I have never used face primers as a part of my makeup routine, but now it has become an essential part of my makeup application process because I can notice some pores on my face which get accentuated by blush and highlighter. I have tried primers by Smashbox and Benefit, and they have worked well for me, but I wanted to diversify, so picked this primer from The Face Shop. I love Korean products, they are true to their claim and they never let me down.
The primer covers pores and fine lines to make uneven skin look smooth. Primer makes makeup last longer. Skin care with perfect seed smoothes and refines texture.
$28 (Can be bought a little cheaper at clearance).
My Experience with The Face Shop Velvet Skin Primer:
I apply face primer after my skincare routine and sunscreen application. If it is moisturizing or oil based, I use it all over my face and even mix it with my foundation, but since this primer is matte, I use it only on areas that require primer.
This product comes in a very elegant and sturdy white bottle with a pump dispenser. With each pump, a pea-sized product is dispensed which is enough to cover half a face. Since it has a matte finish, I do not use it on my entire face, only on the apple of my cheeks and T zone.
The product is in the form of a usual thick moisturizing lotion/gel and resembles a more translucent version of the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. It has a very slippery, silicone-like texture and is slightly more slippery than the one by Smashbox. I know that all the face primers contain varying amount of silicone and it doesn’t bother me much because they serve their purpose well without an obvious damage to skin, but the ingredient list is still not very appealing. It primarily contains silicone compounds, a lot of cross polymers and a very low percentage of some essential extracts. It has not done any harm to my skin, but high content of complex chemicals is still a little worrisome.
It adds a very smooth base to my makeup but it still does not serve the purpose I bought it for. I bought it thinking that it might reduce the appearance of pores on my face, but it does not make an appreciable difference to my skin texture and the blush and highlighter still appears the same. Also, it makes skin matte which is a disadvantage for me because I like dewy finish and since I have try skin I prefer hydrating products rather than “mattifying.”
Pros of The Face Shop Velvet Skin Primer:
- It comes in a good-sized bottle with a pump dispenser which dispenses a pea-sized amount.
- It is not that expensive and is generally available on a discount.
- Makes skin matte and smooth which makes foundation application easier, especially if it is a full-coverage foundation.
- It has no fragrance.
- It does not breakout skin.
- A small amount goes a long way and the product will last a while.
Cons of The Face Shop Velvet Skin Primer:
- Availability can be an issue for some, but I think Sephora ships worldwide now.
- Can be pricey for some (especially if bought in INR).
- I wish it was higher in oil content because I have extremely dry skin and for my makeup look, I prefer a dewy finish rather than matte.
- It does not cover up facial pores.
It is a good skin primer but it does not serve my specific needs, however, all those who need a primer to add matte finish to their makeup and make the application process smoother should invest in it.
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