“ Brand: Boots / Type: Foundation „
This foundation was discontinued last year but Boots have bought it back. It's only in two shades at the moment but at least it's back! The foundation costs £14.50 to buy, which is a little expensive. However, when you compare it to other mineral foundations such as Bare Minerals (which costs £28 per pot) it doesn't seem so bad. Fortunately I had a £5 off No. 7 voucher to use so I put it towards this foundation. I chose the New Ivory shade as it was a paler shade and I thought it'd suit my complexion better. The foundation is light and easy to wear. You apply the foundation with a brush, natural bristle brushes work best with mineral foundation. The foundation goes on well. It feels really light and it doesn't really feel like you're wearing it. You can apply the foundation over liquid foundation to help your liquid foundation set or you can apply it on it's own. What I do is apply a light moisturiser first (i'm currently using Cosmetic Lad from Lush) and then apply the powder over the top of my moisturised skin. Using moisturiser beforehand helps the powder to set, leading to a longer lasting effect. The powder lasts all day and it helps to cover spots and/ or blemishes. It doesn't dry up and it doesn't produce a "caked" effect when your face sweats. This is a fantastic mineral foundation for all skin types.
I have been using this mineral loose powder foundation for 3 days straight now and love it. It is light (you don't feel like you're wearing foundation at all) and it has good coverage. The shade I'm using is New Ivory, which is the lightest shade available, however it is still too dark for my skin! It makes me look like I have a tanned face and the colour of my neck is obviously different than the colour of my face. Apart from the shade issue, everything else about this product is excellent. It comes in a nice looking pot and also comes with a brush. The brush is in a small black mesh bag and looks really lovely. Application of this product is easy: just tap some of the powder onto the pot cap and swirl your brush in it. Then tap off any excess and apply onto face in circular motions. Repeat all over the face.
This foundation was given to me by my mum and sat unused for a couple of months for two reasons; firstly because it looked too dark for my fair complexion, and secondly because tyhe whole idea of it phased me a little bit- who on earth ever heard of a foundation that looks like a loose face powder??? When I finally got around to trying it, I was pleased that I did and have just purchased my second pot. **What's it all about?** The foundation currently only comes in three shades- I have the lightest one which is 'New Ivory'. It's fourteen pounds which is reasonable enough for a mid range beauty product in my opinion. The packaging is very classy looking- a black box with gold writing. Contained within is a cylindrical pot of the foundation and a large but squat brush with which to apply it. The brush sits in a little mesh bag with ribbon ties to protect it, which is a nice touch. The tub itself, once the black lids is unscrewed looks very much like a loose powder- a plastic covering with holes in to let the powder out a little at a time. A critisism I have on this score is that the holes are coved by a temporary sticker which must then be disposed of. I'd like something a little more permanent to hold it in when it's bobbing around in my bag, as when I unscrew the lid, there's a fair bit of powder which has come to the top. The foundation needs to be tapped through the holes (with the lid on so that it doesn't spill!) and then applied to the brush, tapping the excess powder off. Then you should apply it to the face using circular motions until you have achieved the coverage desired. **What Went on in my Bathroom!!!*** I decided, that after a spray tan for my holiday- I was about the right shade to try the new product. I didn't have high hopes as I just couldn't see how it could give me aqnything more than a light dusting of dry power. However I couldn't have been more wrong. I don't quite know how it works, but the coverage is fab. It's not too thick, so it sits well around the fine lines of my 30 something skin! My skin tone is even and I actually look reasonably youthful and glowing! I find that some foundations can clog and make the over 30 something's skin look a little older- but this is just right! It does have something of a shimmer to it- so some may find it suitable for evening only- but I'm not bothered and wear it all day every day now (or at least until winter sets in and my skin becomes too pale again!). I must admit that I do top it up- which is something I never did with a liquid foundation- but the reason for this is to combat the shine that always pops up after a few hours, which previously I would have sorted with my normal loose powder. I have even used this as a concealer by pressing my finger on some of the powder and pressing it onto a spot and dusting off! A full on concealer it isn't- but it's not a bad alternative in the absence of your usual one! It's as long lasting performance wise as any other foundation of used (many of which have been the posh brands!) and is definitely worth a try. The only thing that bothers me slightly other than the plastic film issue, is that, as far as I'm aware, it can only be purchased as a whole package with brush included. Time to think about the environment and our pockets Boots and get a 'refill' option out there which would be completely viable for the simple packaging as it stands. I'll give it five stars on the grounds that the advantages outweigh the grumbles!
