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Review // The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops

Have I ever mentioned that I have really pale skin and often find it hard to find a foundation that matches my delicate skintone? Only all the time? Oh, alright then. But seriously, the struggle is really there. It is hard. Every foundation seems to be orange toned, even the paler shades appear too dark for me. Before now there was nothing that could be done about it other than blend blend blend but The Body Shop have just released a product which has changed my make-up routine for ever, as well as me as a person. (Maybe). If you have pale skin and find foundations a struggle to get right, then you may want to run along to the shops and purchase The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops as they may just be the answer to all of your make-up related struggles.

About The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops:
"You wouldn’t settle for Mr. “Almost right” so why do it with your foundation? Our Shade Adjusting Drops help turn an almost there shade into the perfect one. If you have light to medium skin you may find your foundation looks too dark or orange. A concentration of white and pink pigments in our Lightening Drops helps neutralise yellowness while lightening. Simply add a drop to lighten light to medium shades. For use with light to medium foundation shades. Transform an “almost right” foundation shade into the perfect one.1 drop = ½ a shade lighter. Works with most liquid foundations"

When I first found out about these Body Shop Lightening Drops I was so excited, especially as I seem to be getting paler as I get older. They sounded like the answer to my problems. And everyone else's, it would seem. This little bottle was so hard to get hold of. They were sold out online and in store for weeks. In the end I signed up to the email alerts to be notified when they came back into stock - yes, I really was that serious about getting it! 

The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops come housed in a little 15ml glass bottle which has a dropper applicator disguised as the lid. The dropper function is really easy to use, although my only complaint is that the hole at the top of the bottle is really wide, as is the dropper, so it can get a bit messy when pulling the dropper in and out of the bottle. It isn't a really issue, but you do have to be careful not to waste the product when you pull it out.

I was so excited to try this out with all of my foundations to see what the difference would be and I can honestly say that I can't believe I used to apply my foundation without it. You only need the smallest, tiniest amount of the lightening drops to lighten up your foundation by half a shade. I apply a dollop of my foundation to the back of my hand, add a really small drop of the Shade Adjusting Drops then mix it together with an old, small make-up brush. I then dot it all over my face then blend in with a Beauty Blender. It doesn't add loads of time onto your make-up regime either and if you were really prepared, you could make up a whole load of toned-down foundation then decant it into a little pot or a squeezy tube. 

I did wonder how my matte foundations would react with the Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops mixed in. Would it lose its matte finish? Surprisingly no! Because you are only adding a very minute amount of the shade adjusting drops into the foundation, it keeps hold of its matte finish whilst toning down the foundation shade.

I really do not have a bad word to say about this product. It does exactly what it claims to and it really tones down foundations which are too dark for your skintone. You only need a very small drop to add to your foundation so the small 15ml bottle will last you a very long time. This £10 bottle has saved me from throwing away so many foundations which are too dark for me and for that, I think it is well worth a purchase!



  1. i want to buy the darkening shade adjusting drops. and it is great hear that the matte foundation is still matte after adding it in the foundation! x

    jess x | https://wellwellgirls.blogspot.tw/

  2. Lovely review! I have heard so many people rave about these! They sound really good! X

    Amyx Makeupwithmissa.blogspot.co.uk

  3. I need to buy these because it can be very expensive buying foundations for different times of the year - tanned/untanned etc! xx

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  4. Hearing a lot about it and I might go for it. I am tiered of mixing and matching. Good to hear that matte effect remains intact :) Thanks

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  5. I'm not incredibly pale but especially with drugstore foundations I'm usually in between shades, this sounds like the perfect fix!


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  7. This is such a cool product! So useful.

    Dakota D.
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  8. I've been looking at these drops for ages but can't help but feel as if the £10 is a bit much considering how much product you actually get. Will probably still end up buying it though, purely because the pale neck with slightly orange face is not a good life to be living #palegirlstruggles


  9. I've heard mixed reviews about these drops, but since reading this I think I'm going to have to pick them up too (if I can find them!) I'm super pale as well, so always find it hard work to get the light shade. I have loads of foundations at home that I can't use because they're too dark, so this would be perfect! Great review x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

  10. I saw this today when I went in and wondered whether it was worth a try... Lovely review!

    Lauren x | http://huggled.blogspot.co.uk/