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I have tried many different day creams from the No.7 range, mainly because I'm not that fussy about which one I use, also because several times I've gone in and the one I wanted was not there, or there was an offer on. Lift and Luminate is the one I currently have. It's not one of my favourites but it's not that shabby either.
Lift and Luminate Day Cream comes in a nice glass pot, reassuringly expensive feeling. The glass has a matt finish and is almost see-through. A white screw-off lid gives you access to the cream. The opening in the top of the glass is quite wide enough to get all five of your fingers in should you want to, but I should imagine most peope would refrain from this given that one finger will do.
The cream is white and has a pleasent smell which is not over-powering. It has shimmery shiny particles in it which you can clearly see when you hold the cream up to the light. These are the bits that do the luminate bit of the title. It does work. When you put it on you can see your skin start to radiate and reflect light from the particles. So I don't recommend putting it on and then nothing else. But underneath foundation or just powder it does make you look good. It gives you a sort of healthy glow.
It smooths in very easily, but doesn't absorb perfectly. You can still feel it there for a while, which makes it a heavy cream, not light like the sorbert cream I prefer. However, it is quite moisturising on my skin. It doesn't ever feel dry, even at the end of a long day. And my skin feels soft and supple after use. I guess this is the lift bit of the title. The blurb on the back of the pot says, 'visibly firms, lifts and brightens skin in 4 weeks.' I don't know if I'd go that far, that may be a case of overselling, but I would go for sort of lifts and definately brightens.
Lift and Luminate Day Cream costs £21 for 50ml. This is quite expensive in my opinion. But it does last a long long time. I estimate a pot will last me about 6 months, although I do confess I don't use it much at weekends.
When it runs out will I buy another one? Not if there is something cheaper or better on offer, but I won't be disappointed if there isn't. It's not that bad.
Boots, No.7 - Lift and Luminate Day Cream
*What is it?
This is another premium quality facial Day cream by Boots. It is in this the cream that has been formulated to give your skin and instant brightening boost and healthy glow. Apparently, as time goes on using this day by day this helps to prevent the signs of ageing. This also contains an SPF 15 sunscreen and is also hypoallergenic.
*What do I think?
I'm not so sure about this cream. Upon applying, there is a significant shiny sheen on my skin and when this is on your face it doesn't look so good. It just looks as if you've applied too much cream and very greasy face! Looking in the mirror at close-up, I can actually see glittery shiny particles are actually make my skin look 'pretty', however when stepping away and looking properly at the overall effect, it is definitely the 'greasy-look' that you get this - which is such a pity because it looks like a very expensive good cream. This cream actually highlights the whole face, even the bad bits and in particular every line and wrinkle that you have. Although the shiny sheen is reduced when I applying make-up powder on top of it.
I don't think this cream is suitable for sensitive skin, as I notice some slight irritation on some areas of my skin especially on some parts that are usually more sensitive. I think it is the small glittery particles that is causing the itchiness. Besides the appearance and is the slight irritation, I generally find that the cream is a good moisturizer and it is light enough to use in summer.
The cream has Boots' No.7 signature scent, personally I find it a bit too strong and especially for a facial cream on the scent alone I would decide not to use it because I would be worried about the scent all day as it pretty apparent, and I would be worried about other people being able to smell it too, a little like wearing too much overbearing perfume.
The cream costs about £21 for a 50ml tube, which is about the same as its other creams in the range. Had it not been the shiny greasy appearance that produces and the smell I would definitely consider it if it was a good moisturiser. It is probably worth a try if you have dull dry skin, but I would definitely not recommended if you have oily combination for sensitive skin.
Thanks for reading.xx
==Boots No & Lift and Luminate Day Cream==
I am trying to be very frugal at the moment but as per usual it is not at all working. I had full intention of going into Boots to buy only a basic facial moisturiser as I was nearly running out of the one I was currently using. However after having a look at all the cheaper day creams I decided that value for money is what really counts and that as a happy No 7 user nothing else would do. It was at that point I got carried away and not only bought a day cream but a night cream and a hand cream too! Just the thought of denying myself lead to totally carnage.
So the day cream that I picked up was this No 7 Lift and Luminate one. At £22 for a 50ml pot of the cream it was most certainly not the cheapest that the No 7 had to offer and I probably could have got a fair few other creams priced for less. Anyhow I decided lifting and luminating was just what I needed!
