This was my other purchase from the YSL Spring 2013 collection (the Glossy Stain in #29 Rose Fourreau was reviewed yesterday). Although I still gripe about how vastly overpackaged they are, these cream blushes are IMHO some of the best of their kind, though I could see that the texture may not appeal to everyone.
If you are looking for a cream blush with a waxy base, turn away, for these little guys are almost entirely silicone. They feel velvety soft going on, and because they have so much silicone content, they also feel dry rather than moist. There really is no “cream” to them at all, in the way that you might see with a Stila convertible color or a Korres cheek butter or an Almay Smart-Shade blush. There is a short window of time for blending, and then the product is mostly set. Fingers and brushes both work with these, though I almost always go with a brush. Once set, these have a velvet-powder kind of finish, more of a glow than anything else. I love these, but if silicones are not your skin’s thang, or if you have trouble with silicone products melting off your skin, you might want to pass.
The selling point of these blushes is that because they are so full of silicone, they are able to deliver incredibly bright colors incredibly sheerly. I own this in a couple of other shades — in the pot, they are Fire Engine Red and Radioactive Orange, but on skin they are respectively sheer poppy and light peach.
There are three new colors out for the YSL Spring 2013 collection: #7 Rose Quartz, #8 Red Agate, and #9 Baby Doll. Rose Quartz and Baby Doll are both very, very cool pinks. #8 Red Agate is a lovely dark-but-sheer brick color. It looks unappetizing in the pot, but on the skin it’s quite nice.
I managed to snag the very last one in this shade at my Nordie’s counter, so if you have a hankering for this shade, I’d suggest checking it out sooner rather than later.
YSL Creme de Blush in #8 Red Agate
In the pot:
On the hand (I used my right hand this time, the left having already been swatched with other things. Sorry about the dry skin and elephant wrinkles):
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent. I now own four of these and have barely made a dent in them. They are pricy, but they last a long time and have a beautiful finish.
Purchase again? Definitely.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)