I popped along to my local Boots No7 counter to try out the foundation and concealer Match Made Service.
The consultant used a little gadget to find my foundation shade, “Deeply Honey”, which I think is the third darkest shade. She also found my concealer shade which is number 60.
I was then asked my skin type which is combination dry and oily. The consultant used No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15 to prepare my skin for the foundation trial.
After asking what type of coverage I wanted, she tried some foundations on my. My main criteria were that the foundation must be quick to apply and that it must not hide my freckles. I just want something to even my skin tone rather than cover any blemishes. Also, although I want to apply my foundation quickly, I always use a brush rather than my fingers so that I get an even finish and so I don’t end up in a mess!
I first tried a light coverage foundation, the No7 Essentially Natural Foundation. It was very light, so light that I decided I wanted something a little heavier. Having said that, for only £9.95, I might just go back and buy it for everyday, casual use.
For the medium coverage foundation, I had a choice of a matte foundation or a glowing, dewy look. I actually found it very difficult to decide as for me it depends on the season, the weather and my mood on the day! In the end I decided on “glowing” and I tried No7 Instant Radiance Foundation. As it is a medium coverage foundation, it still feels nice and light on the skin. It evened out my skin without making it look plastered in makeup. It ticked the “quick to apply” box as it is a one-step foundation – apply the liquid and leave it alone. Powder should not be used as it would take away the glow. My freckles were nicely on show too, even after the consultant applied a touch of blusher in Coral Flush.
The final piece of the puzzle was the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer which was ok but not amazing. My eyes did look brighter but I think I need something tougher to tackle my dark under-eye circles.
As a very pleasant surprise, the foundation only costs £12.50 – less than half of what I usually pay for foundation! For that price I would be willing to buy the matte version also, just because I can.
In all, I was pleased with my experience and impressed with the products. Looks like I don’t always have to spend £30 on foundation after all!