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Being a bit of a bronzer girl, I decided I'd like to try blusher for a change. Most blushers I find are too pink and don't really do anything for me but I bought this product in shade 05 (blackcurrant) and I really like it.
The blush comes in a very expensive looking pot with a gold lid (and box) with the YSL logo on. The lid just pulls off to reveal a sponge applicator that you just sweep over the cheeks. When you first use it you need to tap it agains the back of your hand a few times to get the product to come through.
In the blackcurrant colour, the powder in the jar looks extremely dark in colour but dont let this put you off as it goes on much lighter. I find I just rub it over my cheeks lightly and then blend it a bit with my fingers. Gives a nice deep rosy glow and doesn't have a lot of sparkly bits in it as the 01 shade does.
If you have very pale skin then the 05 colour will be far too dark for you and you would be better with the lighter 01 shade. 01 is a very light sparkly pink - the one in the photo I think - but there are lots of other colours - I would recommend you nip along to boots or some other store and try them first.
If you have a light medium skin like me or if you are tanned (fake or real) then this would look good. It's easy to apply (as long as you are light handed with it) and good for carrying about with you.
Oh and importantly there is a handy little mirror on the top of the lid too so it's useful when on the move to see what you are doing!
I think that a lot of these premium brands are overpriced, but, if you like something and it makes you happy when you use it then why not buy it is my philosophy. You can also find them cheaper on ebay or other online stores. I would say to try before you buy as it's a lot of money to spend on something you find out you don't like after all! I have deducted a star only because of the price.
I like to keep things simple when it comes to my makeup. I'm most definitely not a morning person so my makeup is usually a last minute rushed attempt at beautifying myself before I dash out of the door to work. This means that time saving devices are always a must in my makeup bag, particularly if they have the added benefit of making me look refreshed and beautiful when I'm rushing off to a video conference at 8am.
As far as blusher is concerned, for years I made do with any Rimmel or similar cheap brand that was on offer. I would then forget to use it most of the time and spend most of the time looking pale and ashen. This never really mattered to me until a friend produced some photos of me from a girls' night out. If Most Haunted wanted proof that ghosts really do exist, then my ghoulish white face may well have been sufficient evidence. Admitedly, I was the only one amongst the group who wasn't slathered in faux tan but the reflection of the camera flash from my pasty skin was still a harsh reality check.
So I found myself on a mission to find a foundation that didn't make me look like an extra from Dawn of the Dead and a blusher to give me an added healthy glow. It was purely by chance that I found myself wandering through Harvey Nichols (searching for free perfume samples incidentally!), when I was attacked by one of the assistants from the Yves Saint Laurent counter. Lured by the free makeover and the promise of a gift with purchase, I was soon leaving the store with an elegant Harvey Nichols carrier bag complete with YSL goodies.
When I got home, I was able to examine my new blusher in closer detail. The blusher comes in a nifty little pot which looks simple yet elegant. The base which contains the blusher is clear so you can keep a close eye on how much you have remaining. The lid is gold with the YSL logo and the lid has a mirror, perfect for using if you're applying the blusher on the go. When you take the lid off, you're presented with the applicator. Unlike a conventional blusher, you don't need a brush to apply the Touche Blush. Instead, there is a spongey tip which dispenses, applies and blends the blusher. It takes a few shakes and rubs of the applicator to get the product flowing but it's soon ready for use.
Applying the blusher is simple using this built in applicator and it's easy to produce a natural 'blushed' look to your cheeks in a matter of seconds. For nights out, it's easy enough to build up the blusher for a more dramatic look. The blush is available in a number of colours to suit a variety of skin tones and your personal preferences. The counter I visited offered a pink, a peach and a bronzed shade. Looking on Ebay, there seems to be a wider selection of colours available. I have been using the pink which might look dramatic in the container but is far more subtle when applied. There is a slight sparkle to the powder which gives an added shimmer which is still subtle enough to be worn during the day. The blusher lasts all day and does a great job of transforming me from a pasty ghoul to an English rose.
