Yves Saint Laurent:
Pros: Every sunscreen includes avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection;
some moisturizers with elegant textures; good makeup removers and toners;
good lip balm; one superior pressed-powder and eyeshadow formula;
Radiant Touch is a favorite for good reason; Variations Blush is a great way
to experiment with cheek color; two fantastic mascaras; very good liquid
highlighter; the makeup fares much better than YSLís skin care.
Cons: Expensive; highly fragranced; few sunscreens sport SPF ratings
below the benchmark SPF 15; no AHA or BHA products; no products to
manage acne or combat skin discolorations; mostly mundane moisturizers
and serums; pervasive use of jar packaging; antiwrinkle claims that cost
hundreds of dollars; mostly average foundations, sometimes due to
SPF rating below the benchmark SPF 15; eyeshadow quads;
mostly average lipstick and gloss options.
Yves Saint Laurent Softness Rinse-Off Foaming Water: ($37.00/6.7 ounces)
is a very standard but good water-soluble cleanser for all skin types except dry
or sensitive (due to the amount of fragrance it contains). It rinses completely
and removes all but waterproof makeup easily. This doesn't bring your skin
to a state of radiant purity any better than any other water-soluble cleanser.
Yves Saint Laurent Ombres Quadralumieres Eye Shadow Quartet:
($50.00) is no match for the powder eyeshadows from haute couture
fashion competitor Dior, and the prices of the two lines are nearly identical.
These YSL quads suffer from a dry texture that makes blending difficult
(though they do have some smoothness) and especially from terribly
contrasting colors that are for fantasy, not real-world, makeup.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15:
($28.00) does not contain the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide,
zinc oxide, avobenzone, Mexoryl SX, or Tinosorb, so it is not recommended
as a reliable lipstick with sunscreen. It is otherwise a slick, shimmer-infused
lipstick that feels very light and features some gorgeous soft colors.
Yves Saint Laurent Poudre Compact Eclat et Matite: ($43.00)
is a buttery-smooth, talc-based pressed powder that melds with skin
to create a very natural non-powdery finish. This is an outstanding
pressed-powder option for those with normal to dry skin
(those with oily skin or oily areas may find this not absorbent enough).
All six shades are neutral and matte.
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