The Body Shop Matte Clay Foundation!

The Body Shop Matte Clay Foundation!

Hey everyone!

More makeup for you guys today, I’m definitely starting to feel more like myself recently and have been doing more funky makeup looks which you can keep up to date with on my Instagram as I can’t post everything on here unfortunately!

Onto the foundation, I have known since the start of 2017 about the release of this product as I was working at The Body Shop at the time and we got briefed on all the upcoming releases for the year. My initial reaction was to be super excited as medium to full coverage, matte foundations are my thing. The Body Shop definitely seem to be promoting their makeup a hell of a lot better in recent months and taking it more seriously although I have questioned some of the “out there” makeup looks they’ve posted…

The foundation comes in 10 different shades which really isn’t that wide a range, they seem to have included lots of different undertones throughout the shades but from the way they’ve promoted the product, it seems as if they want you to also purchase some lightening or darkening drops to use with the foundation to get your perfect match because of the small colour range on offer. I ended up getting matched with the palest shade in the range (surprise, surprise) and it suited my skin tone perfectly luckily!

The formula is 100% vegan, contains tea tree oil to help fight spots and absorb excess oil that the skin produces and claims to be ultra-lightweight, ideal for any skin type and resistant to water and sweat. So there are some pretty big claims in there, especially for a foundation that retails at only £10 for 30ml.

So, what did I think of it?

On first application, the coverage was brilliant with minimal product which I was really impressed with but the formula is quite dry and chalky. I have combination skin and had applied my usual moisturiser and primer beforehand so all I can think is the tea tree oil in the formula makes it quite dry once put on the skin. It also gathered up on and accentuated the pores on my nose which is a problem I haven’t suffered with in a long time – I used a beauty blender to try and pat the product smooth and then used my trusty old All-in-One Face Base on top.

I wore the foundation all day despite feeling like my skin looked a bit dry and flaky and after around 6 hours it started to separate and peel off on my chin so in all honesty, I’m really not impressed by this foundation sadly. I do agree, it does give good coverage when you apply it and it is really lightweight but it definitely is not ideal for any skin type – I think it might be a good option for people who are super oily so I’d like to see the results on someone with that skin type.

To end this post on a better note, a new-ish product I AM absolutely loving from The Body Shop are their Eye Colour Sticks! I picked one up in the shade “Sydney Topaz” and it’s perfect for adding a pop of colour to a look, they’ve got them in 8 different shades, 4 neutrals and 4 brights and at only £8 each they’re a steal! Here’s a look I did with mine:

I’m thinking of investing in them all and doing a whole post of looks with them in the near future, would anyone be interested in that? What makeup products have you tried from The Body Shop?

’Til next time,


  1. 30th August 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Loving the colour of the eye stick, stunning! I love your honest review, The Body Shop do amazing shower gels and moisturisers but I’ve never tried their make-up x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you! They have some really good make-up but then some really disappointing stuff too, I love their face powders for sure! X

  2. katherine
    30th August 2017 / 5:27 pm

    So disappointing to hear that the foundation isn’t so good! They alway make these things look amazing in their adds! And that colour of the eye stick is absolutely gorgeous!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:28 pm

      I know right!? I was so set on this being awesome! It is a fab colour, deffo worth £8! X

  3. 30th August 2017 / 7:42 pm

    It’s a shame that this didn’t work out for you because I’ve heard such good things from body shop makeup but I have to say, your makeup shots in this post are B.O.M.B!!!! Loving the turquoise on your lids and it compliments your eyes so so well!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:29 pm

      I know, some of their stuff is legit so good! Thanks honey, the eye sticks are so easy to use! X

  4. 30th August 2017 / 7:48 pm

    It’s a shame the foundation didn’t work well for you! The looks you created look amazing though! xx

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you! Xx

  5. Lily
    30th August 2017 / 8:57 pm

    The eye stick is sooo pretty! Makes the look! Such a shame about the foundation, I was kinda hoping it’d be great! I have only tried their bronzer which gives a nice glow but other then that nothing else x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you! I know I’m a bit gutted, I do really like their powder products! X

  6. 30th August 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I was loving the sound of this, but I have dry skin, so this won’t be for me. Great review, and it’s such a shame that it’s not great xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:31 pm

      It is a shame 🙁 thanks girl! Xx

  7. 31st August 2017 / 1:45 pm

    That’s disappointing to hear that the foundation wasn’t good – I thought it had a big potential! My skin is a mix of types really, so I am not even going to look at that foundation and stick to what works for me. I love the colour of thateye colour stick! It’s so lovely!

