Unlisted Brand • FACE atelier Ultra Foundation • Liquid
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
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!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
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 (I have mild seborrheic dermatitis), 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 lowers 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.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Coarse Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
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.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Olive, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
** 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!)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I wanted to have a foundation that replaces my MUFE Mat velvet+ which breaks me out occasionally and doesn't lasts on me. I like somewhere abit of light-medium coverage and FA is perfect for that. Runny consistency which is nice for blending thoroughly. I picked Sand suitable for fair yellow skintone (MAC NC20-25). The overall look is so pretty and polish! I do need to blot my face but I don't see that's the problem because my skin has always been the problem when comes to oil. But the best part it stays put and looks fresh even when I blot my face. I'll say give this a try by getting the samples. If you have oily skin you do need a primer. Oily skin must have primer no matter how good or bad the foundation is. No foundation is perfect for every skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
An absolutely beautiful foundation. Reading the reviews, I was skeptical of buying this since many with oily skin found it too dewy. However, upon swatching this in a theatrical makeup store, I knew I had to have it. I purchased the shade "Porcelain", which matches my NC15, neutral leaning yellow skin. Those with skin lighter than an NC15 would need to purchase Zero Minus to mix. Onto the application itself, the foundation glided very smoothly onto my skin, due to the silicone content. For those with dry skin, I would recommend a primer though, contrary to what the brand claims. I found that the foundation dried quickly, so I prefer to work in sections. However, it does leave a slightly dewy finish, but not greasy like Chanel Pro Lumiere. My favorite setting powder for this is Ben Nye Neutral Set, which mattifies the foundation without adding any texture or color. Regarding the lasting power, it doesn't measure up to longwearing foundations like Estee Lauder Double Wear or Revlon Colorstay, but I found it to last reasonably well on my oily skin. I always blot throughout the day no matter what foundation I use, so I don't mind any oily spots. I prefer to use a satin finish foundation over very matte ones, despite my skin type. I am really loving the lightweight, full coverage this provides. It truly provides a flawless finish.
EDIT: Sadly discovered that this breaks me out in tiny clogged pores around my face. I'm generally not sensitive to cones, so not sure what ingredient triggered it, perhaps the bismuth oxychloride? It is mentioned as a "may contain" ingredient. Giving three lippies instead of 5.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
I had high hopes for this foundation.
I'm so glad they had samples so I didn't waste my money. I have a dry skin type so I was looking for something without powder that would last all day and look good in pictures. This seemed to give ok coverage but when I took a picture, it reacted with the flash and made me look too pale, I used the ivory colour so it should have come out ivory, I was really dissapointed as it says it hasn't got SPF ingredients but when I did my research it does contain some SPF which is why it still reacts with the flash. When I used the darker colour it came out nice and tanned but it still bounced off light on my forehead and I could see it didn't look flawless on my nose area, this is usually where there is some light redness and some people recommend a makeup base or green highlighter, but why should I? I can't bo bothered with any extra crap. Everyone wants one perfect foundation to do the whole job. When I removed the flash on my camera, that's when it looks perfect but you can't go to a club with little lighting and keep taking pictures without the flash.
It's the most unflattering foundation I've ever used. If maddonna and ga ga use it then I assume they have makeup bases, powders and professional light diffusers to make them look good.
This seriously is not completely SPF free making it not 100% flash friendly.
I'll go back to Estee Lauder camouflage foundation full coverage for face and body but this has SPF too but at least it's better coverage. It's good that it does not contain purfume as I am allergic to that.
Oh well I think I've tried every foundation off the shelf but I'll keep looking for the perfect photo friendly one.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I purchased the ultra sheer foundations in champagne, peach, opal and bronze. These are meant to be mixed into foundations or used as highlighters or bronzer. I think the idea of customizing your foundation is genius. I have never had much luck getting a good match in any foundation and was always adding one to another to get better color. My recent match has been between NW20 and NW25 or N3 in F&B. None of these are perfect, but require some tweaking and the Face Atelier sheer foundations are super for getting a little glow and better match. The NW25 Studio Sculpt pea sized and a 1/4 pump of the champagne color is fab for my in between spring-summer color. I use a Real Techniques expert face brush and stiple the foundation mix on. Brings out the "artiste" in me to be creating my own color. Recommend as a good complement to stretching anyone's foundation for various occasions. One less lippie due to crazy price. Would get the pro size as 2/3 of the full size at 2/3 the price.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
I have this in the Zero Minus shade because I'm pale (NC15) and I have a tough time finding foundations/BB creams/TMs that are pale enough for me. In most brands, I buy the "Light" shade and then I lighten it up using a bit of this white foundation. So obviously I can't comment on colormatch because the shade I have is pure white. Texture-wise this is very dry: it dries to a matte finish in seconds so you have to work fast and work on one section of your face at a time. This does what I bought it for so I will probably repurchase but I don't like the dry, chalky finish so I would never purchase the color version of this foundation. And one thing to note about this white shade: it leans cool, so it "cools" any foundation/TM/BB I'm using. That's tough because I am yellow-toned and this will change my products to neutral/cool toned. So if you're pale and olive for example, this will not work for you. The best thing about this product is the elegant, simple packaging. The airless pump is sanitary, the branding is very modern and clean, and the bottle is heavy glass. It just feels high-end. Overall, I think this is just an OK product and if I found something better that I could use for this purpose, I would switch.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
EDIT** I've used this for a week or more now,and it's staying power for me does not seem to be awesome. I'm not sure if it's just my skin,cos I seem to have this problem with a lot of foundations? I'm not heaps oily,I'm combination/normal in winter I think? And prob more combo/oilier t-zone in summer. Yet I have this thing with foundations!! So annoying. I'm thinking maybe wait til your moisturizer has dried bcos it just seems to slip off more with that.
