In January, Boots No7 will be adding some fabulous products to both their skincare and make-up lines. I wrote about the items I’m most looking forward to the arrival of here and I luckily got the opportunity to try their new BB Cream in Fair. There are two colour options available: Fair and Medium.
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I have skin that is quite difficult to please as it’s severely combination, so products for oily skin are usually too dry and products for dry skin are usually either too greasy, or lack staying power on my oily zones. No7 have broken away from the norm of BB Creams by introducing skin type specific variants and these include one for normal/oily skin, one for normal/dry skin and one for dry/very dry skin. The one I’m currently using is aimed at normal/dry skin which is a perfect fit for me as it doesn’t exacerbate my oily zones, but it also keeps my dry zones from looking dry.
The coverage is surprisingly good for a BB Cream and I’d put it at light coverage that’s buildable to medium. It’s a very blendable consistency so application is a breeze. I use this regularly and whilst it isn’t enough coverage for the area on my chin that’s currently being difficult with a couple of stubborn spots, it’s great at evening out my skin tone, doesn’t show up my pores, minimizes my spot scars and I find that I can apply this and add a bit of powder foundation in the areas that are prone to shine and my chin and I’m good to go.
I’ve tried quite a few BB Creams, including a couple I’ve imported from overseas and I’d definitely say this is a firm favourite. I’m using it on a daily basis and I’ve found applying it with a foundation brush gives a really decent, dewy finish. You can apply it with your fingers for a much sheerer finish and I’ve also applied this with a beauty blender which created a happy medium between the two finishes.
The last thing worth mentioning is that I don’t find the need for a moisturiser when I use this (not even on my dry cheeks) which is really handy for when I’m in a hurry.
In conclusion, this is a great effort from No7 at BB Creams and I’m looking forward to reading about what other’s think of the other variants. It’ll be available at the end of January from Boots.
This review was useful. I have been wanting to get a BB cream but had no idea what to try. I have heard different reviews for the ones currently on the market, but not been too convinced myself. Will be looking at trying this one when it becomes available. Do you typically put your foundation over it or is there enough coverage in it already?
Hi Miss Stylicious, thanks for your comment 🙂 I do need to use powder foundation on my spots, but the coverage is buildable enough to cover everything else like uneven skintone, redness and whilst it doesn’t fully cover acne scars, it dulls them down enough so I don’t bother putting anything else over the top. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions xx
I’m looking forward to trying this one out myself. I’ve been using the Garnier one, and although I like it, I’m using it more as a primer than a cover up, putting foundation on top of it as well. xx
@TheBristolBeautyBlog funny you should say that as a lot of people seem to take a similar stance with BB Creams. I think this one is better formulated for coverage xx
I’ve tried quite a few BB creams and your review makes me want to try this one too. Thing is that 2 asian ones broke my skin out and a European one is too dark for me. Does this come in 1 shade or more? I’m not asking for the breaking out thing, because if you use it every day and you love it I guess it’s not breaking you out 🙂
Hi Ria, that’s a really good point actually as I should’ve mentioned that it doesn’t break me out; the break outs I have at the moment are all in one place which likely means they’re hormonal (such fun…).
I’m fairly confident it only comes in 1 shade, but I’m seriously pale and it works on my skin. Can you tell me what other foundation shades you use as a reference? Ideally Bobbi Brown, Mac or Giorgio Armani as those are the ones I’m most familiar with! xx
I am NC15 in MAC but it’s a tiny bit pink on me.Which is usually fixed by powder.Hope that helps, and thank you for your answer 🙂
No problem luvvy 🙂 I’m neutral so can go either NW or NC but I’m usually around a 20. I’d say this BB Cream is about a 20, maybe slightly lighter but not as pale as a 15. This is definitely more yellow than pink though xx
Actually Ria, hold that thought as I’ve just swatched it next to a couple of other shades and it looks darker than I thought it would; just uploading the pictures now xx
I tried this last week as it’s available in Boots.
I had a sample pot of the very dry skin one in light.
I found it quite good in coverage and buildable like you said but it was too sticky, as in shiney/greasy.
If I buy I’ll get the normal skin one.
Also tried their new matching Primer and it seems good so far. Not too siliconey which is good.
Good for covering pores before applying foundation.
@Lunamac thanks very much for your comment 🙂 I did think the one for very dry skin probably would be quite greasy as I think people with very dry skin need something that’s really emollient otherwise their skin will mistake it for a moisturiser and drink it up!
I should be trying the primer soon so I’ll review it shortly as I’ve heard really good things about it xx
how long does it last?
About 6-8 hours on me, but it’s worth remembering that I have seriously oily skin xx
I liked the texture of this product but sadly could not find the right shade to match my skintone 🙁 I was using Garnier’s BB which really suited my skin and made me dewy. However on a hot day because I have oild skin Garnier’s became too shiny, so I save it for winter. Finally found one I really like – the nude magique by Loreal. It just adapts to your skintone and feels like your face is makeup free. All in all I love BB creams!!!
I’ve heard really good things about the L’Oreal one so I think I’ll have to try it. Shame you couldn’t find a shade match with this one as it’s sooo good for oily skin types (from what I’ve read about the oily skin version). I’m with you, I’m a total convert to BB creams xx
I started using this product about a week ago and I have to say I have been massively impressed from the moment i boyght it! I have ridiculously dry skin on my face and so have been using the dry/very dry combination in the fair shade. Usually with all other foundations I have tried after a couple of hours my foundation gets a dry/patchy appearance.However with the BB cream my skin looks smooth and even all day (which really is a miracle after all the products I have tried!) 🙂 So i would definately recommend this to people with dry skin who are looking for a light even coverage!
Yay! I’m so pleased it’s agreeing so well with your skin 🙂 I do think it’s brilliant that they have one for very dry skin as most BB Creams are so middle of the road. Thanks for adding your recommendation xx
Good review, I had a sample that I have been trying for the last week and was undecided about whether to purchase but I think I’m convinced!
It’s so good and definitely worth investing in, mainly due to the coverage and the fact that it’s skin type specific. Hope you love it! xx
Just tried this product in normal/oily, I use it on top of a simple nivea moisturiser and its really fab. Natural looking and it evens skin tone. Bit of face powder on top and all is well. Boots currently doing £5 off vouchers for no.7 so not too pricey either.
Thanks so much 🙂 It is a fantastic BB Cream xx
I was thinking about buying a BB cream and luckily found your review. My concern is I swim a lot, almost everyday, usually I use a day moisturizer after swimming, can I use this BB cream instead ?. Is this one a skincare product ? Because it sounds like for make-up only.
Also, can I use this as a base and then put cheek powder later ? Hmm, I am an Asian girl so my natural skin color is not very far, do you think the skin tone of this product suits me ?
i’ve heard good things about this – i must try it