Today's post is a review on one of my favourite foundations - No7's Beautifully Matte foundation. I only really use this foundation and Clinique's Repair Wear. Each time I try another foundation I always find myself going to back to this No7 foundation and wondering why I bothered looking for a different one in the first place!
I first found out about the foundation around six months ago when No7's Colour Matches were taking place in my local Boots and I decided to give it a go. I was looking for a full coverage foundation which wouldn't leave me looking orange! Is that really so much to ask? Well, not for Beautifully Matte it isn't! The advisor was very kind and helpful as I explained I really wanted the foundation to be full coverage for my skin. The No7 advisor simply uses a handheld device which reads your skin colour tones and then matches you to a suitable shade of their foundation. I was matched with 'Deeply Beige' which I did initially think it would be too dark for me but I was happy with the colour when it was applied on to my skin and didn't leave that dreaded 'tide line' showing how light my neck is compared to my face! I also really appreciated that I didn't feel pressurised into buying it plus lots of added extras too! The sales advisor was friendly and not pushy. I wasn't 100% sure I could trust whether the foundation was going to give me enough coverage when I applied it myself at home, but I decided to give it a buy and I haven't looked back since - apart from the odd affair with Clinique!
The foundation comes with a high end look packaging. The tube itself is super easy to use as it already has a pump - I cant stand foundations with no pump and you wont have to buy a separate one!
The foundation itself is quite a heavy liquid formula but doesn't feel too heavy on my skin which is just what I wanted. It offers great benefits of a foundation including a matte finish, medium to full coverage, great for oily skin types, has an SPF15 built in and minimises the appearances of pores. I have to agree with each and every one of those points and the foundation gives a really nice finish. It gives enough coverage to keep me happy and really does make my skin look in a much better condition - goodbye pores and pesky blackheads! As it gives a medium to full coverage, it's left down to you to create the look you want. The only negative I can find of this product is it can dry my skin out slightly and I definitely need a primer. Once I got myself settled with a good primer (Benefit's Porefessional if you're interested) and moisturiser I have absolutely no problems with the foundation at all, I love it!
No7 are available exclusively to Boots and I feel their products are really good value for the quality you get! Beautifully Matte foundation retails at just £12.95 which I am more than willing to pay as I feel its a great high street price for a brilliant foundation! It's also an extra bargain when the No7 vouchers come out and you can get £3.00 off, that's when I tend to get my new bottle!
Have you tried a No7 foundation? x
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