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I read a rave review for this primer and already being a big fan of No 7 products couldn't wait to try it. The box promises to 'Instantly magic away visible signs of ageing so skin looks younger all day'. Just what I need! I hadn't used a primer before but if you listen to the experts, it is the secret to great looking makeup. It evens out skin tone and makes it easier to apply foundation and eyeshadow which should then stay put for longer. So much for the theory. Does it work? The primer comes in a simple 30ml white tube with black flip top. The blurb on the back promises that its light diffusing particles will put 'fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pores into soft focus' The directions for use are simple - after moisturising, smooth over the skin playing particular attention to any problem areas. Foundation can then be applied as usual. You should see the results in 10 minutes and Boots claim that they will last for up to 8 hours. The cream feels wonderful on my skin. I think this must be the silicon base. It really does feel silky and almost seems to glide on to the skin. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was a little disappointed that not all my imperfections disappeared. However I could definitely see an immediate improvement in my overall skin tone and I think a primer is definitely worth using as a base for foundation. It's good value for money compared to higher end products but at £19.50, I will look out for an offer before buying another tube.
I'm getting older and the way my make-up lies on my skin is different to how it used to be. I recently had a disastrous day when I put my full face on when going to an appointment, thinking my foundation and concealer was even only to get home later and realise I had unsightly smears across my cheeks. I was really embarrassed and talked about it with a friend who then recommended this Boots No. 7 Airbrush Away Primer to me. I was a bit reluctant to get it at first as I've never regularly used a primer product before. However, I thought I'd give it a go anyway to see what the results would be. I was a bit shocked to see the price of this product when I went in to buy it. I knew No.7 was quite a high end brand but this was still more than I expected it to cost. A 30ml tube of this is £19.50. However, the recommendation I got for the product was so convincing I went ahead and bought it. The product comes in a small lightweight tube made from malleable plastic. It sits on it's top which has a flip style lid. I like that the product is so small and easy to pack into a make-up case. I also like that the top is very secure so I need never worry about any accidental spillage. The back of the tube contains some information about the product such as how to use and what the benefits of the product are. The brand state that this primer contains "light diffusing particles" which help to make you look younger by making your wrinkles appear in "soft focus". I love the sound of that. It kind of sounds like it transforms you into Marilyn Monroe with a dreamy gauze across your expression! As I'm not familiar with how to use primer products I had to read the instructions. You have to apply this over moisturised skin, making sure to pay more attention to any crinkled or wrinkled areas more than anywhere else. I was surprised to see that the primer is a white cream. I thought it would be transparent like a serum. It's like a blend of moisturiser and serum as it has a runnier, pearly appearance. It has a velvety texture which feels lovely to apply. However it's so soft and fluffy that when you smooth it onto skin it tends to vanish and buff into a small area of skin very quickly. A little bit of primer does not go a long way. The primer has a pleasant fragrance which makes it nice to apply. It smells mildly alcoholic. It actually reminds me of Baileys Irish Cream! When I apply this to my face I can see a difference in the way my skin looks immediately. The most obvious difference is that my skin does not look as shiny anymore. The primer also seems to form a thin blanket over large pores and slight wrinkles so that they don't look as extreme anymore. On deeper wrinkles the filler effect is still there but it's not as effective. There is no colour change to the skin though. I also wouldn't say my face looks fresher or brighter. However, a primer is meant to be used as a base for make-up so that is not too relevant. After completing application I love how soft my skin is. It feels like the skin of a newborn! I sometimes use a foundation and I sometimes use BB creams which are an all-in-one. I always use concealers and powder too. I really bought this primer to try and get all of my combined make-up products to look more even on my face. Applying foundation over the primer is easy to do and I'm pleased to say that the primer is an excellent help in ensuring the foundation product goes on evenly and does not stick in my creases and baggy bits! The finished look is very professional looking. I would certainly agree that this product helps to disguise signs of ageing whilst allowing for a smoother finish. I never thought I'd need a primer product after not using one for so long, especially just starting to use one in my mid-thirties. However, I think ageing has changed my skin and that has had an adverse effect on the way my make-up looks. This primer has given me back my confidence and helped me to regain a great finish with my make-up. I do think it's an expensive product but it'd been so helpful to me that I don't want to be without it again! I would definitely recommend it.
The last primer which I bought was by Laura Mercier & for the grand price of nearly £30 I was not too impressed. I decided to buy this one as it is cheaper (£19.50) & I was enticed by it's promise to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. About the product... It comes in a 30ml white tube with black writing which itself comes in a box of the same colours. The primer itself is white, lightly scented & of a medium thick consistency. It should be applied about 10 minutes after moisterizing & just before applying make-up though it can also be worn without make-up. It promises to reduce the appearance of aging instantly using a complex of filling properties & light diffusing particles which smooth out lines & wrinkles & even out skin tone. My experience.... My make-up smoothed on much easier than it normally does & my skin felt polished. I wouldn't say it dramatically improves the appearance of wrinkles but fine lines do seem much reduced, it also does improve skin tone by giving the whole appearance a soft focus effect, I suppose this is mostly down to the light reflecting properties. I would buy this product again as am happy with the results & do find it better than the Laura mercier primer which I used previously.
Boots no 7 Airbrush away I was recently buying perfume in Boots and received a £5 voucher to spend on No 7 products; because I like the range and have plenty of make up at the moment, I decided on this which is a product I had not seen before. --The Promises...-- The Primer promises that you can flaunt picture-perfect skin, which is certainly a great selling point. It will apparently reduce the appearance of all the signs of ageing instantly, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and put uneven skin tone and pores into soft focus. The results can be seen in just ten minutes and last for up to eight hours. It has been designed to work with all foundations and moisturisers so at least it doesn't tell me that best results are to be achieved using a different foundation to the one I already have. The product is also hypo allergenic and suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin --Product and Packaging...-- The primer comes packaged in a white box with all of the information and instructions on the back and sides. Inside I find the miracle worker itself- 30ml of the stuff in a white tube with a screw on/off lid and all the information again on the back of this. When I unscrew the lid there is one of those pesky foil coverings which comes off with a bit of gentle persuasion. Unfortunately, the slightest pressure on the tube meant that some of the product squirted out so I had to use it immediately. The primer itself is white with a very faint floral kind of smell and feels very soft and creamy although not creamy like a moisturiser more a cross between a moisturiser and serum. --How to use it...-- The product should be massaged over the face after cleansing and moisturising. I find that it is very easy to apply and doesn't feel at all greasy or heavy, just super smooth and light. It leaves no residue on the skin but rather is absorbed into the skin whilst still feeling as though there is something there ready for my foundation to cling to. I can't see any immediate effects to my skin but it does feel nice and moisturised. After applying, there is nothing to say that foundation can't be immediately applied so I tend to apply my foundation straight after applying the primer. I was at first quite sceptical but have found that this really does make a difference to the ease of application and the finished result. Whilst wrinkles are still there the primer does provide a really good base for liquid and mineral foundation and leaves my skin looking really smooth --Price and Availability...-- The product is available in Boots stores and online at www.boots.com and costs £19.50 for 30ml --Verdict...-- This has certainly worked for me. It adds extra moisture to my skin and even if this is the only reason it works, then for me that's fine. It is easy to apply and leaves my skin smooth and ready for foundation, which tends to stay put for longer when I have used the product. It's not especially cheap but a tube usually lasts me a couple of months so its worth the investment and is certainly one I will invest in again Thanks for reading Daniela xx