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 – Dior Vernis No. 382 Destin


Yum yum yum.  I’m a little in love with Dior’s Autumn-Winter Metallics Collection.  I have bought the Bonne Etoile palette, and used it, but like a div I forgot to swatch it.  I’ll make up for that shortly!

Today I want to show you the fab nail polish that is Destin.  I would describe this as a metallic lavender that has a discernible warm-leaning mauve/beige cast in certain lights.Nails2

This is slightly frosty, and if you are not careful, you will get visible brush strokes.  However, as frosts go, I think the brush strokes are minimal, undoubtedly due to the flat tapered brush.


Application was a breeze – one coat nearly does it, and two is nice and plush.


The photos today are after 5 days wear – the light is beginning to get pretty crappy and today was the first day bright enough to capture it.  So, as you can see, it wears well.  Apart from on the corner of my thumbnail that always chips.  Gah.

As I mentioned in my last post, this is selling out fast.  Two counters that I visited had already sold out, despite them only hitting the shops in the UK last week.


Are you tempted by Destin?  Or do you have fear of the frost?


Love, SnailPolish x

September Pay Day Wish List

Very short wish list this month! And very short waiting time too, as both have been bought tested, and are ready to blog.

Dior’s A/W collection only hit the counters this week, and already Destin has sold out at a couple of the ones that I visited. It’s hot, hot, hot! Get it whilst you can!

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What’s on your wish list this month?

Review – Chanel Le Vernis No. 601 Mysterious

Okay, I need to get this out of the way.  Whenever I think of this polish, this fricking earworm gets stuck in my head.  Terrible.  We all know that his seminal album was the curated duets with his erstwhile wife.  I mean, check out these fab-o-lous reviews!


Right, cheesy pop pec flashbacks out of the way and onto the polish!

I bought Mysterious last week in Harvey Nichols, along with its shimmery Alchimie friend.  Poor Miss Elixir was left behind.  I liked her but didn’t love her, and felt that she was too close to my hardly-used YSL… But now that I’ve begun the process of animatism, I feel so bad at tearing her away from her friends, and I sense it’s only a matter of time before she comes to live with me.Nails3


Mysterious is a deep, dark olivey khaki.  In low light it is very close to black, but in direct light, you can see the murky green emerge.  I love this colour, but I sense it is a marmite job.  It  reminds me of of a thick handful of gelatinous seaweed being plucked from the sea bed (or just saag aloo, if I am being frank).  It is quite daring and grungy, yet simultaneously sophisticated.


I wore this on Sunday when I went for a meal with my husband, and it was the perfect complement to my fabby new Whistles dress.


It’s been on for two days, and got a chip this afternoon.  I blame the crappy courtesy car that I have been saddled with, rather than the Chanel. (I got rear-end shunted last week and my beloved Beetle Sport is in for repairs.  And what do I – a committed VW-aholic – get in return?  A Ford Frigging Mondeo.  And one that CHIPS Chanel when I’m belting up at that.  A Mondeo.  Weep.)

So, Mondeo woes aside.  Mysterious is great.  It’s permanent so no need to rush out to get it.  But if you do get it sooner than later, you will get max value out of it for Autumn.

What do you think of this colour?  Do you get the seaweed/saag/silage vibe from it, or something altogether more glamourous?  And – more importantly – does the thought of being seen in public in a Mondeo make you want to curl up and die?!

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!

Chanel Superstition Collection Le Vernis – Mysterious and Alchimie

I got to see the Chanel Superstition Collection in full on its release date in the Coven Garden Chanel store, and was thrilled!  Sadly, my husband was less than thrilled with my intention to fritter so much money, so I had to pass it by…

…Until today, ha ha!  I’ve ummed and ahhed about what to get.  I really liked the eyeliner, but just cannot justify dropping £19 for around 4cm of product (seriously, twist one up fully next time you are at the counter and prepare to have your flabber ghasted!); and whilst Gri Gri is a gorgeous shade of eyeshadow, £23 seems a lot for a single that has received a relatively poor review from the oracle that is Temptalia.

So, I settled for two of the nail colours instead – Mysterious and Alchemie.  Aren’t they just fabulous?


They complement each other so well!IMG_2551

I cannot wait to try them, and just *know* that they will look fab with some of my recent autumn purchases, such as this Whistles dress and this NW3 dress.

Yum yum.  One more shot for the road?  Ok!

IMG_2552Swatches to follow 🙂

Love, SnailPolish x

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