Review: YSL’s Fusion Ink – Light As A Feather, But Wears Like Ink

YSL’s Fusion Ink foundation, or Le Encre de Peau as it is called in French, had a crazy (and I mean craycray) amount of anticipation before it was launch.

There was even a waiting list of 12,000 in Europe alone! It’s almost like the Cheon Song Yi lipstick (YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in #52) ‘epidemic’ all over again, but with a western twist this time.

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Come to think of it, YSL sure has a way with creating sensations and long waiting lists!

Now… I’ve got a bit of a backstory and personal experience with this foundation before it landed on my lap and then consequently this review entry but I don’t want it to be too long of an essay so let me try and sum it up a bit. If you’re interested to know, that is.

Else just skip on down some ways…

 

My Fusion Ink Backstory…

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Cutting it short, I first got wind about this foundation from beauty bloggers in the western side of the world and also a very very sneak preview encounter. So sneak that the sample wasn’t sent in properly labelled tubes and all that.

Needless to say my curiosity was piqued and I think most were when they had heard about it from the European and USA beauty influencers but as usual, YSL takes a little while to saunter over to Asia and by the time it did it’s a little sad to say that I had gotten distracted and my interest in this had fizzled out some.

Not because the product wasn’t exciting anymore, nor was it because by that time there were foundie releases that came close because shockingly enough there doesn’t seem to be any in the market as of yet. Though I’ve caught word that Marc Jacobs Beauty is releasing one that sounds incredibly similar in formulation and function.

But yes, by a stroke of luck, chance and also re-introduction to it via meeting up with the YSL brand person once more followed by the opportunity to experience this foundation for myself, on myself, in 2 separate make over sessions, I was sold and in love with it all over again.

Head over heels. So now I’m proclaiming my love for it (objectively of course) in hopes that you all, too, will see the beauty and charm that is YSL Fusion Ink.

 

The Feels & the Formula –

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Donning pretty big shoes with a claim that this foundation is suitable for most skintypes be it if you’re oily or dry, I do see the good effort from YSL’s part but is it a pair of shoes that fits everyone? Well, no.

Sadly to say.

Though most will find that they’re able to slip themselves comfortably into this and most being the spectrum of mildly oily, normal, combination and mildly dry.

Others that stand at the ends of the skincare spectrum with very oily skin or dry, parched and dull skin that comes with a sprinkle of dry flakey skin may not love this foundation so much. Especially so for the drier skintypes due to the foundation being of an almost-matte finish (soft matte, as YSL calls it).

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I think oily skintypes may still have a way to work around it but the deal breaker would really be if you have flakey skin because this foundation is of a lightweight, airy and runny consistency that doesn’t do anything for flakiness and dryness. It doesn’t help that it doesn’t contain much nourishing or skincare capabilities to soften the look of flakey skin through the day so that’s something you may want to consider right off the bat of this review.

If flakey skin is your concern, that is. I do have an issue with some flakiness around my nose from time to time but once the foundation sets and sits and once my skin oils up a tad through the day to meld it all together, it works but I know dry skin folks don’t have the luxury of sebum to set and sit stuff sometimes.

But anyway, yes I think I’ve summed up the foundation quite generally in terms of what you should take note of right off the bat so you can decide if you want to read on further to find out in detail about the abovementioned points but I will input a personal opinion here and say you should because, personally, this foundation is pretty darn amazing!

Sleek, chic, and incredibly beautiful bottle aside, of course.

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Now, back to my objective angle.

Unlike the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation which is a lot more about skin science and what goes into the foundation, I feel I don’t really have to talk about or showcase that too much where Fusion Ink is concerned.

Sure there’s still a bit of NASA-inspired technology in there (enhanced absorption of serbum or something, you can read about it here) but the key point of this foundation is really how it feels.

It feels amazing. Downright amazing.

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Simply said, this foundation is all about performance from it’s incredibly lightweight, airy and whipped formulation to the perfect glide that it lends that somehow still settles and sit to a tack-free finish on the skin after.

Following that, the perfect skin-like finish and coverage that is so easily build-able and beautifully so without caking at all. In fact you probably have to try to cake it up… if somehow someone wanted to do that – But why?!

The only not so high performance aspect to this foundation is the applicator, which I have a bit of an iffy issue with.

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Sure it works and it’s cute and all representing the shape the tip of a fountain pen, tying it all back to ink and such but something about the shape (the flatness?) and slight flimsiness that it has sort of kills the otherwise very perfect experience for me.

But that’s me nitpicking because it still works great for dabbing foundation on spots of your face before working it all out.

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If I were to put this in relatable comparison, I would say it’s closest to the Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation but even then I hate drawing up that reference because at the end of the day, Fusion Ink is not a serum foundation.

Sure if may feel the same in the whipped and airy, easily blendable and light consistency but otherwise it’s worlds apart from what I know of and have tried of serum foundations.

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So now that I feel I’ve explained enough about it’s performance and what to expect from this foundation, let me move on to show you what I’m talking about.

 

The Application –

Where application is concerned, Fusion Ink is an absolute breeze.

It’s so easy to dab on, it’s easy to blend out, it’s got such a non-tacky finish (but still a little moist definitely) that it’s an ease to set that in general, the whole foundation process is such a no-brainer.

You don’t have to work with it in an allocated time to get the beautiful skin-like finish that it imparts.

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Foundation was swatched on the right side of the hand.

Now, I know that the term skin-like finish is highly thrown around especially in instances when people don’t know how to place a not-too-matte, not-exactly-dewy, slightly-glowy sort of foundation finish.

