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I normally stick to the same foundation however last year the body shop had a buy 2 get 2 free promotion on which happened to be *glitching* so you paid for the 2 cheapest items instead of the 2 more expensive ones....
This is a body shop product.I used to think quite highly of them but all the products I have tried recently have been disappointing
This comes in a clear tube with a pump dispenser. I don't always like these because when you get near the end you can see the product but cant get it out without resorting to "cutting" it open, not easy to do and more accurately described a hacking probably.
At first I tried to apply this with the body shop foundation brush but I don't think that they worked that well together.I think that this worked best with a sponge but I don't like using them that much as they get dirty easy and I feel I am just smearing dirt into my face so I ended up just using my fingers to blend this in.This isn't that thick and the coverage would probably be classed as light which works for me but I don't think it would work that well if you wanted to cover spots etc
This creates a more shiny look rather than a matte finish so I would wear this as a going out foundation rather than everyday. It also doesn't last that long so if you were going out after work etc this would need to be reapplied. With regards to removing it its pretty much gone by bedtime anyway so there's not much to actually take off.
I would also say that this had a slight orange ting to it but the lighter shade would have been too light.Again I only really noticed this in bright daylight, as a night time foundation this wouldn't be noticed.
This costs around the £13 mark which is cheap compared to my normal foundation.
I got this for free because of the promotion . Yes it is quite cheap but my normal foundation does so much more I would rather just buy it and know that the coverage will last, no bad reactions etc
~ Why I Bought It ~
I bought two bottles of this foundation around this time last year as I was in need of a new foundation at the time and they seemed good and were on offer. The Body Shop products are usually good quality too so I didn't really hesitate to buy them.
~ Price ~
I think I paid around £7 for each bottle of this foundation and the retail price is £13 so even at the full price it is quite cheap considering how much product you get.
~ My Opinion ~
The first thing I liked about this foundation was the packaging - a cool looking bottle which is transparent with a silver lid and silver base. The lid pulls off and underneath there's a little silver pump which you press on to get the foundation out. The foundation is very thin in consistency which I initially liked because obviously this means it is lighter on the skin and not as pore clogging as thicker foundations.
The consistency reminds me strangely enough of thick milkshake as it really doesn't have very much thickness to it. I usually apply foundation with a flat top brush but my brush really struggles to pick this up because of the consistency so in the end I just used my fingers then blended afterwards with my brush. The foundation has a nice smell to it and it doesn't feel heavy at all on my skin.
The coverage is not very good at all and it doesn't mask the redness of spots, just slightly reduces it and it barely covers the dark bags under my eyes and it doesn't cover freckles either and because of the consistency it obviously isn't easy to build it up. The foundation also leaves my skin looking shiny, which in some lights makes my skin look healthy and dewy but in natural daylight and bright lights it makes my skin just look greasy and it makes any dryness really stand out.
The colour closest to my skin tone has a peachy orange tinge to it too which makes it look obvious that i am wearing foundation rather than it looking natural and subtle. The lasting power is very poor and it is a matter of three to four hours before it is patchy and pretty much melting off of my face! Due to this I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
~ All in All ~
Not a foundation that I'd buy again and I wouldn't recommend it as it does not provide hardly any coverage. Also the poor lasting power, thin consistency and orange tinge really let it down and I am only going to give it 2 out of 5 stars.
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation
The facts and figures
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation is currently on sale for £13 for 30ml. It comes in a choice of 6 shades. The website describes it is a lightweight foundation giving low to medium coverage. It also has SPF 15 to help protect your skin from day to day skin exposure.
The packaging is fairly straightforward, a clear plastic tube with a flat silver base to stand upright on, and a silver pump dispenser at the top. Although simple, the packaging looks stylish enough and is practical, the pump is easy to control and I haven't had any issues with it.
Finally, if you shop at The Body Shop even a few times a year and don't already have one, you can purchase a 'Love Your Body' discount card. This costs £5 but is valid for 12 months and gives you 10% off all purchases including online. You also get a free £5 to spend in your birthday month and up to £15 back to spend over the year, depending on how often you use it.
