Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

Winner of multiple skin care and beauty awards

Product Description: “The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed”.

My Experience: This product has been on my radar for a long time. And I’ll admit, albeit sheepishly, that I bought two Clarins products just to get their promotional gift pack, which included a travel size of this balm. Anyway, this is a little tube of wonder and shall remain a permanent fixture in my life. It’s loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients. My skin drinks it up and within minutes I can see and feel the difference. My pores look smaller, my skin tighter, and the glow is akin to a wilting flower surging to life after a much-needed infusion of water. Skin texture also improves. It’s plumper, more even and makeup glides on butter smooth. As others have said, this isn’t something you use everyday, lest your skin get used to it and fail to noticeably perk up. I’ve been using it once a week, on a day when I want to look particularly fresh and beaming. This isn’t a cheap product, but everyone would benefit from a little slice of radiance to brighten their skin on a lacklustre day. I know I do.

The Skinny: A wondrous balm that tightens and improves the look of your skin while imparting a radiant glow. Pricey but worth it.

Cost:

UK: £25.20 from feelunique.com

USA: $45 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Isostearyl isostearate, Sorbitan stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Dimethicone, Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Rosa moschata seed oil, Methylparaben, Sucrose cocoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethiconol, Sodium PCA, Xanthan gum, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Ethylparaben, Ascorbyl glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium PCA, T-butyl alcohol, Citric acid, Dipropylene glycol, Zinc PCA, Biosaccharide gum-1, Potassium hydroxide, Manganese PCA, Potassium sorbate, Ascorbyl palmitate.

Hypo-allergenic

Skin Type: Dry / Very Dry

Product Description: “A rich and intensive moisture cream to instantly nourish and promote optimum hydration while you sleep. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin”.

My Experience: My papery skin has been in desperate need of TLC recently, so I scoured the shelves for an inexpensive yet nourishing night cream. As you know, I fell hard and fast for No7’s deliciously dessert-like Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask. And No7 has rescued me yet again. This is a rich and silky night cream with a touch of fragrance. I love it when a night cream sticks to my fingers in thick dollops, I suppose because I like the thought of giving my skin an intensive treat while I sleep. And I slather this on with abandon each night. My skin drinks it up, and after about ten minutes feels softly quenched, but not greasy. Upon waking my skin is velvety smooth. This is good stuff, and ever so reasonably priced. I’ve noticed since the brand revamp that No7 products closely resemble another of my favorite British brands, Elemis. And I’m not complaining, because I love the sleek and delicately shaded white and pastel bottles and tubes. Now, I’ve got my eye on their Melting Gel cleanser, which is the spitting image of the Elemis one. I’m curious as to how it compares. Kudos, No7. You get better by the day!

The Skinny: A rich, thick night cream that absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Cost:

UK: £13.50 from Boots (but you can get this even cheaper if you happen to have one of those nifty Boots skin care vouchers!)

USA: $13.99 from Target

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: Deionized Water,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Cocamide DEA,Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Sodium Chloride, Glycolic AcidMatricaria Extract,Yarrow Extract, St Johns Wort ExtractChamomile ExtractSage Extract.

Product Description: “For dull, congested skin, this lathering, deep cleanser has the exfoliating powers of Glycolic Acid to break down build-up from skins surface, reduce minor discoloration and leave skin radiant and smooth. Formulated with Herbal Extracts for soothing benefits. Best when used 2-3 times weekly or as recommended by your skin specialist based on your skins needs”.

My Experience: So, I’ve put this review off for some time because I’m in two minds about this product. I think it’s a godsend, but I also wince every time I look at it. First of all, it’s not a pretty product (and that’s not the main reason it makes me wince!). The packaging is basic and clinical, like most Mario Badescu products, and the liquid is a cloudy yellow. Certain bodily fluids spring to mind. But that’s okay, because this does exactly what is says on the tin. Not many products give instant results like this. You only need a tiny amount to do the job, and it lathers well. After only a minute or two, the texture of my skin feels noticeably smoother. And that’s what I love about this cleanser. You can feel it working the instant its spread across your face. After a couple of weeks, the over all texture of my skin also improved. Stubborn little bumps cleared, blackheads reduced. Now onto what I don’t like. It’s very harsh, although Mario Badescu claims it can be adjusted to your skin type, and those with sensitive skin should only use it 1-2 times per week. I used this twice a week, then once, then every other week, and my skin was still dry as the Sahara. I spent a month nursing my skin back to health with gentle cleansers and intensive moisturizers. I’m so sad over this. But I’d still recommend it to those with more robust skin, because it doesn’t cost the earth and it really does improve skin texture.

