Is it as good as it sounds? No7 Beauty Advent Calendar
The No7 beauty advent calendar is one of the longest awaited of 2020. It only costs £45 and it contains only one brand of products, the much loved No7. The Contents are worth over £172. Are the products worth it? Does it only have sample sizes? As usual, I divided the contents by category and I looked into each product.
MAKEUP: 8 items
There are eight items in the makeup section which is about the same as in every other beauty advent calendar this year.
For the eyes there are three items. The No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Black, which costs £7.50. A black, waterproof eyeliner is always welcomed, as it is something that all makeup lovers use more often than not.
The second item for the eyes is the No7 Extreme Length Mascara in 7ml, which normally costs £13. Mascara is an essential item in the makeup collection and so it is another welcomed product.
Lastly, there is an eyelash curler, worth £8, which again is a nice tool to have in your collection, if you do not already have one.
For the lips there are three items. There is the No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Desert Rose, a beautiful warm toned peachy colour. This Lipstick has a semi-satin finish and it is moisturising to the lips. It costs £10.
Another moisturizing lip product is the No7 High Shine Lip Crayon, in the shade Rosy Blush. This is a moisturizing gloss in the shape of a pencil. I am in love with this innovative product and I have seen it at other brands as well. It looks like a gloss except it is in a solid form. This will make it really easy to travel with. The shade is a vibrant warm toned pink which will be flattering on most skin colours. This product costs £9.
Lastly, there is the No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude. This pencil costs £7 and is another moisturizing product. It also has a sharpener included. Again, a lip pencil is not quite an essential when compared to the mascara, but it still is an important item in our makeup collection.
For the face there are two items. There is the No7 Skin Illuminator (30ml, worth £12.5) in shade Nude. This product can be used three ways – as a primer, as a highlighter or mixed in with your foundation for an extra glow. Either way you choose to use it, this is a lovely product to be added in the calendar.
There is also a Blush Voucher, which entitles you to claim one free No7 Blusher in the shade of your choice. The No7 blusher costs £9. This is an amazing strategy and it makes me wonder why more brands did not do this. This ensures that the shade of blush will suit everyone’s skin tone and it allows you to choose your favourite blush shade as well.
Overall, the makeup section looks good, with a mixture of products that I would say most of us would use. My one complaint is the same one I had for almost all beauty advent calendars for this year – they could have included more makeup. For example, I think some eyeshadow would have been fantastic.
The entire makeup section is worth around £76, which is less than half the value of this calendar. However, all makeup items are in full size.
SKINCARE: 13 items
There are thirteen skincare items in this calendar, an overwhelming quantity that overtakes all other categories. This is a continuous trend in all calendars this year. As usual, I divided the products in smaller sections, to make it easier to follow.
What surprised me about this calendar is the fact that it only has two cleansers. The first one is the No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Daily Face Polish in a mini size of 15ml, worth £1. This product is a mechanical exfoliator, meaning that it has small beads in it that when rubbed into the skin will remove dead skin cells. Keep in mind that mechanical exfoliators can irritate the skin if used on the face, where the skin is much thinner. This is because they can create microcuttings into your skin which can lead to irritation.
The second cleanser I am not even sure is worth mentioning, as it is the No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Cleansing Wipes (worth £6). I am surprised to see a product like this in an advent calendar, mainly because cleansing wipes have been discussed over and over as something that should probably not be used. Cleansing wipes have been proven to be bad for your skin because they do not properly remove all makeup. They cause too much friction and being single use items, they contribute to unnecessary environmental damage. Perhaps they would come in handy during a camping trip or if you do not have access to potable water, but otherwise please cleanse your skin properly at the end of the day. For this, you would need a double cleansing process, of which I mention in my skincare routine.
Eye and lip creams
There is an eye cream and a lip cream which are included in this calendar. The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream is one of my favourite eye creams. I included it in my 2019 favourites, because of its amazing effects. However, in this calendar it comes in only 5ml (worth £6). The full size is included in the Macmillan Beauty Advent Calendar 2020.
For the lips, there is the No7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care in 10ml (worth £10) which is a conditioning balm that moisturizes your lips and delays the signs of ageing. It contains peptides and antioxidants.
There are two serums in this calendar, both anti-aging. They are meant to be used underneath your moisturiser for a deeper penetration into the skin. The first one is the No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, which comes in only 5ml (worth £3.4). The second is the No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum, which is supposed to be applied directly on the wrinkles and fine lines. This one comes in 3ml which is worth £7.6.
There are three masks in this calendar. There is the No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask, in full size (100ml, worth £5). It contains ceramides, glycerin and petrolatum, which are all beneficial ingredients that hydrate. This is a good addition to the calendar as a hydrating mask is always useful.
