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Friday, 23 March 2012

Review: No7 Shine Free Primer

I have a few No7 vouchers floating around so I popped into Boots whilst I was in town the other day and this caught my eye; I'd been looking out for a new primer since my L'Oreal Studio Secrets one isn't great. Retailing at £11 for 40ml, I picked this up for £6 using my voucher.

So, is it any good?
I like the packaging, it's simple and looks clean, with a screw cap which is easy to remove, and a small nozzle for easy control of the amount of product you squeeze out. The first thing I noticed when I opened the packaging was the smell - I'm not joking when I say it smells exactly like PVA glue. Shut your eyes and it's like being back at Primary School.

A little goes a long way with this product - this much is plenty to cover my nose, chin and the few large pores I have on my cheeks, and a similar amount covers my forehead, so it'd last ages. Once it's rubbed into my skin, it looks and feels smooth and velvety, with pores being less noticeable. The packaging says it can be worn alone or under foundation, but I wouldn't like to wear it alone because I find it makes my skin look white. Up til here, apart from the smell, I like this product. Then I try to put my foundation on. I say try, because it really is a struggle - no matter how much I buff it in, I can't get a nice finish. It feels like you're moving the foundation around on the skin rather than buffing it in properly, even when using the tiniest amount. I've trialled this for about a week now, applying foundation with my brush as usual, sponge, even with my fingers, and still I'm not happy.
Alone, Shine Free doesn't work to stop shine for me, either, although I do have a very oily T zone; if you have less oily skin it may work for you. Finished with powder over my foundation, I can last longer without having to touch up but still I wouldn't say it "stops shine" as the packaging claims. I've also noticed since I started using this that I've had more blocked pores than usual, despite being sure to remove it properly in the evenings and still using my exfoliator and face masks as usual. I understand this is a risk with any primer but I've not found it to be a problem with any others I've tried. My other gripe (yes, another) is that the tube looks a decent size, but hold it up to the light and you'll notice it's half empty!

My scary shiny face after about
five hours' wear.
Overall, I'm not happy with this product. I won't be repurchasing and the hunt for my perfect primer continues!
Have any of you ladies used this primer? Did you fare any better than I did?


1 comment:

  1. I have to admit, I've not heard great things about the No7 primer, I was going to get it with my voucher but resisted. I use the 17 photo finish one which works really well and is only £4.99! xxxx


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