Friday, 25 February 2022

No7 Airbrush Away Colour Balancing Primer

This No7 green primer is something I've had in my collection for a long time.  I think this is my second or even third tube of this primer.  It's essentially for reducing redness prior to putting on foundation or powder, it was part of the No7 Colour Correcting series, there was also a peach colour for brightening skin and maybe a lavender one for dark circles (though that might be my imagination, definitely peach though as I did buy that one).

It's not a product I use every day, or even all over my face but just sometimes to even out red bits.  It's particularly good for spots, the stubborn ones that need to be de-reddened before concealer, and also I've used it for areas where I've maybe had a cold sore and it's left a little red scar for a few weeks.  It's hypoallergenic so it doesn't irritate which is good.

The key to this primer, or any green tinted primer actually, is that less is more.  Otherwise you look like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz!  I start with a little dab and either use my ring finger or a tiny brush.  You can see it take the redness out straight away.  It's best to wait for it to dry a bit before you use concealer or foundation, just to let it take hold.  You will know if you've used too much because you will be able to see green on your skin and it doesn't sink in!  This has happened to me so I know!

I remember choosing this because I really like No7 products and their Lift & Luminate foundation is one I've used on and off for at least 10 years so I knew it would be good.  I particularly like the consistency, it's not thick but also not too light either so you don't need to overload your brush (or finger).   I can't remember how much it cost, probably about £12, and I don't know if they still sell it in store because I haven't bought any for ages but usually you can get these things on Amazon so I'd probably try there if I needed more and couldn't get it in Boots.

I'd say it's a good primer to have in any collection as you never know when you are going to need it and it does a good job of covering up without looking 'cakey'.  Other brands that I know that do a green primer are Elf, Smashbox, Clinique, NYX, Clarins, Max Factor and Barry M so they are readily available in most high street shops. 


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