“ Brand: Boots / Makeup / Powder. / Type: Foundation / Texture: Cream „
I always buy make up when it's on offer and I often plump for the Boots own No7 brand as they are often available via a 3 for 2 offer or can be cheaper using a voucher often received at the till when purchasing other items. I always use a liquid foundation and then apply a powder foundation on top and for this I often use Boots No7 crème touch face powder, costing around £8.50 (at full price) per 20g pot.
The crème touch pot has a screw lid that comes off completely to reveal a creamy powder underneath, alongside a small round, soft applicator which is quite fluffy but overly so. The powder is available in a number of shades - I have fair skin and I always go for the shade 'Fair Bloom' which is one of the lighter shades available in the range.
The applicator is very handy to have, although I would have liked a small piece of material attached to it to allow easier use and pick up - as it is, it is just a case of sliding it off the make up and onto my hand. As I near the end of the pot, the applicator does look rather tatty and tired although it still does a good enough job in applying the powder.
The powder is creamy to touch and isn't loose at all, unless the applicator is wiped across it and then it loosens slightly to apply itself to the padding adequately. I find that I need to rub the applicator across the powder 5 to 6 times per application for enough powder to cover my face. The powder comes off the applicator at ease when using so the padding is effective at clinging to the powder until it is wiped onto the face, when the padding helps to glide it smoothly across. It creates a very smooth, soft and flawless finish when used in conjunction with a liquid foundation - in my case, with L'oreal's true match liquid foundation. It helps to take shine from my skin too, although I am fortunate enough not to suffer from oily skin as it tends to be on the dry side most of the time.
The powder is not all that visible once applied either, I just find that it applies a very thin layer of powder across my face. I have noticed with other brands that often I can see small particles remain once applied, but with this it does achieve a very smooth result.As I say, I use this on top of liquid foundation and I would expect that more would be needed if being used as a foundation on it's own, although I personally don't feel that the powder is thick enough to achieve a flawless finish on it's own and I have never used it in that way. I have also used it in conjunction with some of the Max Factor liquid foundations before now and the results have always been similar.
As well as fair skin, I have sensitive skin but this powder has always worked well and caused no rashes or skin irritations for me. It does state that it is hypo-allergenic.
I would recommend the crème touch powder. It is very reasonably priced and I feel works just as well as other branded and more expensive powders that I've used in the past. It is one that I'll continue to use as part of my daily routine provided I can manage to catch it on offer.
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I do like it when I receive a Boots No7 £5 off voucher. Regardless of whether I need anything I can always find something buy. However, when I am running low on something it is quite nice to save a bit of money too! I find No7 products generally of very good value for money as well as being of high quality making their prices seem worth it but of course when you have a whole £5 off an item they are even better value and an offer I always take advantage of!
A few months ago I was running low on face powder and fortunately in my previous shop at Boots I was awarded the voucher. It wasn't hard to decide what I needed to spend it on and after browsing the No7 concession stand at a Boots store I ended up purchasing the No7 Crème Touch Face Powder. It was recommended to me by the sales assistant as I had advised I want a powder to add the finishing touch to my make up without looking heavy or patchy and this was highly recommended.
== The Powder ==
No7 Crème Touch Face Powder is one of a few face powders that No7 have in their range but this one has been specifically designed to help make your make up last longer whilst giving a "perfect finish". According to Boots' website it does only come in 4 shades although I am sure there were a couple more in store although I could be mistaken. I did find the shade choice limited but did manage to get a suitable shade in the form of 'Candlelight'.
== Packaging ==
Like a lot of the No7 products they have recently had a complete revamp. The No7 Crème Touch Face Powder comes in a black gloss circular casing where the lid comes off completely and isn't hinged. The base of the compact has the product information, ingredients list, shade name as well as Boots contact information. On the case/lid itself there is only the No7 logo in gold. Simple packaging which does look incredibly smart. The compact does come complete with a circular soft pad for application which is material rather than sponge.
== In Use ==
The shade I bought was/is 'Candlelight' and this was chosen with help by the No7 sales assistant which I did find quite useful. The shade isn't the darkest nor the lightest but happily sits in between. Unlike a lot of powder shades available it doesn't have that orange tinge to it when you go further towards the darker shades. Instead it has a lovely soft pinkiness almost peach hue to it giving it quite a warm colour but being quite subtle at the same time.
