About a year ago, I was passing through the Denver airport and wound up spending some time at The Body Shop there. I let Leo (I think that is his name) give me a mini-makeover of sorts. I was really skeptical about the shade he selected - I have very pale skin - but I liked the look and decided to buy some. It is great! I love compact/powder foundations because I usually wind up running late so I have to apply my makeup on the run. It goes on nicely and gives good coverage (I can get a little red and blotchy). I tried another powder but quickly came back.
Seriously, if you are in the Denver airport, look up Leo - he's a great makeup artist and sales guy.
I bought this by desparation as I was at the airport and had found i left my compact foundation at home, and i was on a business trip. So I panicked and bought one at the airport. I think it was the best buy I had bought for a compact foundation!
I loved how it made my skin "glow" and looks really natural without being too made up! Also, usually when i use any type of foundation / powder, i'll always have shiny/oily nose which will make me look like rudolph the rednose reindeer after a couple of hours. BUT this DID not make my nose as oily! It lasts the whole day! I dont even need to touch-up! I bought 02 and the color suited me perfectly! I also have sensitive skin and quite a number of face foundations i had used always made me break out! I'm using this for 1 week and so far so good! No breakouts!
I was using Shu Uemura as it didnt caused me to break out. But after comparing to this, i definitely will continue with this! Also this is WAAY cheaper than Shu Uemura's and the color suits me better!!! I could buy 2 of this for one of Shu's! Also when i use the powder - it's not so easy to come out / waste as comparison to Shu which is quite soft - so you tend to take more and finish more too! Also the plus point for Body Shop is that I DO NOT look like Rudolph!!! :D
Absolutely love this product!! Had already bought the 2nd one (coz it's on sale!). I would recommend it!
Love this stuff. I had never tried TBS makeup even though I have been using their skin care lines for years, but last spring they were having a "red bag" 50% off event, so I grabbed it at the recommendation of the SA. Actually, I grabbed two. haha. Anyway...lucky me, because I didn't get shiny once all summer while I was using this! Shade 6 is a perfect match for me, but it is their darkest shade and may not be dark enough for many people. It has enough coverage for me (I'd say light to medium) and looks completely natural, although it does cling to any really dry spots a little. it leaves a nice velvety-but-natural texture behind and absorbs oil as well as anything I've tried if not better. Even as a powder, it doesn't settle into fine lines or pores. The packaging is nice in my opinion, although i never use the sponge it came with so the bottom compartment for me is useless. The same compact has lasted me since April (so about 6 months) and it only cost $20...good deal! Plus, if you hit a sale, even better! Give it a try!
Good coverage, does not oxidize on me, smooth and soft powder, very easy to apply and blend. But it can get cakey if too much used. Oil control could be better, I had to blot and repowder quite often. I also wish the packaging was slimmer, I find it too bulky and does not travel well.
This is a good foundation for days when my skin isn't too problematic... I have oil skin & love this foundation as it makes my skin matte & keeps it that way for quite awhile before needing to touch up. Coverage is light but I find that if I try to build it up to cover a problem area it results is a chalky effect. I apply with a brush instead of the sponge that is included, other than that I like the packaging. Price is also good, especially if you purchase during a promotion.
love it..buy it!
update: it doesn't really last in hot sun, and a bit sparkly.
It took some getting used to. But I would agree with the good rating of this product because it does its job. The poweder does take a bit to sit in, but when it does it blends in well enough. The sponge it comes with is crap though, maybe you need a brush with this? And wetting the foundation doesn't really seem to do much. But as a poweder base it's great. And animal-testing free.
I've been using this on and off for a year now. I usually use a liquid foundation and I think it's just taken me a while to get used to powder. I don't like 'heavy' coverage, even though I have acne and scarring to cover. I also don't like spending ages doing my make up.
I find this powder basically very good. I use a large powder brush from The Bodyshop to apply it directly onto my moisturised and concealed face. If it goes on too heavily it can look cakey but I've found that if I keep blending with the brush, it will soften this. I hardly put any really on my forhead (as it's fairly even) but gradually build up coverage on my problem areas (jaw line and chin). In day light I feel it looks natural. It doesn't have amazing coverage but with concealer underneath for me it's enough. I'd rather have a little skin discolouration showing, than a totally even, unnatural looking face.
I then follow with a bronzer/highlighter or blusher. It seems to stay put for a good few hours (6-8) and doesn't oxidize etc. It's also easy to 'top up' when you're out and about. It also hasn't broken me out.
I'm a light/mid olive and I got matched to no 5, which suits me well. The compact is well made.
I notice I keep looking for other product but then decide to stick with this one, so for now this is my main powder/foundation. I also use it sometimes after my liquid foundation, and it does a good job of mattifying/setting that.
Great foundation. Was my first ever foundation and still prefer it over all others I've tried. I continue to re-purchase. Comes with a sponge but i find it best applies dry with a kabuki brush. I use the one from the body shop and it's great. A light application is all you need for a natural finish. Too much and it can look obviously very powdery. It has never oxidized on me. Also makes a great setting powder over liquid foundation and concealer. I recommend using concealer only where you need it and then finishing with a dusting of this, so quick and easy, plus looks so natural. Packaging is nice too, in a silver and black compact with a mirror. Price, pretty good considering it's not a high-end foundation like mac etc, but still just as good, if not better. Best for those wanting a natural finish with light to medium coverage.
I've been using this for about two years. I have shady n°3 and 4, for winter and summer use.
-light to medium coverage
-when applied correctly, it looks like you're not wearing any foundation at all
-can look cakey on it's own, I finish with The Body Shop Face Mist Vitamin E or Vitamin C
-doesn't last the whole day
I have been repurchasing this because so far it's the best I've come across for my skintone and skintype. But I haven't stopped looking for something better.