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      14.05.2013 12:43
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      A poor primer which makes you look and feel green

      **** What is it? ****
      This is a Primer by Boots No7 which comes in a green, squeezable, 40ml tube. Primers help make up stay on for longer and even out skin tone. I very seldom use a primer as I feel a tinted moisturiser is a good enough base for my skin as I do not tend to suffer from redness. It claims to create 'a perfect canvas for foundation whilst correcting red complexions for soothed skin'. This primer also contains Vitamin A and E to revitalise tired skin.

      **** Why did I buy it? ****
      Boots No7 make up is probably my favourite make up range when it comes to foundations and concealers. I usually tend to buy my make up when it is on offer. On this occasion I had a £5 off voucher so thought I would try something new. This is the first primer I have ever purchased or used and the thought of my make up staying on for longer sounded great.

      **** How much does it cost? Where can you buy it from? ***
      You can buy this primer from Boots for £10.50. However, I think if you were to look on Ebay you would probably find this a lot cheaper. As primers go I think around the £10.00 mark is an average price.

      **** Ingredients ****
      Aqua (Water), C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Mica, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Xanthan gum, Methylparaben, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract, Propylene glycol, Ethylparaben, Retinyl palmitate, Simethicone, Tocopherol, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77289 (Chromium hydroxide green), CI 77492 (Iron oxides)

      **** How to use it? ****
      First you need to unscrew the lid and squeeze out the desired amount, normally a small blob the size of a pea is more than enough. Then dab the primer to your face using a foundation brush or sponge, but general I like to use my fingers. Blend the primer into your skin and be sure you have covered all areas as evenly as possible. Once this has dried you can then apply your foundation.

      **** My Thoughts ****
      Once I squeezed the tube and saw that the colour of the cream was green I was quite shocked, I don't know what colour I expected it to be but it certainly wasn't green. It is not bright green, it is more like a turquoise green, which is mean to help neutralise red skin. This is easy to apply, like applying foundation, and does give an even (green) coverage. Now the main problem I found with it was that even after I applied my foundation, my face still had a slight green tinge to it, which meant that I had to apply even more foundation than usual. I did not find that my make up lasted longer than usual and I certainly did not think that it 'revitalised' my 'tired' skin. I actually found it to be pretty pointless and just add extra time to my make up routine without having any benefits. There was not a particularly pleasant fragrance from the primer but then I haven't found any primers/foundations to smell that good. The consistency is quite thick, which I found made the tube of primer last longer, as I did not need to apply much to my face. I used this primer a handful of times and gave up with it. I actually still see it from time to time in the back of my make-up draw, hanging out with the other make-up which I thought was either useless or a waste of time.

      **** Summary ****
      Overall I would not recommend buying this primer, unless you were thinking of going to a fancy dress party as the Incredible Hulk. It was a complete waste of money and I shall not be purchasing it again. I think the green colour is just to strong and needs to be toned down.

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      13.05.2013 21:15
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      No7 colour correcting primer

      I am generally a fan of No7 and their make-up and skincare ranges but there are a few things which I have tried in the ranges which haven't been up to the high standards of the other things.

      I bought the colour calming primer because when I am on a night out sometimes it can get unbearably hot and when the heat is combined with alcohol my cheeks can become flushed and red.

      The lady at the N07 counter recommended this to me as she said that underneath my make-up this would calm the redness and help to disguise it.

      The primer is a green cream which you just dab onto your skin where you have high colour and then blend it in. The green tint of the cream will neutralise any red in the skin.

      The cream is thick and I thought that it was difficult to blend into my cheeks. When I did finally blend it in I noticed that it did change the colour of my cheeks but not for the better as it made them look rather ashen and grey looking. It was quite a weird look and didn't look natural at all.

      When my foundation was on top of the primer it did look loads better and the ashen grey palour to my cheeks was disguised and when I had some blusher on top it was unnoticeable. To begin with this was pretty good and I think it did help with the redness but as the night wore on the redness started to come through and by the end the flushed look was just the same as it always was.

