The Face Shops seed (chia and mango seed) lines seem to be very popular amongst many, and I’ve been trying to will myself into buying another cream for awhile now. But I’ve finally finished my Primera moisturizer, so I practically have an excuse to buy a new one, especially since my face needs the extra hydration for the cold and dry remainder of the winter.
I won’t lie, I was suckered into buying this because of the cute box and jar LOL. I wanted something I could use as a day moisturizer before putting on makeup on school days. So I decided to splurge a bit on this; although it says date-prep, it’s still a good cream to use before going out! I mean, why should we only look good when we’re going out on a date?
This product has also been advertised by Suzy, and you can find her CF on Youtube ^^.
“The must-have butter that gives skin a healthy glow. Prep yourself for your date!”
“Formula designed to be absorbed quickly by the skin. Watch drab skin transform into moist, radiant skin. This moisturizing butter creates the perfect foundation for makeup.”
“A formula that delivers abundant moisture as it is absorbed deep down into the skin, without leaving any sticky residue. The special formula process used helps skin absorb all of the active agents, leaving it feeling healthy and firm.”
“The formula consists of GMO-free mango seed and cherry seed extracts.”
Directions: Dispense an adequate amount at the cream stage or before applying makeup. Apply evenly to the skin. Use before applying makeup to increase makeup adherence and keep it looking fresh for hours.
“Contains Sudanes mango extract.”
“Formulated without 7 additives: parabens, benzophenone, alcohol, animal ingredients, triethanolamine, non-tar colours, sulfates.”
“Contains ingredients obtained through fair trade.”
“Customer satisfaction test completed for moisturized and glowing skin.”
“Contains GMO-free mango seed and cherry seed extracts.”
So let’s talk about this packaging- it is so adorable with the mango design and colour palette, and the information is well-placed. The text and graphics work cohesively to create a cute and clean design that adds to the appeal of the line. I really like their seed line packaging since because of the natural feel to them.
The cream comes in a jar that is pretty much the same as the chia seed moisturizer (review), but with a different colour palette. It is bulky, and the plastic walls of the jar are very thick. It’s a little deceiving because you think you’re getting a lot of product, but it’s actually not that much.
On the upside, it includes a spatula and a cover to prevent cream from getting on the lid. It’s great for hygienic purposes, and serves to be a great tool if you have long nails. It’s a little annoying when you have to use your fingers and the cream gets in between your nails.
The cream has a light, fresh floral scent, which does not bear any resemblance to mangos. I’m not a floral scent kind of girl, but it does smell quite nice since it’s not very strong. The scent fades away quickly, so you’re not going to smell like flowers. I don’t recommend putting this on your eyelids or very close to your eyes since it will sting >_<.
The texture of the cream is like the Body Shop’s body butters. It’s really creamy, soft and spreadable, but feels thicker than the other creams from the Mango Seed line. It takes a few minutes for my skin to fully absorb the cream so I don’t look greasy. It’s not a problem for me because I account for the time it takes for my skin to absorb any skincare products before applying makeup. Although it feels initially feels greasy and even tacky upon application, it does live up to the claim that says that it doesn’t leave any sticky residue after absorption. I think this is a great cream for the winter months which are dry; however, I most likely will not be using it once the weather warms up. On the upside, I think it enhances the skin by giving it a healthy glow, and it adds that extra luminous effect to makeup~ This produces a dewy finish, which is the alternative to the typical matte finish for makeup.
This cream is good for those who have dry skin because it’s important to moisturize your skin so it continues to look full of youth and vitality. But you can always go over your makeup with a powder if you don’t like the dewy finish. Either way, it’s essential to moisturize before makeup if you have dry skin, or if you’re residing in colder country. However, I think it’s too heavy for late spring or summer usage for those with normal to oily skin.
I would also recommend it if you have dull looking skin because it brightens up the skin for a glowing complexion. The chia seed line is more suitable for those with oily skin, or for summer wear due to its lightweight texture and consistency, yet moisturizing properties. Unlike the mango seed line, the chia seed line strives to keep sebum at bay while providing hydration. I think I will rotate back to the chia seed line once it starts to warm up in a couple months!
Overall, I like the product because it moisturizes my skin and makes it feel soft, but it’s not a holy grail. It’s essentially a hydrating base that creates a smooth canvas to work on like a primer should. It’s a good consideration if you’re looking for a moisturizing primer; however, it does not have any other special properties such as pore minimization or skin care benefits (aside from providing hydration). The price may also be a deterrent to some because it isn’t drugstore priced. However it is cheaper than most of the primers available at Sephora and high-end counters.
The mango seed line has a few other creams such as the Heart Volume Butter and Silk Moisture Facial Butter. I haven’t personally bought them myself, so I can’t give a fair comparison. The Heart Volume Butter is supposed to improve the skin’s elasticity which gives your face more ‘volume‘. I’m not too sure what volume refers to, but I assume that it’s supposed to give a youthful effect by creating healthy, supple skin. The Heart Volume Butter also claims to improve wrinkles. Although I’m not too sure how correct that is considering that wrinkles are not a primary concern for teenagers and young adults. Adults and elderly people would probably aim for more high end products that are dermatologically tested to work.
The Silk Moisture Butter on the other hand targets issues such as puffiness, itchiness, redness, poor elasticity, and poor makeup absorption/adherence. It claims to deliver a silky, velvety finish to the skin, with no sticky residue. I think the Silk Moisture Butter is meant to be used as a regular moisturizer for a larger demographic (i.e. one that does not require wrinkle improvement). In general, the mango seed line is meant address the needs of those with dry skin; but there is the option to select a cream that targets specific needs. If you find that the butter is too heavy as a day moisturizer, I think it would work better as a night moisturizer so that your skin stays hydrated throughout the night.
+ Skin is moisturized throughout the day
+ Skin looks healthy
+ Skin feels smooth to touch
+ No oily residue or greasy finish
+ Cute packaging
+ Comes with a spatula
+ Good as a primer for colder months