The claims on the outer cardboard box packaging of the cream say that your skin will appear more toned youthful and luminous in seconds as well as for the long term. This is of course what swayed it for me and I couldn't help but be suckered in but the claims. It also has an SPF of 15 in which is another bonus with this cream as a lot of cheaper one that I have used previously doesn't have any sun protection in at all!
The tub of the cream is well designed and looks clean and classy on my dressing table (especially next to the whole host of other No 7 goodies!). The twist off twist on lid is a little annoying as when I have slightly greasy hands I find that the lid is often hard to get back on. Other than this the packaging is very good and does what it needs to do.
Now on to the cream which I have to say is one of the better creams that I have tried in the last 6 months or so. The white cream inside the pot smells only slightly of fresh and clean cosmetics and the cream feels very lightweight when touching it. Application to the skin needs only a few dabs from the index finger to get a good enough coverage. The product itself seems to sink in rather well and doesn't take too long. This is a real bonus because even some other day creams I have tried seem to take forever to sink in and when you are waiting to put your makeup on every second counts!
The cream did actually appear to make my skin look a bit more alive than it had done previously and I have to say that I was impressed. Of course it was so lifted and luminated that I didn't put any makeup on but enough to make me notice and think that it may well have been worth the £22 paid for it. After continual use of the cream things only seemed to get better and better. My skin did appear to have much more of a healthy freshness to it and I can pin point that to using this cream as I did nothing else that was any different.
All in all I have to say that this is actually a very good product that does work very well. It may be expensive compared to a lot of other creams that you can get but it did have a really good affect on my skin in both the short and long term. The fact that it was light to use and sank into the skin in a reasonable amount of time was also another great plus point and therefore I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is very much in order for this Boots No 7 Lift and Luminate Day Cream.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I received a sample tube of No.7 Lift & Luminate Day Cream with a No.7 free gift I received after spending £22 on No.7 products, a couple of months ago. I very much enjoy the No.7 gift sets, because they give you a good opportunity to try out quite a few products each time, and the sample sizes are generous, so you get enough usage of each item to decide whether it's something you'd like to buy, or not.
The No.7 Lift & Luminate Day Cream contains SPF 15, which is very important to me in a daytime moisturiser, as it offers protection from sun damage.
The sample I received is in a tube, but it seems as though if you purchase the day cream, it's contained in a pot.
The cream is thicker than a lotion, but not as thick in texture as some moisturisers I've used. A little goes a long way; I tend to put a dot in each area of my face and then rub it in using upward circular motions, as the tube suggests. The 'lumination' effect is immediately apparent; there's a pearlescent quality to the moisturiser, which makes your skin look bright, if slightly shimmery or shiny. I tried putting quite a bit of the moisturiser on my face, so I could test it for the dreaded 'pilling' phenomenon, whereby moisturiser rubs off into eraser-rubbing type particles and looks and feels dreadful. I am happy to report that the moisturiser didn't disintegrate into 'bits', even when a lot was applied, so it passed the test!
I didn't really feel that the cream was rich enough for my dryish skin, and I didn't notice any anti-aging effects. The cream has a slight scent to it, but nothing obtrusive. I found that the cream did make an acceptable base for foundation, when I used my Bourjois 10-Hour Sleep Effect foundation. However, when I used my Max Factor Colour Adapt foundation, it didn't seem to settle well on top of the Lift & Luminate cream, and the foundation didn't seem to sit well or last long on my face.
I think the 'luminous' effect created by the moisturiser doesn't really blend well with foundation, and is perhaps best aimed at people who wear moisturiser but not foundation. It enhances the appearance of the skin on its own, to an extent. I have used a moisturiser by Sanctuary before which had a very similar 'pearlescent' quality; I think it created a better effect, really, and for a lower price. I think it's been rebranded since I last purchased it, but I am fairly sure what I used is now the Sanctuary Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF 15. It's available in a 75ml tube for £13.27 (actually currently on offer from Boots for around £10), whereas No.7 Lift & Luminate costs £21.00 for a 50ml pot. I'd suggest that the Sanctuary product is the better option, even though I'm a very big fan of some No.7 products.
This moisturiser is okay, and I'll certainly use the rest of my sample tube, but I won't be buying it. It may be good for people who don't wear foundation but like their skin to look subtly enhanced, and perhaps it is more suitable for those with normal skin, whereas mine is slightly on the dry side. Even then, I would probably encourage people to try the Sanctuary product first, especially as it's available in a small sample tube for around £2.50, which makes a handy trial.
