I recently went into boots and purchased the No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in the shade Beige. I have never tried any base products from No7 so I was intrigued to see how it worked with my skin. The foundation claims to be a Matte Finish, Medium-Full Coverage, Shine Free for 12 hours, Minimises Pores and also has SPF 15.
When I first applied this foundation I used my Real Techniques Sponge and I didn't like the finish at all. I tried it again the next day using my flat top brush and found I got the perfect flawless finish. On applying this foundation I would say it was medium coverage. I applied a little more over my chin and cheeks and found it built up easily to full coverage like I wanted. I let it set for around 5 minutes and then applied my powder on top.
After reading the claims of having shine free skin for 12 hours I didn't expect it to last at all. I have tried many foundations that claim to last but haven't lasted even 3 hours without touching up. I applied this at 8.30am and didn't check it again until 6pm and I have to say I was amazed. My oily skin is such a pain as I usually apply powder after 3-4 hours but with this I didn't feel the need to touch up all day! It really did last and I had no shine! My nose and chin are my worst area's which become really oily. At 6pm the only area I noticed the smallest amount of oil was the inner sides of my nose which I just blotted and it looked perfect again.
Overall this foundation has to be the best I have found yet. I am so shocked at how it kept me shine free. Any of you who have oily skin should give this a go. The shade range is very good and easy to find a match. Also I have to say I love that you can see how much product you have left, it reminds me of the Benefit Hello Foundation.