Now that spring has sprung, I’m all about the glowy skin life, even though I have my oily bits, but if you can’t look fresh faced and lovely when the flowers are starting the bloom, when can you? I did a collaboration with Boots recently where they sent me some of their new beauty bits and I’ve been getting stuck into them since. The collaboration is long over and this isn’t part of it, but just wanted to flag it, disclosure and all!
I was sent two shades of the No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation, Porcelain being too light for me and Beige which is slightly too dark, but looks gorgeous on when I blend it down the neck, so that’s what I’ve been wearing and what you see in these photos.
Promising to give fresh and radiant looking skin in an instant, my dull and lacklustre skin was ready to give it a go. I’ve tried this a good few times now, using different application methods and it’s mad how different brushes etc can make a foundation look so different! I found that applying it with a makeup sponge sheers it out a lot, so that’s worth noting and if you have perfect skin, then good luck to you! I’ve tried my usual buffing brushes and thought the application was just grand, but it was only when I applied it with the Real Techniques Brush Crush Blush Brush that I fell hard and fast. It just seems to place the product really evenly and not buff it out into nothing and using it means I can get a decent level of coverage too. We’re talking a medium level of coverage but it’s buildable on areas that need a bit extra.
While I’m loving the radiance it gives and enjoy how it looks and feels like skin, I still need to powder my t-zone ever so slightly, just to keep it in place all day, but I think those with a dryer skin type will love it because it feels nice and moisturising on. The coverage is ideal for me in that you can still see my skin but it hides the redness and looks so natural on. I think this is my favourite No7 foundation to date I tell ya!
On to the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer. This comes in eight shades and I was given the lightest, shade 1 – Porcelain & Calico. It has a little sponge tipped applicator that doesn’t have any squidge to it, so while it’s grand for applying the product, in terms of working it into the skin, I use my finger, a brush or a sponge to make sure it’s all evenly distributed.
It does a great job at brightening under the eyes, but without going over the top. Maybe it’s old age, but I can’t do the really pale under eye look at all. This is much more my type of finish – lightweight with medium coverage. I find it lasts all day when I set it with my usual face powder. What can I say, I need to set all my bits! If you’re after a full coverage concealer, then I don’t think this is the one for you, but for those who like a lighter coverage, you’re in for a treat.
At the time of this blog post being published, the No7 HydraLuminous Foundation is €14, down from €20. With just 12 shades, I think they could do with adding more and I haven’t see the palest and darkest shades in person yet, but will report back when I do. And the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer is also down to €14 from €18. I’ve been really enjoying using them and have sneakily been posting photos on Instastories of my face wearing them and every time I do, I get lots of lovely comments on how nice my skin is looking and that’s the sign of a winner to me. Will you be trying these?