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Very disappointed! Prefer the discontinued Lifting & Firming formula to the Lift & Luminate formula because Lift & Luminate does not provide the same coverage, nor does it feel as moisturizing. I looked high and low for the right foundation for years and when I finally found the Lifting & Firming formula I thought my search had finally ended! But after being totally pleased for a few years, I learn Boots is 'reformulating' their products and the product I loved was being discontinued. I thought it would only be better so I waited patiently while using other manufacturers' foundations for several months. But the result with the Lift and Luminate was so disappointing, I spoke to a Boots rep in Target to ask why it was changed. She told me she had heard others were disappointed too and said she was recommending an additional product to use in combination to possibly help with more coverage. At that point, I looked at her and exclaimed, "You mean I have to buy one more product to make the newer Lift & Luminate work the same as Lifting and Firming?" And she didn't have too much to say after that... I mean, why was it changed into a product that doesn't really model itself after the previous version? I'm so disappointed I will stop recommending Boots No7 products to my friends and family, although I used to just rave about them.
I got this foundation back for my birthday in July and its just started to run out now (December), considering I use this almost every day I think thats pretty good longetivity, I didnt think It would last that long.
Its hypoallergenic so kind to skin and spf 15 so offers some sun protection also.
I often have problems with shades of foundation, I'm very pale and with many foundation even the lightest look a tad orange on me. I got a shade called Albastar which i believe is either the lightest or 2nd lightest shade you can get and it has worked fine.
It gives pretty good coverage, i have rarely had to use concealer as it seems to cover blemishes and circles pretty well also.
The only application problem Ive had is in the winter I can occasionally get a bit of dry skin near my eyebrows and dry skin shows up really badly with this foundation.
I dont know if the fact its running out has caused this but as I come to an end of the bottle I have found the foundation is slighlty watery, i pumped a large blob out and it was even sort of clear and discoloured in some parts of it. Ive given the foundation and shake and it hasnt really changed much.
I believe its around £15 at boots however you can grab from ebay for around the £10 mark.
Its an alright foundation I will say that but I dont think its worth the price, I've used cheaper brands such as max factor and acheieved the same if not better results.
I have a slight obsession with Boots' No 7 range and I think I may have owned, and reviewed, almost every product at some point.... apart from their Lift & Luminate foundation, that is.
Lift & Luminate is a relatively new foundation, only arriving in stores a few months ago. It claims that,
'Its unique brightening complex works to boost your skin tone, to help even out and reduce the appearance of age spots, making skin look younger. Skin looks and feels instantly lifted, minimising pores and imperfections.'
I had previously been using Boots' Instant radiance Foundation as I found that it really helped to give a healthy glow to my skin - something I badly need!
It was great, but there was room for improvement, so when I read 'Luminate', I thought that this may be worth a go.
The foundation comes in a tall clear tube with a pump dispenser. It looks like a lot of the other foundations but is a plastic container rather than glass.
It costs £15 for 30 ml, so is slightly more expensive than most of the other no 7 Foundations, although all new foundations cost a little more so the price may go down in future.
As with all No 7 foundations, it is Hypo-Allergenic and has inbuilt SPF 15, this is great, as the last thing you want to be doing in the morning is adding yet another layer of cream to your face!
It comes in 6 shades, from Alabaster to Almond; I chose Porcelain as this is the shade I am with every other No 7 foundation.
This foundation however, is a lot lighter than the others, so is a bit lighter than my skin, which washes me out a little, although still looks completely natural. No other colour in the range would suit me, but I decided to stick with this foundation and see what happened, mainly as it was so easy to apply.
It goes on seamlessly and you barely need to blend at all - great for when you are in a rush in the morning.
I find that this foundation is less heavy than most of the other foundations I have tried. I have mixed feelings about this, I liked the easy application, although I didn't really feel that I was wearing anything and there was no change to my skin after application. I know that this is ideal for some, as they want it to look like they aren't wearing any make-up. I however, want a foundation that will do something to improve the look of my skin - this did neither, and as such, is in no way worth £15.
A 30 ml bottle should last between 2-5 months, depending on how much you use, which makes the price a lot more reasonable. Although if it doesn't really do anything, how can it be worth anything?
The product claims to:
Boost your skin tone - Didn't happen
Even out and reduce the appearance of age spots - Didn't happen
Skin looks and feels instantly lifted- Didn't happen
So, this product is pretty useless. Yes, it glides on easily, but if it does nothing for your skin, then there's no point in applying in the first place.
Two stars... and that's being generous!
This foundation gives fantastic coverage without being cakey. The dispenser is easy to use and as it's in a perspex container you can see how much you've got left. It's easy to apply and blends into your skin really easily, I've got quite sensitive skin and I've had no reaction to it. It really does give your skin a glow and disguises lines and wrinkles. This foundation comes in a good range of colours so finding my colour wasn't too hard, the No 7 consultant at the Boots store where I purchased the foundation was very knowledgeable about the product and a great help. It cost around £16 which compared to some brands is an absolute bargain, Boots often do a £5 No 7 voucher and I used one of those to buy it which made the price even more fantastic . I have absolutely no problems with this foundation what so ever and there are no disadvantages, I'll definitely be buying it again.
