“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Foundation Primer „
As someone with skin that tends to get quite oily i like to buy foundations that are matte in coverage, or else it just gets way too shiny. This foundation caught my eye in Boots one day, its "miracle matte" name being exactly the sort of foundation i needed. Also, it was £7 cheaper than my usual foundation so i thought i would be clever and make myself a bit of a saving (Ha!) I wish i hadn't now as i am £7 down and without a foundation! ( this one ended up in the bin, it was that bad)
When i swatched this on my hand in Boots i was quite pleased, the "soft ivory" colour matched my skin tone pretty well. As there were only 3 shades to choose from (soft ivory/porcelain/honey) i was surprised to get such a good colour match. The consistency was nice and thick and very similar to my all-time favourite foundation, the Revlon Colorstay. I liked the consistency of the product and the fact that it was oil free, and on the bottle were the words "shine control" - I was sold.
When i went to apply this foundation to my face the next day initial thoughts were good, until i started blending it in with my hands. I could feel weird bits on my face like my skin was coming off, and sure enough it WAS my skin. It was absolutely everywhere. I tried to brush off the dead skin (yuck) but the more i brushed it off the more i produced.
I would like to say now i have never experienced anything like this in all my years of applying makeup, yes i have oily skin but it is normal to oily, and i always apply an oil fighting face primer before i apply my foundation.
Not wanting to waste my money i did try to use this again a second time, this time i exfoliated my face before using the foundation in the hope that there would be no dead skin cells to gather up as i was blending. Suffice to say it did not work, the foundation ended up in the bottom of my bin and i would never contemplate buying this again. It is the worst makeup product i have ever used, and we all know there are some howlers out there.
I do wonder sometimes if i applied the foundation with a brush or sponge the problem might be eradicated, but personally for me that is more hassle than it is worth, and more money too.
There were a few plus sides to this foundation that initially sold it for me, it has a pump dispenser which i wish my favourite foundation would have, and you get quite alot of product for your money. If this foundation works with your skin then i would recommend it, if only it did with mine.
I wouldn't discredit 17 as a brand completely either, i have tried some other products of theirs and they have been absolutely fine. Maybe an ingredient in the foundation didn't agree with my skin, i do not know, but i have not experienced my skin peeling off with a product before using this or since. I can only award this foundation one Dooyoo star seeing as it did not serve its purpose for me in any shape or form. Such a shame.
Thanks for reading :)
This is a foundation from Boots 17 range. It claims to provide a "matt satin flawless finish" and to give up to "16 hours shine control". The foundation is also oil free and contains SPF 15 to help protect the skin from harmful rays from the sun. The foundation is also available in 6 shades - Soft Ivory, Porcelain, Honey, Natural, Biscuit and Fair.
The packaging of the product is quite appealing. The foundation is contained in a plastic cylinder with a bright pink lid also made of plastic. The whole bottle is approximately 3 inches in size. On removing the bright pink lid there is a bright pink pump. The pressing of the pump allows the foundation to be released in small quantities. On the front of the packaging there is a small sticker indicating the shade of the foundation, I personally like this because too often you find the shade on the base or somewhere difficult to spot, you don't have to fiddle with the product on the shelf to find the shade as it's right in front of you. The rest of the front of the packaging just indicates the name of the foundation and the claims stated in the description above. On the back of the packaging is your usual stuff like ingredients and manufacturer details, it also states there is 30ml of this product. There is also some extra claims from the foundation saying it will "blur blemishes giving a full even coverage" and that the product will glide easily onto the face.
At the moment you can purchase this foundation from Boots for £5.99, my Mom bought this for me as a present because she saw it on offer in Boots, at the time she paid £3.99 I think.
All in all I would say this is a pretty good foundation. Most of the claims it makes are truthful. Starting with the "matt satin flawless finish" I would certainly say it gives you a matt finish though I struggle to define what they mean by "satin" however the product definitely gives a matt coverage, with some liquid foundations it becomes hard to create that sort of look but this product does the trick. Because the product is matt it does provide that sort of "flawless" feel, to get to this though I do feel that you need quite a good amount of product to create the desired coverage which isn't necessarily a bad thing as you get quite a lot of product in the bottle.
As for it's claim to provide 16 hours of shine control, I wish I could provide an opinion but I can't because I'm not somebody that suffers very much with shiny skin, however I would assume that it targets this problem due to it's very strong matt finish. It's other claim to blur blemishes is also relatively true although it doesn't really blur them, just covers them successfully.
My main qualm with this foundation is that it's description of shades don't really match. An ivory shade of foundation is usually a pretty good match for myself in any brand but this foundation is a lot lighter than you expect, I would definitely recommend swatching the product in store before you purchase it as you might be surprised by the colour when it's fully blended in. Despite being a bit lighter than I thought I still use this foundation on a regular basis and it is currently in my make up bag along with a crème to powder foundation.
The foundation has no problems in terms of staying power, I've worn it for long days at University and have not felt the need to touch it up although this may be down to the need to apply quite a lot of product to achieve a full coverage.
A nice foundation, there are better but this one is reasonably priced and I would purchase it again although in a slighter darker shade.
In my never ending hunt for the perfect foundation I came across 17 Miracle Matt foundation, and was left very unimpressed, and patchy.
17 is a range only available in Boots stores, and generally it is of decent quality and at an accesible price. I often use these products as I also have the piece of mind that they, like all Boots own brand products, do not test on animals. I have even previously used another of their foundations which I found to be ok, it blended well, suited my skin tone, however I have not seen it on sale in months.
From this previous positive experience I decided to try another 17 foundation, expecting to be as content as I was with the previous, I was happy to give this new one a shot. My happiness was however short lived, as sadly was the foundation.
