The Body Shop, although BUAV approved, are now owned by L'Oreal, who famously still use animal testing. Some cruelty free consumers therefore avoid The Body Shop as they do not like the fact that their money ultimately ends up in L'Oreal's pockets. Whilst I largely agree with this, and I do not buy from The Body Shop very often, I also think it is good that they still stand by their beliefs and continue to be a leading name in the cruelty free cosmetics industry. They are also leading the BUAV's new campaign Cruelty Free International, which calls for a complete ban on animal testing worldwide (be sure to add your name to the pledge here!).
L'Oreal recently announced plans to reduce animal testing by using reconstructed biological tissue - or artificial skin - and have partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to find new research methods to make animal testing obsolete. This is promising news, as if L'Oreal become completely cruelty free, I feel that other big name brands will follow suit.
The Lip & Cheek Stain came in two colours to choose from - Rose Pink or Bronze Glimmer. I opted for the latter.
|The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain Rose Glimmer|
|Bronze Gimmer on application|
I have been wearing it nearly every day on my cheeks, but I haven't used it on my lips yet as I don't always wear lip products. The colour initially looks dark bronze but as you blend it in it becomes more pink in colour, with pretty flecks of gold. It blends in beautifully on the skin to create a subtle glow, and you can easily build up the colour if you want to.
|Left: Application, Right: Fully blended|
I really like this product and I think it suits my pale complexion perfectly. The only thing I am not too keen on is that the product has a slightly unpleasant smell, but once you've applied the product this disappears.
|Left: Application, Right: Fully blended, Top: After several layers|