I have bought quite a few products from the Natural Collection including this pressed powder and have always found the range very good value. I don’t usually wear foundation for work but as I have a few patchy marks on my face I do like to disguise them a bit and find that this powder does the job perfectly. I do like pressed powder rather than loose powder as I find it much easier to work with and also much cleaner as loose powder seems to get everywhere. (I think it was when a compact of loose powder opened in my new bag that I stopped using it completely!)
This Natural Collection powder is only £1.99 so is very affordable even if you are on a tight budget. It is 10g and comes in a white round plastic compact with a clear lid which twists off easily and which you can clearly see how much powder is left inside. There are the words Natural Collection across the top of the lid and a white flower which is the Natural Collection logo. There are three shades to choose from which are warm, neutral and cool and I have the neutral one as I find this is best suited to my complexion. It is dermatologically tested and is fragrance free so should suit most complexions.
It doesn’t come with a sponge but to be honest at £1.99 you probably wouldn’t expect it to and you can buy sponges cheap enough, the last ones I bought were 99p for six sponges from a local discount store which will last me for ages. I find that there is usually quite a bit of powder on the sponge when I open the compact from being pressed down by the lid and I only need to give it a little twist to get enough on the sponge to start to use. I then apply the powder to my forehead, nose and cheeks using a sweeping outwards motion and if needed I will redab the sponge onto the powder.
I will use this powder more often just on its own and find that it does help to disguise any patches or marks and as it is a matte finish it helps to stop my face from looking shiny. I also use it to finish off my foundation and it does keep it in place and again prevents it from shining. It does look and feel light and natural and you can’t feel that you are wearing it. If you prefer a fuller make up this one probably wouldn’t be any good for you but it is perfect for my requirements and I will definitely buy it again. I have had my current one for over a year now so it does last a long time so is a real bargain for £1.99
When I bought my No7 make-up a little while ago, I was keen to make sure I had a powder to go with them – because I’m one of those people who no kind of mattifying foundation or anything stops my skin from looking shiny unfortunately.
No7 are a more sophisticated and posh brand than I used to use - it’s also a little more expensive but it seems to work really well with my skin so it’s more than worth the money to me.
I rarely use this just on bare skin because I’m not blessed with the best skin in the world – so normally this goes on to give a matte sheen to my skin over the top of foundation on a day where my skin is looking and feeling quite good.
It’s not a powder that is designed to cover imperfections as it’s a quite thin and light powder, if you’re looking for something to wear that’s going to give thick coverage you’re looking in the wrong place. This is a powder that is fine, soft and airy – it goes well over foundation to smooth out the complexion and gives the skin a nice glow.
It comes in a compact with a mirror in, and a sponge for application, it’s quite a cardboard like sponge though so not one I used more than once – I’m far happier applying it with a brush than the sponge that crackles when you use it. Feels like you’re losing a lot of it into the sponge as well so my brush definitely makes it last longer. This powder will last on your skin all day without fail, and is easy to remove with water or a wipe at the end of the day. A compact lasts me a good two or three months before needing to buy another one – but that might be because I don’t wear make-up every day.
This powder comes with vitamin E in which is good for the skin, and hyaluronic acid in which is meant to help keep skin moisturised – which I think it does as this is the one powder that doesn’t dry my skin out at all. Which is part of the reason I keep going back to it now!
This is currently £11.50 for a palette in Boots at the minute, it comes in four different colours. There is an offer at the minute (06/02/15) that means No7 items are buy one get one half price!
Boots No. 7 light pressed powder
I shop in Boots all the time and I inevitably always end up browsing through the makeup section - doesn't everyone? I am also a huge sucker for the numerous Boots own No. 7 brand promotions that often run and last time they had a 3 for 2 on their makeup I stocked up on a few basics, including the Boots No. 7 light pressed powder.
