Availability: Face Atelier
Facade makes creams obsolete as its one-of-a-kind, silicone-based, liquid-to-powder formula provides translucent, non-streaking, buildable matte color that sets with a natural glow. Silky soft and extraordinarily light, Facade comes in five shades for face and lips.
Face Atelier’s Facade is a lip and cheek product with a cream-to-powder formula. The company claims this product provides a smooth, matte finish that makes creams obsolete. The product comes in 5 different shades. Chameleon–a bright, amaranth pink color–is reviewed, below.
Facade comes in a clear, plastic squeeze-tube with a twist-on top. The packaging isn’t the most sophisticated and the opening at the top of the tube is larger than I think it should be. But, otherwise, the packaging is simple and effective.
This product has an extremely silky texture. You can tell straight away that there is a strong presence of silicone in the ingredients. The formula reminds me a lot of the Stila One Step Primecolor formula.
The color Chameleon is bright and vibrant without looking clownish.
When used on the lips, this color initially feels very smooth. It feels like a thin gloss without any tackiness or stickiness. As it dries, it gains some tackiness. The feeling isn’t unpleasant, but you do notice it if you press your lips together. The formula, once dry, leaves a powdery finish and lasts longer on the lips than an average lipgloss would. The color fades in the middle first. I do find that the color looks slightly patchy on the lips.
On the cheeks, it’s difficult to get diffused edges of color. It’s also difficult to get an even, soft application. The high silicone content doesn’t leave a smooth layer of color, despite the silky texture. You can wear the color in a sheer layer, or build up the intensity with multiple layers. The color died down after the first hour-and-a-half and faded almost completely after 3 hours of wear, leaving a slight stain on the cheeks.
The product isn’t transfer-proof, but is very water-resistant.
Overall, I just wasn’t impressed with this formula. The powdery texture after the product dries isn’t conducive to a smooth, even, flattering effect on the lips and particularly on the cheeks. It makes my lips look parched and my cheeks patchy.
Ease of Use: 8/10
This product applies patchy, both on the cheeks and lips. You’ll spend more than an average amount of time blending and layering the color. I found that a short, stubby brush makes application on the cheeks easier and more precise than using the fingers.
For $26.00 you get 8 ml (0.33 fl oz) of product. Stila’s One Step Primecolors cost less ($22.00) and contained more (10 ml).