Review: Seventeen On The Spot Foundation

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If you’re a fellow zit-face like me, you’ll relish the opportunity to try products that boast about their spot-killing capabilities. Does this product live up to my ridiculously high foundation standards? Read on and find out…

I turned to this foundation a few days ago, despite having owned it for a couple of months, because I’ve had another horrific breakout. The product contains salicylic acid, which is great for fighting spots. As you can see, it claims to clear your skin within four weeks. To me, that’s an exciting prospect and I thought it was well worth a try!

I bought the foundation in Soft Ivory and I’m not actually sure whether this is the lightest shade or not. For some reason, it’s defined as the second lightest shade… However, comparing this and Porcelain, the so-called lightest shade, Soft Ivory was the one that actually looked a bit lighter. As you can see from the second picture, it still looks terribly orange on my fair skin… I daren’t leave the house wearing it again, for fear of people thinking I’m a star of TOWIE.

I like the consistency of this foundation, it’s not too watery or too thick and gloopy either. It gives quite a matte finish and it’s reassuring to think that it could be helping to eradicate those nasty spots whilst you’re wearing it.

The packaging does say that this foundation offers a full coverage. I’m not sure it does for me. I had to use quite a lot of product to reach a finish that I was happy with. I’m not normally one for slapping loads and loads of foundation on, but it took a lot of this to cover blemishes and red patches properly. Even after applying, I wasn’t that convinced that it left a particularly full or heavy coverage.

The tube, 30ml, isn’t that big. Considering that you have to use a fair bit to get good coverage, it might not last all that long. (Surprisingly, it’s actually the same size as a bottle of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, but looks far smaller).

By the end of the day, I caught sight of my reflection before I was about to wash this off. I genuinely looked terrible… Embarrassingly so. The foundation had descended into various orange patches dotted around my face. It was unbelievably patchy, to the point where I looked a little like I’d applied it in the dark. (Which I hadn’t, obviously… I applied it in the light with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush).

Another problem with this foundation is that it did go a bit funny when I applied my setting spray. I wear setting spray pretty much every day and don’t normally experience any problems with it. This foundation doesn’t seem to get on with it. It’s quite hard to explain, but I guess that it just ‘unsettles’ it a little and takes ages to dry afterwards. Now, I’m not sure if this is what made the foundation look patchy in the end, but I didn’t notice patchiness at all initially.

I can’t really comment properly on whether this foundation does clear your skin up after 4 weeks, like it says, because it’s just so dark, I daren’t wear it every day. I can’t go out looking like a patchy Wotsit every day for a month, can I?

At £6.99, it’s honestly worth a try if you suffer from breakouts and you’re not too pale. I just hope others fare better with this foundation than I did…

So, to recap:


  • Spot-fighting ingredients,
  • Lovely matte finish,
  • Cheap,
  • SPF 15.


  • Potential patchiness,
  • Too orangey for me,
  • Quite a small tube,
  • Need to apply quite a lot for good coverage.

Have you tried this foundation? Did you like it? Comment below and tell me!

Thanks for reading!



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Review: Seventeen On The Spot Foundation