Review: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Nude Insolent Swatches)

Friday, 2 May 2014


Review: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Nude Insolent Swatches)
It's hard not to get excited about new and innovative beauty releases, but it's harder still when it comes from a luxury brand and looks like this!


Packaged in a nail-polish style glass bottle, it is a stunning one to have on display in your makeup area. I know makeup should always be more about substance, but I do really love the contrasting fonts, the gold lid, and the black blocking (similar to their Youth Liberator Serum Foundation). 
Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) are serving high-end makeup realness with this one (RuPaul anyone?!).
Review: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Nude Insolent Swatches)
The new Kiss & Blush range YSL is said to offer "an innovative formula structure, the results of a fusion of two technologies: foundation and lipstick" in order to adapt for use on lips and cheeks. There's an impressive 12 shades available in the range, 3 from each baby doll 'attitude': saucy, sexy, liberated and sassy. 

I received the shade Nude Insolent (No.10)* to try out which falls into the sassy category and is a rose-brown shade. 

Cheeks
Honestly, I was apprehensive about applying this to my cheeks as this particular shade is not the sort of cheek colour I'd usually opt for. However, as you can see from the photo it looks surprisingly natural on the cheeks. I'm definitely still more of a peaches and pinks girl when it comes to blush but for a 'barely there' look this works quite beautifully. I did try to build up the colour, but as the formula is quite thin I found it difficult to build without simultaneously removing product. I also struggle to get a completely even texture, though that could simply be down to my own skin.
Review: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Nude Insolent Swatches)
As per my usual method, I placed a concentrated amount of the product onto the apples of my cheeks and then spread and blended with either finger tapping or my Real Techniques Contour Brush. Having tried both methods I found finger tapping (very technical term) to give the most control over the application and overall finish. As with many cream blushes it's not particularly long lasting but with the travel friendly packaging it's easy to touch up during the day if needed - no brushes required!

Lips
Again, at first glance I thought (for lips) it would give me a bangin' nod-to-the-90s shade, but actually it looks fairly natural when applied, and there's enough of a warm tone to create a beautiful natural hue. I definitely prefer this as a lip product than a cheek product. Texture-wise it feels very smooth and velvety on the lips making it extremely comfortable to wear. I haven't found it to be incredibly long-wearing on the lips, but I'd love to see how some of the more intense shades would fair. I certainly need to reapply this at least every 2 hours if I want to keep a 'finished' look to the lips, but it wears evenly and importantly hasn't dried my lips out at all. Plus, it's a cinch to apply with a beautifully designed doe-foot applicator! You can check out my recent video here to see it on the lips combined with a lovely gloss from Aerin.
Review: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Nude Insolent Swatches)
Of the dual lip-cheek products I've tried this is certainly one of the stronger ones. It's not quite 'wow' enough on the cheeks for me to trump my longer lasting cream blushes from the likes of Bourjois and Max Factor, but I'd be interested to see how the brighter colours perform. A luxury splurge for sure, but not quite sure it's a must-have for me yet. 


Does this kind of multi-purpose product tickle your fancy?

Launching exclusively at Brown Thomas Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Galway from 1st April and YSL counters nationwide from 1st May 2014 and retailing at €30.00.

10 comments :

  1. These seem amazing and YSL never disappoints me when it comes to lip products - although I'm not sure I would wear it as a cheek stain :o) Xx

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    1. I love the concept of it, but it doesn't always translate to both in my experience!

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    1. The more I wear it, the more I like it!

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  3. Such a pretty shade! seriously need to get my hands on one of these!

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    1. Worth a look on counter! I was swooning over the full collection last week!

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