The Body Shop: Fresh Nude Foundation

According to The Body Shop this foundation is enriched with English rose-water and organic aloe vera. It is supposed to be a hydrating formula with a light to medium coverage and a semi matte finish, it has an spf of 15 and leaves the skin hydrated for 24 hr with comfort and without the mask feeling. It also comes in 16 shades inspired by nature. It is a foundation that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive according to The Body Shop.

But do these claims hold up?

Let’s take a look!

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Now before I go into this review I want to state that I have used this foundation since April 2016, which makes this review long overdue but at least you can say that this is one product that has been fully tested out ūüėČ

 

Packaging

This foundation comes housed in a glass bottle with a pump, something I do prefer since it is more hygienic. It also feels heavy in my hand when I hold it up but I’d really wish that the cap was made from something else than black thin plastic as it does feel flimsy compared to the rest.

It contains 30 ml of product which I feel is a very average amount for foundation.

I feel this bottle has an understated elegance about it which is usually the look I like in makeup packaging.

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Formula

Compared to a lot of liquid foundations I’ve tried through the years, this has a very runny consistency and the pigments in this is very finely milled which is something I prefer in a foundation since it does give a very natural result and is very easy to work with.

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Here you can clearly see the consistency of this foundation.

The closest foundation this reminds me of is the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin, not that says a lot really since they are quite different in texture and finish but it is the closest foundation I can compare it to.

I enjoy the floral scent it has, it is mild and non- abrasive but fresh.

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When it comes to the claim about 24hr of hydration, I just have an important question: who wears a foundation that long?

But it does in fact feel great on my combo/oily skin, it does not break me out or feel heavy as most hydrating base products does. On the rare occasion I’m having any red or dry areas on my skin, this foundation does help calm those areas down and conceal them while on my oily areas it helps controlling the oil.

One of the claims The Body Shop has with this foundation is also that it’s supposed to give your skin a nice healthy glow, a claim that it upholds as I’ve never received so many comments on how healthy and glowy my skin look as I have when wearing this.

I feel that this foundation is the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to use as it does tick all the boxes for what I look for in a foundation.

It also works over sun screen without getting greasy or starting to separate, something which is important for me as I use sunscreen everyday.

Another thing to mention is that i find this foundation suitable in all kinds of seasons. During winter times it protects my skin while in summer time it helps cooling down my skin.

But it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

This has a medium to light coverage and it is not buildable. Personally this is the coverage I prefer but I know others might want a heavier coverage or at least the possibility to build up the coverage on strategic areas.

When it comes to the claim about it being suitable to all skin types, I just feel the need to state that no matter what sort of beauty product your trying out, please do a sensitivity check first and remember that just because something claims that it is suitable for a certain skin type, it is not always true.

I’ve had experiences with products¬†aimed at oily/combination skin that actually either made me greasy or even dried up my skin so bad that I had to use weeks¬†to get my skin back to health.

 

Conclusion

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I can highly recommend this to people who want a natural looking finish and coverage.

It’s a bonus that this foundation comes in a wide range of skin tones. I wear the lightest shade and it is the first time I can say that my foundation shade suits me seamlessly since I am very pale with a cool undertone.

The deepest shade is darker than what I’ve seen in most other ranges, I’m not the¬†right person to give advice on foundations for people with deeper skin tones but this might be¬†a perfect match for someone who has trouble to find a foundation deep enough for them. Hence I’m mentioning it.

The Body Shop also sells shade adjusting drops in two variants, one for lightening and one for darkening foundations. I haven’t tried these as I feel the foundation works well with my skin tone, but it might be interesting for someone else.

 

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Isadora: Face Mist

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This is a new offering from Isadora that made me curious.

I have never used a setting mist in my life but the more I’ve read about them the more I’ve wanted to try it out and see if they are as amazing as people say they are.

But as always when I’m unfamiliar with a product type, I am hesitant to try it out or judge it since I know very well that unfamiliarity+what works specifically for me does not always mesh well when finding out if something really is good and I am also afraid to completely discard a product type when the fact might be that it’s only the product itself that leaves much to be desired.

But I took my chances with this product since it is has a budget friendly price.

 

Product description from Isadora’s website

Invigorating and moisturizing face mist that preps and adds hydration to the face in order to prepare it for makeup. Use it also after makeup application in order for it to sit better and to give an extra glow to the results.

The mist is also perfect for you who sit a lot in front of your PC during the day, spray over the face a couple of times during the day to keep skin from being dehydrated and to give your it a lovely touch-up.

Active ingredients:

  • Arctic rose extract
  • Sun flower oil
  • Pomegranate extract
  • Rosemary extract
  • Glycerine
  • Castor oil

 

How to use

Shake well before use.

Keep it 15-20 cm from face and close your eyes as you spritz. Let it dry completely before you put on makeup.

 

Packaging

The packaging is very conventional and consists of cheap pink plastic. But as I have pointed out before on my blog, packaging is not everything especially not if the product itself does wonders.

What I’d wish in the packaging is that it was made of sturdier plastic.

You get 100 ml or 3.4 FL .oz. in this bottle which I feel is very economic combined with the low price point this has.

The nooze also should have been made a little bit different. When using this the way you get instructed, it gives you not the fine mist needed for you to use this to set makeup, instead you get a circle on your face with product which is fine when you use this to hydrate and prep skin but with makeup on you end up ruining it.

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So how does it hold up?

In this review I felt it was important to place this under the three advertised uses separately.

I’ve used this for ca two weeks now.

 

As a hydrator

I enjoy this.

It is definitely nice for a bit of refreshment whether you’re sitting in front of the PC or just out and about.

