From the first time that I bought a foundation, I've had issues finding a colour match. A lot of the time, brands don't offer colours light enough for pale skin and for darker skin tones they don't offer a range of dark colours.
Some brands do have a white colour liquid pigment that you can use in your foundation (eg MAC and Illamasqua) but then you're having to spend $100+ just to get a foundation light enough (not to mention the mess factor of having to mix your colour every day).
Luckily The Body Shop have released an affordable option for those of us that have pale skin. The Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops retail for $29.95 here in Australia. They're made for The Body Shop foundations, but I've been using it in 4 of my non Body Shop foundations.
I first tried it in my L'Oreal True Match Foundation. The shade I bought is on the yellow side and is slightly too dark for me. I normally add a drop to help lighten the foundation and also neutralise the yellow undertone.
I was a bit worried that it would change the formula of the foundation and impact the way it looks and feels but I haven't noticed that.
The drops are white with a slight pink undertone. I was slightly worried that it would make my pink based foundations look even pinker, but the white keeps it from being too pink.
I've also used it with the Rimmel Match Perfecting Foundation. My shade is on the pink side and is nearly a perfect shade, but I just add in half a drop to make it a slightly bit lighter.
Another foundation that I've used it with was the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. I haven't had any issues with the drops causing separation or it affecting the longevity of the foundation.
I've applied half a drop and even 3 drops and have been so impressed with how effective it's been in changing a foundation from too dark to just perfect!
This is great for anyone that has trouble with finding a shade light enough or for someone who fake tans and needs a more affordable option than buying 2-3 different shades of the same foundation.
I haven't tried the darker shade dropper (or obvious reasons) but I'd assume it would work just as well as the lightener.
The only complaint I have with this is the dropper. It's not the best as it doesn't suck up much of the formula. If it had a better dropper, it would be the perfect product.
Do you have issues finding the perfect foundation shade?
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