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YSL Beauté | Touche Éclat Blur Primer, Touche Éclat Le Teint & Y-Brush Foundation Brush

YSL Touche Eclat foundation, brush & Blur Primer opener

 

We live in amazing times makeup-wise, and the advancements in foundation formulas means that there’s really no excuse anymore for cakey-looking skin. Of course, knowing your skin type and what works best for you is key and that’s why these newest items from YSL Beauty that I have been experimenting with lately have all quickly become fave pieces. What I absolutely love about all three of the items featured today, is how beautifully they work together to create that perfect canvas – and as artists of all genres the world over know, it’s all in the prep work.

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, brush & Blur Primer closer

YSL | Touche Éclat Blur Primer, Touche Éclat Le Teint & Y-Brush Foundation Brush

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Touche Éclat Blur Primer (CAN $55.00) | By now, most of us already use some type of face primer: whether it’s to minimize the look of pores, smooth over imperfections in the skin, fill in fine lines, or correct skin tone – there’s a product out there for each of us. Based on the same light-reflecting technology as that of YSL’s cult-fave Touche Éclat pen (I believe there’s one sold every 7 seconds world-wide), the Touche Éclat Blur Primer is made with four nourishing oils for their skincare benefits and subtle golden flakes to provide a soft radiance to the skin. There are silicones in the formula and the product is also scented, and while neither is an issue for me, it’s still worth noting for those with sensitivities.

You can wear this product alone (over moisturizer) to even out the skin tone (although it won’t cover up blemishes or anything like that) and I do notice a slight soft-focus effect, but I prefer wearing it under the Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation, as it seems to work as an excellent anchoring base, helping to keep any product from settling into pores and/or fine lines, while the gold flakes add a hint of hint  of light – but nothing obvious per se, more along the lines of the “I can’t put my finger on it, but my skin really looks good” variety.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer 2

YSL | Touche Éclat Blur Primer

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer macro

YSL | Touche Éclat Blur Primer (detail)

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer nozzle

YSL | Touche Éclat Blur Primer (dispenser)

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer swatches

YSL | Touche Éclat Blur Primer swatches

YSL Touche eclat Blur Primer ingredients

YSL | Touche Éclat Blur Primer (ingredients list)

YSL Pinceau Y-Brush

Y-Brush Foundation Brush (CAN $54.00) | YSL is not necessarily a brand that pushes their makeup brushes all that much, but every single one I own is simply amazing to use and so well crafted as well. Far from being gimmicky (which was my initial thought upon looking at this brush), it turns out that the science behind the creation of this Y-Brush is not only valid, but bordering on genius. A flat-topped brush with densely packed synthetic bristles, the “Y” cut into the head acts as a reservoir to hold the product which you can then apply along your skin. By filling in the “Y”, the general thinking is that it should be enough to cover your entire face – and it is, although you can always go back in with more product where needed. The way the bristles are cut makes this one of the best brushes in the genre for applying liquid foundation, as it not only applies the product without leaving streaks behind, but buffs everything in so thoroughly as to give skin an air-brushed looking finish.

YSL Pinceau Y-Brush macro

YSL | Y-Brush Foundation Brush

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint

Touche Éclat Le Teint in B50 Honey (CAN $64.00) | Newly reformulated, this version has Ruscus Extract to help ‘stimulate micro-circulation and target dullness, while Vitamin E protects against free radicals‘. The formula feels incredibly silky and lightweight, promising to provide a solid 8 hours of ‘radiant finish‘.

Available in 19 hues to cover those with very fair all the way up to the darkest complexions, there’s definitely a shade here for everyone. The formula needs to be thoroughly shaken before being dispensed and comes out slightly watery; not exactly runny, but not as thick as a lotion either. Bearing the same YSL fragrance as several other products, it is quite evident upon application, but within minutes I don’t notice anything anymore. This is an incredibly light-weight feeling foundation which spreads easily along the skin, and can be applied with either fingers, a beauty sponge, or better still, the Y-Brush that not only efficiently reaches every nook & cranny, but buffs everything into the skin for a seamless finish. Staying power is quite good (easily 8+ hours, in particular when worn over primer), without any signs of oxidation, seeming to get even better as it fuses with the warmth of the skin. While not a high coverage foundation, you can build it up slightly if desired.

