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The bottle of the foundation is very compact and easy to use. It is made of plastic so I don''t have to worry about breaking it, if I drop it. It has a pump dispenser on top which makes it very easy to take out and use the foundation. A lot of foundations I have use before come in tubes or bottle that require you to squeeze out the foundation for use. I find that highly inconvenient, especially when the tube is about to end. With this foundation you just have to pump it out and conveniently use it. Another brilliant feature of the bottle is that it is transparent and I can see how much foundation I have in the bottle and know clearly when it is about to run out. This provides a lot of peace of mind and convenience. The texture and consistency of the foundation is ideal for me. It is neither too runny, making it hard to stay on my face nor is it too thick, making it hard to apply and sticky. In fact I find the consistency quite similar to heavier moisturizers. I apply foundation with my hands and it just glides on my skin very easily and comfortably. It gives you enough time to spread it all over my face evenly before it settles down. I just apply it on my face comfortably with my fingers, almost like applying my moisturizer and have never ended up with uneven patches on my face. It does not stick to my eye brows or my hair line. The coverage it gives is from medium to heavy which is perfect. This ensures that my face is almost fully covered but still looking natural. When I initially bought it I had a bad case of acne on my face and had a lot of spots and marks. Even in that bad condition the foundations covered my imperfection completely and made all my face look even and neat by hiding all the spots. Sometimes when I am after heavier coverage I apply two coats of the foundation with at least a 2 minute interval between applications. Meaning I apply foundation fully on my face, let it settle down fully and then apply another coat. This ensures more coverage and I find this look perfect for parties and functions. I love how I can get two different looks or two different types of coverage from just one foundation. The Foundation is Hypo allergenic making it perfect for sensitive skin, like mine. Even with my acne prone skin I don''t have to worry about my foundation further damaging my face. Also the foundation provides sun protection and is SPF 15.This provides me further peace of my mind. As this means that my face is safe from the harmful rays of the sun when I am out and about. *MY RATING FOR THE NO7 BEAUTIFULLY MATTE FOUNDATION IS 4.5 OUT OF 5*
Value for money
This foundation is by far the best I have used in a long time and i've tried almost every brand available in boots! The most expensive foundation I've bought is the double-wear by Estée Lauder which was £25 and doesn't compare to this inexpensive boots No.7 which is even better value when you get it with your '£5 off No.7' vouchers which boots give out from time to time!
I am very fussy with my foundation as I want something which gives ultimate coverage but I dont something which feels too heavy on my face. With this brand a little bit goes a long way and I haven't had to buy concealer since I started using beautifully matte! I feels like your not wearing anything on your face, I dont know how something that gives such great coverage can feel so comfortable!!
The colour I chose (blonde) is perfect for me, I've found it difficult to find something which isn't either too white or too orange, this foundation has a great olive tone which is so much more natural looking! There was a great variety to chose from so I guess it was luck (and practice) which allowed me to chose the perfect match first time
I put it on in the morning with a little loose powder over the top (which isn't nesseccary but its just a force of habit with somewhat oily skin) and i literally dont have to touch up the entire day. I do spend some time applying my makeup and take care in doing so, I use a foundation brush always, and begin in the centre of my face working out wards, this is a tip I picked up years ago when I worked at a Benefit Makeup counter as a beauty consultant and I have never looked back!
Another fabulous factor is the intelligant bottle, it is clear so you can see whats left inside and as you pump it out the inside pushes up so you literally get every last bit out of the bottle you dont have to cut the bottom off to find lots left!
I LOVE beautifully matte I could rave on all day about how great it is, I used to be unsure about boots own brand products but do not knock this foundation until you try it!
Boots no 7 beautifully matte foundation
I needed some new foundation and because there wasn't my usual product in the colour I wanted I decided to try this one, since the No 7 foundations tend to be a good match for my natural skin tone.
This promises to leave skin shine free and to minimise the appearance of pores, leaving a more flawless complexion.
It contains SPF15, and so will help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and because it contains ethanol, skin will feel cool and refreshed. It also promises to give a shine free appearance for up to 12 hours, as well as having a formula which means coverage is opaque with a matte finish.
All good promises but does it deliver?
