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I have Rosacea on my face which sometimes can mean my face is fine for weeks on end and then other times it can be red and blotchy as well as being extremely sensitive to whatever I put on it.
For times when my skin is misbehaving I have a selection of different products that I like to use as this isn't the time for trying out new ones.
One of them is this all-in-one face base by the Body Shop. It costs £14.99 for a compact containing a powder and foundation combined in one. You get a little sponge with it so it is great for touching up your make-up on the go. You can either use it dry for a light coverage or else you can apply it to a wet sponge for a heavier coverage that resembles a proper cream foundation.
I'm personally not overly keen on putting it on wet as I find it to be too much of a faff and I can get a liquid foundation that offers the same coverage as this without the hassle. As a dry powder though I really like it especially as the colour I choose has a slight yellowness to it which really does help calm down the redness.
Although the coverage is on the light side when you it dry it really does help to smooth the skin out and help cover up imperfections. If you had fairly decent skin then this light coverage would be all you need as it is really good. Sometimes on days when I'm having a not so good skin day but not one that requires heavy war paint I use the powder to just cover up the flush in my skin.
It also works wonders with grease and shine and keeps it from my skin for absolutely ages at a time. I like the shape of the compact too as it is easy to store in my bag out of the way for touch up emergencies.
When I am having a really bad skin day with my Rosacea then this isn't really heavy enough to cover it completely but I really like it as a base before adding my liquid foundation on top. It really helps to neutralise my redness and it helps keep my foundation from slipping about my face and makes it longer lasting.
Other than helping to disguise the redness the other reason that I like it is because it is just so kind to my skin. It doesn't sting when my skin is feeling sensitive and it doesn't irritate or cause me to get spots. In fact it actually feels as though my skin can breathe when wearing this and is really lightweight.
I do think it is expensive for a powder but it is really good and if you can get the hang of applying the powder wet to make it a foundation then it does make it seem more reasonable. I personally never really liked the heaviness of it when wet and much just prefer using it dry.
There are loads of different shades to choose from but like most of these powders and foundations you should really go into the shop to try them out so that you don't end up getting the wrong shade for your skin.
price & packaging
This compact makeup item comes in a cute and classy looking silvery case with a mirror and high-quality sponge intact. As it is a foundation and powder in one, it reduces the amount of essentials needed in your handbag. It currently retails at £14 for 9g in the body shop, but with its effectiveness and the length of time it will last you, I consider this very reasonable. It comes in five varying shades to suit different skin tones. I enlisted the help of a shop assistant when picking my shade to ensure I had the right one! The body shop nearly always have some kind of offer available on makeup such as buy one get one half price, so you may be able to invest in this and another handy item you need!
quality of product
I am not a big wearer of heavy makeup, but have been using this product for years now as it so effectively keeps the shine on my face at bay! It is extremely light and velvety, but at the same time can create an even matte coverage if you use the sponge in the right way. If you simply want to dust over some dark circles and oily bits, the body shop sells the perfect foundation brush for this. The colour and weightless texture really are perfect and I find that I do not have to reapply it throughout the day.
The perfect foundation and powder all in one compact tool
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I found this product when looking for wedding make up suitable to use in Florida.
I initially started by reluctantly looking at liquid foundation as I needed the coverage to give me good long lasting coverage. After speaking to a very helpful member of staff they advised me that this product was quite big seller. She cleaned my skin and applied the powder both to show me how to use and to find the correct colour for my face.
The colour does change when applied wet but I don't think it is any more than using a liquid foundation. The coverage is much thicker and therefore is likely to look a little darker but the colour is not drastic enough of a change to make you look like David Dickinson!
The applicator comes with the product and is suprisingly good quality. I have found that the sponge does not have to be soaked to apply the powder wet and is suitable for a little extra application to just the powder.
The product is compact and has a mirror included so easy to drop into a handbag for work.
The powder is very light on my skin and does not clog my pores as I have found with other powders such as maybeline pressed powder. It seems to last a long time. I was disappointed to find out however that body shop are unable to recycle the package as they do with other products they sell.
