I’ve always known that The Body Shop sells makeup, but I didn’t know that it was actually good. I mean, Essie Button loves their bronzer, but I don’t go through much bronzer so I was never in a position to buy it. At the moment, though, The Body Shop has a promotion where if you buy two or more of their ‘beauty favourites’, you get 20% off. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try one of their beauty favourites, to see what it’s like and whether I should recommend it. Turns out, The Body Shop Moisture Foundation* is really good – and that’s something coming from me, who loves a matte, high-coverage finish (this is a dewy, light-medium coverage foundation.)
I went in to the Lambton Quay store to get colour-matched for this foundation, and was helped by a lovely girl whose name I have, of course, forgotten. I told her I liked full-coverage foundations and she looked at me like I was crazy for getting this, because it’s meant to be lightweight and low coverage. It is, in the sense that it looks like I have skin under the foundation (a good thing), but still covers most of my redness and blemishes.
The formula is really thin and liquidy, and for this reason I like to apply it with a damp sponge. I think I was first tempted to try sponges when I had no clean brushes, but I’ve discovered I actually really like them. With a sponge you can really build up coverage without pulling up the foundation that’s already on the skin. I guess this would probably work really well with a Beauty Blender, but I honestly can’t get behind a $30 sponge that provides a nice wet environment for bacteria to grow as it dries. I mean, I know that when I compared the real Beauty Blender to some dupes it came out on top, but I don’t actually love it. Those little disposable sponges that are really cheap are just as good, and you can still rinse and re-use them a couple of times before getting squicked out!
Here it is on my face. You can see that the coverage isn’t flawless. (This is magnified by my close proximity to my ring-light.) It’s entirely adequate, however, and this is therefore a really good foundation if you don’t want to paint over your whole face. Blended in it gives a nice natural, dewy finish that seriously looks like skin. I’m in shade 6, for reference.
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation is $41, but like I said before it’s part of that promotion where you can get 20% off if you buy something else. I don’t want to be an enabler, but how about an old classic like the Vanilla Body Mist, or the Strawberry Shower Gel?
Have you tried any of The Body Shop’s makeup products? Next on my list might be their eyeshadows, which are insanely pigmented and smooth!