“ Brand: Boots / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes, „
If my make up bag could talk it would say "STOP BUYING FOUNDATIONS" but it can't so I will continue to do so. My latest purchase was from the Boots No7 range - I always love the high end quality but sometimes think the products are a little over priced (£10 for an eyeliner etc) however that's where the handy £5 off Boots voucher came in handy and I snapped up the No7 Essential Moisture Foundation as the name suggested exactly what my skin was craving.
It claims to give my skin a 'burst of hydration' each time you apply this foundation that contains a blend of 'Sodium Hyaluronate' that treats your skin to additional moisturising and a 'Ceramide Complex' to help the skin retain the moisture it has been given. It also contains a special mineral compound including ruby, amethyst and sapphire so you will be covering your face with jewels so we can all feel a bit Royal each day! There is also SPF 15 to help protect your face against the harmful rays from the sun and the ageing effects.
On paper it sounds amazing with all the natural ingredients and glistening gems so I was so excited to try it out and could not wait to review it for the Dooyoo readers! There are 6 shades to choose from, they are:
205 Cool Shell - The lightest shade, very creamy and pale.
215 Soft Cream - Light shade with yellow undertones.
220 Light Beige - Medium shade with golden undertones.
225 Beige - Medium shade with almost bronze undertones.
230 Soft Honey - One of the darker shades with golden undertones.
235 Sand - The darkest shade with bronze and yellow undertones.
I really love the sleek, chic and classy packaging as its simple yet very effective in a black glossy triangular tube bottle, that you would often find a lotion in. Gold lettering adorns the front with the brand and name as wells as 'Mineral Foundation' and 'Lightweight hydration for a health looking finish' - on the back is the ingredients and the SPF 15 factor. The lid is at the bottom in which you screw off to access the product. It looks to me more like a tinted moisturiser than a foundation.
I have found the best way to apply this is with my fingers - I know people say that you shouldn't, as your hands have excess oil on them but if you wash your hands regularly then its not a problem! I like to apply some to the back of my hand as your natural body heat will warm it up and make it easier to apply (think of it like a microwave - just a very, very mild one!) then I apply it in circle motions all over my face paying particular attention to my T-Zone. It is medium coverage I would say and has the appearance of a tinted moisturiser rather than a heavy foundation - some will love this but others will not. You can build it up but I find it looks more natural and better when only applied once, if you need extra coverage maybe opt for some concealer over the top instead. It is very matte but not drying which I was a little concerned about but was thank full it wasn't. The shade I chose (Cool Shell) is perfect for my skin tone and it blends really well so you don't get a line along your jaw. Its most suited for oily skin and is recommended for it however if you have dry skin I think this would work well as long as your have moisturised and primed your face first. I like to dust some powder over the top to help it stay longer but it will stay for up to 8 hours without so that's a great added bonus!
I love this foundation and have been using it for a while now and will re purchase when I have ran out as I love the look it gives m skin but also I know that it is doing my skin good thanks to all the added natural ingredients. It retails at £13.50 but with the £5 off (which you get when you spend over £5 at Boots) it's only cost me £8.50 - not a bad price for beautiful skin!
On the hunt for a good, reasonable priced foundation I headed to the No.7 counter. I hadn't used many of their products before but I am fair skinned I struggle to find foundations suitable for pale skin I was drawn in by their pale-friendly looking foundation.
This foundation costs roughly £10-13, it is not on the Boots website so I don't want to give an incorrect price. An added benefit of buying No.7 is that Boots often give out £5 off vouchers to use on the range.
The reason I am going to talk about the packaging as I am sitting looking at it now and cannot seem to see anywhere on the bottle what shade of foundation this is. This is not a good start.
As I bought this a while ago, I cannot say for sure that it didn't have a sticker on the bottle to indicate the colour, but I do find this very odd that it wouldn't be on the bottle. As I know myself I have different foundations - some darker for the few occasions I fake tan or have managed to get a bit of colour in the summer months-so I would liked to have known what shade I am putting on my face. Luckily in this case I only have one No.7 foundation.
The bottle is black with simple gold writing. It inform you tat the foundation is Medium Coverage, which is good as many 'high street' make-up brands forget that this is an important bit of information to have on their bottles. As dependant on your skin type, the occasion etc... you may want a particular level of coverage.
It also states that the foundation is Hypo-allergenic, it contains SPF and Vitamin A and E. All very good things for your skin. I have read quite often that you should wear sun cream on your face everyday - even in dull weather- to help prevent damage to the skin , so it's always good when your foundation does it's extra bit to stop you looking old before your time (as after all that is one reason some wear make up).
