Makeup, Reviews, Skin

The Face Shop: A mini review

February 9, 2015

I’m new to the The Face Shop fan club, I was first introduced to them at a Glambox event which had me running to their nearest stores (turns out they’re not so near to me- Dubai Festival City and Al Ghurair Centre). They’re a South Korean beauty franchise that specializes in skin care, make up, bath products, etc. Their prices are quite affordable for the most part, and the range of products is quite extensive. It’s also nice to indulge in a few Korean beauty trends 🙂

They sent me a few products to review, so here goes. FYI, I have combination, acne prone skin and as usual, all opinions are my own.

The Face Shop seaweeds moisturizing pack

Seaweeds Moisturizing Pack

This moisturizer is oil free, lightweight, and supposed to hydrate and soothe tired, dry skin. You apply it on to your face before you go to bed and wake up the next day to glowy, hydrated skin.

Does it work? Yep! It has a lovely soothing effect when you apply it and absorbs quickly into the skin without that greasy residue some moisturizers have, so no messy pillow situations. I like the subtle citrus scent, but it might bother someone who isn’t into scented skincare.  You know that almost sandpaper like feeling when your skin gets weird dry patches? Yeah, that’s new to me (thanks hormones..) but my skin just drinks this stuff up.

If you have oily skin, this might be a little too much for your skin to handle but if you’re looking for something to give you that dewy glow, you might like this.


Pastel Cushion Blusher in Coral 02

This might be the cutest looking blush I have ever seen, the packaging is just adorable. Sadly, that’s the only positive thing I have to say about this product. The pigmentation is terrible, I couldn’t even photograph a swatch because it just would not show. I think this blush is supposed to give you that Korean doll- like look that is so popular there, if you’re into that and you’re extremely fair skinned, you might like this.


Natural Sun Eco Sun Creams

I got testers of:

  • Natural Sun Oil- Cut with SPF 40
  • Natural Sun Super Perfect with SPF 50+
  • Natural Sun Aqua with SPF 40.

This range contains eco-certified organic sunflower sprout that is supposed to provide stronger UV protection. I thought they were all fantastic but there are a few differences between them.

The Oil- Cut version (my fave!) is made for oily skin, it controls oiliness and is supposed to diminish the appearance of pores. I don’t think it did anything for my pores but it did give me a matte finish. I will be getting myself a full sized version of this bad boy!

I felt like the Natural Sun Super Perfect with SPF 50+ was the richest version of all three, definitely more suited for dry skin.

The Natural Sun Aqua is a water based gel version while the others are creams, it’s specifically for skin that needs hydration and soothing along with sun protection.

All of them were lightweight, absorbed into the skin quickly, and had a floral scent. I wore these under my make up and they didn’t make my skin greasy, this is such a huge win because most sunscreens have my make up sliding off within an hour. The only negative is that all of them gave me a slight white cast after applying them.

The Face Shop White Seed Real Whitening Deluxe Kit The Face Shop White Seed Real Whitening Essence, White Seed Real Whitening Lotion, White Seed Real Whitening Toner

The Real Whitening Essence Deluxe Set

This set contains the White Seed Real Whitening Lotion, Toner and Essence. In all honesty, the name put me off a bit. Years of being bombarded with terrible Fair & Lovely ads has made me dislike anything with the label “whitening”, I don’t think my skin needs to be whiter to land the perfect job, thanks!

But I decided to give them a shot because the product description mentioned a “brightening” result and I am cursed with acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

You apply the Toner with a cotton pad after you wash your face, it’s quite gentle and did not have a drying effect on my skin.

You then apply the Essence which has an ingredient called Hexylresorcinol that is supposed to be 1,000 times more effective than the whitening powers of vitamin C.

Lastly, the Lotion is supposed to create a whitening and moisturizing barrier to keep your skin radiant and hydrated.

All three products smell amazing, my skin felt softer and looked more radiant the morning after but I had to discontinue using the products after three days because it caused a terrible break out- I ended up with spots on my forehead, cheeks and chin. Oh well.

The Face Shop real nature mask Aloe

Real Nature Masks

These masks are my favorite The Face Shop products because they’re cheap and make my skin feel great. They’re sheet masks with various purposes, you can choose between Green Tea, Shea Butter, Bamboo, Chia Seed, Acai Berry, etc.  You put them on after you’ve cleansed and applied a toner and basically chill with a sheet mask on your face for about 15 minutes. It’s quite relaxing and I think they’re perfect for traveling.

I have tried the Aloe and Rice masks, both were very soothing and hydrating. I like to use them on days when I’m super tired or my skin just looks like crap, it’s a nice mid-week treat before I go to bed.

The Face Shop Lovely Me:ex Catch My Eye Liner 01 Black

Catch My Eyeliner in Black

This is basically a roll up eye liner with a sponge tip on the other end to blend it out. Although the pigmentation is decent and the texture was quite creamy, I was not impressed because it smudged easily and was not long lasting.

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Aqua Tint Bloody Red

My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint in Bloody Red

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Aqua Tint Bloody Red

Even though I’m all about the vampy lip lately, I was excited to try this because the swatch looked good!

It looks nice as a lip tint, but it’s not very buildable so it does not multitask as a cheek tint. The color pay off is okay, but I’m not very impressed with this product because a) it has a weird chemical and b) it has zero staying power. I think this would be a nice gift for your preteen daughter when she tells you she wants to wear make up but you don’t want her to wear make up.

Final opinion: I’ve not been very impressed with their make up, but I think their skin care products are worth checking out, especially the sun creams and sheet masks.

Do you have any product recommendations for my next visit to The Face Shop?

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