Just before Christmas my mom did her usual massive Boots shop and ended up spending so much that she got a free No7 make-up bag with about 5 or 6 products in there - but since she'd bought herself a large No7 anyway she ended up giving the bag and all the products inside it to me. Most of them were products Ive used and reviewed in the past but one was a small tube of this 'No7 Lift & Luminate Cream' which to be totally honest I had never even heard of before. When it comes to using No7 skincare I usually stick to their 'Protect & Perfect' range as that works really well for me so I dont really have any reason to change but this was free and I was intregued to see whether it would be as good as the other No7 products and I havent been let down at all!
Price: 50ml tub - £21!!!
Stockists: Only available from Boots & boots.com
Other Info: This cream claims to: help your skin look more toned, youthful and luminous in seconds as well as in the long term. It also promises to deliver intense moisture and nourishment to your skin. - And now Ive used it I have to say I totally agree with everything they promise, one cream that actually DOES work.
As I mentioned I got a 10ml sample sized tube of this cream and not the tub pictured above but Im assuming the look of the packaging is kind of the same in different form. If anything I prefer that Ive got the tube because it is much more hygenic that way and much easier to use and apply in my opinion - too bad they dont actually sell this in a tube form! The tube is small and transparent through which you can clearly see the white lotion inside. On the front and back of the tube is all the information you should need to know about the cream: directions for use, shelf life and the fact that this cream contains SPF15 & is hypo-allergenic so its perfect for using in the summer and even better for people with sensitive skin. The tube doesnt have the ingredients listed so if you do need to check them out look on the Boots website.
The cream itself in my opinion has the ideal consistency it isnt too thick or too runny yet as soon as I apply it on my face it feels thick enough to be nourishing and soothing but it doesnt give me the dreaded shiny faced look. It does have a very slight fragrance to it but its not overpowering at all and its so light it should irritate your skin if you have sensitive skin on your face - I do with some products and I dont have a problem with this one. As this is a day cream I apply it first thing in the morning when I wake up but Ive also been using it as a sort of base for my foundation lately and it works just as well either way so its a double whammy kind of cream for me.
This cream definitely evens out the tone of my skin and shockingly as soon as I apply it, it does make my skin look more glowing and luminous - which is why I like to apply it as a base so much. Ive been using my tube since just before Christmas pretty much everyday and I can definitely feel and see the difference in my skin - it feels SOO soft to the touch and definitely looks more glowing so I really cant complain. I cant really comment on whether this makes my skin look younger as Im only 19 but my moms raving about this one so it works just as well on slightly older skin as well it seems.
The price DOES put me off buying this for myself but if I can get my hands on a few £5 off vouchers that No7 do from time to time I wouldnt hesitate buying a full sized tub of this. I do highly recommend it if you can afford it as if a 10ml tube can last me this long a tub will last forever! Highly recommended.
Thanks For Reading.
x0 Salz 0x
This is another No7 product i have tried for the first time recently after getting a small sample size version in a Boots gift set. I hadn't heard of the 'Lift and Luminate' range of No7 never mind tried it but i am a huge fan of their usual products and their 'Protect and Perfect' range so i was looking fprward to trying it out :)
Size: 50ml for a full sized tub (pictured) i only have a 10ml tube.
Price: £21 (for 50ml)
Like i said i only own the 10ml sample size which doesn't come in a tub like the picture put a small tube. The tube is clear so you can see the pearly white cream inside. Like the rest of the No7 range it has the logo in gold and clear info on the back telling you how to apply and what the cream does etc.
No7 claim that if you use this cream every day it will visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles and give an instant boots of radiance. If Used for 4 weeks the cream will apparantly improve your skins firmness and softness and make you appear visibly younger. the cream also contains SPF 15 so your skin is protected from the sun when you wear it.
~What I Thought~
I had very high hopes for this cream after having used other creams and serums from the No7 range and it didn't completley disapoint. The cream itself is white, unfragranced and well creamy. It rubs into the skin really easily without being too thick and leaving skin lookin/feeling greasy. Pretty much instantly my skin felt alot smoother and within about 5/10 minutes my face was noticeably glowing!! I definitley think this cream does its job however, teh effects are pretty much the same as when i have used the protect and perfect creams/serums so i dont really see what the major difference is or why you would need both. Also, i think £21.00 is an absolutley extortionate price to pay for 1 tub and i personally wouldn't pay it, having said that i would be very happy to recieve it as a gift and will continue using mine until it runs out. Would reccomend... if you can afford it !!!