Don’t let the blues get you down! FACE Atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

Red, brown, black, blue…none of those shades have any business being on my face. So I spend a lot of time covering them up – and I am always looking for something amazing to help me do so. I remember discovering the pro FACE atelier line after Madonna chose it for her 2010 tour – I was obsessed with their Lip Glaze, especially the ICE shade (still a favorite after all these years, by the way!). FACE atelier has amazing products and the Ultra Camouflage Duet ($35) is one of the best in the line. So – if you also don’t think red, brown, black, or blue spots don’t belong on your face, then read on!

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FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

The FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet is a silicone-based concealer that gets rid of every sort of discoloration – dark undereye circles, blue veins, red spots, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, you name it. There are two shades – one cool and one warm – that work together to cover anything that you just don’t want showing.  The coverage is buildable, the texture is smooth, and the formula is long-wearing. Key ingredients include:

Petrolatum – Petrolatum is considered to be among the most effective moisturizing ingredients available and is also known for its effectiveness in healing wounds. It can help the skin’s outer layer recover from damage, reduce inflammation, and generally heal the skin. Cosmetics-grade petrolatum is considered the safest, most non-irritating moisturizing ingredients ever found.

Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol – a member of the silicone family that imparts emolliency, and significantly enhances a product’s lifespan and effectiveness. They create a soft, smooth product that is pleasant to apply and imparts a unique skin feel. It is naturally water-resistant while absorbing sebum (the oily substance produced by certain glands in the skin), reducing skin shine. Silicone molecules are larger than human pores, preventing them from settling into them upon application, and the unique molecular structure of silicones (larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule) allow them to form a breathable barrier.

FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

A big tip – you want to pat this on, don’t swipe. And – gulp – use your fingers. Body heat seems to really make this concealer perform at its highest potential, truly melding properly with the skin at a level just a tad higher than it does when using a brush.  Now, I know that sticking fingers into creamy makeup products isn’t the best idea, but all you need to do is spritz the compact with BeautySoClean Cosmetics Sanitizer Mist after using it and you are good to go, all sanitized and all good with the cleanliness gods.

FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet swatched

The pigmentation is fabulous so it covers just about everything. I typically use the lighter shade first, patting it on with my finger, then the darker shade over that. It easily covers blue and red colors. Even though it’s a creamy consistency, I do not find that it sinks into fine lines. I do set it with powder although some may love the satin finish and want to simply keep it like that.

My compact shade is #1 Light, and it also comes in Medium, Dark, and Darker shades.  Another intriguing shade is Erase, which I am dying to try – check this out:
It’s supposed to be really incredible at eliminating dark undereye circles and blueness.  I can’t wait to try it!
I highly recommend this fantastic concealer for eliminating any unwanted dark areas, blue circles, red spots, etc. that you just don’t want on your face. You can find FACE atelier and the Ultra Camouflage Duet online at faceatelier.com or at camerareadycosmetics.com.  – Lisa

FACE atelier Lip Glaze review and swatches

FACE atelier, a favorite line of pro makeup artists, has some extremely impressive lip gloss called Lip Glaze ($26).   It’s extraordinary stuff – super smooth, highly pigmented, and fabulously glossy.   It’s remarkably long-lasting without being sticky.

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We were sent three $1 sample jars (which actually have a fair amount of product in them) so I can’t speak about the applicator.  However, the tubes are twice the size of most lip glosses so they are a really great deal.  Here are three gorgeous color selections:

Face Atelier Ice

Face Atelier Ice

Ice is like liquid diamonds for your lips.  It is VERY shimmery, in fact I think a photo of this is next to the definition of ‘shimmery’ in the dictionary.  I adore it…it’s fantastic on its own, and magical when mixed with any shade of lipstick.  FACE atelier has a great tip for this:  place a drop of Ice Lip Glaze directly onto the bullet of your favorite FACE Lipstick. Mix with a small, synthetic brush (Essential Brush #5) to create a dazzling liquid lip color.

Face Atelier Dianthus

Face Atelier Dianthus

Dianthus is a rosy pink with silver shimmer.  SWOON!  Oh my this is gorgeous.  It’s a beautiful shade that makes lips shiny and lush.

