Category: YSL

Comparison: YSL Touche Eclat Foundation Vs YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation

This summer I have really got into wearing YSL’s Touche Eclat Foundation, as its dewy, semi-sheer finish has been a welcome break from the heavy matte appearance of MAC Studio Finish, which is my winter go-to.  So, when their Forever Youth Liberator Foundation came out, I was interested to know how they would compare.

Now, how you feel about this will depend on whether you buy into the life-transforming properties of serum.  I have (inconsistently) used the Forever Youth serum for a while now, and remain on the fence (which explains my lack of consistency in using it).  To me it’s an expensive nice-to-have, and one that is easily forgotten when I am against time in the morning.  So, the Forever Youth foundation seemed like the perfect compromise for those on the go!

So, last week I tootled to John Lewis and asked for a sample in my usual B10 shade. I have worn it every day this week, and can honestly say that I cannot see much difference in performance or appearance between the two.


As you can see, the colours are identical.


They blend identically.


Here they are blended into each other.  There is no difference in texture, colour or scent.  (And there is a slightly floral scent, which I had never noticed on my face, but is inescapable now they are swatched on my arm!)


I asked my husband whether he could tell them apart, and he couldn’t. (He is an observant and medically-trained so more than capable of discerning differences to skin!)

I wore the Forever Youth version last night, and actually thought that it was too dewy, and made me look too shiny.  However, I was wearing my new Dior Bonne Etoile eyeshadows (review is coming – promise), so perhaps it was more owing to glitter/dew overload, than the foundation performing differently to its Touche Eclat counterpart.

Bottom line – there is a  difference in price – £29 vs £34, but if you buy into the serum and it works for you, then the new Youth Liberator Foundation could be just the ticket.  For now, I am going to stick with the Touche Eclat (not least as I have just started a new bottle!), but for anyone in the UK, Debenhams is having a 10% off event today, so now is the time to try either of them!

I’m actually looking forward to re-acquainting with my matte MAC foundation now that it’s Autumn.  Do you find that your foundation tastes change with the season?

Love, SnailPolish x


Review – YSL La Laque Couture No. 36 Vert D’Orient

I’m currently making the most of the last of the summer light (I swear I can now smell autumn in the air), and so am also making the most of wearing vibrant summer hues before they look all discombobulating and plain ole wrong!

Last week* I wore YSL’s Vert D’Orient on my nails, which I think is limited for Summer 2013.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  A bright, yet simultaneously muted, jade green.



I love YSL’s packaging.  It has such a luxe feel with the fab metal cap and its satisfying *click*.


And here it is on the nails.  I used a flash here, but have corrected it to a pretty true likeness.  (Like I say, the light is changing – soon we’re going to be plunged into darkness!)Nails3

Yum.  Stellar formula and YSL’s flat brush makes application a breeze.

I’m kind of mourning the imminent end of summer.  This has been the first where I have not felt too hot and bothered because (TMI) I have lost so much weight from my chest, he he.  I’ve enjoyed the warmth on my arms, wearing little summer dresses (i.e. my usual black or grey dresses sans tights) and having brightly coloured nails.  Chanel Lilis in particular.

What will you miss from this summer’s fashion and beauty trends?

Love, SnailPolish x


* I wanted to post this sooner, but I managed to delete  my entire iPhoto library, and had to endure the hell of a shopping centre today – on a Bank Holiday weekend – to get my iMac (yup, the whole massive thing) to the Apple store to be fixed.  Shudder.  It was bloody awful!

Review – YSL La Laque Couture Gris Underground

Yummy.  I love this colour.  It’s the perfect shade of blue-based dove grey that I have been longing for.



It’s part of the YSL Autumn collection (with Cara Delevinge looking freaking awesome in the promo shots!), but I have been rocking it throughout August.  To me, this shade works as an interesting neutral and will fit with a wide range of make-up and clothing looks.  Totally office-appropriate, depending on the nature of your office, of course 😉







The formula was perfect.  Self-levelling and highly pigmented. It could have been a one-coater, but I always do two coats as I think that the finish is better (especially if your nails have an imperfect service).  I love the flat, wide brush of YSL, which makes paining a doddle.  Super-quick and idiot-proof.

All swatches shown with two coats, top and base coats.  Available now, but it is limited edition, so grab, grab, GRAB!

Love, SnailPolish x