Review of Boots No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder by gingerrama
Deceptively "good and basic" pressed powder. Excellent on more sensitive skin - both on the drier and oilier parts. I've used it off and on for years. This is a fine, sheer, light powder; slightly mattifying, slightly glow-giving - very subtle, so subtle that for a long time I was convinced it was "just" good and basic. Hence new review, as I am now officially wowed.
I used Translucent, which works nicely on pale skin with freckles. Partly because it is much lighter and finer than the more tinted versions: I gather it may be genuinely suitable for quite a wide range of skin tones. No oxidation and turning orange, either (this will depend on what you're wearing under the powder, to be fair).
I lucked out on the colour, though. Of the more tinted versions, there are not enough shades - I think another three or four, none suitable for darker skins, and little variegation. Fair, by the way, is too yellow for cool-toned pale blue people - Translucent is markedly better.
This was bought as a replacement for the gorgeous and discontinued Clinique Soft Finish; the effect was near enough, comfortable and silky-velvety, and approximately as finely luminous. The only comparable powder I've found, searching high and low, has been Prescriptives: similar end result to the Boots, at about 3 to 4 x the price.
Importantly, it is *great* on this sensitive skin. Fragrance-free. Minimal ingredients list: no parabens but does still have a milder preservative and bactericidal agent (thank goodness), and includes ingredients my skin happens to find blissfully soothing - borage oil, mineral oil, and titanium dioxide (I haven't ascertained the likely SPF/PPD). Silicones for smoothing, talc for oilies, mica for the right kind of shine. This is why it's deceptively basic - roughly the same ingredients list as many other pressed powders, but well-formulated and no faffing about with unnecessary extras.
Sturdy, plain compact. Plenty of product, lasts a good year. The sponge, as usual, is poor: but this stuff works wonderfully well with a big fluffy brush. The catch on the compact varies from lot to lot. On some, it is diabolically over-resistant. But it's an excellent buy - here in Ireland, it's EUR 14.25 and so closer to the drugstore than the department-store price bracket, but for department-store quality.
UPDATE: I tried out several other pressed powders, high end and low, then returned to No. 7 as I realised quite how very good it is. It remains the nearest I've found to my beloved discontinued Cliniques ...
INGREDIENTS: talc, mica, paraffinum liquidum, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, borage, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl acetate, silk, nylon-12, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, silica [+/- ci 77891, 77492, 77491, 77499]