Make-up lovers all over the world would have jumped with joy when they heard of the release of this foundation...and I was one of them. And when I spotted this in my local Debenhams I could not wait to give it a try. The MUA was very helpful and gave me a 7 day sample of the foundation, and then put my name on the waiting list....yes there is one and it was very long! :-o
I've been using it for a little while now and thought I'd share my thoughts with you lovely ladies....
The new YSL foundation is a bold, unique formula to target shadowy areas and define contours. A magic light infused within a weightless fluid. A texture that has no mask-like effect. A formula free of opaque powders that evens the complexion and erases imperfections, enhancing the face's natural features.
I have to say that YSL have been very good in having a wide-variety of colours to suit most skin tones...thank goodness! They have organised the colours into 3 families; rosy beige (BR), golden beige (BD) and natural beige (B).
I was perfectly matched and I was really pleased how the colour suited my skin tone so well. It's normally such a hassle for me to find a good match to my skin, but I love how the colour looked on me.
The Packaging and Price
Since this is YSL I'm sure you'll all know, without me even saying, that the packaging is beautiful. The foundation is housed in a heavy glass bottle with a gold lid...very pretty and it looks and feels expensive. This is one foundation you will have front of house on your dressing table! ;-)
And you will all be pleased to know that it comes with a pump!!!! YAY!!! I am so glad they did this, its one of my pet peeves when foundations don't have a pump, especially when the brand makes you buy a separate one *cough Nars *cough. So well done YSL.
Now onto price, this bad boy comes in a standard 30ml and will cost you £28.00. Now I think this is quite reasonable for a high-end foundation, its obviously not cheap but its not too expensive so I'm quite happy with the price.
It's kind of like a gel type texture, its not runny and its a bit creamy too when you apply it. It feels lovely and weight-less on the skin, honestly you cant even tell your putting foundation on! It also smells quite fresh to me, definitely no strong foundation smell a la Double wear. So for all those that hate strong smells you'll be happy with this.
It applies like a dream! If really does just glide onto the skin and I find a little goes a long way, so I would advice using a small amount and building up if you need it. I really like using a traditional foundation brush to apply this, I think because of its consistency it works better with this type of brush. But fingers would also work good too. The MUA told me that YSL were bringing out a special brush to be used with this foundation...and it costs more than the actual foundation! No thank you.
This foundation can give you a medium coverage, it will not give you full coverage, and if that's what your looking for then this may not be for you. Now personally I like medium to full coverage as I don't have the best skin....but I really like the coverage this gives, and there's always concealer for those annoying areas which need some extra attention.
Now of course this gives you a fabulously dewy look to the skin. It also manages to look natural on the skin like you just have inner glow coming through, and not that your wearing any foundation. I love this about the foundation. I'm always on the look out for a foundation which gives me coverage but also looks natural which isn't easy, but this does just that.
Now be warned though that this can get a bit too glowy when you've warn it for a while. I have normalish skin and I found after a few hours of wear it got a bit too dewy for my liking (not massively so that I looked like an oil slick, but still), so I'm a bit worried that those with oily skins may suffer. But if you have the right powder to set it with then maybe it would work. But be warned, if you don't like the glow don't pay the dough!
On my skin this lasted pretty well. I wore it for a full day to a party and when I got home and took it off late in the evening it was still there, no issues. Of course if you find foundation doesn't last on you then the normal rules apply, primer and powder till your hearts content!
Overall I have to say...I LOVE this foundation, its really great. And I was a tad sceptical about it as I like more of a fuller coverage and a satin finish....but there is something about this that has me feeling like I cant wait to do my make-up in the morning!
I would highly recommend this to everyone, even if you don't normally go for this type of foundation you should still try it. I suggest popping to your local counter and asking for a sample and giving it a go...what do you have to lose? And to all those who love it like me, its releasing in the UK on 9th July so purses at the ready! ;-)
Will you be trying it?
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