I love the ritual of applying my makeup when I have time, but on weekday mornings at 6.30am, I really can’t face putting on full foundation and spending ages blending and applying it. This is when I reach for my tinted moisturiser, and for the past 6 months or so, this No 7 one has been my first choice for easy application in a morning.
As I mentioned in my ‘October Favourites’ post, I initially discovered this product through a friend who swears by it. So much so, she buys it even when she doesn’t have a Boots £5 off No7 voucher! I didn’t think anyone actually bought anything from No 7 without one of those vouchers!
The main reason I love this is its ease of application. Less than a pea-size amount will cover your whole face comfortably, evening out skin tone and helping to cover minor blemishes. I still need to use concealer for those pesky breakouts on my chin but this does help to make them much less noticeable. In the summer, I tend to use only this in the morning as I have oily / combination skin which doesn’t require too much moisturising. In winter however, I use a light moisturiser such as Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel first, and then wait 10 minutes for it to sink in before applying the tinted moisturiser.
There are 3 shades available:
- Fair / Medium
I use Fair / Medium on my NC20 skin and it gives me a nice glow without making me look unnaturally tanned or orange! One of the main benefits of this product is that it contains 5 star UVA protection and has SPF 15 included. Now I know you are supposed to wear high protection sunscreen all year round, but I live in Scotland where the sun hardly ever makes an appearance, and therefore a SPF of 15 is quite sufficient for me for the majority of the year.
You can't really see much from the swatch below, but it blends out nicely without being shimmery. Wear time is about 9-10 hours for me as it is still there at the end of the day, although I do touch it up a little if I am going out after work. After about 6 hours, I usually need to blot or apply powder as shine does start to appear on my T-zone, but I have yet to find any tinted moisturiser or foundation that can keep me shine free without a little intervention. As is common for a tinted moisturiser, the finish is fairly dewy but not too shiny, although in warm weather you may need to blot or powder more often. The packaging is standard as with the rest of the No 7 line, in a 50ml tube from which it is easy to dispense the correct amount.
At £12, or £7 if you have a No 7 voucher, this is a great deal. It is perfect for those days when you just want to make yourself look a little more human before you pop to the shop to pick up some milk or for a quick and easy application on early mornings.
Price – £12
Where to buy - Boots