What are the claims?
This moisturiser claims to give a flawless finish and be suitable for medium to dry skin.
Does it deliver?
I first tried this foundation by chance, I was staying over night with my sister and had forgotten my own, so borrowed this from her. I usually use a mousse foundation and was worries that I would find this too greasy, and that it wouldn't give enough coverage. I have combination skin. However, I was really pleased with the results. The foundation blended really easily (I always use my fingers, rightly or wrongly!) and looked very natural. However, the coverage is deceptively good. My main concern is that I am quite prone to blushing, and if I think my foundation doesn't cover it up well enough, I get more self conscious which obviously worsens the problem. I'm pleased to say I felt reasonably confident wearing this. I also think it makes my skin look really healthy, and actually got two random compliments the first time I wore it on how well I looked. That pretty much sealed the deal for me! Also I've notices it doesn't seem to rub off as easily as my previous foundation, on my phone for example.
Although I don't gave dry skin myself, there are a lot of positive reviews from people who do on the Body Shop website praising this product.
My only reservation is that the foundation is only available in 6 shades - at least, that is all that was available online at the time of writing. I use shade 6 which is the fourth darkest and I am naturally blonde with reasonably fair skin, so I would say there isn't much scope for darker skin tones.
Would I recommend this product?
If you don't want a heavy coverage then I would definitely recommend this product. It sinks into the skin so as to become almost invisible, but still works throughout the day to even out skin tone. To top this off, it gives a lovely dewy glow. I even used this on holiday recently and it did a great job of staying on in the heat. A new make up bag staple for me!
I was soooo disappointed with his product! I got matched to this foundation (tone 4) at a body-shop party. I already had make up on an she applied it over the top. It was (and still is) a perfect skin tone match and I thought that it was great coverage. However after paying the £12 which is rather expensive and then getting it sent by post, I tried it on bare skin as you are supposed to do. After rubbing it in the foundation didn't really blend in and became streaky with hands and brush application. Also my face was actually shiny and therefore looked greasy which was strange for a matte foundation. The coverage is also very poor and as I am teen with spots, I could see no difference what so ever in redness.
I do like the bottle as it is very sleek and professional looking. The squirting application is very easy and smooth to use and the foundation doesn't run low fast. Also, as I said before the tone was very well matched and if struggling for a right toned foundation I would suggest you having a look at this collection as they have realistic tones.
The foundation is now in a draw and i have gone back to using cheap collection 200 powder make up. I think that this foundation will be great on people with perfect flawless skin, no big pores, no spots!!
I was given a sample of Sisley foundation which costs £58. I admit it is a good foundation but I could never afford it. I went into the Body Shop and bought the Moisture Foundation for £11.50. I'm really impressed with it as it makes my skin look flawless. I found it gave a better coverage and finish than the Sisley foundation and its almost 6 times cheaper!
Since talking to a beautician about my bad spot breakouts she suggested i ditched the clinique and switched to bodyshop. I went and bought Bodyshops moisturiser for sensitive skin that contains aloe vera as clinique tended to irritate my skin. after a week the breakouts stopped and i havent had a spot since! So i decided to try their Moisture Foundation, I have Number 4 as i hav fair but not pale skin. The product goes on ok but if your not careful it looks a little thin and you can see streaks even if you apply with a sponge. Instead I tried dabbing it on with the sponge and it went on much better. The coverage isnt amazing even though I dont wear alot of make up but for what I need its fine (I found that putting a Clinique mineral powder over the top gives a flawless finish and the bodyshop foundation stops the clinique getting in my pores). Overall I like the product, its cheaper than Clinique and stops the spots but I wish it gave me a little better coverage.
I've never been a fan of cheap foundation, it doesn't match, it doesn't blend ad quite frankly - it doesn't work!
On the search for a new one I decided to try this one, the Body Shop's Moisture foundation SPF 15. After reading countless good reviews of it in the body shop website, I decided to take the plunge and the next day, set off to my nearest Body Shop.
They sat me down and did a colour match. We decided on shade 4, and the match was amazing!
So impressed - I decided I would buy it.