I apply the powder using the applicator pad it comes with as I find it an easy way of applying the powder but it can also be used with a powder brush it is simply personal preference. For me the applicator pad is a quick way of applying it and I find the pad is so soft and flexible it manages to cover the harder areas such as nose and eyes easily. It also picks up enough powder in one sweep of the compact to cover the face with a light, even covering. Of course you can always apply more but I find one gentle application enough.
I use the powder to seal in my make up, notably my foundation. Some powders I have used in the past have ended in a cloggy result which makes the finish look creased and patchy so finding a decent powder which will stay put whilst looking natural can be hard to find. This fortunately goes on easily and gives a lovely light finish without being heavy. The powder itself isn't a fine powder whereby you have any excess either after using it from the compact and does go on the skin incredibly smooth unlike a fine powder and it manages to stay put.
This is one powder where I have found that not only does it give a natural looking finish but it does manage to last for quite a few hours before needing a quick touch up which is great as it wears well and my make up is kept looking fresher for longer. It also doesn't go patchy which I have found sometimes the powder can stick to foundation giving this result but the No7 Crème Touch Face Powder manages just fine and keeps my skin lovely and smooth with a decent finish.
== Overall ==
This has got to be one of the only powders I have used that has done the job it claims to do. It does give me that "perfect finish" I am wanting and it doesn't look heavy when applied over foundation either which is great. I found that the shade suits me well and gives a natural finish. I managed to get this at a reduced price due to my voucher but I would easily pay the full price as I really think it gives a great finish. 5 stars easily from me.
== Product Information ==
Availability: Boots store or website
Recently after re-applying my face powder and blusher for the third time in one day, I decided it was time to splash out a bit and get some better quality make up. After wandering around Boots for a while I decided to get a range of No7 cosmetics, they had a 3 for 2 offer on all their make-up products so I decided to get everything new, face powder, blusher, mascara and foundation.
The creme touch face powder comes in four different shades and retails for around £8.75, I chose to get the 'fair bloom' shade as I have quite pale skin. The powder comes in a flat round black container with just 'No7' printed on the top in silver. The lid simply pulls off, no hinge or unscrewing - which for me is a negative point as it isnt too secure and often the lid just falls off when im carrying it around in my bag. Inside there isnt a mirror, and you get a little flat puff to apply the powder with.
I wear this over the top of my new No7 foundation and the two work really well together. The powder really evens out my complexion and deals with any shiny areas, it also blends really well with the foundation and my skin and doesnt look as though I have any powder sat on my face which is great, even around my usual dry areas such as my forehead. The other great thing about this is that it stays put as well. As I said earlier with my previous powder I found I had to re-apply it often but I can go through a whole day at work wearing this and not feel the need to touch up my make up.
Overall I would definitely recommend this, its a really good quality face powder that compliments my skin and sets my foundation, it stays put and is really easy to apply. The only negative point is the pot but its not a big enough negative to put me off buying this again when I eventually run out!
My make up bag has been surviving for well over a year on scraps but with a wedding looming I needed a new powder that was a bit more mattifying with a longer lasting finish than my usual brand. My sister recommended the No7 range of pressed powders and as I'd had to buy items at the Boots pharmacy too I found myself with a voucher for £5 off certain ranges, one of these being their own No 7. So off I toddled to try it out.
When I rocked up to the counter I was surprised at how few colour selections there were and the ones available only seemed to be suitable for Caucasian or light to mid Asian skin tones, which I think is rather appalling myself. I was pleased to see however that there seemed to be two colour options that might be suitable for me. I swatched them both on my inner arm which has a similarly pallid hue to my face and I chose the translucent (01) I was tempted to go for the fair as this would have given more additional cover but as the translucent appeared slightly paler I decided to err on the side of caution. I bought this for only £4 utilising my voucher, so full price would be £9.
You can buy this pressed powder in two formats, a refill or a compact (which has a mirror and costs £11). I bought the refill which contains 20grammes of product I think this is a decent amount as many powders I have used have contained only 11g - even ones which on the surface look the same size as the No7 have been often been lighter in weight.
The packaging while being pretty standard for this type of product feels of a more solid construction with thicker plastic than the brands I normally buy. For instance the lids on this type of refill always break when in my possession. Either becoming loose very quickly or breaking entirely. However the No 7 refill has a noticeably tighter more secure fit. It doesn't screw on or click on but it is still more secure than others of this type I have used. The packaging in appearance differs slightly to the Dooyoo picture now, but only in that the small gold No7 is now in the centre of the lid. There is a tiny hole in the base of the tray as is usual with refills, which you can use to insert something to help push out the metal refill pan should you wish to put it in a compact or magnetic palette.
