FACE atelier Facade in Arabesque

FACE Atelier Facade Cheek and Lip FACE atelier Facade in Arabesque

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.

Face atelier Arabesque FACE atelier Facade in Arabesque

FACE atelier Facade Arabesque FACE atelier Facade in Arabesque

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.

Face atelier facade arabesque on FACE atelier Facade in ArabesqueArabesque on cheeks & lips

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?

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    I love this on your cheeks! Even with products that claim to be good for both cheeks and lips, I prefer to keep them to my cheeks because they will never be quite as moisturizing on the lips. I’ve been curious about Face Atelier for so long! Time to take a closer look :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Sunny, thank you! I’ve either liked or loved (usually loved) everything I’ve tried from the brand. It has a very well-edited selection of products. ♥

  • Icequeen81

    like the finish

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Glad you like it! ♥

  • Lily

    I love this shade on you Catherine! I love cream blushes :-) I think they have the most natural finish!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Lily! It definitely does give a really natural finish, but also has pretty good staying power, since it’s sort of cream-to-powder ♥

  • Christine

    So pretty on you!!! :) These sounded so unusual that, with your coupon code for White Rabbit Beauty, I totally copied you and ordered one too! I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks gorgeous in person too.
    They sound a bit like OCC Lip Tars, but maybe not as thick and with more of a dry down. I guess I’ll see!
    Thanks for the application tips too! Sounds like a great way to apply a product like this.