It's here, Westman Atelier our 2021 review and guide! This has been a long time coming. I've been teasing products the last several months as I've shared with you my thoughts on a few here and there, but had yet to put them all in writing until now. I also wanted to have enough time to really test out all the products and really speak to them properly. After testing out much of the line I feel I am able to give you a full review on this clean beauty makeup line.
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I especially wanted to give it time to test the products because if you've heard or browsed Westman Atelier then you know the line isn't cheap! It's definitely a luxury clean beauty makeup line. I'm just like anyone else and want to know what I'm investing in is worth it or not. This is the real, real! I'll be sharing my likes and dislikes with the brand and what you can expect overall from Westman Atelier.
Also, I wanted to share a snippet when it comes to clean beauty. If you haven't noticed, it's not going anywhere! I know we are seeing newer brands come out all the time, but the real reason is there is a demand for sustainable, clean products. The industry is expected to grow to $54 BN by the year 2027- nothing short of WOW! (1)
This stat gets me excited! Knowing that the more we vote with our dollars, the more change happens!
Who Is Westman Atelier?
Ok, first things first. Let's dive into how Westman Atelier came to be and who's the founder behind this luxe makeup line. Gucci Westman is the creator of Westman Atelier. She is a longtime celebrity makeup artist. With 20 years of experience creating looks for celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few. Her work has been featured in top publications like Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue and she's done numerous ad campaigns for top luxury brands like Dolce and Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton, and worked on in fashion shows with brands like Oscar de la Renta and Brock Collection.
Gucci is a lifelong vegetarian with a commitment to holistic living and truly believes that ‘luxury,’ ‘efficacy,’ and ‘clean’ don't have to be a contradiction when it comes to exceptional makeup. (2)
She is known for her “second skin” approach to makeup. Amplifying the skin naturally and not trying to hide it. Skin that is radiant through her range of creamy foundations, blushes, bronzers and highlighters.
I thought there's no point in launching a line that simply is going to color the skin. I really wanted my products to correct and heal and soothe the skin. -Gucci Westman (2)
What Sets Westman Atelier Apart As A Clean Beauty Brand?
Westman Atelier is a luxury makeup line that prides itself on not only creating clean products but effective products that work. They believe that makeup should be fast, easy and flawless. Not something you need to spend hours on perfecting. They create formulas that blend easily and make your life simpler. After all makeup shouldn't be complicated. Every ingredient that is used has been vetted and looked at by Gucci and top chemists to make sure it's safe. They are also constantly re-evaluating ingredients as more research comes out. I love their commitment to sustainability. Their mission is to always be improving and growing in this area. With a focus on reusing, reducing, recycling and rethinking. You can read more about their sustainability efforts and packaging here.
Fast. Easy. Flawless. Safe. Makeup that makes life simpler. Skin that feels as good as it looks. -Westman Atelier (2)
It really comes down to the formulations for creating the “second skin” as Gucci Westman is known for in setting Westman Atelier apart from other makeup brands. A lot of formulations do a great job of hiding the skin, while Westman Atelier's products really showcase the skin and enhance it. You get this dewy canvas that looks like you but with redness, hyperpigmentation and the like taken away. It's really the secret sauce to creating luxe makeup looks and Westman Atelier nails it.
I also think with the rise of minimalism in all aspects of living, it's also carried over into our beauty routines as well. People crave simple and effective products. A recent study also noted that those who were interested in a minimalistic lifestyle were more inclined to live in a more sustainable way. (3)
Westman Atelier really embodies that mission of minimalism in my opinion. Creating products that are both sustainable and efficient so you don't need a ton to do the job. A less is more approach to creating a makeup look for everyday wear.
Where To Purchase?
I get my Westman Atelier products from Credo Beauty. They carry the entire line and always are offering samples and you earn points every time you shop with them. Westman Atelier products are not cheap by any means. Sephora also carries Westman Atelier. All of their products are made in Italy, expect for the brushes which are made in Japan.
Is It Worth It?
This is a luxe clean beauty makeup line. With the exception of a few products I totally think they're worth it after testing and trying them. You'll find several in my review that don't live up to the hype and high price tag but the rest I really do think are a cut above other products and as the saying goes- you get what you pay for. I didn't try out the mascara as I mention below because I'm not going to buy a mascara that is $58- sorry but just too much, it better give me the PERFECT set of lashes. From reviews I've read it doesn't, but I always only try products I'm willing to purchase myself. So I didn't try it. Plus, if you've followed me for any length of time you know I'm obsessed with Honest Beauty Mascara and it's $16 on Amazon– can't beat that. Check out my full Natural Mascara Review and Guide here.
Favorite Westman Atelier Product?
Hands down the Vital Skin Foundation Stick is my favorite. As you read my review below you'll see why. I will say the brushes are a close second- nothing else like them in clean beauty!
