The Body Shop Brightening Compact in 04 Review + Swatch
Here's a review on The Body Shop Brightening Compact Review.
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The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base is one of the brand's best products, next to the Bath and Body Care range. I even think it's one of the nicest powder foundation products out there. When The Body Shop came out with Brightening Compact, I got pretty curious as it said that it can brighten skin instantly. Skin brightening? Dang, I need that all the time and I'd love to have it anytime and anywhere!
Let's inspect this product.
THE BODY SHOP BRIGHTENING COMPACT IN 04 REVIEW
This powder is part of the recently launched Moisture White Collection, a line tested on Asian Women. It features Brightening as its key effect and is delivered through the Advanced Shiso White Complex. Brightening Compact promises to deliver instant and overtime brightening effects to the skin and claims to conceal rough skin, hide obvious pores, and cover skin discolorations. It has SPF 25 PA++.
Packaging is pretty similar to All-In-One Face Base. Not really sure how many shades this one carries because there's very limited information online. I could not find sufficient information on this product on any The Body Shop websites too.
The sponge that comes in this compact has a flocked and rubbery side for varying coverage. Flocked= light; Rubbery= heavy.
Here's the product. It features a highlighting strip at the topmost portion of the pan. You can use both products separately or swirl them together to boost the powder foundation. I end up doing the latter all the time because it's actually inevitable swiping the sponge on the highlighter part.
04 is a midtone beige with a neutral undertone. The highlighter that comes with it is a pale Pink shade with silver micro shimmer.
THE BODY SHOP BRIGHTENING COMPACT IN 04 IN ACTION
One layer of the powder foundation
Oh, now I see how this product brightens the skin: it turns your skin to one shade lighter. Not the kind of brightening I had in mind. I know that brightening is just a less offensive term for lightening/whitening in Asian countries, but I stand by the fact that both have different effects on the skin. This one has lightened my skin.
As for the product aspects, coverage is light to medium and it yields a very obvious white cast. It is unscented.
TIP: Use a powder brush for a more natural coverage and to soften the white cast.
I fix the shade of this powder foundation by dusting bronzer all over my skin. Staying power is okay: it can control oil for about 2-3 hours, making it ideal for combination oily/normal skin types. The powder has a semi-creamy texture so that makes it ideal for dry and normal skin as well. It smoothed my skin's texture and covered some of my discolorations, but those are the light to moderate ones only.
I've found a better use for this product and that is as a correcting powder for dark bases and matte highlighter. It's going to come out really expensive though if you're going to use this product for those purposes only.
Brightening Compact has a pretty good texture and I feel that it's a potentially great product provided that it matches your skin tone. It's got a nice concept, but hopefully, The Body Shop will improve on the powder foundation part.
I'm back to my favorite, All-In-One Face Base! ;)
THE BODY SHOP BRIGHTENING COMPACT IN 04 RATING
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