The bottle also lists the ingredients, the Boots company address, that the bottle is recyclable and simple instructions on how to use this foundation.
*~*Using the Product*~*
On first inspection of the foundation, all looks good. It is quite thick as you would expect for medium converge, it's got a silky feeling to it as well when you rub it between your fingers.
On my first few uses of this foundation, I have to say it was awful! At first it all seemed to be going well, however when trying to even our any patches I had missed or where I had put too much the foundation started to roll off! This then left patches of my face with foundation and patches without! Even when I did manage to get it on, during the day it would start to cake in areas, and disappear on others. This was not a good look.
Not impressed....however there is light at the end of the foundation faux pas tunnel.
After being forced to use this foundation when I have misplaced my other every day one I have figured out that you just have to use it right! Please note the following, is based on me applying this with my fingers, as this method is recommended for people with dry skin as the warmth from your hands helps it soak better into the skin. Using a brush may help its longevity and to get a nice even coverage - just beware of streaky brush marks.
Firstly, any base of moisturiser or primer you use ensure you give it a decent amount of time to soak into your skin. As I am always rushing, I would tend to jump straight from moisturiser to foundation. Doing this with this foundation seems to create some sort of pile on effect which then causes the foundation to rub off. I like to put my moisturiser on, go get dressed and come back to the make-up.
Next tip, is you need to work fast! When using of this foundation you think more as if your sculpting it on your skin as opposed to just rubbing it on. Therefore work quickly to get an even coverage, try and do all of your face in the one go. Instead of say, cheeks, forehead, chin etc...again maybe this is where using a brush would help.
*~*The Finished Look*~*
I have found that when I do use this foundation right it does in fact make a very smooth base.
It creates an even tone and disguises most blemishes. I also have to point out if you do have pale skin, or like the pale look then this is really good. Sometimes I feel a bit like a porcelain doll before I apply the rest of my make up, my face looks that smooth. It has a slight shiny finish to it, but not too much that you need to power your face to avoid looking greasy.
It does make my skin feel soft, and after a few hours of wearing my skin does not feel tight. As I find on occasion I feel I need to give my face an added boost of moisturiser throughout the day.
I think would be very suited to people who have decent skin to start with but maybe would just like to even out their skin tone as opposed to covering a lot of blemishes. I think if you had acne or other skin conditions this would cling to those areas you would rather cover up.
*~* Longevity *~*
The more I master the art of applying this foundation the better it seems to last. I have noticed on occasion caking, but this is normally on areas of dry skin on my face. I wouldn't have expected this as it is labelled a moisturising foundation.
I wouldn't say I still look fresh at the end of my working day but it's not shockingly bad.
*~* Overall *~*
I did grow to be rather impressed by this foundation however the fact that you have to work with the foundation and it doesn't work with you puts me off buying it again. I am far to rushed and half asleep in the morning to have to take the time to get this on right. In saying that I do like to use it when I'm going out as I can take my time with the base, etc..
If you have any left for those who also didn't like it, then give it another whirl and see how you get on, to others try in the shop before you settle on buying. As I think this would be great if you had the right skin for it, but not for everyone. As for the price there are many cheaper foundation that do just as good a job.
Im a foundation addict. I love trying the different brands and seeing what coverage you can get and how well it blends etc. Im not fussy - ive used everything from Collection 2000 to Clarins - and i generally buy dependant on the offer thats on the product at the time i buy it.
I picked this up with one of those £5 no7 vouchers you get in boots when you spend over a tenner. It costs £10.50, so it only actually cost me £5.50 with my voucher - which is a bargain for a foundation really. Im always surprised at how expensive No7 products are really considering that they are technically Boots own make - but generally speaking they are good quality and so i usually trust them.
This foundation comes in a black tube with gold writing on it. You can get it in the following colours: -
I bought the buff, which i would describe as nude.
Inside the tube, the liquid is quite runny. I apply my foundation with a brush not a sponge, and it spreads well because it is so runny - which means that you dont need a lot. It blends well into your own skin tone, and doesnt blotch or blob together in any places. It doesnt lie heavy on your skin because it is thin - and it has a SPF 12 in it too.
However - because it is so runny it doesnt stay on your skin very well. It tends to have vanished after about 4 hours, and therefore isnt suitable for a full day at work unless you want to reapply. Id your looking for all day coverage or wanting to hide spots or blemishes - this isnt for you.
I really would compare this more to a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. Its quite nice on your skin - but doesnt give the coverage of a decent foundation.
Only buy it with tinted moisturiser in mind.