**Product and Packaging...**
The foundation comes packaged in a box which can be recycled if put in the recycle bin. The container itself is glass and has a pimp action to release the foundation. Because it is glass I can see the product inside the bottle and it seems that there is a little base unit pushing the foundation upwards so I can see exactly how much there is left. This is especially handy when the product is nearing its end because the pump doesn't have as far to pump up the foundation as when the product stays firmly at the bottom of the bottle.
So, it comes out nice and easily and a couple of presses onto the pump action seems to do the trick and give me sufficient foundation for my face. The product itself has no discernible smell and feels silky and not too thick. When I apply it to my face it does go on easily and is simple to blend so there are no unsightly tide marks around the chin area!
Once applied it is nice and matte and so throughout the day I don't get any shine on my face and it does tend to stay put for the whole day, although if there is excessive face rubbing I would imagine it would come off. It is easy to remove using normal cleanser.
**How much is it and where can I buy it?**
The product costs £13.50 and is available from www.boots.com or in store. It is available in several shades. I have the Blonde but in summer would opt for the darker shade, Almond which is also available in other Boots No 7 foundations
**What do I think of it?**
This is a good foundation which mostly does what it says on the tin!It gives a good even coverage and is long lasting without being shiny. It is easy to apply and to remove. The fact that it is so matte means that powder is usually not needed so not great for anyone who likes powder. I feel that powder has nothing to "cling" to and the one time I wore it I felt as though it was wanting to flake off although it didn't look like that. It is quite a heavy foundation so unless I am feeling especially fragile I tend to use it at night when I want a bit more coverage and stick to tinted moisturisers through the day. However, I do feel that in this cold and very drying weather it does give my face some protection.
A good foundation which I would recommend
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I discovered intelligent balance mousse foundation by no 7 last year. I had read many brilliant reviews about this wonder mousse so I headed to boots and purchased a tub. This mousse made my skin look flawless, when I thought I would never have flawless skin. At the start of this year, boots decided to discontinue the product, and when I found out, I actually cried. I went to the boots counter and I was told that I should try the new replacement called beautifully matte foundation. It promised to stay shine free for up to 12 hours and for that reason I bought it. My skin is oily therefore I was hoping that this foundation would keep the shine at bay! At first, I was disappointed with the poor selection of shades, but I went for true ivory in the end. Even though this was the shade 'the assistant suggested, it was very orange on my pale face! It was obvious I was wearing foundation and I had a shiny t zone after a few hours. The makeup was easily applied with a no7 make up brush and it had a dewy finish. However, the shiny after taste wasn't a good look and after a few hours of a hectic school day, my face felt heavy and greasy. Compared to the mousse, this was a poor replacement. The only positive of this foundation is the good coverage. My face has red patches and acne, and it seemed to cover everything up well. Overall a poor foundation from no7. It certainly does not stay shine free for 12 hours!
There is currently a really good offer on in Boots. It is 3 for 2 on selected No7 & FREE GIFT when you spend £22 or more on selected No7. So obviously being a shopaholic/ beauty junkie after hearing about this offer I rushed over to my nearest Boots store straight away to take advantage of this offer and grab myself some bargains!
One of the three products I bought from the No7 range was this 'Beautifully Matte Foundation'. It promises to leave your face looking shine free for up to 12 hours. This is what it is advertised as doing on the website - "No7 Beautifully Matte foundation balances oil production and minimises the appearance of blemishes. Colour stays true and looks fresher for longer".
So I decided to test the product and see whether these claims are true . . .
My skin type changes all the time as my diet changes a lot. Normally my skin is dry but recently I've been a bit naughty and eaten loads of greasy, fatty foods. This shows in my skin which has become oilier and due to this it looks quite shiny sometimes. Most of the foundations I use at the moment encourage shine, which is great if you have dry skin as everyone wants to achieve that dewy, moisturised, glowing look. But if your skin is already quite greasy and oily then a foundation like this is the best suggestion, as it supposedly balances out all the grease in your face leaving it looking just a bit healthier.
The bottle this comes in is very similar to the bottles that a lot of the liquid foundations from the No7 range come in. It is cylinder shaped, transparent, made out of plastic and has a black lid. It is not the most uniquely designed or eye catching bottle, it is just quite a simple design. But I still think it is quite effective, and anyway to me I'm more concerned about what is in the bottle rather than what the bottle looks like. . .
This comes in a variety of about six different shades which range to suit most skin tones. There isn't a shade for really pale skin however, and there isn't one for really dark skin. But there is one there for most tones. My shade is new ivory which I think is the second lightest. It is perfect in the winter but in the summer if I have tan on then it is a bit too light, so I'd bear this in mind as we are now (thankfully) approaching the summer.