Unfortunately it didn't weigh up to my expectations, but I've given a rundown of the 'pros and cons' in my opinion.
My Face; Not the whitest kid on the block - but not quite half cast. I have dry skin on my face, but with moisturiser every day that's not a problem. I don't have oily skin, so foundation and other make up usually stays put. I have a relatively blemish free complexion (apart from the occasional spot breakout).
Cost; Affordable. £11.70 for 30ml I'd say was very good.
Colour; Perfect. Very rich but not orangey in the slightest. You can't really tell you have it on, gives the appearance of clear flawless skin. As mentioned above I recommend going in store for a colour match.
Texture; Liquidy, unlike mousse foundation. Very smooth, silky and
creamy. A little bit really goes a long way. However being used to mousse foundations I thought it took a while longer to dry.
Smell; Doesn't really have one, which is good. Smells a bit like moisturiser if anything.
Staying Power; I'd say above average - but not amazing. I always wear a pressed powder over the top of my foundation to help it stay, but I found even with this it wasn't doing all too good. I needed frequent (say every 1 hour) top ups to maintain the flawless look.
HOWEVER; After having the foundation on for around 2/3 hours I began to notice something. The foundation had actually started to 'cake' and emphasise my dry skin. I've never had this happen with a foundation before so was a little concerned. Next day I exfoliated moisturised and reapplied, hoping before was a slip up. Much to my disappointment I got the same results. I tried desperately hard to get this foundation to work especially after all the positive reviews of it I'd previous read - but it just wasn't happening.
Life Span; I can't really answer this, as because of my disaster I've had to revert back to my old mousse style Max Factor foundation.
I have always had trouble finding a foundation to suit my skin as it is rather oily and make up never seems to stay on for any long period of time, often making my face look very shiny, which is not a good look. However, this foundation was the one I needed all along. It is perfect for skin like mine as it is oil-free balancing and it is a light liquid, not thick and heavy on the skin but still has good coverage.
It has a sun protection factor of 15 and has moisturiser in it to protect the skin as well as cover it well. It leaves a lovely natural, matte look. It can be bought in any body shop store or online on the body shop website for £11.70 for 30 ml, which lasts a very long time as not much is needed to be used at once. It lasts me about 6 months so the slightly high price is worth it really.
I like body shop products as, like this foundation, they are all dermatologically tested and use natural ingredients that are good for human skin and no people or animals have suffered or lost out from the production of them. This product has given me great confidence as I can wear it every day and feel my skin glows naturally, without looking too 'made up' or fake.
I find that the body shop foundation brush is best for applying this foundation, which costs £11.25 and is good for getting it on even and without getting messy hands which prevents it getting onto clothes or anything near, because if this happens it is quite hard to clear up.
Overall, I feel this foundation is a much better alternative to high street make up brands that may be cheaper but run out quickly and are simply not as good.
I've tired different brand of foundations it seems to be the one of the products I have difficulty purchasing. They have a variety of shades available (not only for the fair skinned). The bottle is a pump (which dispenses small amounts at a time) thus reduces potential mess, it is transparent so you are able to view the decline of your liquid. The packaging is clean and simple. The colours blend well with skin with little application, it makes my skin look healthy, even finish, uniform colour to the complexion and gives an added glow. Its does not run when you add other cosmetic products on top (e.g. blusher). Some may find this product over priced but quality can't always be found cheaply others a bargain, when compared to other up market foundations this can be viewed as affordable. For added poof of the effects look at my profile picture (as I have it on here), I would never go back.
Before buying this liquid foundation I found that I had problems with other liquid foundations appearing to be blotchy on my skin and looking to orange on my face!
I bought my first bottle from a Bodyshop Party for £12.00 and have not looked back since. The bottle has a pump action at the top and small amounts of the liquid comes out and I put a small blob on each cheek, my forehead, nose and chin and then blend in with my hands and it is so smooth against your skin and blends in really well! I was so impressed! Also the bottle lasts for approximately 4 to 6 months depending on how often you use it. I use on a daily basis and sometimes twice a day. Personally I also believe that it hides the blue/purple bits under and at the side of your eyes as if it is a concealer so I think this is great also!