Firstly, I must comment that I got this product given to me, I did not actually buy it for my foundation because I was quite happy with my clinique one which is liquid. However, I wanted to review it because I thought it was a fantastic powder that is a foundation as well, and since having it I have found I alternate the products. Although I do tend to use this as a powder after applying my liquid one, and it also works well as covering blemishes. The product --> This comes in a rather professional looking pot. It has a black screw on lid, with gold No7 at the top. The rest of the product is a clear tub. You can see the colour of the power in this. It comes with a brush which is black and also a very professional product, the hairs don't come out and it gives an even finish. It also looks expensive! The brush also has a gold strip around the top. If you have a small brush too this also covers spots up too. It is a very light powder, which means it gives brilliance coverage. I prefer to apply it to my forehead and t-zone because I find these areas tend to get blemishes the most. It does look and feel very natural! I do prefer coverage as a base in the form of a liquid foundation though, so wouldn't use this as a replacement. My skin can sometimes by dry and sometimes oily, and I find that it works well whatever my skin is doing and feeling today! It also leaves a lovely texture, and doesn't feel like it is thick on my face - or orange! The cost --> The common problem with No 7 is how expensive it can be. This is £14.50, which is expensive. I also don't use it for foundation primarily, just to apply after my liquid foundation. I would recommend you to use it in boots for, to test it out. It is very thin and natural however, and does feel very soft on the skin!
I was recommended to use a powder ontop of my foundation to 'seal' the foundation in and create a smooth flawless appearance rather than looking a bit shiny. I ended up buying this one, as I'd recently been given a £5 No7 voucher when I'd spent more than £5.00 in store. It cost me £9.50 with my voucher, it's normal price is £14.50 which I think is a lot for any cosmetic. I was looking for a powder, and wanted to spend my voucher so this is how i ended up with this. To apply my powder, I first apply all of my foundation, then I use a the sponge that comes in with the powder, to dap generous amounts around my face, and blend so I don't look odd. It's easy and quick to apply but makes a big difference. The sponge was really good, I didn't expect there to be one included, I normally use a big brush to apply powders but this results in a lot of the powder sprinkling and going everywhere, but it doesn't do this with the sponge. The sponge was good quality too, so it didn't feel rubbish or fall apart after I'd been using it for a while. The powder comes in a black, round pot with the No7 logo in gold lettering on the top. The base of it is filled with the powder which is covered by a lid, then there's the sponge and another lid, so the sponge and powder are kept seperate until you use them. Because the powder is loose, it's got another lid, with holes on so that you can use the powder, and get a good amount without getting it everywhere. It's really good packaging, the lid's are tight and secure so you can carry this around with you or chuck it in your make-up bag without worrying that the product will go everywhere. It's practical and easy to use. This powder made my skin look and feel lovely. It gives good coverage without making it look like you've piled on the make-up. It covers the small blemishes that foundation doesn't, and just even's out your skin tone, making your skin look flawless. It also stops my skin from looking a bit oily, which tends to happen when I just use foundation. I tend to get a bit of a shine, but after using the powder, I didn't at all. The colour I bought, Buff 15, suited my skin tone well, and didn't look like I'd tried to make my skin lighter or darker with the make-up. My skin felt lovely after I'd applied the powder, really smooth and nice. I also applied a powder blush after I'd applied the powder foundation, and it blends really well with the foundation, making it looks very nice. The powder sits nicely on your skin, without feeling heavy, like you're wearing lots of make-up. It stays on your skin all day nearly, so you don't have to keep re-applying every hour, although by about 5 o clock, it could do with re-touching. I thought this was really good as well, because when I've used powders in the past, they've come off withing a few hours at most. Overall: I like this powder a lot. It's everything you want from a powder. It's pricey, but then all No7 products are. I think I've definitely found the powder for me, but I'll definitely wait for the vouchers to come out before I buy it again as I'm a bit of a cheap-skate! On the other hand, they do say, you get what you pay for! I'd definitely recommend this to others, I'll definitely carry on using it!