The Skinny: This works wonders at smoothing and improving skin texture, but those with sensitive skin must beware, because it can be very drying.

Cost:

UK: £13.95 from BeautyBay

USA: $15 from Mario Badescu

Rating: 3/5

Ingredients: ricinus communis oil, ethylhexyl stearate, octyldodecanol, ozokerite, nylon-6, titanium dioxide, mica, copernicia cerifera wax, candelilla cera, lanolin, paraffinum liquidum, cera alba, isopropyl myristate, aluminum hydroxide, barium sulfate, propylparaben, BHT, parfum, talc, alpha-isomethyl ionone, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77015, CI 45410, CI 15850, CI 19140, CI 77861, limonene.

Color: 14 Soft Pink

Product Description: “…this blend-easy blusher adds a radiant, dewy flush to all skin-types. Unlike powder blushers it also stays looking freshly applied throughout the day”.

My Experience: I’m not a frequent user of blush. My mother always thought I was blessed by having naturally pink cheeks, but as I’ve gotten older they’ve become splotchy red patches. I’m forever trying to tone down the redness rather than enhance it. Now that I use foundation more often, though, I find myself looking for something to give me youthful freshness. So, I scoured the beauty aisle for blush. I wanted something with a cream texture instead of dry, and I wanted something pink, which narrowed my choice considering the vast amount of corals currently populating the shelves. Max Factor had just the shade I was looking for. A warm, rosy, yet delicate pink beaming at me from a dainty little pot. And it’s a rather nice little product. I swirl my finger gently over the cream and dab it onto my cheeks; it instantly imparts a blooming glow, and it’s a breeze to blend across the cheeks. It’s also easy to layer for a brighter or more dramatic flush. The finish is dewy, but not sparkly or shimmery, so it’s nice and natural. Although Max Factor claims it looks fresh throughout the day, I find myself searching the mirror for signs of blush after a few hours. And I’m not terribly impressed with the chemical laden formula, but hey, I don’t use much of it, I like the results, and it’s cheap.

The Skinny: A good, inexpensive cream blush that’s easy to apply, blend, and gives the skin a dewy, blooming glow.

Cost:

UK: £6.99 from Boots

USA: Sorry my lovelies! It’s such a shame those who live in the USA can’t get ahold of Max Factor easily anymore, but I’ve seen this blush creeping around Ebay if you really want to get your hands on it.

Rating: 3/5

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triisostearin, Diisostearyl Malate, Cera Microcrystallina ((Microcrystalline Wax) Cire Microcristalline), Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyamide-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mentha Piperita ((Peppermint) Oil (Mentha Piperita Oil), Limonene, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: [Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)].

Color: Honey

Product Description: “It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon”.

My Experience: To give this product a fair go, I bought both a neutral and bright shade a few weeks ago. Honey is the neutral shade. It’s a soft pink with a touch of brown. It swatches darker on my hand than it looks on my lips, but my lips are quite pigmented so it would pack more of a punch on someone with paler lips. It glides on easily. I have to really pile this on to get the color payoff I want, but the texture is silky smooth and it feels comfortably light on my lips. It smells of mint, which I’m not fond of, but it’s relatively subtle so that’s a minor quibble. It lasts a few hours untouched, but after a meal it’s patchy and needs reapplied. Romantic held up much better after eating. I love the chubby, sleek design, as well as the ease of twisting more product out. I want to love this color, but I just don’t. It’s just too similar to my own lip coloring and a bit flat. There’s nothing special about it. I think the balm stains are a great concept, but the formulas and colors aren’t stellar enough for me to repurchase any more. The Lip Butters don’t have the same staying power, but I adore them infinitely more for their creamy, dreamy textures and superior range of shades. I bet everyone could find at least one Lip Butter they love. I wouldn’t say that about the Just Bitten Balm Stains. If you’re dying to try these, go for Romantic. It has better lasting power, and the red is fresh and flattering: it’s the best of the bunch.

The Skinny: A fair balm and stain combo, but the shade is rather dull and the lasting power isn’t as good as some of the other shades in the collection, such as Romantic.

