No.7 Perfect Light Loose Setting Powder review

Could No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in Translucent be THE best budget undereye setting powder? Yes, that’s right, people — and here’s my review.

No.7 perfect light setting powder in translucent

Side note: I’ve decided to start a new series called: the undereye series. I’ll be reviewing budget undereye concealers and setting powders in a bid to find the best, most affordable undereye combo out there. I’ve been blessed with the darkest-of-dark hereditary undereye shadows. My undereye situ has now been made even trickier by my post-Roaccutane dry undereye skin. Concealing and setting dark, dry undereye shadows isn’t the most straightforward job, but you bet I’m gonna make it work!

With that said, the first product on the undereye spotlight is the No.7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in the shade Translucent.


No7 Perfect Light Loose Setting Powder review

I came across this around a week ago while searching for a non-drying, budget setting powder and, surprisingly, found some rave reviews. No.7 isn’t exactly the coolest or most innovative brand on the block, so I was a little sceptical. I’ve never been drawn to their products. But I’m happy to say that this is the best powder I’ve ever used under my eyes… and it only cost me a tenner!


Key claims

Boots claim that the No.7 Perfect Light Translucent Powder…

  • Is ultra-fine, velvety soft and airy
  • Blends evenly onto skin
  • Reflects light to smooth and disguise flaws
  • Contains Vitamin E and Pro-vitamin B5 to care and condition and Hyaluronic acid to help keep the skin hydrated

The texture

The No7 Perfect Light Setting Powder is super finely milled — it reminds me of talc. You only need the slightest dab of product. Once applied to the skin, I’d describe it as lightweight and pretty much invisible. It sets concealer down nicely without adding extra cakiness.

No7 perfect light setting powder swatch

The undereye finish

Most of the powders I’ve tried look great when they’re first applied but then crack and cake within 20 minutes. I used this and expected the same, but it didn’t happen. Even after a full 8-hour day of wear, my under eye concealer only looks very slightly creased. My under eyes don’t look dry at all, either. It seems to — somehow — keep my skin hydrated and supple, unlike any other powder has before.

The coverage

While I wouldn’t say the No.7 setting powder adds significant coverage, I would say that it brightens up my undereyes a little. That’s not necessarily something I look for in a powder, but I’ve really been enjoying the extra help! Despite its brightening properties, it doesn’t feel thick or OTT once applied. Most powders I’ve tried tend to ‘cakify’ (new word?) my makeup and make it look like I’ve got 10x more on, so this is a significant plus point in my eyes.

No7 perfect light setting powder for underyeyes

The longevity

I wouldn’t say this is the most long-lasting powder on the market. It certainly keeps my under eye concealer in place for a good few hours, but I feel like the brightening effect fades slightly after a few hours of wear.

However, this isn’t a biggie for me. Instead, I just apply a touch more with a fluffy brush after a few hours of wear and it layers up well. With other powders, I’ve found that applying more powder over a previously powdered face leads to a dry, cakey finish. That’s not the case with the No.7 perfect light loose powder, so that’s extra brownie points from me!

The packaging

This is quite a bulky powder — it’s literally the biggest thing in my make-up bag! It does have quite an expensive feel though, despite the affordable price tag. It comes in a heavy plastic pot with a black lid with the No7 branding embellished. It also has a sieve (please excuse my lack of makeup jargon… it’s a sieve, right?!) in and comes with a powder puff, which I promptly removed. I’m more of a brush gal.

No7 perfect light setting powder image 2

My one gripe with this product is that it can get a little messy. I often open it to find that way too much powder has gathered at the opening and it’s easy to end up spilling powder everywhere. The powder is so light and finely milled, that it can quickly end up all over the place. It’s not enough to put me off repurchasing, though.

The shade range

The No.7 Perfect Light Loose Setting Powder comes in four shades: 05 Translucent, 10 Fair, 15 Medium and 20 Dark. I use 05 Translucent. While it looks distinctively pink in the pot, it seems to blend out to an invisible finish. It suits mefair with a neutral undertonebut I do feel it might look a bit too pink/cool-toned on anyone with warm-toned or olive skin. I’d recommend heading to a Boots store and getting shade matched if you’re unsure. The No.7 counters are usually super helpful and sometimes give out samples.

How I apply it

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve ditched the powder puff. I find that they pack on powder too densely and can make you look far too matte and dry.

Here’s how I apply the No.7 perfect light loose setting powder to my undereyes:

  1. Use my concealer of choice—usually the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer—and make sure it’s blended well, with no creases
  2. Dip a large, fluffy eyeshadow brush into the powder and tap off the excess
  3. Gently pat the powder over the area that I’ve used the concealer and buff off any excess powder
  4. Do the rest of my makeup and set with a setting spray
  5. If I feel my under eyes need brightening later in the day, I use the same brush to gently pack some more powder under my eyes and buff again

The price

The No.7 Perfect Light Loose Setting Powder retails for £11 and can be purchased from Boots. I think it’s a great price for such a good powder, and while there are other drugstore powders available for half the price or less, I think spending that little bit extra is well worth it.

If you’re on a budget, I’d recommend setting some money aside and waiting until Boots run one of their 3 for 2 offers. This way, you can get 3 powders for £22; which I’d guess would last at least a year, if not more!

No7 perfect light setting powder ingredients

Would I recommend the No.7 Perfect Light Loose Setting Powder?

Absolutely! If you’re looking for an affordable undereye setting powder for dry skin, I’d highly recommend this powder. I love how it seems to be slightly hydrating and leaves a brightened finished to the undereye. While I don’t know how it compares to more expensive powders, it’s most definitely the best drugstore setting powder I’ve ever tried.

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