No7 Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector
No7 Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector surprised us in the best possible way with its impressive ability to blur imperfections and help even out skin tone. You can either wear this unique product as your foundation or as a smoothing primer under makeup. We only wish it came in more shades!
Dispensed via squeeze tube, the velvety-silicone formula effortlessly smooths over skin like a veil for imperfections. The coverage is on the sheer side, yet it really does make skin tone look so much more even. The natural finish that's neither too drying, nor too shiny, so it's workable for all skin types.
The small shade range is our only gripe, with the Light shade skewing too tan for most light skin tones (that's less of an issue if you're wearing this as a primer that gets covered up with foundation anyway). The Medium and Dark shades, on the other hand, are great for medium to deep skin tones.
Ingredient-wise, skin is treated to a pinch of antioxidants (vitamin A and E), which is better than nothing, but not robust enough to get really excited about.
All in all, we're keen on giving No7 Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector an enthusiastic review for the effortless way it makes your skin look like you, only better by blurring pores, fine lines and imperfections and evening out skin tone at the same time.
- Blurs the appearance of imperfections, including pores.
- Smooths out skin tone with a hint of natural coverage.
- Works great for all skin types (it's neither drying, nor shiny).
- Can be used as a sheer coverage foundation or primer.
- Fragrance free.
- Light shade is too dark for most light skin tones.
Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.
Boots sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, youll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.
Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.
You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn't be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).
For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.
Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.
Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.
Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.
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