August 14, 2012

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation

Foundation is probably the most difficult cosmetic for me to purchase. Mostly because of the color match - I need for it to be as yellow as possible to match the rest of me. Even when a product says that its made for yellow undertones, I still find that its just not yellow enough to neutralize the redness caused by rosacea.

Golden Ivory is a pretty good match and it met my most basic requirement in selecting foundation.

The compact has two compartments - the upper half contains the cream foundation, and the lower portion holds the synthetic brush applicator. I know some may not be thrilled about using this brush but personally, I think it's okay. It's not difficult to apply the product using this brush and I'm able to blend it enough for it not to be streaky. Plus I like that I can carry it around - great for traveling!

The foundation isn't something I'd describe as lightweight - probably medium. I can definitely feel that I'm wearing something on my face and it feels a tad oily. Coverage is from light to medium and it works well for those with normal skin. It tends to accentuate dryness and if your skin is oily, you'll need to blot a few times to keep shine at bay. Fortunately, this did not break me out. Whew!

I do like that it evens out my skin color. The darkness around my eye became less obvious, as well as the dilated capillaries on my cheeks. It can also cover small blemishes.

I'm on the fence with this foundation - while I love the coverage this provides, I find myself limited to using this when my skin is in a good mood or when I'm in a less humid environment. If only they can fix that part of the formula, then this would be my daily foundation... but that's not the case. Bummer.

I'm sure a lot of you have better skin than I do, so you may still want to check this out. 

And so my search for a super duper yellow foundation that provides good coverage and is good for dry skin continues. Got any recommendations for me? :)


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    1. yeah, it's one of the better ones. i get to save on concealer hehe!

  2. I've been meaning to try this but whenever I see "cream" in any product label, I am always hesitant because I have oily skin. But I agree, I can see the difference in the coverage.

  3. I think the compact has done a pretty good job without any help of the concealer or the primer...and hope I can find the right one for my dark skin tone.

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  4. where can i buy this ( sorry for my english )

    1. Go to and select your country to find stores in your area :)


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