Boots No7 is still one of those brands I’m a bit surprised not to hear much about in the blog world. I don’t really understand why as overall I think they are reasonable quality, easily accessible nationwide (UK) and the prices aren’t too high. I think it’s perhaps a bit of a hit and miss brand – some products are really good, others not so much?
But anyway, I think the new Spring collection that launched this week (27 January) is going to fall into the good category. I have been sent a few bits this week and whilst I have only had them for a few days I am so enamoured with them that I wanted to blog about it straight away.
Spring for No7 is all about ‘natural radiance’ and in my opinion the top product in the limited edition line is the Natural Radiance Highlighter. Pictured below, the highlighter is a really finely milled and smooth and definitely more shimmer than glitter. The golden champagne shade is flattering for pretty much every skin tone in my opinion as it’s more golden than silvery so won’t look ashy. But I’m no expert – so do correct me if you think otherwise.
Also part of the collection is a pretty palette of four eye shadows in dome-style pans. These colours to me are a fresher take on the typical Spring=pastels approach. The colours are deeper and richer than typical pastel shades, but still softer then jewel colours – kinda in between the two though.
When I first looked at the palette I was immediately drawn to the deep blue/purple shade and I thought this would be my favorite but when I tested them this was probably the one I was least impressed with. My favorites actually would have to be the pink/berry shade and the green – which is very unusual for me. The pale blue also comes out on the whiter side of the spectrum so would make a good brow highlight. I just love the gorgeous glowy shimmer of all the eye shadows.
Another drool-worthy addition to the collection is the luscious hot pink lipstick called ‘Rubellite’ that actually made me go ‘oooh’ when I opened it up. The picture doesn’t really portray how amazingly vibrant the colour is but after trying to take about a gazillion photos I settled on this one as the closest it was going to get – although it looks far more red toned, rather than the fuscia pink that it really is. But believe me when I say this colour really does make you go wow. Really well pigmented and creamy when applied it doesn’t feel dry or heavy on the lips.
Below is a series of pictures showing what the highlighter, shadows and lipstick swatches are like -pretty self explanatory really.
So what do you think of the latest offering from No7? Prices vary from £10 for the lipstick to £13.50 for the shadow quad or the highlighter.
Final word from me on these ones – I really like the packaging. Gorgeous turquoise marble-esque lids for the highlighter/eyeshadow quad and glossy chrome-silver for the lipstick with a transparent tip so you can see the colour before you reach for it. Lovely stuff.
** The small print **
All products mentioned in this post were sent free of charge for review purposes. All reviews are honest and impartial regardless of the source.