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint 2

YSL | Touche Éclat Le Teint in B50 Honey

YSL Pinceau Y-Brush 2

YSL | Touche Éclat Le Teint in B50 Honey in Y-Brush Foundation Brush

YSL Pinceau Y-Brush swatches

YSL | Touche Éclat Le Teint in B50 Honey swatches

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint ingredients

YSL | Touche Éclat Le Teint in B50 Honey (ingredients list)

 

YSL is not one of those brands that pumps new products out at the speed of light; every single item goes through a long-drawn out process of testing before it ever hits the market, as the brand wants to ensure it is completely perfected in every way. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that all three items shown today get such a huge thumbs up from me: they all work, and beautifully at that. The original Touche Éclat foundation was a long-time favourite and one I usually turned to for special events (where I wanted my skin to look as flawless as possible, without feeling like I was wearing a mask) and so I’m exceptionally pleased to see that this new version not only builds on that, but has made it even better. Coupled with the primer and brush, they can definitely be considered the YSL trifecta and so well worth investing in.

YSL beauty products are available at The Bay, Sephora and all YSL counters nationwide. Find more information on the brand via www.yslbeautyus.com

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, brush & Blur Primer

 

 

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YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump Up

YSL Pop Water opener

Once January hits, all bets are off and I jump headfirst into Spring mode (can you tell that I am so NOT a cold-weather girl?) and something about these YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water shades puts me in mind of flowers and warmer temps. The third iteration in the brand’s Glossy Stain family, these are sheerer versions of the YSL cult-fave glosses, but no less impactful as a result. Joining the gang is the Glossy Stain Plump-Up, a product that is meant to not only give some volume, but looks just as beautiful on the lips. I call that a win-win.

The details: a lightweight formula in a translucent and almost jelly-like finish with a high-shine factor (according to the brand, it’s formulated with ‘water brilliance‘) meant to provide up to 10 hours of hydration. The fruity fragrance to these shades seems quite evident upon initial application, although that appears to dissipate quickly and becomes a non-issue. These are non-sticky glosses and even through drinking and eating, the shine still manages to live on – albeit in a less intense format than initial application – with a soft-tacky feel (of the good variety) that needs just a quick press of the lips to keep the look & colour going. Even after the product has worn off, you’re still left with a light stain along the lips, with the deeper hues offering obviously more colour. Each Glossy Stain Pop Water is also layerable; I just recommend waiting about 20 seconds or so between layers for a smoother and slightly more opaque finish, and they can even be applied over a matching lipstick or lip pencil shade for a longer-lasting effect and deeper colour impact.

The applicator: the slanted bevelled spade-shape with its tiny plush bristles makes mirror-free application a breeze, gliding comfortably along the contours of the lips, while the width of the applicator means it will pick up and deposit enough product for single swipe coverage, although you can also layer it with ease.

There are 2 more shades available (in Canada), not shown: Glossy Stain 207 Juicy Peach and Glossy Stain 208 Wet Nude.

YSL Pop Water 1

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water 2

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water 3

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water applicators macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water swatches

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water swatches 2

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water applicators

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up (applicator)

YSL Pop Water 4

 

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Rose Nu Plump Up Glossy Stain

Glossy Stain 200 Rose Nu Plump-Up (CAN $38.00) | Created to give an ‘instant push-up effect‘, this is a non-sticky clear gloss lip product with the barest whisper of a rose/nude tint. There is an immediate lip-tingling feel upon application which lasts about 30 seconds or so, but dissipates quickly after that (or I just don’t feel it any more). This is the first ‘lasting fuller lips effect‘ Glossy Stain from YSL and is said to provide up to 6 hours of lasting shine, although that drops significantly after eating and/or drinking. Wonderfully hydrating, my lips continue to feel moisturized long after all traces are gone, and I find that it makes a great prep for any other lip product I want to layer on top. Fragranced with the usual fruity-ish YSL Glossy Stain scent (which becomes undetectable soon after application) – it’s worth mentioning for those with sensitivities. Bonus: looks equally gorgeous worn solo, as it provides just enough colour to lips to give the illusion of mega lushness (not to mention acting as a perfect foil to a smokey eye).