      I think this works for a couple of hours and although it looks horrible on its own when make-up is applied over the top of it then it works much better. I still use this when I am going out as it does help a little bit but I probably wouldn't buy it again as I don't think it was really worth the money and I have used another one which a friend gave me by Clinique and it was much better and longer lasting than this one.

      It does help a little bit with the high colour and the flushing but not enough. I bought this over a year ago and although I use it regularly when going anywhere I still have loads left as I only need a little bit at a time so the bottle lasts for ages. This costs £10.50 from Boots.

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      10.05.2012 01:30
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      Not the perfect product for everyone and I wouldn't recommend it,cheaper alternatives are available!

      A year ago I was in search of something that reduced the redness in my face that thankfully I no longer have an issue with, but for a number of years I couldn't hide it even behind foundation so I was recommended this by staff in boots, of course.

      I did at the time purchase this with a money off voucher of £5 but still paid about £6 for it which to me is still a chunk of money to spend on something small like this, especially when money wasn't easily available at the time and to be honest with all of you; I wish I'd have saved it for a better alternative as I was highly disappointed with it.

      I found that every time I used this, there was no change in the redness in my face and I also found that my make up was harder to blend and didn't stay on easily. It also did not agree with my foundation and made my face feel heavy and clogged up.

      I forced myself to try out different approaches with this product by trying different types of make up on top of it, moisturising before and/or after application, making sure my skin was fully ex foliated and fresh before application and avoided using products that may hinder the results of the calming base. Eventually I gave up and decided that this wasn't for me as it wasn't making the slightest bit of difference in the rosiness of my cheeks and it tampered with the quality of my make up.

      I cannot say that this will be the case for everyone as some people might have found this to be ideal for them and suitable for their skin types and daily facial regime, however after using a number of different products similar to this, the quality and the expected outcome wasn't good enough for the amount of money you are expected to spend on it.

      The one major concern for me also was the fact that despite blending and blending and controlling how much of it you use; the product leaves a green tint on the skin, and let's be honest, who wants to look like they're sea sick all the time?! so you must ensure that you cover it correctly and evenly with foundation and it is not appropriate to be worn without foundation as you'll look incredibly ill.

      It also dries rapidly so it is advisable that you apply this in sections so you have a decent amount of time to blend the product without giving yourself green streaks across your face! Use a brush or foundation sponge if you can as it will give you a more even coverage. It is also available in a lavender shade, but remember that this too will make you look very ill if not applied correctly and hidden under foundation!

      Overall I believe that this product may work for those who have slight issues with rosy skin but if your skin is pretty bad when it comes to redness - this product will not work for you and you're better off looking for something more worth while.

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      10.10.2011 18:13
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      A great little product to have in your makeup bag

      In the winter I get red cheeks and I look permanently flushed. I read about this product in a magazine where it had recieved good reviews so I bought a tube in the green shade.

      A tube containing 40ml of this product costs £11. There are actually two shades available lavender which will correct sallow and dull complexions as well as neutralising yellowy tones and a green shade which will neutralise and correct redness as well as concealing blemishes and uneven skin tone.

      The base comes in a tube which is green in colour.

      To use the base you simply apply a small amount using your fingers and blend into your skin. Concentrating on the areas which suffer from redness.

      When you dispense the product it looks a little scary as it is really green, I was worried that it wouldn't blend into my skin, however it has a really creamy consistency much like a moisturiser and I found that it blended in really well. You only need to use a really small amount of this product, if you dispense too much then you will end up looking realy green and it is almost impossible to blend in, I made this mistake the first time and ended up having to wash it all off, green is not a good look! I now find that it is better to apply a small amount and build it up if I need too. It is only on my cheeks that I suffer redness and this worked really well to disguise my rosy cheeks. I have clear skin so I can't really say how well it would do at covering blemishes but it did appear to even up my skin tone. It works particularly well under foundation as it gives you a good base to work with.

