Review: The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Face Shop is a Korean beauty brand that’s widely popular and available here in Manila. It’s very common to see The Face Shop in malls where you can easily get attracted to their ever so popular 1 + 1 makeup deals (or 5 + 5 deals for their sheet masks!) and vast range of nail polishes. Plus, they have great makeup products such as their Lovely me:ex eyebrow pencil and Ink Graffi liquid liner (which I have been using for years).  So when I found out that their Moisture Touch Lipstick range is on sale, I knew I had to try one!

product review on lipstick

I didn’t own any Korean lipstick prior to this, mainly because most of the Korean lipstick shades available in stores (here in Manila) are either too bright or too pale for those with medium or morena skin tone.  Plus, the color range is very limited. The formulation is sometimes a bit off, too. I’m sure you've encountered lipstick testers which are either too soft/too messy or too dry to swatch.

But here’s The Face Shop to the rescue! Their Moisture Touch Lipstick range comes in a variety of colors: beige, coral, pink, purple, and red in various shades. I was actually surprised to see this range to have around 20 shades – which is very impressive. Now ladies with darker skin tone can actually pick a shade that will complement their skin. I think I swatched almost all shades at the back of my hand just so I can see the color and formulation. Mind you – these lipsticks are very creamy and pigmented. I ended up picking two shades which are far different from each other: BE02 (Angel in Beige) and PP02 (Muse Purple).


Packaging

Hands down, The Face Shop’s Moisture Touch Lipstick has one of the best packaging and product presentation. Although the lipstick bullet doesn’t have a luxurious weight to it, the choice of packaging from the box to the actual bullet is very sleek. The product itself is housed in a matte gray container. The cap also has a glass-like top which shows the true-to-color lipstick shade. You can also find the shade name or code at the bottom of the bullet.


The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in BE02 (Angel in Beige)
The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in BE02 (Angel in Beige)

The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in BE02 (Angel in Beige)
The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in BE02 (Angel in Beige)
Peachy-beige nude for medium skin tone

The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in PP02 (Muse Purple)
The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in PP02 (Muse Purple)

The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in PP02 (Muse Purple)
The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in PP02 (Muse Purple)
Berry purple shade for medium to dark skin tone

Another thing that makes the packaging a bit posh is the TFS engraving inside the box, as well as on the lipstick itself. It reminds me of Tom Ford lipstick and Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips (I don’t own them, btw. Not yet. Lol).



Swatches and Shades

The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in BE02 and PP02
Top: PP02
Bottom: BE02

Overall, both BE02 (beige) and PP02 (purple) glide easily without tugging. They’re very creamy and pigmented, although I find BE02 to be more opaque. PP02 came out a little patchy on my arm that I had to do several swipes before I got the actual color to show up. However, when applied on the lips, PP02 actually glided smoothly without being patchy.


Formula

MAC Cosmo (amplified), Maybelline Clay Crush (matte), The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick BB02 (moisture), MAC Half  'N Half (amplified)
Shade comparison from top to bottom: MAC Cosmo (amplified), Maybelline Clay Crush (matte), The Face Shop BB02 (moisture), MAC Half  'N Half (amplified)

I actually enjoy the formula of this Moisture Touch Lipstick. Mind you, I applied both shades on my dry lips and didn’t exfoliate before application, but the formulation didn’t emphasize any dry patches I had at that time. I usually pick matte lipsticks, but starting October last year, I quite enjoy creamy and smooth lipsticks for everyday use. If you are familiar with MAC’s amplified finish, the Moisture Touch Lipstick’s formula is similar to that. Same thing, the formula isn’t transfer-proof.


Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy (matte), The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick PP02 (moisture), MAC Diva (matte)
Shade comparison from top to bottom: Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy (matte), The Face Shop PP02 (moisture), MAC Diva (matte)

Scent

The lipstick has a faint smell of soap or floral perfume to it, which I don’t like. It does bother me. I’m the type of person who carries a water bottle and drinks straight from it when I’m on-the-go. Even without drinking, I can taste the faint soap/perfume when I applied the lipstick too close to the inner rim of my lips (particularly PP02). Because of that fact alone, I can’t use this lipstick when I’m out on long errands or whole-day meetings which will involve drinking or eating or both. I have used the shade BE02 last Friday for the entire day and I had to be very careful not to purse, bite, or smack my lips so as not to taste the soap/perfume scent. And yes, I had to wipe my lips clean before eating and drinking.


Longevity

Since it’s a moisturizing lipstick, The Face Shop Moisture Lipstick doesn’t last very long on the lips (by very long, I mean 6-8 hours). I had to re-apply maybe after 4 hours to get the opaque color once again. If you don’t mind re-applying lipstick throughout the day, this shouldn’t bother you. While the color starts to fade after a couple of hours, it will leave a pretty faded pigment on your lips while keeping the lips moisturized.

Wearing The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in BE02. Indoor shot, natural lighting.

Wearing The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick in PP02. Indoor shot, natural lighting.

Price

To be honest, I find the price point of Php 795 for one TFS Moisture Touch Lipstick to be expensive. Just Php 255 more and you can buy a MAC lipstick (amplified finish) that’s equally opaque and moisturizing, but more long-wearing. BUT if you see this on sale at Php 795 for two, then that’s already a bargain (again, watch out for their 1+1 deals!).

The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick
The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick

Overall, I feel that The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipstick is still a good choice when you want to try out a good quality Korean lipstick brand that’s easily available in malls. It's very seldom to come across a moisturizing lipstick that's pigmented enough and won't emphasize cracked or dry lips. TFS 1+1 deal for this lipstick will end tomorrow (February 28), so better stock up on those shades!


from The Face Shop Philippines' Facebook Page

Pros
• Easily available in The Face Shop stores
• Creamy, pigmented and moisturizing
• Comfortable to wear even on dry lips
• Good deal at two for Php 795
• Luxurious feel on the packaging
• Wide range of color for different skin tones

Cons
• Costly for its original price of Php 795 per lipstick
• Re-application needed
• Soap / perfume scent which you can taste


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I bought these Moisture Touch Lipsticks with my own money and this is my 100% honest review. I am not affiliated with The Face Shop as of writing.

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