YSL Rose Nu Plump Up Glossy Stain Macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 200 Rose Nu Plump-Up

YSL Rose Nu Plump-Up swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 200 Rose Nu Plump-Up swatch

YSL Dewy Red Pop Water

Glossy Stain 201 Dewy Red (CAN $38.00) | Watermelon-pink red hue, cool leaning but can still be worn by all complexions across the board.

YSL Dewy Red Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 201 Dewy Red

YSL Dewy Red swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 201 Dewy Red swatch

YSL Rouge Splash Pop Water

Glossy Stain 202 Rouge Splash (CAN $38.00) | Tomato red hue with orange undercurrents, warm leaning.

YSL Rouge Splash Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 202 Rouge Splash

YSL Rouge Splash swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 202 Rouge Splash swatch

YSL Eau de Corail Pop Water

Glossy Stain 203 Eau de Corail (CAN $38.00) | Coral-tinged pink hue, perfectly balanced to be worn with equal ease by both cool and warm skin tones.

YSL Eau de Corail Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 203 Eau de Corail

YSL Eau De Corail swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 203 Eau de Corail swatch

YSL Onde Rose Pop Water

Glossy Stain 204 Onde Rose (CAN $38.00) | Deep rose hue with a slight blue-red undertone, cooler leaning and perfectly suited for fair complexions (might clash against yellower or darker skin tones).

YSL Onde Rose Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 204 Onde Rose

YSL Onde Rose swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 204 Onde Rose swatch

YSL Pink Rain Pop Water

Glossy Stain 205 Pink Rain (CAN $38.00) | Buttery soft pink hue, cool leaning but works surprisingly well against warmer skin tones as well (this one is pure LOVE).

YSL Pink Rain Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 205 Pink Rain

YSL Pink Rain swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 205 Pink Rain swatch

YSL Misty Pink Pop Water

Glossy Stain 206 Misty Pink (CAN $38.00) | Magenta pink hue, cooler leaning in tone but will definitely work on most complexions in the spectrum.

YSL Misty Pink Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 206 Misty Pink

YSL Misty Pink swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 206 Misty Pink swatch

 

Tending to favour glosses over lipstick for obvious reasons (less precision work involved. I can be lazy that way), it should be stated that not all glosses are made equal and if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a lip product that makes you want to wipe it right off seconds after application. Not so with these Glossy Stain Pop Water (how much fun is is to say “Pop Water”?!), as they apply in a goof-proof way (the applicator literally does all the work for you), shine like mad, hydrate AND are so lightweight, you basically forget you have anything on (your lips, that is). With regards to the Glossy Stain Plump-Up, I confess to never having been a fan of anything that makes my lips feel like I’ve dipped them in Cayenne pepper (even though I adore spicy foods), but something about this one I can definitely live with and what’s more, I actually see an effect, slight though it may be. Thankfully, these are all part of the permanent lineup – go and get your Spring on, I say!

YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water and Glossy Stain Plump Up are available through The Bay & thebay.com, Sephora & sephora.com, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom stores across Canada. Find more information via www.yslbeautyus.com

YSL Pop Water closer

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YSL Beauté | Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder in N°3 Épice & N°6 Sienne

YSL Les Sahariennes opener

Recently launched from YSL Beauté, is Les Sahariennes Sun-Kissed Blur Perfector Healthy Glow Balm-Powder (CAN $60.00, available in 6 shades in Canada – 7 shades elsewhere), a product that is the first of its kind and one that merges the faux glow of a bronzer with the pore/fine-line minimizing power of a primer – all in a hybrid balm-to-powder formulation.

