Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Review/Swatches: FACE atelier Façade, the new wonder product

Lazy girls like me like multi-use products; I'm the type of girl who will buy a 3-in-1 of anything to make life easier. FACE atelier pretty much just launched one of those products recently and I managed to get my scrabbling (and extremely lucky!) little hands on some samples to test out. I've kind of been smugging my way around Twitter about these and cooing about them without actually delivering any goods.

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).


From the top, clockwise: Cha Cha, Godiva, Livid, Chameleon and Arabesque.


ABOUT FACE.
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.

THE BODY.
... 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!



THE FOOTER.
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.

22 comments:

  1. I think I need..... :L haha! Great review and post! :D x

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  2. Oh lordy. When I saw the picture of them in the pot I thought I'd better back away slowly, but seeing them on I am massively impressed. I love the sound of the texture and the colours are all beautiful. Beautiful, I say. Lovely stuff.

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  3. Hmmm... so I needs me some of these in my life.

    Excellent review, you always make me want to buy stuff!

    Loveaudrey xxx

    P.S You look simply stunning in these pics :)

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  4. I absolutely love all the colors on you!

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  5. These are beautiful. I need to get my hands on at least one of these. I adore lip/cheek tints but, like you, I was underwhelmed by the Benetint. Thank you for the photo's of you actually wearing each colour instead of just swatching them on your hand, this is very helpful for someone with a similar skin tone, like me.

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  6. Excellent review! These look like they're great products- really light and feminine and I love that they dry down!

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  7. Oh wow, those all look so beautiful! Great review. I always stay away from lip stains due to them leaving my lips like prunes but these look quite promising.

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  8. Cameleon is absolutely gorgeous :) x

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  9. These do sound pretty great. I was about to buy a Bobbi Brown pot rouge, but maybe I should get one of these instead.
    Do you think Arabesque would be a good natural-ish everyday blush for someone almost as pale as you, Cami? (I'm Mont Blanc in NARS Sheer Glow for reference.)

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  10. Chameleon and Godiva look friggin gorgeous. I need to try these!

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  11. @Lozrii YES you do. Such awesome products, right up your street I reckon actually xx

    @ambernicolee A lot of people have said that, even though it was my least favourite! Different strokes :)

    @konni You and me both! I was a bit alarmed when I saw them, but the texture on these is out of this world.

    @loveaudrey YOU are always too nice. I keep raising one eyebrow in every picture like I'm being annoyingly skeptical. :)

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  12. @Get Gawjus! aww, thank you! I think these colours are actually very universal in that respect - I reckon they'd suit a very wide variety of tones :)

    @MakeupbyNix I figured the only way to actually see how these look is to see them in action as they're so different swatched to actually being worn. Such a dreamy product :)

    @Hebridean Sprite I feel like sometimes I've tried them all with varying degrees of success - but never have I had such a knee-jerk positive reaction as with these. Such a fantastic formulation!

    @Heather Does Make Up yes! They really don't dry my lips out at all - it's the silicone. Sort of feels moisturising/melty but light as a feather at the same time :)

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  13. @Rocaille YESSSSS. I'm totally bloody in love with it. It's just so ME in a tube :) It's so bright but natural-looking, which is always the problem I've had with pink lipstick: it looks too heavy and artificial on me.

    @Helen I think so! It's quite a neutral colour and they're quite sheer so you can use a tiny bit to get a little colour without overdoing it, and then build it up. I'm lighter than Mont Blanc and they look just fine on me :) If you can, try get a sample from the FACE atelier website before you commit, that way you can make up your mind :)

    @Daisy Juku Both Coco Beau and FACE atelier ship to the UK :)

    @Emily Yes you do! See if you can grab a couple of little samples to see how you like 'em. I'm in love and these little pots will last a while too :)

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  14. @Rocaille YESSSSS. I'm totally bloody in love with it. It's just so ME in a tube :) It's so bright but natural-looking, which is always the problem I've had with pink lipstick: it looks too heavy and artificial on me.

    @Helen I think so! It's quite a neutral colour and they're quite sheer so you can use a tiny bit to get a little colour without overdoing it, and then build it up. I'm lighter than Mont Blanc and they look just fine on me :) If you can, try get a sample from the FACE atelier website before you commit, that way you can make up your mind :)

    @Daisy Juku Both Coco Beau and FACE atelier ship to the UK :)

    @Emily Yes you do! See if you can grab a couple of little samples to see how you like 'em. I'm in love and these little pots will last a while too :)

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  15. Gorgeous colours and a great review!

    Kisses, Melanie

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  16. @Daisy Juku - sorry I just realised I wrote 'UK' there. Both companies do ship to the US :)

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  18. This looks amazing - really want to try!

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