      I would recommend this a tube lasts for ages and it can be used with or without foundation. I would rate this 5 out of 5 it is a miracle in a tube!

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      18.05.2011 16:36
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      A Summer Must Have For Me!

      I know a lot of people go to great lengths to get that flushed cheek look for their face but as anyone with naturally rosy cheeks will tell you sometimes it is a curse rather than a blessing. I have very naturally flushed cheeks which in the summer get very red indeed so I look constantly like im blushing or really, really hot and I absolutely HATE it. When it comes to rosy cheeks Id much rather fake it but since I dont have that option I like to try and find products that will help tone down the flushed look a little bit. This 'No7 Colour Calming Make-Up Base' I actually received as a free sample just before Christmas in a small No7 set but as the weather has been lovely lately my red cheeks have come back with avengence so I started using this to try and calm the colour down a little bit - and it has worked a lot better than I assumed it would to be honest.

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      Price: £11
      Stockists: Boots & boots.com
      Shades: Lavender - For brightening sallow & dull complexions. Green - For reducing redness, covering blemishes & evening out your skintone.
      Other Info: This can be used under your foundation or alone and actually helps to make your foundation and other make-up last much longer as well.

      - I personally own this base in Green as I wanted (although I didnt actually choose it) to reduce redness so thats the shade Ill be writing about in this review.

      This product comes in a small plastic tube which does look a little like a foundation tube except this one is a mint green in colour. The tube contains around 40ml of the base BUT as you only use a very small amount each time one tube will last me personally a really long time - thank god for the 12 month shelf life on this product! On the front and back of the tube is all the information you could need - shelf life, ingredients, directions for use etc so any questions you have should ne answered on the tube - although if you have any additional questions/queries there is a website you can write to as well. On the bottom of the tube is a plastic top which is simply pulled off to reveal the small nozzle inside - Ive found that top to be very secure as it has never fallen off or leaked when Ive been carrying this around so the packaging is very effective. A bit plain maybe but I dont mind too much about that.

      This primer is very simple to apply as its just like a lotion really. You simply squeeze the plastic part of the tube to release some onto the nozzle and then apply it straight onto your face - I find it works best if you specifically apply it to the redder areas a bit more than everywhere else but that will be different areas depening on the person. Now when it comes to using this product less is definitely more - using too much WILL make you look very silly - green patches on your skin and falky foundation are 2 of the things that using too much will make appear so use a small amount and you will find you get better results - and the tube will last much longer that way as well. The primer/base itself also looks and feels very much like a normal face lotion. This is essentially a cream that feels very nourishing on my face and the only difference between this and my normal face creams is that this one has a slight green tinge - which does not show up on your skin unless you apply a lot! This sinks into my skin really quickly and feel instantly hydrating - thats good for me because I normally use this underneath my foundation so I like that I dont have to wait around for ages before I can apply my 'proper' make-up.

      Now Im very happy to say this base has really amazed me with how good it is because it genuinely does do everything it promises. This acts as a great base for my make-up as it creates a very clean, and even base for me to then apply other products on top of it and I would definitely say this helps my foundation blend better and stay put for longer. Even better though this does actually reduce my bright red cheeks! It doesnt make the redness disappear totally - which Im actually glad about as Id look way too pale if it did - but it leaves my cheeks looking rosy pink rather than sweating, bright red which is just the look I was going for when I started using this. The green tone helps reduce the redness without giving my skin any kind of green tinge at all so Im very happy with this product overall and I will certainly be buying this again - its the first product to actually reduce my red cheeks! A summer must have for my make-up bag now!

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        11.04.2011 23:23
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        This product feels nice, but not recommend for blushing skin

        I purchased this colour calming make up base, in an aid to reduce blushing. I wasn't sure at the time if I buying the right thing or not, and it turns out I wasn't really..

