Thursday, December 9, 2010

REVIEW: The Face Shop The Flower Uv Intense Powder Pact SPF50

Written: Jan 08 '09

yep, wrote this for my account with epinions.  proud ako at ang average rating nito 'very helpful' mwahahaha to think walang pix pa yan.  told yah, TFS was the first Korean brand i've ever tried.  kudos to them for consistently having quality products.

Disclaimer: i was not paid by the face shop for this review. i bought this compact with my own money.
from the face shop's website:

Exclusively at Walgreens (if you're in the United States)


The name, ‘THE FLOWER,’ comes from its ingredients. Made with mineral-enriched edible flowers such as Rose, Jasmine, Chamomile and more, these flower petals have been ground to micro-pigments with an advanced technology to provide luminous, velvety finish. This beautifully scented line is an ideal base-makeup line to create natural but flawless complexion. Micro-pigmented texture evens out your skin tone and hides imperfections without being heavy.

Micro-pigmented texture evens out your skin tone and hides imperfections without being heavy.
Powerful UV rays protection and leaves skin looking smooth and luminous with light-reflecting pigment. "
Coverage: sheer to medium.
from the box:

Ingredients:Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Trimethylopropane Triethylhexanoate, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane, Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Methicone, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Rosa Canina Flower, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Powder, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Corn Gluten Protein, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower/Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Flower Extract, Phalaenopsis Amabilis Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Impatiens Balsamina Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract

May Contain:
Mica(CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Zinc Oxide(77947) Barium Sulfate(CI 77120) Iron Oxides(CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)
17g / Net WT 0.59 oz

Price: $21

Made in Korea

My experience:
The pressed powder comes in a flower petal shaped compact.  Where to find the opening is tricky but I got used to it.  It's at the pointed end of the petal.  The whole compact is not too slender as there are two layers inside, there is a plastic lid that divides the clam shell into two parts, the bottom part contains the pressed powder, while the upper part holds the sponge-puff.  The sponge-puff that comes with it, is velvety felt on my skin.  I haven't tried washing it so I can't say if the sponge-puff is resilient. 

This pressed powder gives good coverage though it says sheer to medium coverage on their website.  It's very silky to apply.  The powder comes off quickly from the compact but I don't mean that it's too soft that one false drop and it goes to a million pieces of talc.

My skin tone is very much on the yellow side because I am part Chinese.  So this sand beige shade I bought goes very well on my skin, it's very similar to my experience with a bobbi brown sand toned foundation.   It made my face seem refreshed and polished.  It brought out the colors of my eyeliner and blusher instead of drowning them which I like.

This particular product from the face shop is not meant for oily skinned people like myself so I have to blott my nose with the oil absorbing paper every so often.

The reason why I bought it was for it's spf.  This is the first product I have encountered with spf 50 in powder form.  The flower extracts in this product give it a nice soothing smell that isn't overpowering. 

Either on foundation or by itself on my face, once I apply the powder on my face it doesn't slide off or come off easily so touch ups aren't frequent.   I may have mentioned that the powder comes off the compact relatively easy but it's pressed enough that it doesn't erode on itself. This first one I bought is lasting me quite a while.  The face shop also has refills for it so I don't have to throw away a perfectly usable compact with mirror.

You may want consider the flash mode on your camera while wearing this since it's a major sunblock, it has reflective ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc.  Talc, too, is white.  If your flash is on auto or you don't have another light source near your head, you may get a white-washed face effect on your pictures, when viewing your pictures either on your computer monitor or when printed.  That white-washed effect happened to my mom, while wearing this same pressed powder.

It's a good compact that might give the major brands a run for their money.


Product Rating: Product Rating: 4.0
Pros: spf 50
smells nice
silky velvety feeling

Cons: tricky to open
not for oily skin
fat compact

The Bottom Line: Though I am now using the variant for oily faces, I recommend this compact for women with normal to dry skin.



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