I would recommend that anyone buying this speaks to a member of staff and organises a trial to ensure the correct colour is found as in the past I have bought the colour one up from my usual one and it really does make a difference. I think the jump between each shade is a bit greater due to the slight colour change between wet and dry.
Depending on how it is applied does depend on how long it lasts. If using as a powder I do find I need to reapply by midday.
All in all I don't think I could live without this now I have found it. I have only one product for both day and night faces saving much needed space in my make up bag!
I am slowly but surely working my way through all my beauty reviews (although I dont think Ill be finished by the end of the month like I had hoped) but I still have around 4 Bodyshop products that I havent written about yet so I am going to attempt to get them done over today and tomorrow starting with this "The Bodyshop All In One Face Base" which I purchased a few weeks back when The Bodyshop had a big sale event. Id actually heard some mixed reviews on this but of late my opinions on my usual base (the No7 one) have started to change so I thought Id give this one a try and see how I got on and my review is going to be a mixed one I can tell you!
Price: £12 - this compact also has a applicator sponge & detachable mirror.
Stockists: The Bodyshop
Shades: [Light To Dark] 2,3,4,5,6. Even the very darkest one isnt too dark so if you have a darker skin tone I dont think this range will work best for you. For pale to normal skintones though I think you will find something that really matches.
Now when I bought this I had assumed that is was a base for your normal foundation or powder but when I got it home I was a little annoyed to find that this product is actually a cross between foundation and powder designed to save you time when applying make-up. So if like me your looking for a BASE that is not what this product is so you will be disappointed. But I decided to still give it a go anyway because if it saves me time in the morning usually Im pretty happy.
This can be used both dry and wet as when wet it is said to offer better coverage but to be honest I get the same results however I use it so I honestly dont think it matters. Making the powder wet is just unnecessary effort when you can create the same results when its dry. Very simple to apply using the sponge included and it does feel proper light and dead soft on your skin straight away. It does feel amazing and doesnt even feel like you really wearing make-up at all. Sadly it doesnt look like your wearing any either.
I simply dont get enough coverage when I have tried to use this on its own. I dont have spot or blemish prone skin really and this doesnt offer me any coverage at all so if you have got problem skin this really will not work for you. I have since been using it as a powder over the top of my normal foundation and it does work really well for that purpose as it offers extra coverage but alone you might as well wear no make-up at all. I recommend as a powder alone but unless you have flawless skin I dont think you will get along well with this.
I cant recommend as its simply not worth the money. Thanks For Reading
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This is perfect for the girl that likes to get an even face coverage in the minimum amount of time! Persaonally, I'm not one of those girls that has the time or inclination to apply a lot of makeup in the morning, which is why this product is perfect for me. I've spend a lot of years finding a product that is easy to apply, looks good, blends well and doesn't cost a fortune and I've found that in The Body Shop all in one face base!
It comes in recycled silver packaging and comes with a sponge that is contained in a compartment between a mirror and the powder. I find this particularly useful because it means I can apply it on move (on the tram in my case!).
It lasts me approximately three months, but I wear it most days. You can get it in six different colours. It's probably best to go into a store and decide which colour suits your tone, but once you start using this product, you will but it over sand over again!
What more can a woman want from a foundation?! Can be used dry as a powder foundation for light - medium matt coverage or dampen the sponge and use wet for a medium matt coverage. This foundation is all you need in your makeup bag! The sponge is cleverly hidden between the mirror and compact. the foundation colours come in 5 shades so your sure to find one to suit your skin tone.
Personally, with a medium complextion, i opted for colour number 4. shade 3 was slightly too pale and 5 was slightly too dark, so i'd recommend going in store and getting the right shade for your skin tone. The compact itself is lightweight and a fashionable silver. It catches the eye sitting on the shelf in the body shop store.
Like all body shop items, this hasnt been tested on animals and is safe even on sensitive skin. It contains Marula oil (an effective moisturiser) and Vitamin E which is excellent for the skin.
From: The Body Shop
For: Creating a velvety matte base for all skin types
The packaging is stylish in silver and black, and very practical. It has a cover over the foundation where you can keep the sponge, so it's all together in the handy little case, but the sponge is not constantly in contact with the foundation.