        The product --> The liquid is in a green coloured squeezy bottle, which is soft and is 300ml. It comes out very easily, and the cream is a green colour! Which I did find strange at first, and then realised this is how it acts to balance out the redness.

        The cost --> I got this for slighter cheaper than it retails at, for about £7. I last came across it in the shops for about £12, but was told that it is being discontinued and replaced with another similar product, but it more of a gel.

        I use this before I put my make up foundation on, applying quite a thick coat of it, to try and hide any blushing I may get throughout the day. I do think that part of it is psychological, and that by applying it I felt that I was not showing my blushing when in fact it probably was not doing much to calm the skin down. I think that for my problem was something that could not actually be treated - as it can flare up at ay moment. Whereas this was actually offering already present red skin to be calmed down once the cream was applied. After reading other reviews on it however, I have not seen many that actually recommend it.

        The cream also got quite gooey and messy around the opening, which was a bit annoying, but it did not take much to clean up. A positive of this is that it did not take much to rub in the skin, and was very absorbent.

        I would not recommend this product if you are buying it for skin which flares up through blushing, as I really do not think it helped to conceal mine.

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          10.04.2011 14:02

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          I purchased this product as I quite often suffer from blemishes and red skin. I was told by the beauty consultant in Boots that this product would suit my needs perfectly and create a base which would calm my skin before I apply foundation.

          The first time I tried this product I found that it is not very easy to apply evenly and doesn't spread well however, I continued to apply it and wait for it to sink into my skin before I applied my foundation (Also No 7). I found it had given me and easier base to apply my foundation to and the foundation was even and lasted longer than it normally does, however I seemed to have a slight grey/green tinge to my skin due to the colour of the base.

          I carried on using the product for a few days but would notice that I always seemed to be left with pale green patches on parts of my face where the cream was so difficult to blend evenly so gave up with it.

          I wouldn't recommend the product to anyone as it was a waste of money. Although it kept my foundation in place I didnt enjoy the feeling of being green throughout the day!

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          26.01.2011 08:33
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          When it comes to products like this, I always rely on reading reviews before deciding whether to purchase it or not. The confusion comes in when all of the reviews on Dooyoo give it 1 star, yet the reviews on makeupalley are praising the product and giving it the highest ratings - is it just that us Dooyoo'ers are more harsh in our ratings? I decided to bite the bullet and buy this anyway, mainly because it was the only one on the market I could find that was suitable for use with flash photography which was one of the main things I was looking for. No7 Colour Calming Primer comes in both lilac and green, I'll be reviewing the green version today.

          This primer is formulated to correct redness whilst leaving your skin like a blank canvas ready for a smooth foundation application. I've mentioned in reviews before that I'm blessed with clear skin and never really get blemishes, but I do have a lot of redness and large pores, so this seemed perfect for me! Normally I wouldn't bother with a product like this as I can tone the redness down quite a bit with foundation, but it still shows through sometimes and I certainly don't want a red face for the ball I'm going to next week!

          The primer comes in a pale green squeezy tube with a twist off cap. The bottle stands on the cap, therefore the product will run down to the end it can be squeezed out of which makes it easier to squeeze out every last drop of product. While the front of the tube contains only a small amount of information, mainly the brand name and product name, the back of the tube seems to boast a huge novel of information. This is mainly a long list of ingredients and a bit about the product. I'm told that it is hypo-allergenic and contains both vitamin A and E to condition the skin.

          When you twist off the cap you'll then have to peel off a small bit of gold foil, this just ensures that no one has tampered with or already used the product. When you peel the foil off, you'll probably slightly shocked at just how green the primer actually is. I expected a very pale green moisturiser type product, but this is actually a very bright pistachio green colour - slightly scary when you think that this going on your face!
          It appears to be a very creamy consistency which is perfect for blending and has no noticeable scent.

