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      06.06.2011 20:57
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      A smashing powder than helps to highlight your cheek bones

      I got this on a free offer a few months ago (in fact it was probably a year now) and I do think it is a great product out there!

      The product --> This powder comes in a cardboard type pot (sorry I can't explain better!) with a lovely professional black brush, with a gold rim around the handle. The brush does look expensive, and is of high quality. The powder is compact in the tub, and comes lose as soon as the brush sweeps across it. It picks colour up quickly too so you don't need to put much on it at all!

      This comes in two different colours, and I have it in the pink colour instead of having a blusher. I use this because it is a light pink, and sometimes think some of the others are too dark.

      The pot itself is not the most professional looking ever, because it does chip and the colour comes away off the box.

      The cost --> this costs about £10, but this is a price a usual No 7 product costs! However, I do think it is worth it.

      I always apply this as my final make up, just above my cheek bones which is where it highlights the best. It lives a lovely glow to the face, which I think it much better than any moisturiser, which can sometimes leave my face leaving a bit greasy. This is really lightweight so it doesn't leave your face feeling like it can't breathe, so I do recommend it. Especially for the summer months when you need a light refreshing look!

      A lovely quality product.

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      19.06.2010 14:41
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      I might buy it again

      This little beaut came into my possession about 10 months ago. I won't say I bought it because I didn't. There was a voucher at the Boots Advantage Card machine, and if I bought something from No7 I would get this free... worth £10! Gotta love a bargain.

      Boots says there a 3 shades available, however on the day I was there they only had Dandy Pink available. I asked the No7 girly if this would suit me, and she quickly replied 'yes'. Excellent, excellent, all was going according to plan.

      The packaging is actually quite surprising, looking at the image available here you may imagine it was plastic... but it is thick cardboard, and the powder is sitting in a shallow metal dish at the bottom. So fully recyclable then, and very lightweight. The cardboard has also held up well in my make up case (for travelling) and in the larger make up box I have at home.

      There is very little in the way of instructions; Dust lightly over your skin to take your complexion from dull to radiant in an instant.

      Hmmmm am I dull?

      These instructions aren't really that useful - should I use it without foundation? With? Over? Under? I decided to use it as I would a pressed powder to help set my foundation and also how I use my highlighter - after applying all of my usual make up.

      The application is straightforward - simply load up a large power brush and start spreading the good news. Since the packaging is quite deep before you get to the powder you can really swizz and whiz the brush around the pot ensuring that there is plenty of product on board brushy. Then simply 'dust' all over the face. I started with the areas I particularly wanted to highlight - across my brow bone, the very tops of my cheeks, quickly down my nose and slightly on my chin, the rest of the product I lightly applied to the rest of my face.

      Personally, I can hardly see any highlighting! This powder is nowhere near as effective as my usual cream highlighter, so if you want a proper highlighter, don't bother with this. However, I think it does an excellent job of setting my liquid foundation, without adding more colour like a normal pressed power. It seems to smooth my skin somewhat and keep it non greasy for most of the day. I would say that it also does add some warmth and glow to my face, so the effect is subtle and pleasant. Also it doesn't have any fragrance - I think this is good as there isn't really any need for your face to smell of powder!

      I think that £10 is a lot to pay for this, and I wouldn't have paid it - however, it is showing no signs of running out (admittedly I only use it 2/3 times a week) so that works out about £1 a month.

      I would recommend this product for those who want a subtle, light brightening and illuminating effect, and an alternative to pressed power. You would be disappointed if you were expecting something intense and vibrant. Perhaps Boots could explain this product more to enable people to make a better purchasing decision.

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        29.10.2009 15:15
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        Not something I'll be buying again

        I am quite a big fan of Boots No7 products and I bought this product quite a while ago and forgot all about it. At the time I bought it, it cost £10.50, however I had a voucher which meant I got it free when I bought any other Boots No7 product so it seemed like a bargain to me.

        The product comes in small tub which is made of cardboard, the colour of the tub reflects the colour of powder that you have bought. In side the tub is your powder which has a small brush resting on top of it. Like all No7 make-up this product is hypo-allergenic, so it should be fine for people with sensitive skin.

