The Body Shop has launched a few new make-up products, not only being cruelty-free, they’re also 100% vegan! The new products that I’ve received are the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation, the Drops of Glow, the Make-up Setting Spray and the Instamatte. I’m going to give you some information about the products and show you swatches of the products first. Then, I’m going to show a wear test using all the products in the post below.
The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation
The Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (€13,00/30 mL) is a lightweight foundation that combats skin imperfections by the addition for Tea Tree Oil, absorbs oils and mattifies the skin while giving a breathable, full-coverage finish. It is suggested to be suitable for any skin type. The foundation is available in ten shades available in total.
The product is in a squeezable tube with a small hole. The foundation doesn’t run out of the hole so it doesn’t get messy. What I like to do is either directly apply the foundation from the tube to my face or squeeze an amount on my hand first. I personally prefer glass bottles with pumps but a tube like this is very cost efficient, since you can cut the tube open to get everything out of the tube (and recycle afterwards!).
The shade of the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation that I received is called Moluccan Nutmeg. I have a lot of family who is from the Moluccan region and I also am partially Moluccan myself, but this is way too dark for me. I can see how this will match my mom and cousins tough. Unfortunately, I’m lighter so it is way to yellow-y/orange for me. The Body Shop does offer Shade Adjusting Drops which you can use to mix in with foundation to lighten/darken it if needed, which I unfortunately do not own.
The formula of the foundation is creamy but thin and is easily spread out. It definitely smells like Tea Trea Oil, so if you don’t like that scent, you’d best avoid this foundation. It does fade once the foundation has dried.
The Body Shop Drops of Glow
The Drops of Glow (€16,00/15 mL) is liquid illuminator that you can use for multiple purposes. You can add a few drops to your favorite beauty products like foundation or day cream to give it a glowing touch. You can also use it by itself on the highest points of your face like cheekbones, tip of the nose and inner corner of the eyes for a highlighting effect.
The product comes in a small, glass bottle with a dropper. The dropper makes it easy to be able to apply the amount of drops needed.
From what I can tell, the Drops of Glow only comes in one shade. It has a pink undertone and I would decribe it as a “pearl” shade. The formula is very watery so a tiny amount is able to cover a huge area. It has a very subtle effect, giving a nice sheen when moving around.
I personally think that I would prefer this for mixing in with a foundation or day cream, but for review purposes, I only used this as a highlighter on top of the other products, since I wanted to test the foundation on its own.
The Body Shop Instamatte
The Instamatte (€15,00/10 mL) is a product that can be used to apply on make-up free skin, foundation or a lipstick to instantly give a matte finish. It is suitable for all skin types and all skin colors. It can also be used as a base to intensity the color of your make-up and helps with wear-time of eyeshadows.
The product comes in a small, queezable tube. I like to use this product by squeezing a tiny amount on my hand.
The first two ingredients of Instamatte are Dimethicone and Dimethicone Crosspolymer, which is Silicone. It also has that typical Silicone feel, so if you don’t like that type of greasy, silicone feeling, it’s best to avoid this product. I can understand why The Body Shop also promotes this as a base, since primers often contain Silicone.
I have used a similar product before to mattify a lip product, which I didn’t like so much but I am curious how it will perform to mattify the skin (you will see down below how it works), since I haven’t used it in that way before.
The Body Shop Make-up Setting Spray
The Make-up Setting Spray (€11,00/60 mL) is developed to fixate your make-up without affecting your make-up. It contains Commuity Trade Aloe Vera which that hydrates and is suitable for sensitive skin.
The product comes in a transparent, plastic, spray bottle. The product comes out in a fine mist but it sprays quite an amount of product quickly on a small surface (like an average spray bottle) so it’s best to keep some distance first when applying this spray and then check if you want to apply it more up close. I would apply this by spraying it in a more upper angle and let the product fall on my face for a more even distribution. It has a subtle scent from the added ingredients but I can’t think of anything particular when it comes to the scent.
Now I’m going to show you all the products applied on my face, first starting with the The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation in Moluccan Nutmeg. Again, way too dark for me but I really wish I had this in my own color since the finish looks AMAZING!
I’m normally more into sheer to medium coverage foundation with a dewy finish, but even though this has more of a velvet matte finish, it looks beautifully natural. It has quite some coverage but you can still see some of my imperfections coming through. The foundation can be built up to a complete full-coverage but I really like it this way. I’m amazed how it looks like real skin instead of a layer on top of my skin, which a lot of foundations do and it also didn’t cling on any dry patches.
Even though my skin type is dry, the foundation feels great, which I was skeptical about since matte foundations often have a drying effect, especially one that absorbs oils. I didn’t apply any setting/finishing powders since it doesn’t feel tacky on my skin and is matte already anyways.
Here I’ve applied the rest of my make-up. My concealer looks a bit too light, because I don’t have a darker concealer that matches this foundation better! I applied the Drops of Glow on my cheekbones, inner corners of my eyes, nose and cupids bow.
I don’t like it as a cheek highlight, since it’s too subtle and I find that the watery consistency messes the powders like my bronzer up a bit. It also makes my cheek area look a bit ashy but that is probably because the foundation is too dark. I think the color would be a better match for lighter skin tones. I do like it on my cupids bow, nose and inner corner but it’s not really special. I definitely think I would like this better to mix or use this with minimal make-up.
I also used the Make-up Setting Spray, which feels nice and hydrating. I do think that the claim from The Body Shop isn’t true about the setting spray not affecting your make-up, since it doesn give a subtle glow to the skin, thus changing the matte finish of the foundation.
Here is my make-up after about 8-hours of wear. I accidentally changed up the lip color, since I had to re-apply and thought I was wearing this one instead of the other. Anyways, the foundation still looks nice in coverage. My skin does look a tiny bit more shiny on my T-zone, but it isn’t as much as it would normally be. It also didn’t break up in any parts of my face, which sometimes happen with other foundations on parts where my face moves a lot like around my mouth area.
The intensity of the Drops of Glow faded but I can still see it a bit. I’m not sure if the Make-up Setting Spray has helped with the longevity, but my make-up loosk overall good for an 8-hour weartime.
Lastly, I tried to mattify the T-zone using Instamatte. I was amazing how it actually worked so well! Never thought to use a Silicone based product to mattify the face but it looks very good. It did move my bronzer a little bit but overall, I’m impressed.
I don’t know how long it will stay matte but I have worn my make-up with Instamatte for an extra hour, and the parts remained matte. I do think I like this over powder, since it is nice and compact and application is easy but I wouldn’t use this on any other area than my T-zone.
Overall, I think the New The Body Shop Make-up is quite good. I especially love the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation. I think everyone should give this foundation a try, the price is more to the affordable side AND for those who can’t find any good vegan foundations, this will be perfect! I will definitely go to the store and match my correct color and get the light Shade Adjusting Drops as soon as possible, because I want to keep using it!
I would also suggest to go to the store and try Instamatte after a day of shopping to see what it does with mattifying your oily areas and see how it wears for you! The other two products, the Drops of Glow and Make-up Setting Spray don’t feel like they’re special to me since I use all types of brands but if you’re only using Cruelty-free and Vegan products, I would suggest definitely check them out!
The The Body Shop Drops of Glow (€16,00/15 mL), Instamatte (€15,00/10 mL) and Make-up Setting Spray (€11,00/60 mL) are available at The Body Shop Stores and at TheBodyShop.nl.
The Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (€13,00/30 mL) will be available starting from September this year.
Which product are you most interested in to try out?
*These products were sent to me for review. Please check out my disclosure page for more information.