Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying foundation. It’s definitely not the cheapest drugstore foundation out there, but also not the most expensive one. Here in Belgium this foundation costs 13 euros and you get 30 ml of product, which is the usual amount of product you get when buying a foundation.
So according to their website this foundation claims to: “Combat skin imperfections throughout the day with our 100% vegan Matte Clay Foundation. This lightweight foundation is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. It’s also resistant to water and sweat.” In addition it also claims to have oil absorbing properties, a breathable 24-hour coverage and is supposedly ideal for any skin type. After having read this description, I immediately wanted to try out this foundation for myself! I haven’t read any reviews on this product yet, so I will give you my honest and unbiased opinion on the foundation. Before I start laying out my thoughts on this product, I want to add in that I have (very) oily, acne-prone skin so my review will be based on how it lasts and reacts on my skin type.
My favorite kind of packaging for a foundation is one that has a pump, but I don’t mind using a tube like this either. As long as it’s not a bottle where you have to pour out the foundation (and make a horrible mess in the process, because I can be quite clumsy…). It’s a thin and long tube rather than a bulkier one, which I like because it doesn’t take as much space up in my makeup bag as my other foundations do. Overall, I really like their packaging and I don’t have anything bad to say about it. I just prefer a foundation with a pump, but that’s a personal preference.
I think there are about 10 shades of this foundation, which isn’t a lot and they definitely could’ve done better on the selection of the dark shades. I got mine in 026 Tamerza Dune and it looks like it’s yellow based, which I prefer in a foundation. This shade seems to match me pretty well, but I can imagine it’s hard to find a good match with only 10 available shades.
When swatching foundations, I usually pay attention to whether it starts oxidizing after a while or not. Because nobody likes a foundation that starts out alright but then turns one or two shades darker, am I right? This one seems to turn just a little bit darker but nothing too noticeable.
One thing that I noticed right away though, is that this foundation has a strong smell. It contains tea tree so it smells quite herbal but the smell does wear off after a while. But it’s definitely something to keep in mind if you can’t stand strong smells in your makeup products.
Finish + coverage
The foundation does look matte after applying it and I would say it has a medium coverage but it’s possible to build up the coverage a tiny bit. What you have to keep in mind though, is that you should be very careful with the amount of foundation you put on your face. I feel it can look a bit streaky when you’re working with too much product on your brush. Another thing I noticed – and what I thought was a little odd – was that it was te-rri-ble to blend this foundation on top of The Body Shop Instablur primer. The foundation looked patchy and started to separate on top of that primer, but it didn’t do that on top of my NYX Angel Veil primer and the primer underneath my Bourjois Healty Mix foundation didn’t seem to cause the same problems so it might just be because of the combination of the two. But I wanted to share this with you in case you buy the two to use them together.
This foundation didn’t last that well on my face throughout the day. Well, it did stay on my face, but I noticed it rubbed off my nose after a couple of hours and by the end of the day the whole area around my nose had completely come off and I looked absolutely horrible. I tried using other powders and setting sprays on top of it, but it kept coming off..
Overall, I would recommend this foundation. The colour, coverage and finish were alright, but it didn’t seem to last on my oily skin. It might work on other skin types, but this is definitely a big no from me (hence the disappointed & sad face haha). I would rate this product 2 out of 5 stars.
Have you tried The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation? If so, what are your thoughts on it?