This Spring has been all about new bases it seems! I received these new items from The Body Shop some weeks ago, and have been using them from time to time… each time finding myself pleasantly surprised! This is my first time trying foundations from The Body Shop, and to be honest I was skeptical at first, which was why I tested it so many times to finally be able to give my two thumbs-up! Ladies, let me introduce you to The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation and a similarly new launch Shade Adjusting Drops!
I’ve tried and liked some of The Body Shop’s makeup in the past, but being the snob that I am, always stuck to higher end foundations. I have very fussy skin, and I usually know straight away if a foundation was not going to work for me. At first swatch, I liked how lightweight the new Fresh Nude Foundations were. They are quite runny in texture, but not in that drippy kind of way like Dior Nude Air. There is sufficient time to blend before they set, but they do dry down and set very nicely without feeling sticky and heavy on the skin all day long!
The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation is formulated with English rose water and aloe vera, to leave skin feeling hydrated and comfortable all day long. It also contains SPF15 sun protection, which is not enough for most of us even staying indoors all day, but still nice to have.
There are a total of 16 shades available, although there are only 6 shades available in Singapore. I have 4 of the shades – 010 Chelsea Porcelain, 020 Bali Vanilla, 024 Hawaii Macadamia, and 045 Atlas Dunes. And here are the swatches for your information. As a reference point, I found shade 024 Hawaii Macadamia to be a perfect match for me.
The coverage of these Fresh Nude Foundations is on the lighter end of the spectrum, though it is slightly buildable to a light-medium. You will still need a concealer for dark under eyes and spots. The foundation dries down to a lovely semi-matte finish with a healthy glow without looking oily, and extremely natural looking! I do wear this over this primer because I have problems with my t-zone and I need my makeup to last all day; but I found that I really did not need any powder to set or blot out excess shine at all!
As you can see from the comparison above, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation is able to effectively cover up some of the red blemishes that I currently have on my face though not perfectly. Most of the time I just let it go as it is, but I do still need concealer for my dark eye circles. The finish is natural and luminous, in fact the side with foundation is clearly more radiant than the other imho!
Along with the new foundation, The Body Shop has also released 2 wonderfully creative Shade Adjusting Drops. There is a white one for Lightening as shown above, and another dark brown one for Darkening. These come with a handy dropper, and 1 drop mixed into any foundation will bring it half a shade lighter/darker depending on which you use. Just in case you think the Lightening one shown here is just going to turn your foundation white, it is actually a pearlised white that contains pink pigments to neutralise any sallowness which often is resultant look when wearing foundation that is too dark. Similarly, the Darkening Drops contains red pigments to prevent foundation from looking ashy when they are too light.
I am really happy with The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation! It is perfectly comfortable to wear all day, and looks so fresh and natural it easily rivals any of the high-end brands. The Shade Adjusting Drops are a wonderful addition to The Body Shop’s makeup offerings, and something that I’m finding very handy to keep in my stash. And priced at SGD32.90 for 30ml and SGD29.90 for 15ml respectively, these do not break the bank at all!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.