Friday, 7 December 2012

Review: Boots No7 Stay Perfect Foundation "Cool Vanilla"

Not too long ago, there was a buzz amongst the British bloggers when Boots No7 came up with a new way to work out your foundation shade.

This little gadget is held against your jawline (they'll remove a little patch of your foundation as this needs to be done on your bare skin) and it reads the colour of your skin and selects the shade of Boots No7 foundation closest to your skin tone.

I had mine done a while back and it chose the colour I expected, Cool Vanilla. The person at the counter also asked me a range of questions to determine which type of foundation would be best suited to my skin.

I went for the Stay Perfect foundation, it's long lasting and has medium coverage. The counter assistant also suggested this one when I pointed out my oily t-zone.

This is £14 for 30ml of product. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump. I had enough points on my Boots card to get this for free so if it didn't work for me, then it wouldn't matter too much.

The colour on this is pretty much spot on. I was surprised, quite often foundation can be a little too golden. There is a bit of flash reflection in photos but there is SPF in this. Coverage is about medium and I find that it doesn't build up much beyond that without looking like you've piled far too much foundation on! But one layer blends nicely into the skin and looks natural. With my favourite Black Radiance primer, I get about 5 hours out of this before I need to blot or powder and it does keep looking good all day. I haven't tested much beyond 10 hours though.

Here are a FOTD using this foundation:


  1. I am a cool vanilla dudette as well. I like the match on me but want a full coverage from my foundation so gave their foundations a miss. But if in the future they release a full coverage one on the same shading principle, i'll be the first one in the queue.
    liloo/@tsunimee xx

    1. I do like how all the colours are the same across the foundations now, makes it easier if I want to try any others. I'd definitely want to try a full coverage one as well.

  2. I bought it this week and it's amazing!! Someone just commented on my skin today

  3. If that's still a favorite in August when you hit Atlanta, they have it at Target for $14 US. They've carried Boots for several years now, so I don't see it going away.


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