I think pretty much any person that’s ever bought a foundation has dealt with the shade match struggle. How often have I excitedly picked out a new foundation, only to discover it’s not even close to a perfect match? Too many times, that’s for sure. So that’s why I’m so glad that shade adjusting drops have come into my life. Sure, it’s easier to get a foundation to properly match in the first place but having the option there to create your own custom shade can come in handy sometimes. If you tan regularly and need different shades for summer and winter or even if you’re just like me and nothing is quite pale enough for you. I’ve been deeply in love with the concept for over a year but I’ve added a few new formulas recently. It’s time to report back with a bit of a comparison.
$15, 30ml – $0.50 per ml
My most recent addition, one that I picked up in a recent ASOS order. This product comes with a few different options, including ones to lighten, darken, add glow or add warmth to your base. The product comes in a squeeze-tube but the formula is thick enough that you can easily control it. The formula is quite thick and pigmented to begin with, but blends out well so it doesn’t interfere with the foundation. This one is a truly stark white, unlike the other two that have a tiny bit of a yellow undertone to them.
$19.95, 18ml – $1.10 per ml
I love that Australis continues to stay on-trend, bringing it all to the Australian consumer for a great price. They’ve gone for the classic dropper design, but I find that the packaging tends to be a little messy – a lot of the product ends up getting around the top of the lid and it’s a little harder to control the dropper when dispensing the product. I find that this one feels a little more present on the skin when mixed in with foundation, making bases a tiny bit thicker and also adding a little more dewiness to the base.
$29.95, 15ml – $2 per ml
My original introduction to the shade adjusting drops. This is actually my second bottle because they have become such a staple for me. The formula is one of the more subtle of the bunch, blending into the foundation without any white cast to the complexion. They’re incredibly lightweight so it never feels like they’re weighing down a foundation. The packaging is the same glass bottle with a dropper as the Australis option but it’s just a little less messy.
NYX, Australis & The Body Shop.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in R230, MUFE + NYX, MUFE + Australis, MUFE + The Body Shop.
All three of these options certainly get the job done well. If you don’t mind adding a little bit more dewiness to your foundation, the Australis option is still awesome but I think The Body Shop wins out this time. I find that it’s still the easiest to work with – particularly when it comes to the packaging. The dropper dispenses the perfect amount of product and it’s all a relatively fuss-free process. The NYX option is still relatively new to me but it’s another strong contender, particularly considering how cheap it is. Realistically, any option you pick gets the job done – beyond that it’s simply personal preference.
Have you tried foundation adjusting drops?
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