The foundation has no oils and so gives a grease shine free look .. very matte look! It has sun factor SPF15 and so no need to apply sun cream to your face first. I use shade 4 for my skin tone and people always compliment how smooth my skin looks and have said that I no longer have an orange mark around my face and neck! So that must be good! Also it is a good spot cover up! I usually now buy the bottles of ebay so I can get it slightly cheaper but sometimes Bodyshop do good deals and so get it from there. I definitely recommend this product. It works well for me so far and I have tried many!
I was buying mouse foundations from all different companies and was noticing blotches in my skin, i really didn't want to have to resort to buying an expensive foundation, so i routed around a bit and came across this foundation The Body Shop Moisture Foundation, it has no oils, therefore does not give a greasy looking finish but a glossy tanned one which is a huge refreshing change from orange blotches.
Its also quite good at the cover ups of spots etc without having to use bucket loads, I would advise this for those with sensitive skin. It has an SPF 15 in it to help protect the skin, comes in 10 different shades.
It has two vitamins in it amoungst many minerals to achieve long lasting coverage.
Vitamin C - Helps to smooth out, giving a radient shine.
Vitamin E - Helps to condition and protect the skin.
This foundation has been Dermatologically tested.
A first few of the many ingredients are water and sun screens.
It will cost you from £11.70, i'll leave that to you to debate wether thats too much for a foundation.
Always remember to cleanse, tone and moisturise your face before applying this foundation.
I have had a lot of trouble and spent an awful lot of money on foundations over the last few years trying to get one which stays smooth on my dry skin.
A lot of foundations go on beautifully and last for a few hours before my skin drags every ounce of moisture out of them leaving me with dry almost white lumps of residue on my face apart from the Maybelline dream matte mousse which lasted a lot less time. I've bought practically every brand of mineral make-up and I either don't get the coverage I want or they just make my skin look even drier.
Tempted though I was to go down the tinted moisturiser route I'm one of those people who if I'm going to wear make-up wants it to be reasonably obvious that I have made an effort - I'm not saying I want to look like a laid on with a trowel 1970s air hostess but I do want to look as though I have put some make-up on.
I arrived at the Body Shop not really expecting to find the perfect foundation but after speaking to one of the assistants and showing her the lovely caked in white spots on my face which had made an appearance by lunchtime she immediately suggested the body shop moisturizing foundation. She tried a few of the eight colours on the edge of my face and declared shade 06 a reasonable fair shade which didn't have that yellow undertone which I have detected in some of the No. 7 foundations to be a perfect match.
Next morning I lifted the glass bottle and pressed on the pump. A very pale runny foundation flowed out easily. The foundation was really easy to blend but did give reasonably good coverage to even out skintone and play down under eye shadows etc. The finish was dewy rather than flat and it felt as though the foundation was sitting on top of my skin rather than sinking straight in.
I was really pleased with the colour, dewy finish and ease of application but knew it would be a few hours before I could be sure that this foundation was actually going to stay on rather than sink in. I applied a bit of powder and set off for work.
A quick check at lunchtime showed the dewy look and coverage was still there. No dryness or caking was evident. At the end of the day when I came home and began to smear cleanse and polish over my face there was actually some foundation left to show up on the muslin cloth.
I have continued to use this product everyday and haven't had any problems with caking or drying and every evening there is still some left to take off. The added SPF 15 which will help to prevent ageing is the icing on the cake.
Even if you are having a bad day and decide to add a second coat the lotion spreads evenly and blends perfectly.
The website claims that the contents in this foundation - Marula oil and organic beeswax are effective moisturisers which will condition the skin and act as a barrier to repair the skins moisture barrier and seal in moisture and in my opinion there is some truth in this claim as my skin does feel less dry since I began to use this foundation.
I know there are a few ladies out there who sympathized with my problems on finding a foundation with decent coverage for dry skin and I would definitely recommend this foundation as the one for them to try. At £11.50 for 30mls of liquid which goes a long way I would place this towards the bottom end pricewise of the decent foundation brands.
