|Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation in Cool Vanilla - £14.50|
I find foundation a really hard thing to get right. Not only am I deceptively pale, but my combination skin also makes finding a good formula extremely difficult. I've been tempted to try out a No. 7 foundation ever since their magical foundation shade finder was advertised. Never one to be able to resist a new beauty gadget, I popped down to my local Boots and gave the system a go.
Before I was matched by the machine and assistant, I actually matched myself. I know, I know, it defeat's the entire point of being shade matched by the professional's and this technology but I've had some very bad experiences which had left me looking like a tangerine. I'm looking at you MAC. I needn't have worried thought as I was matched to exactly the same shade that I matched myself to, Cool Vanilla. Massive thumbs up for their foundation shade matchers accuracy.
After talking to an assistant about what I want from a foundation, flawless finish, long-lasting, and talking about my skin type, I decided to stick with what I know, and opted for the Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation. The way this was sold to me was the foundation that ticks all my boxes. It is supposed to provide a flawless complexion that looks naturally opposed to plastic, and has an incurable 24 hour wear time. It's also weather-proof, transfer-proof, won't cake or flake on dry skin, nor slide or shine on oily skin. If that wasn't enough, it's also SPF 15 and hypo-allergenic. I'm not sure what else you could want from a foundation.
I've got a before and after shot below for you, but I do need to give you a massive warning for the before shot. There's one very annoying little hair in front of my face. Of course I didn't see this at the time of taking the photos, and my camera battery is currently on charge. So focus on my skin, not the hair. You'll now all be glued to that hair won't you?!
I did warn you.
As you can see, the foundation photographs quite well. The shade is perfect for my skin tone and looks like injected some life into my complexion. It's smoothed out a lot of imperfections, minimised my pores and covered up redness too, which is never a bad thing. I like that it has enough coverage to cover blemishes without the need for concealer whilst still letting my freckles show through. The formula is quite easily to apply but does need a bit of buffing to get a nice finish. I have also found that it does cling to dry patches and transfers quite badly. You know when your talking on your phone? Yeah don't expect your screen to be clean after. But, on the plus side, it does last all day. I can't vouch if it lasts the full 24 hours but it's definitely lasted a good 15 hours without needing a touch up.
So I'm a bit under whelmed with this foundation. It looks nice and photographs well, but the fact the formula takes a lot of work to blend and there is a problem with clinging and transferring. I think I'll have to keep looking for my perfect foundation.
What's your favourite foundation?