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Hi there ciao users and internet people, today I will be reviewing the No7 Stay Perfect foundation in Warm Ivory, I have bought this foundation from one of my favourite boots stores in Wood Green, London, for the price of £14.50, that may seem a little expensive, but once you read this review, you’ll know it’s worth it.
The packaging consists of a classy clear glass-like pump bottle that contains 30ml of foundation which to me seems like a good amount compared to other foundations. Equipped with curvy black lid to protect the product from any surroundings getting into the moth of the pump like dust. In my opinion, I believe no7 have chosen a great choice of packaging due to the low risk of contamination that you wouldn’t easily find with double dipping into open foundations. Another thing I like about this is that you can properly choose how much product you want dispensed so you don’t have too much or less product.
WHAT DOES IT DO/WHOS IT FOR
This foundation is suitable for all skin types, it claims ‘it won't cake or flake on dry skin, nor slide or shine on oily skin.’ As I have oily skin I can honestly say that it doesn't slide on my skin however, it is a little bit shiny/dewy due to the added SPF 15. But SPF is very important for the skin as it protect you from the harmful sun rays, thus, keeping your skin healthy and reducing the amount of wrinkles and sun spots gathered throughout the years. However, I cannot comment on how this foundation will affect dry skin because I do not suffer from that skin type. I do believe that it would be moisturising, but that is only a guess.
It also has 17 addition shades, however I think you have to go to selected stores to find them all. This foundation is a medium coverage but is also buildable for full coverage. (the trick in doing this right to use less and not slap it on as this will cause a cakey and bump complexion, that means if your brushes/fingers are CLEAN, and your face is free from dead skin, impurities and oil, this will look 10x better than having extra residue on your face.)
Here are the product claims and my outcome next to them from experience:
Hypo-allergenic - I do not have any allergic reactions, so this wasn't a worry for me.
Lasts up to 24 hours – Believe it or not, I actually tried this out for 24 hours, it really stays on.
Feels lightweight and breathable on the skin – I feel they just put this in because makeup users are use to have foundation on their skin all the time that they don’t feel it, but yes it does feel ok on my skin.
Smooth’s out complexion to look fresh – definitely, it has made my face matte and reduced my imperfections such pimples, discolouration, visible pores, texture (smoother) and redness (however, I need to build more foundation as I have broken vessels and damage skin from not wearing sunscreen and chilling the sun too much whilst growing up (referring back to the importance of SPF)
Weather-proof and transfer-proof – The climate doesn't affect the product on the skin that much, you will have less foundation from the result but it will not make a huge difference, a quick touch up will do the trick.
This is my second bottle, because I am so pleased with the results it gives me. You can choose to apply this liquid foundation in many ways such as using:
A foundation brush
A sponge/beauty blender
A Stapling brush
A Kabuki brush
I have not tried the application of using a stippling brush or kabuki brush as I do not have those tools anymore, but I would recommend trying out these different tools to apply with as everyone’s skin is different and it could suit your style better. Personally, I like to apply this foundation using my fingers as it much quicker, I don’t need to wash my brush again, I can control the amount I am using, and it doesn’t streak.
First I will pump 1 and half of the product at the back of my hand, and dot it all on my face starting from the centre and blending outwards, as I am blending, I will not forget areas that people most often forget like the neckline, the hairline, beside the ears and the eye sockets. If I am just going out for a while I will leave my foundation routine just like that and do the rest of my makeup, but if I’m going to have a long day I will apply powder to set in the makeup to keep it lasting long and stay matte (because of my oily skin).
This foundation is my favourite at the moment, it has never let me down, especially the price, because something for this much needs to work as you are spending your hard-working cash on something, it needs to have value otherwise you have wasted your money, so I definitely would recommend this product. If you want a discount you can find these little promotion coupons in Boots that give you £3 off on makeup, and you get this foundation for £11! That’s how I got my first No7 foundation in this range.
HonestlyDoh…no7 is perfection!
(Same review on Ciao under the username 'HonestlyDoh')
I always use a foundation, and usually it is the liquid type as I have never managed to get away with those mineral powders which seem to be doing the rounds these days. One of the better ones I have used is Boot's own brand No 7 Stay Perfect foundation.
