Beautifully Matte Mousse Foundation (Discontinued)
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is an outstanding, feather-light mousse foundation for normal to very oily skin. The sponge-like texture blends seamlessly over skin, leaving a smooth matte finish without a hint of flatness. The powdery silicones (which comprise the bulk of this non-aqueous formula) do a good job of keeping excess shine in check, although this foundation’s finish can magnify dry areas, so be sure to prep your skin beforehand. You’ll enjoy sheer to light coverage that holds up surprisingly well throughout the day, except for very oily areas, which will require some blotting and perhaps a powder touch-up or two. The only drawback (well, aside from there being no shades for dark skin tones) is the jar packaging, which isn’t the most sanitary way to use makeup. However, because this is a non-aqueous product (note that any water in a product increases the risk of bacterial growth), problems will be minimal. One other comment about the jar packaging: once you’re about half way through this foundation, the relatively narrow opening makes it more difficult to get product out. All of the shades are very good, and finish lighter than they appear, but Target offers testers for the Boots No7 line, so seeing if one of the shades will work for you is convenient.

Update: As of April 2015, this product is being reported as 'discontinued' by many readers. We have contacted Boots (UK) who was unable to verify if this product is actually discontinued in the US or if it will become available again, so we wanted to notate this for our readers that may be having difficulty locating it.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tribehenin, C30-45 Alkyl Methicone, C30-45 Olefin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diisopropyl Dimer Diluroleate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Retinyl Palmitate, Ceramide 3, Tocopherol, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Boots At-A-Glance

Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.

Boots’ sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, you’ll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots’ line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.

Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.

You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn’t be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).

For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.

Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.

Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.

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Sorry to use this space for a question but was wondering if this is an OK foundation for sensitive & acne prone skin. Thanks in advance!

Reviewed by
Pearl S.
unavailable items need to be removed from review

This is a great product but if it's not available, it needs to be removed from the Beautypedia list or at least listed as unavailable. I personally find it annoying to go through a list of highly rated yet discontinued items

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thank you for your feedback.  We've since contacted Boots (UK) who was unable to verify for us if this product is still available in the U.S. or if it will be available again.  Since I also have not been able to locate an online retailer in the US for this product, however, I will mark it as 'discontinued' on our end and make a note regarding its availability (or lack there of!) in the review.

Awesome but unavailable!

Ditto to everything Zoe wrote. Love this but I cannot find it anywhere in the USA. I have oily, breakout prone, sensitive skin and this foundation is wonderful--light weight, giving you flawless, natural looking skin. I am so desperate to find this--Amazon has some selling for $60 and its predecessor, Intelligent Mousse makeup is $195. Crazy! People love it though.

Reviewed by
Tammy G.
Game changer

This mousse is everything I didn't know existed in such a high-quality product. It's flawless, utterly weightless, long-wearing, fragrance free, cruelty-free, and more. I was initially put off by the color but was amazed at how it blended perfectly into my fair skin. I don't think I've found a better color match - ever. It has excellent coverage but sheers out while remaining pigmented and has a very natural finish! I haven't raved about a foundation in 15+ years, it's that good. It's genius!

Reviewed by
Zoe W
LOVE. Discontined but it's back!

I absolutely love this foundation and will not use anything else. I find it gives incredible coverage for my redness and post-acne discolorations, and lasts better than any foundation I have tried when set with powder. I was so upset when it seemed to be discontinued! I have several back-up jars I ordered online. However, I am so excited to have just found out this foundation is available again! It is now called No7 Matte Mousse foundation - though only in 3 shades now.

Reviewed by
Annie M.
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