Finally, I ought to mention the price. At Boots.com, the Touche Blush is sold for £26. You may be lucky enough to find it cheaper on Ebay. Whilst it is a lot of money to pay for a blusher, mine lasted a year with daily use before finally running out. It's also effective and lasts all day long. And if you are tempted to buy it, you can always wait for a time when YSL are offering a gift with purchase so you can treat yourself to some more goodies included in the price.
Its been a while since I posted my last review, so I have to write something to show my existance *giggle*. The time is right, I've been dying to tell people about this new YSL blush because I bought it 2 months ago and now I know what to say.
Usually, I never spend more than GBP.10 on blusher. So, far, I have no complain with it. But when I saw this little bottle at the counter, even it cost GBP 23.50, I thought I just got to have it. The packaging really is a turn-on.
I think, most of us will agree that YSL cosmetics has a very "exclusive and classy" design. The shinny golden box already show that its not a high street brand, and their target is clear, the people who want to spend more on cosmetics. But you got your money worth, I mean, the size is quiet generous and the packaging will explain alot why it cost a little more. Everytime I use a YSL cosmetics, its makes me feel like "a high-tech sexy woman".....hahahaha...*dream on*
The first time I opened the box, I thought "wow". I saw a little bottle with clear case that show the colour powder with golden cover. With YSL logo in it, it surely make you excited.When I opened the cover, I found a sponge that look like a round pillow. Now its time to try it on...
If I'm not wrong, it come in 3 colour tones, pink, brown and darker brown. Since I have a pink undertones, I got the pink one.The powder itself is really soft and has really small glittery powder on it. I have to shake it for a while to make it go through the sponge and then just rub it to my cheek.
At the beginning, I was affraid if this blush will cause me an allergic reaction like some glittery stuff in the market. I am glad that it doesn't. When I rubbed it to my cheeck, its not as easy as I thought, I have to do it many times until the colour appear. But when its in there, it looks great.
***What I like***
I like the idea of applying blush without brush needed. Its more practical and I can wear it anywhere. For example, I can wear it while waiting traffic light. I can even wear it without a mirror, all I have to do is just keep in mind how many time I have to rub it, and the result is the same. Since this blush not so long lasting, this easy-to-apply really needed, because you have to wear it again from time to time.
I also like the result, although, I think its better to wear it to go to a party or during girls-night-out because of the gliter kinda too much for everyday use. Because of the powder really soft, when its in the right place, it really give a blushing-from-inside look.
***What I Don't Like***
As I mentioned before, you have to rub it many times. Since I am not a really passionate woman *Yeah, I know*, its kinda annoying. And the sponge kinda big, so I have to make sure that I rub it in the same place. Otherwise, all of my cheek will turn pinkish. If you have a round face like me, trust me, it doesn't look good.
But,after I tried it several time, I got used to it. It gets easier. I finally know how to apply it until I got the exact hue I'm looking for.
Another thing is that when the powder almost finish, you have to shake it many time and yes, even more difficult to apply because you have to rub and also have turn the bottle upside down. Not so easy, I think.
Well, I have to give YSL cosmetics team an A+ for their idea and innovation. As many new products, of course lots of things need to improve. Maybe more colour choice. But in general, this is a nice make-up that can really bright'n your make up case.
But its not really a must-have one. If you like your existed blusher, then keep that, because I think its not so hard to use conventional one with brush, especially, you dont need to apply it many times.
For anyone who's allergic to dust, you might want to reconsider it. Because when you rub it on your cheek, sometimes the powder will goes everywhere like a flying dust *heehee*. Dont be like my cousin who sneezed the whole time after she used it.
If you still curious like what happened to me, the best way is, try it on at the counter and see if you like it (or even need it) or not. With the price tag on it, I think, it wont hurt to do so.