I'm a huge advocate of Boots No.7 skincare, as I think it's good value for money and my (very) sensitive skin has never had a major breakout from it.
I bought this cleanser in a 2-4-1 / Boots No.7 voucher deal, where I ended up getting three No.7 skincare products for just over £20. Considering the moisturiser was around £13, I certainly felt like I was getting a bit of a bargain.
I purchased this in conjunction with the No.7 exfoliating cleanser and the No.7 day cream for sensitive / dry skin, as I thought that with the unpredictability of my face, it was probably a good idea to cover all my bases!
First thing's first. I hate the feeling of greasy or dry skin. In fact if my skin feels even a tiny bit dirty, I feel awful, so I always favour a deep cleanse. Secondly, I'm not prone to blemishes, so can't really comment on how well this works on skin that is, but I can tell you it does cut through grease fairly well.
I was excited to try it, so got to work that evening lathering up my face. The pump action on the bottle is good, but does probably distribute a little more foam than is necessary. I worked it into my face with my hands, and could definitely feel it gently cleansing away my make up and dirt. Then I rinsed and gently removed any excess with a muslin cloth.
Yes. My skin felt clean...but not squeaky clean.
I ended up having to give it a once over with the exfoliator before bed.
All in all I'd say it's a good cleanser, but it's now one I use in the mornings rather than for a deeper cleanse at night. It is very gentle, and it does leave the skin feeling good, but if you're looking for that super refreshed, squeaky clean feeling then this might not be the cleanser for you.
I like No7 products but tend to find them a bit on the pricey side but, tempted by the irresistible (to mugs like me) Free Gift With Purchase and the need for a new cleanser, I picked up this one for the rather steep price of £8! I would usually spend about half of this on a cleanser, so I hoped it would deliver great results and be a pleasure to use!
The product comes boxed, and inside is a plastic bottle, and you can see the cleanser inside is a nice blue colour. The back of the pack says the product will sweep away make-up and impurities to leave skin feeling fresh and comfortable.
Soft and fluffy
Although the cleanser inside is a liquid, the pump action dispenser actually produces a nice foam into your hand. The foam is white and soft, and a little goes a long way as a squirt or two is enough for my face. It goes on very easily and it feels very pleasant rubbing the soft fluffy lather into my face - it's the kind of product that feels like its working as you use it.
It also has a fresh and slightly fruity scent, which I like, but may be unsuitable for people who prefer unscented products.
This washes away nicely and leaves skin feeling very soft, clean and smooth. My skin also had a slightly 'tight' feeling after use - this is quite normal for me after using cleansers and nothing a good dollop of moisturiser didn't see to.
All in all this is a perfectly nice product - it's easy and pleasant to use and it does what it is supposed to. It is expensive but I think a little will go a long way and I do expect this to last longer than my usual cleansing products. However, I still think it's overpriced and so it loses a star from me. I will however buy it again next time I have one of those handy £5 No 7 vouchers!
I am quite a big fan of Boots No7 range of skin care and makeup; I find it to be a good quality and good value brand that suits my skin well. Also Boots run some excellent money saving promotions regularly on the No7 range and with me being a bit of a bargain hunter I keep my eye out for these and take advantage of the offers to stock up on my favourite products including this Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
The cleanser currently retails for £8.00 per 150ml bottle in Boots stores and on their website www.boots.com. I think this is about the right price for this cleanser as it is very good quality and works well although it is always worth looking out for offers on this range. Boot's often have a 3 for 2 offer on their entire No7 range allowing you to mix and match skin care and make-up products. They also often offer a £5.00 No7 voucher if you spend £5.00 on other qualifying products in the store meaning you can pick this cleanser up for a mare £3.00 and of course collect you advantage card points too.
The face cleanser comes in a tall blue transparent bottle with a pearlescent lid and pump action nozzle. You can see the cleanser inside which is just a clear liquid. On the front of the bottle there is the No7 logo and just the name of the product and a brief description of the cleanser. On the back of the bottle you can find more information about how the cleanser works ingredients listings and company contact details.