Enigma

Enigma

Enigma is a milky peach nude with small golden shimmers.  It’s beautiful for a natural look, and it mixes especially well with matte peach lipstick to create a liquid lipstick.

Lip Glaze swatches left to right:  Dianthus, Ice, Enigma

Lip Glaze swatches left to right: Dianthus, Ice, Enigma

different lighting, left to right:  Enigma, Dianthus, Ice

different lighting, left to right: Enigma, Dianthus, Ice

I also love that the Lip Glaze is both fragrance and flavor free.  In addition to Ice, Dianthus, and Enigma there are 14 more shades available.  I am totally lemming Peach, Paradise (a yummy looking coral shade) and Plum.  Which shades look great to you?  Check out the website and order yourself some sample jars to check them out!  – Lisa

*sample jars sent by FACE atelier

FACE atelier is Plum Perfect for fall

Fall is absolutely perfect for juicy plum shades and FACE atelier has exactly what your eyes need. They carry 33 different eyeshadow shades in 7 different collections. The BIZ was tickled plum when FACE sent the Plum Perfect shades to review!

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FACE atelier Plum Perfect eyeshadow pans in palette

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Inside…check out the plum gorgeousness!

FACE atelier eyeshadows come in pans and are $17 each. Overall, I find the eyeshadows are slightly powdery and have a  lovely amount of pigment. All formulas – matte, satin, and frost – last all day with minimal fading and no creasing. They have a super smooth texture and blend beautifully.

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Plum Perfect four pan and swatches

Purple can be too bright, grey can be too boring – plum is the perfect compromise. I think these are fantastic ‘grown up’ shades with just enough oomph to get compliments on how fabulous your eyes look. Finish your eye look with a deep gray or plum eyeliner, you are ready for anything from a day at work to a night on the town.

Here’s a closer look at the shades:

Iced Amethyst

Iced Amethyst

Iced Amethyst is a satin silver grayish lilac. It looks slightly lighter in the photo than in person, it actually makes for a perfect crease shade. It has a beautiful, shimmery finish.

Chilled Lilac

Chilled Lilac

Chilled Lilac is also a satin. It is lighter than Iced Amethyst, with more pink than grey tones. This also has a beautiful shimmer, a little too much for use on the brow. I love it as a lid shade.

Plum Perfect

Plum Glaze

Plum Glaze is a deep plum. While this is called a ‘frost’ I don’t find it to be particularly frosty. It does have shimmer and it has an almost metallic quality. It’s fantastic as the deeper shade for the crease.

Perfect Mauve

Mauve

Mauve is a matte light plum. It is so difficult to find really good matte shades that are easy to blend, so this one is like a dream come true. It makes for a fabulous lid shade and it is amazing as a wash with thick dark eyeliner.  So chic!

Here is my Perfect Plum look – I used Chilled Lilac on the lid, Iced Amethyst in the crease, Plum Glaze in the crease, Mauve on the brow and a bit of Chilled Lilac on the inside of my eyes. (By the way, I think the BEST tutorials on the web can be found at Into the Palette, go there to find awesome ways to truly compliment your eye shape!)

Plum Perfect eye look

Plum Perfect eye look

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swatches, left to right:  Ice Amethyst, Chilled Lilac, Plum Glaze, Mauve

Ready for fall with my Face Atelier Plum Perfect eyes

Ready for fall with my Face Atelier Plum Perfect eyes

FACE atelier is a top notch line that to me is similar to MAC but without all the LE nonsense. Professional artists and makeup enthusiasts will love these eyeshadows, they have become staples in my collection that I reach for all the time. Check out the FACE atelier website and give the plum shades a look…they are perfect for fall!  – Lisa

 *pr samples

Makeup Wars has a color war going on!

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Makeup Wars decided to really go to war this time. We’ve each picked a color to tempt you with. I picked PINK as my color of choice and I’m all suited up for battle in my hot pink slippers, my pink pjs and my pink cheeks! I have oodles and oodles of pink cosmetic products. I love pink lips and blush and that’s what I’m sharing with you. My photobomb pictures are a selection of pinks I pulled out of my drawers but there were more. Interestingly enough (well at least to me) is that my pink eyeshadow collection has dwindled down to just a few so I didn’t include that at all.