Sure, that does fall under the perimeters of skin-like finish but if you ask me nothing comes as close to how skin looks as Fusion Ink does. It truly embodies that soft matte look of skin (which dewy-lovers may not love… I understand) but enhances it in a way that still makes it natural. And I’m not even talking about such soft and sheer coverage that it just gives you the look of healthy skin.

The only context I can place it in is, picture this –

There’s the natural and very real look of skin which is your face without makeup and then there’s the extreme filtered, edited and smoothed out look of skin which would be your higher coverage foundations (nothing wrong with that, I must say) but where YSL Fusion Ink sits is when you look at magazine editorials or photoshoots and someone just has such great looking skin but yet it’s so natural at the same time you attribute it to the fact that they must have pretty good skin or that’s some pretty damn good editing.

Up close (which you’ll see in my review), Fusion Ink still allows the natural texture of skin along with slight blemishes and all to peek through. Though once you take a step back at a natural and comfortable / usual distance all you see is a naturally perfected sort of skin.

I hope I made some sense in that explanation, otherwise…. here are pictures! :D

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Baby photobomb, hurhur

For the best experience of how smooth and light the foundation is, I would recommend for you to use your fingers. That also lends a little more coverage when it comes to blending the foundation out.

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Though I’ve come to enjoy using a dense buffing brush (as pictured below) to quickly buff out the foundation after I have dabbed it on certain points of my face – usually the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin area.

The brush does the job a lot quicker by blending and buffing and the same time but it does sheer the foundation down a little more. Which is fine by me for a day to day face.

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Alright, enough talk, and more face!

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I doubt I need to emphasize it again but look at that perfect skin sort of finish. Yes it still looks like skin, the formula is thin enough that it doesn’t mask the skin texture yet some little elfs within the foundation manage to do it such that up close you see skin, and further away you see a more perfected version of skin.

It’s quite intriguing, really.

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Shade-wise, I was matched to both B20 (which is an exact match to my skintone) and also BR20, which was what I opted for in the end.

The differences are simply in the nuances where BR20 has a little more pink and looks a little brighter on, but not giving me that overly fair face look as well thankfully. It could look a little pale in pictures but in person, it’s absolutely perfect.

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Here are more snaps of the foundation after I have blended it out on both sides of the face!

I really did go to town with close ups and snaps of this in hopes that I can truly capture the beautiful skin-like but still natural perfection sort of finish this carries.

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When it comes to setting this foundation, I’ll say that if you’re lucky enough to be able to stand some moist-feel on your skin, or if you have drier skin, or if you’re in a drier climate and not one that’s as hot and humid as Singapore then don’t bother setting it.

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Given how I’m someone who absolutely needs to powder-puff my foundation down to a smooth sweep, I have wrestled with my inner-need to powder down to smooth perfection and gone out of the house without setting this on some occasions but I still prefer setting it, of course.

The trick to this, if you must set, is to do a light sweep and slowly buff on a bit more if necessary because less is more here and given it’s not overly moist or tacky on its own, you really don’t need much powder.

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Fusion Ink’s Weartime –

Alrightey… now the wear time for this foundation is also where YSL is really banking quite a lot on because it’s touted to be a long-wearing foundation that should be able to last you 24 hours with no problemo at all.

I can’t vouch for 24 hours because I try not to keep my makeup on for that long but I have tested this many atimes on short trips out, hot trips out, air conditioned trips, full work days and full work days with some dinner plans after.

Basically I’ve tried it with everything on my wavering skintype – it’s a bit normal, a bit combination and some days dry now – and I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, it does last and wear quite well for how amazingly light, weightless and comfortable this foundation feels.

I’ll admit that the longevity isn’t as bullet-proof as the thicker, creamier and a tad mask-like long-wearing foundations out there in the market but for what you’re getting with something so airy and fluffy, it’s pretty darn good!

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Now there is a bit of a but which I feel I must explain because it’s a long-wear that also comes with a little fine print.

That fine print is, despite the whole NASA technology included to make you stay matte and shine-free for a longer period of time, Fusion Ink doesn’t have the best of shine-control properties.

I don’t say oil control because often times the lack of oil control is also associated with a foundation wearing out and breaking down sooner due to sebum but odd enough while Fusion Ink isn’t the best at hiding the shine, it does hold up against sebum pretty well.

That said, I can still go about 6 hours or so before the first signs of shine starts to show up.

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To showcase whatever I have explained above, I did a bit of an experiment. It’s a tad gross, but an experiment nonetheless where I went a full work day (12 hours) without blotting at all and shooting the end of day picture after and another day where I blotted twice through the day, once at about 8 hours and once just before I snapped the end of day photos.

Here’s the full day no blotting pic:

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Granted the makeup still looks relatively intact but I feel once some shine peeks through along with slightly faded liner and all from a full day, the look just seems a little worn and fatigued.

 

Here’s the full day with 2 blots:

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What I love about Fusion Ink is that right after blotting, somehow the foundation appears a lot more refreshed once more. You could touch up some areas if you wanted to (like I would do my undereye area a little to clean up liner smokiness) but yet you don’t need to because the foundation still looks presentable and good!

And this is just blotting (blot paper only, no blot powder) mind you, no touching up involved at all.

 

In Conclusion…

I know I’ve rambled on about it long enough that it should have covered most points but summing it up, if you need a conclusion of some sort to collect all my thoughts again, I’ll say that put very simply Fusion Ink is a foundation that I love a lot because it is versatile enough for a quick and daily wear yet also lasting enough for dressier days / nights.

