Name: Nature’s Minerals Foundation SPF 25
Brand: The Body Shop
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:
- doesn’t absorb shine
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.
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.
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.
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.