The Body Shop: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Review

Hey everyone! Today I’m reviewing the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation from The Body Shop. I’m going to start doing my reviews a little differently. Instead of just telling you about the product and my opinion, I’m also going to start including a rating on a scale of 1-5 for: the shade range, formula / finish and the product overall. I have been using this foundation for a little over a week and I have many thoughts on it. So without further ado, lets get into the review.

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First lets go through the claims. These are directly from The Body Shop website:

  • Full – coverage, Matte finish foundation
  • Enriched with tea tree oil to combat breakouts
  • Promotes clearer looking skin
  • Ideal for any skin type
  • 100% vegan

This foundation retails for $20 CND. Based off of the claims I was super excited to try it. I was a little bit nervous about the tea tree oil in the product though, as tea tree oil occasionally causes me to break out. After using this foundation for a week I did notice more breakouts than normal. However, I was also traveling in that time, so I can’t totally blame the foundation alone for my breakouts.

Formula and finish: (3.5 / 5)

The Body Shop claims that this is a full coverage foundation. I would say that it is a medium coverage at best. However, it can be built up to a full coverage (but you do run the risk of it looking cakey and heavy on the skin). Even though it is not full coverage it does a really good job of minimizing pores and covering redness. Be warned though this foundation is very matte thanks to the clay formula. It is the only matte foundation I have ever used that truly stays matte for 8+ hrs. This foundation is best suited for people with oily or combination skin types.  If you have normal/ dry skin I would stay far away from this foundation (unless you use a very heavy moisturizer under it). 

The foundation has a very pretty powder finish once it dries down (no need to set with powder). Other powder products like blush and bronzer blend beautifully over the foundation. I decided to rate this foundation a 3.5/5 because I feel like there is almost to much clay in the formula, it can look cakey and thick very easily. In my opinion the best way to apply this foundation is with a wet sponge, as it helps the product to look much lighter on the skin.

Here I have included some swatches of the foundation over my tattoo to show the coverage and finish. The left swatch was done with a BH Cosmetics foundation brush, the right was done with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

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Shade Range: (0.5 / 5)

Now this might seem like a very harsh rating, but let me explain. This foundation line has 10 shades, and 7 of those shades fall under the Fair/ Light category. That means there are two “medium” shade and one supposedly “deep” shade. However, I feel like it is a very big stretch to even call the darkest colour “deep”. For reference the deepest shade they sell is similar in colour to NW46 by M.A.C Cosmetics. Only having two medium and one dark shade is unacceptable. I’m so truly disappointed in this shade range. Inclusion matters, and there is no inclusion in this shade range. It is painfully obvious that they threw in the two darkest colours in an attempt to appear inclusive. If you look at the picture below there is a nice gradient of colours, until the last two. There need to be at least 4 shades between the last two (and that still isn’t enough).

 

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Overall Rating: (3 / 5)

Overall, I think this is a really pretty foundation for people who are fail/ light skin toned and have oily skin. However, the shade range and the fact that is can very easily look cakey if you aren’t careful are major negatives. Although it may seem like I’m bashing  The Body Shop and this product a bit, please know I love the brand as a whole. I think this foundation just missed the mark a little bit. I will continue to use this foundation, and at this point I’m unsure if I would repurchase or not.

Thank you all so much for reading my review! Have you tried out this foundation or any others from The Body Shop? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,

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