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Boots '17' foundation was the first foundation I ever purchased. Thankfully for me, it was also a goodie. I chose the lightest shade, Soft Ivory, and I noticed from the very first application that it blended in nicely with my skin tone. The foundation is light, with a matte texture, which goes on smoothly and is never greasy.
The foundation comes in the following shades:
Personally, I assumed I would be 'Fair' as I am pale, but not porcelain-pale. The correct colour for me was, in fact, Soft Ivory, which was the lightest shade. I therefore recommend that you use a tester before purchasing this foundation. Dab a little onto your fingertips and apply to the jaw line, as this is the best area to check colour-matching.
It's perfect for a fresh and natural daytime look, but equally fabulous for parties or going out. The foundation has an in-built glitter technology, which gives you a warm glow without the glitter particles becoming overtly obvious or messy.
All of this in a foundation that almost any teenager's budget could stretch to. Buy it and prepare to dazzle.
~ ~ THE FOUNDATION ~ ~
The foundation is a shine free foundation which comes in 5 different shades including Soft Ivory, Honey, Biscuit, Natural and Fair. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black lid. It states on the front of the bottle that the foundation creates a beautiful, even skin tone by mattifying shiny areas whilst moisturising the dry areas. The top of the bottle has a black pump lid so you can dispense the liquid foundation easily. You can see the colour of the foundation inside the bottle; how-ever don't go by the colour in the bottle for your skin. Make sure you try a tester to ensure it's the right shade/colour for your skin.
~ ~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~ ~
This product is made by boots and is part of the 17 range. For a bottle of the foundation it cost's £5.69, how-ever this is currently on offer for £3.69, so it's well worth trying this whilst it's cheap.
~ ~ APPLYING THE FOUNDATION ~ ~
I pumped a small amount of this onto the back of my hand, ready to use. I always apply foundation using a brush as I find it gives you a better coverage. I was quite surprised at how runny the foundation was; compared to the last 17 foundation I used to buy which got dis-continued. The colour did look a little orange, how-ever I find that sometimes foundation can look like this, but doesn't look orange when applied to the face. Using my foundation brush I started to apply onto my face. I did use a primer before applying this product which also helps to give a better, even coverage. The foundation glided on easily and was soft when applying. I only used a small amount and thought I could build it up it I needed to. I completed applying the foundation to one side of my face and looked at it compared to the other side. My skin looked flawless and smoother than the other side, which means the foundation was doing a good job of making my skin look slightly better. I finished applying the foundation and then look at the results.
~ ~ THE RESULTS ~ ~
The foundation had a slight colour to it, but it didn't make me look orange or fake which is good as I have quite pale skin. The foundation glides on easily and leaves a matt, natural looking finish. I do have some dry skin near my eyes, and this didn't do a very good job at covering the dry skin, even though it states that this product moisturises the dry areas. In fact the foundation made the dry area's more noticeable than it had done before applying the product. I was a little disappointed at this; how-ever it wasn't much dry skin so it didn't bother me too much. I did apply some loose powder over the top of the foundation to give it a flawless finish. The foundation stayed looking great for the majority of the night, and there was no need to re-apply anything, apart from the powder. I used facial wipes to take the foundation off and this is easily done with minimum effort. I sometimes have sensitive skin and this was king to my skin, it didn't dry my skin out or clog up any of my pores which was good.
~ ~ OVERALL OPINION ~ ~
I chose this foundation as it's a lot cheaper than the current foundation I am using. There is a choice of 5 different shades which means you can find one suitable for you. I am pleased that the foundation made my skin look natural and flawless, how-ever I don't think it moisturises the dry areas very well. The foundation claims to moisturise dry areas, how-ever I don't think this was really the case. The product didn't dry my skin out or cause any blemishes, how-ever it didn't moisturise the dry skin either. The foundation is long lasting which is good for when you are going out on the town and you want your make up to stay looking perfect all night. The only down side to this product is that it lacks a little colour. I like my foundation to give me a slight glow or some colour to my face without looking fake or orange, how-ever this product didn't seem to do this. This is a great foundation if you like a very, very natural look and it's very long lasting and easily removed.
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I recently decided that I needed to update my make-up collection as I was getting to the bottom and end of a lot of my products. Unfortunately, this is an expensive business and, as I am trying to watch the pennies a bit at the moment, I had to look to cheaper brands rather than just replace the products on a like-to-like basis. One of the products that I needed to replace most desperately was my foundation, I had been 'eeking' out the last of my Clinique variety for weeks. With a budget of £5-£10 for a foundation, I took myself off to Boots for a browse.
