“ Brand: Boots / Type: Foundation „
Sorry, girlie op alert! So this is Boots No. 7 Ultimate Foundation then? Does this mean it’s the best that they do? I have been testing it out for about 3 months now and I finally feel qualified enough to let you all know what I think of it! As most of you will know, Boots No. 7 is their premium brand make-up, positioned to compete against some of the more expensive designer brands available (as opposed to No. 17 which is cheaper and directly aimed at the Rimmel-buyer). I often wondered whether No. 7 is actually better quality than No. 17 – or was it the same, just packaged differently? Having tried both No. 7 and No. 17 foundations I can confirm that No. 7 is of a much better quality. It comes in a pump action bottle encased in a black semi-transparent case – very flash, but how practical is this? Not very! Despite this looking quite sophisticated on the bathroom shelf (a la Chanel like!), I absolutely hate the fact that I cannot see how much foundation is left in the bottle. Even if you hold the case up to the light – you just cannot see how much is left! This has very serious consequences! How many of you girlies out there have ever woken up and found that an essential item of your make-up bag has either run out or has been lost! (guys believe me, this is a girls worst nightmare!). This means you either have to send someone to Boots to fetch that essential item for you (and just hope they get the right product!), or, you go naked-faced to Boots yourself!! This problem has happened to me, twice, whilst using this foundation! So much so, that I now keep ‘stocks’ in! Why they have to put a bottle in a plastic case is beyond me – why can they not just design a decent looking bottle and leave it at that! You cannot even guess how much is left by feeling the weight of it – as the bottle inside is quite heavy on its own! The packaging is quite deceptive as it is much bigger than it needs to be
to hold its 30ml contents (a good marketing ploy – makes you think you are getting more than you really are!). Another problem I have found with the packaging is that the writing on the sides rubs off very easily – this makes the packaging look tatty and totally defies the fact that the writing is in a ‘classy’ gold! I also don’t like the huge bar code on the side – why can they not add this to the bottle of the case? The pump also spoils the overall look of the case – its white and plastic – uggh! Surely, they could have made this black to match the packaging and lid?!! It also gets clogged up quite easily. I do prefer a pump dispenser as opposed to a squeezy tube or a glass bottle, I just think Boots could have done better with this one. It also doesn't seem to last very long. I am not a heavy user (a light covering in the morning only) and do not cake myself in the stuff (unless on a night out!). A bottle lasts about 6 weeks which isn't that good and works out quite expensive! But then again 30ml isn't much - the case makes it look like more. Ok, I started on quite a few negative notes, surely there must be some positive points? After all I have been using it for 3 months! Yes, the foundation itself is very good – in fact its the best I have ever come across! It covers well and very evenly. Even if I wake up with bags; a quick sponge over with this makes me look all bright eyed and bushy tailed!!! I use the shade ‘blonde’ – which is one of the closest shades I have found to my skin tone. It states on the case (I cannot call this a bottle!) that it is light diffusing and long lasting. It certainly is long lasting, but as for light diffusing?!! I have never really understood this beauty jargon and my skin doesn’t seem to look ‘light diffused’!!! But it all adds to the marketing hype I suppose! I do like the fact th
at it is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free – which makes it suitable for sensitive skins (the ingredients are also listed on the side in case you are allergic to a particular ingredient). It also contains UVA/UVB sunscreens and vitamin E, which, if I continue to use this foundation will make me look eternally 26!!! (somehow, I don't think this will work but its worth a try!!).