It cost me £5.99, however since then I have noticed it is now on offer for £4.99. At the time I was a little short of money and was happy to save a few pounds by avoiding the more costly brands. I knew the quality would not compare to the more expensive foundations, however for a day to day use this was not at all troublesome. I was expecting however the same quality as the previous 17 foundation I used.
The foundation is presented in a pump action bottle, a few presses of the nozzle delivers enough foundation for one use. In theory. After my first use however I discovered an issue, the foundation dried in the pump after use and so the first few presses always delivered a hardened splodge of foundation that was essentially completely unusable. I have used various foundations over the years, many with this same type of container yet this is the first time I have ever had this issue. I was ensuring I had the plastic lid on in between uses, I was keeping it upright at room temperature, yet every single time four pumps of foundation had to go straight into a tissue and then into the bin.
After managing to get the foundation out of the bottle, applying did not get any better. It is a lot thicker than any foundation I have seen, it was more akin to old enamel paint than make up, and took a strange amount of skill to apply evenly. Blending was impossible, and I was often left with thick foundation lines around my neck, that were almost impossible to blend in. Patches were a constant problem, and when trying to blend these I would either end up with thick caked patches, or completely rub off the foundation altogether. I did not want to admit defeat and so I tried warming the foundation in my hands, mixing slightly with moisturiser, applying in small amounts, applying in large amounts, with a sponge, with my hands, but nothing stopped me looking like a toddler who had found mummys make up bag. After two weeks, I had to admit defeat and bin the product.
I have since settled on another brands foundation, at a few pounds more it is definitely worth it, in the time I save alone! Between the foundation wasted through drying in the bottle to the foundation wasted through clotting on my face, it is probably worth spending a little more to buy one which you can actually use easily, and not have to throw out!
* ~ * THE FOUNDATION * ~ *
The foundation is only available to buy from Boots as its part of their own 17 range. The foundation comes in 6 different colours and costs £5.99; how-ever it's currently on offer for £4.99 as the product has just been introduced to the range. The foundation claims to give 16hrs shine free control, and the easy glide formula blurs blemishes to give a full even coverage. The foundation also claims to give a matte, satin finish. The foundation itself comes in a pump bottle which is made from clear plastic, so you can see the colour of the foundation in the bottle. On the front it also has a circle sticker stating the colour of the foundation, which in this case is Natural. The bottle has a pump dispenser which is pink in colour and is then covered with a bright pink lid. The bottle itself stands out from other brands as it's quite bright. I love the fact the foundation is in a plastic bottle, rather than a glass one. My previous foundation is in a glass pump bottle and of course this not only weighs down my make up bag but gets broken if you accidentally drop it on the floor.
* ~ * USING THE PRODUCT * ~ *
The product is easy to dispense by pressing the top of the pump bottle down a little. When first using the foundation you need to press the pump a good 6-8 times to get the foundation ready to dispense. I dispensed some of the foundation onto my hand (this warms it up and makes it easier to apply and also glides on the skin better). The foundation came out thicker than my previous foundation and I was a little surprised at how thick it was, as I was used to using something a little runnier. The foundation didn't look orange once dispensed but did have some colour to it which I was hoping would help to cover any blemishes I had. Using a foundation brush I started to apply the foundation onto my face. The foundation itself glided onto my skin easily and felt silky when applying. Although the foundation had some colour to it, I loved the fact that I wasn't painting my face orange. (I can't stand the look of people wearing the wrong coloured foundation, which makes their faces seem to glow bright orange!). I finished one side of my face and looked carefully in the mirror to compare sides. I did have slightly red cheeks and a few blemishes on my chin before applying the foundation anyway. The redness in my cheek had gone and the blemishes were a lot less obvious than before. The foundation definitely improved the look of my face. I continued to apply the rest of the foundation and then applied a loose powder over the top for more of a flawless finish. The foundation made my skin look soft and smooth, and any blemishes and redness had been covered up and toned down a lot. I'm quite pale, and although the foundation has some colour to it, it didn't make my face look orange. The Natural shade was perfect for my skin as it made my face look natural and it wasn't actually obvious that I had any foundation on.
I applied the foundation late morning, and went out with my boyfriend for a meal and to the local pub later afternoon/early evening. The foundation stayed looking matt and flawless during the afternoon and there was no need to re-apply any loose powder over the top. The thing I loved about the foundation is that it didn't even feel as though I was wearing any as it wasn't too thick and was gentle on my skin. After eating a meal and sitting next to a warm fire in the pub I thought my foundation would need a little touch up, how-ever I was surprised when I looked in the mirror and it still looked great. In the evening, I wiped my make up off using a Facial Wipe, and the foundation came off easily, without having to rub my face hard. After removing some previous foundations I feel as though my face can be a little dry or I may find that new blemishes appear. After removing this foundation my sin felt soft and just as smooth as it had before applying the foundation, it didn't dry my skin out and I had no new blemishes.
* ~ * OVERALL OPINION * ~ *
The problem I find with the 17 foundation from Boots is that, just as I find a foundation from this range that I love, they seem to discontinue it and bring something else out in replacement. The foundation is great value compared to my previous one which I was paying at least £10 for. There is a great range of different shades to choose from to match your skin tone and the foundation leaves your skin looking matt and flawless. The foundation itself is long lasting, and lasts all day without having to re-apply or touch up. It's easily removed with a facial wipe and doesn't dry your skin out. In terms if value I think this foundation is very good, as it's a lot cheaper than other brands which are available to buy in Boots. Also in terms of quality I rate this product highly, as it covers blemishes, gives a lovely matt, flawless finish and is long lasting. I don't use foundation every-day, so this will probably last me a good month and probably longer. I highly recommend this product to others who are yet to find a good foundation. This is not only kind to your skin but looks very natural. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)