    Julia xx

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:32 pm

      I was rooting for it but sadly it was disappointing, it is a super pretty one, I can’t wait to get the others! Xx

  8. 31st August 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I saw ‘Matte Clay Foundation’ first and I was like yes! SO ME. But, that’s really disappointing it went dry and flaky after only 6 hours! Thanks for the great post and definitely one to avoid!

    XOXO Molly

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 8:39 pm

      This was exactly me too haha! I was so excited to try it, 6 hours is an awful amount of time, right!? Ah well, still on the hunt for my perfect base! X

  9. 31st August 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I’ve loved seeing The Body Shop push their make up! I am soo sad that it didn’t reach your satisfaction, I would have felt it would be a good foundation. But those Eye Colour Sticks are to die for! I would love to see a make up look with them, the colours just pop!!

    Gemma |

    • blacktulipbeauty
      31st August 2017 / 9:24 pm

      They have some really good bits on offer so it is good to see they’re promoting it better! Yeah I was super gutted as it had so much potential. They are so easy to use too, I’m definitely going to invest in the rest and do some more looks! X

  10. 31st August 2017 / 9:59 pm

    I love the idea of tea tree oil in it! But such a shame it wasn’t very good, I suffer with dry skin as it is so using this would be a massive no! Great post lovely, and thanks for writing such an honest detailed review 🙂 xx

  11. jade
    1st September 2017 / 12:55 am

    I am so glad you’re honest about this product! You haven’t just said how good it is, you’ve said the bad points too!
    The colour of the eye stick is beautiful – I would love to see a whole post on their range!xo

    • blacktulipbeauty
      1st September 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jade 🙂 I will definitely get one set up, they are gorgeous sticks! X

  12. 1st September 2017 / 9:16 am

    Yasss! Haha give me a matte foundation any day! This looks great on you girl, my only issue is the tea tree oil ? I hate tea tree oil and it seems to be in everything!xx

    • blacktulipbeauty
      1st September 2017 / 8:15 pm

      It was quite nice on first application, it’s such a shame it didn’t stay that way! I think the tea tree oil probably let the formula down! Xx

    • blacktulipbeauty
      1st September 2017 / 8:16 pm

      It’s lush isn’t it!! I usually get on so well with matte foundations, but not this one unfortunately! Thank you 🙂 X

  13. 1st September 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Great post – shame the foundation didn’t work out but your makeup still looks stunning!x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      1st September 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Thank you 🙂 X

  14. 2nd September 2017 / 10:29 pm

    I didn’t know they even had foundation. Glad to know before I purchased

  15. 3rd September 2017 / 10:17 am

    Oh dear that foundation doesn’t sound good! I have very dry skin so it definitely wouldn’t be right for me! I actually swatched it in store the other day and was pretty disappointed with the shade range also, I don’t think a foundation should be sold knowing you’ve to buy lightening drops too!
    Love that eye stick! The colour is insane, so pigmented!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  16. 3rd September 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Since they have been bought out by L’Oreal I have boycotted them however, their products are great x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      3rd September 2017 / 8:32 pm

      They’ve been sold to a CF parent company now and will be officially free from L’oréal by the end of the year! X

  17. Kayleigh Zara
    3rd September 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I’ve always heard amazing things about this foundation and the body shop makeup is amazing in general. I always worry about picking up the foundation because of being so pale x

    Kayleigh Zara ?

    • blacktulipbeauty
      4th September 2017 / 3:41 pm

      I’m pale as anything and I usually just get the lightest they do! I was the lightest shade in this one but in their Fresh Nude Foundation I’m the second lightest due to having more yellow undertones in my skin X

  18. Anu
    3rd September 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I was really excited for to try this foundation but I think I’ll skip it now especially since I have dry skin. I love the look of the Eye Colour Stick though! Need to give it a go :)x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

    • blacktulipbeauty
      4th September 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Yeah I would deffo not recommend it for dry skin due to the tea tree oil! You should, the eye colour stick is fabulous! 🙂 X

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