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The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops | What’s in my Makeup?

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops | What’s in my Makeup?

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops | What’s in my Makeup?

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 Body Shop Lightening Drops

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!)

The Body Shop Lightening Drops

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.

The Body Shop Lightening Drops

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!**

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  • I have (as you know). If you need any more enabling, I did review the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder as well. Spoiler: I love it!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I’ve heard of these drops and I must say they’re probably super useful. Whenever I buy a foundation to match in the summer, it comes to be way too dark for the rest of the year.
    Thanks for the good and thorough review, hun xx

    Lu |

  • I’ve seen these around but I don’t think I would get it honestly. Looks cool but unnecessary. Thanks for the review though <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  • Lovely review, they sound great I was introduced to them by Anne over at Linda Libra Loca too, I am very interested to try them. Have a great day. Gemma x

  • Haha! Anne definitely got a few of you guys onto this bandwagon. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • thefashionfolks

    Loved your nuanced review, too bad it’s far from natural and that it requires more than what it says. If you can you should definitely head for a perfect nuance in the first place! Xx

  • These drops sound like a great idea, and if Body Shop were truly CF, then I would have considered getting them. The look of this product actually reminds me so much of the edible white colouring I use in cake decorating, though this would probably perform a lot better.

    Stephii Mattea xx

    • Ah I heard that they moved their products into China and that they have to be tested- that really sucks! Haha yeah I think this may work a little differently than food colouring! (You never know though!)

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Wow, this is such an informative & comprehensive review! I remember reading about this on Anne’s blog, also, thinking it sounds like such a useful little product. 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that it doesn’t change the texture of the foundation, because that’s the one thing that worried me. Shame that it contains so many chemicals, but that doesn’t really put me off much. I might take a look into this, I have a YSL foundation that I really love but it’s a tiny bit too dark. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this awesome review, hun! <3


  • I’ve heard a few people mention this product but never wondered if it’s worth the try. Definitely seems like a good idea, especially when you struggle to get a shade that’s just right!

    Anika |

    • Super useful if you already have a foundation you like but just doesn’t match! I don’t think I’d buy it otherwise!

  • I really like the sound of this product, especially because I’m so fair ;p I could see how the dropper isnt great with the plastic top instead of one of the nice ones with the button on top you can press, that would be a better alternative. It also sounds like if you use this regularly you’d burn through it for how much you need! Thanks for the honest review!

    • Yeah the dropper is pretty horrible at picking up product. Definitely a great product for light-skinned people! The bronzer looks nice for summer too.

  • This is something I really need to look into since every time I change a shade I just end up buying a new bb cream or foundation. The fact that it isn’t not one bit natural is concerning though. Perhaps there are other brands with a similar concept…I know there’s one at Sephora but I forgot…

    Stacey |

    • I think there is another brand that makes something similar, you’re right! I can’t remember who though….

  • Seems like a great product. Will definitely try it out

    Happy Thursday!! Kisses,


  • That’s a really cool concept, I never knew there was a product out there that lightens foundation. Thanks for sharing!

  • I bought these drops few weeks ago and I also was bribed into it by Anne, haha. Can’t complain though as I am completely in love with them! Dropper is so sh*tty!! It’s a shame to all droppers there are. But aside it, these drops work wonderfully for me. And yes, I need more than 1 or 2 drops because I am quite a pale person, but I don’t mind it as long as I get a shade that suits my skin tone 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Just chiming in to say that the Honey Bronzer is awesome! I’ve had mine for almost 2 years now and I love it. So great for fair skin.

  • clare⭐

    Sounds interesting, I’m pretty pale so I might check this out. I feel like the dropper would stress me out though!

  • I’ve been hearing so much buzz about this product! I had my eye on the cover fx drops too, can’t decide! I need to hop over to the body shop to check out some of their honey bronze stuff for sure though!

  • That’s disappointing about the packaging but at least the product is good! It’s surprising to me about the chemicals as you always expect the Body Shop to be as natural as possible. I think it’s a good idea for a product though and one I’ve just discovered from your blog! x

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • Interestingly, there’s a lot of green washing from brands that you think are good. You really have to know which ingredients are bad (and it’s hard to try and remember every single one lol!) Such a great product though!

  • Ooo now that is cool and pretty damn smart! I can totally see different brands coming out with similar products so it’ll be interesting to see what else ends up on the market!

  • Damn… 6 shades darker?! It’s great that you found a solution though! Have you tried the trick with mixing foundation with a moisturizer to lighten it?

    Maria | Pink Petals

    • Yeah! Haha I’m super pale. I haven’t tried that because I do like a more full-coverage foundation haha, but maybe in the summer time.

  • i’ve heard a lot about this but my skin doesn’t really ever change much. seems like it could be handy for people that do though!

  • This looks like it could come in handy for me!

  • Nadia

    This is a pretty handy product and I guess it’s OK for cases when you do get the wrong shade but it’s an expensive foundation so must use it up. Definitely not the fan of all the chemicals packed into it but if it’s not used on a daily basis I guess it’s OK’ish. Too bad the dropper isn’t the best. Thanks so much for reviewing this product, hon.
    xox Nadia

    • That’s exactly it! Or if you’re lucky enough to tan in the summer but then go pale for the rest of the year haha.
      Thanks for stopping by, Nadia <3

  • Kerry

    Hmm I need to darken and lighten some foundations, I actually probably need to trash a few as they have been sitting around a long time. I may pop in and check this out. I wish the dropper was better…thanks for the review!

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