FACE Stockholm is a brand whose name I’d heard bobbing around the blogosphere sometime last year, but never looked much into. It wasn’t until I saw the lovely Kate from Drivel about Frivol review their range of cream blushes that I was really intrigued, but then Kate has tends to lure you into new products with her stunning photographs and gorgeous makeup looks on her site. If you haven’t read her blog yet, I’m not exactly sure what you’re doing with your life, hurry over and have a look here. Fair warning: prepare to be obsessed with her site. It is beautiful, and it is quite the addictive blog. But I digress. After reading Kate’s post, I was well and truly a woman possessed with the idea of these perfect little pans of cream blush, so you can imagine my excitement when I received them to review for you all. I was sent the creme blush* in the shades Munich and Milan, as well as their cream highlighter* in the shade Dignity. Munich is a creamy rose shade, while Milan is definitely in jelly territory in terms of consistency and is a stunning shade of red. And can we take a moment to talk about the packaging? Love. Housed in oh-so-simple(s) sleek containers with no extra faff, these products are the perfect handbag essentials. The brand describes them as “Drop dead gorgeous pots of smooth, creamy blush for a natural, dewy, healthy glow” that can be applied with the fingers, a brush, or a sponge (so basically any conventional method of application, *cue “Any Way You Want It” by Journey playing in background*). I found the finish of these to be slightly different than expected on my skin; not as dewy as Stila’s Convertible Colors, but less matte than say, Chanel’s Creme de Blush formula. It definitely does lean more towards the dewy end of the spectrum, but not so much as it would even potentially pose a problem for oily skins. I really enjoyed using these; they’re quite smooth and pigmented, and leave a truly natural flush to the cheeks. My only gripe was that they seem to set quite quickly and weren’t as easy to blend as other cream blushes I’ve tried. They do leave a lovely, healthy glow to the cheeks, especially the shade Milan (think those “Snow White” cheeks I love so much). Winter is coming, people. Gotta get on those “I’ve-just-been-running-through-the-snow” flushed cheeks. Because I loved the cream blushes so much, I have to say the highlighter was at first something of a let-down. The color itself is stunning- think the RMS Living Luminizer with a bit more opacity- but the texture is where things start to go downhill. On first swatch it’s quite dry and almost grainy as you rub your finger on the product, but once you get rid of that harder first layer of product it’s glowy goodness. Oddly enough, even on my skintone I love that the shade is on the white side rather than gold- it somehow gives an almost wet appearance on the cheekbones that lets off a sheen obvious enough for disco ball highlighter lovers like myself that still looks natural. Love.
Have you tried anything from FACE Stockholm?
(*denotes press sample)