I have to say I have been finding YSL a little hit and miss these days-some massive hits with me were the Fusion Ink foundation, the YSL Voulpte Tint in Oil and the Babydoll Kiss and Blush but I was really upset about the formula of the uber expensive YSL Couture eyeshadow palettes and the price versus quality of the packaging.
Today I'm talking about a good and a bad new launch.
The good is the Touche Eclat Blur Primer which is the very fancily packaged tube with the gold flecks. It's glass (which presents certain danger for butterfingers like myself), gold and luxurious. The primer belongs to the Touche Eclat family and the gel formula is designed to infuse light, blur imperfections and add radiance to the skin.
Although the gold flecks are visible when the gel is pumped onto the hand, the formula is completely transparent on the skin. Where the gold goes I am not sure!
The first time I used the primer I did think it was quite heavy in texture and I suspect it's laced with silicone. What I didn't see though was that instant 'blurring' effect you get with something like Smashbox Photofinish which I would have expected given the heaviness of the texture. It does have that velvety and almost slippery feeling on the skin. Although it sounds like I am not really selling it, this does settle down though after a minute or so and your skin feels very smooth. After I applied my foundation I have to admit my skin did look quite radiant and glowy without being oily and my foundation sat well on top of it.
So the Blur Primer is a thumbs up so far. If you're a seriously oily skinned girl it might be better to skip this but for combination/normal/dry skin types it should work well.
The YSL Palette Lumiere De Jour is not what I thought. First up I actually thought I was buying the Touche Eclat Blur Perfector compact which I had seen reviewed in the UK as a 'touch up on the go' product in a pretty compact but what I have actually bought it this supposed finishing powder instead. But I just don't get it. The powder is finely milled and quite hard to pick up from the pan and the only effect I see on the skin is an overdose of silver glitter. And it's not an overspray either-the glitter right through the compact. Using it as a highlighter doesn't seem to 'work' either as the powder doesn't have any underlying shimmer to it, I just look like I have random flecks of glitter on my face. I can't see this for sale anywhere in the UK but it does seem to be available in the US/Canada. Anyway, I would stay clear. Yes the packaging and the pan itself is gorgeous but this seems to me to be a pointless glittery powder. My understanding is that it is supposed to be a setting powder with a luminous rosy glow but it just isn't ticking any of my boxes. Every time I use it I feel disappointed.
I picked these items up from Bloomingdales in Dubai Mall.
What I feel like I am learning about YSL is to stay clear of the limited edition products and stick with the tried and tested. Have you tried either of these products? Are there brands that you feel do great 'staples' but substandard limited editions?