There is a thin applicator 'puff' included and although it looks a bit old fashioned with a satin back thin layer of foam and velvety application side and feels a little cheap it does a decent job. Although this type of applicator can be washed (by hand) I find they wear out quite quickly one you do start washing them.
I used to use a brush for powder application thinking this was the 'right' way to do it. However after watching more make up tutorials than I care to admit on Youtube it seems that the recommended application from actual make up artists is to use a puff. Not to rub the product on as that smears and spoils anything you have already applied. The technique recommended for a long lasting natural finish if that is what your main concern is, is to use a puff, and press and roll the product into the skin. It may look 'too much' initially but it sets the foundation better this way (if you are wearing any) and this is where the brush comes in. You use it to 'knock off' any excess powder and gently buff the skin so that the finish becomes more blended and natural looking. I find this method works well for me. Though if I'm only going out for a short time I will often only use powder on my T-zone anyway.
One of the first things I noticed about this powder is that there is absolutely no scent whatsoever, it does say that it is fragrance free, but in my experience even products that claim this seem to have an odour of some king. This does not.
This powder is truly translucent in that it only adds a fine veil of colour and you can see certain pigmented characteristics of the skin such as darker freckles even after application. So if you want a fuller coverage I wouldn't opt for this 'colour/finish'.
The finished look is pretty flawless but still very natural. On my skin this powder does not emphasise pores, which is something I can often have issues with so I find this very useful. It also doesn't seem to oxidise and turn orange on my slightly oily skin. There is also no issue with over dryness while using this but as my skin is oily I rarely get this problem anyway.
My skin seems to react a bit to stress and as I hate weddings (though I try not to show it for the sake of everyone else having a lovely time) it decided to add to my anxiety by producing a nice little spot right between my eyebrows and on the tip of my hooter! This powder set the thin layer of foundation and tiny dab of concealer perfectly with just enough colour added to make the blemishes invisible. There was no emphasis of the tiny bit of dryness that had appeared in the area of one of the spots (due to my aggressive attack on it with anti-spot missiles). Normally the blemish would become obvious again after a few hours, either the concealer simply fading away and revealing my sins, or oxidising and making it obvious because of the orange blob in the middle of an otherwise milk coloured complexion. which means that if I have a blemish and am wearing make up for an occasion the day is peppered with visits to the bathroom for touch ups which I hate having to bother with. I was very impressed that I needed literally no touch up of the blemishes while wearing this and only once for shiny face syndrome! Even that touch up was more because I couldn't believe that I didn't really need to do it, so patted a little on my T-\zone in case I was imagining the fairly dewy but not greasy face looking back at me. This is not sold as a mattifying powder but it worked well for me in this capacity without looking overly dry or chalky.
This longevity obviously means that it stays put very well, and doesn't seem to transfer to hands or clothing - or table cloths after way too many glasses of fun time juice.
My make up lasted the whole busy day (from 10 in the morning to 2.00am). I've never found this kind of longevity with any other make up combination not even when using high end brand powders such as Dior and YSL. As the only different thing about my make up that day was the powder I'm giving No7 most of the credit for this.
The packaging states that the powder is hypo-allergenic and I have had no issues with skin sensitivity while wearing it. However the ingredients given on the packaging list talc and mica as the first two ingredients, talc (and mica) while very common ingredients in face make up they are normally seen as a poor ingredient for a powder, which often leads to caking, chalkiness and are generally not good for the skin. However I have never had any hint of any of these issues and would stand by my claim that the finish is light and natural.
This product is not a foundation powder and although it has 'cream touch' in the name I do not feel any creaminess nor do I feel it is moisturising, bur fairly neutral on the moisturising/dryness scale. Like other pressed powders this can be used directly on the skin or on top of foundation. The coverage on bare skin with this colour is hardly there so I personally would prefer to go bare skinned or use a fuller coverage colour. The translucent option will even out the tone of the skin very slightly but won't completely cover freckles or imperfections. Over foundation is the way I wear it and it works perfectly for me in this capacity.
Tip to repair broken powder
I don't yet know how this product will cope when I have used more of it, many powders will break and or crumble at this point (almost all of my powders have done this). If it does I may try out a tip I found on the internet for repairing such damage. Which recommends crushing it up more evenly adding as high a percentage alcohol as you can (only just enough to make a dryish paste and patting back into the pan, or a smaller one if you have only a relatively small amount of powder left. When the alcohol evaporates your powder will have bound back together again, this they say doesn't affect the finish or colour of the product and can be used for other powder make up too, (though not so easy to do if you have a block of multicoloured powder for example a shimmer brick type thing and more than one colour is broken). You can see many video examples of this in action in my favourite place for info Youtube. One of many videos can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOdDOhHi-zo&feature=related .
