Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: Review: My favorite foundation...Face Atelier Ultra Foundation

June 18, 2012

Review: My favorite foundation...Face Atelier Ultra Foundation

I've been getting a lot of questions about the foundation I wore in my latest youtube makeup tutorial look so I thought I'd do a review as it's my personal favorite, FACE Atelier's Ultra Foundation. Face Atelier is a somewhat underground brand, popular with Makeup Artists, but I don't think they're quite as well known outside of the MUA world due to their limited availability. I LOVE this foundation and have been using it for many years now. Even though I experiment with a lot of foundations on a weekly sometimes daily basis, this is the one that I always go back to. What else is cool? It's Lady Gaga's foundation of choice (she also wears shade #1 Porcelain) and is worn by Fergie & Madonna on tour.
Wearing FA Ultra Foundation in shade Porcelain w/ a touch of zero-
Ultra Foundation is an oil-free silicone-based emulsion that floats on top of the skin, it doesn’t crease or flake, and lasts all day. The formula glides over any dryness and imperfections for a smooth, semi-matte, luminous finish. I love the 'blurring' effect it gives which minimizes pores and fine lines. It also photographs beautifully (no spf backflash) making it perfect for brides or photo shoots. The coverage is medium, but it can be built up or sheered out when mixed with an SPF or moisturizer. The finish is a tad dewy, I like to set it with powder, but it isn't necessary unless you like a more matte finish. It really gives an airbrushed look with out the airbrush, all while still looking like natural skin.The only flaw I can think of is that it's silicone based. If you're sensitive to silicone's or have oily skin and prone to break outs this might not be the best option. From my experience it's best suited for normal & combination skin types.
FACE atelier allows you to infinitely adjust your foundation shade by adding a drop of Zero Plus to go a shade darker, or a splash of Zero Minus to lighten. I use Zero Minus, which is a pure white foundation, with my shade (#1 Porcelain) to get my perfect match. If you're pale like me and can never find a foundation shade light enough Zero- is your answer. The + adjusters are also great for adding warmth or darkening shades. They also work well with other brands, which is a godsend to all those foundation's you may have piling up that just aren't quite the right shade. I've used them successfully with Make Up Forever, Chanel, Illamasqua, & MAC.
How I apply it: Give it a good shake first, the silicone and pigment will separate. A little goes a long way, I use 1-2 drops on the back of my hand and apply it with a damp beauty blender sponge. I apply foundation just where needed, which for me is down the center of the face, t-zone, and chin. You do need to work quickly with this as it dries and sets fast.

What's awesome is that they sell $1 samples so you can try before you buy. Foundation's are tricky, one isn't going to be the right one for everyone. Trying a sample before buying a whole bottle is incredibly helpful! I wish more companies would offer this.

FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation ($32-45) is available at , whiterabbitbeauty & Coco Beau uk
Non-Comedogenic, Oil-free, Fragrance-Free, Vegan, & Cruelty Free
Disclosure: Products reviewed were purchased by myself.