I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t purchase this foundation after hearing a really mixed bag of reviews. From major beauty bloggers such as Lily Pebbles and ViviannaDoesMakeup (my two personal faves), the reviews were totally positive and they repeatedly went on and on about how fantastic this foundation is. On the other hand, reviews from rather minor beauty bloggers like myself were extremely negative saying that the lasting power was horrible, the colour range was awkward, and the coverage was pants. So naturally, being the person that I am, I picked it up regardless to see who I was going to side with.
You can already tell (at least, I hope you can…) that the foundation in question is the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation and I take the shade B30. My initial thoughts before I’d even take the thing out of the box were “why is it so bloody small!?”. I don’t know if this is a mistake that other people have also made but when I see it online, the bottle appears to be pretty big… but in reality, it’s anything but!
After realising the the pump isn’t the easiest to control (I managed to stain a patch of my bedroom carpet when I wasn’t paying attention a few weeks back), I soon began to get into the habit of trying it out every Sunday because I just wasn’t sure on it. I’ve spent every Sunday morning wondering why it does something or why it doesn’t do another thing, or why it works so well on Lily and Anna and not so well on me. After weeks of trying, I’ve come to a conclusion: meh. The lasting power? Even though I have oily/combination skin, I actually don’t think the longevity of it is as bad as the bad reviews made out. The colour range? Please get colour matched in store for your own sake. I was silly enough to just buy it from FeelUnique after guessing my colour and now I wish I spent my £35 on B20 and just bronzed it up a little which sucks. The coverage? Definitely medium. I heard so many reviews say that you can only build the foundation to medium coverage and I agree with that completely. Although, I do like putting concealer both underneath and on top of the foundation and I do find that I get a reasonable coverage that’s nice for days that you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard.
All in all, if you have pretty nice skin and want a foundation that makes you look dewy and glowing then this is the foundation for you. If you’re someone who’s looking for something to cover up lots of blemishes and redness easily and isn’t a faff to apply, then don’t go wasting your £35 on this bad boy.