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      25.08.2012 17:31
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      Not suitable for me and difficult to apply.

      When I was younger, I found the skin on my face was quite oily and so when wearing any kind of foundation I would swish some translucent powder over the top to help prevent the oily shine that would appear as the day went on. I would carry this with me to apply when necessary and although it helped, it wasn't a complete solution.
      As I get older, I find I now have combination skin which is slowly easing towards increasing dry areas appearing on my face, although I still have a problem with oily patches appearing on my nose and small areas on my cheeks and chin.
      I have tried many foundations and used powders and bronzers to try and keep the oily patches at bay and then recently when I was browsing the No 7 products in Boots wondering what to buy with a £5 voucher I had, I spotted this 'Shine Free Make-Up Base' which was part of a half-price promotion on certain No 7 products. Priced at £5.50 instead of £11 for a 40ml tube, I decided I would give this product a try and with my voucher it meant I was only paying 50p for my purchase.

      No 7 Shine Free Make-Up Base contains oil absorbing Biopol which is to help minimise blemishes and blot away shine without blocking your pores. It also has Watermelon and Cucumber extracts to help soothe and cool your skin. This make-up base is also hypo-allergenic and dermatologically tested.

      The information on the tube sounded quite promising but I tried not to feel too optimistic about using this product despite the claims that it will keep shiny skin under control all day long, thanks to its oil-free mattifying base. As well as this, there are also light reflecting particles to disguise fine lines and flaws. Along with the 'Biopol' which helps minimise blemishes, I wondered just how good this was going to be as it seemed to be the answer to my prayers... if it worked!

      The instructions state to use a moisturiser before applying this make-up base. I always use a daily moisturiser and so after making my usual application I set about applying this base product.
      I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I wasn't expecting what I encountered as I squeezed some of this product from the tube. Indeed my first thoughts were that it resembled toothpaste!
      I began to apply it to the oily areas on my face first and wasn't sure what to make of its thick consistency which appeared to have an immediate drying effect which felt a little strange. I found it difficult to apply it smoothly and on the drier areas of my face it seemed to clump up and flake off.
      I thought maybe I was applying too much, but I tried numerous times to apply this product to my skin in varying amounts and each time I have been left with clumps and flakes of product in some parts and an overall uneven finish.

      On the parts where it seemed to be smoother, there was a matt finish which was ok, but the fact that no matter how many times I tried, I couldn't seem to perfect this application smoothly, I was left feeling frustrated using this product and glad I hadn't paid £11 for a tube.
      Having came to the conclusion that it was pointless trying to perfect a smooth finish to my entire face I decided to concentrate on applying to the oily areas only around my nose and chin and although it works best on these parts, I still struggled to achieve an even finish.
      I persevered, but found when I applied foundation on top, I couldn't achieve a smooth, even finish and it looked patchy. The foundation appeared thicker on the areas the base had been applied to and so I decided that even using this base on oily areas only was not for me.

      I also found when I was attempting to use this product that it did not prevent the oily patches appearing either and so maybe even if I had achieved the smooth finish I wanted, I still don't think I would have been happy with this product. It did not keep the shine away all day and it was actually only an hour or so after application that I noticed a slight shine appearing on my nose. By the time afternoon came around the shiny patches were very evident once more.
      In regards to minimising blemishes, I think I will stick to my trusty concealer to help me out as I can't say I noticed any difference using this product.

      I realise we all have different skin and so this product may work for some, but I would say that it is pointless trying to achieve an even coverage if you have any type of combination skin. I did persevere applying this to the most oily areas only, but this meant my foundation ended up looking patchy. The fact that I found it difficult to apply and the shine reappeared anyway, were the reasons I gave up using this product in the end, but other people may find that they have an entirely different experience to me when using this product. Therefore whilst I can't really recommend it based on my own experience, you may find it works better for you, but I really do not think it will banish the shine all day.

      No7 Shine Free Make-up Base is available from No7 counters in Boots stores, or online from www.boots.com and it is half-price once more right now and so this would be the best time to try it, especially if you have a voucher like I did.

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        10.05.2012 01:08
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        With much better options available for a cut of the price of this one, I wouldn't opt for this one.

