April 2, 2017

[Review] The Face Shop - Air Cotton Makeup Base SPF30 PA++ #02 Lavender

Hello everyone! :)

Today I am going to share with you a makeup base product which can also be used as a toning cream.

Toning cream (or, tone-up cream) has gained popularity recently. Just as its wording, it is used to lift your skin tone up, to a lighter tone, with a natural finish. Unlike foundation, BB or CC cream, toning cream doesn't have high concealing power. It is better to use when you are having a good-skin day, or even on the days when you are going for casual meetings or getting groceries (for example).

The product I have today is Air Cotton Makeup Base from The Face Shop, and the shade here is #02 Lavender. Although this product here is not labelled as "toning cream", I think it gives the same effect and it is also way more cheaper.

The Face Shop - Air Cotton Makeup Base SPF30 PA++ #02 Lavender
The Face Shop's Air Cotton Makeup Base SPF30 PA++ | 더페이스샵 에어 코튼 메이크업베이스 02 라벤더 | 40g

Remember colour-correcting technique which we covered previously? If you haven't, do check out here when I reviewed Etude House's Big Cover Concealer.

When green is used to compensate red, purple is used to compensate yellow. Same rules apply here. This makeup base has a lovely and soft purple tone (see below) which I fell for it instantly when I tried it at the shop.

The Face Shop - Air Cotton Makeup Base SPF30 PA++ #02 Lavender
The Face Shop - Air Cotton Makeup Base SPF30 PA++ #02 Lavender

In its ingredient list, it has Titanium Dioxide, which is an inorganic compound widely used in a range of body care products, such as sunscreen, toothpaste and makeup. As it provides instant whitening effect (a.k.a. titanium white), it is also one of the main ingredients for toning cream.

Okay, let me try it on one side of my face to show you the effect :)

Lightly rub and pat your skin for better absorption.

Do you see the difference (see below)? :3

Observe the skin tone under my eyes. The side which I applied the makeup base (on my right side) appears to have less redness than the other side. (probably because I was facing the sun in these photos, so overall my skin appears quite fair here @@) Anyway, the fact is, it really even out the yellowness of my skin tone.

As you can see, it has rather a natural finish. Depends on your preference, you can either proceed by applying foundation or BB cream, or you can just walk out just like this. It's up to you, really :D

For me, usually I will apply some liquid concealer on targeted spots (like under eyes and around the nose) for a daily look. This is absolutely one of my favourite go-to daily makeup products.

I bought this product during my last trip to South Korea. Thou I can't remember the actual price, but it's roughly about KRW3,500 (around RM14). I really wanted to try out their #01 Mint, if possible. It has gained quite a good review too.

Unfortunately, I didn't find this product being available during the last time I visited a TFS outlet in Kota Kinabalu. Be sure to check out this product when you have the chance :)

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes, it does what it claims!

Repurchase: Yes, I love the cotton purple tone!

**Side note**
Fyi we have our first Kioda Korean concept store in Sabah, which is located at Palm Square, Centrepoint, Kota Kinabalu. (check out their Facebook live video here)

Interestingly, I found a product which its design look pretty similar to The Face Shop's Air Cotton Makeup Base. (see below)

Ximiso's Moisturizing Cream Concealer
Ximiso's Moisturizing Cream Concealer

This product here is a Moisturizing Cream Concealer from Ximiso. TBH this is the first time I heard of this brand, so no doubt I'm quite speculative about its products.

With much curiosity, I tried out their testers (both Mint and Lavender) on the back of my hand. I can tell that I'm not fancy about this product right on the spot.

First, its consistency is more liquidy(?) and oily than TFS', which makes it more like a moisturizer. Second, it is hard to tell the difference between applying the Mint and the Lavender. Their finishing results look the same to me (ops, sorry no picture). They have this shimmering and glittering-finish which could give a nice luminizing effect, but that's not my type.

The product is sells for RM15.90 at Kioda. If you are interested, you can try out their testers at the store.
**Side note ends**

Do lemme know your thoughts after reading this product review or share yours experience with me in the comment box below.



  1. Thank you so much for sharing dear! It helps me since I donno which colour I should try.

    1. Hi dear! I'm so happy to see your comment! Hope you found the colour that suits you! c:


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