No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation
A few weeks ago I had a bit of a splash out in Boots, particularly in the No7 range. At the time they had an offer on which enabled you to receive a £5 voucher for the No7 range when you spent £5 in store. I'd heard great things about the range although never really tried any of it myself, and I was curious to find out if the products were really as good people made out. I couldn't resist with the offer on, as well as the fact I had just gotten my new Advantage card, and ended up buying two foundations (when I hardly needed one) and a gorgeous nail colour. Although a bit annoyed at myself for not having enough restraint to save the money instead, I don't regret buying what I did as all of it turned out to be excellent quality, well worth the money and things that I will definitely buy again once I run out.
This foundation is the best liquid foundation I have ever used. The woman working at the No7 section recommended this one to me, saying it was best for my particular skin because apparently liquid foundations are best for people who have dry skin. My skin is quite dry and this liquid foundation really seems to work to make it look much healthier and more fresh- faced. I was a little reluctant about buying this at first, but the woman talked me into it and now I'm glad she did. What initially put me off was the slightly larger than usual price tag - £15 does sound a lot for a foundation when you first consider buying it. But I suppose that the old saying is true; you do get what you pay for, and all the great things about this foundation make up for the price tag. Plus the voucher I had made me feel less guilty and meant that it only cost me £10. And I got some points on my card. And then after paying for this I got another voucher, and then another, and another . . .
This comes in a clear glass tube with a professional looking, shiny black lid. As with all No7 products the No7 logo is in gold on the tube, which I think makes it look quite posh, it definitely appealed to me as a potential buyer. I think the packaging and presentation does make the product look more expensive. This came packaged, as with most No7 products, in a small, shiny black cardboard box. There wasn't too much unnecessary packaging either; it was just enough to protect the glass tube that this foundation comes in, to stop it from breaking or getting anything on it.
To squeeze some foundation out of the tube and onto your finger is very simple. All you need to do is take off the black lid and then you see a white button. You press this down and a small amount of foundation squeezes out. Then you just apply it to your face and look gorgeous.
To apply: Shake well before use. Blend smoothly and evenly with your fingers or a brush.
I think that once you have found the right shade for you, you can hardly tell you are even wearing any foundation. This blends in perfectly, and because it is a liquid foundation, to me it seems easier to apply. It isn't too greasy which is good, but it is just the right amount of oiliness - if you get what I mean. It gives you a bit of shine as well which is also good. This is what makes it live up to its name and makes it a 'luminating' foundation. Because it gives you this glow I think it makes you look healthier and more fresh-faced than if you weren't wearing any foundation. It's also not too thick or thin - it feels firming when you apply it and a little goes a long way. It's really good and worth the money. I would recommend it, definitely, to anyone with dry skin seeking out a new foundation.
Luckily for me, and I'm not showing off, I'm still very young and haven't got any wrinkles or saggy skin on my face. So I can't really comment on whether or not this makes you look younger, or if it really does firm up your skin. Although I am able to tell you that it does feel that way - when I apply it the formula does feel quite firming and in a way tightening. I'd recommend trying it anyway.
Price & Availability
The bottle contains 30ml. As it costs £15 this means the normal price per 10ml is £5 which I think is quite expensive. With the No7 mousse foundation I reviewed not long ago you do get more for your money which justifies the price but with this one you are splashing out a bit if you choose to buy it.
I will give some examples of how much other similar foundations cost per 10ml:
Avon Ideal Shade Natural Liquid Foundation - £3.33
Lancôme Teint Idole Silky Matte Liquid Foundation - £7.83
Ruby & Millie Liquid Base - £5.33
At the time I purchased this foundation they had an offer on, which I mentioned above, and currently I think they have another offer on which is 3 for 2 on all items.
As a No7 product you can only buy this foundation from Boots, either in store or online, at www.boots.co.uk. This is a fairly new product so I'm sure it will be around for a while longer and you should have plenty of chance to purchase one. I believe No7 products are worth trying at least once as to me it seems like an excellent quality range that isn't too overly expensive. Although granted they are more expensive than some, there are more expensive brands out there, and to me this is one of the best.
I really would recommend this foundation as in the past I have used many other kinds of liquid foundations and found them to give me spots, make my skin feel greasy, clog up my pores and become a nightmare to remove - but this one is none of these things. It blends perfectly and provides excellent coverage, and is very easy to take off. It isn't greasy and doesn't give me any spots or clog up my pores but is instead just a perfect liquid foundation and in my opinion well worth the money.
If you used this every day I think it would last you just over a month, which would make it seem more expensive which is why I use this less often, about twice a week so hopefully it will last longer.
I really love the presentation of the bottle as it looks gorgeous and I wouldn't be ashamed to carry this around in my bag - in fact I would be quite proud to be seen with this.
Overall this is definitely worth buying if you were already considering it or are just looking for a new foundation. But if you have oily or greasy skin, then a mousse foundation would be better suited for your skin type. This will work better on people with dry skin.