YSL is featuring its popular Créme de Blush ($38) for Spring 2011. There are five shades available, spanning the range from light peach to bright fuschia.
The unique cream-to-powder blush offers a luminous, radiant, and healthy look, particularly to those of use who have dry skin. The remarkably soft formula feels silky upon application, ensuring a seamless result with very little blending required. Because the non-waxy texture will not break through makeup, it is an excellent touch-up tool for use throughout the day. I love cream blushers, so I was predisposed to love this one - and I do!
YSL suggests applying it with your fingertips, gently patting on the apples of the cheeks and blending up and outward toward the hairline. That's how I apply it. It's so easy.
Here are the shades being featured.
From left to right, they are Velvety Peach, Powdery Rose, Silky Praline, Fuschia Temptation, and Rouge Passion.
Créme de Blush was introduced in fall of 2009. At that time, there were three shades available: Velvety Peach, Powdery Rose, and Silky Praline. All three have been re-released with the Spring Look, and two new shades have joined the lineup, both darker and brighter.
For some reason, I had passed on Créme de Blush in 2009, and it became impossible to find. The YSL counters slowly but surely sold out of all of the shades. So I was happy to see it returned to the YSL line-up. I purchased Powdery Rose online. It appeared to be the best shade for me. I'm very pleased with it. Here is a photo, at right, of the Powdery Rose container. It's propped up on a YSL makeup bag. It looks very bright, but on the skin, it's perfect - a pretty, natural, pure pink.
My swatch photo at left shows the shade applied to my arm. I applied it with my finger and took the photo indoors in sunlight. It doesn't take much product to achieve a nice, defining blush, so go easy at first. You can always add more, but subtracting, particularly if you've applied foundation, is impossible.
I love this color, and now I'm wondering if I would also like Velvety Peach. I don't remember checking that shade out in its prior incarnation, so I will see if I like it when I can get out of the house. I'm looking forward to going somewhere other than physical therapy!
Photos at top courtesy of YSL Beauté