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February 10, 2014

No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation


I've been having a bit of a love-in with high end foundations recently. It's not so much that I'm actively being a snob but, I get a lot more from buying expensive foundations than I do from buying budget. What I mean by that is, yes, they are more expensive but, I am guaranteed a better shade selection to choose from resulting in a near perfect match which, as you other pale ladies will relate too, is nigh on impossible to achieve from the drugstore alternatives.

However, I am about to eat my proverbial hat because, one of my current favourite foundations is about as drugstore as they come. No7, the Boots house brand, have recently launched Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation* (€18.50), a lightweight, ultra resistant foundation that gives skin a natural looking 'skin finish'.


To me, this is the budget version of the ever-popular Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It is a water-based, very viscous foundation that is best applied with hands and then finished with a brush. A little goes a long way so, there is no risk of looking make-up looking caked on and, thanks to a moisturising complex within the formula, it hydrates skin throughout the day and doesn't highlight or cling to areas of dryness.

I find the coverage of this foundation to be light-medium with a limited scope to build it up. In other words, if you are looking to cover severe scarring or angry blemishes, this alone won't work for you. However, if you are looking for a foundation for those all-important 'good skin days' that is light, natural and stays dewy throughout the day, this is the one for you.

I think what sealed the deal for me with regards to this foundation is the fact that it's available as part of No7's Match Made service. If you are unfamiliar with this, they basically use a special device to read the colour values of your skin and fit you to foundation shade. My No7 shade is Calico and for the first time ever, a budget foundation matches my skintone really well. If you want to see this foundation in action, I am wearing it in this video.

10/10 for No7 on this release. It has found a firm place within my foundation rotation and holds its own against foundations that are twice the price. It may even have clinched the top spot in an upcoming favourite video...ooh!

18 comments:

  1. Ooh I may check this out! I really need to try the match made service as I'm so stupidly pale. The only drugstore foundations I've found they are good matches are max factor and the rimmel match perfection

    Katydesu.blogspot.co.uk

    Katy xz

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    1. It's a great option and, as far as I remember, there was even some shades paler than mine!

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  2. Your skin is gorgeous Sinead that's all I can say!

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  3. Even the packaging is quite similar to the Chanel one! I am dying to try this... Your skin looks gorgeous!

    alex @ http://pinkelephantbloggin.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's definitely Chanel-inspired!

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  4. Sinead, I swear to god I'm not stalking you (what with the Hourglass videos!), but I'm also loving this foundation! I have some dry patches thanks to retinol usage, and also oily patches thanks to genetics, and this foundation manages to deal with both and still look great.

    Great minds think alike!

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    1. Absolutely Kat! It definitely seems like such a versatile, wearable foundation for a lot of different skintypes!

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  5. This sounds lovely and loves gorgeous on your skin x

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  6. Ooh interesting, we have the same skintone! Also I love your lipstick :)

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    1. You should defo try it then! Thanks, it's NARS Yu!

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  7. I was super intrigued when I saw the ads for it. Thought it sounded right up my street and now I know it is! Damn spending ban!

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    1. Sorrrryyyyyyy - not really! Definitely check it out, it's a good one! x

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  8. This sounds amazing, it's hard to get a foundation that matches my pale skin and doesn't cling to my dry patches of skin. It looks great on you :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, it definitely sounds like it might suit you!

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  9. Dying to try this out. the bottle looks very similar to Estée Lauder's Invisible fluid too so I'm hoping it's similar to that as I love it. Looks gorgeous on you anyway!

    Emma x

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  10. Finally! Something to use my No7 voucher for! I'm sorry to say that I think I've bough 1 piece of No7 makeup in the last 3 years ... if not longer... and that was the BB lips in the red colour, which I will admit was lovely, now I've GOT to try this foundation!

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