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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 one such product was the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleanser for Normal/Oily skin. Along with this she also gave me the matching moisturiser, this No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Oily skin. She had not suffered a reaction to the moisturiser but as she likes to use matching products she no longer wanted to use this either. This costs £12.50 for a 50ml pot.
It comes in a lovely glass pot which has a nice weight to it making it feel sturdy, robust and high quality. The pot has a white and green plastic lid which screws on and off easily. Personally I prefer tubes or bottles with dispensers for moisturisers just for convenience as I'm always in a rush to get ready in the morning so every second counts, but as far as pots go this one is pretty easy to get into.
Looking at the cream in the pot it looks quite thick, but when you touch it you see that it's actually quite thin even though it sits quits solidly in the pot. It has quite a creamy texture and a subtle cream scent which I would place somewhere between creamy soap and suncream.
I was quite surprised when I first applied it to my skin as it doesn't spread or massage in very well, and it feels initially quite greasy. It feels like it's sitting on my skin for quite a while rather than absorbing, even though I only use a very small amount at a time. It seems to take about five minutes to absorb and settle before I can really tell what effect it's had on my skin. It does make it feel quite soft and smooth, and leaves it with a soft matte finish.
Sadly the matte look doesn't last and within just a couple of hours of applying it my skin is looking and feeling quite greasy and shiny again. I also find that it doesn't moisturise very effectively as certain areas such as around my nose and in the crease of my chin have become quite dry since using it. It doesn't feel very moisturising at all really, and my skin can become quite uncomfortable if it doesn't get adequate moisturisation.
The one plus point of this day cream is that it does have a sun protection factor of 15, so if it does suit your skin you won't need to use an extra cream with spf in it for general everyday wear.
Overall I've not been impressed with this cream and the way it makes my skin feel, and at £12.50 I wouldn't recommend it at all.