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

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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.

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

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

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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).

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YSL Les Saharriennes Epice swatches

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

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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.

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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, The Bay and (direct links provided for convenience), and Holt Renfrew. Find more information via

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

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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.


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


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


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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


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YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche


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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).


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


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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)

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Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour


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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.


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

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YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour


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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.

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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


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Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration