estman Atelier is here, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Armed with their Vital Skin Foundation Stick, Lit Up Highlight Stick, Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, and Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter, I wanted to know just how this much lauded luxury beauty line, from famed makeup artist, Gucci Westman, would hold up on my brown skin. To say it didn’t disappoint is an understatement. This consciously crafted beauty brand called for our own luxurious XL Satin Head Scarf in silver, and with my hair taken care of, I dug in.
So, Gucci Westman poured her many years of knowledge, in the beauty industry, into Westman Atelier, her brand that launched last year. Included in the initial launch were foundation sticks, blush sticks, one highlighter stick, one contour stick, one bronzing powder and one cream highlighter. There have been additions to the foundation color range, which is awesome, because there is definite room there for growth. While I didn’t pick up the contour and bronzer, because I want to wait for other shades, I’ve heard only great things about the quality and performance.
Gucci’s aesthetic is very clean and natural. Westman Atelier’s clean beauty falls right in line with that aesthetic. It is where skin care meets makeup. Simply put, this is a brand after my own heart.
Let’s talk about the packaging first. It’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s chic, it’s sophisticated, and it’s luxury. When I think luxury makeup, I’m thinking about a certain quality from packaging on through. Make no mistake about it, Westman Atelier is a luxury beauty brand. The tops of the sticks are magnetic, making it easy to open and stay closed. The tinted highlighter comes in a white faux leather pouch, for even more of a touch. You can sense what you’re getting, or hoping to get, as soon as you see the packaging.
First up, the Lit Up Highlight Stick. This beautiful iridescent highlighter stick, leaves the skin with a natural facial like glow. It is absolutely stunning underneath the foundation stick. It leaves you with the freshest glow. With no primer in the collection yet, this grape extract infused highlighter is beautiful to put on the high points of your face, as a first step with your makeup. You can also wear it over your makeup, certainly, and it feels great on the lips too, as a balm or under the blush stick. The iridescent color is a really nice twist on a clear highlighter, just adding a little ump to your face.
First up is the Vital Skin Foundation Stick. I found my match with number X. It has yellow undertones, which is something I’m always looking for. In fact, I believe most of their foundation sticks have yellow undertones. You can email the brand’s website to get help with your color match, if buying online. This foundation has a light to medium coverage. I would never push it beyond that, because the more you build, the risk of becoming cakey will rise. It swipes extremely creamy. It’s a beautiful formula, with skin care ingredients, including camellia seed oil, coconut oil and other ingredients to help maintain the health of your skin, while wearing makeup. The finish is simply beautiful, and will leave the skin with a subtle, but healthy glow, making it perfect for mature skin.
It blends out so quickly, you can put your foundation on in seconds. While there is no designated concealer in the line, yet, the foundation can also be used as a concealer. It really will leave you with the most beautiful, natural glow. This is the perfect foundation for the woman on the go, or for travelers, because it’s quick and easy. You could also reapply, should you need to, and just use your finger to tap it out. I can’t say enough about it.
Next, I apply the Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter. This universally flattering highlighter is an absolute dream. And, talk about luxury makeup! As soon as you hold this highlighter in your hand, the sheer weight of it tells you you’re dealing with something special. The color is a warm peach, and it’s loaded with hyaluronic spheres, jojoba oil and other skin care ingredients. This cream highlighter adds warm glow wherever you put in on the face. It can double as a blush, highlighter, or even a contour, as some women are wearing it. I also love it on the eyes. It’s a beautiful way to tie the face together with the highlighter on the cheeks and a little on the eyes. The glow is not a blinding one. If you’re for over the top makeup, this is not your brand. This will leave you with a beautifully sophisticated glow. This is one of those products you can’t wait to see in other shades, because the formula and performance is absolutely gorgeous. It’s certainly a best highlighter, as far as I’m concerned.
Finally, I went in with the Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Dou Dou. What can I say?? This beautiful warm rose color is the perfect burst of color on my brown skin. It’s incredibly pigmented, and so easy to blend out with your finger. I take it up my cheeks, and I’m left with the loveliest flush of color. This grape extract infused blush can also be worn on the eyes and lips. Interestingly enough, until I saw Gucci apply blush last, I never would have tried it, but this order worked out perfectly. You still got the highlighter. The blush stick didn’t disturb a thing. This is another wonder product you know will be available in even more colors in the future.
This collection is a dream. It really is. If you’re looking for makeup for mature skin, it does not sit in any lines, and most importantly, it gives the skin a boost. If you’re looking for makeup for brown skin, this fits the bill beautifully!! However you decide to put your makeup on, each layer will add a healthy glow, and help with moisture retention, leaving your whole face looking incredibly vibrant and healthy. There will be no huge transformation. There will be no morphing into a new person, but what you will be left with is your own beauty enhanced. You will still look like yourself, in makeup that is not heavy, or fussy. If you’re into clean beauty, and luxury makeup, with a natural finish, this is your brand. The high end makeup, comes with a high end price tag, but it’s backed up by quality. Gucci Westman is not playing around, and I’m looking forward to seeing this brand grow. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
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