Pink blush collection for Makeup Wars

Pink blush collection for Makeup Wars

Here are my most used Pink Powder blushes. Since I’ve already done a Top Ten Tuesday on cream blushes I stuck with powders for Makeup Wars.

Pink blushes for Makeup Wars

Pink blushes for Makeup Wars

1) Tarte Amused is for the days I like a bright pink with a teeny bit of shimmer to it. Tarte blushes are always long lasting which is a big plus for me. (tarte also has a cream blush in Amused that’s a very different shade.)

2) Rock & Republic Spark is a discontinued blush that I love. It’s pinker than it appears next to all these bright pinks but it is subtle. It’s a shame that R&R stopped making their cosmetics. I have several favorites that I’m afraid of using up.

3) MAC Well Dressed blush is the only blush that I’ve finished twice and bought a 3rd time! The satin finishblush has always been a go-to blush.

MAC Well Dressed

MAC Well Dressed

4) FACE Atelier Pink Satin Ultra Blush is just about the perfect pink for me. Sometimes it’s the only powder blush that goes on vacation with me.

5) Kevyn Aucoin Shadore is his soft pink blush, even though it looks bright here it’s really is an easy shade to wear. His blush called Myracle is the one that’s hot and bright.

6) MAC Pink Swoon Sheertone blush is very cool and very pink but the sheertone-ness of it saves it from being overbright on me.

7) NARS Desire – speaking of overbright. I don’t have a large Nars blush collection but this one is such a pretty bright pink that it’s a favorite as long as I use a very light hand!

Makeup Wars pink lip glosses

Makeup Wars pink lip glosses

This is just a fraction of my pink lipgloss collection. Obviously I was once on a MAC binge and at that time bought every pink lipglass they had. Now I’ve moved away from MAC and appreciate all these other brands like Rouge Bunny Rouge, butter LONDON, Le Metier de Beaute, Anastasia and the list goes on.

Makeup Wars pink lipgloss favorites

Makeup Wars pink lipgloss favorites

1) Anastasia Lola is from the Kisses on my List set. This whole set was filled with great glosses with different textures. Lola has turned out to be my favorite of the set.

2 to 4) Beaute glosses are probably my favorite ever glosses. In my picture they look awfully similar but once on there are the variations that we beauty lovers notice. Shown are Medusa, Paramour and Allure.

5) butter LONDON Alcopop is the prettiest pink on my lips and it actually makes my lips look fuller.

6 and 7) ARMANI Lip Glosses in 27 and 1 (which tells you nothing). Armani glosses are moisturizing, beautiful, heavenly and just plain wonderful. These two shades are older but I don’t trust myself to go near an Armani counter to see newer ones.

8) Whip Hand Lip Hit in Yearn is a nude pink that’s more of a liquid lipstick than an actual gloss.

9) SENNA Chic Pink Lip Lacquer is the epitome of pink and my favorite lip product from Senna.

I hope I won this session of Color Wars and that I didn’t wear you out reading all of these. Please visit my fellow warriors to see what colors the others chose to share with you. Any pink favorite blushes or glosses I missed? I’m willing to check them out!! — Marcia

FACE atelier Facade review and swatches

I think FACE atelier is one of the coolest cosmetics lines out there.  They have all kinds of innovative products – I get goosebumps just reading about them. Visiting their website is like being in a cupcake bakery after a three-day fast.

FACE atelier Facade

FACE atelier Facade

Facade ($27, or you can buy a sample for $1) is a unique silicone-based gel-to-powder cream blush. It’s one of their fabulous products that is different from anything else on the market and it’s a great multi-tasker because you can use for lips too.  

On the cheeks it’s terrific because it sets without having to use powder over it. On the lips it gives a matte stain that lasts and lasts. Because I have thin lips I put a clear, shimmery gloss over it and it wears beautifully.

