FACE atelier Ultra Foundation ranks among the very best foundations I’ve tried. With their background in professional products, FACE atelier consistently impresses me with their quality, innovation, and commitment to creating makeup for every skin tone.
This is one of a very small number of foundation ranges that I can confidently say has a match for everyone. Many will find their match in one of the 12 exceptionally realistic shades. However, rather brilliantly, each shade can be adjusted to create your most perfect match using Zero Minus (pure white), Zero Plus (warm brown), and Zero Plus Plus (very deep rich brown, which will match very dark skin tones or can be custom mixed with lighter shades). Zero Plus and Zero Plus Plus are essentially extensions of the color range which can be used alone or as mixers. Zero Minus is a truly stark white, so it will always need mixed with another shade. You need the tiniest drop of Zero Minus to totally transform a color’s depth. FACE also suggests applying Zero Minus prior to foundation in areas you want to highlight.
Jean at White Rabbit Beauty, who sent me these samples, explained how the shades are numbered. This is the case for shades 1-9:
“All the shades are yellow-based, but the even numbered ones have a bit more yellow than the odd-numbered ones. For example, 4 Sand is a bit more yellow/warmer than 3 Wheat. But both are yellow-based.”
These next swatches are on my friend Olivia’s arm (who’s about NC 20) in direct sunlight.
The one shade not pictured is Heat. It’s a deep warm red shade that can be used to add warmth to your foundation or as a blush for darker skin tones.
FACE atelier is Leaping Bunny certified. Ultra Foundation is vegan.
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