“ Brand: Boots / Type: Cleanser / Subcategory: Oil / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Boots No7 „
No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser for Normal / Oily Skin
This is another No7 product that I did not actually purchase for myself the first time around, it was part of a gift set that I received as a present. For a change you actually got a full sized product with 150 ml of foaming cleanser in it.
The Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser is packaged in a wide, circular plastic tube. This is slightly frosted but clear enough so that you can see the amount of cleanser left inside which is an off white/pale green colour. The bottle has the No7 branding and the product title and details written simply but boldly across the front. The bottle has a pull on and off cap which houses the pump action nozzle inside.
I don't cleanse my skin everyday (shock, horror!) and tend to use face wipes to remove my make-up of a night time, but do try to cleanse at least twice a week. This is slightly different to your average cleanser as it is a foam rather than a liquid which makes it quite novel I suppose. Cleansers are designed to remove dirt and impurities from the skin and balance out any oils to help prevent spots and blemishes.
To apply the cleanser you ideally need to use either cotton wool balls or cotton pads, I have at times used tissue paper but this tends to fall apart during application. The foam cleanser is pushed out of the pump easily and I tend to use two pumps worth to cleanse my face. I dampen my face and wipe over the cotton wool with the cleanser on it all over my face.
The cleanser is foamy but extremely light and fluffy so it smooth's over my skin nicely. You massage it into your skin for a few minutes and until your make-up is removed. I wear a full face of make-up during the day and so I definitely need two pumps worth of cleanser to remove it all. The product has a very refreshing smell but nothing strong or chemical like.
The cleanser removes dirt and oil from my skin really well, I tend to get slightly oily skin particularly at the end of a long day and this refreshes it instantly. This also has multivitamin and mineral ingredients which are meant to hydrate and energise the skin. It is also enriched with zinc which is proven to help regulate the skin's oil production according to the Boots website. I definitely notice that this makes my skin a lot less oily and it feels so much cleaner after using this. So overall I am very happy with it and have since purchased more since my original gift packed bottle, which I think says that I like it a lot.
This is available online at boots.com and in store priced at £9 for a 150 ml bottle, luckily the No7 products are often on offer and so you can frequently pick this up for cheaper. It is long lasting anyhow and a good cleanser product.
Im a big fan of the no 7 products but i dont buy them often as find them very expensive so when i got a £5 off skincare voucher i was prepared to splurge! The next time I went into a boots I was in need of a new eye make-up remover, since I wear quite heavy eye make-up I want a strong remover to make sure it all comes off on a night, but I have quite sensitive skin so finding one is hard. After talking to some of the staff in boots and decided on the 'Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser'. The first time I tried it I was definitely impressed, one quick swipe took all my make up off, the foam lathers up quite well which gives it a bit of an edge on other products and makes it easier to apply. I noticed after a couple of days of using that the pores around my eyebrows were a lot smaller so I started to use it all over my face. I have noticed a tremendous difference to the pores on my nose and chin and am now using it to remove the make up all over my face. I squirt a bit onto a cotton pad and remove my face make up then on another do my eyes, I thought it would take a lot to remove all of my makeup but it seems to be okay and you don't need a lot to get great results. Another thing I really like about the product is that it doesn't have a distinctive smell to it, I don't like putting something on my face that has a strong smell right before bed so this was perfect! It doesn't have a really strong sweet smell but it also doesn't have a chemical smell either, it just smells fresh and clean.The price of this is £9 for a 150ml bottle, for the brand plus the product I don't think that the price is too steep, also vouchers are flying round boots all the time so watch out for those because you can get some great products for very cheap with a voucher. I would recommend this to anyone as I've noticed a fantastic difference to my skin since using it.
I love the Boots No7 range, however I rarely buy it, mainly because its pricey and it seems to have become a rare luxury in my household. Having recently received a £5 No7 voucher from boots, I treated my self to the Boots No7 Foaming Cleanser, as it is something I would not normally buy.
I like the packaging for this product, it is simple and basic looking, witch really reflects what this product is all about. It comes in a clear cylinder plastic bottle, filled with a pale green liquid, at first i thought it didn't seem very 'foam-like', but it is fitted with a pump mechanism inside the bottle, witch magically turns the liquid into a foam by pushing the white dispenser on the top of the bottle. There are also clear instructions on the back of the bottle that are easy to read and follow.
