I am pale. There are paler gals than me out there, but in the grand scale of things I’m only a step or two below Snow White.
Now while I love being pale, this makes foundation shopping a bloomin’ nightmare sometimes. Not only do I have to run the gauntlet to find a foundation that actually works for my dry pore-tastic skin but, when I eventually do, I then have to see if it comes in a shade light enough for my skin and (my newest quandry) find out if it’s cruelty free! So I was VERY excited to try out the celebrity favourite and 100% cruelty free brand FACE Atelier.
Not only do FACE Atelier have a great range of foundations, they crucially offer the saviours for every girl of every shade – Zero Minus (which lightens any foundation) Zero Plus (which darkens any foundation) and Superstar Heat (which adds a warmer tone to a foundation).
These are the types of products I believe every girl could benefit from as they open the doors to every foundation that may have previously been left on the shelf with a heavy heart. This is a god send!
But first, turning to their Ultra Foundation, which I was sent in the lightest shade, Porcelain. It’s a light shade, but the Zero Minus really makes it match my skin tone perfectly. It reminds me of Illamasqua’s skin base foundation in that it sets quite quickly so you need to work fast. Below shows the Porcelain shade on it’s own and then when mixed with a little Zero Minus.
This foundation is long lasting and would work well on most skin tones. It gives a gorgeous finish although it’s not very forgiving on my pores so I think their sheer foundation would probably be better suited to my skin type.
The finish is natural, semi-matte and really lovely, I’m actually admiring it on my mug as we speak and it makes my skin look pretty darn flawless, proving it’s a damn good product! As an added bonus, there’s silicone in the foundation which acts as a primer!
I also did some fun experimentation with Zero Minus, combining it with the darkest foundation I had for my makeup class (17 Photo Flawless in Caramel) which instantly lightens it and adds the longevity and coverage of the FACE Atelier foundation to boot. Below (from top) are the foundation as is, when mixed with Zero Minus and then with even more Zero Minus added, showing that you can really make it any shade you want.
Cloud 10 sell the fabulous FACE Atelier line and best of all, they sell sample pots of the foundations for just €1 each. Now this has to be the best move any brand could make. How many times have I shelled out €30 – €50 on foundations that I ended up feeling pretty ‘meh’ about after I’d used it a few times. These sample pots allow you to try out a superior product at a teeny tiny price and see what you think before you shell out the full price (€38).
For more information on the brand and the shade selection, visit Cloud10 Beauty here!
So have you tried FACE Atelier or do you struggle to find foundation shades that suit? Let me know!