The winter weather has been drying out my skin and my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has proved a little too matte during this season. I decided to switch over to my e.l.f. Flawless Finish foundation (in “Porcelain”) for a little more hydration. As much as I love this foundation, sadly it’s a touch too dark for my fair (bordering on albino) skin tone.
The Body Shop’s Shade Adjusting Drops came to mind as a solution, since I had just read a review of them on Life In Excess. These drops come in both lightening and darkening formulas. While I can’t attest to the quality of the darkening drops, the lightening drops have become a staple in my winter makeup routine.
The lightening drops are opaque and made up of a concentration of white and pink pigments to neutralize yellowness while lightening. The drops come with a dropper/pipette for easy dispensing and 1 drop is supposed to make your foundation 1 shade lighter.
How They Work
I apply 1 drop of the lightening formula to 1 pump of my e.l.f. foundation and mix the two products together with the end of an eyeliner brush on the back of my hand until I can no longer see any white pigments from the drops.
After mixing, my foundation is in fact 1 shade lighter and I no longer look like I just came back from the Bahamas and only tanned my face. The drops don’t change the coverage, texture or wear time of the foundation.
I’m really glad I purchased the lightening drops. As a super-pale person, I think these drops are a great tool, as many foundation lines don’t make shades light enough for my skin tone. At $22CDN, the drops make it easy for me to try out different foundations without having to worry about not finding the perfect match on the first try.
How do you deal with foundations that aren’t your perfect match?
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