I like this powder so much that as long as I can get if for around the £4 mark (if Boots keep doing those great vouchers) I will continue to buy it as my regular powder. However even though I wouldn't say it's terribly over priced I would currently find £9 a bit of a stretch.
I have been using this face powder for about 5 years and recently tried another brand - what a mistake. I am now back with No 7 and will not venture away again.
Boots No7 Creme Touch powder comes in a black container with just the words No7 on the Lid written in gold. You get 20g of product for £8.75 and this lasts me 6 months. Boots are frequently doing £5 off No7 vouchers so I often wait until I have one of these making it just a £3.75 spend.
The poweder is pressed and comes with a thin round sponge pad like applicator. I do find that after a while - grease from my skin/foundation transfers on to the sponge and then the powder starts caking on to the sponge so it may be best to have either a brush handy or more make up sponges.
I wear a full face of make up ie foundation, powder, concealer,blusher etc. I start with the concealer, then cover with my foundation. Although only a light foundation my face does look slightly shiny after applying and this is where this powder comes into its own. It sets my foundation, takes away the shine and finishes my face really well.
I have a terrible habit of touching my face during the day and I think the powder keeps the makeup on my face.
I use the translucent powder which is very pale but perfect for my colouring.
I really recommend this product and will continue with it for as long as possible.
Boots No. 7 Creme Touch is one of the most popular products from the No. 7 range and it retails at £8.75 for 20g. However, there always seem to be special offers on the No. 7 range, so it rarely works out to be that expensive. I recently bought the product for the first time, using my £5 off No. 7 voucher (these are frequently available at Boots), so I only paid £3.75.
The Creme Touch comes in a small, black, glossy compact box with 'No. 7' printed in gold on the lid. The lid of the box is detachable and is not on a hinge. In the box, there is a small, circular, white sponge used for application. The Creme Touch comes in four different colours; Translucent, Honey Milk, Candlelight and Fair Bloom. I have quite fair skin but I do suit darker make up as I have mid blonde to brown hair, and I bought the Creme Touch in the Honey Milk shade.
I usually apply the Creme Touch after foundation, but if I'm in a rush and I'm not too bothered about looking my best, I use the Creme Touch as a replacement for foundation. At first, I wasn't a fan of the sponge for application as I'm so used to applying powder with a bronzer brush and I felt that the sponge didn't apply the powder as evenly. However, with a little bit of blending in (using the fingers), the make up looks smooth and a lot more even. The Creme Touch does need to be blended in around the nose and eye areas moreso than any other area, but I think that this is normal for any kind of face powder, so that isn't too much of a problem.
The Creme Touch leaves the skin looking incredibly smooth and leaves your complexion looking close to perfect (bearing in mind that I have a pretty uneven skin tone that generally looks a little washed out). It makes your pores look more closed and your skin tone generally looking more even. The best feature of this product, I feel, is how soft it makes your skin feel - almost like silk.
The Creme Touch provides colour to your face, and long lasting staying power for your make up - it doesn't rub off easily on clothes and stays put throughout the day. It is without a doubt one of the best, if not the best, face powder that I have used and it is definitely worth spending the money on.
The only one negative that I have about this product us that it doesn't come in a shade dark enough to mean that you don't need to use bronzer. If you aren't a fan of darker make up, this isn't a problem, but I am, and so I need to use bronzer on top of the Creme Touch.
For softer skin, a more even skin tone, and great staying power for your make up, try the Creme Touch.
Boots No 7 Creme touch
I am a big fan of the Boots No 7 skin care and make-up ranges and I am delighted to review this product with such a good opinion of it. Recently I have stumbled across some of the No 7 make-up range that really hasn't lived up to the expectations that No 7 have given me over the years from being a loyal customer. I am pleased that this face powder is an example of them back on good form and producing great quality make-up with a reasonable price tag.
--The face powder--
This is a fantastic face powder that the assistant at the Boots No 7 counter told me has a hint of foundation in it, which makes it a perfect face powder to apply in a hurry without foundation. The face powder gives you a light coverage that looks natural and is great if you are desperately trying to hurry up and run out of the door.
It comes in four shades; translucent, fair bloom, candlelight and honey milk. I own the candlelight colour, it is definitely worth asking the assistant to try some on you before you choose. I initially thought that I would need the fair bloom shade until I tried it and it was just too light for me. If possible it is always worth trying make-up before you buy, it is such a costly purchase it would be disappointing to get it home and realise it doesn't suit you.