        I have a great interest and passion when it comes to make up and enjoy experimenting with different looks and I often enjoy spending a lot of time using my make up so it becomes frustrating and disappointing when I find myself having to re-apply my make up due to my oily skin. Admittedly when I first purchased no7's shine free make up base a couple of years ago; my skin was significantly oilier than it is this current day but I still have issues with greasy and shiny skin that makes me look grim by the end of the day.
        I am a full time art student and I do not find the time during my working hours to sit and re-do my make up and even if I did find the time to do so - I'd rather not, as it just feels caked on after re-doing it and I feel that I shouldn't have to if I'm paying good money for my products. So for a while this make up base saved me having to re apply everything, although for me personally the results weren't so astounding but it extended my make-ups life span for a couple more hours than previously.

        The product is a creamy white consistency that takes a couple of attempts to blend correctly into the skin - if not done adequately a visible white residue will be visible on the skin and look uneven even after applying foundation thereafter. It is advisable that you apply this with a sponge or brush for a more even complexion; much alike when you apply your foundation, of course you can apply traditionally with your hands.

        Once the product is applied you can instantly feel the matte-effect as it gives your skin a distinctly different feel and texture than it would from just your foundation being applied alone. However it does say on the packaging "Moisturise before applying. Smooth on alone or under foundation for satiny soft, shine free skin." So for a more silky feel and a less restricting feeling you have to pre moisturise. This isn't an issue for those who moisturise before applying make up as part of their daily routine, but for those who are solely buying this product to reduce the shiny and oily appearance of their skin and therefore avoid using moisturisers, it pretty much renders it a bit pointless as a product on it's own.

        I haven't used the primer every day and I've found that it's rather temperamental with me and personally I prefer other brands that aren't as extortionate in price. This particular make up base varies around £11 and available anywhere that specialize in the no 7 range, particularly in boots where you can often receive money off vouchers for them when you spend a certain amount in store. I have opted for a more transparent and moist primer by MUA that is less than half the price of this one and does the job a million times better than this particular one.

        I have often found that no7's products are of great high quality despite the budget breaking prices, however I feel that this particular primer lets them down as it just doesn't do the trick particularly well and can be out done by a number of other products and because of this I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as there are better options.

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        25.03.2012 22:14
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        A wonderful primer

        I have suffered from a shiny t zone for years now. I actively sought to combat it by using specific face washes for oily skin and moisturisers but nothing worked. As soon as I applied foundation my skin would always look very shiny in the t zone area and I couldn't always pass it off as 'radiance.' When the weather would be really hot, my face would sweat and I would have to dab my skin with my hand all day. This would get really embarrassing if I was on public transport or with people. Coming across this primer was pure chance. I was browsing the no7 counter at boots as there was a 3 for 2 offer on. I saw the shine free primer and new I had to have it.

        The primer costs £11.00 for 40ml from Boots. I think this is a reasonable price to pay. I did do a 3 for 2 so I bought a lip liner, mascara and this, I got the lip liner free as it was the cheapest. Product life is 24 months and I can see it lasting at least a year.

        The shine free primer is a make up base that stops shine for a matte finish. The oil free primer claims to keep shiny skin under control all day. It also contains light reflecting particles that help disguise fine lines and flaws, whilst oil absorbing Biopol hels minimishes blemishes and blot away shine without blocking pores. It comprises watermelon and cucumber extracts to help soothe and cool your skin. It is formulated to be non pore blocking.
        The back of the primer states to moisturise before applying. You can smooth on alone or under foundation. The product itself is a white cream that absorbs instantly onto the skin. As soon as I applied the primer to my face the area that I had rubbed became completely dry. I was really impressed that such a small amount of product could create such dramatic results. I have found that it is best to use a dot sized amount on the t zone areas, as too much primer can over dry the skin, making the foundation look flaky once applied. I also apply more moisturiser than I used to before as this product will suck up any trace of moisture. I tested this product on sunny holiday in Spain and my skin did not sweat or look shiny all day, I was stunned. My face does look very matte once I have applied foundation, even if I use a luminous foundation. I am not too sure about this products ability to minimise fine lines and wrinkles as I have none! And I also can't comment on its ability to minimise blemishes as I have not noticed any differences.

        Pros
        - leaves skin shine free
        - lasts all day
        - only requires a small amount
        - Affordable
        - Hypo allergenic

        Cons
        - Can be drying

        Overall I am very impressed with this product. I never considered no7 to be very innovative in regards to cosmetics as I had never had the opportunity to use their products. But now I have tried their primer with great success I think I will explore more of the no7 range. I will be buying this again hopefully.

