Today’s blog post is a goody, mainly because I have found true love in a foundation and it’s time to share that love with you all! I don’t think I have loved a foundation as much since Armani Luminous Silk was released, and I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever love a foundation as much again!
Say hello to YSL All Hours foundation…
Back in September, I was invited to the launch of this newest release from YSL where I was very kindly gifted a bottle to take home and try. Since then, I have worn it almost every day, growing to love it more as the days go on.
I have to admit, I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do, mainly because it’s a medium to full coverage foundation and over the past few years I’ve tended to prefer light to medium bases. However, the formula of this is just so incredibly light, you really don’t feel like you’re wearing a full coverage base at all.
The formula contains very fine pigments which combine to give an oil free, light texture that isn’t thick or thin, and blends incredibly on the skin. I find I only need one pump because of it being so blendable, and that alone is enough to cover the entire face.
According to YSL the formula is ‘enriched with a skincare complex and UV filter to leave skin feeling fresh and smooth‘; it is also waterproof, transfer resistant and contains SPF 20.
The finish is matte, and I have dry skin, which again was another surprising element for me. I usually avoid matte foundations like the plague! My dry skin doesn’t tend to get on with them, and I much prefer bases that brighten the skin and give me a glow. But somehow, this manages to smooth out blemishes, cover pores and make my skin look radiant all at the same time.
It gives my face a completely flawless finish no matter how I wear it and I find myself being surprised by it over and over again. I’ve worn it with and without primer, and with and without finishing powder, and have been so impressed by how well its worn regardless of primer or powder.
Foundations don’t tend to brake down too easily on my skin anyway because of it being on the dryer side, but I definitely think this is one of the only, if not the only, matte full coverage foundation that hasn’t made my skin look dull or cakey.
Now, my skin has most definitely changed in the last few months with being pregnant, but all my other foundations work the same as they always have, so I’ve no reason to think that this will be any different even when I’m not pregnant. However, I will be sure to keep you all posted if it is.
As always, I apply it with a stippling brush which is my go-to for applying my foundation as I find it gives you a lighter application. If applying with a beauty sponge or blender, you might find that it applies a bit thicker so that’s one thing to bare in mind.
I wear shade BD25 but it comes in 22 shades overall so there’s a good range to choose from, but when it comes to price, however, it is very spendy. A bottle is going to knock you back a hefty €42 so make sure you get a sample in store. A purchase this costly shouldn’t be made lightly so make sure you try before you buy!
In terms of longevity, I have my bottle over two months now. I’ve have used it almost every day and there’s still a lot of product left so this one will last you a good few months if you do choose to invest.
If any of you do buy or have tried it before, let me know because I’d love to hear your thoughts. It’s definitely a new favourite for me, I just love it and nothing else is remotely getting a look in for the foreseeable future anyway!