The face powder itself is really easy to apply and so far I have found that it has gone on evenly every time, creating a matt look with a hint of natural looking colour. It works well on your skin with or without a foundation and unlike some powders I have tried it never gives me a dried out look. As with a lot of Boots No 7 skin care and make-up range this product is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.
One more thing that I would like to mention is the packaging, as with most of Boots No 7 make-up range, it is simple, functional and practical. Personally, I like the look of their products and this one it is simple but effective. One thing I really do like about the packaging of this face powder is that when you place the lid back on you can turn it ever so slightly, which locks it in place; fantastic for throwing in your bag and not getting powder everywhere.
--So what's the cost for this fabulous face powder?--
I think that this product is a bit of a bargain at £8.75 for a 20g tube.
--My overall opinion--
I am going to give this five out of five stars. I would probably say it is closer to four and a half out of five but since that is not an option this face powder is definitely worth a little rounding up. As I am sure I have mentioned in some other Boots No 7 reviews; keep an eye out for promotions! They do fantastic £5 off vouchers or three for two promotions.
I used to go for pressed powders by Collection 2000 and Rimmel, just becuase I thought they were good value for money. However, I found that the Collection 2000 one especially was too orange-y (excuse the made up word!!) and so I thought I'd try one which was a bit more expensive but was a nicer colour.
I found this No7 powder for £8.50 (and with slightly more expensive products, there is always the added bonus of extra Boots Advantage Card points!). I tested it over my make up, and although it isn't obvious that you have put some on (i.e. no darker patches!) it did look smoother and more even.
I tried using the applicator sponge which comes with the product at first, but foudn that I might be using a bit too much of the powder, and now I use a powder brush, which breaks up the pressed powder and although it feels like you are putting quuite a lot on, you are not over-doing it, but it still has a positive effect.
I would recommend this to anyone, as I think that no matter what your skin type, it should go on well, and it lasts several hours after applying. The product itself also lasts a long time, if you try not to use too much! :)
I have been using Boots No. 7 creme touch for years now, I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough! I am now in my mid twenties but first started using it when I was in my teens following a long period of trying all sorts of powders to try and control my problematic, oily and spot prone skin lol.
I use this product as you would a face powder, usually I apply it over foundation/ tinted moisturiser, or even on it's own it provides a nice light matt coverage.
I have fairly pale skin and use the candle light shade. Instead of using the applicator which comes with it I apply using a large powder brush. My skin has thankfully improved, but I still use creme touch every single day to keep it looking shine free and flawless. I find it so good that I don't need to apply it throughout the day, once in the morning is fine, so one container can last me 4-6 months.
The black container looks great in my make up bag, looks classy and expensive. I stock up on creme touch when Boots are giving away £5 off No 7 vouchers, makes it only a few pounds each so great value.
This is the only powder I have ever found (after trying a lot!) that does not look orange on my face or go patchy after a few hours.
Give it a go, you won't regret it.
I always use face powder, ever since I read an interview with the founders of Ruby & Millie where they said that there was no point to wearing an expensive foundation if you didn't use powder as well. So I duly bought myself some powder and I noticed that there was a real difference in how long my make up lasted and also how fresh it looked.
I decided to try the Boots No7 Creme Touch face powder because I had a voucher for £5 off No7. The product costs £8.50 full price, so I felt that for £3.50 it was definitely a bargain. It comes in four different shades; translucent, fair bloom, candlelight and fair bloom.
The case is small and black with No7 written on the lid in gold writing, it is quite slimline and slips nicely into your handbag. You have to twist the lid to open it, inside there is a powder sponge.
I applied the powder with the sponge provided and was really impressed by how smoothly it applied, I didn't realise that the product was a creme and I don't know if I would have bought it had I realised, however when I saw how easily it applied, I would definitely buy it again.
I bought the translucent shade of powder and it looked completely natural on my face, it was absorbed well and didn't just sit on your face looking like you had applied talcum powder, it created a matte effect finish which lasts most of the day. The finished look was even and it provided a great base for blusher and eyeshadow.
As with all No7 make-up this product is hypoallergenic and it doesn't have a scent at all so it should be suitable for sensitive skin.
Overall, I was really impressed by this product, it was easy to apply and look great and natural and I will certainly be buying this again.
** Boots No 7 **
The No 7 range is the equivalent of the 'up market' Boots own brand. For those that don't know, it is very similar to Tesco's finest range! Not quite there with the Heinz baked beans, but not as far down the shelf as the 4p basic brand.
