Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review : Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Deeply Beige

Hey loves!

There are so many makeup brands out there that aren't available in the Philippines yet that I really want to try out. I see them from youtube makeup tutorial videos and I wish that I can get my hands on them. One of the brands I keep seeing is No7 and the products they used from this brand looked so promising so when I was in L.A., I took the opportunity and bought some of their products.

Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Deeply Beige

I bought this at Target somewhere in L.A.. It's quite affordable... I can't remember the exact price but I'm pretty sure that it's not over $20... Maybe around less than $15? But it's $13.99 on the website. :P

 I didn't plan on getting a foundation that day. I just wanted to get something from No7 badly. While checking out the available products, this really peaked my interest. A matte foundation that controls oil, has sunscreen, is hypo-allergenic, with medium-full coverage, and recommended for normal-oily skin, that's EXACTLY the kind of foundation I want. It promises EVERYTHING that I look for in a foundation! 

They didn't have available testers there so I have to make a brave guess on what would suit me best. They have 6 shades available there (but in the website, it has 14 shades) and Deeply Beige is the middle shade with the most yellow tone. All of the shades are cool toned which was a bit of disappointment for me so I think that Deeply Beige is the safest to get for my skin match.

So let's inspect the packaging first for info...

And this is what's written on the website:

Product description

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation
  • Matte finish
  • Medium/Full Cover
  • Best for Oily Skin
  • Hypo-allergenic
No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation formula has been tested to provide a shine free look for up to 12 hours. It leaves your skin shine free - essential for anyone with oily skin. Minimising the appreance of pores, leaving a more flawless complexion.
There is no powdery grey finish, associated with some matte foundations and overall looks flattering to the skin.
The formula has been tested to ensure it won't block pores and high levels of colour pigments means the coverage is relatively opaque with a silky matte finish. Salicylic acid had been included in the formula to help unblock pores and improve the condition of the skin throughout wear.
With SPF15, it helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Ethanol leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshed.

How to Use

Step One - Shake before use.
Step Two - Dot a little where you need it most, usually your cheeks, nose and chin.
Step Three - Blend smoothly and evenly with your fingers or sponge, working downwards and outwards from the centre of your face.

The packaging is pretty good. I love the slim, matte bottle. It looks so professional and classy. I also love the pump because you can easily control the amount of product you get. The cap seals perfectly as well so yeah... everything's good!

The consistency of this product is thick and creamy. It takes time to blend it all over the face because of the very creamy consistency but you can take your time... it doesn't dry too soon so you can just blend it until your skin is all covered up. You can use your fingers or a brush but I love using my beauty blender with this one. And it is barely scented too.

This is the swatch.

Most of the shades available are cool tones and this is the warmest one.

When spread out

See that coverage? It gives a medium-full coverage indeed!

When blended

It blends on skin really well and it doesn't feel sticky and thick. No oily feeling as well! 

Below are pictures of my face so you can see how this works on me...

Bare face

with the foundation

The shade is lighter than my skin and it still lacks the yellow tone I need. But just look at that beautiful coverage! It managed to hide all my pimple marks and other imperfections with just a layer of it. But what's great is that this foundation is very buildable so I can actually skip on the concealer!

Below's a pic of my face with the rest of my makeup...

I had to top it off with a powder closer to my color to balance it to my skin tone. It really made my face look clearer than it naturally is. With primer, it can last the whole day and my skin would only start to oil up after 6-7 hours without retouching. BUT without a good primer, maybe it's around 5-6 hours before I notice that it is starting to fade. There are also incidents that it sits on the lines of the face (like the laugh line) when I get oily. But these just happen when I don't have a good primer (I'm using a primer from Smashbox). And no breakouts nor irritations encountered when I use this.

So for the summary of this review:

What I LIKE:
- Affordable
- Medium to heavy coverage
- Nice matte finish
- Good oil control
- Has SPF15
- Long lasting
- Good packaging
- Hypo-allergenic
- No breakouts
- Great for oily skinned people like me

- Not available in the Philippines
- Too few shades selection

Would I repurchase? I would if they create more shades, especially one that is very close to mine. Haha! It's a really good product! I really like it, it's just that I have to do something with the color mismatch. I checked the other shades on some reviews on youtube and they are mostly cool-toned so... yeah, I doubt that I have a color match with their current shades. 

I do recommend it for people with normal to oily skin. I really think you will like it too. For people with dry skin, I think it's best if you skip this one. I tried this on my friend Yuki who has extremely dry skin and it just made all the flaky, dry areas very visible so I bet that this would be a horror for you. :P

So what do you think of the Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation? Do you use other products from this brand? Which ones are your favorites?



  1. Wow! It looks like a great foundation for people with oily, acne-prone skin like you and me!

  2. I have the Hide and Chic from Boots, it is quite sheer but gives me that awake look! It's my favorite sheer foundation. It has micro shimmers but not really noticeable. Sana we have Boots here, their products are affordable.

    1. It looks like most of their stuff are promising, no? And yes, they are affordable but still have good quality. I hope they open in the PH!

  3. OOohhhhhh looks good. I've also been wanting to try some Boots products!

    From Manila with Love

  4. I enlarged the faces photos, I hope you don't mind. The finish is amazing and despite the foundation being "matte", it still somewhat skin like and it doesn't look cakey. Hope they come out with your shade, this seems like HG-level sana.

    1. No worries. I'm hoping they produce more colors because you're right, it can be HG worthy and it can be compared to high-end foundations, but what makes this better is its affordability.