It feels really smooth to touch even though it's a powder, and it's very lightweight. It goes on very smoothly with the sponge, which can be used dry for a light finish or wet for higher coverage. It's so easy to use and to blend that it literally takes a few seconds to apply.
The finish is matte and it can sometimes look a bit too powdery used dry, but used wet the coverage is always perfect. It feels nice on and it doesn't feel like it's clogging the pores. It creates a great base for other makeup and helps it to stay on for longer.
The finish stays looking perfectly smooth and matte all day/night, and it doesn't fade or rub off easily. It's very easy to take off with cleanser or makeup remover.
The only problem with it is the lack of choice in shades. There are only 5 to choose from so most people will not be able to find a perfect match, and wearing the wrong shade of foundation just looks terrible.
All in all a good base if you're lucky enough to find a match with one of the 5 shades.
Thumbs up from me.
**** Introduction ****
Having a really pale complextion can be very hard when I comes to buying the right foundation, if I buy a foundation that is to dark my skin can look dirty and if I buy a foundation that is too pale I tend to look very pasty and ill.
So when I found this all in one base cover by the Body shop all of my dreams came true as I now get a nice even coverage that works perfectly ofr my skin tone.
**** All in One Base ****
This body shop all in one base foundation is basically a cream foundation and powder combined, it is similar to a pressed powder in apperance but the pouduct is actually wet making application very easy indeed.
The product comes in a black compact case which has a mirrored lid that clicks shut and the body shop logo is etched onto the top of the case. The actual compact has two sections the bottom section has the cream foundation and is protected by a black plastic flip, on top of which contains an application sponge and mirror.
With the handy compact this is very easy to apply at any time and any place as everything you eed is contained within the compact.
This leaves my skin looking flawless and the coverage is perfect, thanks to the natural shades it comes in.
You can buy this for £16.00 for the compact and the foundation, which is expensive but worth every penny in my opinion.
**** My Views ****
This is very expensive but the compact really looks lavish and it is something that you can use for years to come as you can buy a foundation refill for the compact which is also cheaper and saves you money in the long run.
To get the perfect foundation you just have to try this, I can assure you you will not be disappointed.
I have been using this foundation/powder for a long time and find it fantastic so I thought I'd share my opinion with you.
I've never been a huge foundation fan and I can't bear the feeling of having something on my face and when this was recommended to me years ago I tried it and loved it. It combines a concealer and foundation in one so it covers slight blemishes as well as evening out tone, if I have a small red spot this powder will cover it pretty well.
It comes in a round silver flip top compact with the Body Shop logo on, and when you flip open the top the sponge is sitting there on top of a plastic panel. When you remove the sponge and open the plastic panel it has a mirror on the other side and the foundation solid powder. You can apply the powder either dry or wet. I always apply dry, so I just use the sponge to sweep over the foundation and then straight onto my face. I cannot feel this foundation on my face and it gives a good even coverage with a matte finish. I did try applying it by the wet method once, which just involves dampening the sponge slightly and then applying but I found it looked thicker on my face and I prefer the more natural look, like I'm not actually wearing make-up! By comparison, I was lucky enough to be given a sample kit of ID minerals powder foundation for Christmas and this feels the same on your skin, meaning that you can't feel it, so if you're looking for an alternative to the mineral powders then this is definitely worth looking at.
The product also contains things that are good for your skin which are (taken for the website):
Vitamin E - Is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect the skin.
Marula oil - Is a very effective moisturiser that also helps to condition the skin over time. Also provides essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness.
I use this every day for work and I find it works great. I would say that it lasts for most of the day though I can have a bit of shine coming through by the end of a working day.
It is available in all Body Shops, in five shades, and online for £11.70 at the moment with the VAT cut and I got my most recent last week at a Body shop at home party for under a tenner as there has been a 20% deal off on all make up, but I couldn't say if this offer is still running. This may sound a lot but I find that it lasts me at least 9 months and it says on the back good for 18 months. What does disappoint me though is that I used to be able to buy refills for the compact, which worked out better value for money and also not throwing away so much packaging every time I finished with it which I would have thought would appeal more to a company like the Body Shop but that is my only complaint about the product.
