[Last updated : Feb 7, 2019] [This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase through those links, you help me run this blog successfully at no extra cost to you. Thank You ] Following up Innisfree, Next up in this Brand Focus Series is the second most popular South Korean Skin Care and Cosmetics Brand – The Face Shop. The Face Shop aims to meet all your beauty needs with products formulated with a blend of science and nature. They have a versatile range of products starting from cleansing oils to hand creams and also have a wide range of makeup products. Today I’m here with a collective review of a couple of The Face Shop Products that I have personally tried. These may not be their most popular or best selling products. Just those that I happened to try, out of my interest. Shall we get started? Let’s dig in.
(Skip to the bottom of the post for overview review of the products)
The Face Shop Products Review
Starting off with The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam. If you are thinking this is some sort of unique cleansing foam containing rice water and all. I am displeased to let you know that this is nothing but just like your normal Ponds Face Wash. It’s not outright bad, but it’s not something extra ordinary.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam has the most common cream cleanser texture and a pearly appearance. A tiny pea sized quantity of the product is enough to clean up my face. The cleanser foams up really well, cleanses extremely well pulling out makeup, impurities, oils and everything from face, leaving it super squeaky clean, along with making my skin dry and stretchy. Like most face washes, it instantly wakes up tired, dull skin and imparts a temporary brightness. The brightening effect hardly lasts for a couple of minutes. Even with continuous usage, twice a day, this does not provide any long lasting effect of brightening the skin as claimed.
Personally, I found this cleanser to be harsh on my skin, so I wouldn’t really recommend this for everyday use. This would suit ladies with very oily skin but then don’t forget to moisturizer your skin post cleansing.
This is my most favourite among all The Face Shop Products. This is great multi purpose product and I totally loved using this huge tub of Damyang Bamboo Gel. This was a nice change from my regular Aloe Vera Gels. The Face Shop Damyang Bamboo Gel almost look and feel like Aloe Vera Gel with its colourless and weightless gel texture, but the Bamboo Gel is much more hydrating and soothing on the skin than Aloe Gel.
The Face Shop Damyang Bamboo Gel can be used As A Moisturizer, As A Wash Off Mask, As A Sleeping Mask, As An After Shave, As An Acne Spot Treatment, As A Hair Detangler, As A Primer and Also Mixed with Foundations. My favourite way of using this was as a Wash Off Wash. I apply a thick layer of the gel and let it work for 20 minutes and then rinse with generous amounts of water. This method really soothes and calms tired dull skin after harsh sun exposure.
This is specifically meant for dry, dehydrated skin, but from my personal experience this would suit oily, combination skin types as well. The Bamboo Gel is very cost effective as it lasts really long. The only thing they could improve is the packaging. A tube would have made it more convenient to use.
The Face Shop White Seed Range is quite popular for their effectiveness. This moisture cream is targeted towards dull skin to brighten up complexion. It claims to be formulated with unique ingredients White Lupin Seed and White Daisy Flower Extract. The moisture cream is also free from the 7 additives ; parabens, tar colorant, animal-sourced ingredients, mineral oil, talc, polyacrylamide and paraffin.
So let me come straight to the point, I did not like this cream. The main reason, this caused me breakouts which I didn’t expect at all. The White Moisture Cream has a bouncy, rubbery, jelly kind of gel-cream texture which is similar to the Klairs Vitamin E Mask. It spreads and absorbs into the skin fairly well and leaves the skin dewy. The cream is nicely moisturizing and hence leave the skin supple and healthy when used as a night cream. For day time use, I felt the cream to be slightly greasy for my oily skin. I’m still skeptical about its brightening claim as I didn’t see much difference on that area. The scent was nice and pleasing with a touch of floral notes.
Overall, this is a kind of a rich moisturizing cream that is intensely moisturizing and would suit someone with dry or very dry non-acne prone skin. I don’t think this cream does anything apart from moisturizing. So I would skip it.
4. The Face Shop Cherry Blossom Daily Perfumed Hand Cream
I never used to use separate hand creams before. The only hand cream I have tried so far is the Yves Rocher Arnica Hand Cream. I’ll have to say that it was a pretty good Hand Cream. I bought The Face Shop Hand Cream sometime ago, when I felt that my hands too needs some special treatment as they were becoming more drier and rougher.