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        06.10.2011 21:47
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        Fab product, does what it promises with little effort.

        A brother recently got married and I desparately wanted to look the part of older but still cool sister! Now I could just about wing it in most areas but both my makeup skills and my end result has never been satisfactory. I have very sensitive skin, T-zone, prone to break outs, shineyness... are you getting the picture? Despite buying good quality makeup and applying it well short fail of caking it on like Jodie Marsh I never achieved that flawless complexion, more flawed to be honest. I was informed by a friend that if i found a good primer this would help me lots with a good even tone, that hopefully would last the wears and tears of a summer wedding. So after hunting through a few high street cosmetic counters a lovely boots lady picked out the No7 shine free primer. As a hypo allergenic, non pore blocking and soothing primer it should tick all the boxes. AS an added benefit it is light reflective and helps diminish any blemishes and flaws on your skin prior to foundation being applied. At £7.99 for 40ml it is a good value middle of range priced product in the basic No7 packaging.

        The primer itself has no defining smell, which I found great, and a small amount goes a resonably long way. After moisturising you apply the primer to the areas that you suffer with shine or high colour etc. Allow to dry and then apply foundation to the areas you normally would. You can immediately see a difference to your foundation coverage and appearance. My skin looked radiant and very even without that caked on look. The cream is also in my eyes very good as it does not dry the skin out or go flaky as the day wears on. It worked very well on eyelids and undereye to hold eye liner and eye shadow in place too. So, 8 hours on, with 4 hours still ahead of us my makeup still looked fantastic, my skin still looked even and fresh and without any irritation, heaviness or dryness. I have had the bottle for about 3 months now and hve used it numerous times since purchasing and am very pleased with how the cream is dispensing since opening, it has not dried out and its results have not diminished. I still have at least 3/4 of the bottle left too so very good value for money.

        I would strongly recommend this product to any one with oily to normal skin type whom is in need of a little bit of extra help with make up base.

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        14.09.2011 10:56
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        A great product which gets rid of annoying shine

        Okay, the headline is probably not entirely true and maybe a teeny tiny exaggeration.

        I am lucky girl when it comes skin, not. I have this wonderful shine that appears a few hours into my day, makeup just slides right off and if I even think of going to the gym at lunch, well I end up red and shiny. Looks really good haha.
        So, for years I've muddled along. I've tried tinted moisturisers, heavy foundation, foundation with pressed/loose powders. powder minerals etc and all to the same effect. I had always stayed away from No.7 products, not sure why although their eye make up remover (previously reviewed) did not instill confidence in the brand.
        So, what happened? My sister - I really should listen to her more, she is usually right but don't tell her that - made me try No.7 mineral foundation (I'll review separately) and I love it. So I went back to buy more and stock up and Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on No.7. I picked up this as the freebie and what a freebie I got!

        Packaging - As you can see from the picture above, the tube is styled as most No.7 products - simple, sleek and distinctive.

        Product - The bit you've been waiting for. The base (or primer) works as a barrier between your skin and your makeup. It's really creamy, yet when you are putting it on, you can feel it drying out immediately. If you cover half your face with this, you will instantly see the difference. Your skin becomes matt with no shine or sheen anywhere. I tend to put this on then give a couple of minutes before applying my foundation. No.7 would recommend at this point you follow up by applying another No.7 product. I would too but only because I love the foundation I use. Realistically, you can use anything on top of this. Apply your make up as usual.
        You only need to use small amounts of this, a tube this size should last you several months. I've had mine for 2 months now and it's nowhere near being finished and I use it every day. So, small amounts at a time!

        Does it work?
        For me, absolutely. I have finally found a way to keep my face from looking like a well shined red apple. People can be polite and call it a glow, I hate it. My makeup stays on all day using this base. I will admit by the end of the day my face has a teeny bit of shine to it, but I never reapply make up during the day anymore as there is just no need.

        Using this base will add a couple of extra minutes to your make up routine, but those extra minutes are entirely worth it. So if you have oily/combination skin this could be a good product for you.

        Extra advice - always remove your makeup at the end of the day so your pores can breathe. If you use a base I would especially recommend you cleanse and exfoliate.