Westman Atelier Product Review
I have tried nearly all of Westman Atelier's line. Excluding the mascara, super loaded tinted highlight and some of her brushes. But other than that I've tried all of the rest and I'm here to report my thoughts.
Vital Skin Foundation Stick- This was the first Westman Atelier product that I tried and fell hard for. It is unlike any clean beauty foundation that I've used. It's creamy, and gives your skin the perfect balance of coverage and glow. It provides a dewy finish that looks like your skin but enhanced. The foundation comes housed in a stick form. You can apply directly on your skin or use a brush to pick to get the product and then apply to skin. I've done both and prefer using Westman Atelier's Foundation brush to get the product and then applying to the skin. But I've seen Gucci do both ways- it's whatever you prefer. What is unique about this product is that it's not only a foundation but also a concealer in one. So you don't need an additional product. Something I've come to love about it. While the foundation stick may seem pricey at $68, you're also not having to purchase a concealer as well. It's a buildable texture foundation, so if you want more coverage you can simply add more product to your skin. You can also use your fingers to blend as well.
After watching Gucci apply the product to herself and many of her clients through her YouTube I've noticed that she recommends using two shades. She does this because she says that skin is never just one tone but multiple tones. This creates a more natural look overall and depth instead of it being just one tone overall. I've used two shades in the foundation stick and can attest to this being true. A lighter shade I'll use under my eyes and then I use a shade that matches my t-zone where I'm typically darker. It gives a more life like quality to the skin and dimension. Obviously it costs more upfront but you'll not be having to purchase more foundation as soon either! I love the longevity of the foundation too. It looks great at 8 pm as it does at 8 am. A nice worn in look that's not melted off your face. I'll even use it to act as a concealer to cover redness if I'm going more for an extra causal look and I love the way it covers but still looks like my skin. Can you tell I'm obsessed?! I've gone through a whole tube of the foundation and for a beauty blogger that's saying a lot! I'm now on my second and third tube. I would recommend this for mature skin, dry skin, normal skin and even combination skin if you tolerate coconut oil ok. I wear the color III and IV. Get it here!
Baby Cheeks Blush Stick- This is another Westman Atelier product I fell hard for! It also comes in a stick form and is creamy and dewy just like the foundation. It instantly awakens your whole look and brings to life skin that is lackluster and dull. I love the color range Gucci created. From minimalist everyday colors to bright shades that demand a little more attention. I have the color Petal, a dusty nude rose perfect for everyday wear and Poppet, a bright poppy pink. They give your skin the color but also the extra moisture surge which really helps skin to look more alive and younger. Powder blush can often look drab and lifeless, whereas cream blush really can bring the warmth and life back to the skin. I apply straight on my skin from the tube and use either the Westman Atelier Blender Brush to blend in or my fingers. Your skin will be popping with these! Check out all the shades here.
Face Trace Contour Stick- Another one of Gucci's brilliant creations! The Face Trace Contour Stick is all about giving skin a luminous dewy glow. Reviving drab skin and perking it up. Creating the “second skin” that Gucci is known for. Available in 3 colors, from a glassy iridescent shade, glassy golden peach shade and a glassy bronze gold hue. These are meant to give you a shine that doesn't look greasy or like a 3 o'clock shine and more of a light catching, flattering glow. This isn't your teenage daughter glimmer stick, but a sophisticated highlight stick that gives you your younger skin vibes back in a few swipes. I have the colors Nectar- the glassy golden peach shade and Brûlée- the bronze gold hue. I love using on my cheekbones, cheeks, cupid's bow, and tear duct's to help get the glow going. My skin instantly looks more awake and revived! Gucci said she loves how these mimic a post facial look. You know that fresh faced skin you have right after getting a facial. Luminous and glowing! Check out the Face Trace Contour Sticks here!
Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer- Yet another product I've been loving from Westman Atelier- I promise I don't love all the products. This one totally lives up to it's name and is buttery to the max. Some bronzers can feel drying and almost like they sit on top of the skin and opaque. Not this one. It feels very hydrating for a powder bronzer and nourishing. While it is a matte finish bronzer since it's a powder, it still gives the skin an overall subtle glow unlike other bronzers. It blends so nicely into the skin that it really looks like the sun naturally bronzed you instead of you caking on some powdered bronzer. In other words you're not going to look like an Oompa Loompa with this bronzer! It comes in two shades, Coup de Soleil- a true matte terra cotta and Soleil Rich- a rich terra cotta. I have the Coup de Soleil shade and love the true terra cotta color it gives off. It's not orange at all but a true brown bronzer that really mimics a natural glowing tan from he sun. It instantly warms up my while complexion, giving some depth and color to my skin. I apply it with my Westman Atelier Blender Brush. I really want to get the Powder Brush to go with it though- it would be even better for application. Check out the Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer here!
