Really bad coverage, chalky consistency. Not impressed!!
I really like the texture of this powder, which is very fine. However, I think it was the brush I used, but the first time I used, it made my face look really powdery and made me look like I obviously had makeup on. I haven't used it again, so I hope to grab a better brush someday and try it again. The packaging was okay, but since it's loose powder, then obviously it's going to get everywhere and it creates a mess. The price was a bit high though.
Best foundation powder I've ever used. The secret is in prepping your skin and using a brush to buff it on properly. I do find I need to use another powder on top to finish it. Otherwise I was quite impressed by its coverage and how it evens out my skin tone. I have even got a lot of compliments on how my clear and smooth my complexion is since I started using it. I wish it could come with me during the evening for touchups but a great purchase nonetheless.
I bought this because I found that the liquid foundation was perfect for my skintone and thought that this would be a perfect setting powder to go along with it. And sadly, I was a bit disappointed. This product comes with a sifter, that makes the powder extra fine, which is one thing I really like about this, but for some reason, it goes on really streaky and blotchy and it doesn't blend out well. The color isn't the same as the foundation color and was too light for some reason. I even had to double check if I got the right one. I'll be using this until I finish it, but I wouldn't be repurchasing anything from this line again because even though the foundation proved to be the perfect match for my skin, it accentuated my pores and it was not at all flattering.
I like this loose-powder. I can use it alone when I'm in a rush, as it is light-medium coverage to me. I can also use it to set my liquid foundation.
It's really finely-milled. I turn it over (closed, obviously) and tap the bottom (now top when you're holding it) once to get some powder into the lid like the instructions say and carefully open it. One tap is enough product for my whole face. Removing my brush (The body shop's kabuki brush) caused some of the powder to fly. The brush does sometimes pick up too much powder which is no big deal to me because I can just tap it back into the pot. Though you should build on the coverage than just take a lot of it at once otherwise your face will look darker than other parts of your face. It creates an even, smooth, matte look, but I still need to blot my t-zone sometimes.
The packaging is nice and simple. Black lid, clear bottom so you can see how much product is left (which is taking a while for me to go through. I use it at least 4x a week, 4th month so far and it doesn't even look like it's half done) and a secure..strainer-like thing at the and inside of the container. Does a fine job of letting powder through, doesn't get clogged.
The price is $25. It's pricey for a foundation in my opinion as I know there are others that are cheaper and do just as good. I only decided to try this out because my phone company was offering a deal of buying an Extra virgin minerals product and you'd recieve a free kabuki brush (heh.) and there was also a 15% off sale, major yay. But I will repurchase if it goes on sale.
I use this product as a finishing powder over my liquid (medium coverage) foundation rather than as the main foundation. I love the finish it leaves, it really brightens up my face without looking sparkley so it looks natural and it's good for day wear. It sets my foundation and makes my skin look smooth and flawless. When I first started wearing it a few people commented that I looked different, brighter and radiant, and asked if I had a new love in my life! I wouldn't be without it and have been using it for about 3 years. One pot normally lasts me about 3-4 months.
This year it was repackaged as 'extra virgin' minerals, rather than just Minerals, but it's the same product. I use the fat brush that you can buy to use for it at the Bodyshop, which makes it's easy to apply evenly to the face, however it's not the easiest for picking up powder it tends to pick up a little too much out of the pot so I usually have to tap some of it back in.
The liquid foundation.
It wasnt good at all for me, I have normal/combination skin and it was just to oily for me. It didnt cover anything, it just smelled funny. I bought the color after trying it in the store and getting help from the personal. and when i tried it the first time it was like in the store but after using it a few times it suddenly changed color and was totally wrong.
*NOTE- THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE EVM CREAM COMPACT FOUNDATION*
Fantastic product, which works on my combination skin as long as I touch up with shine control powder a few times. It's worth it in my opinion, because it's beautifully natural and smooth looking, doesn't make me break out at all, and the 202 natural vanilla shade matches my skin tone perfectly. The accompanying brush works very well for application. Highly recommended, as long as you don't have very oily skin!
I have this in the shade 102 Natural Ivory. I would have never picked this shade, because the last thing I'd describe my skin as is Ivory. But the sales assistant told me this would give me a natural look and I thought, why not give it a try? Strangely enough when applied the shade is not too light and it blends well with my natural skin tone. I think if I repurchase I would still chose a darker shade though.
I use Body Shop bronzer brush to apply it, which is actually a little too big, but I didn't want to buy another brush and it works ok.The powder is very finely milled and it has a little mesh in the case so you get some of the powder out to swirl your brush in it.
Anyway, the finish is beautiful, very natural, mattifies but does not look powdery at all. Coverage is light to medium.It's a little buildable, but I doubt this can give a full coverage. It does not fully cover dark blemishes or scars but it makes them less noticeable and if you use a little concealer before, they will dissapear. This foundation does a great job at making big pores look less obvious.
It's not drying and it has SPF 25! The ingredients are a joy to read, because there are only 3!
The only thing to complain about would be that, it can be a bit messy to apply with the powder flying around everywhere and it could have a more coverage for my taste . Also as with most Body Shop products, I really think it's too expensive. In the meantime I found better Mineral powders out there and I will not repurchase.
I've been looking for a good mineral makeup for a couple of months (since the store I used to get mine from closed down). I've tried a few and have found them to be clumpy or heavy. But about a week ago I started using the body shop mineral makeup and have found it to be great. I have quite uneven skin tone (moderate scarring from at least 10 years of always having acne). I found this product to be nice and light, but still even out my skin time really well. It makes my skin look really fresh and nice, even my boyfriend noticed the difference! It won't cover blemishes if you only apply it only as a foundation, but I just bab the tinniest bit of primer or moisturiser on pimples or scares, then apply the mineral powder with a concealer brush and it covers them wonderfully, without being heavy. My skin can still breath and pimples don't get worse throughout the day, as they do with other foundations.
I have fair, oily, acne-prone skin, but coming into summer I have been getting a little tanned, so I'm using shade 202 natural vanilla and find that I can ware it all day and my skin is alot less oily than it was before I started using it.
The colour does oxidize and darken a very little, so I would suggest getting one shade lighter than what suits you when you test it in the store. I spend alot of time outdoors, so in a couple of weeks the shade will suit me perfectly once I tan a little, but in the mean time i'm combining it with the Innoxa Pure mineral loose foundation (fair), which I have also found to be really good, light and evens out my skin tone. I just put on my body shop foundation, then go over it with a light layer of the fair Innoxa.
My only complaint about the body shop mineral foundation is it is a little pricey at about $40 (AUS) for 5g (0.17 oz), but I don't need to use very much, as I mainly want to even out skin tone and look like i'm not really wearing foundation at all, so it should last me many months. The Innoxa is half the price at around $20 (AUS) for around the same amount, but it does have 3 times the number of ingredients. They're not listed on the packaging, so I emailed Innoxa and they emailed them back, BORON NITRIDE, SILICA, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, LAUROYL LYSINE, ASCORBYL DIPALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOURMALINE, SILVER OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN:CI 77019 (MICA).
Whereas the body shop product only has MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, KAOLIN, ILLITE. So it sounds like the body shop one might be healthier for skin.
I'm going to continue to use both, but when they run out I think I'll restock with just the body shop mineral foundation, as I have found it perfect for my skin, and it's made from only 4 simple pure natural (and fair trade) minerals. It is real mineral makeup, and good quality.