Product Review: The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals Foundation SPF 25

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Name: Nature’s Minerals Foundation SPF 25
Brand: The Body Shop
Size: 5g/0.17oz
Price: £14.65

From The Body Shop’s website:
A loose powder foundation, made from minerals. Long-lasting, blendable powders act like a veil to help defend the skin against sun damage with SPF 25. Ultra light powders apply evenly and blend easily for a radiant, natural-looking complexion. Colour builds easily to provide an adjustable light to medium coverage. Effectively reduces the appearance of redness, imperfections, blemishes and visible pores. Helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines. Clinically proven as suitable for sensitive skin. Non pore-clogging.

What I liked:
- light to medium coverage
- looks natural
- has SPF
- doesn’t cake
- long lasting
- the packaging

What I didn’t like:
- oxidizes
- doesn’t absorb shine
- messy!

The Body Shop Nature’s Mineral Foundation is the first mineral foundation that I have ever tried, and although it isn’t HG material for me, I’m still very impressed with it. It is available in six shades but the foundation oxidizes so be careful when picking your shade. You might want to choose a lighter one.

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The coverage is light, although it can be built. It’s good for evening out the skin tone and concealing redness and minor imperfections. For everything else, you would still need to use a concealer. So, if full coverage is what you’re looking for, this product just isn’t for you. The foundation is finely milled, so application is easy and smooth. It is very light and it feels like I’m not wearing anything on the skin. It looks very natural and doesn’t cake at all.

The staying power is impressive. It lasts through a whole work day, but it needs to be reapplied in the evening. However, it is not mattifying and doesn’t control oils very well. In fact, after a while I noticed that my face was a bit shiny. So, if your skin is oily, you either have to apply a mattefier prior to foundation or a layer of translucent powder over it.

The packaging is environment-friendly:  the jars are made partly from recycled content. Inside, you’ll find a small leaflet explaining how to apply the foundation.

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Unlike other mineral makeup foundations that come with the standard sifter with holes, this has a mesh sifter, which is supposed to make less mess.  While this makes the powder come out very fine, I still find it very messy and foundation flies everywhere when I open the jar!

The foundation contains the following ingredients:
Illite: it has anti-bacterial and healing properties. Purifies and detoxifies.
Kaolin clay: a naturally occurring clay mineral that absorbs oil and helps the foundation to adhere to skin for long lasting coverage.
Mica: gives sparkle and shine.
Titanium dioxide: it gives coverage and sunscreen to the foundation. While I like the fact that the product contains SPF, sunscreen in loose powder form doesn’t provide that much protection and can easily be brushed off. Thus, you still need to use your sunscreen lotion before applying the foundation.

Summary:
Overall, this is a really good foundation. It is very finely-milled and light. It provides good light to medium coverage and looks very natural. It doesn’t cake and is longlasting. However, it oxidises, is very messy and doesn’t absorb oil very well, although that problem can be avoided by using a translucent loose powder or a mattefier.

Rating: 4/5

18 Comment

  1. It looks like a very big jar of mineral foundation that will last you a long time. I find most mineral foundations to oxidize fast and always pick one that is 2-3 shades lighter. I love that it does not have bismuth oxychloride which may make people itch.

  2. This definitely lasts a long time. I’ve been using it for almost two months now and it’s still full! II like the ingredients, nothing nasty and all minerals. It does oxidize, but not that much really. I think a shade lighter should be ok. It’s always best to test it first though.

  3. Nikki: I really like the coverage. It may not be full but I rarely need that anyway. I just apply two layers and it gives great natural coverage without being cakey. It’s definitely a great foundation for people who need light to medium coverage.

    fabulessbeauty: I hate that too. But this isn’t a problem with this foundation. It does oxidize, but it just turns a bit darker, not orange.

  4. I’m really sorry to hear that. The only sunscren ingredient used in this is titanium dioxide so if you have used products that contain that without any problems you should be fine.

  5. Thanks for the link Sher. Inhalation of nanoparticles is still a concern and I avoiding using spray or loose powders that contain them may be a good idea. I’m not sure The Body shop Mineral foundation contains nanoparticles though, neither the product label nor the website state that.

  6. Before I used Maybelline’s Clear Smooth Minerals. It worked fine until my skin gets itchy and usually get weals — maybe because of the Bismuth content. So I bought The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals Foundation and it works better than Maybelline. Though it’s a bit expensive, I won’t have to worry about my sensitive skin. It doesn’t absorb much of the oil but works pretty fine to me. The kabuki brush really compliments the product. So love every product from The Body Shop!! ;)

  7. kykai0613, that’s too bad the Maybelline foundation didn’t work for you but I’m glad you love TBS. I’ve tried both as well and TBS is definitely superior. Maybelline’s one contain so many synthetic ingredients I can’t believe it’s marketed as a mineral foundation, while TBS is a pure mineral foundation and it is much less likely to irritate skin. I wish it was cheaper, but like most products from this brand, it works extremely well. And I love their kabuki too :)

  8. Do you know if this would be good for dry skin? Currently I am using mineral makeup that is great, but it’s more well suited for oily skin and it tends to show dry patches on my skin. Can you recommend any foundations for dry skin? Also, what is your skin type?

  9. ToTheSunnySide, my skin type is combination. I have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks.

    I honestly wouldn’t recommend mineral foundations to people with dry skin. That’s because, even though pure mineral foundations are less likely to cause irritations, they are always powders and powders can accentuate dry patches. If you still wanna use them, make sure you moisturize your skin very well a few minutes before application.

    For dry skin, I’d recommend some liquid moisturizing foundations like Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation (which provides medium coverage but the texture is a bit heavy) or Clinique Supermoisture foundation (very moisturizing but has a very dewy finish that some people may not like). Hope this helps.

  10. im a bit confused about the fact that the foundation makes your skin go more oily and also weather it’s worth giving it a go.

  11. Emma, the foundation doesn’t make my skin oiler, it simply doesn’t control oil very well. I have a shiny t-zone so I look for products that keep the shine at bay for hours and this isn’t it. If you have oily skin I’d skip it as this is not mattifying, otherwise you can consider giving this a go.

    • Tata, what do you mean exactly, its shelf life? Mine has run out a long time ago so I don’t remember what the expiration date on the label says, but considering it is a loose powder product, it could last for a few good years. Hope this helps.

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