I have really exceptionally pale skin and so I always go for the lightest one in the range - I did the same this time. This foundation is exclusive to Boots and it normally retails at £14 but I had a voucher for £5 off anything in the No 7 range so I treated myself to this.
It goes on really well and feels really silky on the skin. I set mine with a loose powder. It makes my skin look flawless but not too matt, as some foundations can do. It gives me a warm and healthy glow and I really love the fact that it also seems to last all day long and it doesn't come off on my clothes. I still have to use a small amount of concealer on and around the eye area as this foundation is too light to be able to cover up my dark circles too, but I really don't mind this at all, as it is what I do with any other foundation.
It is kind to my skin and my skin does not react adversely to it at all. It may be a little bit expensive but I feel it is worth it.
I am not a fan of foundations. I've tried many over the years, cheap and cheerful to very expensive, and never found one that delivers everything I want - a little bit of all over colour that conceals minor skin imperfections, enlarged pores, doesn't look shiny, lasts at least 5 hours and doesn't make me feel like I've dipped my face in treacle. Vowing to try again I went to Boots and had a nice lady assess my skin and make suggestions for what would suit it best. I came away with a bottle of Stay Perfect in the lightest shade available, pleasantly surprised that they had something so near my natural colour which none the less added a little more warmth to my complexion. It was a warm day when I first tried it and I was also pleased that it toned down the redder areas of my cheeks without feeling or looking unnaturally heavy.
The demonstrator applied it with a sponge, and that seemed to be the best way to use it, but being an ordinary person with about 20 seconds to spare before heading out of the house, I tended to apply it with my fingers afterwards, having had a few goes at getting it on smoothly without achieving the finish she had. The result was inevitably heavier and I was always aware that it was on my face - not so much that I wanted to rush into the ladies and wash it off immediately, but enough to irritate me.
The feel on my skin aside, Stay Perfect did give me a reasonable smoothness, and a double application dealt with my enlarged pores on my nose. It needed concealer as well to really improve under my eyes, but toned down minor red veins and patches enough to give a pleasing allover result after a dab or two of powder.
Unfortunately it didn't stay that way. I'd leave the house feeling great, and look in the mirror a couple of hours later to see all the blemishes back and my nose looking oddly pitted from the combination of pores and heavier makeup. I tried various combinations to make it last longer, but wound up taking it with me and applying only just before meeting friends or going into a meeting, knowing it would only last so long and, have now given up on it in favour of another, very different mineral product.
Perhaps if you have better, smoother skin than I do then it works. It's certainly pleasingly light and easy to blend, and the colour range is very good, but for me it's just another, slightly less expensive than some, failure.
This was the first foundation I had tried. I walked into Boots confused by all the different types and the lady behind the counter asked me if I wanted to try the No7 colour match. The process was very quick, she asked what my preferences were in a good foundation and away I went with a tester in calico, the lightest shade. I was very impressed it covers up my redness and reduces my freckles. I was so impressed when my pot ran out I immediately went back to the store and bought the foundation. I have very little problems with it and my skin looks amazing if applied over a good moisturiser.
The only problems I have with it are in regards to the price, although if you can get your hands on a £3 off voucher, it is absolutely worth it as these can even be used in combination with other offers. Also the fact it tends to come off my nose quite quickly and needs a reapplication throughout the day. I would say if this happens to you to try adding a powder over, it seems to last a little longer then. The final problem is that the colour doesn't suit me anymore. I know you're meant to get colour matched a couple of times a year as your colouring can adapt, but mine is the lightest shade and I find it leaves a line between my face and my neck. Please please please bring out a lighter shade!!
NO7 has a very good reputation and has won various awards to add to its name. After reading a few reviews, I decided to try this particular brand. I chose the cool beige colour as recommended by the Assistant.
The aims of this foundation is to produce a foundation that last all day. It claims to have super staying power. You should experience throughout the day continuous flawless coverage and a smooth fresh appearance for up to 24 hours. Personally I didn't see that. I obviously was not up for 24 hours, but the during the day and heading out at night, however, I felt that I needed to use a powder to erm... powder my nose so to speak. I just didn't feel like I could see anything or the coverage wasn't to my expectation I could still see flaws and slightly dark circles after a day at work.
Another claims is this is lightweight, breathable and even toned.
I didn't get that! What? Am I the only one?