Cost:

UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: $8.99 from Ulta

Rating: 2/5

When one is lucky enough to steal away to France for an early autumn sojourn, one must make the time to purchase some French skin care products (particularly if one happens to be a beauty fanatic). I recall the lovely Lisa Eldridge detailing time spent browsing French pharmacies for endless beauty treasures, so I dipped into a little pharmacy to do some searching of my own. Unfortunately, I only had a few minutes before racing to catch the Eurostar, so I picked up only a few (but fab!) items.

1. Bonne Mere Gentle Milk Body Wash by L’Occitane (UK: £22 for 600 ml, USA: $34 for 20.2 fl oz)

Ingredients: White mallow milk

Tested under ophtalmological and dermalogical control, this hypoallergenic body wash is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Product Description: “Enriched with moisturising and soothing white mallow milk, this smooth, cleansing shower cream melts onto the skin. Ideal for the whole family*, this creamy formula leaves the skin soft, hydrated and lightly scented. Tested under ophtalmological and dermalogical control, this hypoallergenic body wash is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin”.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a huge fan of L’Occitane. Their Milk Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap is my go-to soap bar. In fact, I almost snapped up another, until I saw this uber cute body wash. I utterly adore the packaging: it has the charming French vintage look that L’Occitane does so well, and it’s made from sturdy plastic with a convenient little pump popping out the top. The smell is deliciously fresh. It reminds me of just-washed cotton sheets billowing in a summer breeze. The texture is creamy and a small amount lathers up very well. It leaves my skin soft but also squeaky clean, which is a difficult balance for moisturizing body washes to master.

2. NUXE Cleansing Milk with Three Roses, Hazelnut Oil and Orange Blossom (UK: £27 for 400 ml, USA: $22 for 6.7 oz)

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (rose floral water), cotton seed oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, macadamia oil.

94,1% ingredients of natural origin. No Parabens.

Product Description: “NUXE Demaquillant Aux 3 Roses Cleansing Milk is an ultra soft, simple, efficient and perfect addition to your daily morning and evening beauty ritual. Suitable for all skin types and ages”.

This is a wonderfully gentle and soothing cleanser full of nourishing ingredients. It’s silky and has a faint, sweet yet fresh smell. The packaging is secure and clean: the lid screws off and you can squeeze a generous, yet tidy blob out of the top. No mess, no stress. Directions advise you to apply it with cotton pads and remove it with toner, so no rinsing is a gentler option if your skin is easily disturbed. I’ve used it this way, and also rinsed it off with water after using my Clarisonic. Both ways work excellently, but gently wiping it off with toner-soaked cotton pads is more hydrating if your skin needs an extra boost. My skin looks less red after I use this cleanser, and feels plump and soft. And it doesn’t irritate my eyes, either. It’s a lovely addition to my cleansing regime.

3. Bioderma Crealine TS H2O Micelle Solution

Ingredients: Aqua, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide.

Product Description: A gentle cleansing water, suitable for eyes and sensitive and fragile skin.

I’ve not tried this yet, but I grabbed two bottles that were on offer in a little pharmacy. As far as I know, you can’t purchase this in stores in the USA or UK, so I would advise trying Amazon or Ebay. This is the makeup remover of choice for tons of makeup artists, including Lisa Eldridge. It’s meant to effectively remove makeup without distressing even the most sensitive skin. I’m partial to cleansing waters for removing eye makeup because of my seriously sensitive eyes, so I have no doubt that I’ll be using up both these bottles in the next few months. And then I’ll have to scramble to find replacements on the internet because this lovely product is so hard to get your mits on unless you’re in France.

Ingredients: water (aqua), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, geranium maculatum oil, guaiac (guaiacum officinale) extract, cymbopogon martini oil, rosa damascena extract, amyris balsamifera bark oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, piper nigrum (pepper) seed extract, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea, yellow 5 (ci 19140).

Product Description: “our award-winning daily facial cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin”.

