Brand Focus: Makeup Atelier Paris

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hello Beauties! Earlier in the week I posted all about Rodial Makeup and what I thought of the brand, and as I find these posts quite helpful when I'm researching a brand, I thought I would pop another 'Brand Focus' up all about Makeup Atelier Paris.

Makeup Atelier Paris are branded as a 'multi-ethnic' brand and take pride in being able to provide products in multiple textures and shades. The product line is actually home to over 40 different foundation shades and 20 different concealer shades, being one of the few brands which cater equally to African, American, Asian, Caucasian and Hispanic skin tones - pretty impressive. Similarly to MAC, the products are designed for professional use so they're extremely long lasting and waterproof, however they can also be used for personal use, and I've really been enjoying wearing some of the products on an everyday basis. I have quite a bunch to show you, so I'll get started! 

This foundation is one of the stand out products from the brand for me. The Waterproof Liquid foundation comes in a huge range of shades, making it perfect for everyone no matter what your skin tone and shade. I have the shade Clear Apricot (FLW1A) which is the perfect match for me, in fact I don't think I've ever had a foundation match my skin tone so well. There are 26 shades to choose from, each of which come in variations with either a pink, neutral or yellow undertone - so there really is something for everyone. The foundation itself is also pretty impressive. It's very comparable to the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in my opinion, however I slightly prefer this one for a number of reasons. Firstly, the consistency of this foundation is slightly thinner making it easier to work with and more comfortable to wear. The foundation dries to an almost matte finish, so it's matte enough for someone who has very oily skin, like myself, but it's on no way drying and it's also super long lasting. I didn't feel the need to powder once with this foundation - even directly after applying it to set the foundation, which is new for me. 

I don't think I'd wear this foundation everyday, as it is designed for professional use, and I wouldn't want to risk breaking out due to the long wearing/waterproof elements of the foundation as my skin is extremely prone to acne. However, if you're looking for something long-lasting or something similar to the MAC Studio Fix, then this is your guy. 

I also tried out the Airbrush Foundation, which I received in a slightly darker shade. Unfortunately I don't have an airbrush makeup machine, so despite my Dad wanting to try this in the spray tanning machine we have (no words.), I used this as I would a regular foundation and buffed it into my skin. The Airbrush Foundation is very thin and runny in consistency (it has to be to pass through the airbrush machines) but surprisingly offers a really good coverage. I'd say it was more of a medium coverage but it;s definitely something you can build up to more of a full coverage and it managed to easily cover up all of my acne scarring, which is a 'must have' for me in terms of base products. The foundation comes in a teensy little pot compered to a lot of foundations, but you only need one or two drops of this to cover your face if you're applying it with a brush, which is something I really like about the product. It also gives a really lovely natural-dewy finish to the skin and looks virtually seamless once blended in. I'd really recommend this foundation is you like a natural looking finish, and aren't opposed to dewy/glowy skin - and you don't need the machine to apply it. 

You can also order samples of any of the Makeup Atelier foundations from their website for just 75p to get a correct colour match. 

The Makeup Atelier HD Powder is similar to most HD powders on the market really, and it's definitely an exact dupe for the Makeup Forever HD Powder. The microfine powder is white in colour, but applies as translucent to the skin, as long as you don't apply too much. I really like these kinds of powders for touching up throughout the day as, the ultra fine texture of them means I can avoid looking cakey and like I've applied way too much makeup. I also find HD powders work better at mattifying my skin and also seem to be slightly more long lasting than regular powders, so if you suffer with oily skin then these may be a good option for you. 

Makeup Atelier T-Zone Shine Control Gel | £14.00

However, before applying any base products I've recently been using the Makeup Atelier T-Zone Gel which helps to prime and mattify the skin. The T-Zone Gel is a silicone feeling primer, a lot like the Maybelline and Smashbox primers, so it also helps to fill in any pores and blur the appearance of them, making your foundation's job a lot easier. I was really surprised at how well this product worked actually, as many products with similar claims have failed miserably to keep my skin shine free in the past. I only applied a tiny bit of this across my forehead and on my nose and my face was shine free for hours longer than usual - so this has definitely become a makeup bag staple! 