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        28.08.2011 19:49
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        I wouldn't buy it again!

        I bought this due to having oily skin, and wanting to control it in order for my make-up to last longer. It was around £11.00 when I bought it a year ago, and the price seems to have not changed, which is good.

        It comes in simple packaging, but as it's a simple product, this didn't bother me.

        The product is squeezed out and is white and has a thick, cream-like consistency, with a sort of pearl-effect.

        I applied this by rubbing a pea-sized amount between my fingers and then smoothing it across my face. This is where the problems occurred - it didn't blend well at all! It had been seconds since I put it on my face and it had already dried without me having a chance to spread it evenly across. This left me with a sort of 'tide line' of where I'd got up to which, when rubbed, started balling up. Then, when I was putting my foundation on top, it began to cling to 'patches' of the primer, giving me an uneven look!

        Despite this, it did mattify my skin, which is what it was intended to do. I've tried mixing this with other primers just to try and give me enough time to apply it evenly, but I mostly use this as an eyelid primer now as it's a small area and I can spread the product quickly!

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        26.07.2011 00:24

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        worth a try

        i been using this product for years. I have tried others including one by ruby and milly but found that one didnt last as long as this one. so firstly, its good value. the tube lasts ages. a little bit really goes a long way with this item. can be used alone or under foundation to help contract shine and oil. I recommend using a good moisturiser underneath otherwise it can be quite drying on the skin. is also a great base for foundation to keep it on and stop it sliding off through out the day.

        I would recommend this product for sure. I think it has actually permanently controlled my oily skin i used to have to use it daily otherwise my skin looked shiny and horrible in a matter of mins after applying foundation but nowadays i dont actually need this daily-in fact i only wear it when i know i have a long day ahead of me and need to make sure i wont go shiny.

        As ive said with other Boots no7 products, they are often on a 3 for 2 offer or you can use that £5 voucher given out so you can get this for a fab price in the those offers.

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        06.07.2011 13:03
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        A nice primer from no 7 that works well but needs you to make an effort before use.

        As I was getting married recently and doing it on a budget I begun looking for ways to achieve a flawless complexion without breaking the bank. When browsing in Boots I ended up speaking to a member of staff who was only too happy to try out a look on me and then talk me in to buying some items in the 3 for 2 special offer they were running at the time.

        This shine free primer is part of the Boots No 7 range and comes supplied in a white tube. This tube has a lid that you just twist to remove. The packaging is very simple and there is a small dispenser on the tube which helps to ensure only a very small amount of the 40ml liquid is released. When this liquid is dispensed it is a thick white cream type substance. I squeeze a little blob out on to my hand usually and then apply using the tip of my finger (which I've washed thoroughly first). I always ensure that I cleanse and moisturise my face before using this primer. I then use the tip of my finger to carefully dab this liquid along my cheeks, underneath my eyes and around my T-zone. When applying this liquid I have to be very careful to dab it gently and not rub it to much or it takes on a gum like texture. If too much rubbing happens then this liquid becomes quite sticky and ends up just rolling along my skin and not actually sinking in.

        The main test for this primer is what happens once a foundation is applied over the top. When using this primer I will then use a cover stick for problem zones and then I will apply a foundation over the top. I found that this primer works very well providing I apply it carefully and have thoroughly cleansed and moisturised before use. On one or two occasions I did find that the skin on my cheeks was a little dry and this spoilt the look of my makeup, however, this did encourage me to start moisturising and generally looking after my skin more.

        Overall I would say that while this primer is a little flawed it is mainly down to how well you look after your skin and how much effort you want to put in to looking good. My skin stays oil free and this primer, in conjunction with a cover stick and foundation, gives me a matte finish and helps to hide my red cheeks. I am pleased with the results I get from using this primer, for the most part, but feel that while it is going to be very long lasting that the £11.00 price tag is a little bit expensive.

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          06.06.2011 16:16
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          A lovely little primer to control shine, perfect purchase with the Boots £5 vouchers

          I unfortunately suffer from a very oily t zone, which means that forehead can often look very oily and my make up often seems to disappear after a few hours. While I use fairly heavy coverage foundations, the oiliness means that they still fail to last a full day.

