I read so many good reviews about this foundation when it was released a while ago, and it really triggered my interest. Despite the fact that I have tried several makeup products from The Body Shop before and they never really wowed me. I am all for giving second chances.
The foundation claims to have a matte high coverage, 24H long wear, 24H shine control, 24h breathable wear, promote clear looking skin and be non-pore clogging. It sound all great but what foundation has a disclaimer on the packaging saying it does not really work. This one should have it though!
Let’s talk about the good things first. It’ is, as it claims, high coverage with a matte finish. When I just applied it to my skin it looks nice, even and matte without looking too matte and flay. I like the finish, I found that it takes a while to get it on my skin though. I tried with a brush and it was quite streaky, so I had to go over with a beauty sponge afterwards to get rid off all the lines in the foundation. So I preferred just applying it with a sponge. Thing is I felt like I was bouncing that sponge for ages and that the foundation just moved around for a while before settling down. I don’t have time for that in the morning so I quickly realized this was not my everyday foundation. I need the foundation I use in the morning to go on the skin easily without me spending too much time on it.
This is also supposed to be non-pore clogging and promote clearer skin, and it is because of the tea tree they put in. It gives it a odd smell, and it feels a bit cooling and tingling on the skin when you first apply it. The sensation disappears for a while. I don’t have much to clear up on my skin, but I didn’t have any pore-clogging after using this for a few weeks straight so I guess that claim is correct for my skin at least.
But when we start talking about the 24H wear claim this is when I get problems. It is a silly claim in the first place. Who need a foundation to wear for 24H? Besides I never expect them to be that long lasting. However, when a foundation claims to last for that long I kind of expect it to last at least a full work day. And this don’t. It actually starts falling apart after 2-3 hours. And this is where my big issue with this is: I have never seen a foundation fall apart as bad as this! I don’t have dry skin, but still this one makes me look that my forehead is filled with flakes of try skin it clings to, and it completely wears off around the nose and cheeks.
I know, it could be a bad match with the primer that makes a foundation behave like this. But I tried it with a mattifying silicone based primer, Smashbox Primer Oil, a firming water-based primer, and no primer at all. None of these changes made any difference in how long it stayed on my skin. I can deal with a foundation not lasting forever on my skin, but when it falls apart and makes me look dead and old I think I will pass.
The foundation comes in a squeezy tube with a simple design. It contains 30 ml and the price-range is somewhere between drugstore and high end. I would suggest you save that money and but something else, but off course what does not work for me can be great for you. However, due to my own bad experience I highly suggest yo get a sample first to see if it works for you, because this is the worst foundation I have tried in years!
It’s not fun, writing bad reviews like this. I really like reviewing stuff but I get so much more excited about doing a review when I really like the product. But when I stumble upon something I don’t like I rarely write a full review of it, because being negative is not at all as fun as sharing an exciting great product with you all. Sometimes when I try a product that I don’t like I rather just not put up a review of it. But what do you think? You like reading reviews regardless if they are good or bad? Let me know your thoughts in the comment!