I would recommend this product to anyone who like the minerals products or doesn't like the feeling of a thick foundation on their face or just to try as an alternative to their usual foundation.
I have been meaning to review this for ages but just haven't got around to it. It is one of my favourite make up products and now could not live without it!
I don't wear make up all the time, I just can't be dealing with the hassle of it when I am just at home or going to the shops, as I work from home there is no need to wear make up more than once or twice a week. If however it is hot and I am popping to the shops or into town I will put on a little powder so I don't look shiny. I used to use a cheap powder and just keep this for when I put my face on but I soon stopped that where the usual power I used just seemed so rubbish in comparison!
This comes in sleek silver packaging and contains three things, the pressed powder (it is more than just a pressed powder but I will get to that later), a mirror so you can see what you are doing and a sponge to apply it with.
The sponge is thick, soft and dense, a great make up sponge not like some you get where they are cheap and fall apart in no time. You can also use a brush to apply the product for a softer look and less coverage, I sometimes do this over foundation if I am getting fully made up. The sponge can also be used with the product when damp, all you do it make it slightly wet with clean water and squeeze well. By doing this you get a better coverage from the product and it is even more like foundation than powder.
The powder is said to be a foundation and powder in one. It is very fine and doesn't tend to sink into the few fine lines I have around my eyes and also does not irritate my skin in any way, not even from a drying point of view.
When used with a brush it can be swept over the skin and behave just like a powder, keeping shine at bay, this works far better than any powder I have ever come across. I find that I don't need to reapply it very often at all and shine is nowhere to be seen.
My preferred way of using this product is with the sponge dry. I find this gives great coverage and can hide slight blemishes very well. I will use it right up under my eyes and notice that my dark circles are far less visible! My dark circles are quite bad because of my colouring and lack of sleep so this must be a good product! When I wear under eye concealer and then this product over the top I love the result, my dark circles are barely noticeable! I use a Body Shop concealer and find this doesn't stick to it and get cakey at all.
Over foundation it is slightly tricky as it can start to look caked and over done but if you are careful it can just give a matt finish and set the foundation for a great result. This I find it better done with a brush rather than the sponge otherwise you tend to use too much.
Using the sponge damp is not all that good for the powder itself as it can get difficult to use once dry where it seals itself and then the powder is harder to get on the sponge. It does give great results but the coverage is not as good as with a cream foundation.
Online there are five shades available but I am pretty sure that there are more than that available. They each contain 9g, which lasts ages! At £11.50 (shade 02 is shown as costing £12.00, I have no idea why one shade should be more expensive than the rest. I expect they will all cost £12.00 soon) it is pretty expensive but because I love the results so much I think it is worth every penny!
When using a sponge this is a product that it would be hard to mess up applying so is ideal for people that want to use a foundation of some description but find it difficult to apply a cream foundation.
This is easy to carry around in your handbag because of the great packaging and I believe you can buy replacement powders to put into the packaging which is cheaper than buying the whole thing each time.
The sponge should be washed regularly with either face wash or a gentle soap to keep it hygienic.
The Body Shop is involved with many charities and foundations, information on these can be found through links on their website. None of their products are tested on animals. They also run their own version of fair trade, which they call community trade, they pay fair prices to farmers of the ingredients they buy. Details of their community trade programme can also be found on their website.
The website is very user friendly and means not only can you buy online (good P&P charges and fast delivery) but you can also find out more about their products and find out where your local store is situated.
i've used a few all in one, so i was scepital about using this one. so when i used it a few times i was suprised how good it was. At first i used it on m nose to reduce shine and under my eyes if i start looking tired, which was great but i never used it too its pretential, even though its texture was soft and velvety
so one day i decided to try a new way to wear my make up, i didn't want to get into a routine with wearing my make up the same way the time.
one way i did this was to use this as a foundation and i was suprised how good it was. the coverage was brilliant, and was easy to apply. I also loved how my blusher stoud out more when using this.
Now this product is a perminant fixture in my bag, and i dont know how i lived without it. I also good that it comes in a stylish case including mirror.
I have also been on a long weekend and had to pack light, which included my make up. i took this and it was a live saver., great covereage.