It’s quite an all-rounder, really, if you consider it in the aspect of foundations these days. It’s lightweight, airy and incredibly comfortable to wear while being relatively long-wearing and well-wearing at the same time. I think it manages to tick quite a number of boxes!

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Granted there are always some ‘buts’ and no foundation is going to be perfect for everyone, I think this one should appeal to a large crowd of people out there. Not only appeal but be suitable to and wear well for.

The few points of consideration would be that those that oil up and have shine showing very quickly will still have to blot because Fusion Ink isn’t going to keep you looking matte the whole day but at least you know that it can withstand a little encounter with sebum to still soldier on with coverage and wear.

Dry skin folks, I’ll not be able to convince you as much because truth is truth, the finish is more matte and if that’s not your cup of tea, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about it but it’s a beautiful finish no less. Though if flakey skin is an issue you face then I’ll suggest you stay a little ways away from this foundation, or at least keep it away from the flakiness.

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Long story short, it’s a formula that is best experienced and felt for yourself so while I appreciate you all reading my rambles and this huge wall of text, I urge you to head down to YSL to feel and experience Fusion Ink for yourself.

I assure you, it’s a worthy experience!

 

Thanks for reading!

YSL’s Fusion Ink retails for S$89 and is a permanent item.

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LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – The Mix & Match, Of Champagnes & Smokes!

Last but certainly not the least is this mixed up and matched around Look Feature of YSL’s Couture Variation Eyeshadow Palette!

While I could have stopped after showcasing the trio groupings within, I thought I wanted to take a step back from being informative and inject something a little more personal into this Look Feature series, which is what look comes to mind the minute I land eyes on this palette.

Granted it’s not going to be as flashy, as exciting or as colorful as most other looks I had done with this, it’s something that I feel is very me. Just to give you a glimpse at how I would go about this palette on a safe route.

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It’s not much of a surprise that the look ended up looking rather neutral with a heavy focus on said darkened champagne shade that I have quite obviously expressed my love for within the Wines & Berries Look Feature.

While neutral, I think there’s enough glitz and shine in this look to be worn for the night yet also safe enough for easy wearing through the day.

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Again, I didn’t quite utilize that stunning sparkly grey to the best of its abilities but I assure you… One day, some day, I’ll be sure to portray it in all its sparkly goodness!

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For the rest of the face, I kept it rather signature and clean with a rosey flush and also strong and defined red lips.

It’s classic, it’s simple, it’s dressy yet also functional all at the same time. Just the way I usually like my makeup looks!

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It’s almost as if I’m trying to say that I can efficiently get my job done without any nonsense yet I know how to have some fun at the same time.

Somewhat…

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While the red on my lips is really just that, a very neutral and easy to wear fire-engine red, something about the sharpness and definition to it along with the slight wetness, glossiness and opaque pigmentation is quite alluring.

Reds are aplenty in my stash but right now I’m quite hooked on this one.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo (Champagne rose, dark silver, sparkly grey)
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #05

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture in #1 Le Rouge

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So while it’s a little sad to say this after the continual spam of it but… I believe this is the last of the dedicated YSL Tuxedo Look Features in awhile.

I’ll be sure to revisit this sometime down the road when I’ve got a little more experimental time on hands or when I’m feeling in the mood for some smokiness and sparkles because you know me, while I wrap up a Look Feature after dedicating some time to it, I do revisit products from time to time since I enjoy using and playing around with my makeup more than just featuring them for the sake of.

Thus this is definitely not the last of YSL’s Tuxedo mentions!

Though I still want to give this mini series a little wave. Until next time! Though in the meanwhile I still have some exciting YSL mentions coming your way soon as we slowly make our way into skincare territories!

Slowly but surely…

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Blue, Sparkly and Smokey!

Now here’s a look that turned out a little differently than I had expected – by that, I mean in a good way.

Blue is not a shade that I reach for very often these days, though at a point of time it was something I liked to use when I wanted a dressier and smokier look for nights out.

It could be that I’m having lesser smokier girly night outs these days or that I’m just toning down on the smokiness in my looks now but while I don’t do blues as often, it’s still something nice to revisit especially because it truly is a color that complements brown eye colors incredibly well.

My attempt this time around is what I would like to call a ‘chicken-ed out’ attempt because I wasn’t too keen on going full out smokey with blues for a day at work – that’s a little too much for me even – but while this toned down look doesn’t capture the prowess of the shades as well, I think it’s still a pretty look no less and one I wouldn’t mind doing up again if I felt up for some drama!

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To prevent the look from being too overwhelming, I dabbed a little of that bone-white shade on the inner corners because I noticed that lightening the inner corners helps with taming a look down even if it’s ever so slightly.

If I extend the smokiness the full way then it usually ends up looking quite ‘intense’ and ‘fierce’.

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I really love how that sparkly grey looks in the pan and it’s a bit of a pity I couldn’t capture it in it’s full sparkly glory by packing it on the lids, and blending so this look is a little more wearable and seamlessly took away from the sparkles, but I hope you can still see the little glitz and glam it holds in some shots!

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Not forgetting the bejeweled shimmers within the blue shade as well!

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For the lips, I instinctively thought to pair it with a cool-tone, pale and icy pink on the cheeks and lips because that’s my go-to when I use blue or cool tones on the lids.

Though I think I’ve shown enough reds and pinks for the YSL mentions thus far and decided to go against the norm a little and pair the smokey cool blue lids with some warm vibrant orange.

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Though making sure the look was still balanced, somehow, I kept the orange sheer and juicy looking instead of being too intense and matte. This way it could add a little translucence to an otherwise strong and smokey look as well.