This new and unique formula is meant to:

  • disguise imperfections
  • smooth the complexion
  • enhance skin’s ‘vibrant solar radiance’ (I’m guessing that means sun-kissed glow)
  • buildable to create a natural, healthy glow all year-round

The unique texture – not quite a balm, nor a powder – but one that starts off silky and slightly slippery, quickly morphs into a soft second-skin powdery finish without any visible shimmer, but neither is it completely flat – leaving a very natural appearance upon the skin. According to the brand:

Les Sahariennes is the first patented sun-kissed powder-in-balm by YSL Beauté. Concentrated, yet surprisingly lightweight, it transforms from balm to optical powder upon application. The formula contains a combination of volatile oils; once applied, they evaporate leaving the skin’s surface a matte bronze finish which perfects the complexion and minimizes pores

The compacts bear the brand’s signature Casandre logo in gold set against a cushioned deep amber lid (which can appear tortoise-shell patterned at certain angles), protected by a dual-pocket velour pouch (*NOTE: do not place the compact face down on non-fabric surfaces, as it will stick with almost suction-like strength. I learned that the hard way). The included applicator is dual ended, with a soft brush on one side and a flat velvet sponge on the other which works well for on-the-go touchups, but I prefer the control I get with my own regular sized brushes and/or beauty sponges. The product is pleasantly scented – a cross between green & floral – and while it’s not strong for me, those with sensitivities may want to take note.

The two shades I was sent for review, work perfectly with my skin tone, and while N°6 Sienne was initially much too dark for me to use at first, it has become indispensable now that I’ve returned from holiday with a tan. Both shades seem to have rosy undertones which I feel more accurately mimic the effects of the sun (as opposed to a yellowish base, that can make skin look sallow and/or muddy). This formula seems to take a little while to set 100%, which actually works in its favour as you have ample time to properly buff it into the skin – or even blend two shades, if desired – for a true-to-life sun kissed look.

On my recent holiday, I was determined to minimize my sun exposure, as my bone-headed sun practices in the past have resulted in hyper pigmentation issues, especially on my face (forehead, cheeks and chin). Therefore, my beauty bag had more bronzers and such than actual makeup – with Les Sahariennes sharing top spot. As my vacation progressed and I started getting some colour, I enhanced my complexion with these two little miracle workers; my preferred method is to apply N°3 Épice on broad areas of the face where evening out of my skin tone is needed (using a dense brush such as the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush), then going in with N°6 Sienne along the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, forehead, and lightly along the chin – mimicking the fresh glow of a day spent at the beach. This two-pronged effect is incredible; not only does it make my skin look perfectly and evenly tanned (PS: never forget to apply to the tops of ears and down the neck), but the blurring properties minimize pores so that my skin also looks flawless. This is hands-down, one of the most incredible two-in-one products I’ve come across in years.

Another bonus is that the darker shades can also be used in a contouring capacity, and as this formula is incredibly lightweight as well as effortlessly blendable without any strong shimmer to mess things up, the effect is quite natural looking – just don’t forget to buff, buff, buff for a seamless look.

YSL Les Sahariennes packaging

YSL Les Sahariennes with brush & pouch

YSL Beauté | Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder with applicator & sleeve

YSL Les Sahariennes compacts

YSL Les Sahariennes

YSL Beauté | Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder in N°3 Épice & N°6 Sienne

YSL Les Saharienne Epice

N°3 Épice is the lighter of the two and even though it appears somewhat beige-y in the pan, it holds just enough pink in the base to warm it up beautifully. A few weeks ago (and pre-holiday) my skin was several degrees lighter, so this shade worked beautifully as a very natural-looking bronzer, but now that I’m sporting more of a tan, I have been using N°3 Épice as an allover base to unify my skin tone (works like magic against my light hyper pigmentation issues).