Makeup Atelier Cream Blush | £12.00

I'll start off by saying I normally hate cream blushers - I find them tricky to apply and they seem to move my makeup around my face, so I normally avoid them like the plague. However, I think I may have found the first cream blush that I actually like - Hallelujah! The shade shown above is 'Lolita' which is a gorgeous coral-pink shade which I can see getting a lot of use over the summer months. The blush is fairly pigmented, so I've been using a light hand and a stippling brush to apply this to the apples of my cheeks, which I find gives a gorgeous flushed look to the skin, and nothing too clown like.

Makeup Atelier Eyeshadow Palettes | £25.00 Each

Makeup Atelier also sell a wide range of these dinky little eyeshadow palettes, one of which my Mum has already pinched. The palettes are long and narrow and the packaging is impressively sturdy, making it a great option for makeup artists who just don't have room in their kit for unnecessary packaging - no matter how pretty it may be. Each palette contains 5 highly pigmented and waterproof shades and the palettes come in a very wide range of shades, meaning that there's something for everyone's tastes. I'd say these were a dead ringer for the MAC eyeshadows, and they're also a lot cheaper when you add up the cost of 5 MAC shadows, so if you're looking to expand your eyeshadow collection then I'd highly recommend checking these out.

Makeup Atelier Pearl Powder | £15.50

The Pearl Powder was the only product of the bunch that left me slightly disappointed. The Pearl Powders are supposed to give a pearl like finish and can be applied over any eyeshadow (although they work best with cream) or worn alone. However, I found that mine was slightly more matte than I'd have hoped. I have a very dark black colour and found that it just didn't give me the pearl finish I was after, however I think some of the lighter shades in the range may work better for this purpose.

Makeup Atelier Starlight | £17.00

The prettiest of the lot is definitely the 'Starlight', which I have in the shade 'Diamonds'. Diamonds is a gorgeous white/silver glitter which looks gorgeous applied on top of any eyeshadow look, but I particularly like it with either a smokey eye or a purple eye makeup look. The Starlight is a very fine powder of sparkling mica, which is basically the prettiest glitter you'll ever see - honestly, if I could get away with this on an everyday basis, I would wear it all the time. These can either be applied alone if you mix it with something like MAC Mixing Medium, or applied on top of cream eyeshadows (as it needs something to stick to) and it really is the stuff of girly dreams - I'd highly recommend.
Makeup Atelier Gel Liner | £13.00

Lastly, I've also been putting the Gel Liner in Black to the test. Most of you will know that I'm not really an eyeliner wearer, apart from the odd night out, however when I do wear eyeliner I always opt for a black or brown gel liner. The liner is long wearing, waterproof and smudge proof - which is pretty much everything I look for in an eyeliner as I'm always rubbing my eyes and usually end up resembling a Panda. The formula is also really creamy too so it doesn't drag across your eyelids when you apply it and I find that the creaminess of the liner makes it a lot easier to apply.

Overall, I have been hugely impressed with Makeup Atelier as a brand and some of these products are now firm favourites of mine. If you'd like to purchase any of the Makeup Atelier products (which I highly recommend you do) then all of their products are available on the Makeup Atelier website. Or alternatively, if you're going to IMATs in London this year (you lucky thing!) then Makeup Atelier will be at Booth 511 on the 10th-12th July.

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Products c/o Makeup Atelier Paris


  1. Dare I say, I've actually never even heard of this company before! Some of the products sound incredible though! Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely keeping my eye out for these in the future!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    1. I haven't really heard much about them either, which is such a shame as they really do have some amazing quality products! xx

  2. So beautiful!

    1. The pictures really don't do it justice! xx

  3. Beautiful blush shade! Thats something I would love in my collection.

    Annie | DrugstoreDreamer

    1. It's so pretty isn't it? I find that it's the perfect everyday shade for summer! xx

  4. I have never heard of this brand before but I will have to keep these in mind next time I have a makeup splurge! Xx

    1. A lot of people seem to be saying this which is such a shame! Definitely do - you won't be disappointed! xx

  5. I've never heard of this brand before so need to check their website ASAP :) The foundation and HD powder sound great! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Their foundations and powders blew me away, and they aren't too expensive compared to some high end brands either! xx

  6. Never heard if this brand but love the packaging of the palettes! The shades are beautiful.

    Creepers & Cupcakes

    1. They seem to be like some hidden secret in the makeup world! xx

  7. Those eyeshadow palettes look lovely! such pretty photographs too.xx

    Lissy |


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