The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

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I’m on a mission. I need a new foundation that is medium – full coverage, long wearing, and preferably not dewy or luminous finish. I also happened to get a gift card for a local mall that didn’t have a Sephora in it but it did have a Body Shop! Back in the day I used to love The Body Shop makeup so I thought I’d try one of their foundations using my mall gift card. I’ll let you know right up front… this is going back to the store! I love so many of the products from The Body Shop but this one… Nope. Not for me. Here’s why…

Ok so a quick overview of the product first. The Body Shop describes the Fresh Nude foundation as a moisturizing foundation with light-medium coverage and a semi-matte finish. Sounds exactly like what I was looking for!

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It’s even packaged in your standard glass jar with pump and sells for $25. Not a bad price. Only slightly more than L’Oreal products but substantially less than Sephora brands. The Body Shop is also cruelty-free which makes me feel good about buying stuff there!

The foundation itself is extremely liquidy. They don’t market it as a water foundation but I think that they potentially could have.

You can see it run down my hand as I tilt my hand!

As per the recommendation of the sales lady who helped me I stippled it in my skin. I didn’t care for how that turned out. I preferred the look of it when I used my beauty blender. I was able to get a medium coverage and it didn’t look cakey with my beauty blender. It also managed to last on my face during a walk in +30C heat.

The Fresh Nude foundation certainly has a lot of good things going for it however it also has a fatal flaw! The smell. OH. MY. GOD. It has so much perfume in it that my husband could actually smell it off of me! It competes with my own perfume. I can smell it for hours after I apply it. It gives me a massive head ache. It’s terrible and I will never wear it as result. It smells like a heavily floral perfume that someones grandmother might wear. What were they thinking?

Ugh.

So much potential! This foundation appeared to last through sweat, had an amazing colour match, cruelty free and a lovely finish.

But that wretched stench makes it a dud in my books.

Sheena

Quick update: I took back the foundation on July 18, after this post was written but not posted. The Body Shop had a really easy return policy. I chose to exchange for something else but they offered a full refund if I wanted. I’d say if you don’t mind fragarance then this would worth a shot, especially knowing you can get a refund 🙂 

2 thoughts on “The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

  1. I have this and the smell didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t remember it lingering? Hmm. Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I like the light/medium finish but it’s more of a winter time foundation for me.

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