The Body Shop Makeup Series: FACE

I recently received a basket full of exciting makeup products to try from The Body Shop as one of my friends is a consultant for them. I have always loved the Body Shop products and the ethics of the brand itself. The products are great quality and 100% vegetarian and cruelty free. As I tested and tried the products, there were quite a lot I really liked. There were also others I wasn’t as keen on. So, I thought I would do a series of posts focusing on the different products.

Today we will start with the Face products. All the face products I tried were good and reminded me of higher priced products. I am honest with my opinions and reflect on how they felt on my skin. I have combination skin which can be quite dry in places but is often oily on my T-zone. I am in my early 40’s so I have a few fine lines. The post reflects my experience with the products. Enjoy the post!

Instablur Primer

The Body Shop Instablur

£15.00 for 20ml

Claims:

  • Blurs Imperfections
  • Gives a flawless photo-perfect finish
  • Helps reduce shine for up to 12 hours
  • Reduces the appearance of pores
  • Can be worn alone or under makeup

My Verdict:

I have actually been using this primer for a few months now after buying it a while back. It is a clear gel like texture and has a silicone feel to it. It reminds me of the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer. I apply it to my T-Zone and cheeks. It absorbs into the skin nicely and although it has a matte finish, it does not leave my skin feeling dry. It definitely reduces pores and blurs imperfections. My makeup applies well and I genuinely think it helps my makeup stay in place all day. This is my favourite primer at the moment. I have not tried it on its own as my skin is quite good and when I have a no makeup day I don’t apply makeup products or primers.

Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

£10.00 for 30ml

Claims:

  • Breathable Full coverage foundation
  • Vegan formula
  • Matte finish
  • Sweat and water resistant
  • Flawless finish
  • Available in 13 shades

My Verdict:

I do not wear Matte foundations so this product was not for me. However, it is an excellent matte full coverage foundation. It applies well, absorbing into the skin and making it look flawless. It feels nice on the skin considering it is a heavier foundation. It is very long lasting. It is in a plastic tube allowing you to easily squeeze the product out. The coverage reminds me of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, although this is a bit of a creamier texture. It is very similar to L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This is a good full coverage Matte foundation, but it is not something I would buy as I tend to opt for a dewy light finish.

Fresh Nude Tinted Beauty Balm

£12.00 for 25ml

Claims:

  • Light coverage with a luminous finish
  • Hydrating
  • Non-greasy light weight formula that matches to most skin tones
  • Makes skin look healthy
  • SPF30
  • Available in 5 shades
  • Vegan

My Verdict:

I really like this Tinted Beauty Balm. It applies lovely and leaves skin feeling really hydrated and glowing. It was heavier than I thought it would be on my face though. I had the shade 02 Medium. I applied it using a brush and buffed it in to my skin. I then applies pressed powder over my T-Zone to set that area as I often go oily here throughout the day. It is a light to medium coverage. The shade was perfect for me. It lasted well but did go a bit dewy on my T-Zone which I don’t mind. I think this would not be suited to someone with oily skin, you would find the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation more suited to your skin. This reminds me of the IT You Skin But Better CC Cream, although it is not as heavy on the skin and a lighter coverage. I wanted to buy a new foundation and this was very nearly it.

Matte Clay Powder

£8.00 for 10g

Claims:

  • Smooths imperfections
  • Breathable
  • Buildable coverage with a Matte finish
  • Wear it alone or over foundation
  • Available in 6 Shades
  • Vegan

My Verdict:

I like powder foundation. My regular followers will have seen many posts where I mention my favourite powder foundation MAC Studio Fix Powder. I actually wear this most days on its own. So, I was interested to try this version from the Body Shop. I apply it with a large powder brush for a light coverage. It can be applied with a pad or sponge for a fuller coverage. It has a nice texture and feels lovely and light on the skin. It lasts well throughout the day. I did like this powder BUT it isn’t quite as good as my MAC one which seems to even my skin a bit better. However, this is only £8.00 compared to MAC’s £22.00 and if you apply more layers on the Body Shop powder you will get a better coverage.

Fresh Nude Foundation

£16.00 for 30ml

Claims:

  • Hydrating formula
  • Leaves skin feeling fresh and comfortable
  • Lasts all day long
  • Vegan
  • Available in 16 shades
  • SPF15

My Verdict:

This is a watery liquid foundation. I applied it using a brush and buffed it into my skin. I then set my T-Zone with a loose powder. It has a medium coverage but is buildable. It has a dewy finish and really makes your skin glow and looking healthy. It would not suit oily skin. It is very hydrating and lasted all day. It is very natural and I could barely feel it on my skin, which I love. I cannot stand it when makeup feels heavy on my skin. There are a lot of shades available which is great for a high street brand. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump which allows you to easily access the product. My shade is 040 Santorini Sunset. This was hands down my favourite and I have now ordered some. It just made my skin look really lovely all-day long. It is similar to the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Nars Sheer Glow Foundation.

Matte Clay Concealer

£7.00 for for 1.5g

Claims:

  • Good for blemish prone skin
  • Smooth, long lasting coverage
  • Vegan formula
  • Matte finish
  • Helps promote clearer skin
  • Available in 10 shades

My Verdict:

This is a creamy rich concealer. I applied this with my finger and dabbed it into my skin. It blends well and is non-drying. It is a heavy coverage and I felt a bit too heavy for under my eyes. It has a matte finish. Again, I do not like heavy concealers. However, if you do like a concealer with a high coverage then this will be perfect for you. It is good for hiding imperfections and spots. It reminds me of the MAC Studio Fix Concealer.

I hope you enjoyed my post and found it helpful. I was really pleased with the face products I tried from The Body Shop. I absolutely loved the Fresh Nude Foundation. I feel no matter what your skin type is there is a great foundation for you.

Oily – Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation & Concealer / For a heavier coverage use Matte Clay Powder on top
Dry – Tinted Beauty Balm or Fresh Nude Foundation
Combination – Fresh Nude Foundation / for a lighter finish Matte Clay Powder

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