          After reading a couple of articles about primers I decided to purchase a couple to see if they could solve this problem. I was lucky enough to be given one of the boots £5 off vouchers so I decided to pick up the no 7 shine free make up base. The primer base (or primer) usually sells for £11 but it was a lovely £6 with the voucher.

          The first thing that I noticed was that you get a rather generous 40ml for your money; most primers from other brands looked a lot smaller. The actual base is a white paste like cream which seems rather thick. The first time I applied it I put a little too much on, and also applied it everywhere thinking it would give me a flawless appearance. As the skin on my cheeks can often be quite dry I found that my foundation did not seem to go on as smoothly as it did over my usual moisturiser.

          After a full day in work I found that the base was absoloutly fantastic as I had absoloutly no shine whatsoever on my forehead or nose. This also meant that my foundation still looked perfect in these areas, and I loooved the fact that I didn't need to powder or reapply my foundation during the day.

          I am still using this product a month later and I still seem to have loads left. This is a fab product for those with oily or combination skin who want to control shine. I now apply a pea sized amount to my forehead and nose areas and this seems to do the job perfectly. A definate repurchase for when the next Boots vouchers come around.

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          25.02.2011 15:09
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          It you suffer from shiny skin, definitely worth getting.

          I only actually bought this because I had a No7 voucher which needed using. The only place I have oily skin is on my nose - so I bought it to apply under foundation in this area.

          The consistency is difficult to describe - it's sort of a white paste, with an ever so slightly drying 'powdery' quality to it.

          You only need to use a tiny bit, about half the size of a pea - and it absorbs into the skin quickly and is invisible. Now - and this is the important bit - wait. I have, when in a rush, applied foundation a few seconds after the make up base, and it's a disaster. It all gloops together and you have to take the whole lot off and start again.

          However, if you give it a minute, and the apply make up - it does a wonderous thing. It actually acts exactly like it's supposed to, and stops your nose getting all oily. For hours. After using this, my skin is evenly toned all over, without a hint on shininess in sight. I was very impressed.

          Another impressive feature is how long it's lasted - although I don't use it daily and keep it for nights out etc, it's lasted over a year and shows no signs of running out any time soon.

          When it does run out, I'll definitely be on the lookout for some more - it does make the difference.

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            31.01.2011 22:27
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            Please see review :-)

            My skin is probably typical of most people's; it tends to be normal everywhere (with the odd spot break out) except on my t-zone which is oily and I find during the day it shines through the make up that I have on. I don't like the feeling of oily/greasy skin and I don't like the way it makes my face look as it spoils my make up.

            I was on a mission in Boots, armed with a £5 off No7 voucher, in order to try and solve my problem. I went and spoke to the lady on the counter, who was very helpful, and showed me the No 7 Shine Free Make Up Base. After describing my problem, she said it could be just what I was looking for.

            The No 7 Shine Free Make Up Base says on the back of the tube, that it provides an all day matte look for skin. It contains light reflecting particles which help to disguise fine lines and flaws. It is also hypoallergenic, oil-free and contains Biopol which helps to minimise blemishes and prevent shine without blocking pores. Brilliant- everything I was looking for.

            The tube it comes in is pretty bland- plain white with the No 7 logo and the name of the product. The Make Up Base is quite thick and white, reminding me a little of PVA glue! You only need a small amount as it is quite hard to rub in, I was also not a fan of the smell, reminding more of a cleaning product than a make up item.

            I used the Make Up Base under my foundation but over my moisturiser. I let it settle a while before I started to apply my make up. It felt a little heavy on my skin, but I suppose as it was quite thick it was to be expected. I only applied it to my t-zone as that is where my problem area is. I have found that the shine is not as bad now on my face and thus the product does work. It also lasted all day, and my make up didn't "slip" when using it.

            I am in two minds about this product, it does as it says on the tin but then it did make my skin feel heavy which I didn't like.

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            29.11.2010 22:51

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            Reccommened product.

            I have never used a primer before but I recently got married and felt that I needed something to make my foundation easier to apply and hopefully stayed on for longer. I had my make up applied by a make up artist and she used a primer saying that the foundation and concealer would last all day if this was used. She used her expensive brand and I did not really want to splash out on her primer I went down to boots to see if they had one cheaper. I usually get number 7 products for their value for money so went straight over to the counter. I asked the girl on the counter which primer she reccommendd and she said she was wearing this one. Her skin looked really good and she said that her make up lasts all day. I got it and am really pleased with it. On my wedding day my foundation went on easily and stayed on all day. Great product.

