No 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation… The Secret to Dewy Skin?

No 7 Lift And Luminate Foundation Review

Is it just me or is shopping for foundation is bizarrely similar to dating?! Quite often you’re looking for perfection where it really doesn’t exist. Of course I mean that in the most realistic terms, as for months now I’ve dabbled in a menu of drug store foundations, some of them close to being a keeper whereas others are best left on the shelf. Okay, it’s only makeup so maybe that’s exactly why my expectations need to come down to earth just a teeny bit. Am I expecting too much from yet another little 30ml bottle of face base?

One things for sure, I’m done with matte foundation. Actually my skin is done with matte foundation, well at least for the time being anyways. After weeks of smearing an assortment of creams, lotions and potions on my face to combat the dryness and itchiness seemingly caused by a selection of matte foundations I finally succumbed to admitting defeat. So after drifting into Boots with a complexion resembling the Gobi desert, a kindly consultant took me under her wing and offered me wonderful pearls of wisdom amongst the perfectly arranged shelves of the No 7 counter. In fact, can I just take a moment to say how blooming fabulous the No 7 staff are?! There’s a few ‘high end’ makeup brands that could really learn a thing or two from their customer service. However, without climbing aboard my soapbox, get yourself settled for my thoughts on the No 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation…


What’s The Hype?


“Let your skin be luminous and lovely, with a gorgeous, natural glow. No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation is specially formulated to lift and firm your skin at the same time as giving you a smooth and even coverage.

A facial in a foundation… containing three key components (moisturisers, firming and brightening complexes), this foundation visibly firms, lifts and brightens skin, leaving you with a youthful complexion.

The foundation has been developed to be used alongside the New No7 Lift & Luminate Skincare Range for great results.

It’s unique brightening complex works to boost your skin tone, to help even out and reduce the appearance of age spots, making skin look younger. Skin looks and feels instantly lifted, minimising pores and imperfections.

Plus, it contains SPF 15 to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.”

*Taken from Boots Website*

Application Results


As you can see from above, here’s half my face with the foundation applied and half without. I find the colour I opted for (Warm Ivory) is great for my skin tone as it’s slightly warming without being too yellow toned. It doesn’t leave any harsh lines around my jaw or hair line, isn’t patchy and applies reeeeeally well when using fingers lightly to blend. It feels incredibly hydrating and moisturising which is exactly what my skin needs right now after feeling so tired & dull.

Stippling Brush: Didn’t work out for me – personally I find a foundation brush better suited to heavier formulas, but that’s just my preference.

Blender Sponge: Again, if you like a slightly lighter coverage then a sponge will definitely be better suited for you. Blends lovely however just retains a little too much product for my liking.

Finger Application: Perfect. The foundation smoothed out like a dream and the lighter the strokes the better it looked. Built a beautiful base and covered the flaws seamlessly.



If you like a stiff formula that isn’t going to run down the back of your hand as soon as it’s dispensed then this will undoubtedly impress. It’s firm straight from the bottle yet blends like butter. Really impressed with the coverage, not  patchy and worked incredibly well with concealer on top or underneath.

Staying Power

No 7 Lift & Luminate Review

Okay, so it’s not a 24 hour  fool-proof formula, but then who wears their foundation for that length of time anyway?! Combined with a great primer and setting spray expect this foundation to last approx 8-10 hours, which is long enough for me. And, it stay’s beautifully dewy and moisturising right to the end.

A Few Freebies

Boots No 7 Primers

Considering that my face was quite patchy, dry and dehydrated, the consultant was quick to suggest a few key products that would “work wonders” for helping to even out my skin tone and clam the red areas which are pretty much confined to across my cheek bones, bridge of my nose and chin. Having offered me a few testers to take home I jumped at the chance in hope they just might help my face adapt better to the foundation.


I’m my honest opinion I was absolutely flabbergasted at the difference both these primers made in such a short space of time. The Airbrush Away Primer (the green one) has been outstanding at camouflaging my red patches whereas the Colour Corrector Primer has been fantastic at evening out my entire complexion and prepping it for the base.

On days’ I’ve chosen not to wear these there has been a significant difference in how the Lift & Luminate reacts on my skin as it doesn’t tend to stay put quite as long nor does it do such a seamless job in covering my flaws.







Great for young or mature skin = evens out skin, firms & brightens

Impressive range of colours for fair-medium tones

Pump action bottle pushes all product up from the bottom = no wastage

Quality feel to the packaging, a great compromise from over spending on high-end.