I thought the liquid was actually thicker than I am normally used to. I only used a pea-sized amount on one side of my face first and I felt the consistency was a lot thicker and harder to blend in than usual. I used a foundation sponge first but this actually made it worse and the sponge didn't even it out at all. Then I used a foundation brush but that it look grainy in the end I used my fingertips which was much better to spread over my skin however with this liquid it seemed to take ages to blend in evenly so I didn't get that even toned look at all.
The two positive's I completely agree with is the WEATHER PROOF aspect, unfortunately I've been caught in the rain, no brolly, after a morning and a half putting this on [not one to waste my hard earned cash] and getting to a good place [but with way to much effort] I would happily say this really stayed put well, not 24 hours but DEFINITELY weather proof in ole blightly.
The second positive is the TRANSFER PROOF aspect. Now this I was actually thrilled with. I love wearing scarves but hate with a passion the discolouration on the scarf which is quite embarrassing and not nice to see.
But I didn't experience that at all with this product and I was so grateful when heading out for the evening or going to meeting.
Last but not least this claims to not 'SHINE ON OILY SKIN' and its true. I have slightly oily skin and tend to search for ages for something that doesn't clog up the skin or show up that shine.
On the shine front, amazing, especially the forehead and I was grateful for that aspect actually working and relieved, however it did clog my skin up, which is not so good long term so used this for as long as I could but had to stop before it created blemishes.
This is £14.50 and comes in 17 different shades! It may work for you but definitely try a sample first is you can.
I have been using Boots No 7 Stay Perfect foundation for a couple of months now and find it's much better than the MAC Studio Sculpt foundation I was using before. The staff in store at Boot's are very helpful and will colour match you using a small digital device, to give you the best colour for you skin. The lady tested two colours on my skin and we settled on the Calico shade.
No 7 Stay Perfect foundation is only available in Boots. I think the foundation is reasonably priced at £14.50 you often get No 7 skincare and make up vouchers each time you buy and you can also collect advantage card points.
The foundation doesn't feel heavy on the skin and allows it to feel like it can still breath with this on, while providing enough cover to disguise the odd spot I get.
I apply the foundation using a foundation brush, I found when I used my fingers to apply I didn't get an even coverage. As the foundation isn't thick my foundation brush doesn't get clogged up with the left over make up and doesn't need to be replaced/cleaned as often.
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump for dispensing at the top, the downside with this is that when your getting low you can struggle to get any foundation out of the bottle. I often remove the pump from the bottom once low to get as much out of the bottle as possible. The good thing about the pump is that it only releases a small amount of foundation at a time resulting in less wastage.
The foundation claims to have up to 24 hours wear, I have never worn for 24 hours but it most defiantly gets me though the working day (9 to 5) and an evening.
I would advise anyone who hasn't tried the stay perfect foundation to try it, I have found that it is much better than the MAC one I was using beforehand, it's also much cheaper.
I feel my taste in make-up is changing and becoming a bit more mature as I get older. The other week I went to boots to get my skin tested to see what colour would match my skin, as advertised on the TV so that was how I came across the perfect shade for my skin.
I specified to the lady in the shop that I needed a foundation that would last me throughout a whole shift at work, and given I leave the house at 6.30 some mornings and don’t get home until 8.30 at night it needs to last me!
So I’ve ended up with a medium coverage stay perfect foundation in cool vanilla, and amazingly this foundation is probably the best one I’ve ever tried. Thanks to the skin tester I’d imagine – but this foundation does blend in brilliantly with my skin and doesn’t leave me with any nasty tide marks either since I’ve always needed a cooler foundation colour.
I tend to apply mine with clean fingers as it seems to be easier to get good coverage without it getting lost in a brush, or absorbed into a sponge – so and as it covers skin so easily it doesn’t take very long to apply. Once it’s applied and it really does give good coverage, I might dab on a second layer to really problem areas but on my cheeks, forehead and chin they are covered with one good layer!
As for staying all day, well when I leave the house my skin will feel well covered, but without feeling like It’s so thick I can barely move my face. By the time I come home there is still coverage, it’s maybe not quite as perfect as it was when I left home in the morning – it’s definitely still keeping my skin covered. If I was to be going out later on it would only take a quick covering and I’d be good to go. It covers spots well without encouraging them too which is always a bonus. Even though this is a liquid foundation it doesn’t leave your skin looking anywhere near as shiny as some do.
