Westman Atelier Counter Intelligence
Do you like potato reconnaissance photos? I’ve been watching too many episodes of The Americans. Truth be (sadly) told, no one would ever suspect this slightly pudgy middle-aged Asian American woman of any level of espionage. Embarrassingly, I smeared foundation all over my t-shirt while I tried to play intrepid agent (of delirious consumption). I do it for the Mother Land. I do it for this blog. I also do things in a backwards unorthodox manner. I went to look at the line in person after I purchased blind on-line and tried for a few weeks.
I like several items from the line and will put up a more comprehensive review type of post later, but I swatched everything in the line with my potato iPhone camera in mediocre lighting while I was at the downtown Barney’s location in NY. It’s available to purchase at Barney’s and also at Violet Grey. Currently the line is very small, with complexion items that can be used as multi purpose items (e.g., use cheek sticks on lips, bronzer on eyes). They are all very dry-skin friendly items. With the exception of the bronzer and tinted highlighter, everything is in a cream stick format which is convenient for travel and everything is supremely blend-able.
Vital Skin Foundation Stick
This comes in a taller pale pink tube. There are only eleven shades in the line, and as far as I can tell, all yellow based. I believe that Gucci Westman designed this product to neutralize redness and look natural on all skins. I R Yellow myself (not in a racist way, mind) so can’t avow personally for this theory, but didn’t Bobbi Brown get some flack for this same concept some yons ago? Also the shade range is pitifully pale and medium tone person friendly with the exception of outlier shade 11. The jump from 10 to 11… yes. This intelligence officer can discern a lob over for inclusiveness and therefore be able to feature at least one person of deeper skin tone in some future marketing campaign.
I selected shade 3 for myself and it seems to suit a MAC NC25 (ish) / C2 tone pretty well. The product itself is very forgiving in terms of shade match so these photos might only be sort of kind of useful… at most. And as you can see, between 1, 2, 3 and then 4, 5, 6 and then 7, 8, 9 they seem to group themselves as shades of light, light medium and medium with small gradations in tone.
Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
There are four shades in this stick format blush:
Minette which is the one shimmery shade
Petal a dusky rose
Dou Dou, darker than Petal and warmer pink
Poppet an intensely bright pink
I was told Petal is the best seller of these and it’s very easy to wear. I own this and the Poppet, and have to say, Poppet is stunning on both cheeks and lips.
Super Loaded Tinted Highlight
There is only one shade (Peau de Pêche) in this compact item. To my eye, I would describe as a neutral copper with a cool sheen. Very emollient in feel and smooth. I didn’t purchase this because the I wouldn’t know how to pair this with another blush and also because I love blush in general. I didn’t this can replace on your cheeks the whole blush + highlight + bronzer effect as a all in one product. I can also be used on the eyes, but not sure how it wouldn’t do on the lids of those of use that really need an eye shadow primer.
Lit Up Highlight Stick and Face Trace Contour Stick
These are the other stick form products, a cool pinky-white highlighter and a neutral to warm contour shade. That highlighter is very beautiful on, that flashes pink, a delicate white and slightly blue.
Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer
Why does no brand call things Margarine? Why a dairy fat product? Why not Lard or perhaps even Crisco or Hydrogenated Oils? I purchased this as well. It comes in super heavy gold compact. I don’t think it shows so well in the photo, but there’s a small amount of gold shimmer in this shade which is not chunky at all. Beautiful and very pigmented bronzer.
Anyway, for the five of us that actually hang out on this Wondegondigo blog, I hope it gives a decent sense of the shades in the Westman Atelier line. This is actually the first line in a LONG time that made me get to a store to examine closely in person, which actually says something.
I was yammering on Twitter how my old research method of searching on Google for blog posts for makeup products is not very successful these days. (Aside: many thanks and impotent fist waving to Michele Wang and her channel and this particular video. Created a forceful and powerful lemming.) Hence for all you old school - research via blog photo people, I put forth a blog post.
How you all doing this fine day? Have you heard about or already tried this brand? Any standouts for you?