My first impressions of this powder foundation was not favourable, but after using it a few times I found that it's surprisingly good.
This product has been in The Body Shop's lineup for a very long time but I never thought to try it when I had a multitude of other powder foundations to try first from other brands. I'm also very skeptical that "all in one" products can actually be any good. The only reason I picked this up was because I was on a powder foundation kick and was desperate to find one that best matched my difficult skintone. I actually have a match in the Concealer All-in-One so I was curious if they would have a powder match for me as well. I'm fair cool yellow in tone(a bit lighter than NC15 in depth but with an almost olive-yellow tone) and match to 01 in the concealer(tiny bit darker and more yellow) and 02 in the base which is lighter than the concealer with slightly less yellow tone. It's probably between NC10-15. It matches to Laura Mercier Candleglow in Cashew.
Texture: When I swatched it on my inner wrist it felt dry and a bit chalky instead of soft and finely milled like other powder foundations. It felt like it was a low quality/poorly made powder and like it's pressed too hard into the pan. Using my natural goat hair Deka Fu-pa brush to lightly pick up the powder resulted in it kind of crumbling off as if the surface was being roughly scraped and it kicked up quite a bit of powder on the surface. Natural hair brushes(especially a dense and stiff one like the Deka Fu-pa) have a tendency to do this to powders because of the lay of the cuticles on the hairs, but the problem was particularly magnified with this powder because of how dry the powder was. It applied and blended out fine on my skin however, but I would recommend softer synthetic fiber brushes (Ecotools bronzer is my favourite for this) to pick up product so that less product is scratched up. Once it was on though it did not feel as rough and my skin felt soft as I expect it should.
Wear and finish: It's light coverage used as a powder so I like to use it on top of a sheer layer of cream/liquid foundation after concealer. It's advertised as being a wet-dry powder so you can alternatively dampen the foam sponge it comes with to apply for higher coverage, but since I have to use concealer underneath I can't attempt this as I would just rub the concealer off. On my face it's not powdery even without misting at the end of application though I mist anyway to help the powder stick on better, and feels very light on my skin. The powder held up quite well on my combo skin despite no use of a primer, I get visibly oily and the powder fades after around 4 hours, and with primer it lasts for maybe 2 hours more. When I get oily usually any foundation on my t-zone gets cakey and sinks into pores but this powder did none of that and instead faded away discretely, which is ideal.The finish is also not so matte it appears dull and did not dry my skin out. All in all a very comparable result to my other powder foundations on my textured skin with slight dark spots from healed pimples.
Packaging: Feels very cheap, because the plastic is cheap and brittle. The top of the compact is reflective fingerprint magnet. Same level of bulkiness as other compacts with similar design. A sponge applicator is included in the middle compartment under the mirror for convenient application and touch-up and the powder is on the bottom of the compact so that the mirror can stay cleaner(a nice change from my other compacts which have the sponge compartment at the bottom and the powder in the middle and inevitably results in powder getting on the mirror).
Price: It's expensive for what it is at full retail price $22 CAD and I would only buy in on sale. It's not worth the mid-end luxury makeup price because although it performs well it does not feel the least bit luxurious as it's quite a rough powder(although soft on my face).
I would recommend to try this base if you're in the market for an affordable powder foundation you can travel with and you can find this on sale, but be warned the shade selection doesn't go higher than medium/tan.