If I'm honest I do often find makeup from the No.7 range to be a bit of a hit or miss in value for money and quality. Unfortunately the pressed powder is one of those poorer No. 7 items and one that I could have happily lived without. It does do the job of a pressed powder but I don't think it delivers on the quality I have come to expect. In fact I really wished I had shopped around more or tried out the pressed powder more rigorously in the store before I added it to my shopping basket.
Boots No.7 claim that the light pressed powder is a light diffusing powder that will give a perfectly flawless and radiant finish to your look. But in my opinion I don't really think it does any of those things, it does the bare minimum from a powder in that it helps to set your foundation. Nothing less and nothing more.
The pressed powder comes in 4 different shades, including a translucent, light, medium and dark tone. I opted for the translucent powder because the light option seemed to be very pale, even thou I do have pale skin and the medium shade was far too dark. The translucent powder is exactly as it sounds it is just a powder to apply on top of and to set your foundation and it doesn't really have any real colour to it. It does mean that if you have spent ages choosing the perfect foundation colour to match your skin tone then the powder won't obscure that.
The powder is easy to apply and you can either use the pad provided or choose to use a powder brush depending upon your personal preference. The compressed powder is easily enough loosened and you can get quite a good coverage without needing to apply it too heavily. However, I find that it just doesn't set my foundation or cover up any slight greasy patches of skin as well as you might expect from a premium makeup product.
Personally, I feel that the £11.50 price tag for the No. 7 pressed powder is far too expensive for the quality of the product that you receive. The compact has so far lasted me a couple of months of use (but not with exclusive nor daily usage), but again for the price I might have expected more. I think generally this product has just left me feeling a little bit meh.
The packaging as with most of Boots No. 7 packaging is nice, sturdy and reliable. It is easy to transport about with a hard case, but I do feel like I am paying more for the packaging and the Boots No. 7 brand name than the powder itself.
Nope, not really and I doubt I will be buying this pressed powder again. Don't get me wrong it isn't terrible but for the price I really expected a lot more than what is a very basic product wrapped up in some nice packaging.
I have been going back and forth between giving the No. 7 pressed powder either a two or three star rating, in truth I think it lies somewhere in the middle.
To sum, it's a decent enough pressed powder but it is far too expensive for the very average results you get when applied.
When it comes to shelling out a few quid on make up, which to me are considered purchases I usually opt for Boots No7 or Max Factor. The draw for me with No7 though is them lovely five pound vouchers you get from time to time and the points you can earn on your Advantage card and for this reason this was one of my purchases a while ago now and one I have only just finished with recently!
This comes in a lovely dark navy blue plastic container which flips to open and close and has a mirror on one side of the inner of the compact and the powder to the base of it. On the top of it we are clearly told in gold lettering that it is No7 and then on the base of it what it is, the colour option you have and contact details for Boots are given. This costs £11.50 per compact and the colours available are Translucent, Fair, Medium and Dark and I went for my usual Translucent shade to edge on the safe side of things with my pale complexion. This also comes with a large thin white and navy applicator sponge, handy for on the go touch ups.
This is a fine and soft powder, easy to apply either with the applicator provided or with your own make up brush. It has a slight sort of cosmetic smell to it but nothing major and not a fragrance you can smell when it has been applied for a couple of minutes. You can use this on clean skin or over make up, me I used this everytime I used foundation to try to help keep my oily sheen down and help cover up perfections and to 'set' my make up in place.
I always found this simple and straightforward to use, that it was easy to blend and initially when used, for a while it did keep my t-zone shine free.....but only for a while. It did give my face a nice matte and soft look to it and the light reflection promise certainly did that giving me a nice sort of healthy glow.
However the problem as I just touched upon was that it didn't keep my oil slick skin from seeping through it for long and the more I added to try to blot it the more clogged up my skin seemed to get with the powder clumping!
This lasted me ages in the compact and there were benefits to using this such as it not clogging up my already congested pores or it agitating my sensitive skin however for oily skin like mine it wasnt that great which is why I won't be making a repurchase of this anytime soon even if I get a fiver off voucher to spend on the range!