          The main areas I suffer with redness are my cheeks and my nose, so I only need to use it on those ares. I squeezed out a pea size amount and blended it in circles over my right cheek. I didn't really have high expectations, but I was happy to find that the redness on my cheek had been dramatically reduced. I repeated that on my left cheek and again, the redness was essentially 100% covered. Then it came to my nose. My nose is the most frustrating part of my body, it is impossible to work with and I struggle to get it to look perfect every single day - it is the centrepiece of my face after all!
          I applied a teeny tiny amount onto my nose, but it made absolutely no difference. The redness on my nose is much brighter than on my cheeks, and the skin on my nose is totally different too, so I wasn't really surprised. I decided to apply a little bit more to see if it would work, but the slight difference it made wasn't really enough to be excited about.

          You'll notice that your skin will look a little paler after you apply this, and when you apply your foundation over it you will be left with a very even finish. I'm already very pale, so when I add this product into the mix I'm left with a very Snow White type finish. Very pale and porcelain, but in a pretty way. I don't look sick, and my foundation applies flawlessly over this product. It doesn't clog or settle in your pores and doesn't flake or clump on your face. I read a few reviews saying that it left people's skin with clumps and green streaks but I can only say that these people are using the product completely wrong! You only need a tiny amount of a primer otherwise it will clump! Add some colour into the product and of course it will tint your skin that colour, but if you start small and just add more as you need it then you won't have any issues with green tints and clumpiness.

          I've also noticed that this keeps my foundation on for and hour or two longer than my foundation would normally stay on. As a primer, and extra hour or two isn't very impressive, but it's always handy to have longer lasting makeup.

          I've experienced no bad side effects and it hasn't caused any breakouts or anything, so I feel safe when using it.

          As I mentioned at the beginning of this video, this product is suitable for use with flash photography. Most of the colour corrector primers on the market (mainly the Loreal one) contain masses of reflective ingredients which you won't be able to see in real life, but will leave your photographs with little reflective particles all over your face. Not very pretty for your special occasion photos!

          The tube contains 40ml of product and will cost £11 from the No7 counter at Boots. Boots still have their £5 off vouchers at the minute, so you could even pick it up for £6 which I feel is great value for money. I personally don't think £11 is the right price for it because it isn't something I'll use everyday, I'll only be using this for special occasions to ensure that I have no redness showing up in photos etc.

          I do recommend this product, but it won't work miracles so if you suffer with severe redness or rosacea then you won't be fully covered, but if you some slight redness then this really does work. I'll be giving the primer 3 stars as like I said, it works, it just doesn't work miracles and there is still some slight redness on my nose showing through.

          Thank you for reading!

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            09.11.2010 13:23
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            A real disappointment.

            I bought this product after reading several good reviews about it. I wish I hadn't bothered!

            It claims to create a perfect canvas for foundation whilst neutralising and concealing redness. I have combination skin and I applied this after washing my face and using moisturiser. I found that the primer did not go on smoothly at all. It went on patchy and left green marks on my skin. It didn't really conceal redness at all and left me looking green and ill.

            I have open pores on my face and the primer just sat in them. It didn't smooth them out. It seemed to just block them up!

            When it came to putting foundation on after, it didn't work at all. My foundation made the primer flaky. I tried mixing the two together but this failed me also. It worked slightly better when I mixed the primer with me moisturiser but it still didn't do what it claimed to do!

            I really wouldn't recommend this at all. At £10.75 in boots, it is not worth trying it.

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            18.04.2010 19:48
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            Don't waste your own money, too!

            Most of the make-up I wear regularly tends to be L'Oreal or No.7. I'm familiar with a lot of No.7 products and am, on the whole, massively impressed by their range. There had never been one of their products that I didn't think was brilliant until I bought their "Colour Calming Make-Up Base."