*Introduction* No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder is a product that I first starting buying a few years ago now and have stayed faithful to it for the most part. I am not the kind of person who can get away with wearing just foundation or concealer alone without a sweep of powder on your face as well. For me, powder is a complete must to leave my face with good coverage, no sign of shine and a radiant glow. *About the Product* No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder is a light diffusing loose powder for a perfectly flawless, radiant finish. It is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free. *Application* The application of No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder is really quite easy although only whilst you have a mirror to hand so it isn't a product that is great for travel. You simply need to pull off the top lid to reveal the sponge applicator. The unscrew the lid that conceals the powder. Then shake the pot a little to get a sufficient amount of the powder onto the sponge. When you have done this, simply apply the powder onto your face. In order to prevent your face looking like a patchwork quilt, make sure that you apply even amounts to your face. *Price and Availability* No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder can be purchased for £10.75. Although this does sound a little bit on the pricey side, its good quality and longevity mean that you can understand why it is the price that it is. This loose powder is solely available to buy from Boots stores as the No 7 brand is an own brand of this company. Alternatively, if you can't get out to a shop, you can buy this product online at www.boots.com. *My Opinion* The packaging: No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder is packaged in a thick, black plastic pot. The colour of this is not just black but it also has speckled glittery pink sparkles. The pot is made up of 4 different pieces of plastic. The base of the product which contains the powder and a lid which fits tightly to the pot. There is then a screw on and off piece of plastic which holds the sponge that comes with this powder. And as the powder is loose, the pot has a fourth piece of plastic that is tightly fitted to the pot and has 25 small holes which allows the loose powder to be dispensed without too much being poured out onto the sponge. As for the sponge, it is the highest quality sponge that I have had for applying powder. It is not a sponge that falls apart after just one or two uses. It is a substantial and easy and effective to use. On the whole, the packaging of this product looks classy, simple and sophisticated. I really do like the design of the packaging. It works in terms of its appearance as well as its praciticality. Texture and colour: The texture of this powder is very light which did make me think it wouldn't actually perform the promise of giving a perfectly flawless finish and give good coverage. Thankfully I was wrong to doubt as I was very satisfied with the results of using this loose powder. It glides onto my skin with ease after I have applied a thin layer of foundation. Although the texture doesn't make my skin look flawless it certainly succeeds in covering up many of my blemishes. As for the colour, I use the one that is the lightest shade as I have a very pale complexion. It works well with my skin tone, it doesn't provide a 'I look like I am wearing lots of makeup' appearance but it covers my skin nicely. Staying power: This is very important for me with regards to powder. I am not asking for miracles but I also don't want to apply a product that within 10 minutes doesn't even look like I have actually applied it. Not only would this be a waste of money, but a waste of my time as well. I found that once I had applied this loose powder, it stayed put on my face for a solid 5 hours or so before it showed signs that maybe it was time for a bit of a touch up. Range of colours: When the product was first released there were lots of colours to choose from however now it seems that there are just 4: translucent, fair, medium and dark. Perhaps these were the most popular shades and the top sellers but as it has the colour that I have always used, I am satisfied. The great thing about the colour that I use is that it doesn't look too dark or too light, a common problem with powders. So is No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder a light diffusing loose powder that leaves you with a perfectly flawless, radiant finish? Yes, it most certainly is a light, diffusing powder and it leaves my skin looking really great (unless my skin is ultra bad). What I love about using this product is that there has never ever been a time when I have left the house with a line along my jaw line. To be honest, you can't easily tell that you are wearing powder because it is so natural looking. Not for others anyway but I can tell as my skin looks so much smoother. Longevity of the product: This is one of the great things about this product as it does last for quite some time. I have found this loose powder for more than 6 months when used on a daily basis. The one thing that I would have liked to have seen added to this product is a mirror. You often find that most powders now come with a mirror but this one does not. It is a shame because I think that it is the one thing that lets the product down. *Would I Recommend The Product?* Are you looking for a product that gives a radiant finish over foundation? Are you looking for a product that retails at a reasonable price? And are you looking for a product from a brand you can trust? If so then yes, I would undeniably recommend this product as it gives you incredible coverage for a fair price. In addition to this, if you are looking for a powder that is going to last you a good few months then I really would urge you to try this product so my advice is to go and check it out for yourself, be it in the form of buying it or just as a tester at the No 7 counter. I would not however recommend this if you are looking for a powder that is good to carry around with you in your handbag as it is fairly big and bulky and it also doesn't have a mirror within the product itself therefore if you don't have a mirror with you, it isn't good to apply on the go. *Overall* No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder is an excellent product by this fantastic brand that gives me fantastic coverage over foundation. Should you get a £5 off voucher for the No 7 brand, I urge you to buy this loose powder as I guarantee that you will love it as much as I do.
