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Prime Time | The Face Shop Face It Velvet Skin Primer.

When my cousin-in-law and Youngsuk unni (his Korean wife) came home for a quick vacation about two months ago, they brought me pasalubong from my ever-so-thoughtful husband. Goodies from The Face Shop - because as it turns out, there's a TFS store just a few blocks away from where he lives.
Clockwise L-R: Milk Plus Shower Cologne, Velvet Skin Primer,
Power Perfection BB Cream, Mango Seed  Miniature Set.
Out of these four items, the only thing that I asked him to buy was the primer. My L'Oreal Base Magique was about to hit the pan back then, and of course, I had to have a replacement in stock. Now I specifically asked for the Face It Whitening Makeup Base because of its SPF, but the husband couldn't seem to find that variant on the shelves. He ended up buying the Face It Velvet Skin Primer instead.
Velvet Skin.
It comes in a 30mL pump bottle, which I prefer over jars or squeeze tubes. The pump is easy to control, which allows you to get just the right amount of the product. One pump actually, is all you need. Plus points for the cap - sturdy plastic, and fits securely.
Pump it!
The box has literature in both English and Hangul. If you can read the latter, then good for you. I can't, so hooray for the English translation.
Dangsin Hangul ilgeul su? (Can you read Hangul?)
I'll have mine in English, thank you very much.
Now from what I understand, this primer and its counterpart, the Face It Moisture Fitting Primer are supposed to be in gel form. However, the Velvet Skin Primer is a tad runny - to the point that it's almost watery.
Clear, gel form? Clear, alright.
Not gel, though. Look, it's starting to drip already!
It's lightweight, non-sticky, and is easily absorbed by the skin. It has a nice cooling sensation once applied, and as you spread it out, it leaves the skin with a lovely, dewy glow.
A few seconds after application.
It does a fine job of prepping the skin, smoothing fine lines, and keeping your makeup intact for hours. Given my sensitive skin and the primer's silica content, I had no adverse reaction to this product - no itchiness, breakouts, or anything of that sort. Best of all, this product smells really, really nice.
After priming. :)
The Face It Velvet Skin Primer retails for 14900 Korean Won - that's around Php570 when converted. I'm not sure how it's priced locally because the last time I went to The Face Shop branch in Festival Mall, they didn't have this in stock.

What I love:
Hygienic, sturdy packaging
Non-sticky, lightweight
Easily absorbed by the skin
Conceals fine lines, smoothens skin
Smells nice
No adverse reactions when used (i.e. breakouts, itchiness)

What you might not like:
Watery consistency
It contains silica and silica dimethyl silylate - take caution if you're allergic to silicon.

Now I know you're curious about the Mango Seed thing. It's a new product line released last Autumn, with Seohyun and EXO-K as its endorsers. I haven't opened 'em yet, but expect me to share the experience once I've given that baby a try. :)

16 replies:

Debarpan Mukherjee said...

very nice beauty post

Animetric said...

Wow, the skin looks so good after priming! I should check this out when I visit TFS.

Unknown said...

LOL! I don't think I've used a primer before but I trust you when it comes to beauty stuff!!

Rhea Bue | Styles and Writes said...

wooow! This is amazing sis! :) I wanna try using primer before applying my foundation kaso medyo nasanay na rin ako applying foundation agad.. tumatagal naman yung makeup ko for the whole day. hihihihi :D

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for sharing, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about the Mango Seed!

ReviewsSheRote said...

Job well done on the review--I've aleways gotten a bad reaction to silicon, so I guess I'd have to stay away =}

Unknown said...

Wow! What a difference! Thanks for the review. :)

Lexie Lane said...

I love makeup and primer is always a must. Have you heard of the BB cream at all? They have many different manufacturers for it but it basically has the primer and the foundation together and it's supposed to do a lot of wonders for your skin. I've been using it for the past 3 months and it works quite nice too. But of course, anything from Asia is always made to match the Asian skin. So I am quite jealous Czjai!

Roz K. Walker said...

I love skin care products, so I really perked up when I saw the title of your post. :-) The primer looks like a great product. Thanks for the review.

Unknown said...

What a big difference - TFS sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

What a big difference - TFS sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

Kai Grafia said...

I think what I like about that product is that it's not sticky. I have a thing against sticky creams and lotions. HAHA

Lizzie said...

This looks promising. You always feature great products. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Oooh, I like the smoothing the fine lines part;)

Pepper said...

If it smooths fine lines, then I'm all for it. And it doesn't irritate sensitive skin too? Awesome! A must-have in my arsenal...

Anonymous said...

Looks like a nice product!