I have yet to find a foundation I love, I think it really comes down to trail and error. Since what works for some might not work for me and vice versa... Anyway, here's a short review and swatches of The Body Shop's Oil Free Foundation SPF 15 in Shade 02, that I've been using for awhile.
The Body Shop Oil Free Foundation SPF 15 (30mL / 1.0US FL OZ)
Best if you want to: Perfect and balance skin while minimizing pores with a lightweight, shine-free formula.
Best for: medium to full coverage, oily and combination skin
What it is designed to do:
* Special blend of minerals and high performance spherical powders work together to achieve all-day balanced coverage.
* Sunscreens provide a medium level of broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreens to help protect skin.
* Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that help smooth, soften, condition and protect skin for improved radiance.
Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octisalate, Cyclomethicone, Isopropyl Lanolate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polysorbate 20, Benzyl Alcohol, Boron Nitride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Silica, Panthenol, Propylparaben, Hectorite, Phenyl Methicone, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Octyl Hydroxystearate, Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Methylparaben, Talc, Bladderwrack Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.
Review: The Body Shop’s Oil Free Foundation is a light weight, oil free foundation that is made for oily to combination skin. I decided to give this foundation a go because I wanted something that was oil free and have SPF protection. The sales assistant recommended this one and matched the shade 02. It comes in a plastic pump bottle that's clear in the middle so you can see how much foundation is left. It's pretty convenient and easy to take around.
Here's a photo that's closer up. You can’t see it very well in the photos but the foundation actually sinks into the grooves of my skin. Other times it left streaks when you try to apply a bit more to conceal spots and freckles. It looks like it’s stripping away the layer beneath when the new layer is applied. I’ve also tried using this with a makeup sponge but the foundation became uneven and hard to blend.
This is the first time I used makeup by The Body Shop so I didn’t know to expect, but I was pretty disappointed with it. I guess I’ll just stick with their body lotions instead. Have any of you tried other make up by The Body Shop?
*Updated 28 Aug 2010 below*
Excuse me for the late update :P just been a bit busy...
As from the comments below, herroyalbleakness suggested I try using this The Body Shop foundation with the wet sponge method. That's for your suggestions :) I have tried it for a few days. So I'm just going to give everyone a quick update on how it went.
Unfortunately it still did not work for me. From applying this foundation with a wet sponge. I found the coverage becomes very sheer. To me, it's more like the foundation's been diluted and did not give my skin the right coverage as I would like. With the low coverage, it really didn't do much for my skin, personally I think my BB cream does a much better job when I go for a natural sheer look.
I also had problems with it spreadly evenly, the foundation became blotchy and uneven in areas particularly when I use a light dabbing motion. I also noticed it was streaky when you try to spread and still pulls off prevous layer in some areas. On the other hand, because the foundation was thinner, it didn't sink into my pores anymore.
Guess it was a hit or miss thing...