My Experience: This is an uber popular cleanser. It’s meant to be very gentle on the skin and thorough at removing makeup, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I like philosophy as a brand, from the yummy scented shower gels to the practical and durable packaging. It’s aimed at bridging the gap between “the doctors’ offices and retail, so women everywhere could personally access leading skin care technologies”. It’s also nice that philosophy gives you lots of price options. This cleanser is available in three different sizes, ranging in price from £8 – £28.50 (£10 – $49.50 in the USA). I chose the smallest size. This is a decent, no-nonsense cleanser. It’s fragrance free, which is a plus for those with ultra sensitive skin. But it’s a bit of a downside for me. Although I admire the omission of fragrance, a cleanser just doesn’t feel like a treat for my skin unless it has some sort of lovely, alluring smell that enhances my cleansing routine. The cleanser’s texture is silky smooth, though, and glides over the skin. Makeup washes away easily and my skin is left feeling fresh and clean. However, it stings my eyes to the point of angry, eye-squinting redness, so I’m afraid I can’t praise its gentleness. This cleanser reminds me a lot of Peter Thomas Roth’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser. It has the same pros and cons: simple packaging, a formula free from synthetic fragrance, efficient cleansing without stripping the skin, yet it’s too harsh for my eyes. This cleanser is much cheaper, though, and gets a lot more raves, particularly from those with acne-prone skin. It’s a decent cleanser, it’s just not for me.

The Skinny: A decent, no-frills cleanser that’s free from fragrance. It’s effective at removing makeup and leaving skin feeling fresh and clean, however, it stings my eyes and just feels too basic. I like to feel like I’m treating my skin, not just cleaning it.

Cost:

UK: £8 for 90ml from philosophy

USA: £10 for 3 oz from philosophy

Rating: 3/5

Ingredients: Glycerin, cocoa butter, ceramides, vitamin E, vitamin C

Skin Type: Dry / Very Dry

Product Description: “This mask has an intense moisture boost to leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. Glycerin and Cocoa butter combine with emollients to nourish and deeply moisturize the skin. Ceramides and cholesterol will target the very surface of the skin, adding essential lipids (or oils) and strengthening its surface. Contains Vitamin E and C”.

My Experience: My skin has been paper dry recently. My normal Shiseido and Clarins moisturizers weren’t helping, and I was in serious need of moisture infusion. I was roaming Boots when I came across this mask. It was the packaging that got me at first. It’s really scrumptious. A chubby, transparent little pump tube filled with frothy layers of apricot-colored silky cream. As always, I’m an utter sucker for good marketing. An intensive hydration mask for your face that looks like a whipped dessert? Yes please! Obviously cans of whipped cream aren’t as pretty as this, but they should be (take note, whipped cream manufacturers!). Anyway, I digress. This is a great little product. The instructions advise you to sweep it over the face, avoiding the eye area, and let it soak in for 3 minutes before tissuing and rinsing off. For a more intensive moisture boost, you can leave it on for 10 minutes or even over night. One pump dispenses a perfect little blob of cream that is sufficient for your whole face. My skin soaks this up within minutes and my dry areas become smooth and silky. Most of the time, however, I leave it on over night and wake up to dreamy soft and plump skin. It’s been such a great dry skin remedy and I’m so pleased I found it. I’ve been using it regularly over the past couple weeks and my skin has been thanking me. And it’s reasonably priced. And you get a ton of it. I have a feeling this is going to be my new best friend in the moisture-sapping months of winter. Two thumbs up!

The Skinny: A reasonably priced, thirst-quenching treat for dry, flaky skin. Highly recommended!

Cost:

UK: £12.50 from Boots

USA: $16.99 from Boots

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Polglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride,, Phenoxyethanol, Caprytyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Discdium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylgycerin, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dipropylene Glycol, Isotridecyl Isononanoate. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.

-Octinoxate 7%

SPF 19

Color: B10 (fair complexions with light peach beige undertones)

Product Description: “The light of Touche Éclat foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. With no opaque powders, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal your imperfections, while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty. Illuminating foundation. Dimensional radiance. Weightless perfection”.

