Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Review

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Hi ladies!
During these days I've been trying several foundation because I've strted the quest for the perfect one!
I've never been a foundation maniac, however, since I saw Lisa Eldridge's tutorial for "Acne Covering Makeup", where she uses foundation as a concealer to obtain a perfectly evened out skintone, I began searching for the perfect foundation to match my skin type and tone.


I have normal/combination skin with breakouts on the chin and dilated pores around my nose, due to my ex-rosacea. My complexion is quite fair so I often have difficulties in finding the exact match for my skin tone...

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, what they say:
"Ultra Foundation is a silicone-based emulsion that floats on top of the skin, without creasing or flaking. Hydrating yet oil-free, it obscures tiny lines and pores to ensure a smooth finish. Primer is not needed, It's built into Ultra Foundations sophisticated, silicone-based formula. Ultra Foundation's top-secret formulation creates an optical blurring effect that diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and gives the illusion of a smoother, more uniform and naturally dewy finish. A listers are loving this product Fergie and Lady Gaga to name a few."


First Impressions: I first tried this foundation in a sample, ordered from Love Makeup. What I usually look for is quite high coveragematt finish and long lasting power without needing to touch up every few of hours...
Face Atelier Ultra Pro Foundation

This foundation is available in a "standard" size of 30ml at 32£ and a so-called "Pro" size of 20ml at 25£. My shade wasn't available in regular size so I bought the Pro size. However, I think the Pro bottle is quite tiny!! As you can see it's almost the same measure as my index finger!

#2 Ivory
My shade is the second lightest one, "Ivory", however this foundation is available in 10 shades, but you can also buy a 0+ and a 0- shade in order to adjust the foundation to your complexion.

The bottle comes with a pump so the amount of product can be easily dosed.

Review: With this product a little goes a long way! You just need a little amount to cover a wide portion of skin. The formula is runny and lightweight. Its consistence is very soft and creates an imperceptible veil on your skin, so you won't feel it on!


Coverage is medium/buildable to high, perfect if you need to cover little scars, redness, acne and black spots. It's quite hydrating and dries up not too fast, giving you the time to blend it well and, moreover, it blends out really well! This has to be because of the slicone-based formula.

The finish is between the matte and the dewy one, that is to say it's not completely matte but it gives a healthy finish to the skin. I always set foundation and concealer with powder and I think that if you have combination or oily skin you'll need to do this as well. This foundation lasts about 5/6 hours on me, before needing to touch up.

INCI: Cyclomethicone, Water, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Cellulose Gum, Nylon-12, Tribehenin, Lauroyl Lysine, Tristearin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Ci77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci77492 Ci77491 Ci77499/Iron Oxides, Mica Ci77019


Despite its quite bad INCI, with Cyclomethicone at first place, after a week I didn't experience any breakouts due to the formula which is silicone-based, so thumbs up for Face Atelier Ultra Foundation! But If you're an eco-bio fan I would suggest to close this window! xD

I'll update the post with pictures of before and after application as soon as I have time ;)

Overall: I think this foundation is absolutely great if:
+ you have normal/combination or a bit dry skin, as it moisturizes and hydrates very well without being too heavy.
+ you are looking for medium/buildable to high coverage for redness, acne, little scars, rosacea. A little goes a long way with this foundation!
+ you like a semi matte/dewy finish that makes the skin looking healthy
+ you need a good staying power

My only complaints are:
- the price: this foundation costs 25£ for 20ml and 32£ for 30ml, so it's pricey, however for its quality I would repurchase it!
- the Pro size is quite tiny! However, because of it's high pigmentation you'll require a very tiny amount for each application.
- it's not a totally matte finish foundation, so if you have really oily skin I wouldn't recommend it. For normal/combination skin setting it with powder is advisable and it will allow it to last longer.
- it's not widely available as it can be purchased mainly online (from the  Pro Makeup StoreLove Makeup or Cult Beauty if you live in Italy/EU/UK)
- moreover, if you're an eco-bio fan, this isn't the right product for you as it is a slicone-based foundation!

So I definitely recommend this foundation because it's a high quality product available in a wide range of shades and it's got a great lightweight formula so that you can forget you're actually wearing foundation!

That's all for now! I hope this review was useful =)
Have you tried this foundation before? What's your favorite one? Let Me know!
Besitoss!!

4 comments:

  1. Ciao Aru, buon Natale! il prezzo è altino e l'inci decisamente brutto, però se ti ci trovi così bene meglio continuare. Baci.

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  2. grazie mille anche a te! :D
    si l'innci fa un po' paura, ma mi sto trovando davvero bene!! =O per il prezzo concordo, ma bastandone davvero un goccio per ogni applicazione direi che dura abbastanza lo stesso =P
    un bacio!

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  3. Sembra proprio bello questo fondo! Ne ho troppi, però, curiosa come sono potrei provare un sample :D

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  4. Lo è!!! è forse uno dei migliori che abbia provato! è vero è a base di silicone, ma se non lo si mette tutti i giorni non vedo il problema. Ti consiglio vivamente di provare un sample! ;-D

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