Oily skin savoir: No7 Beautfifully Matte Make Up Base review

Anybody with troublesome oily skin will know how frustrating it can be to find a foundation that lasts throughout the day  – you apply it in the morning and everything looks okay, then, an hour later, your skin is bestowed with the dreaded shine that screams ‘I’ve just had a heavy workout!’ I never used to have problems with my skin being oily, and I found that my MAC Studio Fix foundation lasted all day long no matter what I did throughout the day. Then, shock horror, suddenly everything started to change and not even the iron-will of Lauder’s Double Wear would stay in place for more than a couple of hours.

This was around the time I started to struggle with adult acne, but we’ll save that saga for a different post…

I tried every primer I could get my hands on but to no avail, and then one day while I was buying a replacement eyebrow pencil from Boots, I came across their Beautifully Matte Make Up Base. I tried a small amount on the back of my hand and knew right away that it was completely different to anything I’d tried before. It dried quickly and set to a strong, matte finish. I decided to take my chances and buy a tube to try.

No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base

After disappointments with other primers and bases that I had tried previously, I didn’t really hold out much hope for this little product. Anyway, the next day after cleansing, toning and moisturising, I applied the formula to my skin and buffed in my MAC Studio Fix in NC15 over the top. I set my foundation as usual with a little powder and went about my day pretty much forgetting about my skin for the next few hours.

Towards the end of day, I remembered my little product test and rushed to the mirror to take a look, and let me tell you, I was seriously impressed with the results. There was zero shine to be seen and my skin looked exactly the same as it had done once I’d set my foundation earlier. I was thrilled but still thought that maybe I just hadn’t exerted myself as much as usual throughout the day. I decided to put the makeup base on trial for a further week and still got the same, great results each time! It has now become a staple of my makeup routine and a product I would gladly use on my clients for shoots as I know it’ll withstand the heat of the studio lighting.

My makeup magically stayed in place - at last, a product that works for me!

My makeup magically stayed in place – at last, a product that works for me!

So lets get down to the details: the product contains Biopol that helps to minimize blemishes and blot away shine without blocking the pores. It also contains light-reflecting particles that help to disguise fine lines and flaws giving the appearance of smoother, younger skin. The thing I find great about this product is that it is also hypoallergenic, and with the addition of watermelon and cucumber extracts, the formula helps to soothe and cool the skin – great for sensitive skin types alike.

I wouldn’t recommend this product for dry skin, but I think it’s an excellent product for combination to oily skin like mine and it’s really helped the staying power of my foundation over the past few weeks.

Have you tried this product before? What is your favourite base for oily skin?

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