Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Reviews, Swatches and Product Launches

Yves Saint Laurent really seems to have gotten everything right this Spring. Besides the Volupte Tint-in-Oil which has already gotten quite some buzz, we now have Couture Variation 10-Color Expert Eye Palette. Inspired by fabrics from YSL’s creative studio in Paris, the limited edition palette comes with two sets of shadows that cover all finishes from matte to metallic, satin to iridescent and in light to dark tones, so you can create infinite looks. The long, sleek couture case also features a dual-ended expert applicator for optimal flexibility and color payoff. And while the palettes don’t come cheap at a hefty $95 price tag, they are a great deal versus the regular Couture palette which retails $60 a pop. Better snatch one up before they are gone (Nordstrom is already out of these!)

YSL Couture Variation Palette for Spring 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush FoundationWith a built-in brush attached to a liquid foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation ($52) is the first-ever brush foundation to deliver a flawless finish in a simple and unique way.

The brush design is not only genius and easy-to-use, but it also saves you from getting your fingers dirty and helps to achieve that airbrushed look in no time and with no streaks!

The foundation itself is very creamy and dries super fast to a semi-matte finish without ever looking cakey. I use #Sand for my NC30 skin and the coverage is medium with decent staying power. The result is super natural, just like real skin with a subtle glow. No wonder this foundation was voted as Editor’s Pick for Best Foundation by InStyle magazine! Highly recommended!

I first came across the famous Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat at a makeover by a European makeup artist in Taiwan. The Touche Eclat is a clickable luminizing pen that claims to banish shadows and perk up tired eyes by bringing light and radiance to the skin. I was introduced to #2 Luminous Ivory, a light color and the yellow-based shade out of the 3 shades they have.

The texture was very creamy and blended easily. The light-reflecting particles were definitely great for highlighting purposes but the coverage was sheer and did not cover up undereye circles completely.

The biggest thing that bugged me though, was the packaging. Although the pen dispenser allowed great portability, it was very hard to control how much product that came out. Plus since the product is cream-based, it is easy for bacteria to grow on the brush. Mine started growing mold only after a month so I ended up throwing it away. Ugh!

* Update: I revisited the Touche Eclat again in 2010 at a makeover session by runway makeup artist Christopher Kam while I was in Hong Kong. This time, #3 Light Peach, a peachy shade just a bit darker than #2, was used on me. Maybe it was the color but I seemed to like it much better than the first time. I also made sure to clean the brush with rubbing alcohol every now and then and have not see mold ever again.