17 is a brand that I like and have been impressed with in the past so this was naturally one of the first stands that I took a look at. There were a variety of different foundations but the one that caught my eye was the 'skin perfecting shine free foundation'. This was for two reasons, one was that I have combination skin and am prone to an oily T-zone area so can suffer frove felt quite oilm a bit of shine and the other was the price of the foundation - £5.69 but on a special offer with £2 off, so a bargain £3.69.
The foundation comes in a clear plastic pump bottle, which makes it easy to get the correct amount of foundation to apply and you can see the shade of foundation through the bottle. The pump makes for a less messy application too compared to the simple glass bottle I had been using previously. The foundation is liquid but quite thick. It is supposed to work by mattifying shiny areas whilst moisturising dry. The foundation also has SPF 12 so offers some daily protection from the sun's harmful rays.
The foundation is available in 6 shades - Soft Ivory, Caramel, Natural, Honey, Biscuit and Fair. I purchased the Natural shade as I have quite fair, although not porcelain, skin. I found the foundation relatively non-messy to apply and non-greasy to touch, which I was pleased with as a fair few I have tried have felt quite oily. I needed two or three small pumps per application, but this is not a huge amount so feel that the bottle will probably last me several months, which is great value for money. It took a little bit of effort to blend it into my skin so application time is not particularly fast, but, once blended, I felt that blemishes and spots were covered well and that my skin tone felt pretty even. I was happy with the effect on my skin but still felt the need for a powder over the top to completely mattify. I'm not sure about the claim that it moisturises dry areas as it did feel really dry on my skin. My cheeks, which are non-oily and dry did not feel moisturised. However, the oily T-Zone did feel at least partially mattified. The foundation was not too thick or obvious either, and gave quite a natural finish.
The foundation lasts well all day but is easily removed with a make-up remover or facial wipe. It did not 'slide around' my face as the day wore on and remained well in place, giving good coverage. Long term effects have also been good, I have not had any clogged pores or break outs, which I was worried about with the foundation being so cheap. I would definitely recommend this as a good budget foundation.
==Boots 17 Skin Perfecting Shine Free Foundation==
I try and stick to my favourite foundation from Rimmel as I find even though I will often try other brands and types that this one is the most suited to my skin and gives the best appearance. However a few months back when I went out to get some more of my favourite foundation I found that no shops in town were stocking it! Disaster struck and I was then faced with the daunting task of trying to choose another foundation from the hundreds that are on the shelves!
I think I picked up this one because it was one I hadn't tried and it was a little bit cheaper than the rest but also claimed to be "shine free" and this is something I like in a foundation. Plus I think I was starting to get a little confused with all the choice and wanted to make a quick exit of the store.
==Price and Availability==
Of course this being a Boots 17 item it is really only stocked in all the Boots stores but I expect you could pick up one off eBay if you wanted to save yourself even more money and there is always ordering from Boots online. We have a large Boots and a smaller Boots in our tiny town so there is probably more or less one in every town in the country so this item is not hard to come by.
The price is cheaper than a lot of brands but only by a little bit at £5.69p. You can more often than not pick up a branded foundation on some sort of special offer and even this brand always seem to be on that 3 for 2 offer and can therefore be purchased quite cheaply.
==Look and Design==
the bottle itself is nothing great and although doesn't look dirt cheap is nothing exciting. It is a clear plastic bottle with a black plastic lid but I must say that I like the italic type of font that is printed on the front of the bottle as this does bring the look of the whole item up a notch. It clearly gives you all the information you need on the bottle and states that it is a shine free foundation which has a SPF of 12". it also claims to last up to 12 hours, be non-pore blocking and oil free which all sound pretty good too.
The pump action nozzle works well but you can't remove this to get every last drop of the stuff out but the bottle does do a job job at pushing up more or less the entire product to leave it relatively waste free.
I was keen to use this product and see what it was like but mainly because I had completely run out of my other foundation which is not something that would usually happen to me as I tend to stock up on items and always have a drawer full of bits such as this. The colour I chose was "Biscuit" as this seemed as close to my natural colour as possible whist still giving me a bit of a made up look.
On first pump of the product I instantly noticed how thick it seemed and on close look it appeared a little lumpy too. It didn't look nearly as good as my regular one but I was prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt and use it anyway. However it seemed that this thickness was not going to sort itself out when the product was worked into the skin and even though I had applied a nice day moisturiser underneath it I found it really quite difficult to move around my face evenly and smoothly.