Personally I find No 7 to be over priced and slightly old fashioned, but that's just me and I don't mind being proved wrong. I just feel their branding in everything from packaging to their make up pigments is ordinary and bland. However No 7 claims that this is actually 'A signature look which is fresh, flawless skin and an understated modern approach to beauty'. I may stand corrected!
Anyway, as you can imagine from my previous statement I tend not to buy from their range, but as Boots seem to be handing out these free £5 off vouchers on the No7 range I gave into temptation and bought something. (Well that and the face that I couldn't find my usual face powder!) So after a hunt around the bottom of my bag I found the voucher and headed for the make up aisle.
** No 7 Crème Touch - Face Powder **
Now as I said before the only reason I bought this was because of the voucher, at a usual price of £8.50 it definitely wouldn't be my first choice, but it only cost me £3.50. This is a bargain in anyone's eyes.
Now coming in 4 colour swatches, it wasn't that difficult to choose which shade I wanted. I chose honey milk which is one of the darker shades because I use bronzer and like to have a little healthy glow. Anything too pale makes me look dead against my red hair. It is fair to say that this face powder does not cater for darker skin at all. I think No7 need to get their act together in that respect. My best friend who is from Barbados and has black skin actually gave me the voucher as she said 'no point me having it!' So yes, No 7 get your act together for my friend's sake. Thanks.
Anyway, I digress.
The packaging that this face powder comes in is very sleek and sophisticated. A Black round pot with a pull off lid which is RUBBISH! You have to twist it slightly to get it to stay on but I mean there is no way you can put this in your bag as the lid literally just falls off. There is no hinge and also no mirror which is a shame. At £8.50 I'd expect a little more! The powder comes with a cute little peach coloured powder puff. It is relatively thick and soft so this is its saving grace in terms of what you get for your money.
The Crème Touch powder claims to create a perfect finish while adding staying power to your make up. I use face powder for exactly those reasons so it seemed to be what I wanted.
** What Is It Like To Use **
I never use the powder puff that comes with cosmetics, I just find them to sock up the grease from your skin and then you're reapplying that every time you use it. It just doesn't do it for me. I also find that the puffs are more likely to cause streaking and an uneven application. So I choose to use a large make-up brush. This lets me apply a more lighter, even layer. If you have very greasy skin then I imagine the puff is better at covering this, but as don't then the brush works better for me.
Because this is a 'crème' powder it does apply very evenly and it does leave a smooth finish which I was happy with. I use mine over foundation to give me an even and fresh look. I don't think it would do as good a job on bare skin, I don't think it has enough power to make a difference in that way. I did notice that half way through the day it began to deteriorate slightly and become a bit patchy. Because of the crème element it didn't blend very well as once it is set and in place it becomes matt. A bit like mixing dry paint with wet paint, they can not fully blend together. But it did a good job on the most part of staying put.
In terms of removal, my usual cleanser did a great job at getting this off. It is only when you see it on the cotton wool when you realise just what you are clogging your pores up with. But nevertheless it came off fine, with only a little difficulty around my hair line where it seemed to want to stay!
** Conclusion **
This really was a mediocre product. I would buy it again if it was on offer and I would be more then happy to receive it as a gift. But buying it at full price? I don't think so. It doesn't have anything special to entice me back and its packaging leaves a lot to be desired. I understand there are many loyal No 7 fans and they like what they know. But this really wasn't anything special and my opinion of them being featureless and bland still stands. I will definitely be looking around for my next replacement and I wouldnt recommend anyone rushing out to grab a pot.
Thanks for reading.
No 7 beauty products do have, in my opinion, a reputation for being quality but affordable make-up. If you cant afford Estee Lauder and would rather not buy tesco's own(!) and want to treat yourself with something really nice but not too expensive, then No7 is the counter for you! This particular product is no exception. Packaging is plain and simple, size/shape is conveniently 'handbag' and price is very reasonable - and what you'll often find with stores that stock this product, like Boots, is that there are frequent promotions and opportunities to use vouchers etc for even more money off!
Creme touch is hypo-allergenic so is kind to the more sensitive skin type. It is a light, yet creamy powder that glides over the skin and creates a lovely flawless finish without looking in anyway 'heavy'. It is surprisingly good at covering spots and redness, something which I find very useful! Because of this it often doubles up as a concealer for me. It is long lasting even though well used. If you don't want heavy coverage then this product is for you - a little gem!