FACE says Facade is ‘moisture, heat, and sebum resistant’ and I certainly found it to be extremely long-lasting. Kelly Clarkson recently tweeted how much she loves Facade because it’s the first blush she didn’t sweat off during her concerts (FACE is the official makeup sponsor of her STRONGER tour). Facade has translucent but buildable matte shades that give a natural flush.  You can buff them down to an extremely light color, or layer to build intensity. There are five shades available:

Chameleon

Chameleon

Livid

Livid

Arabesque

Arabesque

Cha Cha

Cha Cha

Godiva

Godiva

The texture is super soft with lots of slip initially so you can really work with it. It takes a little longer to dry than most cream blushes, which is great for experimentation and adjusting your look. You can also mix the shades to make your own colors. I got little sample jars so I can’t personally speak to the applicator but FACE atelier says it has a ‘pro-friendly slant tip that allows for easy application.” I just scoop out a little product onto my steel palette and apply it with my fingers.

I was very happy when FACE sent the BIZ two sample jars and I got my hot little hands on Arabesque and Chameleon.

Arabesque

Arabesque

Arabesque is a peachy pink that leans more peach than pink.

Chameleon

Chameleon

Chameleon is a beautiful rosy pink that is especially luscious as a lip shade.

swatches

swatches

I swatched them heavy so you could see the colors but trust me these blend out to as light or as dark of a shade as you want. They are also oil free, fragrance free, flavor free, non-comedogenic, and vegan. Yay!

Unless your skin doesn’t react well to silicones, Facade is dream product that pros and regular folks alike will swoon over. I also love how FACE sells samples for just a dollar so it’s totally worth it to try all the shade to see what works best for you before investing in a full size product. Which shades look interesting to you?  – Lisa

 *pr sample jars

Eeny Meeny – FACE atelier I pick you!

Eeny meeny miny moe – which of these fabulous products do I start with to crow?

Shall it be lips that are impervious to sips?

What about blush that’s incredibly lush?

Or how about lips that are plumped like our hips?

Whichever I chose, you surely won’t lose.

Now that my Dr. Seuss time is over (happy birthday Dr. Seuss) I’ll begin my raves with the three lip products that I’ve been using from FACE atelier. I’ll start with the lipstick ($22) and admit that when I was allowed to pick a shade to test out, I blew it. I can’t always tell what a color would look like when I see it online so I just picked the lightest shade that FACE atelier makes. FACE atelier divides their 27 lipstick shades into 7 categories.  I picked one from Rhapsody in Pink called Candy Floss which I believe is a frost finish and it turned out to be even lighter than I like.

The solution of course is to wear it with a lipliner and or a gloss. Of FA’s lipliners it appears that Sweet or Love would work to deepen the lipstick properly. In spite of not being able to wear the lipstick alone I am able to wear it and experience how creamy it is. Frost finishes aren’t always hydrating but Face Atelier has overcome that with the emollients they use.

My favorite lip product from FACE atelier is their Lip Putty ($24) .

I am thrilled with this product. You apply Lip Putty prior to using any color. It fills in lines on your lips as well as around your lipline. For me this is the way to perfect way to plump my lips. I’m not putting anything on that burns, instead I’m priming my lips therefore making them look fuller. It can be used with any lip product I have so it’s extremely useful. You can even wear it alone to just moisturize and protect your lips (it has organic ultra-violet protection). There’s no fragrance to it though it’s loaded with essential oils and vitamins. An absolute winner in my book.

The third product I’m using is Lip Lock ($22). What Lip Lock does is protect your lipstick from disappearing. It’s not a miracle worker and it’s not going to last all day or night but it certainly helps your lipstick last a lot longer especially if you are a lipstick eater like I am. Lip Lock is a thin brush-on shellac type item that you apply in a light layer.

Now if your lips are chapped you’re going to feel a slight burning feeling when you first apply this but it goes away quickly. The first time that happened to me though I was quite surprised but now I know that I’ll possibly feel that for about 20 seconds but then my lipstick is set and will last, at least to mealtime.

My last rave is for Ultra Blush ($26). I love this blush. Pink Satin is the perfect tone for me. It’s a baby pink in the container and translates into an out of the cold pink flush for me.