            I have reasonably rosy cheeks a lot of the time - but it's not permanent. I thought that it would be easy to treat and had this product recommended to me by a beautician. It is a green cream which is used as a make-up primer - the premise being that the green pigments in the cream will neutralise the redness in your skin creating a more even tone. There are no detailed instructions with the product so using my own initiative I decided to only apply it to my red cheeks - I didn't need it on my nose or forehead or chin, for example. I found it really difficult to rub in the first time I used it and noticed absolutely zero effect. I wondered if perhaps I had applied the lotion wrongly, so I did it slightly differently the next time, and didn't rub the cream in so well. I applied it in a smooth, thin layer and then applied my usual make-up on top. Again - I failed to notice a difference. Or rather, I did notice a difference, but it wasn't a positive one. All that happened was that my make-up looked thick and it caked up when I applied powder.

            I remain unimpressed by the product. I consider it a massive waste of money at over ten pounds for the tube, and wish I had spent my hard-earned cash on something else.

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            04.09.2009 01:39
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            Don't buy, opt for pistachio ice cream instead

            After conplaining for days on end to my mother about my exceedingly red nose (no I'm not rudolf and nor was I perpetually drunk at the time!), she dug around in her make up bag and presented me with a green tube called No 7 Colour Calming Make up Base. I have heard of the idea of combatting redness with green (being as they are complimentary colours, on opposite sides of the colour wheel) so I was up for giving it a try. Unfortuately I was left rather disappointed...

            Promise

            No 7 promises that this colour corrector will "calm overly rosy (I love this phrase!) complexions with this clever colour corrector." Hmmm, I don't think so.

            Packaging

            The colour corrector comes in a small, sea green, squeezable tube with mathing green lid. No 7 is emblazened on the front in gold lettering with the name and the description ("calms and neutralises rosy skin tones") and the fact that this prouct is hypo-allergenic. The instructions on the back tell you to moisturise before applying and that it can be worn alone or under foundation.

            The product

            As you may have gleaned from my very subtle remarks, I'm not a huge fan of this product. Upon removing the lid, you are supposed to squeeze a small amount onto your fingertips. However, this is rarely the case as it is stands on the lid, all the cream collects at the bottom and so I often get a lot more than I squeezed for.

            When you do get some if the colour corrector out, you'll find (well hopefully you won't make the same mistake as my mother of purchasing this) that it is a mint green, creamy - but on the liquidy side - substance. Applying it is a very tricky process as I gave found that too much and you look as if you are about to transform into the hulk, but too little and there is no effect or a slight grayish tinge. Unfortunately this ideal medium is rarer than a snowball in hell and I usually just give up and settle for looking a little sunburnt.

            So if you want to look like a fictional monster or as if you had just stared into the eyes of Medusa, then this is the product for you! Only £9.75 for a 40ml bottle, what are you waiting for? But seriously, this product isn't worth the time of day and especially not nearly ten pounds. After using this twice, it has been relegated to the back of my make up draw. Overall a disappointing product from a usually very high quality brand, shall not be buying again.

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              12.08.2008 23:27
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              This product doesn't perform, and in my view is a waste of time applying it (and money)

              I don't usually wear a lot of make up during the day, but when I go out on a night out I do make a real effect with my make up, and I am usually really rosy in the face when I am getting ready,normal because I am rushing about and feeling hot and flustered. It doesn't take much to make my cheeks go rosy red and they seem to take ages to calm down, so putting foundation on top of rosy skin is a bit difficult and the results are not great.

              I was in Boots one day and I needed two items from the No 7 range, and I realised that the range was on 3 for 2, so I might as well get another product for free.There was nothing I could think of that I really needed, when this product caught my eye. At the time my cheeks were pretty rosy, and the No 7 assistant said that it would definitely help to calm my skin tone down. Seeing as it was free, I thought I would give it a go. It is normally £9.75 for a 40ml tube.

              I used it as instructed, moisturising first, then applying the cream cream (it has the consistency of a thick foundation, but green in colour). It claims to calm overly rosy complexions and neutrlises unwanted blushes all day long. I can't say that it really did anything for me.

