Developer: Lightricks
Price: $3.99
Version Reviewed: 2.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Previously a rather popular and useful app for the iPhone, Facetune makes its way to the iPad and offers just as strong an experience as on the smaller screen. While it might be a little disappointing that this isn’t available in an Universal build, it’s still sure to be a quite handy app for many self-conscious people.

For those who don’t already know, Facetune is an app solely focused on improving one’s portrait photos. Its feature set is aimed at removing blemishes, smoothing out skin, and even whitening teeth. It’s immensely simple to use and ideal for those who want to make borderline Photoshop-style enhancements to their images.

facetune5facetune2Giving users plenty of demo images to hone their skills, the app takes seconds to learn. Each adjustment and brush is quite subtle, making the differences look quite accurate. Each step of the way, it’s possible to undo something quickly as well as see the difference between the original image and the improved one.

Red eye removal and teeth whitening are perhaps the simplest options here, but Facetune goes so far as to allow users to reshape someone’s face or remove individual stray hairs. It’s effectively as powerful as one’s imagination. There are no filters here to speak of or garish special effects. This is all about smoothing out wrinkles or adding more focus to the user’s looks.

For that reason, Facetune is a great app. It’s snappy to use, even on the ageing iPad 2, and the results are noticeably good. Often, apps try to replace much meatier pieces of software such as Photoshop, but for once, Facetune really does tap into an important part of graphic manipulation and does a great job. It might not be an app that’s used every day but it’s a great tool to have on standby. It’s just so unfortunate that those who paid out for an iPhone version don’t get to enjoy it Universally.

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