Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream (what a lovely tinted moisturiser)

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 22 - 2012

So, staunchly ploughing my way through the UK available BB Creams (but slowly, very slowly)… the next on my radar was the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream* which was launched recently.  It comes in a few varieties, depending on your skintype: normal/oily, normal/dry, dry/very dry.  I’ve got a stock image here because I took my photos last month and can’t find them on my computer anymore… I bet I got a bit zealous in my cleaning up process a few weeks ago.

I’m really enjoying what feels like a bonus inclusion for the dry/very dry camp and this delivers well on not exacerbating any symptoms of dry skin.  It doesn’t cling to flakes and it doesn’t highlight any dry patches or look powdery as it settles.  It doesn’t however, provide enough moisturisation for me to wear it without moisutirser underneath.  Nor, at SPF15, does it provide enough sun protection on its own.  This to me, isn’t a BB Cream – it’s simply not an all-in-one solution with the kind of skincare benefits that I’m looking for.

But how does it work as a foundation or base?

Really nicely actually.  It gives more coverage than a regular tinted moisturiser but not quite as much as a light foundation.  It leaves a dewy finish that is a little tacky to the touch before settling and tones down my redness well enough to give me the confidence I need to face the world.  I usually apply this with my fingers, making it a fast 5-minute face option for mornings when I don’t need or particularly want to look made-up.  Quick trips to the shops, school-runs, the general day-to-day stuff that you feel a little happier doing without a completely bare face.

It lasts adequately and doesn’t pack any oxidisation issues throughout the day.

Although the texture is quite thick, it feels blendable once it comes into contact with skin (especially under warm fingers) and has enough slip to allow you to really work it into the face quite well.  There are two shades available in each variety (fair & medium) and fair is a good-enough match for my pale skintone, a little too warm/dark but it’s sheer enough not to cause any problems.

The Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream in Dry/Very Dry is priced at £12.95 for 40ml, and is available instore and online at

* press sample

8 Responses to “Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream (what a lovely tinted moisturiser)”

  1. Robyn says:

    For very dry skin? Oooh! Boo on the not-really-BB-ness though. Would be nicer if it had more SPF but I might check it oit anyway

  2. Jamilla says:

    I am glad that this is available for dry/very dry. Must check it out!!

  3. Sydney says:

    Very good of the to do a dry/very dry skin – this will no doubt please a lot of people.
    Shame that it needs moisturising before hand, the SPF I don’t mind, but that is just annoying to have to put another layer beneath. Tut tut No7!

  4. Thanks for this review! x

  5. Tanya says:

    Does anyone know of a Boots location that will ship to the U.S? All that I know of won’t. I want this! :(

    • Naomi says:

      I don’t think you can get this sent to the US – shame its not on the USA boots website! You could just get someone in the UK to send it to you – I’d be willing to pick it up for you and send it to you if you like :)

  6. liloo says:

    the fact that it has little spf doesn’t bother me too much. i know i shouldn’t but I always pop some moisturiser underneath. Love the fact that it accommodates dry skins beautifully, but more coverage wouldn’t have hurt, although it looks really good on you. xx
    liloo/@tsunimee xx

  7. Wordbird says:

    Great review. I used my 5 quid money off voucher to buy a tube of this for oily skin and couldn’t decide between fair and medium. I plumped for medium, but it’s quite a dark shade when it dries. Oops. Still, it’s sheer enough to be ok and looks just ‘a bit healthy’ as opposed to dirty and hopefully will be good for the summer. It feels nice on, covers evenly and doesn’t make my oily skin break out. All of these are jolly good things.
    Buuuuut… I do wish it was a real BB cream. I have dreams of getting something that truly does it all – SPF25, light coverage, matifying, blemish control (a bit of some kind of acid would be good, to keep the spots down)… I get the impressino that this is what the original BB creams were all about. I wonder if we’re ever going to get anything more inventive than a tinted moisturiser with SPF?

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