YSL Les Sahariennes Epice macro

 

YSL Les Sahariennes Epice 2

YSL Les Saharriennes Epice swatches

YSL Beauté | Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder in N°3 Épice swatches

YSL Les Sahariennes Sienne

N°6 Sienne is the darker of the two hues, bearing a caramel-like colour and light ruddy tints for extra warmth and impact. Before my holiday-tanned skin, I would use this with a stippling brush, picking up a light amount and gently buffing it into the skin – mainly in areas where the sun would naturally hit (upper cheekbones, forehead, bridge of the nose); in that capacity, it looks like the most spectacular tan (without any of the effort involved acquiring it – bonus!). Even with my presently tanned skin, I still prefer to use this the same way, but I’m able to load up my brush a bit more (and usually applied over a light layer of N°3 Épice) – makes my skin look like I’ve just spent the day beachside.

YSL Les Sahariennes Sienne macro

YSL Les Sahariennes Sienne 2

YSL Les Saharaiennes Sienne swatches

YSL Beauté | Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder in N°6 Sienne

YSL Les Sahariennes swatches

YSL Beauté | Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder in N°3 Épice & N°6 Sienne swatches

Ingredients: Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Fragrance, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Paraffin, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Linalool

 

Once the warmer weather hits, it’s usually all about bronzers and/or bronzed skin and brands have really stepped up their game in this area, introducing more natural looking formulas and lightweight textures. The YSL Beauté Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder takes that concept a step further with the addition of a blurring agent, helping to provide a gorgeously flawless (but never fake-looking) glow to the skin. I like how the included applicator is in a separate pocket of the velour sleeve – this way, it doesn’t take away from the size/amount of the actual product, and while said applicator is ok in a pinch, I still prefer the precision and control I achieve by using my own brushes. With 6 shades to choose from, I would say that there is a colour to suit all complexions except perhaps the darkest, although you’d have to test that out at counter to be sure, as even deep skin tones can always use some evening out.

Available now through all YSL Beauté counters across Canada, Sephora and sephora.com, The Bay and thebay.com (direct links provided for convenience), and Holt Renfrew. Find more information via yslbeautyus.com

YSL Les Sahariennes closer

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YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire opener

 

Shimmering like sequins upon the nails, La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche and 59 Nuit Noire (CAN $27.00/Limited Edition), part of the Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Désir de Jour Collection for Spring 2015 (Lumière de Jour Palette previously reviewed), draw their inspiration from the duality found within each woman, although the complex nature of each shade seems to blur that line even more. Feminine charm, rebel spirit or a little bit of both?

Note that each bottle has a removable outer cap with the inner cap ridged for ease of use. The brush is well proportioned to pick up the right amount of product, while the bristles have an excellent flexibility and splay, making the whole application process relatively goof-proof. Newly reformulated, all La Laque Couture polishes now include Rose Oil to help strengthen the nails.

 

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire 2

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche swatch

La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche | A clear base filled with ultra-fine prismatic glitter as well as irregularly shaped mylar flakes. The formula falls on the thick side although still makes for an easy application, enabling the polish to stay exactly where placed without any pooling or migrating into surrounding skin.

Worn alone, there’s decent coverage with 2 coats (especially on shorter nails – there will still be visible nail line apparent on longer nails) giving off an icy, snowflake-like effect with an absolutely gorgeous iridescence. Layering Nuit Blanche – in particular  over a dark shade – will bring out its twilight nature, displaying more of a blue/purple flash (as seen in the last swatches). Relatively smooth to the touch with a layer of top coat, be prepared for a bit of glitter dispersal upon removal (easily cleaned up with a second pass of your remover). Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

YSL Nuit Blanche swatch macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche

 

YSL Nuit Noire swatch

La Laque Couture 59 Nuit Noire | A semi-sheer charcoal base that is filled with fine black and silver glitter pieces in a formula that is somewhat thinner than that of Nuit Blanche. There is a good amount of glitter per brushstroke – no ‘fishing’ required, and while dark, you’ll still see a light translucency upon the nails even with two coats, which I actually prefer as it keeps the look fresh & modern this way. Another unique feature of Nuit Noire, is the light moiré pattern that almost appears to be under the glitter but still at the surface level of the polish – elusive, mysterious and hard to capture in pictures, but you can just barely see it here. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

With 1 coat of Nuit Blanche layered over 2 coats of Nuit Noire (as on the last three swatches shown below), you achieve what I call ‘accidental galaxy nails’. This combination looks even more spectacular in person, as you can clearly appreciate every single nuance and prismatic flash. The depth of tone achieved from layering these two, is nothing short of hypnotic to behold – I need to stop here, because I’ve run out of superlatives. No more words for the love (also, this combo is smooth to the touch with a layer of top coat).