I chose the variant Cherry Blossom. This has a nice cherry and floral scent to it. It’s not overwhelming, just a subtle soft fragrance that you can smell on your hands for about an hour or so. I liked this scent. The hand cream is milky white in color and has a medium thick gel cream consistency. It blends and absorbs quickly, within seconds of application and it immediately leaves my hands soft, nourished and moisturized. All this without any oily or greasy or slippery residue. I could easily carry on with my other works like before due to its lightweight, non-greasy formula. The hand cream, however, is not very moisturizing. It kept my hands supple for about 2-3 hours max. and I had the need to reapply it sooner, otherwise my hands become dry as they were before. Re-application is needed when hands are washed too.
I do not know what I am expecting, but since this has a non-oily formula, I think the moisturizing effect wasn’t great. On the other side, rich creams immensely moisturize my hands, but leave some oily or slippery residue behind which I hate. So my search for the perfect hand cream still continues.
Overall I would say I liked this cream’s lightweight feel and non-greasy formula. This is a perfect hand cream for the summer season and for someone with normal skin. But if you are having very dry skin, this would not satisfy your hand’s moisture requirement.
Rating: 3/5. Where to buy? Amazon.in
I’ve tried 3 sheet masks from The Face Shop – Two from the Real Nature Range and One from the The Solution Range.
The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Mask: These sheet masks are made of soft fabric and are quite thick compared to the The Solution Range. These do have a chemical fragrance but it is mild and does not intensify and irritate my nose. Coming to its effectiveness;
- Green Tea Mask: Loved it. It visibly brightened up my skin, made my skin supple and healthy. Results lasted for 2 days.
- Rice Mask: Average Mask. Post sheet masking, the serum left over on the face was very moisturizing and failed to get absorbed completely leaving my skin too sticky. I did not notice any visible brightening effect too.
The Face Shop The Solution Brightening Sheet Mask: These are ultra-thin and feathery light on the skin which aids in better performance. This variant has a mild floral fragrance. This mask insantly brightened up my skin with a subtle glow. It also made my skin velvety soft to touch. This mask is neither very moisturizing nor very drying and is great for someone with oily skin.
Sheets masks work different for each one of them. I had both Hits and Misses in their Sheet Masks. These are pretty affordable so I would still recommend trying them if you are into serious sheet masking.
6. The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strip
I always have blackheads on my nose area and hence I need to regularly get rid of them using some technique. Off late, I find nose strips to be an easier and effective means to remove blackheads. So I got this one from The Face Shop. This is also available as a pack of 7, I got a single use strip which costs 50 rupees.
The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strip is a white colored nose patch which is glued to a cellophane sheet. The instructions on how to use it is mentioned, so it’s pretty easy if you follow the instructions. I used the one-time nose patch after cleansing my nose area. I removed the glued nose patch and placed it on my damp nose. The patch adheres well and is big enough to cover my nose area, except for the tip and inner corner of my nose. So it doesn’t remove those blackheads on the tip and inner corner. After 10 mins or so, I removed the strip. The pain was minimal and bearable, like removing a peel off mask. The result was great, the patch had beautifully removed all my blackheads and whiteheads leaving my nose cleaner and smoother. There was no sticky residue, I could just do away by rinsing with plain water.
Overall, this works as claimed. It’s super easy to use and a quick solution to get rid of blackheads. I didn’t face any redness or irritation at all. I only wish the patch covered my nose tip and inner corners too.
7. The Face Shop CC Cushion Compacts
This isn’t actually a review of the products, but just my impression on the The Face Shop Cushions. I got these one-time samples in the ‘The Face Shop Experience Kit‘ which was available as a part of their initial launch. I got the shade V203 Natural Beige which is supposedly the darkest shade launched in India and guess what this is too light even on my medium fair skin tone. So think about medium, dusky and deeper skin tones. Above that, since it contains higher SPF, it leaves a white cast that looks too over the top on me. I wonder if this is what they call brightening. Totally not recommended for Indian Skin.