I can't comment on how those with greasier skin would get on with this product but would imagine it wouldn't work at all well as it gives an added shine to the face which you probably wouldn't want.
**** Introduction ****
After host a body shop party recently I earned a few hundred pounds, that I could only claim in the form of products so I now have a whole new range of make up to review.
Here I am going to review The Body Shops oil free balancing foundation, as it is a product that I have found to be perfect in application and appearance after it is applied to you skin.
**** The Foundation ****
The foundation is shade 02 which light a medium coloured shaded designed for fair / medium skin.
This comes in a plastic 30ml tube with a pump action lid that allows the product to be with drawn. The actual product comes out of a tiny hole at the top with is great as it only allows small amounts at a time out of the tube, which saves on wastage.
As this is oil based it is very simple to apply, I personally use a make - up application sponge as it has a very runny consistancy so when I use the sponge all of the foundation is absorbed into it, so it all goes onto my face at some point.
After this has been applied I have a nice soft matt looking finish, which looks flawless. I do say that blusher is a must with this as it can look very thick when it is applied alone.
**** My Views ****
At £12.00 a tube this is very expensive but you only need a minimal amount of product for maximum results, so I am sure this will last a while.
I picked the perfect shade for my skin tone, but if you have very pale are darker skin tones you can also get other shades to compliment your skin.
This is the best foundation I have used in a long time, it is so easy to apply, remove and looks fantastic.
Personally I am absolutely useless with make up and not afraid to admit it, I have never particularly taken to wearing it and was always too much of a tomboy to care about it at school, however, in my late 20s I suddenly realised that sometimes its necessary to make a bit of an effort.
Having very little experience in applying make up, I find it difficult not to make a pigs ear of it, but on a trip into the Body Shop last year I found a foundation that I was able to apply successfully and, more importantly, did not make my already dry skin severely dehydrated. To be honest, the reason I ended up with this was that I approached one of the staff and asked what they thought I should use, I always find the staff in the stores fantastic and very knowledgable about the products they sell, the sales assistant actually applied this to my face and figured which shade I was (02).
It is a pretty standard price for a decent foundation (£11.70 for 30ml), is a liquid which is fairly runny and which you squeeze out via an aerosol-esque button on the top. This does make it easy to control how much you squeeze out though and a little really does go a long way. For the whole of my face I use a blob about the size of a penny.
In the store they suggested that it should be applied with a special foundation brush in long strokes and this is how the lady put it on my face the first time, I duly bought the brush but I have never been able to apply it as evenly myself with it, I find that for me it is easiest to use a cosmetic sponge wedge to apply it and this makes it blend in nicely without visable lines.
The bonus with this product is that it contains SPF 15 so has added protection for your skin from the sun's rays. I find it does not aggrevate my dry skin - but then I always apply their Jojoba day cream prior to applying this anyway so my skin is already moisturised. My skin feels soft when this is on and it does not seem to dry out as the day wears on either.
When applied correctly this product gives a lovely, even tone which is a great base for your make up. Contains community trade marula oil which is nice to know, giving something back to the community - something the Body Shop are experts at. It also contains organis beeswax and vitamin E - so no wonder it is so moisturising!
Great base product, good coverage and so easy to apply that even a clumsy novice like me can get it right!
I love to shop but the one thing I really hate shopping for is a foundation. Foundation and shoes I find a nightmare to get right!
On the subject on foundation oh grrrrrrr it really bugs me! I don't know about you ladies but I can never seem to get it right. I'm very pale skinned but if I buy a really light coloured foundation it can look chalky and clumped up and make me look washed out and ill looking, and/or it usually shows up a translucent pressed powder etc that I use to set it! When I do find one I really do think is ok in a shop after testing it out thoroughly I usually get it home to discover in natural light that it's about two shades too dark for me!
So anyway I'd ran out. I knew I had to shop for some and I walked my sizes 5's off all round town trying out all different brands in Superdrug and Boot's and places like that and still nothing was suitable. Finally a bit exasperated and six lattes later I saw The Body Shop and thought it had to be worth a go before having to go to Debenhams and paying a huge price tag for something that still probably wouldn't be right lol.
