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Friday 27 September 2013

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Foundations

It has been quite sometime since I could get away with just a tinted moisturiser but I have struggled to find foundations that work well for me. With being ill my skin is crazy - extreme combination with a tendency towards dry patches & stress acne - so finding one foundation that copes well with both, covers well, lasts nicely & is easy to apply is a bit of a long shot.
However YSL has been my saviour in that respect, having released my two holy-grail foundations. I am no means an expert on YSL foundations, there are 5 and a half that I had never even heard of until I started writing this post (5 proper foundations & a BB cream) but these two are something special. I'm rambling....I really need to get better at writing these things. May I introduce my holy grail foundations, the YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation & the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

First off, how lovely are the bottles? They look so lovely, they are the sort of thing you want to put out with your perfume bottles so everyone can see them...

Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation

I have been using this since it first came out more than a year ago & I am currently working the last drops of my previous bottle (hence the pretty new bottle in the photos). This is always my go to foundation, with a great light-medium coverage which can be built up, although if you want full coverage you'll need to use concealer. The finish is dewy & fresh but not reflective like the concealer it's named after. I've applied this foundation with fingers, brushes & a sponge & it looks great however it's applied. This foundation can get a little shiny as you go through the day so a dusting of powder in key areas may help but I need that anyway so I don't consider it a negative. Oh yeah, and if you wear glasses it can come off onto those unless you powder....

Good Points
  • Beautiful, no-makeup makeup appearance
  • Light-Medium buildable coverage
  • Easy to apply with a variety of tools
  • Good lasting capacity
  • A bottle lasts 1+ year with regular use
  • Huge shade range
  • Free from a lot of 'nasties'
Bad Points
  • Kind of pricy (£29)
  • Does need a little powdering unless you are dry skinned
Would I buy it again?
O hell yes! I already have & I plan to continue doing so

Youth Liberator serum foundation

This foundation is new, coming out only at the beginning of this month, & I haven't had this long. Certainly not long enough to have made a decision about it. Except I totally have.... This foundation is allegedly packed full of skincare goodies like the Lancôme serum foundation that came out earlier this year. I don't know about any of that & I'm not really old enough to care about the alleged wrinkle fighting powers of this foundation other than being a little bummed that it makes this £5 more expensive than the touché éclat foundation. What I do know about is the amazing feel of this foundation on your skin, the light-medium coverage, the great blend-ability it offers, the amazing match that this is to my skin & the fact that my mum couldn't see it on my skin, even when she put on her reading glasses.

Good Points
  • Light-Medium coverage that is more medium than light
  • Feels amazing on the skin even when my skin is feeling awful
  • Allegedly packed full of skincare goodies
  • Invisible on the skin (according to my chief witnesses)
  • Very blendable
  • Great colour match for me
  • Instant holy-grail foundation
Bad Points
  • Pricy (£34)
  • Small shade range (7 available in the uk)
  • I don't really like having skincare in the mix that I didn't pick...
Would I buy it again?
Yes, definitely.

re the packaging. I really try not to let the packaging decide whether or not I like a product but it totally affects my decision, I swear the reason I have never bought the Nars Sheer Glow is because it seems like a lot of money to pay for a foundation without a pump. In regards to these two foundations the packaging is sturdy as well as pretty & they both have great pumps that give out a sensible amount of foundation & don't leak...The lids are also pretty as well as large enough not to get lost & secure enough not to fall off in your bag. Great products all round!


  1. Great post thank you so much!!! ❤️🙏

  2. Love that you compare those two! I have really dry skin, what kind of finish do you think those two have on that? I don't have flakes or anything but really de-hydrated, thanks!

    1. My skin has a tendency to get quite de-hydrated & when it does get dry I stick to the Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation because it's a lot more dewy whatever your skin is doing.
      The serum foundation can dry down until it is a little too satin - almost matte - if your skin is de-hydrated.
      I hope that answered the question ^^

      Sally x


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