Only available from Boots and from Boots.com
I don't generally wear a full face of make up very often, usually only on evenings out and special occasions. For every day I like to keep it as simple (and quick to apply!) as possible and I don't like my face feeling like it's caked in make up. For these reasons I don't wear a full foundation day to day, I tend to rely more on a powder and I'm lucky enough that my skin doesn't often need full coverage.
When browsing in Boots a few months ago for something to spend my £5 voucher on I came across the pressed powder in their No 7 range, the most expensive of their own brands but still much cheaper than anything from one of the designer brands. I've used quite a few things from this range before and never been disappointed so decided to give the powder a go. At £12 for 10g it's more than I would usually spend on a product like this, but with my voucher it came down to £7 which is much more in line with my expectations. It can also be bought on frequent 3 for 2 offers which can potentially bring the price down further, not to mention the collecting of Advantage points too!
One thing that usually impresses me with the No 7 range is that the packaging always feels of good quality, which I suppose you should expect given that it's their "premium" range. This pressed powder is no different. It comes in a nice sturdy dark navy blue plastic container with "No 7" in gold on the front and this is a decent size to just fit snugly in the palm of your hand. It fastens securely with a click clasp operated by pushing a little button in on the front of the container. It always fastens properly and I've never had any problems with it coming open in my bag, despite the fact that I'm probably the clumsiest person you'll ever meet! But this lives in my permanently and gets banged about on a daily basis but is still in good condition with no cracks or anything.
On opening the powder there is a good sized mirror in the lid of about 2 inches in diameter which is always useful to have in a product like this which I often end up applying "on the go" whilst at work or in the car - when someone else is driving, obviously! It does, however, tend to get covered in little bits of the powder so I always need to carry a pack of tissues to wipe it with before use.
This powder also provides you with a little round applicator sponge, about the same size as the mirror, which sits snugly on the pressed powder underneath. The sponge is handy as it means I don't have to carry an alternative for applying it with, making it an ideal compact to just throw in your bag.
One area which lets this powder down slightly is the lack of choice with regards to colours. As far as I'm aware there are only 4 options, so it may be difficult to find one to suit your skin tone. I opted for the "fair" colour as I have very pale skin and I find that this suits my skin tone perfectly. The powder is easy to apply with the little sponge pad, just rubbing it on the powder then wiping it across my face. I tend to use it all over my face to blend it better and I like that it blends easily into my neck and hairline.
Whilst it doesn't cover any major flaws in my skin I didn't buy it for this purpose and turn to a proper concealer and foundation if my skin happens to be worse than normal. What this powder does do, however, is control the slight shine that my forehead and nose can sometimes get and it evens out my skin tone very well, so in this regard I am very happy with this powder and it does do exactly what I bought it for. Once applied it usually lasts on my skin for a good few hours so I tend to use it twice during a day, once on a morning and then again after lunch and this easily sees me through until the evening. On the occasions that I am going for the full face of makeup I tend to just brush a few sweeps of this on top of my foundation to give my skin a real matte finish and I never feel the need to reapply during an evening out. To remove it I just follow my usual skincase regime of cleanse/tone moisturise and I've never had a problem with getting rid of all traces of it using either my usual cleanser or my facewipes.
Where it lets me down, however, is that I find this powder very drying on my skin. I don't consider myself to have problematic or sensitive skin and normally use face creams/toners/cleansers etc for normal skin. After applying this powder, though, the skin on my face usually feels a lot more taut than without it on and very dry. Obviously I can't put moisturiser on over the top of it as that would make it streaky, so, even though I slather moisturiser on every morning, as soon as I use this powder on top of it my skin immediately feels drier.