The foundation gives good coverage and hides most of my blemishes. I have a few spots (as a result of all the greasy foods that I've been eating recently) and this doesn't really hide them as well as I'd like it to. So I would recommend using concealer as well if you've got spots and blemishes that you want to hide. However if your lucky enough to have clear skin then this could work great for you.
This does hide my shine when my skin is greasy but when my skin is normal/dry then it makes it look too dull. So I will keep this and use it only when I've been naughty and eaten loads of greasy, fatty foods!
Overall this is a good foundation which I will recommend; I think it is worth 4 stars. The price is reasonable at £13.50 AND even better as it is also part of an offer, and quite a good offer as well. It is easy to remove the foundation, make up wipes and washing my face with cleanser gets rid of all of it. It is overall a good foundation.
I'd noticed some uneven skin tone recently on my face that wasn't being corrected by my usual foundation and decided I wanted something with a heavier coverage. I was also suffering slightly greasy patches and thought a matte foundation might do the trick, making me less shiny. When I saw NO.7's new Beautifully Matte foundation it sounded like just the thing, promising I'd be shine free for up to 12 hours. It also claims to minimise blemishes and that the colour stays true and fresh for longer. I tried some of the tester and decided to give it a go, choosing a cream shade, which in the store seemed a good match. At £13.50 it wasn't exactly cheap, but at the time I had a voucher for £5 off and with that discount it seemed reasonable.
Like many of No.7's foundation range, beautifully Matte comes in a clear dispenser with a pump lid containing 30 mls of product. I really like their packaging, the product is easily dispensed with the correct amount, there's no clogging stick mess in the lid and you can see when your getting short. Most no'7 skin products now contain SPF 15 as standard and this is no different and again another tick in it's favour. I am concious of sun damage to my skin and keen to minimise the effects, so having SPF already built in to my daily make up and skin care routine is a real plus.
Getting home I was keen to try the product and experience a shine free, flawless finish. I cleansed and moisturised my skin and began applying a small amount to my skin. And this is key, with this product a little goes a long way...two pea sized amounts were enough for my entire face. The consistency is very thick, kind of like a clay mask, and I did find it difficult to apply but overall I was quite happy with the look. The foundation did give an excellent even matte coverage and the colour seemed to match perfectly. I did find it a little drying and felt slightly cakey when on, but I made a note to myself to use a more intense moisturiser before applying next time. As I'd only been testing the foundation and wasn't going out that evening, I jumped in shower and washed it off.
The next day I was heading down to London to meet up with some fellow book blogging friends and attend a publisher and author event. I was getting a very early train so didn't apply any make up at all before setting of, instead planning to do it on the train journey. About half an hour before I reached my destination I started to apply my make up. In exactly the same way as the previous evening I started applying the beautifully Matte foundation and apart from finding it thick and difficult to apply again, didn't notice any difference. However being in the harsh daylight made a vast difference to the appearance of the foundation on my skin. Firstly, the colour was ghastly, I looked deathly pale and washed out. Secondly, the foundation seemed to be settling in and accentuating every wrinkle, particularly round my mouth and eyes. Now I'm in my early thirties and I do have the odd fine line in these area's, but nothing I generally worry about. The effect from the foundation was awful though and aged me considerably. I was horrified but as my stop loomed closer and with no alternative, I had to leave it for the time being.
Within fifteens minutes my face felt disgusting. I felt caked with the stuff and it was making my skin feel dry and irritable. Looking in a mirror again the foundation looked powdery and completely unnatural. Along with greasy patches I also have a couple of areas of dry skin and the foundation here made it really flaky. Not only did it look bad, but I felt dreadful with this stuff on my face. I was relieved to see a Boots store at London Euston and ran in to buy my usual and more trusty brand.
I was very disappointed with this product. I'm a big fan of No.7 products in general but hated this one and can not recommend it at all. I'm not sure if it would suit a younger or more oily skin (rather than my combination) but even then I think the consistency, colouring and drying effect would stop me suggesting it. I found it aging and uncomfortable to wear and the pale, powdery and flaky finish was not the flawless one I was hoping for. There are far better Matte foundations on the market, sadly this one went straight in the bin and I certainly won't be trying it again!