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No7 Shine Free Make-up Base

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I brought this last week as I had a spare ‘£5 off No7’ Boots Voucher going to waste and you know what? I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it.

I have oiliness on my T Zone and a bit on my chin, but the No7 Shine Free Make-up Base did nothing to combat the resulting effects. I’ve used it a few times now and on every single occasion my skin ends up looking flaky and dry. I applied it after moisturiser and yet it was almost impossible to blend. Even with a tiny amount I struggled to get it smooth or workable. After applying it where necessary, I’d then put on my foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear). It caused it to not only go cakey, but almost discoloured. My nose felt dry and my skin really uncomfortable.

I’ve seen so many reviews for this product and it genuinely seems like you either love it or hate it and unfortunately for No7, I hate it. It’s a real shame because I adore some of their other products, particularly the eye-shadows. I’m not sure why exactly this product didn’t work for me. Maybe my skin isn’t as oily as I thought? Or maybe it’s not suitable for those with a dry-combination skin type.

I won’t give up on No7, but I definitely won’t be buying this again. I’m interested in trying the ‘bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer’ as I have heard such great things about it. For now, I will be sticking with the UK’s No. 1 Best Selling Primer; Benefit’s very own POREfessional. I know I work for Benefit, but I am completely unbiased and I only give my honest opinion. This primer is the best I’ve come across and it really is fantastic not only for minimising the appearance of fine lines and pores, but also for keeping makeup in place (something I’ve always struggled with)! It’s a definite make-up bag must have!

What do you think of No7’s Shine Free Make-up Base? Have you tried it?

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