Obviously, everybody's skin is different and it could be that you would find this powder works fine with your skin. And if it didn't have the drying effect on my skin I would be awarding this 5 stars. It is well packaged, long lasting (I've used about half of it in approximately 4 months - I still use it despite the drying 'cos I want to get my moneys worth!), blends easily and evens out my skin tone and when bought on a special offer it gives excellent value for money. But unfortunately - and only because of the drying issue - I won't be buying this again when I run out and will be looking for an alternative.
i love Boots No7 and i love this products, i have tried many other powders but alwyas go back to this. it is the best around. I use the dark colour and it matches perfectly. I would say though for those with Black skin this would not be dark for you so maybe they need to improve their colour range.
for a powder the coverage is good, the colour is right and the product lasts a good amount of time. you may need to re touch every now through out the day as with all powders, but there really is nothing bad to say about this product. there is no destinct smell like i found with maxfactor powder which even thought that too is a good powder i hated the scent of it.
No7 is often found having 3 for 2 offers or you can use the £5 off vouchers so well worth trying if you are needing a new powder.
I generally only buy expensive make-up because I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for! However, after i recently experienced a nightmare where I turned up at a hotel where I was attending a wedding the next day, only to discover that I had left my makeup bag at home - and hence had to use my sisters makeup for the duration! My sister is the opposite to me and believes that "a good bargain" and "value for money" is the most important factors when purchasing anything - and as such, much of her makeup consists of brands such as Boots and No 7.
The reason I told the story above is to let you know that I tried the No. 7 Pressed Powder under duress!
This particular brand of Pressed Powder can be purchased for just £3.30 - which is about £15 cheaper than what I would ordinarily spend on my preferred brand.
The No. 7 Pressed Powder is a powdered foundation that comes in a plastic round dish with lid, and has a round sponge applicator as complimentary. The compact is a standard size and, as such, it fits easily in a standard makeup bag. There is a mirror on the inside lid which is decent enough for touch up purposes
Unfortunately, my first impression was that this sponge applicator felt cheap and there was evidence that it was breaking up through daily use. The applicator felt somewhat damp and had an unwholesome feel to it that i really didn't relish using on my face! My sister told me that this is common with the complimentary sponge applicators used in No. 7 products and for this reason she has felt the need to purchase a better quality applicator for use with this product.
The powder does come according to your skin colour and the powder I was using was for paler skin - which suited my skin type. However, when I came to use the powder, I found it to be fairly heavy and unsubtle.....in other words it looked obvious that I was wearing foundation. I believe that a good foundation should be of a high enough quality that it gives the skin a more flawless look without being obvious to everyone that I'm wearing it. I simply HATE foundation which looks cakey and makes your skin feel like it's unable to breathe. Unfortunately, I have to admit that this foundation did feel and look cakey and for this reason it was rather unpleasant to wear. I had the urge to wash it off as soon as i had applied it, although I did resist, but I didn't feel comfortable or attractive for the whole time I was wearing it.
To be honest, I don't think that using this product improves appearance at all, and infact it would probably be better to not wear any foundation at all. Yes, it's cheap and affordable, but that doesn't mean that it's good value for money at all. I definitely won't be using this again and I would urge anyone to come to the same conclusion!
As a girl who rarely leaves the house without a face full of makeup on, I think it's safe to say that I've tried my fair share of pressed powders throughout the years. At the minute (and for the past 8 months), I'm using No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in Translucent. I think I've been using it long enough to finally give a review on it!
The powder comes in a sleek looking black compact that simply has 'No7' printed on the top in gold. It's a very elegant looking compact, and is sturdy enough to keep the powder inside safe and free from cracks. I regularly drop mine (I'm a bit clumsy you see!) and I've never had a problem with the powder shattering.
To open the compact you simply push in a little button at the front of the compact and then flip up the lid. Easy.
Inside, you will see a small mirror, a little powder puff/sponge and then the powder underneath. The mirror is big enough to use for topping up or checking your makeup throughout the day, but it's not one that I'd use to apply my makeup with in the morning. The puff/sponge is very thin and only around 2 inches in diameter. I can't say much about it because I've never used it (I prefer to use makeup brushes), but I'm sure it would work great.
The powder itself is a very very pale nude colour in the pan. At first I was a little worried about it just being a pale powder instead of translucent, but after buffing it in with a kabuki brush to set my foundation, I was proven wrong. The powder makes absolutely no difference to the colour of your skin which is exactly what I wanted! It simply sets your foundation and gives it a more matte finish.
