I make no secret of the fact that Boots is by far my favourite place to shop for all my beauty essentials. I pick up my makeup and skincare there, and have previously written about my love of their advantage card, by far the best of the loyalty card schemes I’m signed up for.
When I was sent over their No7 Aqua Perfect cushion foundation, I was really interested to see how it would fare against my current trusty foundation, Estée Lauder’s doublewear. For a start, it’s worth noting that this foundation is light/medium coverage, rather than heavy, so I didn’t expect quite the same effect.
The foundation comes in a hard case, much like a pressed powder, which was completely alien to me, being used to either pump dispensers or the doublewear’s glass bottle. The case opens up to reveal an applicator sponge, opening up further with the foundation underneath.
There’s a little sticker when you lift the lid to remind you not to remove the mesh from the top of the foundation, as it works through this. I think this is a good move, especially for people like me who don’t have the first clue how to go about using a cushion foundation.
The foundation itself looked quite dark in the case, but when I swatched some, it was actually not as dark, but a nice warm ivory as promised.
Applying it was a little strange using the applicator sponge supplied. I think because I’m used to using this type of applicator for pressed powder, I found it odd to be applying something liquid with it, however the finish was fairly good and a little lasted a long way, although I must admit, I’m definitely more of a heavy coverage kinda girl and it felt strange using something so light.
The packaging says that the foundation has a buildable coverage, but I didn’t feel that it would build up much, due to the weightless feel of it. I think personally it’s best just to go for a heavier coverage alternative if this is the effect you’re looking for.
The foundation is infused with purified water, and you could really feel this as it felt cooling and really refreshing on my skin compared to other foundations. I used it during the heatwave we had over the bank holiday weekend, and it was lovely to apply this in the morning after having spent a little too much time in the sun the day before. The foundation also contains SPF 15, which means that I had a little protection on my face when I went back out into the sun.
One thing I will say is that it all got a bit messy putting the applicator back into the case. I think I would generally prefer to have them kept separately to avoid the mess.
As I figured, due to the coverage being less with this foundation, by around 4pm, I needed a bit of a top up as the foundation had begun to wear off around my nose and chin. I also noticed that the spots I had on my chin weren’t really covered at all by this foundation, despite wearing concealer as well.
The foundation is priced at £17.50, which is think is fairly reasonable, it’s certainly a lot more affordable than my doublewear, and a good alternative for me over the summer when I won’t need as heavy coverage from my foundation.
For a day to day foundation, for those who prefer to avoid anything too heavy, I think this is a good choice. The purified water makes it nice and refreshing to apply, and although a little messy on the inside, the case would be easy to transport in your bag, even on a night out when other foundations are a bit too bulky to carry in your clutch.
I was sent the aqua perfect cushion foundation from No7 for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and photos are my own.