The foundation seemed very dry and cloggy although the claims that it was non-pre blocking I really couldn't see this. It seemed to dry as soon as it touched my face and wouldn't work its way over the skin surface and looked very powdery and thick. It didn't look good on my skin and on that first application I had to remove the applied product and start all over again. The second time I found it was exactly the same even with shaking the bottle and using a smaller amount on little areas.
I found that the only way I was going to be able to use this product without it looking terrible was to mix it with some of my moisturiser on the back on my hand first and then apply it. This did make it move easier and glide better across the skin and give a better look but of course it is not ideal. The product claims to last up to 12 hours but I can't say that it did especially not with me mixing it with my moisturiser which in my opinion was a must. It may well have lasted for the full 12 hours had I applied it straight to my face but this would only be because it would look thick and caked on.
As you can probably tell, I don't rate this foundation at all and find it to be thick, dry and lumpy. It doesn't live up to any of the claims that it makes and although cheaper than other foundations it not worth buying because it is a dreadful product. I have only been using it because I can't afford to buy anything else at the moment and it seems a waste not to use the whole bottle up so I have continued to mix it up on a daily basis. However seeing as by half way though the day I look as though I have no foundation on and all of my freckles are showing I can't say it is really worth using at all.
I don't think I have ever had a foundation that is this bad and it just proves the point that I should stick to my favourite one and try to stock up when I next see it (and have the money to do so). It has really put me off buying any Boots 17 foundations and I can't say I would recommend it to anyone so for that reason a very poor 1 out of 5 stars is going to this really rather rubbish product.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
And so, the quest for the perfect foundation, which actually matches my skin tone continues!
My latest attempt, came after a recommendation from "Pixiwoo" on youtube, who in one of their video's mentioned that Boot's N07 have foundations for pale skin, so I was eager to try the Boot's own brand out.
I ended up going for the "Skin perfecting" Shine free foundation, from 17 (it's all the same difference as no7 I'm sure). There wasn't a massive choice of shades, however after testing them all on my hand I felt "soft ivory" was the closest match, as it blended nicely into my hand. Now before I continue, I must vent my frustration at the use of the word "ivory" in foundation shades, when actual Ivory means an off white colour, not a dark looking eggshell colour... stop being so misleading make-up companies!
A 30ml bottle cost me £5.69.
I have in my time bought many different priced foundations, from the ultra sleek yet ultra pricey Dior, to the cheaper and more modest Maybelline foundations. There is always a great difference in the design and function of the bottle, and there is nothing worse than the glass bottles whereby it runs out because the tube can't reach anymore foundation and you can't take the lid off!
This foundation comes in a slim cylindrical bottle, about 4 and a half inches in length. The bottle itself is made of a very study plastic, which I actually thought was glass but on closer inspection I can see it's plastic. The design is clean cut, with the type printed onto the bottle instead of their being a label (I much prefer this as it's less messy, and the bottle can be cleaned easily if it ever gets any of the product on it). As for the lid, it's a black, study plastic which reveals a pump style dispenser underneath. I have to say I'm quite impressed with the lid, as my previous foundation had a lid which kept coming off, which is useless for travel, and just ends up causes unnecessary waste.
I found I had to apply slightly more product that I was expecting, as it wasn't as easy to blend into my face as the tester had been on my hand. Colour wise, it certainly was a close match to my skin.
After a while, the foundation seems to have blended into my skin a little better, and provides a good base for my blusher and eye-make-up.
I have to say I find the overall coverage a little disappointing, as it's a lot lighter than I'm used to and doesn't cover my skin imperfections all that well, as any blemishes, redness and tired undereyes are all still clearly visable, even after a generous application.
I know it's tricky to criticise the coverage, when it doesn't state the coverage on the bottle, however for a 12 hour product, I expected better. It's not that it's a terrible coverage, it's just very sheer, and you literally have to have very good skin underneath to be able to get away with wearing this product, in my opinion.
As for the way my skin feels, even with a good dollop of moisturiser pre-application, I felt it was somewhat drying on my skin, as I do have sensitive skin which is prone to dryness, however I have never experienced foundation which makes it feel dry.
Of course the main selling point of this foundation is it "shine free", which on the whole I have to agree with, although I was more interested in the colour match over features. Given it felt somewhat drying on my skin, this foundation is probably better suited to combination or oily skin.