The powder itself is very fine, therefore won't leave the dreaded cakey look that we all avoid. It also won't cling to any peach fuzz on your face and make your face look all fuzzy like certain cheaper powders can do.
A fine powder is also great as it won't feel heavy on your face, or clog your pores.
I've had no problems with the powder wearing off during the day. I've applied it at 4.30am and it still looked great at 10pm so it definitely has staying power!
The compact contains 10g of product and will cost £11.75 from No7 at Boots. I'd say it's completely worth this price, and you get an even better deal if you have one of the £5 off No7 vouchers that Boots regularly have.
- performs as a great translucent powder
- fragrance free
- hypo allergenic
- fine powder
- great price
- readily available at most Boots stores
- cute little compact
- the mirror is a little small for my liking
Overall, this is a great pressed powder and I will continue to use it from now on. I've been using it for just over 8 months now and have only just had to buy a new compact, so it proves great value too!
Thanks for reading :)
I brought this product about 6 months ago now when I received a £5 off no7 voucher from Boots (just in case you read my other reviews I got a lot of these vouchers so tried a lot of their products). I had never worn a powder before, always having just used a liquid foundation, but friends had used powder and it gives the skin a nice texture, so I thought I would try it out. It comes in a black plastic case, which inside contains a mirror and a soft pad to apply the product with. It contains 10g of the powder and comes in 4 different shades; translucent, fair, medium and dark. I use the fair colour as I have fair skin, but want to give it a little bit of colour, so fair looks the most natural on my skin. The product is also hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin.
The powder is designed to be able to carry it around it you hand bag so you can apply it anytime. This means the product is designed to be applied easily, which it is. Simply get some of the powder onto the pad and gently rub onto the skin. It is very subtle, making it easy to blend in, but gives the skin a very natural appearance and a beautiful texture that is soft to touch. I use the product on top of my liquid Clinque foundation and the no7 cover stick (a bit over the top I know but it looks good) and it blends everything in nicely gives a nice soft, healthy colour to my skin that looks natural.
Since purchasing the product 6 months ago I have continued to use the same one daily. I have got through 2 of them, making them fairly long lasting. The powder is nice and light and really easy to blend into your skin. It is a very natural colour and is well suited to any women who want to wear just a light foundation and may need top ups throughout the day as they travel, work or are just generally busy.
The product normally costs £11.50, but with the voucher I got it for the bargain price of £5.50 (meaning I got another voucher for buying this product even with the voucher). I definitely would say it is worth the full price, but it just so happens that when I am running low on the product they hand out the vouchers again so I have never paid full price for it. Oh I do love a bargain. I would definitely recommend this product. It is a beautiful, handy powder.
I have used No 7 for some years now and with the mousse foundation that i use the pressed powder is great and give my face a soft and natural look.
It comes in shades of Dark, Medium, Fair and Translucent. I used Medium in the winter and in the summer when i have a tan i use dark. It is easy to use and a little goes a long way, i find that i reapply the powder twice daily and that seems to last the day, so it does not require frequent applying for a great and flawless finish.
Boots have changed the No7 ranges packaging and the also took away a few of the producets and replaced them with newer improved products which took a while to get used to, but now i am glad that they did.
A great pressed powder that i would recommend that you use and at £11.00 it is notthe cheapest powder, but over the years i have learnt that quality over quantity works with pressed powder as it s expensive but lasts a long time and you do not need much to apply.
The powder comes in a great compact ithe a mirror and a sponge to use to apply the pressed powder.
This is a very good pressed powder which I have used for many years. Recently No7 have changed the packaging on their products and too some prices. Since the packaging has changed on the pressed powder the size of the product has gone from 14g to 10g and is now priced at £9.99. Still good value in comparison to some other brands but there are also some other cheaper brands around which do a good job. I used to purchase refills however when I went to purchase one last month I was told they have now ceased to manufacture refills.