I apply the foam with my fingers or a damp flannel, however I find 1 'squirt' of it is not enough to cover my whole face, so I tend to use 2 or even 3. The foam is light in texture and easy to apply. It takes little effort to smooth over my whole face. The text on the bottle claims to work best when massaged into the skin, and rinse, but I find to get best results i need to use a flannel too. It claims to remove make up, but I find I need to remove my make up before use. ooo and it smells lush!
As I am someone who suffers very oily skin and spots, I can tell you this product was amazing perfect for me, it say it 'helps your oily skin behave like normal skin' and it really does. I use once a day as part of my routine, and has helped to get rid of my spots. After using a good toner too, my skin feels clean and refreshed. It claims to show visible effects, but I have not yet noticed a difference to the appearance of my skin.
The No7 products are quite expensive for what they are, the product if original priced at £9.00, but can be purchased with a £5 No7 voucher, and is often on special offer. Although pricey, a 150ml bottle that I purchased in march, and have been using everyday since is still over half full, so it lasts long!
I would recommend this product to anyone with oily and spot prone skin, its easy to use and leaves skin clean, lasts long, but is expensive.
As most people will be aware, No 7 is a Boots brand which offers skincare and makeup items. I always had the impression it was a brand for slightly older women and as someone in my 20s I rarely found myself drawn to their counter. However, every once in a while Boots stores give out their famous £5 vouchers for use on No 7 products, which entices me to try some.
No 7 recently tried to modernise some of their skincare and make it appeal to a younger shopper. This is where the new Beautiful Skin range came in. The range offers different products for dry or oily skin. The oily skin products which are the ones I have tried, including this foaming cleanser, come in simple and clean looking packaging which has a hint of green. Other skin types are recognisable by other colours.
=== Packaging ===
The foaming cleanser comes in a clear cylindrical bottle with very basic branding and writing on it. Inside you can see the pale green liquid and the pump mechanism. It allows you to easily see how much cleanser is left inside. There is a pale green ring around the neck and a clear lid showing a sturdy white pump at the top. To use it you simply take the lid off, press down on the pump and the cleanser will be dispensed in the form of a light and airy foam. You get a fair amount of foam from one press of the pump. However, I think the amount could do with being ever so slightly more. I often end up pumping a second time, which probably gives a bit too much cleanser and is a bit wasteful, meaning I get through it fairly quickly.
=== Use ===
As with any foaming cleanser, this should be massaged onto a damp or wet face and then rinsed off with warm water. No 7 state that the cleanser will dissolve make up and impurities, clean the skin, tighten pores and leave the face shine free. It intends to make oily skin behave like normal skin and look "bright and beautiful". This should be used twice a day, morning and night, as part of a cleansing routine before toning or exfoliating and moisturising the skin.
=== Effectiveness ===
First of all, I did not find that this cleanser is able to remove and cleanse all makeup from my skin. The packaging does claim it removes makeup but I was very doubtful of this to begin with, as in my experience most cleansers can't do it and I prefer to separately remove makeup first in order to cleanse my bare skin. When I used this cleanser straight onto a wet made up face, the results looked and felt pretty horrible! My foundation started to melt a bit but was not completed lifted off, leaving the foam an unappealing beige colour and my face not clean. Eye makeup also ran all over the place but remained smeared on my face. If you use full make up, especially long lasting products, you definitely need to remove the make up before washing your face with this cleanser.
As for washing my bare makeup free face, this is a more pleasant experience and the cleanser is up to this task! The foam has a pleasing, light and fresh green smell. I am not sure exactly what it smells of, but the scrub in the same range smells the same, so maybe it is just a typical No 7 Beautiful Skin range smell. The foam feels really nice and gentle when I rub it into my skin. It is very airy in texture. Some oily skin products can feel a bit harsh, but this does not at all. It does not contain soap, which can sometimes leave the skin feeling a bit tight or dried out, so my skin is not left feeling tight or uncomfortable at all following a wash with this cleanser.
It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. It does keep my skin shine free but I didn't see any noticeable effect on my pores. I would not say that the results are better than other cleansers I use and it is comparable to most cleansers, including cheaper ones.