Boots No.7 mineral powder foundation - well where to start? This was my first purchase of a powder foundation, and my second purchase of a mineral foundation (the first being a liquid). I tried a few foundations, and very very quickly found that parts of my face are sensitive to the ingredients in most foundations - which was surprising as my eyes seem unaffected by any eyeshadows or mascaras. I tried No.7 in the shop - with the help of one of the very helpful No.7 assistants, who showed me how to apply it. I immediately liked the fact I couldn't feel it once applied, and it wasn't obvious I had foundation on - it covered nicely, but didn't show. Application: It comes with a kabuki brush like the one shown in the picture - this is a lovely quality brush and very useful for applying it, it does allow you to buff it on nicely to get a smooth finish. It goes on smoothly and it's easy to put more or less coverage where you need it. Minerals: I'm only 18 so am prone to the odd spot and such - but more annoyingly my skin on my face is a combination of oily and very very dry, and I'm also prone to excema breakouts. This obviously made choosing the right foundation essential - and here I made the right choice. My skin has actually been healthier since using it, and at christmas when it was very cold it was the only thing I could use that prevented my skin from drying out - the protection was fantastic. I was initially worried that a powder would dry me out but it hasn't at all. Colours: This is the one place it can fall down a little - there are only 4 colours to choose from. In order from fairest to darkest these are new Ivory, Buff, Blonde, Almond. I use buff - which is actually a little darker than my face, but blends in without showing this at all, I do have rosey undertones which may be why though. Perhaps it's the minerals or something but once it's applied I don't look like I have darker on, I'd therefore say the colours are more flexible than I initially thought. However the other option with mineral foundations is to mix 2 colours to get the perfect shade, which at £14 a pot would be pricey, but it does last for ages! I actually bought this on my birthday in November and I've barely touched it - admittedly this isn't daily use but still quite regular. I may buy a new ivory for mixing however, if so I'll update to say how well it mixes. Lasts for 8 hours? Boots claims this will last for 8 hours - A small amount comes off but I definitely have good coverage left after 8 hours, and I usually forget to moisturise or anything so with that 8 hours would be easy - even without I'd say 12 before you'd really think of reapplying. Removal: Whenever I remove this I am slightly panicked as it looks quite orange on the cloth, but it really doesn't on my skin. Removal can take a little but nothing major, I actually take it as a good thing it doesn't rub off easily - even in rain I've had no running whatsoever, nor when sweating. It will come off with plain water and a little gentle scrubbing, though I tend to use all-in-1 style wipes out of laziness. Overall I'd say this is well worth the money, I'd think even with daily application it'd probably last 6 months or more, it's great for your skin, and gives a very natural finish. 1 star lost for the colour problem however. [This review may appear elsewhere under the same name]
The No7 Mineral Loose Powder Foundation comes in a small plastic easy to use clear pot with a black screw top lid and contains 10g of loose mineral powder foundation product for around £14. Boots very often do have deals on, where by you can pick this up for £7 if you have a £5 off No7 voucher. You can get one of these if you spend £5 on anything else in store. So if you need to stock up on essentials any way, this is a good time to do so as you will get the foundation for less. ******************************************************** It quite long lasting when used sparingly, which is best if you want to get a more natural effect from it. It also comes with its own mini kabuki type brush applicator, which is handy and easy to use. The mineral make up is mean't to be lighter than traditional liquid based foundation, but of course thats a matter of opinion and taste really, as what suits one doesn't suit another. But it does contain high quality natural minerals mixed to give good you a nice even coverage ********************************************************* For a good coverage on the skin use a little of the product on the kabuki brush and spread evenly but lightly onto the skin. Don't apply to much product close to the eye brow area as it can create a cloggy look, if the make up builds up too much in that area. The minerals leave your skin soft and matt, but with a nice natural looking radiance. They are good at hiding blemishes and problem areas too and once you get used to using it you will come to see the benefits of using an all in one product. ********************************************************* It comes in shades to suit including Buff, New Ivory, Blonde and Almond tones. Its best to ask the assistant for advice on what shade will best suit you, if you have never used a mineral based foundation before, as they will have more experience in helping people choose the right shade. If you apply this over freshly toned and moisturised skin Boots say that it can last for up to 8 hours or more without need for a touch up. It takes a while to get used to but can still give really pleasing results with very little effort. Its not my foundation best buy, but its a good little product when used correctly.
