20 September 2011

Review of The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals cream compact foundation with SPF 15


Because I often apply my makeup on the hoof, I like the convenience of a compact foundation, and was excited to be sent the new Extra Virgin Minerals compact from The Body Shop. 

Rose Vanilla compact swatched on the inside of my arm - which is a few shades lighter than my face
 
This is a lovely product and perfect for day-to-day use. It doesn’t cake or cling to any little dry patches on my face, but gives a lovely light even veil of coverage, which is easily buildable. It feels really comfortable on the skin and the cream to powder formula results in a velvety, semi-matte finish. 

That's a handy little mirror in the top half of the lid.

Made with mineral pigments, Community Fair Trade Italian cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and moisturising marula oil, the product promises 14 hours wear. I haven’t put that to the test but I’ve been impressed with how it’s lasted throughout the working day. 

This soft synthetic brush comes with the product

The last compact I reviewed was this one by Max Factor when I griped about the lack of mirror and SPF. So I’m delighted to report that this compact contains both, and it also comes with – a first in my experience – a brush applicator, rather than a sponge. I’ve found the brush really easy to use although it does leave faint stippling, which I blend in with my fingers after application. 
 


You get 8.5g of product for €24.95, and the range includes a liquid (€22.95) and loose powder foundation (€23.95), too, so there’s bound to be a finish to suit your skin type. Each formula is non-comedogenic, unfragranced and paraben-free (so suitable for all skin types), and comes in seven shades; I’m using Rose Vanilla. This product really ticks my boxes -  it’s a big thumbs up from me! 

Have you tried this or any of the other foundations in The Body Shop's Extra Virgin range? 

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Edit: If you fancy trying this out for yourself, get on over to Pretty Easy where you can win one as part of Sarah's current giveaway! She also has a Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder Mix up for grabs.
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