Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals™ Kabuki Brush & Foundation…

Ok, ok, so I said in my last post that I had been a bad girl right? Well, this is why…

Yup, I succumbed to the call of TBS’ Nature’s Minerals™ Kabuki Brush & Foundation combo…sigh…but really, who could resist? First up is the Kabuki foundation brush – I love!

TBS’ Kabuki foundation brush is made from 100% synthetic hair, and is much denser than the existing brushes in TBS. The thing I like about this is that it feels really luxurious against my skin – not scratchy like some others I’ve tried. The bristles have just the right amount of flex in them too, which is a big thing for me…there’s nothing more irritating than using a Kabuki and having it rub on your skin when the bristles are too stiff, or offer no control when the bristles are too soft.

It also comes with its own cute pouch. This isn’t entirely practical, since it can get pretty mangled if thrown in your bag along with a hundred other things, but it serves its purpose.

Simply said, this has to be one of the better Kabukis I’ve come across. The handle of the Kabuki could be the teeniest bit longer, but it works fine nevertheless. And oh, the way it picks up the foundation (or any other powder for that matter) is just brilliant – I’m so going to guard this very closely… :D It’s mine I tell you! All mine!

Now, on to the other half of the combo – TBS Nature’s Minerals Foundation…I got mine in 02 (I swiped the last one at the Midvalley outlet, so if you’re looking for the same shade, you’ll have to try other outlets – sorry!)

The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals™ Long-Lasting Foundation with SPF25 helps to protect skin from sun damage. Pure mineral powders have been carefully selected by The Body Shop to deliver adjustable coverage for a light, naturally radiant finish, offering ‘barely-there’ make-up with a slightly pearlescent formulation for healthy-looking skin. Nature’s Minerals™ Foundation SPF25 is oil free, dermatologically-tested, non-comedogenic and free from potential irritants like preservatives and fragrances.

The Foundation is made up of ingredients including Mediterranean clay and kaolin, which together ensure amazing staying power, Sericite to promote lustre and mica based pearls for a natural healthy looking glow. Clinically-proven to be perfect for those with sensitive skin, free of preservatives, fragrance, and oils – and ideal for those with sensitive skin. Comes in 6 shades.

The Verdict:
First things first, this is not entirely relevant, but the jars are made from part recycled content – all in the name of being environmentally friendly. And it’s a pretty sturdy case too, with a sparkly cover. The inside comes with graphic instructions on how to apply the foundation, as well as a small leaflet.

The Nature’s Minerals™ makeup collection doesn’t come with the standard sifter, but instead uses a mesh sifter that claims to make distribution easier. After trying this out, I’d have to somewhat agree. With the mesh, not as much product flies out when you tap the case, so it minimises wastage. The mesh also doubles up as a sifter (duh? I meant a real sifter!) and ‘sieves’ the powder as it comes out, so what you end up using with your brush is just pure, ‘lumpless’ powder (who has gotten lumps in their loose powder before? I know I have…this shares the same concept as sifting your flour before using it to bake a cake)

As far as coverage of the actual foundation itself goes, I’ve tried it out for a few days now, and it’s not half bad. The powder goes on smoothly and has given me some much needed coverage (it’s been a stressful week, and I’ve had to cover up the lack of sleep that shows on my face!) For those with oily skin though, you may have to apply a mattefier beforehand, as I found that this one did give me a bit of a shine halfway through my day – but lasted through my usual work day with the mattefier.

I’d say this I’m not as excited over this as the Kabuki, but the foundation would make a solid addition to my makeup kit. The mesh feature is definitely something to look forward to – more MMU companies should look into this! :) Do check it out if you happen by your local TBS, and let me know what you think!

PS: I got the eyeshadow brush too - review of that one coming up soon! *wink*

4.5 / 5
(for the Kabuki)
4 / 5 (for the Foundation)
Value: $$



At 9:44 pm, September 09, 2008 , Blogger Askmewhats said...

you are a bad bad girl! LOL but a good girl for me as a reader coz I got the feedbacks and review on both these products and I haven't seen them personally yet!!! I just bought a new Kabuki brush and it looks almost the same as the body shop one and I love it....that sifter looks awesome, haven't seen that and if you say its great, I believe you! Can't wait for your next review

At 11:15 pm, September 09, 2008 , Anonymous rinnah said...

I popped by TBS at the Curve on Sunday and was awfully tempted to get the eyeshadow brush since I'm looking for a good one but the price put me off! :(

Faster review the e/s brush so I can decide. Lawl.

At 12:39 am, September 10, 2008 , Blogger Stephanie / Yukaeshi said...

Yeah the sifter is really a unique feature and I wish loose powder jars would be replaced by sifters instead of holes :P

Glad to read up on other opinions on the foundation and brush other than my own one though ;)

At 10:20 am, September 10, 2008 , Anonymous parisb said...

Haiya.. now I have to go to another Body Shop unless I can take a lighter color? :P hehe... Tempted by this one but do you have the ingredient list? Is it a true mineral powder or like L'oreal style with additives?

At 6:14 pm, September 11, 2008 , Blogger beetrice said...

askmewhats: aww girl..you are SO going to get spoilt when you come here... :D

rinnah: oeii...patience patience! (lowdown: just get it lah!)

stephanie/yukaeshi: I liked the sifter effect too! Your review was great stuff btw.. :)

parisb: sorri lah, apparently that colour very 'hangat' lor...the ingredient list on the product claims only minerals..I could always pass you a bit to try first! LOL..

At 5:38 pm, September 12, 2008 , Anonymous MisSmall said...

Ahhh, so this is why you said you've been a bad bad gal. You snapped the eyeshadow brush too! Hehe. Alrighty, I'll hold my horses till I read your review on it then. :D

At 1:10 pm, September 13, 2008 , Anonymous Dorphine said...

I went to TBS is Melbourne as well! They got a free 10 minute makeover for their MMU range so I went for it. Matched the foundation 03 shade. I quite like the colour and effect although I notice that the powder seems to be more flyaway than all the other MMU's. She tried on me the Rose Quartz blush and not too bad. But I think their range of blush colors are really limited. I also got to try the eyehadow, Platinum I think. It's lovely. But i realize after 5 hrs or so it started fading + creasing. So at that, I think Indulgent cosmetics eyeshadow lasts longer.

But you're right, the brushes are to die for. I'm seriously considering getting all 3 brushes but it costs a bomb is Aus. It's like 30+aud for the foundation and blush kabukis and 17aud for the eyeshadow brush. But they are really good...soft, dense and picks up the powders really really well.

At 5:06 pm, September 16, 2008 , Blogger beetrice said...

missmall: haha...review's up! :)

dorphine: yup, the powder is finer than the other MMUs...and I think you guys got more blush colours in Melb than we did here, but I lurve me brushes..hehe..

At 4:55 pm, October 20, 2008 , Anonymous katkat said...

How much is the brush?

At 5:05 pm, October 20, 2008 , Blogger beetrice said...

katkat: the foundation brush is RM75, although cheaper if you buy it together with the foundation. :)

At 2:53 am, April 23, 2010 , Blogger Katarina said...

I agree about the kabuki brush. I read some tips on how to find a good one and went on my search today. The one from ID and isadora and even smashbox felt like those guys use for shavingfoam. So itchy! Then I asked in bodyshop and just fell inlooooove. Unfortunatelly the pricetag put me off, but it's there at the back of my head begging me to buy it. They also had a blushbrush that was even softer. I couldn't resist petting myself on the cheek while talking to the lady in the store,lol.


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