 

YSL Nuit Noire swatch macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche over Nuit Noire swatch

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche over 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche over Nuit Noire swatch macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche over 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche over Nuit Noire swatch 2

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche over 59 Nuit Noire

 

Black & White – a theme that transcends time and fashion, and yet YSL Beauté manages to reinvent these two standard shades with the addition of glitter and flakes. Nuit Blanche is one of those lacquers that will leave you mesmerized simply holding the bottle in your hand (the snow globe effect), and I guarantee that you’ll want to layer it over EVERYTHING just to see the colour shift it gives. Nuit Noire has a quieter presence, until the light catches on the glitter pieces and just like that, it morphs into something elegant and feral at the same time. Verdict? Both are just spectacular and so well worth picking up.

Available at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters across Canada (Holt Renfrew, The Bay)

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire closer

 

Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette opener

For Spring 2015, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté introduces the Désir de Jour Collection, inspired by the Luis Buñel cult-classic film ‘Belle de Jour’ featuring the iconic beauty of Catherine Deneuve, a woman with an outwardly cooly demure appearance, but filled with passionate undercurrents – a sentiment that is perfectly captured by the colours of this collection. One of the star pieces, the Collector Palette Lumière de Jour (CAN $55.00 exclusive to The Bay), is a softly hued pressed face powder that not only assists in setting your makeup, but will help provide you with a touch of that certain je ne sais quoi, bien sûr.

 

YSL Spring 2015 Cara

YSL Beauté | Désir de Jour Spring 2015 campaign featuring Cara Delevingne

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette closed

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette closed detail

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette closer

Collector Palette Lumière de Jour | The exterior of the iconic gold YSL compact has been jazzed up here with a coat of white prismatic sequins, along with a black band bearing the brand’s ‘Casandre’ logo down the middle. The powder (which is also embossed with the same logo) is a soft pink hue that leans neither too cool nor warm, thus making it a universally flattering shade, and displays an exceptionally fine shimmer that is not only an overspray, but carried through all layers.

Similar in concept to the way the Guerlain Météorites products perform, the Lumière de Jour Palette is a finely milled face powder that is designed to add a final touch to your makeup, setting everything in place. The glow it imparts to the skin is very hard to pin down and accurately capture in photographs; with my swatches below, I had to apply it with a very heavy hand in order to get it to appear – the general idea, however, is that you’re NOT supposed to see the powder at the surface level of your skin, in any case. The pink hue of the powder works well to add an overall brightness to the face, but again, the key word here is ‘subtle’ – in other words and unless your complexion is on the darker side of the spectrum, it applies as more of a sheer-invisible veil, than a wash of colour. The ultra fine texture of this powder is non-chalky and I experience no dust storm effect when swirling my brush through it, all of which help it buff easily into the skin for a seamless and flawless look. With regards to staying power, that’s difficult to say, due to the overall colourless nature of the powder, but I found that it seemed to warm up with the wearing and meld with my skin’s natural oils, but somehow still prevented my face from appearing too shiny by day’s end (even though it’s not touted as a mattifying powder) making touchups unnecessary.

YS Lumière de Jour Palette macro

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette macro 2

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette swatch

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

This is a lovely powder and one that is quite easy to use; its ultra-fine texture and universally flattering shade make it ideal for a variety of skin tones, and does an amazing job of giving your skin that ‘lit-from-within’ radiance, and will have people asking you if you’ve had ‘something done’. From my understanding, the Lumière de Jour Palette is exclusive to The Bay here in Canada – I’m not certain if any retailers elsewhere will be carrying it, but if you happen to find out, let me know.

Available now for a limited time at all Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada and thebay.com

 

YS Lumière de Jour Palette

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration