Friday, July 23, 2010

Review: The Face Shop Professional Makeup Base

This review is inspired by the write-ups of 
Donnarence of My Lucid Intervals and Brigitte of Abubots.

The Face Shop Professional Makeup Base
PhP 350
40ml/1.4 fl. oz.
#01 Green for Combination to Oily Skin
Oil-free, non-sticky makeup base helps skin banish unwanted shine for fresh makeup. Green neutralizes redness and evens out skin tone.
#02 Violet for Combination to Oily Skin
This line is ideal for oily skin cause of oil-free non-sticky and soft texture. It also covers blemishes effectively. Violet neutralizes and brightens yellow tone for healthier complexion.

On white paper

On skin (violet on the left, green on the right)

Dawn says: I use the #02 Violet version. I like that this primer is cheap, readily available... and it works for me. I used to go around without using a primer (just moisturizer) and my skin looks rough and bumpy with foundation on. This primer fills in my huge pores and brightens my skin tone! Unfortunately, the product doesn't have oil control. I suggest you only use a small layer, because it can get cakey if you put on too much. All in all, this is a good deal!

Tracy says: I bought the #01 Green for myself. I have to disagree with Dawn on this one. I hate this primer. Why? I just think it is too thick! It's like I'm putting on a less tacky version of Revlon Colorstay. Perhaps I am just used to the silicone or runny textures of the primers I have used/alternately use - like Philosophy's The Supernatural Poreless, Flawless Tinted SPF 15. I don't think it neutralizes redness well too - in my opinion, it just lightens the skintone. When I used Dawn's TFS Violet primer, I get the same effect!

That's it! A diametrically opposed sibling review for you. We hope this post helps in your decision to buy a primer!

Cheers everyone!


  1. I have only tried Complexion Perfection by elf, seriously, I don't think the green, blue, yellow, pink things work for me. Maybe I did not apply it correctly because a lot of reviews say this thing is good.

  2. Thanks! I've been eyeing on this product for quite sometime now. I'm still reading blogs about the product because, well, I don't want to buy anything that i will regret later on. haha:)

  3. Fish Fish - Hmmm... maybe swirling the brush might help? I do use Guerlain Meteorites in Mythic sometime, but the colored balls are very sheer. I can attest that a very slight glow appears, making you look good (especially on pictures)!

    Antipahtika - I hope our review helps :) Good thing this one is not super duper expensive :)


  4. gamit ko yung green variant before pero stopped using it na kasi im too lazy to apply a primer hehe its thick kasi time consuming ang pag-blend.. i agree sometimes nagca-cake sha.

  5. i have The face shop's span primer in green. although the consistency is not as thick as the professional, i agree it just lightens the skintone without doing anything else! i was expecting more from a primer than just sitting on my skin.

  6. Hi Chas -IMO, it doesn't smoothen the skin, it just serves as an extra layer. i much prefer other primers over this one. My sis loves it though, it makes a difference for her since it apparently elongates the wear of her foundie :)