No7 Mineral Loose Powder Foundation *The Product* The product I will be reviewing is No7 Mineral Perfection Loose Powder Foundation. No7 is a Boots brand and offers cosmetics and skin, premium quality, reasonable prices. This powder is designed to give full natural coverage but is lighter than most foundations and powders. It is perfect for those with sensitive skin and lasts for up to eight hours (according to No7). *Packaging* The powder comes in a black box with gold writing which has the company name, product name, ingredients, directions for use and company details. Inside the box there is a small dumpy powder brush for applying the powder. The powder itself comes in a 10g clear sifter pot with a black twist off lid. The label on the base of the pot has the name of the product, a description, size of pot and company details. The pot is recyclable. Opening the pot there is a selection of sifter holes with a plastic covering. *Shades* Currently available in 4 shades (online, I am certain more in store) 10 New Ivory - this is the lightest shade available 15 Buff 20 Blonde 30 Almond - this is the darkest shade available *Ingredients* Unfortuantely I have misplaced the box and the ingredients are not on the website. *No7 State* Hypo-allergenic A gentle foundation, with a precious gemstone complex, that diffuses light to give a flawless finish. SPF15. No talc or preservatives. *Availability and Price* No7 Mineral Powder is available in most Boots stores and online at www.boots.com at a cost of £14.50 for a 10g tub. This includes the application brush. Look out for special offers £5 off, gift with purchase and 3 for 2 offers in store. *My Opinion* Until recently I had been using the No7 loose powder though I felt the powder was drying my skin out more that it was already so went into my local Boots store and spotted this one! The lovely No7 advisor, tried some shades on me and we agreed that New Ivory which is the lightest shade, suited my skin tone best. I wouldn't say my skin is very fair though anything darker than this, I would be subjected to looking like one of Willy Wonkas Oompa Loompas which is not a very good look! I like a natural look and find liquid foundations also dry my skin out and make me look patchy. I used the No7 Minerals Blusher and was impressed so parted with my cash (alongside my day cream, got £5 off and a free bag) and trotted off home to the sighs of the hubby..not another makeup products! Men eh? I planned on taking this on holiday with me and realised I didn't have a powder brush after throwing an old one out though I need not fret..there is a little dumpy one in the box! I like the packaging, premium quality looking without being loaded with useless information. The pot is a good size and blends nicely in my makeup bag. I used my new day cream before applying. To apply, I removed the plastic label covering the sifter and sifted a small amount into the lid and used the brush to sweep across my entire face area obviously avoiding the eyes and lips. The brush covered a good area and the powder was smooth and went on evenly. I applied this in the morning whilst on holiday and it lasted well through to returning to the hotel in the early evening. My face appeared fairly flawless and unlike my last powder, it did not highlight my dry areas, it disguised them which is always a plus point for me! I believe I picked the right shade as it suited my skin well and my skin was smooth. I am so far very impressed with this powder and have used it quite alot though have not noticed the quantity going down any. The clear pot makes it easy to see how much you have left. The only downside for me is that I made the mistake of throwing away the plastic sifter cover and now have a large mass of powder on the wrong side of the sifter which blows out the tub everytime I open it..I keep forgetting and end up covered in the stuff so don't make the same mistake as me. Thanks for reading x
God gave me pale skin which freckles. Consequently I have a problem with make-up, as consultants always go by the pale colour on my jaw line, so I look like a ghost! Several years ago at a makeup party the consultant used a really pale colour and the whole room disagreed with her, she changed to a darker colour that blended in my freckles and hey presto she had to agree she was wrong at first and the darker colour suited me. So looking for foundation is a nightmare as helpful assistants want to go pale and I want darker. Whilst browsing at Boots recently I was about to buy a liquid foundation when the young assistant asked if she could help. She asked if I had tried the Mineral perfection foundation, and I said no but I had read about it. Out came a brush