Product Type: Boots No.7 makeup
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Boots No7 Pressed Powder
Member Name: redhead78
Boots No7 Pressed Powder
Date: 27/03/12, updated on 27/03/12 (115 review reads)
Advantages: Good value when on offer, blends well, nice coverage, long lasting
Disadvantages: Makes my skin feel dry, expensive at full price, not a huge choice of colours
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.
Summary: A good powder that covers and blends well but unfortunately dries my skin