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I’ll be speaking more about what’s on the lips in an entry to come but just to scrape the surface a little.

While the shade itself swatches as a straight out tangy orange, the wonders of YSL’s Tint in Oil is that your ‘base color’ or rather naturally lip color plays a part in the final outcome that you see and in this case while it’s got obvious peachy and warm orangey hues, the lips still have a nice rosey hue to prevent the eyes and lips from contrasting too much.

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I especially love the watery translucence that the Tint in Oil lends and somehow while in theory it sounds largely similar to YSL’s new Pop Water Glossy Stain, it’s far from that at the same time.

Somehow the Tint in Oils seem to lend a more plushed lip look and a naturally achieved soft gradient to the color that gives a look of ‘rose bud lips’ which is essentially the ombre lip look trend progressing into more natural grounds.

But eitherways, I’ll have more information about the lip products soon so keep a look out for that!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #7

LIPS
YSL Tint in Oil in Crush Me Orange

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So there you go!

The last of the trio groupings but this doesn’t mark the end of my YSL Tuxedo Couture Variation palette features just yet.

Just to add a little more versatility to the mix I had also done up a look that mixes and matches across the groupings and is also something that’s a little more ‘me’ so I can’t wait to share that!

Stay tuned for it and thanks for reading!

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Wines & Berries!

Look Dos, or should I say Look Deux from the YSL Tuxedo palette is a look at the cranberry and purplish hues within this 10 piece palette.

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At a glance, and based on previously swatching it, I should have predicted that these would go on intense and incredibly smokey but it was during the process of doing up the look that I realized – whoa, these shades really aren’t joking around!

I’m usually quite comfortable wearing purples, as compared to other colors like green or blue for example, and have no qualms about sweeping on some lilac, soft pastel lavenders or even the brighter magenta tones.

Though I’ll admit that somehow this look ended up being a little daunting even for me and I only realized how intense and smokey (smokier than my usual purples even, at least) it is when I was done with the look!

‘Cause you know, before that I was trying to get the color placement right and make sure the look ended up looking like what I had in mind.

Commitment yo.

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But anyway…

If you ask me, while these purples pair together perfectly well, in my usual makeup sequence I might not choose to pair them all together. Not all the time at least.

Shades 2 and 3 (as per labelled below), I feel, are both unique and gorgeous in their own ways and somehow best interpreted and worn separately if you don’t want a look that’s too ‘overboard’ in terms of pigmentation, color and smokiness.

Shade 2 is beautifully sparkly with a nice touch of smokiness and would make a perfect all over lid smokey shade that doesn’t follow the conventional blacks, silvers and greys.

Shade 3 on the other hand is such an interesting cranberry and slightly aubergine color (that’s a little bright for my daily standards) that I would personally pair it with a more neutral hue like taupe or a deep brown as opposed to a smokey outer-corner blend.

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Though I’ve rambled too much about alternative eye looks that I would do with this trio, let’s get back to what I had actually done and documented for this Look Feature!

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Because I wanted to blend and pair the colors seamlessly together while making it still fairly wearable for my workday, I ended up blending away some of the beautiful sparkles within though you can still catch them a little at some angles in the shots below.

Not as obvious as I would like, but still a little evident.

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The smokiness of that outer-corner shade really astounded me since it appears quite plummy in the pan.

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I didn’t really give much of a mention to the darkened champagne shade that was used in the inner corner of the lid because, alongside a cranberry and a sparkly smokey purple it doesn’t seem like much but it truly is a beautiful shade that’s easy to use and also a little unique from the pale and shimmery champagnes that we are used to.

I’ve given it a lot of use, even outside the grouping of this trio, and I’ll probably talk about it again in a mix and match Look Feature to come.

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For the rest of the face, given how smokey and ‘dressy’ the look is already, the rightful pairing is a cleaner and more neutral face with soft peach or nude hues on the cheeks and lips, right?

Well… yes but you know me, somehow I’ve been on this makeup phase of pairing smoked up and slightly dramatic eyes with stronger lip shades so that’s exactly what I had done here.

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It’s quite bizarre really, that I feel a pop of color on the lips is nice paired with smokey eyes for the day and for the night I prefer a nuder and lighter lip shade.

It’s as if I feel nude and fair lips is more of an acquired and dressy look compared to a vibrant pink pout.

Very interesting indeed.

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The lipstick that I have on is the YSL Pur Couture The Mats in Shade 208 which is a current love of mine.

YSL’s Pur Couture Mat formulations are extremely lovely to wear being comfortable and creamy on while imparting rich and intense pigmentation coupled with a finish that’s a little flatter in dimension but in a favorable and flattering way.

It’s not quite matte matte, I’ve seen shades with a more intense matte finish, and perhaps a bit more of a satin but that makes it easy to wear if you want something simpler in finish but not too retro or ‘flat’ either.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #2

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture The Mats in 208

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I’ll talk about the YSL lip ranges in more detail through the 30 Days of YSL mentions so stay tuned for that but meanwhile, that’s that for Look Deux from the YSL Tuxedo palette!

The purples are definitely the dressier shades of the lot, though they’re all considerably dressy in their own ways, but if you’re in it for the smokiness and vampy-ness then these crimsons and plums are right up your alley!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the Sparkly Blue look coming up on Monday!

Cause you know, Monday Blues and all… ha

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Silver Smokes!

Okie dokes, so here we go with the whirlwind of YSL’s Tuxedo Look Features!