Overall a fantastic foundation that lives up to its claims in a big way, and isn’t anywhere near as expensive as the more premium brand foundations – well recommended especially when it’s 3 for 2!
At only £14.50 a bottle I think it’s a bargain really 30mls and I can see even after a couple of weeks use it’ll last me months! No complaints here!
I have tried so many different foundations in the past, usually on the cheaper scale, that I recently decided to splash out and try a more expensive one. Looking around my local boots, this No.7 foundation jumped out at me as it looks very smart in its glass bottle and I have always heard good things about No.7 products.
** No.7 Stay Perfect Foundation **
This foundation is priced at around £14.50 from Boots. A little tip with this is that you will usually be given a voucher at the checkout for £3 off No.7 make up so you can save it for next time to get the foundation at a slightly cheaper price.
There are a wide range of shades available, from shades for people with very light to very dark skin. I usually go for the Almond, and have pale skin myself, which suits me perfect.
The foundation is presented in a frosted glass bottle, with a black lid. It looks very posh and expensive but it also quite heavy which is not great if you carry your make up around with you. The bottle is brought in a black box which, again, makes the product look expensive.
** Application **
The foundation is dispensed through a pump on the top of the bottle. I have found that the best way to apply this foundation is to dispense 2 pumps onto my hand and then apply to my face, without messing about with brushes. I always find that this provides a full, even coverage.
** Is it worth the price tag? **
I definitely think this foundation is worth the price.
A small amount goes a long way, 2 pumps dispenses a pea sized amount and that is all that is needed for even coverage. Due to the fact that such a small amount is needed, I find that a bottle lasts me around 3 months. Compared to other foundations, which usually last me a month, I actually save money buying this.
I do not find that the foundation wears through the day, I work 14 hour shifts and 9/10 times return with my make up still looking perfect.
I decided to buy this foundation because I wanted to see what colour of makeup I should be using, Boots No.7 offer a colour match test to anyone who wants to buy a No.7 foundation, so after getting this done, I choose this foundation on recommendation of the sales assistant, who said that this one is good for combination skin that needs medium coverage.
The Boots Colour Match
The Boots Colour Match is really easy and takes under 5 minutes. The process simply includes the sales assistant taking a picture of a small portion of your face and then the computer automatically matches your skin to a foundation colour. I found that my skin matched the Cool Ivory foundation shade available and have found it to be a great match for me.
I found this foundation really easy to apply, however it doesn't blend that easily with my fingertips so I only use a little bit at a time and like to use my flat foundation brush to give my skin the best coverage and most natural look.
What I Thought
I really like this foundation, I was able to get it in a colour that matched my skin almost perfectly and I find that when I have applied it, the coverage is really good. It gets covers up any red blotches on my face and also helps me conceal my dark marks under my eyes.
This foundation is quite low maintenance because once I have applied it in the morning, it doesn't budge, my make up stays well in place throughout the day and I don't need to re apply it in the evening. This make up is great on a night out, even when I am dancing and having a good night or a few drinks, it doesn't smudge or sweat off too easily.
This foundation is hypoallergenic and doesn't irritate my skin, I have found that since using it, my skin isn't as prone to break outs or puffiness. It also has SPF 15 in it, this is really good as it helps protect the skin from the sun and daily environment can be harmful.
I love that this foundation isn't too sticky or oily, my skin looks quite matte, yet natural when I am wearing it.
Price and Availability
You can buy this foundation exclusively in Boots for £14. I bought mine in a buy one get one half price deal which made it work out better value for money. I think that £14 is quite a good price for a makeup of this quality, especially because the coverage looks so good and because it contains SPF 15 and is hypoallergenic like many other more expensive, up market foundations.
I think that this is a fantastic foundation, I really like that it was matched to my skin properly and also it has a lovely texture to it and looks great on my skin. Overall I would give this foundation 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
After growing sick of my previous foundation, I went into boots looking for something which would actually last on my face throughout the day, as I was currently applying my foundation in the morning, and by mid day I looked like I wasn't wearing any at all!
I usually spend forever trying to choose between the wide range of brands and picking the right colour, so in a hurry I went ahead with the skin indicator test the No.7 range offer for free at Boots- with no contract to buy any of their products.
The No.7 worker advised that I actually went one shade darker than what the test indicated.. which didn't seem to make sense to me, so I went with the results and got the cool ivory shade.
