I have used this foundation on several skin types, color and age and it has not disappointed. I use a powder brush/kabuki to apply and blend it in. I find it has a full coverage and not much product is needed. A keeper for my kit.
This is the most overrated product that is under-advertised IMO, if that makes sense. What I mean is, Face Atelier is really only heard of amongst MU junkies and not sold in chain stores across the US. But I think it's overhyped by MU junkies who know about it.
Yeah, I get that this is loaded with silicones and that's great but so are many other foundations. The shade availability is meager and personally think it's a ripoff for Atelier to suggest buying the color correctors to add. Why don't you just make a wider range of common skin shades instead of making us buy another product and mix it ourselves?
Immediate finish was shockingly oily (you say dewy, I say oily, tomayto tomawto). How dry does my skin have to be to work with this stuff and make it look normal? It didn't accentuate pores and indents but it didn't blur them either. I was expecting them to be blurred with all the hype I heard.
Coverage is full.
Thankfully they offer samples. But I paid $10 in shipping to get those samples which I had so much hope for. There is nothing special about this foundation that you can't already find at Sephora.
Similar and better foundations: Lancome Teint Ultra, Hourglass Veil Fluid, Covergirl 3 in 1, Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
I only use zero minus to mix with other foundations, so I can't say how this performs on its own. But zero minus is an HG for me. Most foundations I try are too dark, even in the lightest shade. I had so many foundations that were just sitting around because I really had no use for them. Now, I just mix some of this in, and the foundation matches my skin tone perfectly. This doesn't seem to change the formulations of the actual foundation either. The one thing about this, though, is that that it doesn't do much if the foundation is too orange or too pink, since it's just pure white. But at least I can feel more comfortable trying new foundations, since I can just mix a little of this in if they are too dark.
I purchased a sample of this and the Porcelain shade on Face Atelier's website on the recommendation of the MUA Lisa Eldridge. The porcelain shade was laughably dark and brown in undertones, so I passed it along to a friend, but I've been mixing the white with my HG concealer (that I currently use as a foundation), Amazing Cosmetics in Ivory, and am getting interesting results. It's lifting the AC concealer to my exact skin tone, and it's also counteracting the oiliness of the concealer for a more matte look. I'm still on the lookout for my HG foundation that will match, correct, conceal and not be too heavy, cakey, oily or matte, but until the day comes when the clouds part and the Heavens shine down on the perfect product somewhere, I suppose I'll purchase this Zero Minus and use it to mix with some different things until I find something that works. DAMN YOU PALE SKIN!
I bought this foundation in Zero Minus because I'm so fair (about NC5) that I can never find ready-made foundations that work for my skintone. I mix it with a Korean BB cream (Skin79 Orange Vital), and for the first time in my life, my face matches my body! It's been a lifesaver for that.
It is, however, a bit tricky to work with. The BB cream I have glides on easily, but mixing Zero Minus into it makes it dry very fast so you have to put less at a time and work in layers. It will also make flaky skin more noticeable, so instead of applying it in a circular motion or buffing it into the skin, I find it's better to apply with fingers in an up-down way, like painting. It somewhat shortens the staying power of the BB cream too, and although I use a primer under it and powder on top, by the 6-7 hour mark my skin is kinda oily and the foundation has caked a bit and emphasized lines. Color wise, my skintone is very yellow and I do not find that Zero Minus cools the color of my BB cream, which is warm toned. I would say it's a neutral white, so it doesn't really change anything.
All in all, it is a good product that does its job well enough. There aren't too many similar products in the market (Illamasqua does have two white foundations I believe, one neutral and one pink, but they are tricky to find in the US, Sephora only carries the pink), so even though there are things I don't like, I will probably repurchase. I'd only recommend staying away from it if you're very very oily, or have a lot of flaky skin and dry patches. Also, since the formula isn't stellar, it's probably best to mix Zero Minus with any silicon based foundation you already like instead of with another tone of FACE Atelier ULTRA foundation to minimize the problems.