Which okay, there really isn’t a whole lot because I’m only planning for 4 – one for each trio and also a mix and match option that’s a bit more ‘my style’ – but it’s going to be a bit of a consecutive run so…

Let’s go!

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The first look features the smokey silver trio which I would say is the most wearable and easiest to pull off, by my standards.

I feel silvers and smokey taupes are the perfect go-tos when you want something a little dressy but not overly dramatic or tricky to pair.

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Of course the tricky bit is the smokey portion, blending that out and making sure it’s not too smokey (unless that’s your thing) but I feel compared to color variants of smokey looks, Silvers are considered easy-peasy!

I did a bit of color placement and labeling just so you know what which color went!

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I can’t fully capture the soft sparkles the silver (inner corner) and sparkly grey (middle of the lids) lends but I did try to and I hope that it translate a little at least!

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For the rest of my face, here are the YSL pieces that I thrown on, from base to cheeks and lips.

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I’m having a bit of a love affair with YSL’s Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation so you’re going to see it pop up on here quite a bit, don’t mind that.

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Adding a little more color to the shimmery, silvery and smokey look, I opted to be a little playful and pop up some pinks / fuchsia. Though if you prefer a more classic look you can always pair this eye look with a creamy and rich red lip and that would work just fine.

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Heck, you can even go with a nude lip if that’s your thing and you would be able to rock it too.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen in Shade 2.5 (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #9

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Fuschia

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And that’s that, Look 1 done and 1 trio down!

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Next up, we’ll have a look at the wines within YSL’s Tuxedo Couture Variation palette and I’m going to say that these are intense with a capital I so stay tuned for that!

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

The Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen – YSL’s Icon of Icons

Now, I know a good number of you may be a little baffled about why I’m even doing a post on the Touche Éclat Highlighting Pen given this little number’s iconic status in YSL.

Sure YSL has a whole slew of icons from lip products to scents and more but Touche Éclat is probably what comes to mind for most the minute YSL Beauty is mentioned.

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So… that means that a lot of you guys are probably in tuned with or know of this product well enough that this post is somewhat redundant, right?

That’s what I would have thought too but while speaking to YSL’s marketing team, I was surprised to learn that based on a recent brand survey they conducted, a good amount of the participants were actually unaware about Touche Éclat!

It’s not even the kind of, yes I know this product but I had no idea it had this much of a cult following or is this iconic to the brand.

It was a complete – Touche Elcat? Never heard of it, what does it do?

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Granted, after learning about this I wouldn’t fault them either be it if they’re new to the YSL brand or new to makeup as a whole since there are so many brands available to us now and they are all launching products / collections so rapidly that it’s almost impossible to keep up!

If it is already so hard to keep up with new stuff, I would believe it is even harder to take time out to understand the old classics that hold some heritage to the brand, right?

Thus, the point of my post is… hello everyone, this is the Touche Eclat!

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Be it if you’re new to the brand and may have heard an inkling of it, if you’re completely unfamiliar to this product or if you’re already well versed enough, I hope this entry is an interesting read!

I’m not going to go into nitty gritty details and a whole truckload of info, no, I’m going straight to the point about the product and showcase how you can use it.

Afterall, with makeup the best way to talk about it, is to show it.

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So, the Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen, simply said is… a highlighting pen!

It’s most misunderstood as a concealer of sorts and while you could get away with it working as a concealer if you don’t have bad undereye issues. Yes, this product is most recommended for – but not restricted to – undereye highlighting.

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For me, I was never quite a fan of Highlighting Pens, Touche Eclat or any other brand that hopped on the undereye highlighting bandwagon along the way, so while these were nice to have in my stash, they weren’t quite of Holy Grail or must-do steps within my routine.

Though that said, I have given the Touche Eclat a fair share of my time and use previously, I owned it in Shade 2 which is a little lighter and more ‘highlighting’ than this 2.5, and did enjoy it for its skin-like brightening and highlighting effect.

The method of operating it is quite straightforward – you click it about a million times if it’s brand new until the product flows to the brush portion then, voila, you’re all set to use it!

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It’s got a texture that is lovely, creamy and blendable too without any slip and slide on the skin after setting so that made it enjoyable to use as well.

Some of such highlighting pens that I have used across other brands tend to put a little too much work into the brightening portion that it blends out to leave a white cast or an ashened look on the skin so thankfully, the YSL Touche Eclat doesn’t do that.

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Also, I don’t recall the shade range always being this wide (or maybe I just never noticed) but unlike other brand options of varying undertones in the same very fair shade, YSL created Touche Eclat with all skin tones in mind so there’s a good variety of tones available.

Locally, I’m not too sure but I remember seeing quite a number of them from fair to deeper shades. Internationally, it is available in 12 shades.

Again, I’m using and showcasing a 2.5 here which is the most natural and close to my skintone but I would opt for a 2 if I wanted more of a highlighting effect. 1 can be a little bit fair for me but if I wanted that particular look (coupled with some good blending and careful placement), I could probably work that too.

So as you can see, the shades are rather diversed and wearable across most skintones and shades.

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Now, with all that product talk of the Highlighting Pen where 1 is sold worldwide every 10 seconds – I kid you not, it’s the product description and I don’t doubt it – here’s a bit of a demo of how it works.

Though I’ll disclaim and say that my usual undereye covering / correcting routine doesn’t consist of a highlighting pen alone.

I usually like to use an undereye concealer first to properly cover up my dark circles followed by Touche Eclat around the premise (blending further out even) to highlight the area but to show you how this illuminates and mildly conceals undereye circles all by itself, here you go:

 

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Based on my own opinion, I think that the more true-to-my-skintone Shade 2.5 does a slightly better job at concealing and covering up my under eye circles (albeit not as good as a concealer of course) though the highlighting effect is a little less prominent than the Shade 2 that I had used prior.