Anyways moving on to its application, since I didn’t get the cushion compacts, I just applied it using my RT Miracle Sponge. I know cushions are there for a purpose but let me share my views. The formula was creamy yet thin, hence spreaded quite easily. Both of the CC Creams felt light on the skin and provided light to medium coverage. They evened out the skin tone but did not cover acne marks and spots. The finish of both the cushions is on the dewy glowing side. The intense cover cushion gives a lesser dewy skin and is less hydrating than the Ultra Moist. Staying Power? I didn’t get to test it as I couldn’t roam around like a ghost with a ‘white’ foundation.
Concluding, I feel unless you have very fair and pale skin tone, don’t even bother about these cushions. I am not going to put out a rating for these as I haven’t tried them long enough to give a proper rating.
8. The Face Shop Dr.Belmeur Spot Patch Kit
I bought this to replace my all time favourite Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches. This Face Shop Kit had 80 patches in total and this was more economical compared to that. I’m glad because performance wise both are equally good. The Face Shop Dr.Belmeur Spot Patch Kit has two types of patches (40 patches each). One is the Spot Plaster Band that contains Salicylic Acid and Willow Herb which is to be used on a emerging pimple to calm it down. It is a transparent patch and much thinner than the other. This can be worn under makeup as well while it does its job of calming the acne. Whereas the other type – Spot Hydrocolloid Band is a hydrogel type that absorbs and protects wound infections. This is best to be used on pus filled pimples that has come to a head. It sucks out all the bacteria struck deep inside the skin and flattens out the acne area. Using this leaves no scarring on small and zit the pimples and negligible dot like mark for medium sized pimples. These patches are to be applied on cleansed skin, before applying anything else (say toner or moisturizer). I usually leave it on for atleast 12 hours or until I see the patch filled with white pus. Overall, these are super handy and a must have for acne prone skin types. Both patches are fragrance free as well.
Rating: 5/5. Where to buy? Amazon.com
The Face Shop Products Review Overview
|Product Name||Quick Review||Where to buy?|
|The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam||A creamy, foaming face wash that leaves the skin squeaky clean. It instantly brightens up the skin. But this is too drying for my skin. Didn’t like it.||Amazon| Nykaa|
|The Face Shop Damyang Bamboo Fresh Soothing Gel||A multi purpose gel at a very good price. Loved using it as a wash off mask after sun exposure. Very soothing and cooling on the skin. Recommended for all skin types.||Amazon | Nykaa|
|The Face Shop White Seed Blanclouding Moisture Cream||It’s rich nourishing cream. I liked the unique texture of this, but this kind of broke me out, so not recommending it to oliy and acne skin types.||Amazon|
|The Face Shop Daily Perfumed Hand Cram – Cherry||This is a lightweight, non-greasy, fast absorbing cream. It has a nice cherry scent. But is not very moisturzing for my dry hands. Great for the summers.||Amazon|
|The Face Shop Sheet Masks||Decent masks at decent price. Among the ones that I’ve tried, I loved the Real Nature Green Tea Mask and the ones from The Solution Range.||Amazon | Nykaa|
|The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strip||A quick fix for blackhead removal. A nice one. I suggest steaming before using this to aid in better blackhead removal.||Amazon | Nykaa|
|The Face Shop CC Cushions||I haven’t tested out this enough. But the shade range is a major let down. Unless you are pale and fairer,don’t even think about these. They also leave you white due to its high SPF.||Nykaa|
|The Face Shop Dr.Belmeur Spot Patch Kit||This is similar to Cosrx Acne Master Pimple Patches but a bit more affordable. Comes with two types of patches, one for the pus filled acne to suck out the bacteria and the other for post care to tackle the scarring. Acne Prone Skin Types, just get it already.||Amazon | Nykaa|
My Final Thoughts on The Face Shop Products
Like every other brand, I have both hits and misses on The Face Shop Products. I liked their Bamboo Gel a lot among all. I haven’t explored much of their popular products like their Chia Seed Range, Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil, Jeju Volcanic Range, I have keen interest on their sensitive skin friendly Dr.Belmeur Range. For me, when it comes to following a korean skin care routine, my first preference is Dear Klairs Products(Love their supple preparation toner) followed by Cosrx and then the Innisfree Products. Sadly The Face Shop is not my most favourite brands, although I wish to try one or two products in the future.
That wraps up The Face Shop Products Review. Do let us know your favourite products from The Face Shop and your take on the brand in the comments section below.