(Korea) Review: Primer Comparison

Posted on 27-07-2013 | Tags: , , , ,

Hi guys! So it’s a bit early for Makeup Monday, but this is my makeup post for the week haha. It’s a review of two primers I purchased in Korea! I’ve finally, finally uploaded a video and while it isn’t perfect (I WAS NERVOUS AND I THINK YOU CAN TELL LOL) I’m proud to take the first step into making videos haha.

Next time I’ll try to be more upbeat and less nervous.

Anyway, there’s some text at the bottom so it’s best to turn off the captions by pressing the little CC button

Review: The Face Shop Velvet Skin vs. Banila Co. Purity

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Products MentionedWhy Use a Primer?Sensitive Skin?Where to buy in Australia
I purchased 2 primers in Korea, or 3 if you count the Etude House “Goodbye Pore Ever”, but since it’s quite a small tube I don’t feel like it’s in the same category.

Velvet Skin Face It Primer The Face Shop 14900KRW (~ 14AUD)

Purity Prime Primer Banila Co. 22000KRW (~ 21AUD)

I think I got some discounts in-store though, but I can’t find the receipts :c

Anyway, in terms of Western primers, couldn’t bare to fork out $30-$40 bucks on a higher brand primer, so I’ve only ever tried the Australis Primer, which got some good reviews. I wasn’t really a fan, though. Especially after trying the two primers I bought in Korea- the matte feeling you get after applying them is much nicer than the watery application of other primers.

Not only do they make your makeup go on smoother and last longer, but I’ve also noticed that it also makes it a lot easier to remove at the end of the day using a makeup remover. Usually I have to be a little harsh with my skin during makeup removal but with a primer it easily glides off with a saturated cotton pad!

That means that in the long run, you’ll be gentler with your skin and it will show Both of these primers work really well, it just depends on what you’re looking for.

Purity Prime Primer – Banila Co Ingredients
There was no English translation of the ingredient list, and I don’t think it will be accurate if I try to list them all out with the help of my Korean friend David LOL So I will just do a summary of the ingredients. Special thanks to David for helping me translate!

Purity contains a lot of natural oils, such as orange peel oil and lavender, pine tree extract. These are supposed to soothe your skin.

Free of 7 Irritating Ingredients: Paraben, Artificial Color, Artificial Fragrance, Animal Extract, Benzophenone, Mineral Oil, Artificial Antioxidant

Interestingly, the advertisement also has a test for whether your skin is sensitive. If 3 or more of the following are true, you have sensitive skin:

  • The external environment changes, and you feel your skin is irritated or ichy
  • When you press your forehead with your finger nail, the mark stays for long time
  • when you change make up, you feel sore? or have trouble
  • You can see veins due to thin skin
  • You feel dry skin, or have white ….secretion? (LOL) from your skin

HOWEVER, this primer does contain dimethicone, which means the product sits on top of your skin and can trap oils and cause break outs. But… the purpose of a primer is to provide a barrier on your skin before you put on makeup, so dimethicone is not necessarily a bad thing. I find that it is not a problem for my skin, but some may find it irritating. If you are unsure, cleanse your face well before use to lower the chance of bacteria and oils being trapped under your primer.

Velvet Skin – The Face Shop Ingredients List
Please note that there are a few other dimethicone-based ingredients in the full list, but I did not include them as dimethicone is already listed.

  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Diproplene Glycol
  • Dimethicone
  • Silca
  • Disterdimonium Hectorite
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Propelene Carbonate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Methylparaben
  • Alpapha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Butylohenyl Methyl Propional
  • Citronellol
  • Fragrance
  • Linalool
  • Benzyl Slicylate
  • Limonene
  • Geranoil
Roseroseshop, Gmarket, Ebay or even The Face Shop Australian stores. I think it’s cheaper online though.

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The Face Shop – Nail Polishes

Posted on 01-05-2012 | Tags: , , , , , ,

So as aforementioned, I purchased two nail polishes from Eco Skin, a supplier of asian (I think South Korean?) beauty products from brands such as Skin Food, Etude House, and of course, The Face Shop.

The two polishes I purchased were “2 for $10” from their “Nail Pleasure” series. It sounds so wrong. When I got home I realised the lid looks a little wrong too. Whatevs, LOL. Actually, the packaging is quite unique and pretty. It looks like my VCD bottle designs ROFL.

Anyway, I’ve been looking for a nice glittery nail polish for a while. I bought Rimmel’s 239 Your Majesty silver polish (as seen in this post), however the fragments of glitter are miniscule- which is fine too, for a very metallic look- but I was looking for a less intense look. Something a little more opaque, more layerable.

This is what I got with the two polishes I bought.


From left: SL211, BK901

Let me begin with SL211- it is a beautiful colour. Bryan described it as “Snow Fairy”, haha. It seems to fit it well. It’s a very understated, layerable colour:

One coat will give you a hint of glitter, two will give you a slightly more intense glitter closer to that of Your Majesty, however it is much less intense. I think this could be layered above most colours.

It has this texture that feels very strange. Likeee… a gentle nail file? LOOOL.
I kind of like it, different from the usual sleek kind of texture of most polishes.



Above: 2 Layers of SL211

Now onto BK901. This is the polish I fell in love with at first sight:

If you look carefully at the picture, you’ll notice the specks in this polish reflect a rainbow-ish colour in the light. It’s SO pretty. It looks like the base is black in the bottle- however, it’s pretty translucent.

I like how the glitter is difference sizes, so I can do that andreaschoice galaxy nail thing (haha Jenn)

Anyway, I don’t know if you can layer it many times to get it to look black because I’ve only used it as a top coat so far, over SL211:

Overall, both are very nice but I’m loving SL211 right now for normal wear. ^__^


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