        I applied the powder all over my face lightly using the brush provided and I wasn't too impressed with the results. I felt that the brush was quite clumsy to use and this meant that you ended up repeatedly putting more powder onto the brush and this meant you had too much on your face. I didn't really like the colour or finish either, it didn't look natural or 'right' on my face so away it went into my makeup bag and it stayed there for some time.

        I was having a bit of a blusher crisis a few weeks ago as I realised that I was running out of the one I was using and I wasn't going to be able to get a new one for a few days, so I decided to see what I had stashed away. I found this pot and decided to give it ago as blusher and I was quite pleased with the results, the finished effect was quite subtle but it what I would expect of blusher and it did last all day. I did have to use another brush, not the one supplied in the tub and this made it much easier to apply.

        Now, I'm not sure how you're actually supposed to use this powder, the tub says apply to face, so I assumed it was meant to be used as a face powder - hence being called powder but if that is the case then it definitely didn't work at all.

        As a blusher, well it was slightly better but I do like a much bolder blusher colour so this worked only as an emergency blusher and I was glad when I could get to the shops and buy a shiny new blusher.

        Overall I was very disppointed in this product, perhaps I ws applying it wrong but it just didn't work for me at all and looked reall heavy on my face, completely unnatural!

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        16.08.2009 21:04
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        An amazing product producing that lovely dewy glow we all long for! :)

        I don't usually use No7 products unless my mum hands me them down or they have some offer going on. Well, the No7 Illuminating Powder was too good an offer to leave them on the shelf!

        I got this for free in Boots using a voucher from the advantage card machine which entitled me to this product when I bought any other No7 cosmetic product. I found a lip tint on clearance for £4 so got both for £4. The powder is usually £10 so a HUGE saving! (I would recommend keeping an eye out on the advantage card machine offers as there are usually some amazing offers to take advantage of). Of course I couldn't pass up an offer this good so I went back the next day and bought the other colour! (Typical make up addict eh?!)

        I have both of the available colours - Island Glow which is a soft tan colour with a hint of gold shimmer. The other shade is Dandy Pink, this is a light baby pink colour with a bit of golden shimmer through it. I use the Dandy Pink as a highlighting colour for my face or as a simple, neutral blusher in the summer.
        My favourite is definitely the Island Glow shade. It is perfect for contouring my face and giving a gorgeous glow to my skin. There is a bit of shimmer in the Dandy Pink shade but not enough to make you look like a disco ball! They are both gorgeous colours and can be used all over the face or concentrate on specific areas. The Island Glow gives a gorgeous healthy glow where the Dandy Pink gives that really dewy look that all us girls long for!!!!!

        The powder comes with a small half moon shaped blusher brush, which is pretty cheap and I don't use these as I prefer my own brushes. I would recommend an angled cheek brush to contour
        The packaging is very simple and sleek, it looks good on my dressing table, although the bottom panel of cardboard can come loose and push the pan of the powder up. This may be because I am a bit heavy handed with it!!! It is annoying but not majorly! The packaging is made from cardboard, which sometimes makes it a bit hard to put the lid back on but with some tweaking it goes on fine.
        You get a fair bit of product for your money (9 grams) - as a comparison my Bourjois Round Pot Blusher is only 2.5 grams of product.

        Both shades that I own apply to the skin really well and don't come out too dark. The colour is very sheer but can easily be built up for more colour on the face. Another plus is that it doesn't give that horrible cakey look that many bronzers and blushers I have do! The product does exactly what is says it will do, it illuminates!

        I love both of these products and for the bargain price I got them for (FREE), I love them even more. I am unsure as to whether the voucher I used is still available on the advantage card machines; although I did get these products a few months ago, but definitely have a look if you have a Boots card.

        No7 products are exclusive to Boots so head over there to pick up their range of products. I personally adore these products and would happily pay a tenner each for them, but I can see them lasting me quite a while yet.

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          15.08.2008 23:05
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          dont buy

          **NO7-highlights illuminating powder****

          A few months ago when i was browsing through my boots magazine,i happened to spot a voucher stating that if you bought any no7 product you would get the illuminating powder free.Since i needed face wipes anyway i decided to try them out.