Easy to repurchase with so many Boots stores on the high street.

Consultants have all been friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable.


At £16.50 its a little more expensive than most drugstore ranges (but worth the extra investment)

Needs a great primer and skin care routine to really see benefits… then again doesn’t most?!

Wouldn’t recommend for oily skin

The Final Verdict

No 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation

What do you think? Personally I love it, though it doesn’t surprise me as No 7 have never disappointed me on any of their skincare or makeup range. It’s a great compromise for high-end without the eye watering price tag, and of course easily accessible with Boots stores being so widespread. Most definitely a winner – I’ve found a new favourite foundation staple! *woo hoo*

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Have you tried the No 7 Lift & Luminate foundation? If so, what’s been your final verdict? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter:)

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31 thoughts on “No 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation… The Secret to Dewy Skin?

  1. I have problems finding foundations that suit me, too. I think I’ve pretty much tried them all. I totally rate No 7 …their foundations aren’t too heavy and they blend in better than others I have tried. I was using Estée Lauder double wear, which is like war paint to put on. (I have bad skin) 😩

    But I must say… You have the most beautiful natural skin!!! I’m so jealous! My skin is covered at the moment…in what looks like teenage acne!!!Which is totally unfair,seeing as I’m almost 30. What’s your secret to beautiful skin (I’m all ears!) hehe.

    Have a fab week, Karen 😊 xxxx

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    • Oh I haven’t tried the Double Wear but I’ve heard alot of really good reports about it – though oddly enough the girls that don’t like it really hate on it :-/ I’m so curious about it, I wonder if I can get a sample somewhere!
      Awww thank you – though you have nothing to be jealous off young lady as you are insanely beautiful!!!! I’m amazed at you mentioning the acne as whatever you do it covers incredibly well as I’d never have guessed! Oh gee, I have no idea – considering I abandoned it for years on end and was a believer in baby wipes (and no moisturiser *gasps of horror) I’m surprised I’ve any skin left!!!! lol Sometimes I reckon we put too many chemicals on our skin, though I’m lucky enough with getting away with micellar water, Olay toner and a wee layer of Simple night cream. All drug store stuff… having said that I reckon I’ll be stocking up on the No 7 range as honestly it’s been a savour for me!!
      Thank you sooooo much for your kind comment, and making me giggle as always – why on earth don’t you live closer so you could pop over for a bottle of vino and a good gabble lol XXXXX


  2. You look radiant and glowing Karen, it seems as if you’re onto a real winner with this foundation! Do you still plan on keeping your matte foundation from No 7 as well? The green stuff looks fun lol! x

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    • Awwh thank you Chanelle, I’m absolutely loving it huni – my skin feels totally hydrated right now! Just what I needed!!! Yes, I’ll definitely be keeping the Beautifully Matte as it’s the only matte foundation that doesn’t play havoc with me – such a winner!!! Oh yes the green stuff is weird, but works a blooming treat – no more red face half way through the day lol lol XXXXX

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      • That’s good, No 7 sounds like a top brand for you and your needs. I imagine the little sample pots of primer etc. would work really well with the foundation being the same brand 🙂 x

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  3. This looks fantastic, and it’s great the bases really extend the performance of the foundation! I so wish that No.7 makeup was still available here – they were for a short time but phased them out. At least we still have the skincare. Do you have any No.7 skincare recommendations? I’ve been curious about their serum – there’s good reviews online on it.

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  6. Oh yes, foundations are definitely like dating 😉 I have a whole drawer full of ‘not quite perfect’ foundations.
    No7 does great ones though and I love the way this looks on you. Very tempted to try this next time 😀
    xo Anne – Doves & Roses

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    • I honestly think you’d like this one Anne, but providing you have dry skin as other wise it would be quite oily I’d imagine! I think there’s a website where you can buy all the little testers for next to nothing, think I might try it out to hunting for some more foundations as like you my drawer is full of ‘just not quite right’ ones lol xxxx


  7. Great review. This is all I can wear in the winter with my horribly dry flaking skin. It makes my skin look almost decent. I hope this never gets discontinued.

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    • Oh me too it’s great stuff, brill for the winter months – and here in Ireland we need buckets of the stuff to see us through lol Lets keep the fingers crossed it’s a keeper 😀 XXX


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