=== Value ===
The full price of this is £9 for 150 ml, which I feel is quite expensive for what it is. It makes it about the same price per ml as my usual Clinique cleanser although I would have considered No 7 to be a cheaper brand. It does the job, but the Boots Botanics cleanser for oily skin which looks and feels quite similar is just as nice and effective at about half the price. The 150 ml bottle will go down fairly quickly, especially if you use two pumps of the cleanser each time.
If you have a £5 voucher and can get this cleanser for £4 I think that's good value. When I bought this there were also a lot of extra points offers around on this range, printable from the extra offers kiosk in store. However at £9 I think it is a bit steep for what it is.
I don't often shop in Boots anymore, but I had a number 7 collection voucher for £5 off, and I thought I would use it for once, and I picked up this cleanser mainly because it was one of the cheaper items in the collection so instead of paying the £9 for it, I got it for £4. This was for a 150ml bottle, and I didn't see a smaller bottle on the shelf display to try before purchasing this larger bottle.
The cleanser is a foaming cleanser. Normally I use liquid cleansers on cotton wool, but I thought I would experiment with this and see what it did for my skin. Normally my skin is very spot prone. It is a dry skin type usually, but I have noticed with all the recent warm weather that my skin was looking pretty shiny around my T-zone on my face, with the most apparent shine on my forehead.
The first time I used this foam, I wasn't sure what to expect. The cleanser is packaged in a fairly simple package with a plastic pump dispenser bottle. The bottle is clear, and the cleanser inside is tinged slightly green. The bottle has a plastic cap to keep the nozzle covered. I didn't have to break any seals the first time I used this.
I followed the instructions on the bottle, as they recommended this was best applied to damp skin. I splashed my face with warm water, before using one pump on the dispenser. I was surprised to see a white foam come out the pump. One pump was enough foam to wash my entire face and neck with.
The foam has a slight scent to it which smells a little to me like cucumber, crossed with a soapy scent. The foam is not that thick really. There is a lot of air in it. It was delightful to use this foam to wash my face. It massaged easily across my skin as my fingers glided over the top of it. It didn't feel harsh in any way, and my skin felt clean when I washed it off. The shine I had was gone, and my skin did not feel dry at all.
Normally I only feel the need to cleanse my face with cleanser once a day when I wake up, just washing with water before bed. However, I did feel my skin needed a second cleansing when using this. It didn't look greasy again, it just felt a bit yucky.
I did not find my skin played up in any way after using this. I didn't get any extra breakouts compared to normal, and I didn't find my skin was dried out or anything like that. I normally apply moisturiser daily. If anything, my skin was a bit less dry than normal and I haven't had the need to use moisturiser every day with this.
I have been impressed with this cleanser on my skin at the moment. I am not sure it would be suitable in the Winter months when my dry skin becomes more pronounced, but it is a lighter way to cleanse my skin now in the Summer. I am unsure if it would actually be any good on very oily skin, and although I didn't mind paying £4 for this, I can't see myself splashing out £9 on a regular basis.
My sister and I have very similar skin, combination-oily and prone to blemishes, but the main difference is that hers is much more sensitive than mine and while I suffer occasionally with irritation from skincare products she suffers reactions to loads of products. This means that she often ends up passing products on to me that have upset her skin, and this was one such product. No & Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser for Normal/Oily Skin costs £9 for 150ml.
It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser on the top, and a pull-off lid. I like the look of the bottle, it's plain and simple in design but it does have that higher quality look about it that you'd expect from something in this price range.
The cleanser is liquid in the bottle but it comes out of the dispenser as a foam. The foam is quite thin but it feels soft on my skin and has a fresh, clean scent. It feels really strange massaging a foam into my skin, it feels too light to be doing anything really, like it's just skimming over the surface rather than working into it. It rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling fresh.
Immediately after using it my skin feels really soft but whilst it does feel clean it doesn't feel as clean as it could be, I don't think it gives the deep kind of clean that combination-oily skin needs. It does leave my skin shine free and fresh looking though.
After using it for a week or so I found my skin was becoming quite dry in places and it quickly became very uncomfortable so I had to stop using it and piling on moisturiser until it returned to normal. I really wasn't impressed at all especially as it claims to be gentle and non-drying.
All in all I don't rate this cleanser, it doesn't feel like it gives a deep enough clean for combination skin yet it still manages to dry my skin out.