“ Brand: Boots / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Stick / fragrance free: yes / hypo-allergenic / What it does: Calms, blemish control „
Having problem skin, I am always on the lookout for new ways to deal with it. New makeup, new skincare, and No7 Calm and Conceal is a combination of the two, so I had to try it out. It is a two-ended tube, one end containing a liquid meant to treat spots, with a roller ball for application, and the other end with a lip gloss type applicator, filled with liquid concealor. The product is available from Boots for £9, which for a dual-purpose product, I find to be quite good value.
Due to the fact that I am always trying different products, I tend to use the Conceal end more than the Calm, but they are both effective. When applying the Calm fluid regularly, I do notice a slight difference in size and redness of spots without overdrying, which is often an unwelcome effect of these kinds of products. It also doesn't sting like many spot-fighting products. It's definitely not an amazing product, I don't think it is the best out there (which is why I use that end less) but it is effective to some degree.
The concealor end is really the bit I buy it for though. It's a great liquid concealor, which I use on dry patches that stick foundation struggles to cover, and also on the under eye area. It has a similar effect to the concealors specifically marketed for covering under-eye circles, but is cheaper than most of them, especially considering the fact that you get an extra product included. It is slightly thicker than many of these, but I still find it works great. I find that the best way to use this is to allow it to dry slightly before blending, as otherwise you just move it around or take it off.
I would definitely recommend this product, if for only the concealor part of it. Personally I use it every day, and it is an important part of my makeup routine.
I actually love this stuff!
I seem to be alone in this, however.
I use it in a slightly different way however. I use the clear end on blemishes, under eyes etc 1st thing before applying makeup. I use the concealer end then under my eyes and as a dab over the blemishes, but a very small amount only, and blend gently. I believe the colour is supposed to counteract the colour of blemishes, to be used under your standard powders and such.
I still use my usual stick concealer for larger areas and over the top to get the colour better, and then my foundation as usual. I've had this on all day without issue.
It's lasting a good time, I barely need any, but then my skin is reasonably clear to begin with, however it is very dry on my face in places and prone to sensitivity, I've not found this concealer to cause any problems, in fact the calming end does quite well to counteract the dryness I get in areas.
Probably not the best product in the world, but one I think I'll want to keep around for the price!
Since I wrote this review I've had more skin problems due to hormones, so have used concealers and blemish sticks and such a lot more... and this has fallen down. It's great on the odd thing, but it really isn't so good if you've got acne or severe blemishes or spots.
I also found the liquid becomes... well, gunky, after a while. I assume this is residue of oils etc on your skin, it just doesn't go so well.
There's better concealers on the market and my honest opinion now is this needs a stars demotion - when I started writing I think I was inexperienced and too kind to some products.
I still have one of these and sometimes use it, but it's not the best product of its type and I'd shop around a little for one.
Another day and another Boots £5 off voucher. This time my intended purchase is a concealer as mine had just ran out. I had intended to buy the regular stick concealer as I had got on well with it in the past, but the Calm and Conceal caught my eye and for only a pound extra than the regular one, I thought that it was worth a try.
Boots No7 Calm and Conceal comes in a slim sealed cardboard box which I like as you know that it has not been tampered with. The box gives you the information that it is blemish treatment that suits all skin types, and it is hypo-allergenic. This is a very different conealer to any that I have ever bought before in that it is double ended. On end holds the actual concealing product, whilst in the other end you have the calming lotion.
The calming solution is a clear liquid and is dispensed using a rollerball. The rollerball is quite generous in use and you have to be careful not to apply too much as it easily drips. The scent is somewhat like alcohol, however there is an underlying scent of witch hazel about it. So does it work? I read several other reviews which absolutely slated this product, so I gave it a really thorough use before even attempting this review. In my opinion it works to a certain degree! As soon as I felt the first tingle of a blemish I applied the solution and allowed it to dry before applying my make up as usual. There is no immediate visual difference, but after using it for two days (applying it several times during the day and at night) blemishes appear calmer and dry up quickly. The redness is reduced significantly and spots completely disappear within three to four days which in my opinion means that it is working - spots can usually hang around for over a week. It isn't a miracle worker by any means, but it is definitely effective.
I noticed that the solution was going down faster that I was using it, but then I realised that it was leaking quite a lot so I unscrewed the lotion and I always leave it in an upright position and just carry the concealer part in my make up bag.
The concealer is applied using a dipping brush - a bit like a lip gloss - but I always apply it with my finger so as not to contaminate the product with any bacteria. It only comes in one shade which I found rather unusual, but this peachy shade adapts to your skin tone really well - I have used it before going on holiday when I was pale and also after when I had a deep tan and it always blends in very well. It has a thick creamy texture once you start to blend it soon becomes powdery and leaves you with a matt finish. It is not so good at hiding massive blemishes, but it is really good at hiding dark circles, old scars and smaller spots. It also stays put for a good few hours, and it does not disappear into fine lines - this is probably because you only apply a thin layer.
