We’ve all been plagued by the purchase of a foundation that happens to be too light or too dark at some point in our lives. Whether it’s the shift from Winter to Summer (and unlike me you’re able to tan) or you managed to buy a foundation that might be a bit too dark. Luckily The Body Shop has released a game changer in the shade adjusting world – and by golly I’m pretty in love with it! (Did I really just type ‘by golly?’)
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops (in lightening)
I must give some credit to Anne at Linda.Libra.Loca because she’s the one who introduced me to this new release! But hey, I liked it so much I wanted to share the love about it too. The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops are available for lightening, darkening and I noticed while at the store they have a bronzing one! Which looks amazing too. Starting at $22.00 CAD isn’t bad to potentially fix a foundation that you otherwise wouldn’t wear.
The product comes in a small glass bottle with an eye dropper tool to dispense the product. I guess I didn’t read Anne’s post too closely the first time around, because I didn’t notice that she wasn’t a fan of the dropper. I share her sentiments. You have to completely close up the bottle to collect the product and even then it doesn’t collect well. Seeing as my Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation is pretty dark for me right now it takes 6 drops to lighten my foundation. That’s not ideal, but I’m not going to complain too much (as it was free and other than the colour it wears really well!)
Does it work?
Yes, it definitely does. Not by much and not nearly how well the website claims (1 drop to be 1/2 shade lighter) I find that if you want to be a shade lighter you need to use at least 3 drops. Then again, this could depend entirely on your foundation.
It doesn’t change the consistency of the product either. For my Sante Soft Cream Foundation it works extremely well and doesn’t change the foundation’s texture at all. Originally I was using my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation to lighten this, but the watery consistency changed it into a new hybrid foundation which defeated the purpose. (Also how have I managed to review 3 foundations in the span of four months!?)
So… What’s bad about it?
As I said before the eye dropper is total crap and depending on your foundation it may not lighten it with a couple drops… so you might add an extra five minutes to your routine simply by mixing the perfect foundation shade.
What’s in it?
There’s a laundry list of ingredients! Including a few not-so-great preservatives, I could write it all out… but would you really want to read it?! If you want to know the whole list it’s available on the body shop website.
Is it all natural? Not one bit. It has lots of preservatives and laboratory created chemicals. However, if you’re only using a couple drops at a time then it’s not too bad. It’s entirely up to what you’re comfortable with using on your body. If you want to use an all-natural foundation and then add this it might be a bit counterproductive.
If you’re concerned about chemicals I’d give this a pass. However, I happen to really like it because I’ve got a couple foundations that do need to be lightened. If the eye dropper was better and more easy to use I’d give it a 10/10 but sadly it’s only going to rank a 7/10. (Yes it lost three points due to useless eye dropper, even though it’s a great product.)
I’ve been eyeing up the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder and the Honey Bronze Shimmering Oil to fake getting my glow on! Also, you can get free shipping with orders over $75, or $5 shipping on orders of $50 (only in Canada.)
Have you tried The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops?
**This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions. and thoughts are my own!**