Perfect Light Loose Powder
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder has a feather-light texture and seamless, dry finish. The aluminum starch– and talc-based formula is excellent for normal to oily skin because it absorbs well without looking chalky or thick. Although Boots advertises four shades on their Web site, the Target stores we visited consistently sold only two, both of which are sheer and recommended. Bonus points are deserved because the packaging for this loose powder works great to minimize mess.

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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Fantastic powder for setting liquid foundation

I use this power to set my Boots Stay Perfect Foundation SPF 15, and it works beautiful. I use the Translucent shade. I can keep oil at bay for hours with this powder. One tub has lasted me several months. A great beauty buy!

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Melinda J.
Very good-a bit fuller coverage

I purchased this based on the Paula's Choice review, and agree with the recommendation for those with normal to oily skin. My over 40 skin is normal to slightly combination, with occasional dryness. The powder does feel thicker than what I think of as a finishing powder. I find it very useful, though, to set my slightly oily T-zone and eye makeup when I am wearing tinted moisturizer or just sunscreen. The finish is lovely and natural when I use it sparingly this way. Enjoy!

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