I went to my in-laws for dinner the other night,and after about 3 hours or so,by th time I got home,it had slidden off a fair bit. And it def does not last a whole day! I had a creative writing course recently(just an extension one day course) and by the end of it(6 hours) I rocked up to my friends place for a girls night looking absolutely HORRIBLE!! and all my friends were all dolled up and glamourous,I had to reapply my whole face to actually look decent:(
Still like the finish though,and it does feel nice. Just it's staying power sucks!!
I only just recieved this today in the mail,but I have played about with it all day. Iv used it with my fingers,brush and even mixed it in with my moisturizer(was recommended by someone for this particular foundie) and it worked really well. Just gave it that extra bit of glow that I like. I'm not sure on it's lasting power yet,but I'm kinds only reviewing this according to my love for dewiness in a foundation and it didn't live up to what i had heard it was! It's not bad,it does have a slight glow on the highlights of your face,and im pretty sure it gets more dewy as you wear it. Is sort of hard to blend,as it is fairly runny in consistency,so you presume it will blend easier. Is a beautiful colour match for me,and the website I used here in Australia was so good! The lady,Rachael,is SOO friendly and helpful,and even gave me a discount (my sample that had bn shipped out to me had dried up) for Australian standards,it is pretty reasonably priced,I'm really loving pro makeup at the moment!
All in all,lovely foundation,lovely creamy look and soft natural glow,just not what I thought it would be. Still good though!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I forgot my username and password with MUA so I am starting afresh.
I loooove Face Atelier Ultra Foundation. This is my HG foundation, I have it in different shades since skin color/shade changes depending on the season and sun exposure. I have it in 4Sand, 6Honey, 7 Tan. I am missing #5 hmmm... one of my friends prolly took em, lol. :)
I learned about Face Atelier when I attended NY Makeup show years back and tried it on the spot. Fabulous! It sticks to the skin smoothly, NEVER cakey, I love it. I interchange it or mix it sometimes with Cle De Peau Satine Foundation, another fab fave of mine :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is my favourite foundation. It's the kind of foundation that gets people wondering why your skin is so perfect.
I use it for special occasions/date nights when I want to look my best.
The coverage is amazing, a little goes a long way. I only need to spot conceal redness around my nose and some pigmentation.
I gave it to my mom to use, and it works wonders on her mature skin which needs more coverage.
I'm shade 04 (MAC NC20/25).
It is pricy in my opinion, so I don't use it everyday...I would if I could!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I bought this last summer and I fell in love with it even though it wasn't that suitable for my oilier summer skin. It glides on your skin so smoothly and leaves a nice glow which might be a bit too much for the summer when I prefer more matte make up.
I stopped using the foundation due to my skin's oiliness but I came back to it during the winter and it was all good! It forgives so much although it does cling to the worst flakes but what foundation doesn't. And now as I've been using my Clarisonic and I've gotten rid of the flakes this foundation has become the ideal one for me. Also I apply it with elf's powder brush just like another reviewer does too. Regular foundation brush just doesn't work with this one.
Coverage is medium and on my dry skin it leaves a nice satin finish but when my skin is oilier it's a bit too dewy. On their website it says that you don't need to set it with powder but nevertheless I still set it. I feel the foundation on my face if I don't set it. Also without powder it won't last that long on the oilier parts of my face.
Lasting power on dry skin is excellent but the oilier your skin is the worse it is. This was the main reason I stopped using it during the summer. So I can't recommend this foundation for anyone with oily skin. I haven't noticed any difference between using a primer underneath the foundation so I think they're claim for having the primer inbuilt is true.