I bought this on a recent trip to the Body Shop where the very helpful assistant asked me about my skin and my make-up needs, then gave me a free makeover in which she used this foundation as the base. I was so impressed with how easy it was to apply that I bought it straight away. It costs £11.50 from Body Shop stores or their website.
It's a mirror-like shiny silver compact with a catch at the front to open it. The lid lifts up to reveal the foundation in the bottom and a mirror in the top, but you can pull the mirror down and there's a space where the sponge is stored behind it.
The foundation is a powder which you use the provided sponge to apply. You can use it wet or dry - dry for a light matte finish, or wet for a higher coverage. I find I have to use it wet because the colour is darker when it's dry, but it's just right when it's wet. It's really easy to apply by just getting the foundation on the sponge and sweeping it over your face, blending from the middle of your face outward. To apply it wet I find I need to wet the sponge a few times during application because it dries out very quickly and then the foundation goes back to going on as a powder.
If you use it dry it's just like putting on a pressed powder but it just gives a little more coverage. It feels really lightweight and you can't really feel it once you've finished applying it. It gives fairly good coverage, covering all but the darkest blemishes, but if you have any dry skin it sticks to it and makes it look awful. I'd prefer to be able to use it this way as it gives a lighter, more natural finish, but as I already said, the colour is darker when you apply it this way, so I have to use it wet.
If you use it wet the colour is slightly lighter, it's just as easy to apply, but it doesn't feel as lightweight. It does still feel lighter than most foundations, but I can definitely feel the difference between using it dry or wet. The good thing about using it wet is that it smoothes over dry skin rather than sticking to it, so it doesn't make it look worse like it does when used dry. It also gives more coverage this way so it will cover darker blemishes like scars or red veins and things that it wouldn't cover dry. It does look quite natural, but not as much as when it's used dry.
It stays on all day, and when used dry it stays looking just as good as when I applied it, but when used wet the coverage seems to get slightly lighter throughout the day and it feels like it's being absorbed into the skin and disappearing into the pores, which doesn't feel good, but this is only after a good few hours. You can remove it easily with just soap and water or whatever cleanser you use.
The only slightly major problem I can see with this foundation is that it only comes in 5 colours, all of which are quite light, so anyone with darker skin won't be able to use it. Also the lightest shade isn't particularly light so pale people won't be able to use it either.
I've used a number of all-in-one make-up bases over the years, as I can't seem to get on with liquid foundations and powder on it's own doesn't seem to do the trick any more. When it comes to quality, I think the Body Shop's All-In-One Face Base comes top of the list.
The face base comes in a smart shiny silver compact case with the Body Shop's logo embossed on it. Inside you have the make up on the bottom, with a hinged cover over it on top of whch sits an applicator sponge. There is a mirror in the lid of the case.
The product itself is a combined foundation and powder. It will cover up blemishes and will even out your skin tone, but for dark circles under your eyes or angry spots, you will need a seperate concealer. If you apply this product just using the sponge dry then you get a light finish, but if you need more coverage you can lightly dampen the sponge before applying.
The product contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that softens, protects and conditions your skin as well as community traded marula oil - a very effective moisturiser that helps the make up glide on easily and evenly.
The product comes in five tones, and these all aimed at white skin tones. I tried to find information on whether The Body Shop caters for darker skin tones, but it doesn't look like they do. Boo.
**Foundation Fact** - to get the best shade for your skin, sweep a little foundation along your jaw bone. Go outside (artificial lights in shops make it more difficult to judge colours) and look in a hand mirror. If you can't tell easily where you applied the foundation, then it's the right colour for you. Never use a foundation a few shades darker than your skin tone in the hope that it will give you a sun-kissed look. It won't - it will just look tangerine.
So, is it any good? Yes, definitely. I find I always get a very even coverage and it evens out my occasionally blotchy skin nicely. Their shade '05' is an exact match of my skin and a compact lasts me for a good three months of daily use. Some all-in-one make up bases can tend to feel a bit 'cakey' when you apply them, but I barely even notice that I'm wearing this one.
The Body Shop's All In One Face Base retails for £11.50 and is available from Body Shop shops and from their online store.
This combined foundation and powder gives a velvety, matte light finish when used dry and higher coverage when used wet /