Sheer Temptation Lipstick
Last Updated:06.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

No7 Sheer Temptation Lipstick feels rich and emollient, and while the colors look quite bold in the tube, each goes on sheer, as the name states. This has a glossy finish yet isn’t too slippery, and the colors are great. If you want sheer lip color, what more could you ask for?


Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Synthetic Wax, BHT. May Contain (+/-):, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake).

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

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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Sheer and not drying

This reminds me of Clinique's Almost Lipstick but for a lot less money. It gives your lips a wash of color and leaves a moist soft shine. Looks much more natural than a cream lipstick. The color range is nice (I have 4 of the colors) in that they go from providing a little color enhancement to a vivid pop of color. They don't dry out my lips which are highly prone to becoming like parchment paper. Can be found at some Walgreens and Targets.

Reviewed by
Tamie C.
Comments from UK No7 User

Boots No7 Sheer Temptation in Caramel Kiss my current favourite. It is the only one I have tried recently which does not make my lips dry. The colour is very sheer and natural, goes with anything, and it is the kind of lipstick you can slip on at your desk without using a mirror. It also stays on longer than most sheer lipsticks I have tried.

Reviewed by
Angela C.
On Clearance

What more could you ask for? You could ask for availability. This product is on clearance and it is doubtful you'll be able to find the shade you are looking for. If your objective (like mine) is to replace the discontinued colors in Paula's Choice Sheer Cream Lipstick, you won't find them here.

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