I tend to use this foundation when I have really dry skin as it is a good moisturiser too. However if you prefer a shine free look that last all day this is not the best choice.
This foundation has been around a long time, and comes in a black tube in which you squeeze the liquid foundation out. After using this foundation you will find that the tube lid becomes blocked and the foundation becomes hard, so be sure to wipe all excesses foundation off as you will only be wasting this bottle else.
You can get a vartiety of colours from light to dark depending on your skin tone, but you should definatly use a tester with this one to get your perfect match.
This foundation does not tend to blend to easily on the skin and can leave orange marks around the outline of your face if not done carefully, so you need to spend a fair amount of time blending and not putting to much foundation on your fingers or on your foundation brush.
I personally found that on my skin, this foundation made it look very shiney greasy almost and incredibly sticky, it also rubs of far to easily for my liking. This is not the type of foundation I like. So I do not really recomend it unless you like your skin looking fresh and unless you are wearing it alone with no blusher, as the blusher tends to mix badly on the skin and you end up with clumps of blusher and foundation pile up on your cheeks, which is not a look any one wants.
The foundation itself comes out quiet thick and a small amount is plenty, the tube lasts a very long time.
Price wise it costs £10.50 so for a liquid foundation this is quiet expensive. So make sure you try before you buy.
I ran out of foundation, and I needed something quite cheap, but still good, so this seemed like a good option. I usually have quite dry skin, so I wanted a moisturising one as well. At £10.50, it wasn't a big dent in my bank balance, but I thought I would be paying for quality.
This foundation doesn't last. I apply it at 7am everyday, and I have to reapply by about 12pm. Having said that, it's not greasy, and doesn't leave an oily residue on your skin. Added to that, it doesn't actually make my skin any less dry, I wouldn't really say it was 'moisturising.'
It is SPF12 and contains Vitamin A and E, but since getting the foundation, I have actually got more spots, so I'm not very impressed. It does cover your skin tone quite well, but is quite sheer, so you do need concealer as well.
The packaging is subtle, which makes it look quite expensive, but the squeeze cap can sometimes 'leak,' causing there to be a ring of foundation around the top.
Overall, I feel the negatives outweigh the positives, but I think it depends on your individual skin condition. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone like me, with naturally oily skin and not a great complexion. If I were to recommend this to anyone, it would be to someone with good skin, so they wouldn't have to reapply constantly.
Even though I have dark hair and eyes, if I don't get any sun for a while I have an extremely pale and blotchy complexion so foundation is a staple product in my make up bag. I have tried dozens of foundations over the years in an attempt to match my skin tone, but I have so far failed to find a foundation which doesn't give me an orange twinge - until I came across this one.
I had a voucher for £5 off any No7 product, so I thought I would put it towards a new foundation. I explained my "orange problem" to the lady at the counter who immediately pointed me in the direction of the Essential Moisture foundation in New Ivory shade (10). This shade is absolutely perfect for me, being more beige, there isn't a hint of orange, and I'm delighted.
I have quite greasy skin and I am prone to the odd spot every now and again. I can tell within a few uses if a facial product is ok for me, and this one is. I have not had any spots since I have started using it (2 months ago). My skin feels well moisturised, and not at all greasy or heavy like some foundations have made me feel, you barely notice that you are wearing it. This product has SPF 12, and also vitamins A and E, so it is perfect for the drying effects of the summer sun.
This foundation is quite light, but gives full coverage, easily covering the darker scars of spots past! Because it is so light, it doesn't last all day, and I often have to reapply at lunchtime, especially if it is a hot and humid day. I do not see this as being a particular problem, as I haven't found a product anyway that lasts all day, and I am happy to touch up. The light and creamy texture leaves me with a "dewy" finish that looks natural, and not overly made up, although I do put pressed powder over my T-zone as I don't want to be too shiny.
Essential Moisture foundation comes in a 40ml black tube with the classic No7 gold writing on the front and back. I like the fact that it is in a plastic tube, as I have dropped glass bottles of foundation in the past, and it is greasy nightmare to clean up when the glass breaks. Now that I have used it and seen how good it is, I would be happy to pay the full price of £10.30 for this foundation, however, there is very often offers available for this product - £5 off, as I had, 3 for 2, or free products when a certain amount is spent on No7 products. There is also the added bonus of advantage points on boots purchases.
Now that I have found the perfect shade and finish, I can't see me changing foundation ever again, so I really hope that this one is here to stay. Well done No7 and thank you!
Keep your skin feeling comfortably moisturised all day long with this easy to wear medium coverage foundation /