I do have to give a 5 out of 5 for the colour indicator, as the shade I bought really does match my skin tone with no problems at all. I never used concealer (before yesterday) and wanted a foundation to use alone on my skin without having to also use powder or any other setting. I'm not the best with choosing or applying makeup, so I wanted something simple and easy.
This foundation squirts out of the bottle very easily as a liquid, and I usually go for around one and a half squirt to get the coverage I want. On very bad days, I also let the foundation dry and apply another layer to my darker areas. Especially throughout the summer, I find my freckles shine through even more!
I use my fingers to gently rub this foundation into my face, and the best thing is it doesn't feel heavy or thick on my skin. There is nothing worse in my opinion than having a makeup which feels like you are wearing a big thick layer of face paint all day!
Now here comes the bad part. I have nothing good to say about the lasting effect of this foundation. When comparing the amount I apply, to the amount which gets rubbed off at the end of the night, I would love to know where the foundation goes!
I usually apply this in the morning before work, but by my lunch break I look in the mirror and all of my spots, blemishes and dark patches look as if I haven't even bothered to put any foundation on at all that day!
This foundation really disappointed me, but I ended up buying another bottle as I still loved the colour. I ended up buying a powder to apply on top of the foundation, as when I mentioned my lack of enthusiasm for this product to the lady in No.7, she looked at me as though I was stupid for using this product alone, and pointed to her range of powders. I wasn't prepared to spend another £10+ on a product which wouldn't please me, so I took her advice, and went online instead! I ended up buying max factor translucent powder which sits on top of this foundation without adding colour. I found it does help to some extent, however I am still not happy with this.
I have now gone for a concealer to apply to my spots and blemishes to put under my foundation and powder, so fingers crossed!
I won't be buying another bottle of this foundation. No.7 has let me down, which is a shame as I love so many of their products.
They also do a matt version for oily skin which may be thicker or better lasting, but next time I am going to try a different brand!
A bottle of this stay perfect from Boots cost £12, for a 30ml bottle. One bottle usually lasts me about 2 months, but I don't tend to apply a huge amount, I only use enough to cover my skin.
There are 17 different shades of this foundation, so in terms of skin matching, it is perfect! However it's a shame the lasting of this lets it down.
If you have relatively clear skin, this foundation may be fine. However for the price, I would recommend to use something cheaper, as this really isn't worth £12.
If you have bad skin, don't try this, you will be disappointed. I have been using this for about 5 months give or take, purely because it doesn't make my skin look too light, too orange or too dark, but I am sick of looking rough from the poor lasting effect and will be going for something different next time!
If you are anything like me you'll have quite the collection of foundations in various tubes and bottle. And probably in several different shades. I've never really found one I've like though or that covers up all my blemises.
It was the Boots TV ad that dragged me into the store though, that gadget they were showing, claiming it could match the colour specifically to your skin.
So the very helpful young lady held it against my skin and pronounced me a 'cool vanilla' Which I wouldn't necessarily choose, although I have pale skin it looked a little pale for everyday use, the assistant also used the next colour up to keep me quite. After yet another protracted conversation I ended up choosing Stay Perfect foundation which gives a beautiful flawless finish that lasts all day (their words not mine) So first of all we had Deeply Ivory put onto my skin then Cool Vanilla put on the other, what an absolute revelation! Deeply Ivory was far too noticeable whilst the Cool Vanilla did wonders!
But first a little more about the foundation, it comes in a glass bottle nearly 4" tall, it's a pump action one and thankfully only a small amount comes out a time rather than ending with a ton of it squeezing between your fingers. Now I was recommended to put it on with a proper foundation brush rather than fingers or with a sponge, the assistant and my daughter both giving me advice on doing so without leaving noticeable brush strokes. I felt like a teenage putting make up for the first time rather than a 30-something who'd been wearing it for a fair few years now!
It claims to have moisturising qualities and it really does feel like it, it smooths really nicely into the skin, it doesn't feel heavy at all. I didn't feel like I had much on at all, but looking in the mirror I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I have a dark patch by my ear which makes me look as if I've got some dirt smudged on my face, I've also got some freckles and other blemishes, all these were beautifully covered up, when I took it home and did it I noticed my skin had a wonderful even skin tone. Of course this may be down to putting it on my a proper brush but it did look good. I have used a quick dab of it under my eyes when they looked a bit tired and it did an excellent job of covering the dark circles.