Claims: "A flawless, shine free finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Non pore blocking and oil-free. Dermatalogically tested and fragrance free"
For a £5 foundation, it's not bad, yet I can't say it's the best foundation I have ever used either. Although I'm pleased with the colour, the coverage (given it's a 12 hour foundation), isn't quite up to scratch in my opinion. If you have quite clear, trouble free skin however this lighter coverage may suit... but if you did have such perfect skin, why would you want to cover it up?!
After a few glances at other reviews on this product, I see that it is generally rated very highly. It is true that all skin is different, and all products work well for some people and not for others, but for me this foundation really doesn't cut it and I won't be buying another tube after I've used this one up. I simply don't feel pretty for wearing it, as it doesn't cover my skin imperfections, which makes me a little self conscious. Of course you may try this foundation for yourself and totally disagree, but for me, it's a thumb's down, apart from the fact this range does cater for pale skin, contains an SPF and is cheap to buy.
I seem to have the knack of, when buying foundation,always getting the wrong colour, so, when my last foundation was on it's last legs, and also the fact that I felt it was a bit to orange for my light complexion, I decided to undertake the dreaded task of trying to find a new foundation that was not going to make me shiny, would actually help disguise any uneven skin, and mostly, not make me look like an umpa lumpa.
I paid a visit to my local boots store, and, as on a budget, did not look at the usual No.7 range and looked at all the other ranges on offer, whihc is why I came across this Boots 17 Skin Perfecting Shine Free Foundation.
Item comes in a clear plastic pump dispenser, with a black lid. As you use the item, the dispenser pushes up from the bottom, so, unlike some glass bottles where the product sticks to the glass so you cannot tell how much is left, you can see at a glance how much longer this is likely to last you and when you should consider a re-purchase. It is a 30ml size tube. No recycleable symbols on product which is disappointing.
I seem to recall this item only had a choice of 3 colours, and all seemed quite light, in fact, I am pretty sure I purchased the darker of the 3 which is called biscuit, so feel there would not be much choice for people with darker skin, as I am quite fair skinned really. As i say, this is only what I recall from the store I was in, so apologies if perhaps larger stores do have a wider selection.
Item claims a flawless, shine-free finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Non pore blocking and oil free. Dermatologically tested and fragrance free. Also has SPF 12.
I am very impressed with the colour, it does seem to match my skin tone, and does not leave any tell tale signs or lines. Blended in really well to give a good coverage. I do have the T-zone problem which is one of the reasons I was attracted to this item as it states shine free, and it does seem to do just that. I am not so sure on the 12 hour claim, don't get me wrong, I apply in the morning, and it gives a good cover through out work, however, if I was doing something after work, I would feel the need to touch up the make up. I do not feel that my pores are blocked which can sometimes happen with some foundations when not shiny. It is a light foundation to wear as does not feel heavy at all and gives an excellent coverage.
For the price of £5.49 for a tube, this foundation really knocks the socks of some of the more expensive makes on the market, and, I will be buying this item again, would highly recommend anyone giving this a go.
Boots 17 Skin perfecting foundation retails at £5.49 which is very good for a foundation but this is not the only thing that impresses me about the product!
My skin is very fair and awful with dry patches in some places and blemish and oily bits on others, very fun!
This foundation is great at covering all this up and controlling it throughout the day.
Application is easy and I do this with a foundation brush and gradually build up the colour slowly I use the shade Fair and I have trouble finding foundation light enough but this does the trick!
Admittedly it doesn't last into an evening if I have been wearing it all day but I can apply more on top before a night out and it doesn't go cakey on my face (always a bonus!)
*SPF12 - this is a recent addition and I think it's great, no more burnt noses for me (I go red at the sight of too much sun!)
*Easy to apply
*Absorbs oil and moisturises in the right places (it actually does what it say!)
*Doesn't last into the evening and re-application is necessary
*Doesn't wear fantastically and you have to avoid touching your face to much!
I'm not normally one of these girls who has to where make up when leaving the house. Personally I'm not really that bothered, but one day my sister decided that she was going to give me a 'make over' and put some foundation on me. Before this I'd never really tried it before, so I wasn't really expecting a great change. However when I looked in the mirror I noticed that the foundation had covered most of my spots.
A few days later, I decided that it was time to buy my own foundation, I went into boots and found the 17 skin perfecting one. Luckily for me, at the time, they only had one left in the fair shade (and as I have fair skin) I bought it. At £5.49 I was expecting it to at least just hide my spots.
Before looking at the bottle properly, I noticed that my skin looked less shiny and oily, I then looked at the bottle and noticed that it was a shine free foundation, which for me was a very good thing.
