Archives for category: YSL

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Polglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride,, Phenoxyethanol, Caprytyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Discdium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylgycerin, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dipropylene Glycol, Isotridecyl Isononanoate. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.

-Octinoxate 7%

SPF 19

Color: B10 (fair complexions with light peach beige undertones)

Product Description: “The light of Touche Éclat foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. With no opaque powders, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal your imperfections, while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty. Illuminating foundation. Dimensional radiance. Weightless perfection”.

My Experience: So, I’m a fan of the legendary Touche Éclat highlighter. It’s sleep in a pen and actually minimizes my under eye circles without settling into fine lines. Needless to say, when a foundation based on that formula was released, I swooned. I had to wait to get my greedy little paws on it, though, since the SA at my local Boots was on holiday for a few days. And I rather adore this foundation. It’s water based, so it doesn’t add any additional oil to your face, which is good if, like me, you have an oily t-zone. The texture is light and silky, and blends superbly with fingers or a foundation brush. I prefer to use my fingers, because I always end up using more product with a brush. One pump is enough for my whole face. Keep in mind I have pretty good skin. Coverage is light, maybe slightly better than a tinted moisturizer. I prefer the weightlessness of tinted moisturizers, so that’s a plus for me. It didn’t completely cover the hyperpigmentation on my chin, so you will either need to layer more foundation in certain areas or use concealer. It builds nicely, though, so it keeps everything looking seamlessly smooth. It smells of melons, which I’m not fond of, but it’s subtle enough that I don’t mind. Wear is very good. Over a primer, this lasts several hours with minor powdering touch ups. In fact, I think this looks better the longer you wear it. It melts into the skin and looks wonderfully natural. It’s brightening and dewy, but there’s no glitter or shimmer to the finish. It’s like a second skin, but one that’s more healthy and vibrant than your own. The packaging is sturdy but simple, and is equipped with a pump that dispenses just the right amount of product. I do, by the way, lightly powder my t-zone after I apply this, but that’s it. I don’t want to detract from that lovely natural sheen. Now, this foundation is expensive, but it’s cheaper than, say, Chanel, and I think it’s better. This is probably my favorite foundation. It’s a winner.

The Skinny: A lightweight, light coverage and beautifully illuminating foundation that imparts a healthy glow. Lasts for several hours over a primer and looks like a luminous second skin. Pricey but worth it.

Cost:

UK: £28 from Boots

USA: $55 from Sephora

Rating: 5/5

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Formulated without: Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan

Product Description: Combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain.

My Experience: YSL is quickly becoming my new best friend. I’d been searching for a stain for some time. I like wearing red lipstick, but it’s so unforgiving; I hate the vigilant maintenance required to keep it looking fresh and perfect throughout the day. So, I researched some stains, which are meant to provide better lasting power than normal lipsticks and glosses. Most of them seem to be afflicted with the terrible curse of dryness, though, and flakiness does not a lovely red lip make. And then along came YSL with their Glossy Stain formula, hitting the ball straight out of the park. The texture is thin and glossy. Application is smooth and simple. Some have bemoaned the slanted doe-foot type applicator, but I find it works well and I love that the pointed tip can be used for a more precise line. The stain feels very lightweight and comfortable and stays that way because it sets quickly. This photo shows one layer. A second layer darkens the color and amps up the shine for a more dramatic lip. Lasting power is great. I wore this to an all-day food festival where I knew I’d be eating and drinking throughout the day and it held up excellently. I only had to reapply once or twice, and even then only slight touch ups were needed. I desperately wanted one of the bright red colors, but those were completely sold out at the Sephora I visited. I don’t regret buying this color though. It’s deep and rosy and probably more versatile. I want to get more of these though. Hell, I’d buy the whole collection right now if they weren’t so pricey.

What do you think? Have you tried any of the neutral or bright shades? Comment below – I’d love to know what you think!

The Skinny: The best of both worlds – a long-lasting, pigmented stain with the texture and shine of a gloss. The best lip stain out there right now.

Cost:

UK: £22.50 from House of Fraser

USA: $32 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

This is a statement lipstick. Worn alone it’s vibrant and daring – but with a gloss, it really comes to life and makes lips look devilishly juicy. The first photo is the lipstick without gloss, the second with. Application is butter-smooth and the formula is lightweight, creamy and comfortable on the lips, not waxy or dry. If you want super staying power, apply, blot with a tissue, and repeat (three times). You could easily tone down the pigment if you dabbed it on gently with a finger.

This is my first YSL lipstick and I don’t know why – well, I do, because it’s extortionately priced! – but I haven’t seen another coral as bold and bang-on for summer as this. And the formula wears so beautifully. And the packaging is old Hollywood glamorous. For reference, I have NC20 skin. I wore Givenchy’s Gelee D’Interdit Gloss Balm in no.9 Neon Orange over this lipstick, but any gloss loaded with gold sparkle would made it pop. Go get this. Now.

I hereby proclaim this lipstick a HERO

The Skinny: A must-have bright and bold lipstick for summer. Creamy texture, long wear and glamorous packaging. Hefty price tag – but worth it for such a unique shade.

Cost: 

UK: £23 from Boots

USA: $34 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)