Better still it did last for a long time, even when I woke up the next morning there was still a good amount of my face, yes I did go to sleep with it on, lazy woman that I am! . It claims to be rub resistant but I cant say I spend my time rubbing my face! It does clean off easily as well.
So far I've not had any adverse reactions to it, nor has it caused me to have any spots, etc.
I'm only unhappy with 2 aspects, a) the price at £14 and b) the fact that it's a glass bottle. With plastic containers you could cut it in half and manage to get the rest out, with a glass bottle its harder to fish it out even with the brush. I may complain about the price but in reality you don't need to use a lot and its going to last ages. And quite frankly I'm amazed that I've finally managed to find a foundation so close to my skin. I know theres going to be a healthy amount of scepticism about this color match foundation device but it did help and it really helped my daughter it actually worked out that there wasn't any colour at all in the No7 range or the 17 collection suitable for her very translucent skin. In fact there was nothing in the shop that would match it for her!
So try it, let them try a colour out on your skin and see how it goes, there are 17 different colours in this range so you will find something that's suitable, unless you just have to be difficult like my little one!
I got "colour matched" about six months ago and told I was "calico" - the palest, not surprisingly. The number seven assistant was very low pressure, gave me a sample to take away and wrote the colour name down on the card.
When I got home and had a play I was amazed.
Great colour - no yellowy colouring you sometimes get
Great coverage - doesn't feel really heavy but enough to cover any blemishes
Easy application - I just rub it on pretty much like moisturiser - no brushes or sponges, a quick blend down the neck and no tide marks etc
Crack sinkage - I don't know the technical term, if there is one! Other foundations I have tried, when rubbing in to my forehead with its inevitable frown lines, it sort of sits in them and makes them look 10 times darker. This one doesn't do that at all
Makes me look healthy - the number of people that said "you look well/radiant/well rested today" when I started wearing it
Drawbacks? The only thing is that on my forehead I sometimes have dry patches and the foundation makes the flakiness stand out a bit more. I think this is probably a feature of all foundations. I'm trying to combat with exfoliation and moisturising.
This product really was a revelation for me - please give it a go!
I have used Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect foundation on and off for years now, depending what's on offer when I am in the shop and whether they have the foundation in my skin tone. I do tend to buy mid-range costing foundation, usually a Boots own brand or Max Factor as I worked out these seem to be a safe bet and suit me the best.
Stay Perfect foundation comes in a 30ml glass jar which is quite sleek in design with its rounded edges and slinky hourglass shape. The lid fits well and is made from a hard, black plastic. On taking the lid off the bottle has a push dispenser which is easy to use and doesn't get clogged up.
The foundation itself is SPF 15 and hypo-allergenic. On dispensing the foundation the fluid is quite thin but smooth and I find it is quite easy to apply to the face evenly. It's not thin enough to run off my fingers, but I do wonder if it would be better if it were a little thicker. I do find it applies quite a thin coat, I like this as I don't like to wear too much foundation - actually I don't really like foundation at all, but in the winter months I do find it a necessity! It therefore probably wouldn't suit anyone who likes to wear thicker layers of foundation.
I use the Cool Ivory shade as I am very pale although there is enormous amount of shades in this range, around 16/17 I think. I did have to try them on my hand in Boots to work out what shade I needed and would be very wary about buying a foundation without trying it out first.
I find this foundation is easy to shade in/out around the bottom of my face, where I stop wearing foundation and stays put all day long. It doesn't make my face greasy or upset my skin at all which is one of the reasons I have kept buying it. I do use powder on top of my foundation to stop the shine.
At full price this foundation is £14, however I generally get it on offer, often on a 3 for 2 with the face powder and some face cream/eye cream. I do really like the Boots No. 7 range, I feel it's a fair price for good quality make-up and suits my skin and complexion very well.
Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect foundation
I do love a good rummage around my local Boots makeup section and it's probably where I buy the majority of my makeup and skincare products and as such I have tried quite a lot of different items from their own No. 7 range. I find that No. 7 can be a bit of hit or miss, there are some products that I love and others that fail to live up to my expectations. This Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect foundation is one makeup items that I do really like and wear often. In my opinion it is a great everyday foundation for a reasonable price, especially if you can pick it up when Boots are running one of their 3 for 2 offers or £5 off vouchers.