I dont use it all the time as I dont want to waste it, and be left with nothing when I really do need it, but so far it has lasted for quite a while. I have had it for roughly three months, and it has only gone down very slightly in the bottle over that time. I must say though, I dont use it everyday as most people do, so that might be the reason why it has lasted so long.
It says on the bottle that it is odour free, I can see that this not true. Although it is only a slight fragrance there, you can still smell it when you put it on your skin.
The bottle is see through, so you can see how much liquid you have left, with a black lid, so when you squeeze the liquid out through the button, which is on top, it does look alittle but messy, but it is underneath a lid so you cant see it anyway.
This foundation is also good because, with the foundation that my sister used on my skin, I found it quite itchy, as I have sensative skin, I had to take it off after a couple of hours, but with this one, I can wear it all day without any irritation at all.
Overall, I would say that this is a very good buy. It lasts for ages, and it gives you complete coverage, and is easy to blend in. It does it's job, without you having to spend too much on it. Go out and buy it now!!
Needing a new foundation really fills me with dread. It's fair to say that I have cosmetics like you wouldn't believe cos I can't stop buying them but foundation is very much a product I loathe to buy cos I find I need it but I never get the colour or formula right on my incredibly pale skin! I've tried so many brands and colours etc and never really got it right which is not good news considering I'm almost 35 years old lol! So the other day whilst in town I popped (as usual) into Boots and decided on trying this formulation purely because as I was perusing the stands and I saw 4 girls in 5 minutes flat buy themselves a bottle of this and I hadn't seen it happen with any other foundations in Boots in front my eyes so fast so to me I thought maybe they knew best and I'd take the tip from them! At £5.37 a bottle it seemed cheap as well for a shine free type of foundation and besides which it meant I got a wicked free gift thrown in ta boot lol.
See through 30ml cylinder shaped bottle with dark grey integrated push button dispenser to the top of it and a black large safety lid that pulls on and off that. On the front of the bottle I'm told it is '17' Skin Perfecting Shine-Free Foundation and that it contains SPF 12. There is also a colour coded small round peel off label which is colour coded to what you have in your bottle and the colour is stated on that (which in my case is soft ivory). On the back of the bottle I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, contact details for Boots are given and finally the size and bar-code is displayed. The cylinder shape is nice enough and I do like being able to see through it so I can gauge when I need another one and a real bug bear of mine is the writing coming off on products making them look tatty and the writing on this doesn't appear to do that even when stored with other cosmetics so it stays looking in good condition!
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....
A flawless shine-free finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Non-pore blocking and oil-free. Dermatologically tested. Fragrance-free.
This is a really brilliant foundation but it does take some getting used to using. I don't know about you ladies but usually I put on some moisturiser or/and foundation base on my face first and let that dry in and then splodge some foundation in which contains some sort of grease and/or animal fat and rub for England and pray for decent results! With this it's slightly different to that.
If you do use moisturiser it's best to apply this when the skin is still damp in my opinion to make it easier to blend. It's best applied with fingertips because if you use say a cosmetic sponge it gets absorbed into it and so not much gets smeared onto the skin!
The reason I say it takes some getting used to is because it is (as we are told on the bottle) an oil free formula which means its quite stodgy. I don't mean thick as such as it really isn't but to get the best results less is more and your best to make small dots on the face with it and gently blend said dots together. It doesn't particularly smell of anything but pick the right colour it blends with difficulty but with amazing results....
Shine is gone and if you don't want to you really don't need to use a press/loose powder to 'set' this or evaporate shine over the top of it. This is just as well cos I went to stay at my bf's and dropped my pressed powder on route which of course smashed and I lost the lot and all I could think of was oh no I'm going to be a shiny mess without it and there were no shops open and we were going out!
This however saved the day because not only did I put it on and it got rid of shine beautifully I really couldn't see it or smell it on my face, I felt less caked in make-up and far more natural looking than usual! It really perked my complection up and gave me a fresh, natural glow and I couldn't stop looking in the mirror! It just seemed to smooth and soften my face, irridicate shine, give me an even complection and it was simple to continue with other make up over the top of it.
When it came to removing it, it just took my usual make-up removal routine (nothing special) and I can report no spots or irritation seem to have appeared in the couple of weeks I've been using this!
A must be for grease monkey girls! Sure it takes a little bit of getting used to on the consistency front but this is a really great product that gives quality results time and time again on a budget! I shall definitely buy this time and time again because basically it's just all round great!
Only available in Boots in six different shades.
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Create a beautiful, even skin tone by mattifying shiny areas /