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Nonetheless, the obvious difference is a more evened out and freshened under eye look with some slight concealing to the dark circles.

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The skin around the area i definitely highlighted and brightened compared to the slight red and dullness in the ‘Before’ picture.

 

Touche Eclat, All Over! –

This should come as a pretty ‘duh’ thing but did you know that apart from its widely popular use of brightening the undereye region, the Touche Eclat can also be used to brighten all over the face.

Of course not all over but rather the higher points of the face so it gives this ‘reverse contour’ effect.

Sometimes we want that look of dimension to the face but yet we don’t want to go in too much with a darker shade to sculpt because it’s either a little daunting for day to day use or because that tends to darken the complexion a little assuming you want an overall fresh and brightened look and this is where reverse contouring comes in handy!

It’s not as prominent as coupling shading with highlighting but it works well enough and looks fresh enough for a day look!

Here’s a bit of a guide on here I personally like to place a bit of highlight on my face but you can adjust it accordingly to your own features and preferences! These are also the spots that Zona (YSL Makeup Artist) focused on when she did the makeover for me.

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I will mention that the end result isn’t the most prominent captured on camera because the shade used (Shade 2.5) as I had said is quite close to my skintone, perhaps a tad illuminating, so if you want a stronger or more obvious highlight you can always opt for a lighter Touche Eclat tone!

That’s still suitable for your skintone, of course.

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Here’s a half face comparison, which as I said isn’t a world of a difference but you can see the subtly illuminated portions of the face and mildly more sculpted (and naturally so) contour?

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And then another with both sides of the face Touche Eclat-ed!

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Of course this isn’t a step I care to do every single day because I’m so used to using a deeper contour color to shade the hollows of my cheeks that part comes quite naturally to me.

Though I do fancy using this under my eye, along my nose bridge and also by the sides of my nose just to illuminate the center portion of my face a little more.

 

Rounding It Up…

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So, rounding it up, there isn’t much to review or not review about the Touche Eclat but rather me pointing out its purpose and to what extent it can help you with as well as what are some methods you can use it though whether you feel you need or want it is really up to you.

I feel it’s a nice to have, not a must have but at the same time if you’ve not given this cult beauty product a go then why not, right?

When it comes to nice to have products, I can’t say for sure how much you need it because I could do without but it could be such a perfect additional step in your routine it might just be a Holy Grail so I’ll leave that decision to you!

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If you’re not in a huge hurry to get it, it’s always worth waiting for the Collector’s Editions (they usually launch at least one a year) where the Touche Eclat would be dressed up in pretty designs depending on the theme of the collection!

One year they even launched a Rose tinted one (that purple-ish silver tube) due to the huge popularity of Rose Gold at that time.

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Thanks for reading!

The Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen is available for S$58 at YSL boutiques as well as TANG’s e-store.

This is permanent and available in 8 shades locally.

Sponsorship disclosure

Review: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation – Some Skincare In Your Base!

Helloooo!

So tell me, how long as it been since my last foundation review post? Too long, I’m sure!

Though in the, hmm, festivities or rather in the spirit of this YSL 30 Day spam, I thought it fitting to revive foundation reviews on here because there are a couple of bases from the brand that I am really enjoying, both in their own and very different ways.

 

In this entry at least I’m going to touch on one that I’ve had on hand for a little longer – much longer, actually – and that is the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

I think I’ve had this fella for about 6 months plus, maybe? I only know it’s been awhile and I’ve been meaning to review it but never quite got around to it so it’s about time I finally did, within my 30 Days of YSL mention at that!

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So, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is part skincare and part makeup, which is something that probably doesn’t surprise most these days since more and more brands are incorporating skincare benefits into their makeup ranges.

Though where this Serum Foundation stands is a little towards the front of the timeline when Serum foundations were first introduced into the market.

At that period, the smooth moussey and a little slippery dropper type take on serum foundations was all the rage so when YSL came out with a creamy and run-of-the-mill-feeling liquid foundation, and I mean that in a positive way, that applies so nicely and beautifully, it caused quite a bit of a stir.

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Not so much in Singapore, strangely, perhaps because on our hot little humid island not everyone is as receptive towards a serum-infused foundation but trust me if your concept of serum foundations is thick, heavy, greasy and oil-slick-esque then the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is far from it.

The only downside to this, which I’ll get to more thoroughly in a bit, is the wearing power. Or rather the lack of.

Though as I said, I’ll get to it.

First up, given this has skincare properties and a bit of science behind it, I feel it’s necessary for me to explain that a little just to give this sleek glass bottle some justice in that area.

The Skincare Science –

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So, a little makeup branch off YSL’s Youth Liberator skincare range, the Serum Foundation functions largely like what the Youth Liberator range sets out to do which is provide nourishment to the skin, hydration as well as anti-aging benefits.

The key ingredient behind that is a YSL patented one called Glycanactif, responsible for aiding with skin regeneration and all prolonged hydration so your skin remains soft, supple and moist through the day. That’s mostly for skincare but with a little inclusion of the Youth Liberator Serum within this foundation, I’m sure it’ll provide some skin comfort to normal / dry skintypes.

While it’s not a foundation I will actively wave the oily skintypes to, I’m not saying you must turn away either because ultimately it’s still something I can wear on oilier days, albeit not as perfectly as foundations made for oily skintypes, but you get my drift.

If you are curious, it’s not a no.