I am always searching for a foundation which will suit both my skin colouring and texture. I probably try two or three different foundation brands every year. However, at long last, I think that I may have found one which suits me – Ultimate Foundation by Boots No7. This was the first time I have purchased a product from the Boots No7 range and I have to say that both its quality and its price have pleasantly surprised me. Boots No7 Ultimate Foundation comes in an expensive looking, black in colour with gold writing, pump bottle which contains 30mls at a cost of £9.50 which I feel is good value compared to other well known makes. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Boot No7 range of foundations, all products are hypoallergenic; therefore, they are less likely to cause skin reactions. They are fragrance free, dermatological tested on humans and not tested at all on animals. They are also non-comedogenic which means that they are free of ingredients that could block pores. This product is transfer-proof, and its non-drying formation lasts for up to twelve hours without rubbing off. It leaves skin with a soft-focus, flawless finish and as it contains something called Moisture Seal, which is a concentrated moisturiser, Vitamin E and UVA/UVB sunscreen, it helps protect and care for my skin throughout that time. The foundation itself has a non oily, smooth creamy consistency which blends quickly onto my skin perfectly covering any blemishes – just one pump action is all the product you need to cover your complete face which makes it extremely economic. I did not come across this foundation by chance but took advice from a “more mature” Beauty Consultant who understood my dilemma in deciding what would be right for me - I was determined that I would not make the usual mistake of choosing the wrong shade for my skin. Like most people, I find that it is not easy to see what colours suit
me by trying products on my hand! Ultimate Foundation, and I believe most other Boots No7 ranges, come in the following shades: - Almond - Amber - Beige - Blonde - Honey - Ivory As the Beauty Consultant explained and demonstrated, Ultimate Foundations gives your complexion a soft flawless finish. In addition, its formulation combines a unique concentrated moisturiser with a blend of light diffusing powders, which reduce the appearance of fine lines and combat the effects of ageing. Obviously, this foundation is more suited for the older lady; however, Boots No7 range seems to have a foundation to suite most ages/skin types etc. After the Beauty Consultant carried out the jaw line test on me, we decided that the shade which best suited to my colouring was beige. Any Boots Beauty Consultant will give help and advice to those unsure of which shade of foundation suites your particular skin type. However, if you get home and decide that the colour is not really you, you can take it back for a refund. If like me, you need advice when it comes to buying foundation, I highly recommend a trip to Boots – don’t be put off by the fact that Boots No7 is inexpensive, it is just as good if not better than some of the more expensive ranges.
I was first introduced to Boots No 7 Ultimate Foundation at an event they had at my local store. My friend and I went along one evening after work and took part in I guess, what you might call a workshop. There were probably a dozen of us sat around a table with a tonne of No 7 makeup laid out in front of us, for us to experiment with. After getting over the shock of having to remove my makeup in front of everyone, it became great fun. An assistant took us through each of the products and showed us how to apply them properly, rather than just daubing them on. For example, when applying foundation, it should be dotted around the face. I usually put some on my forehead, nose, cheek, chin and either cheek and then either with a sponge or fingertips, rub it into the skin using downward strokes that tail off underneath the chin. At the end of the evening, I went home with my first bottle of No7 foundation and I’ve been using it ever since, a couple of years now. Previously I have used other No 7 foundations but this is by far my favourite. I have tried other brands in the past too but found they clogged my skin and got old and tired looking by the end of my working day. It says on the package it lasts for up to 12 hours and I believe it actually does what it says. At the end of the day, it still feels remarkably fresh, whereas in the past I have been known to remove all my makeup and re-apply it if I was going out in the evening, there have been times when I have been happy to leave this on. The advantages of this product for me is that it is hypo allergenic, dermatologically tested and not tested on animals. Disadvantages are that at £9.00 for 30ml, it is not cheap but it does go a long way. I use it almost everyday. However, there are ways of reducing the cost. The best way to buy Boots makeup is, if you don’t already have one, get an advantage card. This way, everytime you bu
y something, you get points, which if you save enough, can be used to buy items throughout the store. Boots regularly have double points events and several times a year the No 7 counter have buy two get one free offers, where you get the cheapest item free. In addition, if you have an advantage card, you get sent a magazine a couple of times a year and they always include a double points card which you can use twice. During the course of the year, all these things add up and can make you considerable savings. If you like the sound of this foundation but don’t fancy paying £9.00 to try it, ask them to let you have a sample. I don’t think it is something they shout it but in the past they have always been happy to give me a small amount to try before I buy. By the way, I don’t work for No 7, I just like their stuff and unless they decide to discontinue this product, I can't imagine using another.
