Monday, 28 March 2016

The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops Review

Despite the constant product launches and globally distributed brands now available it is still really hard to find pale foundations here in Australia. I'm sure it's an equally frustrating experience for dark skin toned girls who face the other extreme, but for any of us who fall outside of the usual 'Beige' to 'Tan' colour spectrum that brands exclusively cater for, it can make buying base products an absolute nightmare.

Which is why when I saw that The Body Shop had brought out Lightening (and Darkening) Shade Adjusting Drops I knew I had to give them ago.


This isn't a new concept. Whitening liquid to mix with foundations have been around for a long time and a few brands (MAC and Illamasqua come to mind) have similar products on offer but what I instantly loved about the Lightening Drops was that they aren't a flat, white colour. The drops are lightly hinted with a subtle pink tone which keeps the finished mix from looking ashy or too washed-out. The light pink tone also acts to cancel out yellowness but as someone who has a very pink toned complexion it really helps to keep my base colour looking natural and matching my neck and body.

The product instructs that one drop of the Lightening Drops makes a foundation one shade lighter, but really the amount you will need will vary depending how much foundation you use to cover your face, whether you like a thin veil or a heavy slathering.

The drops come in a 15ml glass bottle with a pipette to measure out drops and retail for $29.95. Although it is a small bottle, I have been using them daily for the last eight weeks and still have loads of product left. The pipette isn't the best, if the tube isn't completely full the liquid tends to bubble and drip rather that come out in measureable drops. No biggie, just an observation.

The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops
L: Straight from the bottle     R: Blended out
To use this product I mix the foundation and drops together on the back of my hand, I think the warmth of your hand helps combine the formulas but if you are a palette kinda person then I'm sure that would be just as fine. I add a bit to the foundation at a time until I get what looks like my colour (usually one decent drop) and then apply as normal. Pretty simple.

I do however think that the drops change the consistency and finish of the foundation. I tend to use liquid foundations with a dewy finish so they are generally quite thin in consistency to begin with but I do find these drops thicken the formula and almost 'dry' it out a bit. They also leave me with a slightly more matte finish than the foundation alone, at least it did with the four or five that I have tried so far. It hasn't been an issue for me but it's worth noting if you have drier skin, it could make your foundation less hydrating than your skin will tolerate or take away that bit of glow you want to see.

NARS, Rimmel and Bourjois
In the above swatches from left to right we have NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia and then it lightened with the drops, next is Rimmel Match Perfection in 10 Light Porcelain and then it lightened with the drops, and on the right the pair is Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Vanilla and then it lightened with the drops. I didn't blend them out because I wanted you to be able to really see the change in colour but they blend out much the same, if anything I find a little less slip as it is a bit drier as mentioned earlier. 

The Shade Adjusting Drops aren't just for the super pale either. They would be great to make your medium foundation a light-medium now that your tan might be fading, or if you have a foundation that you love but you picked up a shade too dark.

I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone but if you have a drier or really dehydrated skin type I would suggest picking up a sample in-store and testing it out yourself with the foundations you currently have before buying.