Thursday, 3 June 2010

No7 Shine Free Makeup Base - quick review

Ok, so I don't know about you but I am finding that a good primer is hard to come by. I suppose it is because everyone's skin is different and so it's pretty difficult to find out if it works for you until you have actually incorporated it fully into your beauty routine.

I had seen a couple of reviews that were on the positive side about this product though so a couple of months ago I gave it a go. It retails at £10.75 at Boots.

I was hoping for minimised pores and a non-greasy nose.

Unfortunately, what I ended up with was dull looking skin with obvious HUGE pores. This should be called Moisture Free Makeup Base.

When I applied this I would attempt to blend quickly, but still ended up with it clinging to the skin due to its paste-type texture. Then of course my makeup would go on on top and look the same. I mean ok so my makeup STAYS on with this - all day and all night if I wanted it to and it is possible to get a more even base if you put a thicker layer of it on. However, the first thing my boyf said the first day I wore it was "Awwww haven't you got a lot of makeup on today" (which translates to JEEZ! Too Much!).

I tried it for a couple of weeks to see if it was down to application techniques, but nothing made it work any better for me. It just made my foundation look like a heavy cakey mask. To be 100% sure I tried it with my bare minerals which is so sheer on my skin and even that then drew attention to my pores and looked like it was sat on top of skin horribly!

So in short - I have given up on this and will not be re-purchasing.

Oh, and incase you are wondering if it's just me - I did try and give this to L incase it worked for her about 2 weeks ago and she brought it back to me the next day saying it was AWFUL and had ruined her makeup for the day!

That said - I have used it as an eyeshadow primer in the past and it keeps your eyeshadow in place all day long, which is something!

Anyone else tried this primer, or have any other primers you swear by?

Giddy P


Luc said...

I haven't tried it but if I do wear foundation etc. it's just around my eye area so it might be ok for me but what is it like under the eye with a concealer?

*~♥Giddy Princess♥~* said...

It's pretty drying around the eyes ares so I would suggest something a little more moisturising. I found it made my concealer cakey and settled in the fine lines.

I just an eyecream now and a little Bare Minerals primer under eyes which works better for me. :D

About me said...

I use this and only use it on areas where i get alot of shine (forehead and chin) because i've found that its too thick to use all over and it tends to 'flake' off

Dollface said...

I picked up this primer when they were giving out those No 7 vouchers. I found it was the hardest formulation to work with altogether.

Needless to say I gave up on it and also started to use it as an eyeshadow primer!

Erica said...

I actually find this product fantastic, it's top of my 'can't-live-without' products! You need to be very careful to only use a tiny amount, or else you'll be left with white marks, but if you use only a minuscule amount (and I only use it on oily areas - ie everywhere but my cheeks) it's great. It's the ONLY product I've ever found that can keep my face shine-free for an entire day. Put it on after moisturizing and before foundation (if you're wearing foundation).
It's not a traditional primer, it doesn't give the smooth feel of the likes of gosh or smashbox primers, it's purpose appears to be controlling shine rather than smoothing skin. But I've used both Gosh and smashbox and while I liked the fact that they left my skin smooth, it was shiny within a couple of hours.
And just to reiterate - use the smallest amount possible!!! But if you have oily/shine-prone skin this is a godsend once you get used to applying it.

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