[Review] The Face Shop Face It Velvet Skin Primer

Since I already explained the general functions and benefits of primers in my review of Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer, I’m just going to skip through that and get right to the nitty gritty of The Face Shop Face It Velvet Skin Primer.

I picked up this primer back in May, around mid-May if I remember correctly. I purchased two primers that day, this one and Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Essence Primer. I wanted to use the two and ultimately crown one as my winner. What I had not anticipated then was introducing a third contender (Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer) and complicating matters.

Description: A primer covering pores and fine lines and creating a smooth skin texture without unevenness.

Uneven skin surface is covered to enable the skin texture to appear smooth and clean, while sebum control powder controls excessive sebum inside pores to prevent sheen and enables make-up to remain supple for an extended period. Non-sticky, oil free formula makes each use velvety-light and refreshing.


This primer comes in a short ivory bottle with a pump. The packaging itself is chic and sleek, fortunately nothing you would be curious to taste like the products from Etude House (Damn them and their cute packaging!). I think I’ve tried maybe one or two products from The Face Shop. Strangely, for whatever reasons, I can’t be bothered to check out their products. Their products just don’t appeal to me. But I made the exception to get this at the recommendation of another blogger and found out after my purchase that it actually placed first in the Blind Test segment of the Korean program Get it Beauty!

If you’re not familiar with Get It Beauty, it’s a Korean show hosted by singer/actress, Eugene. The show pretty much focuses on all things beauty related such as tutorials, tips from experts and even product testing. I had seen a few episodes but was never really into it until I found out they did blind tests on a few of the products that I actually own. You might wonder how these blind tests are conducted. Well, a panel of people are given five products (a mix of both expensive and inexpensive brands) to try out, however the brands and prices are unknown to the the panel at the time of testing. They later rate the products and reveal the brands and prices on the show.  A lot of the road shop brand products have been rated much higher than the more expensive ones.

Take the example below where they tested five different primers. The ones that were rated the highest are by The Face Shop and Innisfree (both are road shop brands). The remaining three are several times more expensive and perhaps more well known in terms of their brand names. I will try not to talk too much about Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer since this review is of The Face Shop Face It Velvet Skin Primer but I have a feeling it’s going to take a lot of self-restraint.


(Image from Get it Beauty) You can view how each of the five primers were rated and other detail on them here at Get It Beauty(The site is in Korean).

Onto the review!

Below is a picture of the back side of the box with the product description, direction and ingredients in English.


I tossed the box without photographing the front of it so this is all I have. Lesson noted. Since this is an older purchase, I do apologize for not being able to show you other sides of the box. But hey, it’s what’s inside that counts anyway…isn’t it?


I got this for 14,900 won here in Korea. Not sure what prices are like everywhere else but it’s decently priced for a primer. Remember with primers, you don’t need a whole lot for each application. Using too much could counteract its benefits!



This primer comes with a pump so you’ve got a bit of control and of course it’s nice to have it easily dispensed this way. I recommend you use half a pump each time. You can always dispense more if you need. I’ve wasted primer a few times after pumping out too much.


Directions: Before make-up, dispense an adequate amount and apply evenly to the skin. Then, pat lightly with the palms for full absorption.


Face It Velvet Skin Primer is gel like and has a watery texture.

Since this is a primer, I know I should review it solely for its performance and quality as a primer. It’s responsible for creating a smooth canvas by filling my lines and pores and priming my face so that my makeup glides on easily. However, I find it hard to discuss this primer without mentioning how it seems to leave me oilier than usual. Face It Velvet Skin Primer is a decent primer for those with perhaps drier skin? As for me, it doesn’t keep my sebum control down to a minimum at all. If anything, I feel like it promotes it. My face is significantly oilier when I use this and I’m required to blot every hour it seems. I hate to discredit this primer altogether though because it has been extremely humid here. I definitely have to consider the recent weather we’ve been having. It’s been raining on and off and my work environment is incredibly humid and warm.

velvet primer

My intentions were to capture the difference between the wear of this primer and one without but it’s hardly noticeable here. While it  can’t be seen in the photos above, when there’s a primer layered on top, my BB cream glides on much easier. There’s less fuss with blending as my skin is primed and silky to the touch.

I wore this several weeks in May and then again recently for another week. Overall, it functions great as a primer. The consistency is a bit more watery compared to the other two primers that I have (Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Essence Primer and Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer) however it glides on and spreads quite easily. It’s not sticky as described and leaves your skin silky to the touch.

Make sure your face is clean prior to applying primer because what essentially happens is the primer will spread and create a barrier between your skin and your makeup. Some individuals’ skin may not agree with ingredients such as dimethicone or silica. If you’re one of them, please note that this product contains both (as do many other beauty products). Another thing to keep in mind is the use of a primer requires proper removal of it. Just imagine all the impurities, dirt, sweat, and moisture retained under the primer. If the primer is not removed properly then you could potentially break out and the condition of your skin could worsen. Double cleanse if you have to.

Here’s the good:
– affordable
– non-sticky formula
– prolongs your wear of makeup
– leaves skin with a silky touch

And the bad:
– fails to control shine
– frequent blotting required

I blot about every other hour when I wear this primer under my BB cream. I blot so much that I remove bits of my makeup each time. Therefore by the time I’m home, a lot of my makeup has already been removed through frequent blotting throughout the day. Which is a shame because I really wanted to like this primer as I do all the products that I have. I mean who buys stuff and expect it to perform terribly, right? While I don’t really prefer wearing this primer at the moment, I think I might have more use for it during the colder months.I personally prefer Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer as my go to primer. While I’m not a big fan of this, I don’t want to say that it’s a bad product. There are just things that I like about the No Sebum Mineral Primer more than the Face It Velvet Skin Primer. If you’ve tried this primer, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Hope everyone is having a great weekend.


7 responses to “[Review] The Face Shop Face It Velvet Skin Primer

  1. Meh, I’ve got quite the oily face so I think I’ll skip this one. I blot way too much already so eee – don’t want to take more makeup off! ;n; Thanks for the review!


  2. LOL, this review quenched my curiosity about the Face Shop primer. I am also oily during these humid days. The Innisfree primer an Etude primers keep the oil at bay for a while, but I still blot after lunch and before leaving school. I sorta lean towards the Etude one; it covers my pores better. Do you plan to review that one soon?

    • The Etude primer is another one I’ve been putting off for weeks now. But since I’ve got a week off for summer vacation, I’ll try to put it up soon! 🙂

  3. I had the same problem here. I live in Thailand so it’s always humid and wet, and I have oily skin which doesn’t help. I just found that initially it does a great job, but then after an hour or two my make up is already sliding off. It doesn’t do anything a primer is supposed to do and I just found it a horrible product. I’m looking to find something better.

  4. Wow! Now I am really confused! I am over 60 and received a sample of the Velvet Skin Primer. I thought it was quite nice and for an “older woman” it seemed like the best thing I’ve tried BUT, as I said….I’ve only tried a sample. I have drier skin and I live in a very dry climate so, maybe I’ll give it a try. It seems that most or all of the reviews are by young women who may still be fighting with the youthful problem of oily skin. Hmmm. ????

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