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30 August 2018

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201

I have a love-hate relationship with the The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit ever since I bought it. Also, my undertone's completely changed from being totally warm to neutral.

Could this be the effect of me not leaving the house for weeks? I'm pretty sure it is. 

I mean, I haven't been taking any whitening pills nor appyling any lotion religiously for months now. Also, a few other updates, I've already stopped drinking the pills prescribed by my OB, so my skin's kinda going back to being oily now...


The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201
  
The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit
Wear your foundation like second skin with The Face Shop's Ink Lasting Foundation. This thin but powerful formula smoothes onto the face, covering up blemishes with a natural but buildable finish. It also keeps the skin moisturized and has long wearing properties, making this fantastic for those of us with hectic schedules. It also has an SPF of 30 and PA++, keeping your complexion shielded from the sun as you go about your day.

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201
I love that the box has english descriptions since you don't often find that feature in most Korean beauty products.

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201
The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation swatch in N201 Apricot Beige

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201
This foundation leaves streaks, so you better blend, blend, blend!

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review Swatch N201
The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation coverage test

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Review
I bought this from Althea Korea for only PHP 670 and when I saw it was being sold for twice the price here in Manila, I immediately thought, "Good thing I didn't have to pay full price for it!" They also didn't have the shade that I thought suited me, so I was pretty surprised that N201 Apricot Beige almost matched me. That was when I knew that my undertone changed and my skin got a bit lighter. On to the product itself... 

It comes in a frosted glass packaging with a pump, which I think is pretty amazing for the price... I mean most foundations in the PHP 500 to 600 range are still in plastic tubes. I do like the pump, it gives you a lot of product with just one press and hey, you have to be really careful as the foundation is very, very runny... You don't want to spill it on your clothes like I did the first time I used this.

It claims to be long-lasting with an ink-like wear -- which I don't really know what is -- and it also claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as it filters harmful UVA/UVB rays. Well, it does have SPF 30, so I'll have to say I do agree with those claims.

It also states that it has a slim fit coverage which makes it lightweight while having second-skin finish to conceal imperfections -- Now, this is where my love/hate relationship with it begins -- It promises to provide you a radiant look because of the illuminating red and clear blue light reflecting powder which help to keep makeup looking fresh as when you first applied it.

Okay, I love that it's very moisturizing. I love the coverage as it gives me medium coverage with just one pump, and hey, it's able to conceal some of my blemishes with just one layer and it is buildable to a full coverage. I also love how it just brightens up my face and my under-eyes upon application and true to the claims, it is long-lasting to the point where it's okay if I didn't have to retouch throughout the whole day. It just looks dewy at the end of the day, but hey, still looking fresh...

Now here's my problem... remember that second-skin look? That's pretty much my issue here. I love that it makes my pores invisible and it keeps my skin hydrated, but it just looks too made up for me. You get what I'm saying? The foundation doesn't really blend in with my skin... it kind of goes on top of it creating another layer and it just looks too made up for everyday wear. Also, I noticed that because this is quite a hydrating foundation, it does tend to slip and slide if you don't set it with powder... so if you do have oily-skin, I definitely recommend you do so. For those with dry skin, I think you can also make this product work because it is pretty hydrating even though it dries semi-matte... just make sure to put moisturizer or oil on your dry patches because I swear, this foundation will cling to it.

Final verdict? I love it for the coverage, super love the fresh-powdery smell, love the hydrating properties... Oh, I also love how it makes my skin look perfect from one-feet away... but you know, it's just not something I would use everyday. I don't like the second-skin look... I'm sure a lot of people love looking flawless... but I would reserve this for special occasions and not for everyday use. 

Also because it's very liquidy, it definitely left streaks when I used a brush, so this is best applied using a sponge. If you don't have one, you just gotta blend, blend, blend like your life depended on it. Aside from being long-lasting (when set with powder) and the oil-control properties that it has, I also noticed that it still looks great even for humid days... It is pretty sweat-proof, and hell, I did look fresh under the sun, except that my foundation was just too obvious and my very conscious self kept thinking "Foundation Day anyone?"

If you want to give this foundation a try, I suggest getting it half price at Althea Korea for only PHP 670 instead of PHP 1,200 at the malls.

How do you feel about foundations looking too perfect and giving you that second-skin look? Do you like it or do you prefer a more natural-looking base? Let me know in the comments below!



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