              I rubbed it in on my rosy tones and then applied make up as normal. I have to say that I didn't really notice any difference, my cheeks were still pink, and seemed to have another dull tone to it too. I thought it was because I hadn't rubbed it in properly, or had applied my foundation too soon, so the next time I used it, I waited a bit longer, but it still didn't impress me. I can't really explain how it made my skin look, but the purpose of it is to get rid of unwanted rosy tones and for me it didn't really work.

              I'm glad I didn't spend any money on this product, and I definitely wouldn't pay £9.75 for it. I am disappointed because I find that on the whole, Boots No 7 produce some great products, many of which I recommend, but not this one I'm afraid.

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              01.07.2008 19:35
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              Don't buy it

              The previous review by Pink Glitter gives an excellent overview of this product. I would therefore only like to add my experience of this product.

              I don't wear a lot of make up but that I do is usually No7. I find the No7 range to be good quality, reasonably priced and has an excellent range. It is therefore with some sadness that I have to give this product a terrible review!

              When buying my usual purchases from No7 I decided to make the most of a 3 for 2 offer and buy something I wouldn't normally get. I chose the Colour Calming Make-Up Base as I sometimes get a little pink in the face. I am very fair skinned and if I get to much of the sun I can look a bit red.

              Following the instructions on the pack, I moisturised and rubbed a modest amount of the calming base over my face. I was a little disconcerted by the green tinge but imagined it would die down when I applied my foundation over it. I did so and continued to get ready. Imagine my horror when I looked in the mirror a few minutes later and realised I looked like The Hulk! Not a word of a lie - I actually laughed out loud. The colour this product gives is nothing short of ridiculous - sorry Boots but it is. I can't imagine how this got through product testing and on to the shelves.

              I have tried some green concealers before and to be honest they always seem to leave a tinge but nothing to this degree. Stay away from this product - it's not worth your tenner.

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                07.03.2008 10:33
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                A let-down from No.7

                The skin on my face tends to be quite red and I am always looking for ways to make it less noticeable. I have previously used concealer sticks, which were green in colour, the idea being that the green should neutralise the red in your skin tone. They never really worked for me, but still I decided to try No.7's colour calming make-up base that works on the same principle, but comes in the form of a cream rather than a stick.

                ~Packaging~

                This comes in a squeezable tube with a screw top lid, which it stands on. The colour of the tube is a pale mint green, very similar to the colour of the product inside. The design of the packaging is very plain and simple. Only a tiny amount of this is needed, and I feel it would have been better to put this in a tube with a long nozzle, as I frequently dispense too much of this product using the tube it is provided in.

                ~Using it~

                The back of the tube recommends moisturising your skin before applying the product, and it can be used on its own or underneath make-up. The make-up base is quite thick in consistency and takes a lot of blending in to get rid of the green colour completely.

                I have found that applying just one layer of this product does not improve the skin colour at all, however if you build up several thin layers the skin does begin to look a little less red.

                ~Results~

                Like I said, building up the product reduces redness, but this comes at a price. I felt that my skin looked extremely dull when I was wearing this - grey in fact -with a green tinge! If you look closely you will notice that there is a slight shimmer in this product, which I guess was added to combat the dull effect, but unfortuanetly I don't think it's enough.

                Applying foundation over the product does help improve on the dullness of the skin a bit, however even though they call the product a 'make-up base', I didn't think it was very good as one. I tried three different brands of foundation over the top of this stuff and had the same result with all of them - my foundation looked thick and cakey.

                ~Price~

                This costs £9.75 for a 40ml tube and is only available from Boots.

                ~Overall~

                Well, this was another waste of money!! I have tried this out several times, but never actually worn it outside the house because it makes me feel more self-concious than leaving my skin bare.
                Fair enough, lots of layers get rid of the redness, but they turn me grey, so unless Boots start making a product to combat grey skin, I guess this won't be using this again!!

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                Calm rosy complexions with this caring colour corrector /