          **packaging**
          I didnt think the packaging was that great to be honest and if i had paid the £10.50 i would have wanted it to be a lot better than an ugly carboard tub. Ah well its what is inside that counts ...

          **Shades**
          This Product is available in three different shades - so its a matter of pick the one that is closest to your skin tone and hope for the best. The one i got was called island glow.

          **Directions for use**
          Very simple just add lighty to your cheeks. It did come with a little black brush-the best thing about the product

          **Verdict**
          Im normally a big no7 fan but i did no like this at all. I thought or the retail price it should have been alot better also i think they should have a wider shade range,peope do not come in only 3 colours!!!!

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            07.07.2008 12:25
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            overall a good powder which is sheer and not heavy- the price is slightly high though for what u get

            I thought I would try this product as i have slightly oily skin, which can look dull sometimes, beause of the colour of my skin tone, especially in winter months. I thought this product would be good because its a powder so wil combat the shine, but still give me a glow on my face to make my skin look more healthy and younger.
            The product cosrs around £10.50 from Boots number 7 range which I thought was quite pricey for No7, howvere they do usually have offers in store like 3for2 so if you use other no7 products it maybe worth trying it as the free option.
            The packaging is a small carboard box, inside consists of a round platic compact which has a good size brush applicator and a pressed powder underneath, which I was surprised by as I presumed it would be a loose powder. The powder comes in three shades, some are more yellow toned others are more pink, so make sure you find the correct one to suit your face tone. The powders do look quite dark when in the packaging, but when applied to the brsuh and on the face they are really sheer and make skin glow and illuminate it, just like it says. I found the powder really weasy to apply, as the brush is a good size and the powder sweeps on really nicely, leaving skin glowing and radiant. The overall product is really good powder which does do what it says on the tin, as makes skin radiant and healthier looking, and the powder is not cakey, you cant really tell you are wearing it. Th only thing that lets it down is the higher price tag.

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              03.03.2008 12:00
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              Highlighting powder

              I got a tub of No.7 illuminating powder free a few weeks ago with a voucher I had. I have tried lots of No.7 products and overall I quite like them, but I'm not really sure if I would have actually bought this if I hadn't had the voucher, because I already use a highlighter stick which I'm happy with, and I tend to find with my dry skin, powders go cakey.

              ~About the Product~

              This is a powder designed to give your skin a bit of a glow and lift your skin tone- basically just make your complexion a bit more radiant, which is something I could do with! The product comes in three different shades, which are Island Glow (on Boots website it looks quite a yellowish tone, but in the shop it looked to me as if it was for quite dark skin tones -could have been the light though!), Perky Peach and Dandy Pink. I bought Perky Peach, which is a quite dark peach- I would say it is actually more pink than it is peach. The powder also contains vitamin E which they say will leave your skin silky soft.

              ~Packaging~

              This comes in a little cardboard tub, and when you remove the lid, ther is a round, flat brush inside to apply the product with, underneath is the product itself, which is pressed powder and not loose powder as I had expected. Most of the time when you get a brush or applicator supplied with a product, they're usually so small that they are not really any use - this wasn't the case here, as the brush is quite a good size, and I have been using it instead of my normal blusher brush.

              ~Application~

              To apply you simply sweep the brush through the powder and then sweep across your face. I find that depending on how much pressure you put on the brush as you sweep it through the powder, you may need to tap some excess off back into the tub.
              Although I was saying I liked the brush they have supplied, the first few times I used it, it did moult a bit onto my face, so I had little black hairs dotted about from the brush!
              The powder is very light, and you can hardly feel that you are wearing it.

              ~Results~

              Given the fairly strong colour of the product in the tub, I was expecting it to give a similar effect to blusher, but the powder is actually very sheer and whilst it does give some colour, it is surprisingly sheer. The powder contains tiny shimmery particles, which give the skin a luminous glow, and a bit of a lift. The powder is quite subtle though - don't be put off by the thought of brushing shimmer over your face, the result is a subtle glow, you won't look like something you hang on the Christmas tree!

              ~Price~

              As I mentioned already at the beginning of the review, I got mine free, but the full price is £10.25. Although it's a good product, I don't use these types of things enough to justify spending that amount of money.