Lip Suede- Ok, my first product that I wan't in love with from Westman Atelier. The Lip Suede. It has four lip colors in one palette. You can either use the colors by themselves or blend them together to make one shade. The formula is dewy of course, and hydrating. It gives your lips a very moisturized and slightly wet look overall. I love how the formula feels on the skin. I like the hydration, and texture. The palette comes in two shade options. The first is the Les Nudes, which is a combination of 4 nude shades ranging from the lightest cafe creme to the most pigmented mulled wine. The second palette is Les Rouges and contains bolder colors from a fuchsia to a brick red. With the Les Nudes my biggest complaint is not being able to see the product that much on my lips, even after applying several coats.
In photos it looks like I hardly have anything on, even if I applied it right before a photo. The Les Rouges is definitely my fave of the two. I like the bolder colors and more pigment. Even though they are bolder they're not loud and can be more dubbed down too. It actually looks like I have something on my lips. I feel like for $85 I want to see something on my lips, even if it's nude! I think if the nudes were slightly more pigmented it would help. I also felt like the longevity overall wasn't great on the product. I would apply it on my lips and an hour later it was gone, even without eating. I guess for such an expensive product I had higher hopes. The texture is there in the formula but the pigmentation needs some work in my opinion. Just didn't hit it out of the park for me. Check out the Les Rouges Palette here and the Les Nudes Palette here.
Squeaky Clean- This is essentially Westman Atelier's version of a lip gloss, even though they don't call it a lip gloss but a liquid lip balm. I am glad they don't actually call it a lip gloss because I feel it is a little different than a traditional gloss even though people may assume it is just by looking at the product. It's also not sticky at all but so smooth. You get that sheen that you crave but a nonstick smooth finish that's perfect by itself or layered over a lipstick. It comes in 6 shades. I have Nana- a cool beige. It is the perfect nude. I love wearing it over a lip liner to add that pop of hydration. If you're into hydrated lips but without the typical tackiness you get from a lip gloss- this is your product. Especially great for mature lips. As you get older you lose the plumpness you had in your youth in your lips. This helps to plump them up with hydration making them appear plumper overall. Check out all the shades here.
Eye Pods- This is my least favorite product of Westman Atelier. I really love so many of her formulas but this one just didn't work for me for so many reasons. Allow me to explain the eye pods. So they come in 2 different sets. Each set has three colors. I like to think of it as a light, medium and more deep shadow. They come in these magnetic pods that you can easily just link together since they're magnetic. I love this about them! Really innovative and actually helps me keep them more organized in my makeup bag because they all link together. The formula is what I don't love. While the overall feel and texture is more creamy for a powdered shadow, it isn't very pigmented. I tried applying the product both with my fingers and with the Westman Atelier Eyeshadow Brush II and I felt like it didn't really make too much of a difference which I used. I did feel like my fingers may have got a little more product on my lid overall.
It looks so pretty initially when you apply the three colors. Especially doing the lighter color on the upper brow bone, the medium color on the lid and the darker color in the crease. However, the problem is it quickly fades! Within an hour I have lots of creasing, by the end of the day it doesn't look like I was wearing anything. I did use concealer and foundation on my lids to help act as an eyeshadow primer and a translucent powder and still the same result. While I love a natural look, I also want the product to stay and for it to look like I'm wearing something, especially when the Eye Pods are $88 a pop! I will say I like how the product doesn't get dispersed under my eye like many powdered shadows. I have both color options, the Les Jours and Les Nuits and while they're both beautiful I wish there was more longevity and pigment to them for the price. Check out Les Nuits and Les Jours here.
Westman Atelier Brushes– Ok, here's where the Westman Atelier scores some major points again- with their brushes! These are hands down the BEST clean beauty vegan brushes I've used. And you all know I've used them all. They are made by hand in Kumano, Japan by the best brush makers that use traditional techniques. Made with nylon fibers, their lacquered handles are made from sustainable hardwood birch that is a Forest Stewardship Council certified forest in Eastern Europe. These brushes are what makeup enthusiasts dream of. They feel ultra silky soft and glide over your skin like butter. I've never had a brush feel so luxe before. They offer 8 different brushes. I have the lip brush, blender brush, the eyeshadow brush II and the foundation brush. But of course I want them all! I've actually already cleaned these so much more often than other brushes. The lightness of the nylon really makes me want them to be clean so they look their best! Buy the brushes and thank me later. Check out the whole brush collection here. Check them out individually here!
I hope this Westman Atelier review was helpful when thinking about what to try from the line. This is one luxe clean beauty makeup line that isn't going anywhere! Can't wait to share more with you as new products come out.
*Check out my full video review and tutorial below!
If you liked this post, be sure to check out past posts below:
- Best Natural Face Moisturizers 2021
- Top Mineral Sunscreens For 2021
- Filtered Water- A Complete Guide For 2021
- Future Market Insights. Natural and Organic Beauty Market To Reach $54BN By 2027. https://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/natural-cosmetics-market
- Westman Atelier. https://westman-atelier.com
- ABC News. What's Behind The Rise Of Minimalist Living. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-16/whats-behind-the-rise-in-minimalist-living/9258084