No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

No7 Beautifully Matte FoundationI was trying to tidy up my desk the other day. (I don’t know whether you’re familiar or not with the phrase trying to tidy, but generally this activity involves sitting very still, on a chair, in front of your computer, watching YouTube videos.) When I finally got round to actually tidying, I realised that I had a whole pile of products that I had been using on a daily basis, but not yet written about. Often, the only way that I can give a product a really thorough testing is to keep it on my desk. That way I can apply it, reapply it and faff about with it during the day when I’m sat typing and editing.

No7’s Beautifully Matte Foundation is one such product that has been through the Desk Testing process, and I have to give it a rather big Thumbs Up. It applies beautifully and absolutely banishes any oiliness or greasy shine. The amazing thing? It’s not drying or powdery. Although there’s no actual sheen or ‘glow’ in the finish, it doesn’t look cakey or chalky, it just leaves my skin looking perfect!

I have been testing this foundation throughout my Oily Stage of the month (say no more) and it has given great coverage over the army of blemishes that decided to sprout up all over my face. It feels cool upon application, blends easily (you have to work fairly quickly) and evens out skin tone really well. In terms of application upon drier skin (I have dryness towards the outsides of my face quite often) the formula still felt lovely – not moisturising, just comfortable and certainly not tight.

Gorgeous! I’d love to tell you what shade I’ve been using, but the label has fallen off. I think that it might be ‘Cream’. If you suffer from oiliness, or simply want a foundation with a perfect flawless finish, I’d recommend hot-footing it to Boots and giving this a try. If you can buy it using one of those £5 vouchers that Boots are always giving away, then all the better – that would take the price down to a mere £8.50!

No7 Beautifully Matte is available from Boots for £13.50.

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  1. Ashley
    January 27, 2011 / 4:17 pm

    As a matter of fact, I’m trying to tidy my desk right now!

  2. Jan
    January 27, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    I have a problem with the words No and 7, to me they conjure up images of my granny and half dead compacts of an uncompromising calamine pink shade. I just cannot get over this image whenever I am within a hairs breath of that counter and don’t buy, at all, ever. Probably missing out on loads. Maybe I need to feel the fear and do it anyway. Thanks for this. Jan x

    • January 27, 2011 / 7:03 pm

      HAHA! So true! My mind was changed ONLY when I got a mini eyeshadow in a gift and it was amazing. I must write about it actually, and bore you all to tears about its staying power…

  3. Fi
    January 27, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Oh no, which foundation to try then? This one or MyFace… I am a long way from a Boots then sells MyFace so the No.7 one is certainly easier to get hold of!

    • January 27, 2011 / 9:59 pm

      This one is a much more matte finish – you can get Myface online from Boots too! x

  4. Lindseyb498
    January 27, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    I’m with Jan on this one. I find No7 really overpriced and only worth a punt with the £5 vouchers off. Having said that, I have just bought the black gel liner from the new collection. I wanted the purple one but it applies blue.

    You get oily once a month! My t-zone is always like that but having a greasy – there I said it – undercurrent does help preserve the skin rather like confit of duck! I find Kryolan anti-shine powder a must because it transforms any foundation ( I too love the myface amongst others) to suit my oily patches but doesn’t leave me ghost-like.

    It can be tricky to get hold of but I buy mine from and the woman I deal with (Julie)is patience personified and lightening quick in responding to my often endless questions.

    I will, or course, at the caveat that I am not on her payroll. I am a substance misuse counsellor and your comments on your alcohol intake have not gone unnoticed lady! lindsey x

    • January 28, 2011 / 12:03 am

      Ha! I’m still below my NHS recommended allowance I’ll have you know, so no misuse here! I have tried the Kryolan at work, it is indeed excellent. And yes to greasy preserved skin – it is supposed to age far slower, am I right? x

  5. Lindseyb498
    January 28, 2011 / 12:22 am

    Oily skin, no kids and every emperor’s new beauty product ever made! My face doesn’t look as lived in as perhaps it should. Seriously, my (much younger) sister has very fragile, dry skin and it’s a nightmare for her. My Clarisonic Mia made her face turn burgundy after one scant use but I have since turned her onto plain jojoba oil morning and night. It literally got rid of her dry scaly patches and soothed her ecszema (sp?)after 3 days of use over Xmas. I use it on my undereye at night and I love it.

    She now also uses Weleda Skin Food for dry patches elsewhere else which also stops my hands looking like Madonna’s without the demi-gloves. Hope this might be of help to somebody? Lindsey x

    • January 28, 2011 / 12:47 am

      I have heard great things about Weleda Skin Food! Thanks Lindsey – the Jojoba sounds good. And cheap!

  6. Diane
    January 28, 2011 / 2:55 am

    Sounds like heaven for oily skins. I am like an oil slick most of the time. Now, how to persuade some lovely English person to post some to me in Australia, please……

  7. January 28, 2011 / 3:40 am

    I normally go for a more sheer dewy effect foundation….however I’ve decided to start working my way through afew of the matte ones as I do have quite an oily T-zone and can look rather shiny by the end of the day – even with blotting paper etc!

    The first one I bought was the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation I think it’s called and it has got that cakey-ness that you mentioned in this post to it…but by the end of the day it actually looks how I wish it would at the start of the day..I’m thinking as all my oily-ness has got to work on the cakey areas by 4pm!
    I even use my beauty perfection sponge gizmo to sheer it out abit but, nadda.

    So I think this be a great one to try next as it’s liquid and not cakey.
    But also No7 do go really light in there foundation shades (which I need in winter) – Alabaster being the lightest drugstore/highstreet I have found along with the lightest shade Myface do!

    Ok….I am really rambling now!
    Going to stop,

    Fee xx

    • January 28, 2011 / 6:17 pm

      Haven’t tried that one! Love the way it works the wrong way around! xx

  8. Sarah
    January 28, 2011 / 4:46 pm

    I LOVE Weleda skin food! I try and use natural products all the time but its so hard to find good make up products! It’s like a natural 8hr cream.

    Jojoba is the one thing that is most similar to our own skin’s oil…so it is readily absorbed and used by our skin! Great!!

    I write a natural skincare blog… I only started it a month ago so I’m quite new but would love it if you checked it out..

  9. lahna
    June 10, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    hi, i was wondering what other boots no7 foundations you have tried and thought were good. I live in the states and i cant seem to find this one. any suggestions?
    thanks! -lahna

    • Ruth
      June 10, 2012 / 10:41 pm

      @Lahna my favourite No7 product is actually the tinted moisturiser – it’s amazing! Someone told me you can find it at Target in the states? x

  10. Shauna
    September 7, 2012 / 9:47 pm

    I just bought this and i am in love with it! I’m very prone to spots and an oily T-zone, but this foundation eliminated my oily patches. For the first time ever, in all the time I’ve been wearing make up, I didn’t need to apply a powder over it. The sales assistant recommended “No. 7 Beautifully Skin T-zone rescue” as a primer as well so I’m going to give it a try :) But so far I love it. I’ve used Revlon colorstay foundation religiously, but this foundation just wins hands down. :)

    • Ashley
      June 25, 2014 / 6:06 am

      I am so glad you added that you switched from Revlon colorstay because I just bought this foundation today after using Revlon colorstay for years and I am so nervous to try it, but your comment has given me hope haha.

  11. Char
    November 21, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    Loved this founation Until they changed the colours now none of them match my skin colour!

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