Because I'm given to preamble, I'm going to stop myself there. Sometimes there just isn't enough room to tell you the story, various hijinx or completely unrelated trivialities that make me seem like I'm interrupting myself (even though I am).
FACE atelier Façade is... on the face of it, a lip and cheek stain, but to say that makes it sound boring and like a generic product. It simply doesn't compare with other lip/cheek stains I've tried on the market (oh BeneTint! Are you back there again trying to grovel for another chance?), because the texture, feel and way it blends are something completely new and unique to me (and also completely divine and amazing, but we're getting to that).
Façade is a silicone-based lip and cheek stain with a gel-like texture which sets as powder. It's incredibly silky and light and gives a translucent and matte wash of colour which builds effortlessly.
... Of the review, that is. I was actually going to call this 'I can't believe it's not butter!' but I saved that for here. Just because it's just a tiny bit too stupid. On application, this product is a dream. It's this velvety, smooth Vaseline kind of texture without the grease. It has this buttery feel that just melts into the skin and lips and almost slips over the skin.
The silicone formula gives it a longer drying time, affording plenty of time to blend the formula over the cheeks and basically ensuring that the product is as fool-proof as possible. It deposits a sheer wash of matte colour over the cheeks and lips and is endlessly buildable - and you really don't need much to give yourself a healthy flush.
On the lips I get around 3-4 hours wear of these, but they don't dry my lips out due to the silicone in the formula allowing it to almost 'float' over the skin instead of sinking into fine lines. On the cheeks I get all-day wear from these, a perfect, delicate, diaphanous flush with just a little product. They are moisture and sebum resistant and blend perfectly over even powder products - I wore it over a mineral foundation and it blended no differently.
One of the coolest things about this product is the ability to mix it up to get your ideal colour. I've grown quite fond of mixing Cha Cha and Livid for a sunblushed red, or Chameleon and Livid for a more Snow White kind of pinkish red.
Speaking of colour, I'd better show you what all five of the colours look like:
Arabesque: I'd describe it as a neutral-brownish peach with a hint of pink on my skin tone. It reminds me of MAC's See Sheer lipstick.
Cha Cha: A warm peach. One of my least favourites as I felt like it imparted the least amount of colour to my lips and seemed to pill/gunk up a little more, but it still did give me a beautiful almost 'caught-the-sun' flush to my cheeks.
Chameleon: A blue/cool-toned pink. This one is my absolute favourite.
Godiva: FACE atelier describe this as 'cherries dipped in chocolate'. So accurate. On my cheeks this comes out as berryish pink. So beautiful for Autumn.
Livid: A bright, cherry-ish red, absolutely stunning on the lips and works on the cheeks great too! Apparently I chewed my lip before taking this photo - sorry for the bald patch on my lip!
I love these forever, and have worn basically nothing else for the couple of weeks I've had them as they're so easy to chuck on with one eye open (that's mostly me in the mornings) and completely foolproof. The colours do look intimidating before they're blended, but rather like the NARS Multiple Tint Tubes in their array of neon-seizure colours, the FACE atelier Façade lip and cheek stains sheer down and blend out beautifully. They come packaged in a squeezy tube, so perfect for both on the go and kits too and FACE atelier sell samples of the product for $1 at their website. Basically, they're damn amazing. I don't know how to end this review because I could wax enough lyrical for ten thousand candles: FACE atelier really hit it out of the park with this one.
You can buy these in the UK at Coco Beau for £22.50. Well worth it, I'd say.
*DISCLOSURE FTW: I was provided with these little samples by Coco Beau, and I'm neither affiliated with Coco Beau nor FACE atelier. I am not being financially compensated for reviewing this product and am, as always, very honest.