(I couldn’t get a truly accurate picture so here’s the blush in another light:)

I haven’t seen the other shades of this blush (there are 5) but if you like a cool toned pink blush, you want this long lasting color. I love the compact, it’s an ultra thin compact that is filled with a silky smooth beautifully pigmented blush. There’s no talc in the blush but there are silicones in it. It doesn’t sink into my pores, it just gives me a look that I love.

Now you can see why I had so much trouble picking what to tell you about. FACE atelier has so many delights that picking favorites is difficult – we should all have those kind of problems!! — Marcia

Disclosure: items were provided for PR consideration

Be a foundation pro with Face Atelier

I’m a woman that needs foundation. I wish I could get away without it but my skintone isn’t even and I have insecurities about it. When I find a great foundation I’m thrilled. I have several partially used bottles that I’ve tried and just haven’t made the cut. I like a medium coverage foundation that isn’t going to melt away during the day. Luckily I’ve found a few that I really like and can recommend. Face Atelier Ultra Foundation fits that category.

I’ve been wearing FA Ultra Foundation consistently now for over a month. My typical modus operandi is to use a foundation for about 3 days and then switch to another therefore rotating my collection. But I purposely have been wearing this foundation for over a week straight to see how my skin reacted to it. I’m not acne prone but even at my age I break out occasionally and can easily get clogged pores. Since Face Atelier has silicone in their foundation I was concerned that this would be an issue for me but I find it to be a non-issue actually. That’s why I decided to test it without switching before I wrote this review.

Here’s what Face Atelier has to say: Ultra Foundation is a silicone-based emulsion that floats on top of the skin, doesn’t crease or flake, and lasts all day long.  Hydrating yet oil-free, it obscures tiny lines and pores to ensure a smooth finish.  No primer needed! It’s built into Ultra Foundation, thanks to the super sophisticated, silicone-based formula.   Another bonus – it sets without powder, preserving the youthful, dewy finish.

In spite of the silicone I’ve not had a problem. We all have the conception that silicones are bad for our skin but that’s not what’s been found. This foundation has been tested to prove that it’s non-comedogenic. Silicone molecules are larger than the human pore so they float on the skin rather than sink into it. (To learn more about that you can read this article.) The consistency of Ultra Foundation is almost watery as you can see by the picture. I didn’t expect it to have the excellent coverage that it has when I saw that consistency. The coverage is close to perfect and lasts me all day. If I go out at night I have to touch up usually around my nose and upper lip but that’s actually typical for me. I do use a concealer under my eyes prior to putting on foundation but that’s also typical for me.


I wear this in #1 Porcelain, the lightest shade. When I first applied it I was a little worried that it would be too light for me but within minutes it melds into my skin making it the exact right shade. The most important thing I’ve found with Ultra Foundation is to shake it really well. I had a sample of the foundation before that a friend had sent me so I could tell what shade would be correct for me. Obviously I couldn’t shake the little container so other than color I wasn’t sure about this until I received the full bottle. Shaking makes a big difference. I need a small amount to cover my entire face. I’ve tried it with my fingers, a typical taklon foundation brush, my Shu Uemura goat hair foundation brush and the Beauty Blender sponge. My favorite way is the Shu brush since I can buff it in to look luminous without looking greasy. If I’m in a hurry or my Shu brush isn’t clean then I like to use the BB sponge (aka pink egg) but any method works well. Another reason to like about the foundation is the pump bottle. It makes it so hygenic.


Color wise you can’t beat Face Atelier. They carry this foundation in 12 shades which is amazing. Their range is not only incredible but you can tinker with the foundation by buying Zero Minus (white), Zero Plus (dark brown), Zero Plus Plus (extremely dark brown) and Heat (it appears to be a dark orange and can be used as a blush for darker skintones) to get it perfect. To top it off Face Atelier sells samples of their foundations which are very generously sized. I’d expect a sample of one of the “Zero” products would be enough to change what you needed changed since you just use a drop of those.

Face Atelier foundations were created for the professional world. They don’t include SPF in their foundation since that doesn’t photograph well. I personally don’t count on my foundation for my sunscreen so that’s fine with me. All I care about is the beautiful finish that this foundation gives me. — Marcia

Disclosure: product was received by PR for review consideration