and in no time she was brushing some on my face, I already had foundation on, but could see the difference as one side looked so much better, a "flawless" looking finish. She said that was all she used and you could build up the colour depending on how many times you brushed it on. I didn't like to say but I thought she had too much on! She like all consultants thought the pale colour would be ideal for me. I was persuaded as I had a voucher for money off Boots No 7 and if I spent about £20 I was also getting a goody bag with lipstick, nail varnish, cream, mascara etc! and even a mini serum that everyone raves about. The box is an expensive looking shimmering brown colour with gold writing saying No 7 Mineral Perfection foundation. It is natural foundation made with precious gemstones for a flawless finish. I was pleased to see it also has a SPF of 15 and is hypo-allergenic. On the back it says quote, "that it is a light weight and gentle loose powder foundation, with a precious gem complex of Ruby, Sapphire and Amethyst that diffuses the light to give a flawless, luminous finish and no imperfections. Soft spherical particles help to give a lightweight texture so skin feels natural and luxuriously smooth with a healthy looking finish". There is no talc and no preservatives. When I got home I opened the box and was pleased to see I also had a lovely brush, which is really soft and has a gold coloured band. It was inside a sweet little black organdie bag with a drawstring. The round plastic tub was quite shallow and has a black plastic lid, OK but not as glam as I would have liked! The instructions were with the lid secured, gently shake the jar so the powder falls through the sifter, then remove the lid and dip the brush into the sifter, shake or tap on the edge to remove excess and then blend onto face using circular movements for desired coverage. The tub contains 10grams and costs £14.00. There are four colours and surprise surprise mine is the palest and it works! New Ivory, Buff, Blonde and Almond. It is good for problem skin and gives a lighter finish than traditional foundation. I have been using it for over a month and can't see much difference in the level. My only niggle is it does seem to make a mess on my dressing table! There is always a light covering on powder when I tap off the excess, which is a waste and creates a mess. I use it on its own for mornings when I'm just going to friends or shopping but still like liquid foundation for going out at night but finish off with a light brush of mineral foundation. It is easy to remove at night with my usual cleanser and toner and it does last well. Well done Boots, as from what I've seen of other makes this is a bargain price and one I really like. It's so quick to apply and I like to think I'm covered in precious jewels!
This is a review of Boots No7 Mineral Perfection foundation. I am a big fan of mineral foundation and although usually use bare escentuals, I like to try other brands to compare the products. To date, I have never found anything better than BE. The Boots foundation has SPF 15 built into it and is available in approx 4 shades (that's what was on the shelves anyway). You get a 10g pot which will last 3-4 months if you are using it every day like I do. The price was £14 but I had a £5 off voucher so I thought £9 was quite a bargain for this. You get a brush in a cute net bag inside the box too. This is a lot cheaper than the BE product which sells at £25+ for a much smaller pot. There is a technique to mineral make up but it is quite simple - swirl the brush in the sifter lid and tap off the excess then swirl on to face in circular motions. Thirty seconds and your base is done. I tend to add some mineral bronzer on top because the mineral foundation really evens out your complexion (which is a good thing) but the bronzer helps to add a bit of colour! Just be careful when you first open a full one as it can go everywhere! I purchased No 20 'Blonde' which is a little darker than you'd expect but it goes on absolutely fine. There are a couple of shades that are lighter than this but I prefer to go a little darker anyway. The thing with some mineral foundations to be aware of is that the cheaper products may pad out the volume of the product with talc. ou really don't want this. The No7 one promises no talc and no preservatives. I would recommend this product if you are a mineral fan. If you've never used them do try it as you will never go back to wet foundation after you've tried minerals - they are so much more natural looking and really do last you all day. I just renew mine if I am going out on the evening. All my friends I've shown minerals to are now fully converted!