              ~Overall Verdict~

              This was a great freebie and is a good quality product, which gives my skin a nice, subtle pick-me-up. I think it's quite pricey, and can't actually see myself buying it at full price, so I'm going to mark it down for that, but otherwise a great product.

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                20.01.2008 14:05
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                A miracle in a pot.

                As most people who read my cosmetic reviews will know by now I have an infatuation with a youthful glow. Maybe it's cos I don't actually, naturally possess one and am a fan of faking it! As I'm 33 I don't want a 'glitter' Barbie doll look, I want a slight shimmery, dewy, iridescent glow which looks healthy and not caked on my face. I've already tried numerous products to achieve this some with rubbish results and I trashed them in my bin and some products which I buy and re buy often.

                I'm a huge fan of No7 and love their Illuminating Lotion under my foundation so when I saw this that goes over the top of my make up I thought maybe it would be better and still subtle but more 'there' if you get me lol

                The problem with the Illuminating lotion is first I put moisturiser on, then I put my green colour corrector on to stop me looking like a tomato, then concealer then the illuminating lotion, then the foundation and by the end of it all I can end up feeling like Im wearing a mask! So this seems an ideal solution.

                What The Product Promises....

                No7 High Lights Illuminating Powders are available in 3 shades to make the beautiful best of your Autumn skin tone.

                Presented in irresistible packaging, the powders glide on with the dinky brush provided to give your skin an instant lift. They also contain skin moisturising vitamin E leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.

                The Packaging....

                The pot that I own isn't as shown on the review photograph. Mine is the shade 'Star Lights' and it comes in a brownish/red slightly shimmery recyclable cardboard round tub. The lid presses securely on the base and as usual the product has the obligatory gold writing on the front telling me it is indeed No7 and that it is Highlights Illuminating Powder. On the base tells me how to use it and the ingredients. Inside is my product sat on a round silver tray type things with a good quality and sized blusher brush. My powder is a very light brown, shimmery powder that looks really pretty.

                My main gripe with this product is the packaging. Being cardboard if you do get it a bit wet it can go soggy and it marks easily and gets scuffed particulary if you use it often as the sliding of the lid off and on damages the pot.

                To Use....

                Lightly sweep across the tops of your cheeks and nose to take your complexion from dull to dewy in an instant.

                Verdict....

                This is a high quality highlighter. It's instant brush on radiance and I love it. I personally wouldn't use it on its own cos I have a greasy t zone and this would highlight all my imperfections. I use this as the last product on my face and over my pressed powder. I apply it to where I want a little shimmer and the main thing 'definition'.


                I can't go wrong with this product and believe me that's saying something. It's a lovely subtle colour and you can't use to much and I'm really pale saying that. I can apply it without even using a mirror! My preferred use for it is to highlight my none existent cheekbones over the top of my blusher. It's very versatile and you can top up if you wish not that you actually need to it lasts on the skin for hours until you remove it and it doesnt transfer off your face or body it stays put and if you do accidently get any on your clothes it washes off easy.

                For a subtle glow put it under your pressed powder for a more apparent glow over the top. If you do need to apply some pressed powder because skin needs blotting and your already wearing this it's fine to put over the top it goes over easy and you can reapply. It looks lovely dusted over the shoulders and down the decolletage. Not only does it look nice it's very smooth and skin softening where applied.

                It really is a versatile bit of kit. I like with a little eyeshadow brush to dot just under my brow-bone to make my eyes look bigger and I've even used it as eyeshadow. Being hypo allergenic it doesn't upset my skin in any way shape or form. It's not messy as its a hardish compact, it doesn't drop pieces of glitter anywhere although it does contains the tiniest well blended little pieces and it last ages in the container and on the face.

                Ingredients....

                Talc, Mica, Calcuim Stearate, Dimethicone, Parraffinium Liquidium, PTFE, Methicone, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate.

                I'm a huge fan of this and highly recommend you test it at Boots to see what you think. 3 shades are available and the Boots reps know there stuff!

                Island Glow, Perky Peach, Dandy Pink and mine is a special 'star lights (05), limited time only.


                £10.25 exclusive to Boots and do look out for 3 for 2 offers, free gifts, special money off vouchers off things in store and check advantage point and don't forget to collect your points!

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                Enhance your skin tone with one of the three shades available /