The way you can customize the shades is a good idea. They have this system where you can buy colors to lighten, darken or warm up your regular foundation. So if you buy the wrong shade foundation you don't have to throw it away. I've found the perfect shade for my winter skin so I haven't had the need to pimp up my shade.
Plus for the glassy container and for the pump that let's you truly manage the amount of foundation you need. This foundation doesn't come cheap though. Ģ34 is a lot but this foundation is worth it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love this foundation, I have very dry skin and I love its dewy finish as it hides my flakes and all that stuff. It has excellent coverage and looks exactly like skin when on. I always get compliments when I wear it.
Even though it is one of my favorite foundations there are of course a few flaws. The lightest color isn't light enough. I know they have the 0- and 0+ to color match, but I think for the average consumer it is silly to have to buy two 30 dollar foundations because there lightest foundation is darker then most lines. For reference I am around a mac nc15. Luckily I am a mua and have a whole slew of foundations I mix with another one I have lying around and the color is perfect.
The bottle is also a little finicky, I buy the pro bottle. I always have problems pumping it, sometimes the product just does not want to come out.
+ ordering off the site is a nightmare when ordering more then one bottle, having to click each thing individually into your cart ugh!
Despite these flaws, it is still one of my favorite foundations ever. I love the dewy finish, the fact it doesnt sink into fine lines and has a primer built in. It does amazing things to redness and dark circles, and even for more serious skin conditions it has no problem covering them. I don't use concealer anymore! I only powder my tzone and it lasts all day.
I will continue to buy, forever.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I ordered four sample colors of this foundation based upon the positive reviews from youtube makeup videos. I was disappointed in the results.
The color match was pretty close, not perfect, but that's the only positive thing I can say about this foundation. But there are many negatives I have to mention so that you don't waste your money on this one.
The texture: very thick. One can very definitely feel the foundation on the skin. Once applied, it gave the appearance of having "thick skin" ... Other full coverage foundations can look opaque but this one makes you look like you just have really really thick facial skin. Moreover, if there's any slight texture to your skin (tiny lines, peach fuzz, bumps of any kind regardless of how small) this foundation will magnify it. It also dried very quickly so you may get uneven color/coverage if you don't work fast.
The application: I tried several methods. Before each application, I always use primer (Chanel base or Nars) and none produced good results. The stippling brush, I thought would help sheer out the foundation a bit but no, it left it streaky. The regular foundation flat brush was the worse - the foundation was too thick and dried too quickly to apply evenly. The beauty blender was the best of the worst - it applied it better but still didn't help with the fact that all imperfections were magnified. I tried with my fingers but it didn't help. Gave up.
The wear: the worst! I have normal skin with slight oily t-zone. This foundation, despite being so thick, left my face with oily patches. Rubbed off easily when I touched my face. I have to reapply powder just to keep the patchiness under control.
The worst part was how comedogenic it was - the pores across the nose and high on the cheeks were totally clogged -- ugh!!!
Overall, I just hated this foundation. I couldn't wait to wash it off my face after each trial use. I threw the four samples in the garbage and kissed $12 good-bye.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is a total HGproduct for me! Iīm a foundationjunkie, have tried hundreds, have worked within makeup and always looking for a better one...But after I was introduced to this one, by a lovely MUA`er, thereīs always this one I compare all the others with.
First - itīs a must to use the right moisturizer under this one. Use one with loads of oil, and the foundation wears off too soon...Oilfree foundation needs oilfree moisturizer and vice verca..
Second - you do not need a primer! Thereīs a built-in primer which makes this foundation so great. It goes on so smooth, itīs easy to blend - and youīll get the best result if you warm it up a bit on your hand before applying. I love applying this with a skunk-brush - but sometimes also fingers. I donīt like the sponge, it seems to suck up too much of the product. What a waste. Itīs kind of expensive ;) I love the finish, itīs between dewy and satin and you donīt really have to set this with powder. But if you do, just set it with a tiny bit - this foundation is supposed to look "fresh" and not "powdered" or mat.
It does not settle into pores, it does not accentuate fine lines or wrinckles, it is just smooth, flawless and a great, great foundation. Itīs even waterproof and I find it to last like 8 hours - but then it needs a touch-up. Blotpowder might be a good thing for those oily ones out there.
Actually I do think this is a better foundation for the normal, combo or dry-skinned woman, as it might tend to shine a little after a while.
Iīll buy again :) Oh, and Iīm nc20 (mac) and Iīm using Ivory in winter, but in summer wheat would be perfect. But then again - thereīs a genius thing with the zero minus and plus....
Go get a sample of this one, itīs totally amazing :) I even use it under my eyes(which I donīt with any other foundation) and it wont settle into lines, and does not look cakey.