These Magic Drops Let Me Use the Not-Quite-Right Foundation Shades I’ve Bought

I’m not the type of person who can just return a makeup product. For some reason, I feel so bad bringing something back to Sephora or Ulta, so there have definitely been times when I’ve gotten something home and realized it doesn’t match my skin tone at all. 

Sometimes I’ll find a friend to give a product I can’t use to, but I have two specific foundations that I’ve heard so many great things about that I simply can’t give them up. I just keep hoping that they’ll match my skin at some point, but I know they never will. So instead, I’ve been hiding them behind all my other makeup so I don’t have to feel guilty seeing them every day.

Then I heard about these drops that can change the shade of your foundation. I wasn’t sure if they’d be worth it, but I was so disappointed that I still had these two popular foundations that I never got the chance to wear, so I got them.

The way The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops work is, after pumping your foundation onto your hand or your brush, you shake up the bottle and then add as many drops as you need to the foundation. One drop of the lightening shade will make your foundation a half a shade lighter, and one drop of the darkening shade will make your foundation a half a shade darker. 

The first foundation I decided to try was the Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation. For months, I’ve heard how natural the finish is while still having a lot of coverage. I knew I had to try it out, but unfortunately picked the wrong shade and was stuck with something a few shades too dark for my very pale skin. Why I picked Vanilla as my shade, I couldn’t say. It must’ve been one of those days when I was just half asleep and in need of a makeup purchase.

I pumped some onto the back of my hand and then added a couple drops. After mixing it around on my hand with a brush, I decided it wasn’t light enough yet so I added another drop or two of the lightening drops, swirled it around with my brush, and then started applying it just the same as I would any other foundation.

I ended up with a much more wearable color that I could apply all over my face, and I wouldn’t look like an Oompa Loompa. And now I finally understand what all the hype is about the Born This Way Foundation — it gives you flawless skin with just a thin layer. I didn’t even need concealer.

Up next, I wanted to darken up my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I got this one in the lightest shade, Alabaster, because I usually match whatever the palest foundation shade a brand has. In this case, the lightest shade was much too light and made me look like a ghost, so I was happy to have my darkening drops to make the color a little less Hallwoween-y on my face.

I added just a couple drops of the darkening shade to the foundation on my hand and started blending. At first I could see some streaks of the darkening shade, but as I buffed my foundation in, it all melted together to match my skin tone.

Now I get why Kylie Jenner loves this foundation so much. It’s a totally picture-perfect foundation.

I don’t typically need a ton of different foundation shades because my skin tone doesn’t really change with the seasons. (I tend to wear a lot of sunscreen.) But for people who have a holy-grail foundation and don’t want to keep buying new bottles when their skin tone changes, these drops would be a total lifesaver. 

For me, I’m happy I can finally fix my shopping mistakes without needing to go return a foundation that doesn’t match. I’ll definitely keep using these, but I also hope I don’t buy any more foundation that doesn’t match my skin.

  • What do you do when your skin tone changes and your foundation doesn’t match? 
  • What’s your biggest problem-solving makeup product?

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