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            18.09.2010 18:26
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            Does the job

            Looking at some photographs of myself taken earlier this year I was horrified. I had lost a fair bit of weight and expected to be pleased with them but my face was one shiny big blob! I moaned about it to a friend of mine who suggested I try No7 Shine Free base. I was so horrified that I was soon down at the local Boots to stock up. The full price is currently £10.75 for 40ml but I used a £5 voucher so it wasn't quite so bad.

            Although I am in my early 40s my skin is still greasy and some days it will still break out in the odd spot, maybe I will grow out of this annoying condition one day!

            The Shine Free Make-up Base is presented in a flattish, wide white plastic tube that stands on its own white plastic cap. Considering that the cap is quite a slim oval shape the tube is actually quite stable when standing on my bathroom shelf. The No7 is printed in the usual gold and the rest of the print is in grey. It states that it stops shine for a matte finish and that it is hypo-allergenic.

            Reading all the blurb on the back it tells me how this wonder product will keep shiny skin under control all day and that the light-reflecting particles will disguise fine lines and the oil will be absorbed by Biopol (whatever that may be!) without blocking pores. This sounded like it was going to perform some miracles for my money so was it any good?

            I was very keen to try it out so the next morning I moisturised my face as normal and then opened the tube. I was immediately struck by the fact that the cream was quite thick and stiff, almost like toothpaste, and so the tube took a heft squeeze to get the cream moving. I was not very impressed with the smell, it didn't smell nasty but it also didn't smell like a cosmetic product, it was more just a greasy cream aroma. I started to rub it into my skin; I concentrated on the notorious T-zone that has plagued me all my life with its greasy tendency. The cream took quite an effort to massage into the skin but I could immediately see a difference in the appearance of my skin, it definitely had a more matte finish.

            I applied my usual Makeup over the top. I did feel my foundation didn't seem to glide on quite as easily but it had no effect on the colour of my makeup. Throughout the day I did check on my appearance several times and I would say that at the end of my working day my skin still looked fresher and less shiny than normal.

            No7 do state that this cream can be used on its own to give the same effect so I have tried it like that as well, particularly when I have been on holiday and can't face putting lots of makeup on. It doesn't seem to last quite as well but my skin does look less shiny for several hours after application.

            So far so good but I can't say I noticed any difference in the appearance of fine lines. This might be because I am probably being a bit hopeful calling them fine lines, I think they are probably more like great crevices now so I probably need something of a more industrial strength.

            Although this does appear to do what it is supposed to do I must admit I still do not use it that often. I am not very keen on the thick texture and the amount of rubbing in that it needs to get it to absorb properly. I have noticed on a couple of occasions when I have been in a bit of a rush that I have left myself with a couple of thin white lines on my face where I have missed massaging it in fully. The cream contains watermelon and cucumber which are supposed to have a cooling effect. I do find it cools the skin a little on application but this doesn't last more than a couple of minutes and it feels a bit heavy on the skin, even if I apply only a thin layer.

            I tend to use it if I want my make-up to last better for a special occasion or a long day or if I know someone will be wielding a camera, ready to catch my light-reflecting face in all its glory if I am unprepared. I also use it without makeup on holiday but it doesn't have any SPF so a sun cream is needed as well which tend to make me greasy again so you can't really win. It has a shelf life of 24 months once opened so it shouldn't go off before I have finished the tube.

            You do only need to apply a relatively small amount so although the tube is quite expensive it will last a long time, even if you use it daily. No7 normally have a £5 voucher or a three for two offer so you shouldn't need to pay full price for it. I don't think I will be buying anymore as I am not keen on its texture but it does mattify my skin so for that reason I would still give it 4 stars.

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              25.03.2010 21:30
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              I wouldn't buy this product at full price, it's not as good as it makes out to be.

              For people with oily skin, getting your make-up to stay on your face is problematic enough, never mind that horribly oily, greasy shine that seems to emerge mid-morning, no matter what you do. This is the problem I always have, and I'm always on the lookout for products that promise to help prevent shine and keep away all of that terrible oil... To be truthful I don't think such a product exists and I find that a simple cleanse, tone and moisturise does the same job as any of these 'wonder' products.

