ml jar left. The product has a shelf life of 24 months, so I anticipate it lasting me well into next year.
The cream goes on very easily and is absorbed into the skin incredibly quickly leaving the complexion feeling dewy, if not quite as "youthfully radiant" as the blurb on the box promises. I find that many other face creams I've used in the past tend to leave a greasy residue after application but not so with this cream. Boots claim it "mattifies" skin by means of the "oil absorbing micro-sponges" in the product. Whatever the truth of that, it certainly leaves my complexion feeling soft and fresh and I do find that the skin down the sides of my nose is much less prone to oiliness since beginning to use this cream.
Of course, buying any face product requires a great deal of trial and error. What works for one person doesn't necessarily have any effect on another but for me, this works really well. I realise that it's a fairly expensive price for a face cream, and I didn't actually pay for mine, but when my pot is eventually empty, I'll certainly be buying this again. This product's getting a well deserved four stars from me.
Full ingredient list (after which you'll be none the wiser unless you've a degree in chemistry):
Aqua, Ethylexyl methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Cyctopentasiloxane, Alcohol denate, Cyclohexasiloxan, C12-15 aklyl benzoate, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, Triethanolamine, Dimenthicone, Acrylamide/ammonium acrylate copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl methacrylate/glycol dimenthacrylate cross polymer, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Betaine, Parfum, Dimenthiconol, Methylparaben, Sodium PCA, Xanthan gum, Ethylparaben, Sodium hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Dipropylene glycol, Sorbitol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic acid, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Propylparaben.