The second mask is the No7 Instant Results Revitalising Peel-Off Mask in 10ml (worth £0.6). It contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), vitamin C and E, which are supposed to offer you glowing skin. It is noteworthy that peel off masks can irritate sensitive skin because of the pulling motion needed to remove the mask.
There is also an eye mask, the No7 Instant Results Revitalising Hydrogel Eye Mask, which supposedly comes in one pack only, worth £1. These eye hydrogels should be cooling, helping with the puffiness of the eyes. It is also meant to hydrate and plump.
There are two primers in this calendar. One for the eyes and one for the face. The one for the eyes is the No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Primer which comes in 10ml and costs £9.5. Like all eyeshadow primers, it claims to enhance the colour of your shadows, and provide longwear with no creasing.
The second primer is the No7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer in a mini size of 10ml, worth £5.5. This product claims to soften the pores and the aspect of wrinkles, which would allow your makeup to glide on easily and last all day.
There are two daily creams in this calendar. They are both part of the Protect & Perfect range, which is an anti aging focused one. For the morning, there is the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream in 25ml, worth £12.5. The evening cream is the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream in 25ml as well, worth £12.5.
The skincare section is definitely not my favourite one. Some of the sizes are very small, most products contain perfume and some are just items that I would not recommend, such as the cleansing wipes or the mechanical exfoliator for the face. That being said, this is a No7 calendar only, and I presume most people that purchase it are already fans of their skincare.
BODY, BATH & OTHER: 4 items
Body & Bath: 1 item
There is only one body product in this calendar, the No7 Body Milk in 50ml (worth £2), which moisturises and smooths skin. As usual, I think a body moisturiser is necessary in these calendars to round up the product offerings. Winter is also the season when our skin is the most dry. The skin on the body is also less sensitive than the face, which means that a body cream has less chances of causing irritation than a face one.
Nails: 2 items
The calendar also contains two nail polishes, the No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour which are worth £7.5 each. One is in the shade Porcini, a cool toned nude colour; the other is in the shade Golden Sands, a cool toned light brown shimmer. Both are nice additions to the calendar.
Other: 1 item
The No7 Slanted Tweezers are a bit of a filler in my opinion. As I will develop in the sections below, I think this calendar aims at a more mature audience, and therefore it would not be surprising if most people buying this calendar already have tweezers.
The box of this calendar does not have drawers, but rather has compartments that need to be ripped open in order to reach for the products inside. This is not the neatest option when it comes to beauty advent calendars as it makes the experience feel less luxurious. Other calendars in the past that cost the same amount did come in individual boxes.
The colours are elegant, with a sleek black outer layer and a pastel light pink with gold accents on the inside. Overall, the presentation is appealing.
This calendar contains 25 items and therefore does offer a product for Christmas Day.
There is also a £1000 golden ticket redeemable on No7 products This golden ticket will be hidden at random in ten calendars. This is an exciting prospect and ten customers will indeed be very happy.
IS IT WORTH IT?
The No7 calendar is one of the most affordable for 2020 when comparing it to other calendars of similar contents. For this year calendars with skincare, makeup and other products inside cost a lot more than £45. This year even the Macmillan x Boots calendar is £85.
The makeup range is not as abundant as I would have liked. However, it still gives you some makeup to play with. The fact that you can choose your blush shade really appeals to me. However, I do wish they would have included some eyeshadow and at least one brush in order to bring in more diversity and in order to offer more items that anyone can use.
In terms of skincare, the products are all part of the Protect & Perfect range, which according to the No7 website is an anti aging range, aimed at people in between 30-45 years old. Unless you want a multitude of anti aging products this calendar might not be for you. While you can certainly use some items regardless, I think the main audience of this calendar is a more mature one. This would also explain the nude colours of the makeup and of the nail polishes. If they were not clearly aiming this calendar to a more mature audience, they would have included skincare items from more ranges than just the anti ageing one.
What is admirable is the fact that the calendar gives you the full Protect & Perfect range, which means that you get all the products for a full anti ageing routine that the No7 has.
It is also worth mentioning that most items contain perfume, which can sensitise skin.
Some items are sample sizes, with some of them coming in 3ml or 5ml, which will not allow much usage. However, given the price, it is a calendar you can still enjoy.
Unless you are a fan of No7 skincare and want man anti ageing products I would say to stay clear of this calendar. Some of these items are only worth a few pounds, as I mentioned in the singular analysis of products. Therefore, if you want just a few but not all, you could go and purchase them individually.
There is also the chance you will win £1000 to spend on No7 which is an exciting thought indeed. However, this will only happen to ten customers. I do not want to be negative, but this should not be a main factor in deciding if to get this product or not.
Overall, this is not a bad calendar but be careful about the skincare you desire, as it is the most predominant in this calendar. If you want to give this calendar as a gift, bare in mind the recommended age for the skincare range included.
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