This foundation is wonderful. I have hard to match coloring so I'm used to mixing foundations. The fact that this company designed colors for mixing is awesome!!!! ( it's because a woman runs the company). I use #6 which is too light, but matches my undertone best. Then I add some zero plus and it's perfect. It seems the odd numbers are more on the warm side and odds are on the cool side. I apply with a beauty blender. This foundation feels great on my face. Looks awesome. Love the pump. My only complaint is I wish it had better staying power. I would by this again.
I bought the FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation in #12 Sable at the IMATS Toronto in November. Only recently, I started using this foundation and I am in love. Very few makeup brands are able to get colors right for women of color. This is one of the first liquid foundations that has matched my skin tone so well. I apply the foundation with the beauty blender for a flawless slightly satin finish. I use a pump and a half to cover my face. The coverage is medium but very buildable. Once set, this foundation lasts me a full 12 hours.
I have oily skin, am pale and neutral/cool-toned, so I purchased the lightest shade (Porcelain) and Zero Minus.
I love this foundation mainly because of the color match. Obviously it's hard to find very pale foundations and I find that this is pretty foolproof; I can hastily mix the two shades together on my fingertips and have a near-perfect match. I also love how well this foundation blends seamlessly into my skin (I use a damp Beauty Blender). Once the foundation dries down (which generally takes only a few minutes but depends on what moisturizer I've used/how long I let the moisturizer set), it leaves this beautiful satin finish. My skin looks matte but still healthy and dewy. I always finish with setting powder, which takes away some of the dewiness, and then Guerlain Meteorites, which gives me a little radiance. My skin looks amazing after all is said and done.
Unfortunately this is not an HG foundation for me in the long run. While it's a lovely foundation and leaves my skin looking flawless, my biggest beef with this foundation is that it doesn't hold up. Regardless of what primer I use under it or what combination of powders I use over it, the flawless finish is short-lived. By the end of my work day, the foundation has caked up in my fine lines and completely slid off areas like my nose and mouth. The dewiness turns to greasiness on my oily skin. Another small note is that in pictures, the flash reacts with the foundation so that my face looks whiter than the rest of my body (maybe because the foundation "may contain" Titanium Dioxide?)
I'm going to repurchase this and continue trying different moisturizer-primer-setting powder combinations with it to see if the wear time improves; otherwise I'll move on. I'm giving this four stars for now because if I could get it to last, this would certainly be my HG foundation.
** Not Tested On Animals **
Skin type: normal to dry but acne prone.
Desperately seeking a new HG foundation since I found out MAC test on animals after being bought out by Estee Lauder. MAC is now sold in China, and Chinese law requires that ALL cosmetics be tested on animals.
For reference, I am MAC NC25 / NC30 - see my notepad for my colour matches to other brands.
I've tried Sand which was a bit too pale but Sepia is a pretty good match.
PREPARATION: as this is water-based, I applied Face of Australia Primer only. Usually I'd apply a moisturiser as well but I only have oil-based at the moment.
CONSISTENCY: liquid, quite runny.
QUALITY: applied with a Sigma stipple brush. Durability is ok I think, as always the real test will be come (Australian) summer. The coverage is medium to not-quite-full. I had to use a concealer to cover a couple of particularly blergh zits + under my eyes also. A slightly dewey finish, topped off with Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder.
RE-PURCHASE? Yes! It's not quite HG but I've only worn it a couple of times so we'll see. It's definitely in my top 3.
(samples purchased from Camera Ready Cosmetics for $4 - great!)
I usually buy foundation to match my NC15 - 20 neck and chest and Ivory (#2) is perfect for me. Application is foolproof (I use a Beauty Blender) and it blends like a dream. The finish is matte, yet luminous (but not dewey) and imperfections are "blurred". I'd say this is a medium coverage foundation, yet does a decent job of minimising dark circles, hyperpigmentation and pores without looking cakey. It wears very well, in fact, impressively so. I had been sweating buckets from doing some housecleaning after I got home from the mall yesterday. I must've pat my face with a towel more than 5 separate times (yes, it was sweltering!) and when I finally went to the bathroom to take a shower, I caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror. Was stunned to see that the foundation was still on, a little faded (evenly across my face) but still luminous (not greasy)! And I didn't even have any primer on! I've had this foundation for a while but somehow never got around to reviewing this little gem. It truly deserves 5 lippies in my book!
P.S. I have dry combination skin.