I was looking for a new foundation with a bit more coverage. The new Boots Loose mineral foundation powder had just been released and as there was a couple offers along side it i thought i would give it a go. It is priced at £14.00 for a 10gm pot. That doesnt sound a lot of powder for the money but this has lasted so far 2 months and still lots left! I apply it once a day as this last me throughout the day but occasionally twice a day if i am going out in the evening so not that bad value after all! It comes with its own good qulaity smooth brush in a net bag to apply the powder with. Also the colour match was good for my skin too as i am quite fair skinned. The first few applications were messy be warned! It is best to knock the excess powder off so it doesnt go all down your top! But now i have got the hang of it the powder goes on easily and covers my blemishes really well and whilst the coverage is good it doesnt look artificial or too orange either. It is light to wear and has been good with my sensitive skin. I love this product and feel i would be reluctant to try anything else now. It does what it says and does it well.
I have been using Boots No7 Stay Perfect foundation for quite a while and I have always been quite happy with it. However like a large majority of the female population I tend to think that there must be something better out there which is suddenly going to turn me into a flawless beauty! Thus when my last bottle of the Stay Perfect was nearing the end I found myself browsing the no7 stand at my local Boots. I had heard of mineral foundations but didn't realise that there was any in the No7 range. I knew that they were supposed to be a bit lighter-weight on the skin so when I spotted this new item on the stand and with the warmer weather coming (haha!) I thought it was a good idea to give it a try. This foundation costs £14 for 10g which I think is a little on the pricey side but I purchased it on the 3 for 2 offer that was running at the time. No7 always seems to have some sort of offer on or a discount voucher so it is worth waiting until an offer comes along that suits! The product is presented in a black shiny box with gold writing in the style of all No7 products. I am quite pale so I chose the palest shade which is New Ivory which is also the shade that I usually buy the Stay Perfect foundation in. I had tried a small amount in the store and thought the colour seemed about right. When I opened the box at home I was delighted to find that as well as the pot of powder there was a lovely brush in its own net bag. When I read the box information properly it did say there was a brush included but I had missed that. The brush is a nice quality and a comfortable size to use. The foundation is presented in a glass pot with a black plastic lid. Inside the pot there is a plastic lid with perforation holes to allow powder to come through. I don't think it is possible to buy the foundation without the brush so that may seem like a waste of money if you already have a good quality brush. The next morning I shook the pot gently (with the lid on!!) to distribute some of the powder onto the inner plastic lid. The holes in the liner are actually quite large so be careful when taking the lid off as I managed to get sprinkles of it everywhere! I then set about applying the product with the brush provided. I found that it went on my skin really easily and blended in well. Although I am just the wrong side of 40 my skin is still slightly greasy and still prone to the occasional blemish. I used a concealer as well and I was pleasantly surprised at the coverage without feeling that I had a heavy layer on. My skin looked healthy and radiant and I was pleased with the effect. I did feel that the colour was a little darker than I expected but since I had been on holiday to the sun I was not quite the pasty face I usually am so it looked ok. The product says that it will provide a "natural luminous radiance" for 8 hours of flawless coverage. I did feel 8 hours is not really what most people need. I put my make-up on at 7.30am and although I might get to pop on a bit of lippy at work I certainly don't have time for anything else and I don't get in until 6.30pm! However I don't think the product lasted anything like this amount of time. I felt that by mid-afternoon my skin looked decidedly greasy and not very "flawless"! This is not a problem that I am used to and I was quite surprised. I thought that maybe I needed to apply more so the next day I tried using extra. Not a good strategy--I looked Tangoed! The extra product just seemed to emit an orange glow and I had to remove it and start again. Less is obviously more! I have since gone back to my old favourite for work. However I do like the look that the mineral foundation gives my skin (as long as I don't use too much) so I now use it at weekends or in the evening. It is very easy to apply and I must admit it does produce a look a luminous radiant look, just not for very long! I think this product is probably best for people with normal skin. With my slight greasy complexion it wore off too easily and I imagine it would make dry skin look worse as it seems quite a dry formulation to apply. The colour was dark considering it is the lightest shade so I certainly couldn't use it in the winter, there are only four shades available to it may be difficult for some people to find one that matches their skin well. I certainly will not be buying another one of these but a little goes a long way and I think this will last me a long time. I was expecting great things and I was disappointed after the promising start but it just means next time I am in Boots I will be hunting for the magic potion again!