Sunday, 22 September 2013

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation

YSL have added a new foundation to their already pretty comprehensive lineup... meet Forever Youth Liberator foundation, which uses the Forever Youth Liberator serum as a base for a foundation which treats the skin as well as evening it out.  It also comes in an absolutely gorgeous bottle, looking more like a perfume bottle than a foundation - it's made of heavy glass and feels weighty and expensive in the hand.

The foundation promises creamy coverage, youthful brightness and firmer looking skin, and I found that Forever Youth Liberator glides onto skin thanks to its lovely silky texture.  I was a little cynical that "youthful brightness" would equal dewy, shiny finish, but actually the finish is a very flattering velvety semi matte.  It doesn't look too powdery or too shiny on the skin.

I'm wearing shade B30.  The shade range for Forever Youth Liberator isn't quite as wide as it is for the Touche Eclat foundation, and this is a little darker than the B20 I wear in Touche Eclat - it's not a noticeable difference, though.

One thing that really surprised me about this foundation was it's lasting power, particularly on my combination skin.  I did need some powder to prevent my t-zone from going all shiny, but otherwise Forever Youth Liberator lasts the whole day - I'm still as glowy and radiant at the end of the day as I am at the start.  This is particularly impressive for a foundation which claims a serum base - it could easily be too silky, too hydrating, and just fall off the skin.  Case in point:  I first tried this at an event at House of Fraser, on a 32 degree evening, when the aircon had broken down.  Despite me studiously sweating throughout the application and my journey home, I still had a full face of makeup when I went to cleanse in the evening.

At £34 this is undoubtedly a treat, but if you're looking for something with more of a treatment action than Touche Eclat, but with the same brightening, glowy effect, this could be the one for you.  Find it now at the YSL beauty website, and at YSL counters.

Disclosure: PR sample

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  1. I really want to try this as I'm a big fan of the Touch Eclat foundation. I've just read a review from someone who loves it but said it doesn't last on her. Glad to hear your experience is more positive. I guess it just depends on the skin type.... I'll try to get a little sample in town this week to try out.

    Nic x

    1. I think it's probably worth a sample... or ask the counter MUA to apply it and see how long it lasts? I was told when I was first introduced to it that the key to getting a long lasting application is to use a brush - fingers add oil which doesn't help the foundation to stick. I've really noticed a difference :)

  2. Finally, a good review about it. Thank you so much!! I'll go get a sample first thing tomorrow :)

  3. Finally, a good review about it. Thank you so much!! I'll go get a sample first thing tomorrow. You rock!!

  4. Gem, you look amazing in that photo. Just went to ysl thought id upgrade my foundation to this but the shade selection is still to limited for a bd20 girl like me. Boo! Zara


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