Your foundation wardrobe just got bigger: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

adjusting-drops_m_lHow many foundations do you have languishing away in a drawer because the color is just a tiny bit off? Or are you like me, with many foundations in varying colors because the hue of your skin changes dramatically with each season?

Well, I may just have the product you need to save you all kinds of money and drawer space: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops ($20).

There are two Shade Adjusting Drops: Lightening, which lightens and neutralizes yellowness, and Darkening, which deepens color.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Darkening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Darkening

They both come in a glass jar with a dropper. The drops are thick like a liquid or cream foundation, so unless you have a very thin foundation they don’t change the texture of the foundation. You can adjust the amount of drops to match the effect you need. For my example, I used Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge in Shade 03.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops - Lightening on left, Darkening on right

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops – Lightening on left, Darkening on right

The original foundation shade is in the middle, and I put a single drop of the Lightening Drops on the left, a single drop of the Darkening Drops on the right. You can use less than a full drop — I find that a full drop dramatically changes the shade, so even though the glass jar is small the Shade Adjusting Drops will last a very long time.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

As you can see, the Lightening Drops did indeed lighten the original middle shade while also giving it a cooler tint, neutralizing the tiny bit of yellowness in Shade 03. One more drop and it would be close to porcelain – it might even be light enough for Marcia! The Darkening Drops were even more dramatic, giving a definite chocolate tint to the original medium shade. I found that while the swatch looks incredibly darker, it was still very wearable and forgiving on my current medium skin.

The Shade Adjusting Drops can come in very handy for a little contouring work, using the lightened portions to highlight upper cheeks and straight down the nose, with the darkened shade for the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones. If you have any sagging under your chin – the dreaded ‘chicken neck’ – a little darkended foundation will make the sag recede and give a great optical illusion.

Overall I really like the Shade Adjusting Drops. They are lots of fun! It’s awesome to experiment, and it’s been great to wear some of my favorite foundations that I typically save for the lazy hazy days of summer. I recommend picking up both, that way you are ready for any potential skin emergency.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration


  1. Shilpa Shetty says

    Yes,.. this The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops is awesome,.. I love them,..

  2. I definitely need to pick up the lightening drops. I’ve tried using CoverFX Custom Cover Drops and they work somewhat to change a foundation/concealer that’s off, but I think they’re better for creating a foundation with a moisturizer, oil etc. It’s so cool that TBS came out with these!

  3. Wow, I had absolutely no idea that The Body Shop has thrown their hat into the thing! This sounds amazing, and I definitely would love to try this!

  4. I’ve also been playing around with these, and was so surprised by how pigmented they are!

  5. I need to play around with these to see how it works with brown skin

  6. This is so awesome! It’s useful for the summer months when you get a little more color and don’t want to purchase a new foundation.

  7. Ok, seriously, I NEED these! It’s so hard to find the right shade of foundation for my skin tone!

  8. These are so fabulous! I have them here but first got to play around with them at The Makeup Show!

  9. These sound so interesting, I really need to try them!

  10. I need these drops. Especially the lightening ones!

  11. Wow, this is a great way to lighten and darken your favorite foundation depending on tans/lack of tans during summer/winter. Love! <3

  12. This is definitely something to check out! I’ve not heard of them.

  13. I need these!!!! Seriously, this is genius. I need to pick them up ASAP!

  14. Interesting concept! I think i could use the lightening one.

  15. I need both of these for all those wrongly-matched foundations. I wish the lightening drops were a tad yellower though.

  16. I have these sitting around somewhere. I need to use them.

  17. Ohh what a great concept!

  18. I love these and love the cost point of them. Since I don’t use foundation, this makes for a great kit addition or to help with highlight and contour… which is what I discussed in my recent video… I used to love to highlight and contour with foundation and this allows to really make is so much more versatile 😉