REVIEW: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
Before I start, I would just like to put a disclaimer out there that I am no expert in foundations. I only actually started venturing into various foundations 2 years ago and now that I have tried at least a dozen, I feel like I’m comfortable enough to share my thoughts and possibly some comparisons in the near future.
Ever since I saw reviews of the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation by UK and US bloggers, I knew I had to have it. I have been waiting for it to be released here in Singapore and was expecting a big launch by the brand given the buzz about it in our western counterparts. Much to my disappointment, there was none!
In fact, I chanced upon it when I was shopping at Tangs back in October when I first returned to Singapore. It was love at first swatch and I was so glad… you know how sometimes, you may think you would like a certain foundation based on reviews but when you swatch, it could be blah.. Thank goodness this wasn’t the case for me!
The YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is the first foundation filled with skincare properties from YSL Forever Youth Liberator skincare range which contains Glycanactif complex that is designed to revive skin’s youthful brightness and create a more uniform complexion. It also has SPF 20 which is great if you don’t have the habit of applying SPF as part of your skincare routine.
First of all, the packaging is GORGEOUS! The tall, black and clear glass bottle feels so solid and sits pretty on my vanity. It does feel pretty heavy, making it less ideal for travel but you can easily decant some of the foundation into a small container since it comes with a pump which is so convenient and hygienic. The pump is excellent, it dispenses a perfect amount required for a full face.
The foundation comes in 7 shades. I wear shade B30 Beige. It is a good match for NC25-NC30.
This foundation has a silky texture that is thicker than most liquid foundations. I would say it is between a liquid and BB cream or cream foundation. Whenever I buy a new foundation, I would always try applying it with my fingers before using a brush. I like being able to feel the texture and see how well it blends with finger application. It almost feels like I’m applying skincare but with colour. It does have a signature YSL scent which I personally love. If you dislike scents in your makeup, not to worry because this scent does not linger. It disappears shortly after application.
My favourite way of applying this foundation is with a buffing brush. I like using the Sigma F80 flat top kabuki and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I would take one pump of the foundation to the back of my hand and use the the buffing brush to first pat onto the face before buffing it out evenly. This foundation blends seamlessly into the skin very quickly.
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You would probably expect a serum foundation would have light coverage but not this! This foundation is definitely a medium to high coverage, which is very buildable and impressive considering how lightweight it feels on the skin and how little product you need to achieve reasonable coverage. I don’t have any acne scars on my face that needs coverage, but I do have hyper-pigmentation around my nose and sun spots above my cheekbones which I like to even out with foundation.
When you first apply the foundation, it feels dewy but very quickly dries to a satin finish. What I love most about the finish is the radiance it provides. It’s as if my skin was glowing from within. I tried out a few foundation and setting powder combo and found that my MAC MSF Natural works best to set this foundation. Yup, over my Cle De Peau Loose Powder!
This foundation works beautifully on my normal to dry skin. I found it to be very hydrating and doesn’t accentuate any lines on my face, not even my laugh lines. It does however seem to sit into the pores on my nose as the day passes by. This can easily be fixed with a primer like the Benefit POREfessional.
Given that most foundations last very well on my skin, i.e. I tend to look as fresh at 7pm as it was at 8am. I was surprised that this did not perform the same. It does disappear after about 6 hours but it will last at least 8 hours with a good base or primer. I guess this is probably due to it’s hydrating skincare properties.
I have been consistently using this foundation for weeks, and I love it. I cannot stop looking at my face in the mirror because it just looks so smooth, radiant and flawless. Just the kind of finish that I love. I would recommend this foundation to those with normal to dry skin. It might not be too suitable if you have oily and combination skin since it’s so hydrating and doesn’t last very well throughout the day.
It is a pricey foundation – $89 for 30ml of product. I believe it’s pricier than most foundations because of the skincare properties. To be honest, I don’t really see the effect from the skincare in this foundation apart from hydration which is good enough for me.
Any possible dupes or comparisons?
It is very similar in texture to the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and has a similar finish to NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I will follow up with more comparison posts in the coming weeks.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! Especially if you love a radiant glow and have normal to dry skin.
Hope this was helpful. Let me know how you like this foundation in the comments below.
PS: I am currently trying out the Shu Uemura Lightbulb foundation and I am also loving that!! :p