So in the makeup science front, YSL had also included something called the ‘Color Tune-Up Complex‘ which is meant to aesthetically correct skin dullness and also refresh and brighten the complexion for that look of a fresher skin appearance.

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So with that science done, let me talk a little bit more about me.

Or rather my thoughts about this foundation which is… frankly a little conflicted but a large part of it sways towards the scale of LOVE.

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Yet I can’t entirely say it’s affixed there because while I absolutely love how this foundation feels on, looks on the minute I apply it and how comforting it is to apply – with that powdery soft scent and then the smooth glide that makes it feel like I’m applying skincare and not makeup – there are tiny flaws to it that prevent me from calling it a Holy Grail or something I’d reach for in any circumstances.

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Yes, as you’ve guessed it, it’s the staying power. That darn staying power which may not be such a big issue if you have dry skin (it’s mainly oilier spots that wear down quicker) or if you live in a cooler and less humid climate because… you know, Singapore is a giant greenhouse.

Before we get to that, let me show you how it applies and goes on:

 

The Application –

The foundation has a pretty good amount of coverage, about a medium I would say and you can opt to build it up a bit more but as with most foundations I like to apply a thin amount all over and only choosing to build up on areas that need more attention (like cheeks for my blemish spots).

Even then, I don’t fancy building it up too much either.

Here’s a BEFORE so you know what I’m working with / on.

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My favorite mode of applying this is using my fingers actually because, as I had mentioned, it gives you such a comforting experience and it’s perfect for mornings when you just want to indulge yourself a little more in some soothe and pamper but yet you’ve really got to get that makeup done and head out the door.

For the purpose of using a camera I used a paddle brush, so my hands don’t get dirty, ha.

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I like how after application my skin just looks that much healthier, brighter, fresher and overall better. It lends a rather satin finish so it’s not especially dewy or supple looking on but it goes on looking just like skin, but fresher, and that’s good enough for me.

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It seems to also do a pretty good job at refining the texture of the skin so no skin-blurring or smoothing primer is really required beforehand. Though you could use an oil control one if you’re especially oily at spots.

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Of course after a coat, some little blemish spots still peek through but that’s fine by me because I don’t have to look super flawless every single day and speaking of, this is what I really like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation for – the everyday.

It’s so easy to apply with the added skincare benefits that it feels like a perfect foundation for the everyday so you don’t feel so bad about constantly plopping on a base for the entire day.

Here’s more pictures of the foundation on, after I have evened it out on both sides.

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If your skintype is on the drier side of the spectrum and you can afford it, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation actually looks better without setting.

It’s not quite dewy but it’s got a nice, soft and natural little shine to it that makes the skin appear healthy and supple along with a satin-like skin finish.

Though personally I can’t go without setting my base, even the most cream to powder sort I’ll still need a dusting of something over to seal it all in so here’s how it looks once set.

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Frankly, it loses a little of that satin and fresh skin finish but it still looks nice on nonetheless.

 

How the Foundation Wears –

So now, let’s get to the serious and mildly upsetting part of this foundation – how it wears.

Though I will say that while it’s not the most ideal sort of wear time, it’s one that I can still deal with and one that I still choose to use and go through with because while it doesn’t stay pristine till the end of the day, it goes on nice enough and wears decent enough through the day.

It really is considered decent but in this day and age where all the foundations that are launching all over can last 8 hours, 12 hours and even more, this just feels a bit paler in comparison.

Though I’ll attribute it to – you win some you lose some. Perhaps adding in more additives for longwearing ability could hinder the skincare portion so… it’s something I don’t mind sacrificing a bit of, on days I’m just heading to work and then home.

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Usually by a little after lunch, I’ll start seeing first signs of wear on areas I tend to perspire or produce a little more sebum at – typically my T-zone.

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the rest of the face still wears quite alright with a blanket of coverage.

Though nearing the end of the day, and the end of the day, most of the coverage would have worn off leaving my skin a little fatigued looking because that ‘fresh’ base is not that evident, especially so around my eye and nose area.

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It still lends some skin-tone evening, thankfully, and doesn’t completely disappear as if my skin went on a foundation buffet but it’s not a look I’ll wear out post-work. If I had to go somewhere, I would touch up my face to give it that more flawless and fresh complexion once more.

Here’s a better end of work day shot once I got home and had my camera on hand.

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I think how severe the wearing off of it is will also depend on your natural skin condition and how much coverage you need from your foundation.

My main concern with foundation is lending that brightened appearance and concealing my undereye circles cause that’s where fatigue shows up most prominently and while that’s an area to touch up, I think the rest of my face still ends up being quite tolerable. Blemishes showing through and all but no redness or uneven skintone peeking out.

 

In Conclusion –

So anyway, I think I’ve rambled for long enough about this foundation, concluding this I will just say that the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is one that conflicts me a little when I have to talk about it because while I do love every single aspect of it and would highly recommend many to try it because it feels nice, smells nice and looks really nice on once applied, there is that one downside to it I feel I need to explain and disclaim because it could impact a lot of people’s judgement about it.

So while it may not last the entire day nor will it leave you looking as flawless by the end of the day, it’s just one of those incredibly nice to have products (yes, nice to have despite the pricetag) for that luxurious bridge between a skincare product and a makeup one.

It’s almost like a guilty pleasure of sorts and the sleek darkened bottle and smooth glide of the product certainly has it’s own way of luring you towards it!

I will highly recommend you give it a look at least or have the YSL Makeup Artist demo it on you so you can have a look and feel of how it is on.

After all, the YSL motto is to have yo try and understand a beauty product for yourself, on yourself, before you decide!

