Product Type: Boots No.7 makeup
Newest Review: ... help soothe and cool your skin. This make-up base is also hypo-allergenic and dermatologically tested. The information on the tube sound... more
Not what I expected.
Boots No7 Shine Free Make up Base
Member Name: jeffjen
Boots No7 Shine Free Make up Base
Advantages: Prevented shine on oily areas, but not for long.
Disadvantages: Difficult to apply, did not keep the shine away and can clog up on application.
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.
Summary: Not suitable for me and difficult to apply.