My make-up bag and beauty cabinet (Yes I have a whole cabinet in my bathroom with skin and body stuff, lol) seem to be full of No.7 products recently, this is down to the fact that Boots seem to give away £5 off No.7 vouchers with nearly every purchase these days!
So expect lots of No.7 reviews from me :)
The second most important item of make-up for me (after Mascara) is face powder. Recently I haven't been wearing foundation as my skin has been looking quite good so I've got by with a touch of concealer (No.7 of course) and a light dusting of powder on top.
So armed with my £5 off voucher I headed to the No.7 counter (the woman is nearly on first name terms with me I'm there that often!) and decided I didn't actually NEED anything but my current powder compact was being held together with a hair bobble when not in use so I could warrant a purchase of face powder!
How it looks
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The pressed powder is in a round black case with a twist off lid, sadly there's no mirror in the lid but I'll survive.
The plastic of the case is as I say black but it has the slightest hint of sparkle to it, in the right light there are particles of glitter deep inside which shimmer different shades of blue/purple. Very pretty but not over the top, classy like all No.7 packaging tends to be.
The casing is very plain on the top apart from the No7 Branding in gold letters in the centre.
On the underside of the case there is the shade and shade number; in this case 01 Translucent. Then underneath that it says Crème Touch Face Powder, Hypo-allergenic and the Ingredients (only 6 which seems good, the main one being talcum powder) It also states the powder weighs 20g.
This is all in dull gold writing to fit in the branding on the front.
Is it any good?
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I twist the top off; easily done and inside there is a powder puff sitting on a piece of translucent plastic which is protecting the powder. The powder puff is a plus point instantly as not many pressed powders come with one anymore, this is also a posh one; soft and fluffy with a silky back!
The powder looks pale; just what I need. It doesn't have the slightest orange tinge which is great; it is creamy with a peachy tint, don't know why it's called translucent as not any coloured skin could use it.
I pick up some powder on the powder puff and apply to my cheeks and nose to perfect my complexion. The powder goes on easily and doesn't clump up on any dry skin (which I have due to that nasty Sanctuary face wash!) It is exactly the colour of my skin, the best match I've ever found as I am palest of pale so covers any imperfections flawlessly.
I guess the 'crème touch' part of this is what makes the finish so smooth; almost like you've used a liquid base. I love it anyway.
The powder lasts ages too; I don't find myself needing to reapply half as often as you do if you use a cheaper brand so all in all it's a keeper!
About this pressed powder
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The shades available are:
10: Fair Bloom
12: Honey Milk
RRP is £8.50 from Boots stores or online.
It is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.
This product is not tested on animals.
At Boots at the moment there is also a 3 for 2 on No7 products and when you spend over £20 you get a fabulous free gift. Don't forget your advantage card points either! :)
When your a fan of a particular make up brand there is usually something or someone that gave you the reason for that. When your a fan of something you usually remember why! Well my first brush with this brand came a few years back. I've always had dodgy and irritable skin. I thought in my youth that one day when I was a big girl spots would go pop and vanish into thin air and I would have porcelain features to be truly proud of. However you grow up eh and realise miracles don't happen eh?!
So when I had a pizza face and started working aged 16 I could afford better cosmetics than Collection 2000 (which years ago was complete crap along with Constance Carroll). I took advice from a make up lady in Boots and of course she had a tabard type thing on and a little badge with No7 written on it. I'm sure since then that these women are on some sort of commission because she went on for ages about how I needed a good foundation and powder as a base for my face and me, well that's what I bought.
I remember being thrilled with my more grown up purchases that I could be proud of and I started collecting the stuff. Nowadays of course there seems to always be some sort of offer on No7 products whether it be spending so much money in store and getting money off, or going to the advantage point and being offered extra points or getting coupons off the range sent through the post or 3 for the price of 2's and lets not forget the free gifts and in my store? Well we can ask for free samples as well (oh and we get them lol) So for me it's an easy to part with my money when it comes to this range.
Now I don't mind buying certain products on the cheap. Sure I will try out cheaper bits and pieces if I'm feeling brave but that is happening to me less and less as I get older. At the moment I'm suffering very greasy skin indeed and seriously have lots of very sore, puss filled spots which feel very dried out at the moment due to some serious acne treatments I've been using of late. I have blackheads, whiteheads, laughter lines, frown lines, crows feet and lets face it at 34 everything on the face starts to sag a little bit lol. What's more is that I have sensitive eyes beyond belief so I do have to be careful what stuff I buy to stick on my face. Sure I get tempted by bargains from time to time but they have never really served me well in the long run so I prefer to invest my money in products I trust!