~~~~~How to Use~~~~~
This cleanser is really easy to use, I tend to use it in the shower as I find it quick and easy to wash of this way and saves a bit of time in the morning. You just simple use the pump to dispense the cleanser this turns the liquid cleanser into a light foam, I find that 3 pumps is just enough to wash all of my face and neck thoroughly. I wet my face first then massage the cleanser into my skin and then simple rinse off with warm water. I find that using this cleaser about 5 times per week means that a bottle lasts me about 5 weeks.
I have found that some cleansers and be rather harsh on my skin leaving it feeling more like a layer has been stripped off but not this one. I find the foam is gentle but effective at cleaning my skin leaving it feeling soft and clean. The foam has a gentle light floral fragrance and feels quite creamy when applied to my skin. I use this cleanser on a daily basis but do change to an exfoliating cleanser on occasion when I feel my skin needs a bit of a deeper cleanse as this one is rather gentle. I have been using this cleanser for over a year now and would definitely recommend it if you have not tried it already.
I started trying out the No.7 skincare range after trying a couple of bits from their makeup range. I always try to go for the 3 for 2 deals, which Boots seem to put on quite routinely for this range.
It was during one of my 3 for 2 shopping trips that I bought No.7's Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I was dubious at first as it just looked like water in a bottle, but on first use I found that it came out as a very light foam - as promised. 2 pumps gave enough foam to cover my face and neck. It applies really easily given that there's not much substance to it. I then rinsed it off with warm water, which cleared the product off my face with minimal/no mess (I can't stand facewashes that end up in my hair, etc).
After use, my face felt clean and refreshed, and it had sufficiently removed my eye makeup without me having to rub it into the sensitive eye area - again a plus, as I don't like having to mess about with seperate eye make up remover products.
My skin is a bit fickle, and some products can dry it out. I'm afraid this is one that, unless swiftly followed with more products, does dry out skin. My t-zone ended up with flaky skin, as well as other dry patches that cropped up. I also have quite large pores and am prone to blackheads - this product didn't do much to tackle that problem, so while the surface of my skin felt cleansed it didn't deal with these deeper issues.
I wouldn't say this product is worth the now £8 Boots are charging (used to be £7). By all means try it out as part of a 3 for 2, it works ok with a full beauty regime of creams and toners, etc, but don't expect it to clear up all your skin issues!
The packaging of this product is very much in keeping with the No7 range. The cleanser comes in a blue pump action bottle.
I found the pump easy to use and it didn't get clogged up at any point. I found that two pumps dispensed enough cleanser for my face and neck.
The foam is very light, as you would expect, and there is nothing abrasive in the product so you felt that surface dirt was being lifted but you weren't really dealing with any problem areas such a blackheads or white heads. I suppose you could over come this by following the foam with a gentle rub with your facecloth at the side of your nose and your chin to provide a mild exfoliation.
The cleanser lifted off mascara well - although it wasn't as effective on waterproof mascara - and your face did feel clean afterwards.
My skin tends towards the dry so I did find that this didn't help and I was left with some small dry patches on my face. Overall, I think this product is most suitable for people who have normal skin.
==Boots No7 Gentle Foaming Cleanser==
I currently own and am using a fair amount of the Boots No7 range and I think this is probably due to the fact that I do a lot of my cosmetics shopping in Boots and they seem to be always pushing out those £5 off No7 vouchers. I now you can more often than not use them against Ruby and Millie but where I live none of the Boots stores stock this range, not even the larger stores! Therefore I tend to get all of the No7 products at a really cheap price especially as I have a 10% discount card and I always make the most of that.
I am just coming to the end of my bottle of this foaming cleanser which is why I thought I would write a review on it now before I threw the bottle away.
==Price and Availability==
As with all Boots No 7 items you can only purchase it in the Boots stores or online at Boots.com. I suspect you will be able to pick up a bottle on ebay that people have either bought with their voucher and want a bit more for or have used half of knowing some of the stuff on ebay! Either way you are looking at paying around £8 at the full price.
