Westman Atelier, founded by celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman, is all the rage on the beauty scene. With their ultra luxe packaging and high-impact formulations, Westman’s makeup products are truly an experience. I was interested in trying their foundations after hearing rave reviews from friends, and Westman Atelier kindly sent me some samples to try. So is it worth it? Details below!
The packaging is super luxe, with attention paid to every detail. From its luxe cardboard outer packaging to its pink, weighted foundation tube with a magnetic top, this product makes you feel like you have a little treasure in your purse. I only wish they were refillable!
Color Match and Shade Range
Westman Atelier sent me shades 9, 10, 11, and 12 from their range. As you can see from the swatches above, none of these colors are my shade match. I’m squarely in between shades 10 and 11. Thankfully, these shades blend beautifully with one another. I’m using (and LOVING) shade 9 as a highlight and shade 12 as a contour. Truth be told, I would have to mix and match these four shades to get something to match my face. This is neither reasonable nor sustainable for me.
Westman Atelier’s shade range is, truthfully, abysmal for those of us with deeper skin tones. While they may have BIPOC models on their website, the shades don’t reflect their message. Needless to say, this is very disappointing. I may revisit the brand if they create a more inclusive shade range, but for now, I will have to pass.
The coverage of this foundation is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the conscious beauty scene; it’s truly full coverage. Coming in at a whopping $68 per tube, it better fix all of my skin sins. I hate to admit it, but it truly does. This product is other-worldly and leaves your skin looking like you used an Instagram filter.
It covers all of my stubborn hyperpigmentation and under eye circles beautifully. And the best part? You only need a teeny, tiny amount. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I simply tap the product to pick up enough product to cover spots. The foundation works beautifully with a brush, too.
Finish and Wear
This foundation leaves a satin matte finish on the skin—it’s like your skin but better. I haven’t experienced any sort of irritation and when set with powder, there is no cracking or creasing even after hours of wear. It’s somewhat miraculous.
As I’m getting older, I find smearing foundation all over my face ends up in creasing and tears. I’m now being much more light-handed with how and where I put foundation, and this formula is perfect for that type of application. That said, if you wish to use this as a full coverage, all-over foundation, it would still work well. If your skin tends to be on the oilier side, you’ll love this foundation.
No discernible scent, which I love. Foundations with overpowering scents are such a turn off for me.
So, is Westman Atelier foundation worth it? I would say that if this foundation is in your budget and you can find a shade match, you’ll absolutely love it. As for me, since I didn’t find a shade match (and because the shade range is not as inclusive as it could be), I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it in the future. The search for the perfect foundation continues!
If you’re interested in other foundation reviews, check out what I wrote about ILIA’s and Kosas’ skin tints.
FTC: This is not a sponsored post. Westman Atelier sent me their foundation sticks as PR samples without any obligation for a review. There are affiliate links in this post. If you choose to use them, I will receive a small commission that will help me offset the costs of maintaining this blog. Thank you!