The Spring launch from YSL is taking its cue from the street, although there’s nothing remotely gritty about this collection, that’s for sure. Bright pops of colour are made wearable by new layerable textures and formulations: now that’s what I call being street & beauty savvy.
The Street And I Healthy Glow Powder Blush, limited edition (CAN $59.00) | After spending a considerable amount of time just staring at this palette, I finally mustered the courage to dive in. Housed in a compact with raised lettering on the lid and a full-sized mirror on the inside, it’s the powder that really takes centre stage. Bearing a brickwork pattern on its surface along with the iconic Cassandre logo, this is a peach/coral blush hue with excellent pigmentation and an ultrafine texture which helps it blend so beautifully along the skin. Warm leaning in nature, it can also be made to work on those with cooler complexions by going in with a light hand, then building up if necessary.
Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick (CAN $40.00) | Total cuteness factor aside, these are an entirely new concept for the brand and meant to work several ways. Each stick comes equipped with two complimentary colours in a twist-up tube form, and can be worn on either cheeks or lips (or both at the same time, if you will). Each coloured portion is decently enough sized so that you can apply either shade individually or worn combined. You can even create slight ombré effect as well by positioning the darker of the two hues below the cheekbone, then lightly blending the two shades together along the ‘seam’ to blur any harsh lines away. A similar look can be recreated along the lips in the same fashion, although it may not be as defined. The texture is creamy in feel/application, but comes to a velvety finish which helps it to stay put without migrating.
- From Mild to Spicy – rosewood/red rose
- From Marrakesh to Paris – coral/bright pink
Rouge Volupté Shine 57 Rouge Spencer Oil-In-Stick (CAN $40.00) | Loaded with 6 moisturizing oils, this is a rose-red lipstick hue in an exceptionally emollient formula but which still manages to impart sheer & slightly buildable colour. Of course, that’s if you can get past the stunning detail on the casing first, which is definitely display-worthy. Thankfully, the product not only matches the outside, but exceeds it as well.
La Laque Couture 84 Catch Me Fuchsia (CAN $31.00) | A hot fuchsia/magenta hue with blue undertones, in an absolutely stellar formula. Self-levelling and with an excellent opacity, the smooth flow & density enables it to lay down easily along the nail without pooling at the cuticles or along sidewalls. The strong colour saturation means it can almost pass for a one-coat-wonder, although I still prefer two layers. Coming to a high-gloss finish, it’s also relatively non-staining, provided you apply base coat first. You can also give this typically feminine shade some extra street cred by throwing on a matte top coat – LOVE ♥
Coats: 2, no top coat
On a sidenote, I can’t seem to find this particular shade online anywhere expect Barney’s, so I’m thinking it either hasn’t hit counters yet or may be limited to select locations. Thought it was worth mentioning.
I’ve been ready for Spring/warmer weather since before Winter set in and receiving the pieces of this collection has brought that feeling home even more. Pink is not a shade I tend to reach for, but I can’t help liking Catch Me Fuchsia on my nails — mattified, in particular. The blushes – both The Street And I and the Baby Doll duos — are so totally in my comfort zone and I’ve been having fun experimenting with the various ways to wear them. Not sure how I haven’t gotten into the Oil-In-Stick shades until now, but Rouge Spencer has been getting a steady workout; it gives such an amazing lip feel. So who’s feeling this collection? Better still, who’s ready for Spring?
Media samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own