Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum swatch and review

Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum review
I received the No7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum in my August 2013 Glamabox and have been using it two times daily religiously. As it was a full-size tube, it has lasted quite well and I expect it to finish by the last week of October.
The No7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum is one of the best-selling skin care and anti-ageing serums of all time, so I did want to know what the hype was all about. For a drugstore brand, the serum retails at Boots for £22.95. A BBC documentary and research by Manchester University have found that the serum actually works at softening wrinkles and reducing pores when used over a long time, so it is a bestseller. Read an article in The Guardian about the serum here.
Read the impressive label to know what it claims to do:
Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum review
Packaging: A clean, translucent tube. Nothing too fancy. A thin nozzle, nothing unhygenic here. Easy to control the amount of product, and to see how much is left inside.
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Formula: White fluid that is thick and feels very siliconey. Reminds me of MUFE All Mat rather than a skin care serum. Very silky, glides on and blends in very easily. Leaves no residue. Unfortunately, contains parabens. Contains matrixyl, which is a collagen-simulator and wrinkle remover.
Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum review
Results: Over the last six weeks, the No7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum has made my face smoother to touch, brighter, and my pores slightly smaller. I can skip a primer with this because of the smoother canvas it provides. However, I can't be sure about wrinkles, because I don't have any - or the younger skin part. It doesn't help mattify or reduce oiliness, though. Also, it broke me out initially, though the breakout subsided with a bit of Oxy 10. Nor does the serum have any effect on pimples or pigmentation.
Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum review
Repurchase? While I've liked using this, I have at least three full-size skin care serums waiting to be used - Lancome Visionnaire, Estee Lauder Perfectionist and Lancome Advanced Genefique, so I won't be buying a skin care serum for a while. Plus, I'm working on staying away from parabens.
  1. I've never really got the point for serums! Maybe I'm just too impatient to wait for long term effects lol.. Currently using Clarin's whitening serum which is my first ever serum! This looks good for those with wrinkles but a serum with parabens make it skeptical for me to wnatry it..
    xx

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    1. Oh, good luck with the Clarins - looking forward to reading your thoughts about it. Agree about the parabens. Better safe than sorry and we don't know what those blighters could do to us.

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  2. I have tried quite a few serums and I like them especially ones from bioderma and boots botanics x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. Bioderma has a serum? I have to check it out! Thank you for letting me know; I hadn't got beyond the h2o xx

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