Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review and Rave: Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation (Found at Target)

Hi friends!
This is a review/rave on the Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation.  I am in the shade almond 30.  The price is $13.99 and you can purchase it from Target,, Boots and  This is a mousse foundation, but unlike the Dream Matte Mouse (aka DMM) from Maybelline, it is very easy to work with and blend.  I feel like DMM would clump up into little balls and it made it difficult to use.  This No7 foundation is also a creamier and denser mousse.  It gives full coverage, but can easily be used for a very light application of coverage for your “no makeup” makeup days.  It also feels very light on the skin as if I am not wearing anything at all.  This would be a great foundation for people with oily skin, but I recommend it for all skin types.  It did not leave me overly matte like I thought DMM did.  It is a matte foundation so it does not have a single shimmer in it.  It leaves my face free from shine, but also glowing in a way.  I can’t really describe that part in a way that would make total sense.  It just makes my skin look really beautiful and glowing.  It lasts 12 hours plus for me.  I used this when I was on a cleaning rampage and I was sweating like no other.  It lasted through this and my face was still as matte as I wanted it to be.  I have been setting this with Laura Geller Balance and Brighten, but it is also good to go on its own because it sets to a velvet finish.  I am just a slave to habit so I throw on powder over top of it.  One thing I do notice is that I have had really dry patches because I am using benzoyl peroxide on my face at night to help my acne.  If I have a flaky dry patch it can exasperate it when first applied and it looks a bit icky, but once it settles that goes away.  I use this foundation with Philosophy’s The Present Primer (link below).  Together these are long lasting and beautiful.  To me this is a high end foundation at a drug store cost.  I own Makeup Forever HD, MUFE Mat Velvet, Laura Mercier Silk Cream, Nars Sheer Glow, etc. and yet I have still been reaching for this!  I could not be happier about this foundation and I highly recommend you checking it out.  Target has a great return policy so you can’t really go wrong.  Please see a list of pros and cons below and check out my video review on my Youtube channel.  I hope this helped!  Have a great day! Xo

  • Long lasting
  • Matte finish
  • Leaves skin looking bright and glowing
  • Flawless full coverage, but can be sheered out
  • Feels light
  • Does not need to be set with powder (sets to velvet finish)
  • Inexpensive
  • High quality packaging
  • A little goes a long way
  • Easy to blend
  • Does not settle into fine lines
  • Minimizes pores
  • Great for all skin types especially oily

  • Not a large shade range
  • Can exasperate flaky dry skin at first
  • Not easily accessible for people outside of the U.S. (but definitely available)

My Video Review on the No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation

Review and Information on Philosophy's The Present Primer

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