Review of “Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation” by The Body Shop

Review of “Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation” by The Body Shop

The Body Shop, a British cruelty-free cosmetics brand, released their Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation halfway through 2017. This vegan collection of matte foundations, which is currently the fourth foundation in The Body Shop’s permanent range of cosmetics, consists of an underwhelming 10 light-to-medium shades.  Most noteworthy, it has been said that this product has been formulated without petrolatum and mineral oil, it has been enriched with skin-clearing tea tree oil, and it absorbs oil.

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.

• Full-coverage, matte finish
• Enriched with powerful tea tree oil
• Promotes clearer looking skin
• Oil absorbing properties
• Ideal for any skin type
• Ultra-lightweight
• Breathable 24-hour coverage

-The Body Shop

Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

The Matte Clay Skin Clarifying foundations are packaged in a slim plastic 30ml tube with a black plastic screw cap. The tube is not transparent, so it is not possible to physically see the true shade of the foundation without opening the product. The back of the tube consists of more information about the foundation, as well as the ingredients in it. This product features a thin nozzle through which one can transfer a controlled amount of foundation from the tube to any surface. In my opinion, the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying foundations are travel-friendly due to the slim and damage-proof packaging.

This foundation has a perfect, matte finish that sets fairly quickly. From my experience, a matte foundation can make pale skin look and feel significantly duller and dryer. These foundations also tend to exaggerate any peeling skin or flakiness if the skin is not well-moisturised and prepared. The Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation can be built up to medium coverage, but it is not a full coverage foundation. It feels very lightweight and comfortable and breathable on the skin, even after building it up. The oil absorbing properties are effective, and the application of translucent powder appears to be an unnecessary step in one’s makeup routine when using this product. The Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation has an impressive resistance to water.

Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

I thought that Peruvian Lily 010 was the perfect match, but it was in fact too light which made my skin look and feel powdery. Finding the perfect match is one step towards combating the dullness and dry-look of matte foundations. Fortunately, I was able to find a perfect match in Kaili Azalea 012. I also highly recommend using a damp makeup sponge to blend the matte foundation. I believe that it is another step, if not the most important step, towards eliminating the powdery-effect this foundation can give. It also gives one’s skin a beautiful, smooth, air-brushed finish. The Body Shop’s Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation has been my foundation of choice for the last four months. Overall, I definitely recommend this product to those with combination/oily skin.

I bought the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying foundation directly from The Body Shop’s stand-alone store in Canal Walk for an affordable R150 and it is currently still available. Their makeup appears to be conveniently available in selected Clicks stores too, as well as on Clicks’s online store.


On Love, Kaylyn, I am committed to showcasing 100% cruelty-free cosmetic brands. The Body Shop has guaranteed that they are cruelty-free according to my standards. Furthermore, they have been certified by Leaping Bunny.

What are your thoughts?


  1. 9th April 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Agreed! This feels super lovely on the skin. I hated the fresh nude foundation from The Body Shop but this one rekindled my love for their makeup products. I just wish they included more shades. The current shade range is a disaster.

    • Kaylyn van As
      10th April 2018 / 8:16 pm

      I’m glad you agree! This one is a lot more affordable, so it is definitely the better option. Absolutely, having 10 light-medium shades is just entirely unacceptable. x

    • Kaylyn van As
      10th April 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much! I prefer a light-medium coverage 99% of the time, so it truly is ideal for everyday use. x

  2. Zarina Dludla
    22nd May 2018 / 11:16 am

    I absolutely agree! I’ve been struggling for months to find the perfect foundation especially for my combined skin problems. And due to the fact that I don’t usually wear makeup, other than the occasional mascara, kajol and lipstick I wanted something really lightweight especially when it came to foundation and I was so glad to have found this! I found my shade in Santiago Walnut 072 and I’m so impressed with it. Plus a bonus for me was that The Body Shop was having a sale so once you present your Clicks card you get a good discount and I got mine for a very good R112 which was a good steal for me hehe.

    • Kaylyn van As
      22nd May 2018 / 6:08 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! Like you, I much prefer something lightweight which is why I adore this foundation. I had some points on my loyalty card, so I also got a good discount, haha! x

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