              Despite this I was a sucker when I was handed one of those now very infamous £5 off No7 vouchers in Boots a few months ago, and whilst I normally get a nail varnish for a pound, I spotted the white tube on the shelf, the words 'Shine Free' jumping off the packaging at me.

              This little 40ml tube costs £10.25, making me want to choke really as a decent moisturiser costs that much however with my voucher, this was only £5.25 so I came to the conclusion it was probably worth a try. The back of the tube sounds so promising, as is expected, with its claims of keeping shiny skin under control ALL day long as it has an oil-free mattifying base. For good measure it also has some amazing light reflecting particles in there which are going to disguise my fine lines and flaws! Oh, and there's something I've never heard of. It contains 'Biopol' which helps minimise blemishes and blot away shine without blocking my pores. Why, it sounds like a wonder product!

              So, as mentioned before I have tried many of these oil fighting products in the past, and I have come to expect a runny sort of solution, very similar to a moisturiser, that is applied before you put your make-up on. This one is no different, the instruction state to moisturise before applying (you should ALWAYS moisturise even if you have oily skin) and then to smooth on alone or under foundation.

              Well I got a big shock the first time I used this. I can only resemble this product to toothpaste. Imagine squeezing your brilliant white toothpaste out of the tube, then attempting to 'smooth' it into your face. This is exactly what this product feels like! It instantly feels drying, so if you have any dry patches of skin, don't go near them with this as it won't do any favours at all. It's great on my most oily areas such as slap bang in the middle of my forehead, my nose and my chin, as instantly there is no shine there at all, the oil has gone.

              I can apply my make-up over the top of this easily enough, which is essential as it's labelling itself as a make-up base! I almost expected my make-up to appear slightly flaky because of the slight drying sensation this causes, but there were no problems there.

              The thing is, this product doesn't keep away my shine all day long as promised. By lunch I still get it appearing, and ok I will give it some credit, it's not half as bad as it can be sometimes, but I was hoping maybe for once I could make it through the afternoon. I also don't notice my flaws being disguised or minimised blemishes as the packaging promises, though I didn't really believe it would happen, which shows how little faith I have in these types of oil-fighting products. Sadly, this isn't the wonder product I was hoping for, and my expectations were probably too high.

              If you suffer from slightly oily skin in places, this will probably really help keep that shine away, but if you're like me and have a generally very oily face all over, you will most likely have the same results as me. Therefore I can't recommend this too much, it's good if you get it for a fiver and you want to keep shine away for a few hours, but don't believe the blurb on the back stating it will stay away all day, as it doesn't.

              No7 Shine Free Make-up Base is available from No7 counters in Boots stores, or online from www.boots.com

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              18.03.2010 16:37
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              Does what it says on the tin

              I've mentioned in a previous review that I'm a bit of a No 7 fan. I ought to say at the beginning of this review that I haven't tried a similar product from another brand, so I can't really compare it, but I will give my view on how this one performs.

              I think I first bought this after watching one of Gok Wan's early programmes and one of the make-up tips was to use a primer to help your make-up go on smoothly and stay put. I headed for No 7 as a reliable brand for me. The Shine Free Make Up Base costs £10.25 for 40ml. It does last a long time though, especially if you only use a little at a time (see further down).

              This product should be used on moisturised skin, before applying any other make-up. It is important that you moisturise first, and this is made clear on the directions for use, as otherwise I am sure the product would be quite drying. It is easy to dispense a small amount of the product from the squeezy tube - I normally pop some on the back of my hand, and then use my fingers to apply small amounts over my face. You can feel the slightly drying sensation. I imagine that this product works by absorbing oils or something along those lines (I am not a technical person I'm afraid) so that the make-up can be applied smoothly and doesn't slip.

              One thing to note is that putting on too much of this base is not a good idea. Foundation then does not go on smoothly but seems to sort of get stuck to the base, and you will end up with a horrid patchy look. Don't ask me how I know...

              I think this product is excellent and really works. I find that my make-up looks better as it certainly gives me a smoother and shine-free base to work from, and the foundation goes on better. Also, the rest of my make-up lasts much better throughout the day (or night). I would definitely recommend it, especially for those with oily skin, but do remember to moisturise first. I have since tried the Colour Calming Primer (shortly to be reviewed) but it really doesn't compare to this one.

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