I have to say that as far as a cleanser goes this is pretty expensive because its really just a bit like gloried soap in the face that it cleans your face! I can't see me ever paying out £8 for this product or any like it which is probably why Boots give out these vouchers to shift their stock to tight customers like me. So with £5 off this makes £3 for a product such as this not too bad really and more like something that I would be inclined to by (which is probably how I ended up with it).
==Packaging and Design==
There is no outer packaging used when buying this product so what you see is what you get. There is a blue plastic bottle with a pop off and pop on lid which is a type of cloudy clear white colour. There is a pump action nozzle underneath this is easy dispenses a good amount of the cleanser with just one push on it. You can just about see the watery type of liquid that is inside the bottle throught he blue colours of the bottle which I always like so that you know how much is left. The bottle itself is a straight up and down cylindrical design which is practical in the fact that it stands up easily and fits in well with a lot of the other products on my shelf. It has to be said however that although the design is practical it is not particularly special or eye catching in my opinion.
==Look and Smell==
Once the product has been pumped out from the bottle is changes form from the liquid you can see through the plastic bottle into this lightweight foam. This foam is a white colour and is more of a bubbly type of froth in my view rather than a foam, but I expect "froth" doesn't have the same cosmetically appealing name.
The smell is evident as soon as the product has come from the bottle but it is not overpowering at all but rather light and fresh, rather like the product itself. The fragrance is added and not like a perfume fragrance as it is pretty mild on the skin. After rinsing off the foam the smell soon disappears.
The directions of use for this product are simply as you would expect with the fact you need to massage this foam (froth) into your skin in circular motions being careful not to get any in the eyes. You then rinse the product from your face with warm water and I always find it easier to get a face cloth and give the face a little rub so that all the daily grim from my face is washed away. Using this product is simple to do and is easy to get used to having it in the daily face care regime as it takes less than 3 minutes to completely wash my face and neck area! Simple.
The product states that by using this foam cleanser you should expect to remove all traces of make up along with any other impurities of the skin so that it is left feeling fresh and comfortable. This all sounds like pretty basic stuff really and probably don't differ too much from an regular 50p bar of soap. Of course the fact that it states it is a gentle cleanser makes you think that for people with a more sensitive skin this would be more suited. I can't comment on this aspect as my face isn't normally too sensitive but it can get irritated to certain products but this wasn't one of those thankfully.
Not only did I find the cleanser quick and easy to use but I must say that I was very pleased with the products affects on my face. It seemed to remove all traces of make up and even managed to get rid of my waterproof mascara without too much difficulty and because of this, did like it said it said and made my face feel clean, fresh and comfortable. My skin did feel slightly tighter than my regular cleanser or the cleanse and polish that I have been using on and off recently too, but I just felt that I needed to put on my moisturiser sooner rather than later when using this foam cleanser. Thinking about it though, my skin felt similar to when I wash my face in the Dove cream cleaner (RRP £1 odd!).
Having taken a good couple of months to come to near enough the end of my 150 ml bottle I can't see that my face has improved at all and it probably has less of a glow than it did when I was using my previous Liz Earle product. It doesn't feel generally softer or better in any way. It has lasted a long time though as the liquid changing into foam seems to make a little bit go a super long way!
I can't say that it felt like a brilliant No 7 product and I wouldn't say that it was worth £8 or anywhere near. Like I have said in this review before it seemed to have more or less the same feel as a cheapish liquid soap would do and didn't' feel much gentler if at all. Having tried this product out for the cheaper £3 or just under that I would have paid for this item I am not too put out that I didn't rate it that highly but had I paid the full price I wouldn't be happy at all.
The No 7 Gentle Foaming Cleanser seems to be a pretty boring product and one that does clean the face and does leave it feeling initially soft but this soon passes and the dryness and tightness follows. I can't say I would recommend it at all and I think a 2 out of 5 stars is more than generous for this product!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.