Beauty, Make up, Product review

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Review

[By Small C]

Really been awhile since I did a product review. Of course, there are products that I love and also definitely products that not to my liking.

Combat skin imperfections throughout the day with our NEW 100% vegan Matte Clay Foundation. This lightweight foundation is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. It’s also resistant to water and sweat. Apply with our multi-tasking complexion blender for a flawless application.

As I am not a person who like to bring my foundation or powder along with me to touch-up during the day. Hence, I prefer my foundation to be long-lasting. And given my T-zone area tends to get oily and shine during the day, I prefer something matte finish than the dewy finish which might make my face looks even oilier.

Usually for product review, I tend to use the back of my hand to do the demo and to show the effect of the product. While for this post, I will be using the lower part of my face to show how this foundation really perform.

Without any further delay, let’s get started..

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation



Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Nylon-12, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate/Vinylidene Chloridecopolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Calcium Gluconate, Silica Silylate, Perlite, Magnesium Gluconate, Moroccan Lava Clay, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Isobutane, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil / Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract – Thyme Flower Leaf Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxides, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides].

Shades: 10 Shades


The share that I am using Havana Sand 021. From photos, it seems to be a shade fairer than my skin tone. But on my normal make-up day, I usually put on bronzer and blusher, so under normal lighting, it doesn’t look too much off my skin tone colour. But for this post, I just put on this foundation only.

P/S: For this review, I used the COSRX Oil-free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) for my moisturizer and YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow as my primer.

How to Use: Apply appropriate amount with sponge blender or finger tip.

Where to Buy: The Body Shop Singapore

Price: S$20.00


  1. Packaging
  2. Matte Finish
  3. Lightweight with coverage
  4. Contain Tea-tree

I like the packaging a lot as it is simple and less bulky. I can just place in my cosmetic pouch when I go overseas trip. And given that it comes in tube it gives you a better control of how much product you want to squeeze out / use.

While, as my skin get a little oily / shine looking by the middle of the day, especially when our Singapore weather is humid and hot, matte finishing will be my ideal foundation finish that I would prefer.

As it is lightweight with coverage, I feel as if I apply nothing on my face. And it looks like my natural skin. It also improve my skin complexion too. And you do not need a lot of product to achieve coverage.  However, the coverage is also a con of this foundation, carry reading and you will know why.

For this Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation, as it is formulated without petrolatum and mineral oil and with tea tree, sensitive skin or acne-prone skin  will be suitable to use this foundation.  As it is oil-free, you do not need to worry that it will clog your pores or too greasy for your skin. And with tea tree, it can helps to prevent blemishes and also helps to soothe and calm your pimples or acne.


  1. Drying
  2. Cakey
  3. Low-Medium Coverage

Due to acne / blemishes treatment care products, my skin tends to be a little dry and as this foundation is matte finshing, sometimes it can be a little too drying for my skin. And without proper skincare routine or proper moisturizing of my skin before putting on this foundation, I can find dry patches or dry skin flakes on my face.

Likewise, if your skin not properly moisturize, you might find the foundation turn cakey around your T-zone or  cheeks area. And you might also find fine lines under your eyes and laughing lines. Given that this is a Matte Clay type of foundation, a little product goes a long way. You should slowly build your foundation and coverage. If not, you might find your foundation won’t stay or last on your skin and you will find them cakey.

While, although they said that it is a matte HIGH coverage foundation, but the coverage is actually not HIGH or even FULL coverage. Even if you build the coverage, the coverage is still just medium coverage. You might still need a concealer to conceal some of the imperfections.


The foundation is ideal for blemish skins or acne-prone skin. As it does have a coverage which can help to cover redness or any scars a little, and give you a healthier looking skin complexion. But, as many of us who are combating our acne-prone skin, our skin might be a little too drying due to those acne treatment products that we used. I find that even if do my proper skin care regime before applying the foundation, it still tend to be drying after a few hours of wearing.

And as it is a clay foundation, you need to slowly build your foundation and have to apply it quickly, as it might dry up on your skin and you might not be able to blend it well. If you did not blend the product well or you apply too much products, you will find your foundation actually turns cakey after a few hours of wearing.

Well, overall I find this foundation not bad as I can achieve a much healthy looking skin and give the is lightweight, I feel that my skin can breathe under this foundation. And most importantly, I don’t feel uncomfortable and neither does this foundation break my skin out. But, when I have very bad skin day, this is definitely not a good foundation that I will go for. Especially, when I have super dry skin after those acne treatment.

However, I would still recommend to those who have similar skin concerns as me to consider trying this foundation out if you are looking for a foundation that is lightweight and yet with coverage. And most importantly, it doesn’t make your pimples or acne worsen.

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Disclamier: This is not a sponsored post nor a partnership post with any parties. I just share this foundation based on my own opinion and impression of the product.

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