This product is only available at Boots for the price of £8.75 which I believe to be steep - as this certainly isn't the greatest product in the world (but it's not too bad either) I would only buy this if I had a £5 off voucher. I do not think that I would buy this product again as it is simply average, coverage isn't fantastic and I think that the dual action treatment is a bit of a gimmick, and alongside the leaking rollerball issue, it simply is not good enough for what I want. If you want light coverage, this may well be for you, but I really do think that there are better products on the market.
I was really disappointed with this product . Normally , the No 7 range in Boots have some really good products , high quality and reasonably priced .
This concealer did not work at all . I first used the clear solution , which stung a little bit and only made blemishes appear more red . I then used the concealer on top.
Although at first it seemed to do the job and cover the blemish, I found that after about 1 or 2 hours , the place where I had used the concealer looked slightly orange tinted and obvious that there was make up there.
The roll-on solution , after a few uses , started getting small bits of make up inside the bottle , and so it wasn't so clear!
I definitely wouldn't recommend this product , as it doesn't cover blemishes, it is really obvious and goes darker than my actual skin colour, and there is only one colour available.
The price is £8.75 .
I adore No7 products and use many of them on a daily basis but I have to say, I was very disappointed in this product.
Firstly, it claims "one end helps stop blemishes in their tracks". This end is a clear substance with no smell, that pretty much looks like water and I have found it to be as effective as water. I literally notice no difference at all when I use this. I did think it was a big claim to make but I would have been happy with just a slight improvement, but it didn't happen.
The other end "hides them away". It does this quite well, however there are much cheaper products on the market that will achieve the same effect as this is nothing special, I would rate the coverage as average.
Another problem I have with this product is this size. Because it is split in two, with a big gold piece in the middle, you actually get very little of anything.
The price you pay is £8.75. This price cannot be justified at all. I used the £5 voucher to pay for this the first time and will never be buying it again, I think £3.75 is not too much of a rip off but you can get a larger amount of same quality concealer for that price and certainly avoid £8.75 at all costs.
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On a resent trip to my local boots I decided to have a look at the No7 counter. Seeing as they had an offer of 3 for 2 I decided to pick up a few products. One of the products I decided to try was the Calm and conceal Dual ended blemish stick.
---THE PRODUCT ---
Cost = £7.50
Product description = "As soon as you feel a blemish, roll on clear solution, let it dry and then add a little concealer"
** Hypo allergenic
** Fragrance free
On getting the product out of the box, I wasn't too impressed with the size. The stick is spilt in two, one end is concealer the other is a clear substance that helps with blemishes. In the centre of the two is the No7 logo on a gold background. There is no real smell to either the concealer or the clear solution. The concealer is a nice creamy thick consistency.
The instructions state for you to first apply the blemish treatment to the affected area, wait till it has dried and then cover with the concealer. I first used the product when I could feel one of those dreaded blind spots on my chin. I did as instructed, applying the blemish treatment, which is applied to the skin one of those balls in the end of the tube, like what you get in some perfume samples. I waited for it to dry, and then applied the concealer. This was easily smoothed into my skin. I then did my normal make up over the top.
Through out the day I could feel this spot getting bigger, as though it had arms waving at people saying "hey look at me!" On looking in the mirror mid day, I was horrified to find my chin looking red around the area with the spot.
At the night after taken my make up off, the spot had got more red and swollen, as was a lot worse than it was before I used the product. Giving it the benefit of a doubt, and not having any real problems with No7 products before I tried it again the next day. I'm afraid to say it did nothing the next day, nor did it do anything on the other blemish I felt popping up on my face in the last couple of weeks.
The concealer was quite good at taking the redness away from the blemish, but this run out quickly as you only got half the normal size.
--- OVERALL ---
Maybe it's too much to ask for, a product that actually does stop a spot in its tracks. I really thought this would work, or at least help my occasional blemish problem. The truth is I was very disappointed with the product.
First of all the size I feel could be a little bigger, for the price you are paying I feel a little more product wouldn't go a miss. Then secondly the product did not to as it states, it did not stop any of my blemishes in there track, and on around three of them it made them look 10 times worse.
The concealer was good at the covering up, but I think next time I will just buy the concealer on its own, instead of it being in a dual ended blemish stick!
More info on the product is available at www.boots.com
Thanks for reading
No7 Calm & Conceal Dual Ended Blemish Stick soothes troubled skin with it's dual-action blemish treatment / One end helps stop blemishes in their tracks, the other hides them away / As soon as you feel a blemish, roll on the clear solution / Let it dry, then add a little concealer / Fragrance free /