Product Type: Boots No.7 makeup
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My lucky number's 7
Boots No7 Creme Touch
Member Name: Dryad
Boots No7 Creme Touch
Advantages: Does a damn fine job
Disadvantages: A little pricey
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&fea ture=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.
Summary: A product which for some reason I was surprised to find is excellent.