So when I have the money and when I really need something I make the investment in things as I have just said and No7 to me are investment and foolproof pieces that I completely trust. Not the mascara's though and I can't stand the lip-glosses but everything else I've tried has been great. For me it's fuss free premium products that are sophisticated and elegant to look at and work well every time I apply them.
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will by now know I'm not the type of girl who really needs anything. I haven't in many years thought oh wow I must buy a deodorant tomorrow because I'm about to run out... I own 9 (I do actually own 9 as well lol). I don't run out of foundation because I have a Body Shop Colourings one, Benefit one and a Revlon one all on the go. The same with pressed powder. I do have one in use. A Bourjois one that I love but I had a five pound off voucher to spend on No7 or Ruby & Millie products and thought well I only have one pressed powder so I could do with two type of thing lol I mean you never know the amount I get drunk I may smash one in my handbag? Well you never know is what I tell myself when I have no other excuse lol! Anyway at usually £8.50 a compact mine with the money off cost me a mere £3.50 so I was happy whether I needed it or not lol At least I felt like I got a bargain!
20g in size round shiny plastic recyclable container. On the top in gold lettering No7 is written on there. On the bottom also in gold writing I'm told my colour which in my case is 01 Translucent. I'm then told it's 'Creme Touch, Face Powder' and that it's Hypo-Allergenic. Ingredients are listed, then there is a bar-code, then the size is stated, contact details for Boots are on there and finally the recycle symbol can be clearly seen. All in all its nice but the lid takes a bit of getting used to. The lid gently pulls on and off. Well I say pull you just lift it and tip it upside down and lid flies off type of thing. However if you gently twist it sort of gets suction and becomes a bit tighter. It still is fragile but the lid doesn't fly off and you can tip it upside down and the lid stays on but it isn't a struggle to get it off. The casing is robust and doesn't get smashed so easy but it's still smashable and scratchable so you do need to look after it bit. There is no mirror in the lid which is a pity and the only thing you do get is a light peachy coloured sponge that sits on top of the powder. It's all nice enough but could be a bit better. I'd like the lid to be attached to the base so it's more secure and I would like a mirror because there's plenty of product in there that would last you months even with regular usage so would make sense to have one in there and it is pricey enough!
Well I always go for the lightest shade as I am very pale skinned indeed. This is very easy and simple to use. I always use it over foundation to matt by face down and make the colour appear more natural and none shiny. I use it as well to blot grease of course throughout the day/evening as needed.
The powder itself clings to the sponge when you wipe said sponge over it. Not loads but that's a good thing you can of course add more if desired.
So you make sure that foundation is of course dry to the touch and sweep this on. You can of course use a brush or any other method of application that you want. It sweeps on fuss free and like silk and just..well..lightly. It absorbs into the skin and with mine it's translucent so it's a complete colour match to my skin tone. It's not something you can see but it busts into the grease and gets rid of it. Shiny areas are matted down and you get a more even and natural skin tone.
It takes a little colour out of more pinkish areas such as spots without clinging badly to dry bits or flaking skin. It simply smooths over and helps to hide imperfections and once on it does this for a couple hours before needing to be reapplied even in warm weather.
Now if in a hot sweaty club (or somewhere that makes you hot and sweaty!) this is easy to reapply. My face has been sticky and clammy and very shiny particularly around my t-zone and this once again springs into action and saves the day. I smooth some of this product over them areas and once again it doesn't let me down...ever. It works superbly without clogging and in them circumastances this really is brilliant and works exceedingly well. It softly covers a multitude of sins and if eye make up smudges it's great to help fix minor problems. Gets rid of greasy marks and generally using this on bad skin helps to revive, hydrate and freshen the face. It's a marvelous product that's full of quality and that offers amazing results each and every time.
Only available in Boots priced at £8.50 per compact and comes in colours Translucent, Fair Bloom, Candlelight and Honey Milk.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same username.
No7 Creme Touch Powder is a long lasting powder for a flawless finish. Its available in 4 shades :
and costs £8.25 from Boots, however there are nearly always offers on in boots on No7 and I rarely pay full price for these products.
The powder is tightly pressed, and lasts for ages. It comes in 20g round containers with a lovely soft application pad. It is a handy little size to fit right into your handbag and is fairly resiliant even when dropped.
It is fragrance free and hypo-alergenic and applied after foundation, leaves your skin with an almost silky feeling. It is not noticible that you are wearing powder and takes any shine thay may result from your foundation.
I have been using this product for over a year now and give it a huge thumbs up and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new powder.