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So all that said and done, thanks for reading!

The Youth Liberator Serum Foundation retails for S$89 and is permanent.

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Look Feature: Rosey Rock Resille… Resplendence?

Okay I know, that’s one cheesy as cheese title but it’s the best alliteration I can come up with right now with the mild word block / writing block that seems to be make it’s presence known once in awhile.

I believe it’s the stress of a lot of things happening and while this YSL thingamajig I’m taking on is huge, it’s also enjoyable and a bit of a fun thing to do inbetween all the hectic-ness so I’m not complaining about the huge scope of it. I only hope it ends up as enjoyable, interesting and fun for you guys!

 

So, getting started on this YSL journey (of sorts), I have a look for you all, featuring my take on the YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette that I had spoken in detail about here.

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As mentioned in the product rundown entry, my typical eyeshadow placement isn’t going to do the shadows here much justice because these shades are all about layering and blending to give the eye-look some complexity with the translucent base colors and beautiful shimmers within.

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For me, I usually go with the ‘gradiented’ look which still works, definitely, but more time and effort will be involved in making the colors show up better.

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It could also be because I’m ensuring they show up well enough to be captured on camera but for a day to day setting, while yes I will still agree they end up a little more faint after blending, it’s sufficient hues of colors and some sparkles for a day look.

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So that’s the rundown of what’s on the eyes.

While I’m at it, let me spotlight a little on what other bits and pieces of YSL I have on the rest of my face – namely the color products which cover the cheeks and lips, as well as the base.

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The Fusion Ink foundation is slowly becoming a huuuuge love of mine. I’ll share about this really soon too so hang tight!

On the cheeks and lips, I’ve decided to go with a contrasting yet still complimentary flush of pink on the cheeks and something a little bit more orange in tone on the lips.

Yet both share a similarity of being warm and red-hued once on the skin so it all works out!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Palette in Rock Resille
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 08

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Orange 13

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So here’s my take on the beautiful and rosey hued Rock Resille palette – a nice little twist on rock and a nice hue of color while keeping it all neutral and soft.

I would have liked to do a couple more looks, attempt a layered and blended one perhaps, but given how this may or may not be currently available, I think I shouldn’t be too much of a tease right now.

Perhaps down the road I might revisit this palette again if I muster up a way to layer the shadows well enough to do them justice. As you all know, things that show up on my blog will re-surface again because when I use and love makeup, I really use and love them and not feature it solely for the sake of.

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Alrightey, that said, thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow me on instagram too (if you haven’t already) to keep up with my 30 Days of YSL!

 The YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition

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YSL x Icyabstract’s 30 Days of YSL!

So here you have it, the cat is finally out of the bagggg!

The big project – okay, maybe not ‘big‘ – rather, the exciting project that I have been hinting and murmuring about in the last few entries is finally here!

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Yes, 30 Days of YSL , which also means 30 days of me! Across the span of this blog-space and also my Instagram!

While I had the option of spreading my focus and Instagram more through the days, I wanted to take this time to put up YSL mentions and showcase as much as I can, or rather I know, about the brand and the best way to showcase it all is through blogging!

Granted I will be the first to say that I’m not a walking YSL encyclopedia and I feel a lot of what I know of the brand is recently learnt through interactions with the brand peeps over the last few years.

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If it hadn’t been for this very intimate meetings and chats with the brand people from YSL, I probably wouldn’t have learnt about the stories, ideas and also purposes behind these products. I would likely be your usual consumer (nothing wrong with that of course) that primarily sees the brand as flashy, high-fashion, incredibly edgy and maybe a little intimidating in that very couture way.

I may not have noticed the intimate details of how YSL’s skincare contains very soothing and skin loving ingredients so people with sensitive skin can embrace the effective active ingredients within and nourish their skin at the same time.

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I also wouldn’t have known that YSL’s products constantly seek innovation and the brand is continually reinventing themselves. I know much is every brand out there but a lot of what YSL puts out is usually the first, or one of the first, of the market and sometimes a very gutsy venture too.

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Way back in the day, who would have thought to put high pigment, a rich glossy shine and a lasting staining effect together in a Glossy Stain, right?

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Pigments were reserved for the creamy mattes and glossiness reserved for sheer and translucent so their ever innovating mindset is so intriguing and I certainly can’t wait to share about it.

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Of course technicalities aside, because few like reading chunks of words, I’ll also be showcasing what you all want to see and know which is colors, looks, reviews and of course all things visual!

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I’ll also be putting content up regularly on my Instagram (where I am a little more regular actually but I’m trying to put in a tad more effort!) so you can check over there as well! Follow me on there if you haven’t already ;)

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Okay, I’m going to cut this loooong introductory post short because there’s really no purpose in having it too lengthy.

My point was to have an official kickstart mention to this 30 Days of YSL thingy that I’m doing and properly introduce it incase you start wondering what’s up with me spamming YSL non-stop all of a sudden.

I will admit that 30 Days seems like quite a feat, and it is so I really hope to get it down flat without any hiccups. I’ve even planned my content way ahead but you know me and my erratic schedules. Fingers crossed though!

Meanwhile here are some quick snaps from a makeover I had done by the lovely and incredibly talented YSL Makeup Artist Zona (at the ION boutique).

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It was also then that I got to ask a whole truckload of questions and learn about products I was uncertain about, a nice introductory to this campaign and I’ve definitely picked up some tips, tricks and information that I’m excited to share!

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So that’s about it for today, I’m wrapping this up here and saying stay tuned for exciting and non-stop entries to come! :)