It gives a nice soothing effect when you initially spray it on but it also leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.

It keeps my skin from becoming tight or oily during the day and I don’t need to put on moisturizer on my drier areas.

 

As a prepping step before makeup

In order to test this out properly I’ve decided to combine it with my sunscreen and foundation, leaving out my regular base product as this face mist is described as having priming abilities.

After doing my regular skin care routine and letting everything dry down, I spray a couple of times over my face and then let it sink completely in before doing anything else.

This product does not leave any residue on skin which is what I did initially worry about, it sinks completely in and my skin feels moisturized. When I apply my sunscreen+foundation it does help both products to blend and helps “lock” the products down.

Going about my day, I could feel that this created a nice layer beneath my makeup that kept my skin feeling nice throughout the afternoon. It also kept my makeup “fresh-looking” and gave me a slight¬†glow from within effect.

Another point that I feel is important to mention is that this actually helped balance my skin.

Usually after wearing makeup for longer than my usual 4 hour limit,  I will have a couple of white heads on my nose and forehead, but after using this face mist over this personal time limit there were clear indications that it had protected my face from getting clogged up.

Removing my makeup and doing my nightly skin care routine I could tell that my skin’s texture had improved and I had not done anything¬†different other than adding this in my routine.

 

As a makeup setting spray

This is where this product fails in my eyes and it is just because of the packaging.

The problem really is the nooze of this since it is not capable of dispersing the product evenly which in turn ruins the makeup look.

Since that is my experience with this as a setting spray, I really do feel that I’m not capable of giving a proper feedback when the only thing that is wrong is essentially the packaging and not the product itself.

I believe I’m going to purchase an empty spray bottle in order to try this again.

 

Conclusion

It is rare for me to get a wow effect from a product, especially from a product type that I’ve never tried before.

I have combo/oily skin and it is a skintype that I feel can be difficult to manage sometimes and it is especially true when it comes to the seasonal changes my skin often go through.

Which is why I love this product, it moisturizes my drier areas when I have them but it also keeps my oily areas in check, it can be difficult to find products that can balance these issues without aggravating the other.

I do believe that this is suitable for most skin types since it does contains oils/extracts but it does not leave skin greasy or with any residue.

 

 

L’Oreal Paris: Nude Magique Cushion

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This product has been on the shelves for awhile now but I was interested in trying it out now that it was on clearance sale.

The ordinary price for this foundation is quite steep in my opinion, both for being drugstore but also for containing a small amount of product. Another thing that kept me from buying it before now is also the shade range and me questioning whether the lightest shade would be too dark for me.

But here I am with this brand new cushion foundation.

So what claims does this have and more importantly does it uphold those claims?

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According to L’Oreal this cushion foundation can boast:

An SPF of 29

Buildable coverage and a luminous, dewy finish with a cooling effect during application.

The application sponge contained within is anti-bacterial.

Comes in seven different shades.

 

My first reaction to these claims is that they all make this cushion foundation like something I would really enjoy.

SPF level is higher than most foundations on the market and I like the claims about buildable coverage.

It’s a bonus in my view that the applicator sponge is anti-bacterial, I’ve been worried of the hygiene issues when it comes to these cushion foundations.

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Packaging

I like how compact the packaging is, especially compared to my Etude House: Any Cushion Cream Filter.

I’m usually not a packaging fan as I feel the most important part will always be the content, but I really find the packaging cute. It reminds me of vintage candy adverts and I believe this is one of those items you would not mind having on your vanity.

It is made of plastic but it does not feel cheap or like it would easily break.

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Application and formula.

The formula is quite lovely¬†and I can testify that this does have a cooling effect which combined with the SPF makes me believe this is great for spring and summer. I don’t like the scent it has since it can be a little bit overpowering for my taste.

The finish is luminous just like the brand claims.

However I do feel the need to say that the applicator is sometimes a little bit difficult to use. It is because it has a tendency to drag the product around on top of skin and not buff it in.

The coverage is perhaps one of the downfalls of this foundation. I do love a “natural” coverage or low to medium coverage, but rarely do I have the feeling to pack a foundation on as I did with this.

Combine that with the applicator and I found myself feeling that I wasted a couple of minutes on something that usually does not require a lot of time.

But don’t misunderstand me, it is actually a quite nice formula and I’m just being a little bit nitpicky with this one.

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Shade

As with all cushion foundations, they look much darker in the packaging than on skin. I still found this too dark for me despite being in shade 01 Porcelain, the lightest shade in the line.

It is not¬†too dark but it has a lot of warmth in it, which does give you what could be called a nice glow but personally I prefer a glow that comes from something “cold” such as a pale highlighter or pigments.

But I hear there’s a lot of my fellow pale people who do enjoy this shade namely because of it containing a hint of warmth. That it makes them look glowing but without an orange or yellowish tint, like a fake tan and I have to agree with them.

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Here’s a picture of my face from the side and you can see clearly where the foundation transitions over to my skin. I did really try to blend it out so that it would not be so obvious but then the coverage all but disappeared. It’s not horrible or off-putting but I like my foundation to be a closer match.

Wear

 

The wear time is average but I found myself not liking this foundation over a base, it seemed to me that this foundation prefers to be combined with my sunscreen but not anything else.

The wear time at most before I could notice any significant wear down was 4-5 hours.

Conclusion

This is a product I personally won’t buy again because of¬†the combination of price+shade.

The formula and wear time although it sounded that I hated those were actually not that bad in my opinion.

It is among the better foundations I’ve tried and I do have to say that I would recommend people to try it if they’re curious.