My Experience: So, I’m a fan of the legendary Touche Éclat highlighter. It’s sleep in a pen and actually minimizes my under eye circles without settling into fine lines. Needless to say, when a foundation based on that formula was released, I swooned. I had to wait to get my greedy little paws on it, though, since the SA at my local Boots was on holiday for a few days. And I rather adore this foundation. It’s water based, so it doesn’t add any additional oil to your face, which is good if, like me, you have an oily t-zone. The texture is light and silky, and blends superbly with fingers or a foundation brush. I prefer to use my fingers, because I always end up using more product with a brush. One pump is enough for my whole face. Keep in mind I have pretty good skin. Coverage is light, maybe slightly better than a tinted moisturizer. I prefer the weightlessness of tinted moisturizers, so that’s a plus for me. It didn’t completely cover the hyperpigmentation on my chin, so you will either need to layer more foundation in certain areas or use concealer. It builds nicely, though, so it keeps everything looking seamlessly smooth. It smells of melons, which I’m not fond of, but it’s subtle enough that I don’t mind. Wear is very good. Over a primer, this lasts several hours with minor powdering touch ups. In fact, I think this looks better the longer you wear it. It melts into the skin and looks wonderfully natural. It’s brightening and dewy, but there’s no glitter or shimmer to the finish. It’s like a second skin, but one that’s more healthy and vibrant than your own. The packaging is sturdy but simple, and is equipped with a pump that dispenses just the right amount of product. I do, by the way, lightly powder my t-zone after I apply this, but that’s it. I don’t want to detract from that lovely natural sheen. Now, this foundation is expensive, but it’s cheaper than, say, Chanel, and I think it’s better. This is probably my favorite foundation. It’s a winner.

The Skinny: A lightweight, light coverage and beautifully illuminating foundation that imparts a healthy glow. Lasts for several hours over a primer and looks like a luminous second skin. Pricey but worth it.

Cost:

UK: £28 from Boots

USA: $55 from Sephora

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Vitamins C and E

Hypo-allergenic

Color: 43 Calico

Product Description: “No7 Instant Radiance Foundation is a unique energising complex with vitamins C and E to help protect and revitalise dull-looking skin”.

My Experience: First of all, I apologize to my non-UK readers because the service I’m going to discuss is currently only available in the UK. That said, let’s get to it. So, I love the makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. I watch her videos religiously, and take most of what she says as beauty gospel. Recently, she posted a video explaining the new foundation selection service for the No7 brand that she has helped develop over the past three years. It’s truly fascinating. See her video explaining it here. Basically, No7 has developed a nifty gadget that, when held up to your skin, takes twenty-seven photographs and is then able to gauge exactly which color foundation is best suited for your skin. The brand also compiled skin profiles of women of all ethnicities and ages in order to formulate the foundations. I sailed up to the No7 counter at my local Boots and plonked myself down for the camera test. The process was very exciting. I waited in eager anticipation as the SA held the remote up to each side of my face and clicked. It took literally seconds. And then she showed me the result: Calico. Now, I must say I loathe that name. I hate to think of my perfect color being made up of different and uneven patchy colors. The other foundations names are more forgiving: cool ivory, beige, wheat, deeply honey, etc. There are seventeen shades in total, and at least six different formulations to choose from depending on your skin type. I chose Instant Radiance and flew home to try it out. I was deeply surprised by and apprehensive about the lightness of color. But as I applied the foundation, it melted seamlessly into my skin. Coverage is very good. Although my skin is in good condition, I have a little hyper pigmentation on my chin and this foundation covered it sufficiently enough that I didn’t need concealer. It also builds nicely. You can add more in certain areas without it caking. The finish is even and natural, although slightly dry. It doesn’t feel as light as a tinted moisturizer or some foundations I’ve used, but it isn’t uncomfortable. It had a bit of a brightening affect, but it wasn’t moisturizing enough to be radiant. Wear is so-so. For the first couple of hours it held up very well indeed, but after three it started to slip around and get quite patchy, particularly in the areas that had needed a bit more coverage. I also think the shade, although a very good match, lacks warmth. It makes me look a rather unhealthy pale that requires blush or bronzer. Do I think this is the perfect foundation for me? No, but I think it’s good for the price and I’m very impressed by the technology and effort No7 has put into revamping this brand. I would encourage anyone to go to a Boots that offers this foundation matching service and try it out. Above all, it’s wonderful to have the daunting task of choosing foundation placed firmly into the hands of an unbiased gadget that actually measures skin tone. And it gets pretty damn close.

The Skinny: A reasonably priced foundation that’s easy to apply, feels comfortable and provides good coverage. It’s not moisturizing enough to provide radiance, although it is a little brightening. Lasting power is just okay.

Cost:

UK: £12.95 from Boots

USA: Sorry, my lovelies, I don’t think this is available in the USA. Try Ebay or Amazon.

Rating: 3/5