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I like to wear foundation on a daily basis, I'm not sure why exactly. I used to wear it with the purpose of trying to hide blemishes, in the not so distant future I will probably wear it with the purpose of hiding wrinkles, but now I guess I'm just in the habit, and feel naked without it! I have always hated the task of having to go and buy a new foundations as I had never settled with one brand or shade or type, and feel like I have tried every liquid, powder, and anything in-between on the market! That was, however, until I discover Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch.
A friend of mine recommended this to me, so I tried to ignore the £30 price tag and decided to give it a go.
Ease of Application
One of the main selling points for me was the fact that it was a liquid with a built in brush - no more messing round with separate brushes, pads or sticky fingers. The top is simply twisted 180degrees and the required amount of liquid can be squeezed on to the top of your hand, and then applied using the attached brush. No mess. As much or as little of the product can be used as required, then the top twisted back to clse the product. The foundation is lightweight, and the bristles of the brush are soft but firm enough to use easily and give a perfect finish.
The brush application ensures you get an even coverage all over your skin, and it is easy to apply more if desired. The foundation may wear off a little but in the main it lasts from morning until night - this is evident from looking at my facial wipe on an evening. For extra staying power I also add a little trnslucaent powder to the top, but this is not necessary. The foundation is available in many colours, ranging from shade 2-9 I belive. I have the foundation in 2 shades, both of which match my skin tone, one just has a slightly lighter tone to it which I tend to wear in the winter time. None of the shades give that orange rim round the skin or a mask like appearance - all are very natural, yet give a great, even coverage. If desired, the ladies at the counter will test the foundation on you to see which shade is exactly right for you.
Appearance, smell, value
The bottle looks very classy, with its gold coloured top - it's tempting to leave it out on display!. The foundation has a very light, subtle, almost non-existant pleasant smell to it. All these benefits do come with a price tag to match, and a price tag to reflect the fact that the foundation is Yves Saint Laurent. The make-up retails at an average price of £30 per bottle, available from Boots and Debenhams. I have recently managed to purchase some from ebay at a cost of £22 so it can be worth shopping around. Be assured though, a little does go a long way. Mine lasts about 6 months, wearing it on a daily basis, so it's not a very regular expense. I think it can be worth paying a bit more for something that is exactly what you're looking for.
I don't know whether it is just me , but I usually have 2 or 3 foundations on the go and a little like choosing what to wear I select one that suits the season and the condition of my skin which is very dry. So I thought I might add another one to the repertoire.
I bought this on impulse as I was looking to replace an Estee Lauder foundation but discovered that it isn't sold in every store. I was attracted to this because it has an inbuilt brush and claimed to give a professional make up artist flawless finish.
The packaging is really smart and looks expensive which you would expect from YSL . It comes in a tube with a very large lid which is a smart gold cover and importantly wears well , doesn't tarnish and deposit gold flecks everywhere which sometimes happens with metallic lids.
One of the main features of this product is that it comes with an inbuilt brush which you use to apply the foundation. This brush was designed by a make up artist to achieve professional results.
The foundation is designed to give a radiant flawless finish and contains the same ingredients used in YSL Touche Eclat - their illuminising highlighter and concealer. It is hydrating and formulated to give a sheer cover.
Suitable for all skin types and comes in an extensive range of 14 shades , so there should be one to suit all skin tones.
It is dermatologically tested . It is non comedogenic so should not block pores.
It costs £32 for 40ml and is widely available, I bought mine in Debenhams.
To dispense simply twist to the On position which is marked with an O in the direction indicated by the arrows on the tube and then gently squeeze so that the foundation is released into the brush.
Then turn the tube to the Off position
Then apply to the face in small feathery strokes with the brush.
It is a nice consistency , not too runny or too thick and feels really light on the skin and It has a pleasant almost fruty smell.
The brush needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain it's effectiveness . It is recommended that you wipe with a tissue after each use. Then once a week wipe with a tissue soaked with alcohol or a hydro- alcoholic solution . To dry ,wipe with a tissue.
I was very disappointed with this product , my main issues are that:
~ it is difficult to control the amount of product dispensed into the brush and once dispensed you cannot put the excess back in the tube. A lot of product is wasted
~ Application direct from the brush is very hit and miss and you end up with too much product on your face that is difficult to distribute in the light feathery strokes they recommend.
~ The brush is too wide( 2 to 2.5cm ) and feels unwieldy as it is attached to the tube and coupled with the difficulties in dispensing the right amount of product produces a streaky effect and it is difficult to blend properly.
~ I have tried dispensing the product on my hand and dabbing the brush into the foundation and then applying , but this also gives patchy results as there will usually be some product lurking in the brush that will splodge out just where you don't need it.
The good points are
~ It is lightweight and does give a radiant finish ( if applied with a separate brush or fingers)
~ It doesn't sit in open pores
~ It feels nice on the skin
~ I isn't drying like some foundations , so is very suitable for dry and very dry skins.
~ it provides light coverage as described .
I would not recommend buying this because of the difficulties and wastage dispensing and applying the product which for me was the reason I bought this and is probably the reason why this is £2-£3 more than other YSL foundations. To me the brush is too big and dense and feels like you are trying to apply with a paint brush rather than a cosmetic one.
I do like the foundation though but I would not buy with the attached brush as it is pretty useless and it is difficult to conttol how much product you squeeze out , so there is a lot of wasteage.
As this is light coverage I have to use quite a lot of concealer with this, I couldn't just use the foundation alone.
The product is suitable for people with dry skin who want to achieve a light coverage.
Three stars from me - I would probably give 4 stars for the product , but you pay extra for the attached brush and that does not deliver in any way for me so a star deducted for that.
YSL Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation / The brush enables easy application of your make-up for a result worthy of the greatest professional make-up artists / Contains ampli-light oigment technology for radiance / Available in 8 shades / All skin types / Medium Coverage / Satin Finish / Brush included.