Boots Match Made Service

When it comes to applying make up, there are certain areas that I still struggle with after all these years of practice. I never wore blusher because I had yet to find one that didn’t leave me looking like an Aunt Sally doll, and still struggled with foundation as I prefer it to look natural rather than like a mask.  Despite having numerous make-overs, in the comfort of my own home I still struggled to get the flawless look I covet.

When I heard about a free service that Boots was running called Match Made, I knew that this was worth a try.  Match Made is a service designed to help you find your perfect foundation, blusher or lipstick shade. A facial device reads your skintone (you just need to take off a little patch of make up) and matches it to one of the No 7 skin true shades.


I went to try out the Match Made service at the Cannock town centre branch of Boots. I booked an appointment, but you can just walk into store to try the service. I was interested in Primer, foundation and that dreaded blusher and was really impressed with how quickly the match is made, and just how accurate and perfect the chosen products were. I have quite blotchy skin at the moment, so a colour balancing primer was suggested, and this was perfect for giving me an even skintone – I was a little surprised to see it was green, but it is brilliant, so don’t let that put you off. If you suffer with redness or blotchy patches, this is the primer for you.


No7 Airbrush Away Colour Balancing Primer 6120644 £16.50 Click to visit Boots

No7 Airbrush Away Colour Balancing Primer £16.50
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In terms of foundation, my skin is oily, especially around the t-zone area. Therefore a matte formulation foundation works best for me, to remove the shine. The beautifully matte light foundation is just lovely, and gives me the peachy, flawless skin I was looking for, without being thick and heavy to wear.

To complete the look, I finally got a blusher that I am so happy with, giving me a healthy, rosy look that is soft and dewy, and not in the slightest Aunt Sally. I was shown a few shades before choosing one, but was so pleased with the effect.



The shade in the centre is the one I chose – Rose Blossom.

No7 Powder Blusher 3g £9 Click to visit Boots

No7 Powder Blusher 3g £9 Click to visit Boots

The end result



My goodies, making the most of a 3 for 2 deal on selected No 7 products.


You can currently get selected No 7 products in a three for two deal, so now is definitely the best time to take a look at the Match Made service and to grab yourself some goodies.

Click here to find your nearest Match Made store.

Click here to view the Boots Match Made edit.

*With thanks to the staff of Boots Cannock for their help and beauty advice.

Check out Smashbox Primer

It is a well known fact that make-up looks much better if you are wearing a primer underneath it. Primers help to create the appearance of a perfect complexion, and hence create a wonderful blank canvas for you to then create your perfect make-up look. One of the best Primers on the beauty market comes from Smashbox, the make-up brand formulated at the world famous Smashbox photographic studios in Los Angeles.

The Smashbox photo finish primer is a hero product that all make-up bags should contain. It is multi-award winning, with Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer and included in Marie Claire magazine’s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life. It is also the recipient of an InStyle Best Beauty Buy award and Readers Choice Beauty Award 2012 for ‘Best Foundation Primer’. It is beloved by normal girls and superstars alike – a true beauty hero that can actually change your whole make-up regime.

Smashbox Photo finish primer contains lots of natural products, including Vitamins A and E, and green tea. It smells fresh and healthy, and leaves the skin feeling soft, with no heaviness or stickiness. What I love about this product is that a tiny bit goes a long way, and you can just rub it in with your fingers, no brushes or pads required. And, if you do squeeze a little bit too much out – you can use the excess on your hair!