When someone mentions The Body Shop, I don’t think of make-up. I think of body butters, soap, shower puffs, and skincare.
So when they got in touch with me to ask if I’d be interested in trying out some of their vegan make-up, I was pleasantly surprised and immediately said yes.
The Body Shop seem to be going back to their cruelty-free roots — I’m really hoping the rumours that L’Oreal will no longer be their parent company are true — and it’s a welcome update.
[Edit: The day this post was published, L’Oreal announced they were in talks with Natura about selling The Body Shop, which is wonderful news!]
Lip & Cheek Stain in Vineyard Peach*, Dusty Rose*, and Pink Guava* (v), £8 each for 7.2ml
These multi-purpose stains look so pretty that I tried them all out as soon as they arrived. My favourite is Dusty Rose, a muted, everyday pink/nude. Vineyard Peach has more orange undertones and a hint of coral, making it perfect for summer, while Pink Guava is a girly, Barbie pink that looks lighter on lips and skin than the packaging would suggest. All of the colours give skin a healthy glow when used as a blush.
I’d say the stains have a medium consistency — they don’t feel gloopy when applied but they’re still very pigmented, and you do need to use the applicator to make sure the colour goes on evenly. The colours are exactly what you’d expect from a stain — translucent but substantial — and stay put for a good few hours before you need to top them up. They also fade evenly.
Drying takes quite a while, though, so this is something to bear in mind if you’re in a hurry. (The stains take less time to dry on cheeks than they do on lips.) But once they are dry, you can’t tell they’re there at all. And I like not having to faff around with lots of different products when it’s early!
Baked-To-Last Bronzer in 02 Warm Glow* (v), £16 for 9g
I present to you a mythical creature: a bronzer that isn’t too dark or too orange! Warm Glow did scare me when I saw it in the pan, what with the shimmer and all the different shades, but a little bit blended into the cheekbones and dusted on the tip of the nose gives a beautiful, golden glow, even when you’re Casper-pale like me. The powder itself has a light texture with minimal fall-out. I never really use bronzers much but this one has quickly become an everyday staple, especially when my skin needs a bit of a boost.
Shimmer Waves in Coral* (v), £16 for 8.5g
I cannot tell you how much I lusted after these shimmer bricks when I was growing up. To finally own one and use one at the age of 23 is a little bit of a dream come true, and I know younger Beth would be delighted. These peachy-pink shades blend together to create a pretty wash of colour on the apples of your cheeks, and they’re shimmery enough to add a highlight too, without being over the top. Again, the powder has a light texture and no fall-out, so you don’t have to worry about getting bits of sparkle on your chin.
All-In-One BB Cream in 01* (v), £12 for 25ml
I’ve never quite been sold on BB creams, but I enjoy using this one when I need a very natural base. Coverage is light and evens out the skintone somewhat, but it doesn’t conceal my acne scars and pigmentation. It’s also a little too hydrating for me.
I would probably need the lightest shade, 00, if I was in UK, but I’ve caught a little bit of sun recently so 01 is just about right. I don’t think I’d buy this but if you have dry skin, don’t want to wear foundation, but need something, this could be right for you.
Instaglow CC Cream in Bright Glow (for light skin)* (v), £15 for 25ml
On the other hand, I love this! Instaglow gives skin a healthy, natural-looking radiance and can be worn alone or underneath foundation (I usually wear it alone). Too much can make you look a little bit on the shiny side, but a tiny drop or two blended out with fingers works magic.
Have you tried anything from The Body Shop‘s vegan range? Have any of these products caught your eye? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.