I haven't reviewed a foundation in 2 months, can you believe that? Anyways, I don't think I'll be reviewing as many in 2011 as in the past year (12 of them, that's how addicted I am).
I actually was very reasonable when I decided I wanted to try this one: I ordered samples and not a full bottle.
The shade #1, Porcelain, being pink toned, I ordered #2 Ivory and #3 Wheat.
Turns out that none of them is a true match, as Wheat is definitely too dark and Ivory, while being the right intensity, is actually too golden for my liking. But well, I decided to try it anyway as I know Face Atelier also sells a white foundation to mix and custom make your own color, and had this been the most perfect foundation ever, I could have used it that way.
Well, that's not gonna happen.
I would describe this product as something in-between Mac Face&Body (which is very sheer) and Nars Sheer Glow (which leans more towards medium coverage). It gives more coverage than F&B but still lets skin show through. The finish is extremely dewy, I found powder was a must, at least on the T-zone or you'd really look too shiny.
The feeling isn't completely lightweight, you do feel it's there when you touch your face, but as a plus I can say it doesn't transfer.
I was feeling this was not perfect but nice, maybe along the lines of Giorgio Armani Luminous. Unfortunately, I didn't find the product was very stable on my skin. Even though I had powdered, 6 hours after application I looked like a grease mess and like the foundation was sitting on top of my skin and was about to slide off. Not natural and not pretty at all. I found I looked as if I had applied a cheap version of Chanel Pro Lumiere and worn it for 12 hours straight.
In short: no perfect match, not long wearing, not very flattering on me. I'm not going to spend 33£ on this. Too bad, I was hoping it would be a great pro product to own.