I’m all caught up now! Back in synch with the rest of the Project Pan crew! 😀 And it’s also the half way point to our 12 week project.
Today we’re looking at the still relatively new Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in 020 Bali Vanilla:
I bought this foundation on a whim back in March when this was newly launched. This costs C$25 for 30ml.
Ages ago, I had the Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation but their colour selection was terrible but I really liked the formula. Compared to that foundation, this one feels more lightweight and the shade range is a huge improvement.
Body Shop describes the foundation as:
Make every day a good skin day with The Body Shop’s Fresh Nude Foundation. Enriched with English rose water and aloe vera, this hydrating formula leaves skin feeling beautifully fresh and comfortable all day. With a semi-matte finish, each of these 16 nature-inspired shades mimics the look of fresh-faced natural skin with a nude glow.
The claims are:
• 16 nature-inspired shades
• Up to 24H moisturisation
• Light to medium coverage
• Semi-matte, fresh-faced finish
• Suitable for sensitive skin & dermatologically tested
I don’t wear my foundation for 24 hours so we can just ignore that one. 😛
I am especially impressed with the shade offering:
010 Chelsea Porcelain
012 Bora Bora
015 Kyoto Blossom
020 Bali Vanilla <— this is me
024 Hawaii Macadamia
026 Fiji Sand
030 Sahara Light
032 Yorkshire Rose
040 Santorini Sunset
050 Sicily Amber
055 Yukatan Honey
060 Andalusia Almond
070 Seychelles Cinnamon
075 Caribbean Mahogany
080 Tuscany Chestnut
Not only that, but this foundation launched along side a companion product: the Shade Adjusting Drops! There is a Lightening and a Darkening shade:
I already own Illamasqua’s Skin Base Mixers, which are also shade adjusting products – or else I would have likely bought the Body Shop version. I think every makeup line would do well to offer shade adjusters – this would be useful to bridge the gap for those skin tones that are in between shades, but also for people to transition between summer and winter colours.
But, back to the Fresh Nude Foundation itself. I was introduced to the world of foundation at a time when a matte finish was popular. I remember powdering my skin until it had the finish of a dry wall. I thought that’s what “wearing foundation” was all about. It’s taken time to retrain myself to think of foundation as evening out my skin tone and not creating a mask-like appearance. Natural skin has a bit of sheen. This is what the Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation provides (although the description states “semi-matte” I would call this more of a satin finish – that is to say, it’s more dewy than matte). I’ve heard this compared to the Nars Sheer Glow foundation – I’ve not tried that so I can’t confirm. Of the foundations that I have tried, this reminds me most of the MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation.
I really like that it comes with a pump – I find that 1½ pumps is a good amount to cover my face and neck. The consistency is that of a creamy lotion. The shade Bali Vanilla is a decent shade match – a bit light for me right now but a good match for my winter colour. It does not oxidize on me.
My favourite way to apply this foundation is simply with my fingers. I tried a Beauty Blender type sponge but I found that I had to use a lot of product (maybe that’s a good thing given Project Pan’s goal is to use up products! 😉 ). I also liked applying this foundation with a buffer type brush. I do not find that this foundation can be built up beyond a medium finish.
The main drawback of the Fresh Nude foundation is that it does not have good oil control. I have combination skin and my t-zone shine breaks through by the 3 hr mark. I combat this by blotting the foundation prior to setting it with a powder – this takes away some of the oil (it contains Marula Oil) from the foundation at the onset. Also, due to the hydrating nature of the finish, it’s not the longest lasting foundation (at around 6 hour mark I see it wearing off). The saving grace is that it wears off evenly all over – it doesn’t break down in patches. I’ve found the addition of a primer has helped – I’ve been using my trusty Laura Mercier primer underneath this.
Here are the foundations in my current rotation (well, before I went on Project Pan and exclusively use the Body Shop Fresh Nude since early September):
• Vincent Longo Water Canvas Foundation in #4 Soft Amber (review here) – this looks super ochre compared to the others, but this is a heavy swatch – it is only slightly ochre when blended
• Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in 25 Nude Beige (review here) – I had been mixing this foundation with the Fresh Nude when I came back from vacation due to having a slight tan
• The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in 020 Bali Vanilla
• Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5 – the colour is similar to Bali Vanilla but the finish is much more pigmented and matte
• Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation in o20 Natural Light Ochre (review of the shade i20 Natural Light Ivory here, which is a better match for me)
Honestly, now looking at my current foundation line-up, many of them don’t match me that well.
Here’s a glimpse behind the blog – after I had swatched all the foundations, I thought the cotton buds made for an interesting photo:
I swatch most products using those paddle shaped cotton buds – the flat side to lay down and blend, and the pointed tips to clean edges as required. These are the Joe Fresh brand (box of 500 for $6).
The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation is made in the UK.
Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Diheptyl Succinate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Cyclohexasiloxane (Conditioning Agent), Octocrylene (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate (Emulsifying Agent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Silica (Absorbent), Cetyl Dimethicone (Emollient), Titanium Dioxide (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Hydrogenated Polydecene (Skin Conditioning Agent), Magnesium Sulfate (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent), Glycerin (Humectant), Disteardimonium Hectorite (Stabiliser), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Ammonium C6-16 Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate (Surfactant – Emulsifying Agent), Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer (Film Former), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Chelating Agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Skin Conditioning Agent – Humectant), p-Anisic Acid (pH Adjuster), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Rosa Alba Flower Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), BHT (Antioxidant), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Sorbic Acid (Preservative). [+/- CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour)].
• Good colour selection (plus lightening and darkening drops)
• Pump packaging
• Easy to apply / blend
• Natural skin-like finish
• Does not oxidize
• Light to medium coverage
• Mid-price point and often goes on sale
• Not long lasting
• No oil control
Stash worthiness: 8/10
This is a good foundation for casual days or good skin days, and it will work well for me in the upcoming winter months. I would say this foundation is better suited for normal to dry skin types. Would I repurchase this? Maybe. It’s inexpensive but performs like higher-end foundations.
I’ve been using this 5x a week for the past 6 weeks except for when I was away on vacation. When I had a tan, I mixed this with the Maybelline SuperStay foundation for week. So far, this is the product showing the biggest variance from the starting point, which is no surprise:
The rest of the Project Pan items are still in limbo, no movement on the scale except for the Cargo pressed powder:
Have you tried The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation? What’s your current everyday foundation? (I’m itching to try a new foundation!)