Regardless of your skin tone, at some point in your life you will have inevitably purchased a foundation which turned out to be nowhere near the right colour.
If it’s a high street brand it’s generally not too bad – you can mourn your £10 & move on – but with high end foundations it’s a much bigger deal. You’ve probably spent upwards of £30 & if you’ve had to import products from abroad returns aren’t always possible even if you spot the error before cracking it open.
Those of you who tan (naturally or out of a bottle) will probably have faced a similar dilemma: do you purchase multiple foundation shades or accept that some of the time you’ll be using a product which doesn’t quite match your skin tone? Neither option is ideal.
So, what can you do? Enter the Body Shop’s Shade Adjusting Drops (£10).
The drops come in two shades: one created for lightening foundations (white with pink undertones) & one designed for darkening foundations (deep brown with warm undertones). Both come in 15ml glass bottles with a dropper making it easy to control & keep a track of how much you’re adding so you can get consistent results. The drops are a thick liquid designed not to affect the consistency or coverage of your foundation, so long as you’re only using a few drops.
I like to mix my foundation in batches, each lasting me a few days, so I don’t have to worry about it if I happen to be in a rush one morning. I use a small plastic travel pot & spatula which are easy to clean, & keep the foundation fresh but you could also invest in a professional mixing palette if you’d rather do it on a day-to-day basis (probably best if you use multiple foundations).
On the left in the photo above you can see the shade of Laura Mercier’s Silk Crème Foundation (check out my review here) I was matched to in my local Space NK store. It’s clearly way too dark & super orange – basically unwearable – but add a few drops of the Shade Adjusting liquid & suddenly it’s an almost perfect match & I haven’t just wasted £35.
Overall, this isn’t a particularly revolutionary product but it is a super versatile makeup bag staple that could save you a lot of money in the long run & who doesn’t want that.