When I stepped into Boots i had a £5 voucher that needed to be spent on No 7 products. It was great that i had got this for free after collecting points but not so great when an orange faced lady started bombarding me. Not wanting to be rude i stood there as she plastered my hand in crap that wasn't even what I wanted. "Doesn't it smell nice?" she asked as i wrinkled my blocked nose trying desperately to pretend that even though i had a cold i could smell it. Something caught my eye, a beautiful little glass bottle that looked really nice and i thought.. finally.. a foundation that might work! Picking it up, Miss orange face soon ran over and started dabbing it on my hand. The applicator was a scary little plastic spatula attached to the lid which seemed to make it glide on smoothly. Amazed by her little show i decided to buy it but was then mortified by the lightest colour they had. It turned out that i too could look like orange lady just because i'm pale! Not wanting to spend any longer in there i walked off. After being told how my skin looked so oily and i really should cover those blemishes it was a rush to get this stuff on my face. Applying the applicator to my face i suddenly realised that the colour wasn't that bad but it was hopeless to use the little spatula without getting big lines everywhere. Rummaging through my drawer i eventually found the sponge and smoothed the foundation out evenly. Looked good so far... or did it? As i walked into my boyfriends house i was a bit nervous. He just laughed and laughed. I had developed big orange and brown patches everywhere and looked wuite scary. My skin felt drier than ever and i thought it was dry before.. but no, orange lady knew best. I'd even bought the moisturiser she'd advised me to use before i apply the foundation to stop me from getting that orange effect. In conclusion, i do believe that this product
is good on the right person and i know that the assistant was only trying to help - A shop quality that i really appreciate. My boyfriends mom has the same foundation and she has bought it faithfully since it first came out. She really does have oily olive skin though. Boots No 7 Usually impress me and the moisturiser was lovely, it made my skin very soft and had a gentle smell. I would recommend this product to anyone who usually buys foundation and knows that colour they want. its also great for clearing up oily patches so you don't get the shiny slaphead effect but a eee my nose is going to rip if you have dry skin. A little bit goes far and lasts a long time so this product is great value for money.
As a birthday treat last October I wanted some `decent` foundation that didn`t cost the earth.My husband laughed as I approached the cosmetic counter woman and asked for just that...I`d like some decent foundation! Having spoken to a said helpful assistant I purchased Ultimate Foundation, 07 Beige. She was wearing the product herself and commented on how well it lasted. Admittedly she was wearing a little more foundation than I would myself but it looked good, so I gave it a whirl. I parted with around £8, which I thought was reasonable for the 30ml. The foundation claims to be transfer-proof, non-drying that will last for up to 12 hours. It contains "Moisture Seal" a concentrated moisturiser, Vitamin A and UVA/UVB sunscreen. Its in a pump driven container so you can dispense a very small amount easily.It blends nicely into the skin and is easy to apply either on a sponge or with fingers. Well having given this foundation a thorough test drive, so to speak,I am very happy. I have used it nearly every day since October and haven`t run out yet!! OK I don`t plaster myself in it but enough to provide average coverage for daytime use. All in all value for money and a good all round foundation.
If like me, you sometimes wander into the bathroom of a morning, peek into the mirror only to be met with a hideous reflection resembling something like Morticia Addams with a skin condition, then you might want to consider a foundation that will cover all those nasty blemishes and bumps. It needs to be good, it needs to have excellent coverage and staying power, and it needs to make you look something like human again. So what to choose? Well for me there is only one choice, bring on Boots No. 7 Ultimate Foundation I say, this stuff is magic in a tube! The foundation applies beautifully using a pump dispenser, has a very smooth texture and gives a perfect soft natural finish covering just about any blemish. You need to use very little for good coverage and the pump dispenses just the right amount for one total application. There are a number of shades available to choose from, and the one I use, the palest on offer, matches my skin tone perfectly and is so natural, you wouldn’t know you were wearing foundation at all. My skin is ultra-sensitive, I have to be very careful what creams and lotions I use otherwise I suffer major break-outs of spots and rashes and other unpleasant lumps and bumps, but I have never had any sort of reaction to this foundation at all. And it lasts for hours and hours, unlike other brands that seem to disappear within minutes. It’s also very economical, one of the lowest priced brands (£7.99 for 30ml at Boots) yet it gives as good a result as any of the more expensive ‘designer’ versions. It doesn’t dry out on the skin and leaves it feeling soft, supple to the touch and silky smooth. The one thing I have found though is that you do need to use matte powder afterwards otherwise you can look a bit ‘shiny’ after a time. Bit if you’re wanting even toned natural looking skin that gives excellent coverage and lasts all day, you won’t go far wrong with this! Goodby
e Morticia, welcome to the human race…..