Today I’m reviewing the newly launched The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation SPF 15 in the shade 208 Golden Vanilla.
Price : Rs 1375
Quantity : 8. 5 g
What The Body Shop says about Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation SPF 15 :
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My take on the product
The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation comes in a sleek round black packaging. The black outer covering has a matte finish that gives it a very distinctive look. A small part of the cover is transparent giving a view of the compact inside. The rest of the portion of the lid has a mirror inside. The packaging has 2 compartments – one housing the cream compact and the other housing a brush for application. The packaging is really convenient to use! The brush inside is quite large and flat and made of soft bristles. The flat structure of the brush makes it really easy to sweep the foundation on the face. In one stroke it gives a bit of a streaky finish but in a few criss cross strokes – it blends the foundation perfectly! I absolutely love the packaging of this product especially the brush applicator.
The lower brush compartment is designed well so that is easy to pick up the brush from this handle end :
The upper compartment has 2 notches at the sides to raise it when one needs to take out the brush from the lower compartment.
The texture of this compact is creamy. It is essentially a cream foundation packaged in a compact form. Despite, being creamy, its quite light in texture and does not make the skin greasy. It spreads and blends easily to give medium coverage. The product claims to tranform to a matte finish on application but I feel it gives a dewy finish after application.
How it performs on my skin (oily acne prone) :
Even though the weather is still hot in Mumbai, there seems to a bit of dryness in the air which makes my skin a little flaky in some areas like around the nose and forehead. This foundation took care of the dry areas perfectly without making the rest of the face greasy. I felt I needed a little mattifying after applying this so I set it with Chambor Silver Shadow compact. I’ve been wearing this for around 8-9 hours everyday and I only need to touch up 2-3 times during that time and that too only on the T-zone. However, if one stays out too long in the sun wearing this, the skin may begin to feel a little greasy.
It keeps the face looking fresh and glowing even after 9+ hours of wear. It evens out the skin tone, covers up blemishes and under eye dark circles with a very small amount of product. It gives a luminous glow to the skin along with medium coverage which looks very natural. My Clinique foundation gives me full coverage and a wonderful glow but its not something I can wear everyday unlike this one.
The products says suitable for all skin types and I think it really would work for all skin types. Dry/Normal skin types can wear it alone over a rich moisturizer while Oily skinned women can set it with powder if they want. I think its a great product for the winters!
Moreover, it did not irritate my existing breakouts. In fact, my skin feels softer and more luminous after just 4 days of wearing this foundation! It is on of the best foundations I’ve used!
Highly recommended to everyone!
The shade 208 Golden Vanilla :
The shade is almost neutral and looks warmer (yellowish) when swatched on the arm. I also tried a pinkish shade on one half of the face along with Golden Vanilla on the other half and the pink one looked a little ashy and dull on while this made my skin glow. Its quite a close match to my skin tone.I’m NC 40 in MAC for reference.
The GOOD about The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation :
- Elegant, sturdy and thoughtful packaging
- Comes with an excellent brush!
- Convenient to carry in purse/bag for touch ups
- Smooth, light weight creamy texture
- Spreads easily
- Gives a dewy finish to the skin
- Impart luminous glow and freshness that stays even after 8-9 hours of wear
- Gives medium coverage
- Evens out skin tones covering up an redness and blemishes
- Natural glowing finish- can be worn everyday
- Comes in 8-9 shades
- Made skin softer and smoother on regular wear
- Did not irritate pimples/acne
- Contains SPF 15
- Does not contain parabens
- The only con is that during application , the sides of the pan can get a little messy(shown below) with the product since the brush is rather wide.
How it looks on me :
I’ve applied a very amount of the Chambor Silver Shadow compact over it but one can still see the dewy luminous finish
The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation is a cream foundation housed in a compact form. The product has exceptionally thoughtful and convenient packaging with an excellent brush for application. The texture is creamy yet lightweight, spreads easily and gives a luminous glow to the skin while providing medium coverage. It doesn’t get cakey on applying more product. It gives a very natural finish that stays on for 9+ hours on my oily skin. It is a great product for winters and I highly recommend it to everyone!
The price is on the higher side but the formula, packaging and the brush are worth the price!
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