Cream blush fans, allow me to introduce you to a product that ranks among my favorite recent beauty discoveries. The FACE atelier Facade ($27) in Arabesque is a squeeze-tube of satiny smooth matte color designed for cheeks and lips.
Although it appears hot pink in the tube, Arabesque is a saturated, matte pink that almost appears red on my skin. It’s just a beautiful, healthy-looking color.
This Leaping Bunny-certified multitasker is described as liquid-to-powder, but I find it much more of a cream, almost mousse-like consistency. It reminds me a bit of the Make Up For Ever HD blushes, but unlike with the MUFE blushes, I had no issues with patchiness. On the lips, it has a similar feel and finish to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, but the Lip Creams dry to a more opaque matte finish, while Arabesque keeps a creamier feel. Arabesque is so saturated with pigment, you need the tiniest amount. A dot is all you need for natural, flushed cheeks or comfortable matte lips. And, unlike many multitasking products, Arabesque truly works equally well on both the cheeks and lips.
You can wear the Facades with or without foundation. The way I like to apply it – I squeeze a small amount out on the back of my hand. I usually apply my foundation to my face from the back of my hand, so some residual base product gets mixed in with Arabesque. I pat the color evenly onto my Real Techniques Stippling brush, then press it onto the apples of my cheeks. I’ll usually go back in with my Beauty Blender to soften any edges. All those steps are optional, though – blending with fingers works just fine, too! On my lips, I just firmly press the product into my lips to create a stain.
In terms of wear, this is more comparable to powder than cream blush. I always feel a bit hesitant to make claims about wear-time, because it’s such a personal thing and depends on so many other factors (what you’re wearing under/over the product, skin type, what you’re doing that day, weather). But I can say that I had no issues with it lasting on my cheeks throughout the day. It fared fairly well on my lips, though it does fade with eating and drinking.
In addition to Arabesque, the Facades come in four other versatile, flattering shades.
FACE atelier Facade Ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, isododecane, dimethicone crosspolymer, polyglyceryl-3 di-isostearate, silica, dimethicone, trimethysiloxysilicate, caprylic/capric triglycerides, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol. May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, ultramarines, manganese violet, red 7 lake, red 30 lake.
What do you think? Will you be checking out FACE’s Facades?