Friday, 9 November 2012

Review: The Face Shop Face It UV Veil Primer

Okay, this is the last reviewette for a little while now! Well, until I use more samples... >:D I have never used a primer before and wondered if it contributes to more flawless, long lasting make-up so let's read below!

Brand: The Face Shop
Name: Face It UV Veil Primer
Price: $10 on Koreadepart, $15-$17 on Amazon and eBay
Where to buy: Koreadepart,,

This primer has SPF30 in it and its features include boosting the absorption of make-up so it adjusts to your skin tone and texture (effectively making it more natural looking), beta-glucan ingredients prevents lumps and floating on the top of your skin (caking up) to create illuminating skin, keeps natural make-up for hours with a light and smooth finish. A pretty big talker!

The packaging is pretty plain but still quite classy with the diamond background and typography. I guess The Face Shop is targeted at 20s-30s so it's not uber cute to attract teenagers and early twenties people and it's not super sophisticated and elegant to attract a more mature market.

Sorry for the quite bad quality photo, I took this at 6.00am in the morning; it was still dark! I had to adjust some levels to get it to look more natural. As you can see, this primer is tinted - I suspected most primers are but my Avon MagiX Face Perfector isn't so I'm not sure if that's a make-up base or primer. This primer comes in one shade and to be honest, once applied, you can't even tell it's on your skin. It's the same principal with green and violet make-up bases - some people think it will make your face look green or purple and really, it just blends right in!

Anyway, this is a tiny bit sticky compared to normal foundation or moisturiser and I take it that is because it adheres make-up to your skin better and creates a barrier, stopping it from clogging your pores or anything. I didn't see a difference in my skin tone or colour once applied so I just put my make-up straight on top of it.

To be honest, I couldn't see much difference afterwards but in photos, my skin and base make-up seemed to look a lot more natural and "glowed"! I first tested this primer out last Saturday at the Chester Halloween Lolita meet, here are some photos!

Both photos by Florrie Clarke @ Intrinsically Florrie

I didn't do much different in my make-up base than I do usually - I wore a Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in the lightest colour, 004 and instead of using my normal, ivory finishing powder, I sweeped over a light layer of Stargazer Pressed White Powder - which is bright white! I wanted a slightly lighter, porcelain base and whacked on my Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Strawberry Mousse, a sweet pink colour.

Anyway, let's round this review over! It is a nice, thick consistency with a colour that is invisible once applied and even though I didn't notice much of a difference, my make-up felt more natural, stayed on longer and glowed in photos. 4/5 for me, I would definitely love to try more primers and make-up bases!

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