It’s no secret around these parts that I’m incredibly pale. In summer I’m around an NC15-NC20 (if there was NC17.5 that’d be my shade) and in winter I’m slightly paler than NC15. It makes finding a good base product quite difficult – most foundations are either too dark or the undertone is too pink to suit my neutral-golden skin!
When I heard about the Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop I knew I needed to test them out. I’ve been meaning to purchase a white foundation for mixing for some time now, but hadn’t been able to find one with a good price point or pigment. I originally played with these whilst I was in store in New Zealand and loved the effect, and purchased it the day I got back.
The packaging is a simple white bottle with a dropper as the lid. You unscrew and use the dropper to add 1-2 drops of the white liquid to any foundation that you need to lighten. It doesn’t adjust the undertones at all, just simply lightens it a shade or two.
The foundation I’ve been using it with mostly is my Nars Sheer Glow in Gobi, which is slightly too dark for me as we’re now coming out of summer. I simply put about 3-4 small pumps of the foundation on the back of my hand and add a drop of the white liquid to it. I use a cotton bud to mix it together so I don’t get my fingers dirty, and then wipe the excess off the cotton bud and onto my face. I’ll add another drop if it’s still a bit too dark.
As you can (hopefully) tell from the above picture, the foundation is definitely a lot lighter. I’ve been loving this a lot recently to use up some of my foundations that are just lying around! I don’t find that the drops change the formula at all, just simply lighten it up! They don’t change the undertone, which I have been asked – I’d love it though if The Body Shop came out with something that helped with that!
The drops retail for $29.95 and I definitely recommend you trying them out in store and purchasing them, especially if you’re pale like me!