As a beauty journalist and make-up artist, this affordable foundation range has won me over

I put each of formula to the test and found some utter gems

No7 Foundations
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As someone who has spent more than two decades daily covering spots as a side effect of having PCOS, finding the best foundation under the sun has been something of an obsession. Add in that I write a lot for publications on beauty, as well as working as a make-up artist, and you can probably understand why I often try new formulas and have lists and lists of the bests: best tinted moisturiser, best foundation for mature skin, best foundation for oily skin, etc. 

That said, No7 hasn't really been on my radar for foundation. Mascara, YES (the Full 360 Mascara is a joy, and I regularly recommend it as a purse-friendly option). Skincare, you bet. But I'd never really got into their foundations.

I have now learned that this was an error of epic proportions - they make loads of options for different finishes and application preferences, and they're hugely affordable, making them a very savvy brand to tap up at any point.

I tested them all as if I were thinking of buying them for day-to-day life, asking myself how easy they were to apply, how long they stuck around for, and how they fared on my skin in general. Here are the ones I think you should know about:

Best for on-the-go

1. No 7 Stay Perfect Stick Foundation

Madeleine Spencer in Stay Perfect Stick Foundation

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Best for a whisper of coverage

2. No7 Essentially Natural Foundation 

Madeleine Spencer in No7 Essentially Natural Foundation

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Best long-wear option

3. No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

Madeleine Spencer in No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

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Best for a matte finish

4. No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation 

Madeleine Spencer in No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

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Best skincare/make-up hybrid

5. No 7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Madeleine Spencer wearing No 7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

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Madeleine Spencer

Madeleine Spencer is a journalist and broadcaster who has contributed to titles including Grazia, Glamour, InStyle, The Independent, The Evening Standard, and Stylist, as well as offering commentary for the BBC, Sky News, and ITV.

She is keen on exploring the significance beauty rituals, products, and memories have on people from different walks of life, and enters into conversation on the topic with guests on her podcast, Beauty Full Lives.