I guess YSL isn’t necessarily my first stop if I am looking for a new blusher; which is was nice to try something new, something different.
Yves Saint Laurent Blush Variation in Venetian Rose is the newest blush from the range and mixes a combination of flattering muted pink and warm brown. I’ve never tried the Blush Variation range before so was interested to feel the texture…
YSL’s Blush Variation is split into four squares, but with two shades – it basically looks like a Battenberg slice!
Blush Variation combines both matt and iridescent textures that blend together to enliven the cheekbones with a veil of colour. The exclusive formula, containing self-adapting pigments, catches all the intensity of light and transforms it into a vibrant source of colour.
The case, a luxury gold as always:
The first thing I noticed about these blushers is how natural they look when swatched; don’t take this as meaning that they are unpigmented, because they’re not….they just leave a really natural warm glow on the skin:
As you can see Venetian Rose is a mixture of a natural pink and a bronze. Mixed together it makes a – well Bronzey-Pink of course! There is a sheen to the powder and a very faint shimmer – I’m glad they didn’t go overboard with shimmer!
I wanted this palette to double as a bronzer for contouring, and a blusher for the apples of the cheeks!
I think it did that! It was an all in one, which I always like!
Despite the squares being quite small picking up the relevant colour is ok with a brush! Hurrah!
Sorry this is a little heavy but I just wanted to show you what the colour looks like – a soft pink. You can totally focus on the pink side or the bronze depending on your mood:
Wasn’t sure if this blusher would “WOW” me, but I do really like it – just because it’s so easy to use and idiot proof. I also like the fact I can focus on the bronze and turn it into a bronzer or contour palette if I want.
I noticed that on the official US YSL beauty site, blushers; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 16, 17 and Venetian Rose are in stock. This means that a lot of numbers are missing suggesting they were discontinued, or perhaps the range will be at some point in the future!
In which case I have totally got my eye on:
No. 7 Coriander – looks like a hot orange, 17 Silky Nude looks like it will give a super natural glow and 18 Coral Sand – once again super nude, glowy cheeks!
You can buy YSL in department stores nationwide.