Boots say: "No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation helps your skin to resist the signs of make-up meltdown with this long-lasting moisturising foundation."
So does it live up to their high praise....?
Well yes and no. Let me explain.
I do actually think that this is one of the best moisturising foundations that I have tried in a while without leaving your skin feeling a little greasy. I don't have overly dry skin, but lately my complexion has been all over the place with the odd dry patch and more than just the odd blemish, which is definitely not the most attractive combination. But the Stay Perfect foundation has been handling all my requirements while staying put for most of the day. You still need to set the foundation with a powder to get the best results, but when I do apply this in the morning it will still look ok by super time. However, in the warmer weather I still find that despite its claims of resisting the signs of makeup meltdown, I still find that my makeup doesn't stay as perfect as I would like. But then I'm not sure any foundation out there would ever be able to Stay Perfect from morning till night.
The Boots No.7 Stay Perfect foundation is very easy to apply and there are a wide range of shades to choose from. I found a colour that suited me really easily and when the foundation has been applied it does give me good coverage while still looking more on the natural side. It is quite a light foundation and personally I think it is more if a good all round day foundation than something I might pick for the occasions I want a more full night time make up look.
The foundation falls probably somewhere in between the cheapest and most expensive foundations I have tried, retailing for £14 (without any promotions). And I do think that the Stay Perfect foundation delivers good value for money. You also get quite a lot of foundation and mine so far has lasted a couple of months even with constant use, but I don't like wearing it thickly layered, which does mean my foundation usually lasts that bit longer.
The foundation comes in a pump style container and the container is definitely a plus point in my opinion. It is really easy and mess free to use, the foundation comes out in just the right amount for when you don't want to use that much making it easy to avoid wastage. It is also really easy to keep clean and is pretty durable for throwing in your makeup bag or handbag when you might want to keep your look topped up through out the day. I've never yet noticed a leak despite dragging the foundation around with me in my bag on more than one occasion.
Would I recommend the Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect foundation?
I would have to say yes. It's not perfect, despite the name, but it is a good and reliable foundation that I will be buying again in the future when mine runs out.
In my opinion Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect foundation deserves four out of five stars, it doesn't quite deliver the perfect foundation with long lasting staying power, which the name might suggest, but the end result does look good.
When it comes to foundation it isn't a product that I ever buy for fun or to cheer myself up with like a lippy or a nail poslish and I buy it on a need basis only.
I usually buy something cheap and cheerful to be honest, a branded product on offer or being sold off and this actually ended up being bought half price in a bargain bucket type thing in my local Boots store as it came in no box and instead of it costing £14.00 it ended up being a steal at just £7.00! Again I usually pay a bit less than that however I do usually like Boots No 7 products so felt it was a worth a try.
Like I say this came to me in no box or anything and I simply got a 30ml glass bottle with a push button dispenser to the top of it then a black lid/cap to the top of with the words No7 written on there and then on the front of the bottle we are told what it is and who it is made by and that it is Hypo-Allergenic and contains an SPF of 15 and then on the back of the bottle other information listed including the size and contact details for Boots given. This is a nice looking, tall and rather stylish, plain bottle this one and the dispenser is very easy to use indeed!
Well I chose this in the shade of Cool Ivory as I am very pale indeed though there are a whopping 17 shades within this range of foundations to chose from covering basically any colour tone you should want or need. I find that one pump of the thin liquid is enough to cover my whole face and that is very simple to blend indeed and I either use a cosmetic brush or a small cosmetic sponge and can use primer or moisturiser under this should I want to though to be honest I don't feel the need to when using this.
This gives me an even and light coverage, doesn't smell and stays put over 12 hours on me from the time it is applied. I set my make up with either a loose or set powder because this doesnt keep my shiny t-zone at bay very well at all though it does lightly cover my open pores and helps to disguise any spots I have and at my age a nice benefit of this is that it doesn't set itself into my wrinkles and highlight things I'd rather not be seen!
This is easy to remove simply with a make up wipe when I want to and I have had no issues with this product at al....its great but do be warned although it is nice on and makes the skin feel soft and silky in a really natural way it isn't a heavy mask like foundation and is really light as a feather!
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