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I only bought this because it was heavily reduced in my local Boots store but I am glad I got it! The problem I have with makeup is that my skin is slightly oily so it doesn't tend to stay on for long and just makes my skin feel even oilier at the end of the day. This foundation doesn't do that though. It stays on and it doesn't go at all greasy even after hours. And it even works on dry skin too so it's perfect if you have problems with both (which I do). So it doesn't dry skin out and it doesn't make skin greasy but just leaves it feeling perfectly smooth and healthy. The 17 range is not expensive and having problematic skin I don't tend to look at the cheaper make up because I never think it will work on me but this one definitely does and I think it's excellent value for money. It has also lasted quite a long time although the pump action top gets a bit temperamental towards the end. For under £6 you won't find better. I don't know if I've just been lucky or if the colours are particularly good but this is also the best match I have found for my skin tone. I find it gives good coverage and looks pretty natural which is always good. Whatever your skin type this is the stuff to buy!
Over the past few years I have tried a good few different foundations and have now settled on this one. 17 is a great brand and this is one of their best products. The foundation comes in a 50ml bottle with a pump action lid allowing precise application onto the sponge or finger depending on how you chose to apply. I have found that sometimes the pump action can clog but with a little cleaning it is easily rectified. It is available in a range of different shades Mine is nearly nude but there is likely to be one that will suit everyone. I have found this to give an even coverage and form a fantastic base for the rest of my make-up. I personally don't wear it everyday so one bottle will last me quite a while and it doesn't thicken up or go hard in its container. The Price is around £4.99 (from boots obviously) but The 17 range often has a lot of buy one get something free of free gift offers so if you aren't desperate its best to keep an eye and wait a little. Of the different foundations I have tried some of which include more expensive well known brands, this is the one that works best with my complexion and skin type it gives me great coverage, but isn't too heavy. If you are searching for the perfect foundation I advise you to give this a shot it is cheap compared to some products on the market and could just well become your preferred choice as well as mine.
When I first started to wear make-up I didnt have a clue! I went with one of my female friends and got her to advise me on a foundation that wa of a fair quality but one that didnt show up too much if I had missed parts... Boots 17 Shine Control Foundation was what I was directed to. I took it home and decided to try it straight away. It went on really easily and was a really good match for my skin colour (I got nicely natural as I have pale skin.) Obviously, If you do put more on it can be obvious that you are wearing it but that goes without saying for almost all foundations. It covers spots fairly well but for any fairly large or red ones, a concealer must be used. A powder should also be used to set the foundation. (I just use my oil control papers, they have transluscent powder on them) Although the product says that it controls shine, I feel that it does not do this sufficiently with my skin. This is why I also use oil control papers. However, it wcould just be my skin as it is VERY oily and will not stay under control for very long! A few weeks later I decided to buy a sponge to use with the foundation. This works even better, creating a really even and natural look. However, with a sponge more foundation will be used as it soaks some up whilst applying. Using a moisturiser for a base is essential for a good, even look but dont use too much or you will be very shiny. (If too much is used blot it off with a tissue) All round, this foundation is good but where it really comes in handy is for everyday use. I dont always want a totally flawless look so usually I will mix two pumps of the foundation in with my usual moisuriser. This works really well - not only covering up the minor imperfections but also not caking up spots and making them look worse. The bottle says that it is slightly medicated and I can understand this as my spots have never got worse as a result of this. However, I am always careful to was h it off before bed! It is also at a fair price... The bottle is pump action which means that very little is wasted, resulting in a long lasting and good value product. All in all, this is a good product. It does the job it is supposed to do and it does it at a low price! Bargain! Hope you have found this review useful, Bambi x