So what I did is I looked for a suitable foundation and yep I found one. There are two foundations in the range. 'Moisture Foundation' in 7 colours in 30ml size priced at £11.50 each and 'Oil Balancing Foundation' in 10 colours in 30ml size and also priced at £11.50 each. I personally found when testing the oil balancing foundation that it felt a little drying and hard to blend so was about to plump for the moisture foundation when I thought instead of paying £11.50 I'd go on Ebay as soon as I got home and see if I could get one far cheaper!
Right mine is slightly different to the one on the review photograph. The one in the review photograph is the one to be found in the stores though mine, I bought new and was sealed is in a slightly older pot (though it is in date and everything lol). Mine is a glass 30ml bottle with a gold pump action dispenser attached but it can screw off to get the last bit out! (Big up to The Body Shop for having common sense!). Dark brown push on/off lid with gold stripe on it and on the front of the bottle The Body Shop emblem is on the front and then I'm told The Body Shop, colourings in black writing. On the back of the bottle I'm told it's Skin Treat Foundation (now Moisture Foundation). I'm also told 'light coverage, silky-smooth foundation with panthenol to moisturise, ceramides to condition and Vitamin E to protect. Light diffusers have been added to give radiance to your skin. Suitable for normal to dry skin types. Shake well'. I'm then told some stuff in foreign languages, the size (as I've stated already) and I'm told The Body Shop is against Animal Testing. On the bottom of the bottle on a clear sticky label I'm told my colour (02) and it that it contains SPF 8.
Well firstly guess what?! When I tested it in the shop the colour 02 was fine but sadly testing it out in the house to check it's ok before trusting it on a night out my Mum asked me if I'd been tangoed. My fault entirely but the colour is incredibly dark and now this has happened I wouldn't go back or get colour 01 (the lightest) because 02 is so dark I'm just not convinced in my mind 01 would be ok for me! I'm glad I only paid £3.00 for it!
Colour aside lets look at the foundation as I have worn it a few times before deciding it really is too dark for me! It's incredibly easy to apply. It impressed me where this was concerned. It's quite wet and liquidy with no thick, creamy consistency to it at all. It's actually very thin which means it simple to get on the face and blend in and goes on incredibly sheer and light! I found one pump of this was more than enough to cover the whole face and have some left over so I suggest instead of getting it all over hands to use a sponge or squirt some onto something and use a foundation brush.
Now of course we all know we should use a moisturiser under foundation of course but if for any reason you don't have time or have ran out of moisturiser that's fine, this is more than moisturising enough. It glides on to the skin has a really light, fresh fragrance to it (not sure what it is but it is nice and natural smelling), and sinks in really well with no harsh rubbing required. You just wipe and go sort of thing with this!
It achieves a really nice natural look and I found it really soft and silky on my skin indeed. It didn't sit in wrinkles and I felt it ironed put my skin a bit and made my face look more taut and fresh. The product also promises radiance. Gives that in abundance in a really natural, light way but it really made a visible difference to my skin and I looked glowing with health.
You can't feel it on the skin and it just gives a really youthful look. It feels comfortable and doesn't wear off, transfer or clump.
It lasts on the skin all day long till you remove it.
Ok so I got my colour wrong and that was my fault and for the price of it I wouldn't not go back and get the lightest shade in case it's still too dark but I am really impressed with this foundation. It's truly lovely in every way. It really just disappears into the skin and makes skin not only feel velvety to the touch but it also feels it, and naturally so. The radiance this gives achieves such a wonderful and expensive look to the product. The most off putting thing to me purchasing this was the price but if you think one squirt per application this is very economical but indeed. It's also dermatologically tested (according to the website) and I can back that up cos I've had no adverse reactions (including spot break outs that I'm prone to!).
Recommended from me big time, particularly for more mature skins and women with drier complexions. Just be very careful of the colour you purchase and seek advise if you need it!
£11.50 per bottle, only in The Body Shop.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
A lightweight moisturising, long-lasting liquid foundation /