Foundation has to be the most aptly named item of make up. Without a good base for your make up you will end up with disastrous results. It is important to choose your foundation carefully, it is the base that the rest of your make up will be applied to, get this wrong and the whole effect will be ruined. If your foundation doesn't last or it fades then so will your blusher and eye shadow. People make jokes about using a trowel to apply make up but it's not a bad example. If you think of your foundation as the plaster on your walls, would you bother to paint them if the plaster was all cracked and flaking off? I don't think so. Foundation can also hide blemishes and discolorations in the skin. There are so many different kinds available you are sure to find one for the purpose you need. You may find that you have one for daytime wear and one for evening. Some people have problems with thread veins and a good foundation can be invaluable in disguising them and boosting confidence. It is therefore a good idea to think about what you want in a foundation before you make your purchase. A thick, dark and heavy foundation maybe just too much for a day at the office or an event where there will be strong lighting. Similarly if your out for a heavy night on the town with lots of bold make up you may prefer a shade darker than your normal skin tone to enable you to carry off your make over. One important factor is of course the colour of your skin as well as the shade. I'm not too sure how Asian and dark skinned people go on, is there a limited availability in foundations? I would be interested to know. As for skin tones you can usually find many different foundation shades to choose from that will compliment the natural colour of your skin. Your skin type is also a factor, i.e. do you have oily skin, dry skin or sensitive skin. I would say that my skin type is combination with a tendency to be sensitive. I can get spot s around my nose and chin but my forehead can actually be flaky and dry. When I worked in the office and I was stuck in all day I noticed that my skin would often look quite shiny and greasy after a few hours. It therefore prompted me to look for a foundation that would help to combat this problem. I decided that I needed something for combination skin that wouldn't cause irritation, helped prevent shine and was as close as possible to my natural skin colour. I am quite fair skinned and anything too dark just looks ridiculous. I had purchased Boots 17 products before and found them to be good value for money so I set of to my local Boots store to have a look at their range and maybe compare them with the slighter more expensive No 7 products. I decided to purchase a No 7 product for the evenings, as this was a slightly heavier and darker foundation. The daytime foundation was still a priority and I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the No 17 range had a shine control foundation. The No 17 logo is prominently displayed on the front of the bottle in Blue with those all-important words, 'shine control foundation' underneath. The bottle itself is see-through plastic, which enables you to get a good idea of the shade before making your purchase. I also like the fact that it isn't in a tube. It comes in an upright bottle that has a pump action. You probably need a couple of quirts to cover the whole face but at least you don?t get an overload and end up with wasted foundation. It comes in four shades which are: delicate beige, perfectly fair, nicely natural and warm amber, they are all 50ml bottles. I chose the delicate beige as this appeared to be the nearest to my natural skin tone. I have to say that when applied it is difficult to tell that I am wearing foundation it is so natural. It covers dark rings under the eyes and blemishes reasonably well but you may need to use a concealer if the rings are very dark or y ou have spots. There is nothing worse than people who wear dark foundation over their face and you can clearly see where it finishes around their neck! With this I can apply it over my face and chin but if I stopped there you wouldn't notice as it blends in so well. I was also impressed with the fact that it contains UVA/UVB sunscreens. It is not suitable for sunbathing, as it doesn't offer that level of protection. It does however help with the everyday protection as the suns rays are shining even though we may not feel them. This must be a positive step in preventing premature aging. On the back of the bottle it claims that it is lightly medicated make up for combination skin. It controls shine while moisturising drier areas for a natural looking finish. It is fragrance free and dermatologically tested. It therefore appears to have everything that I was looking for. I have had no irritation and I have been using this foundation for around 3 years, believe me some foundations do irritate and cause spots. The cost is only £4.50 and if I use it everyday it still lasts me a few months. At the moment Boots are offering an extra 500 points if you spend £10 on No 17 products. This is almost like getting one free as 500 points is worth £5 off your next purchase. I would definitely advise you to check it out as the perfect daytime foundation, especially for combination skin. Ease of application 5/5 Value for money 5/5 Shine prevention 5/5 None irritating 5/5 Overall 5/5
Specially formulated to help control shine while moisturising drier areas / A lightly medicated foundation is perfect for combination skin