Product Review: YSL Cinema

This perfume sat unloved on my dresser for a long time. For a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a strong fragrance. Overwhelmingly strong. Secondly, I bought it right before stumbling across my holy grail perfume (Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille) after which everything else sort of fell by the wayside. As I’ve been making more of an effort to use ALL of the products I own, I thought June felt like a great month to see if I could make YSL’s Cinema work for me. This took a bit of effort. This is a heavy scent, and before this month I wore it exclusively at night. Before figuring out how to wear this without ending up with a headache by 9am, I was that person on the train who seems to bathe in perfume before leaving the house in the morning (usually these people are exclusive fans of Stella McCartney or Red Door – I was the exception). I can only wear this if I spray it once on one of my wrists and pat them together gently (probably CRUSHING the delicate aspects of the fragrance with my mighty wrists but I don’t have time to care about this). That’s it. If I wear it on my neck, I literally suffocate to death feel overwhelmed by the smell. If I spray it on both wrists, it’s still too strong. This perfume could be used as a weapon of mass destruction, but when worn subtly it’s beautiful. I’m terrible at describing scents so I’ll let Fragrantia do the leg work: “The top note is delicate and softly fresh (clementine, almond blossom and cyclamen). The heart reveals jasmine, peony and amaryllis. The drydown is warm, opulent, and balsamic with amber, musk and sweet powdery vanilla.” If I were to describe it I would say it smells like what a rich woman would wear to dinner on a private yacht before getting caught up in a tangle web of lies and intrigue and there is lots of champagne and oysters and also Daniel Craig is there. YSL’s Cinema can be purchased for $72.50 AUD from Strawberrynet.

Yves St Laurent Touché Éclat & Le Teint Touché Éclat

Years ago when I first started to get interested in beauty products, YSL’s Touché Éclat was the very first high end makeup item that I purchased. Since then, I honestly can’t recall a time that I was without this little miracle in a tube. Apparently I’m not alone in my love for the Touché Éclat it as one tube is sold somewhere in the world every 10 seconds. I’ve kind of always known that I’m not alone in my adoration though, judging by the fact that my girlfriends fight over who gets to use it first when I dig it out of my bag for touch ups in the bathroom when we’re out on the town. It’s clearly a product that has well and truly earned it’s cult status

For me it is the perfect highlighter and I use it most often where I feel that I need it most – under my eyes. This is my personal preference for how to use it, but it is designed to be multi-purpose, and is also great for contouring the face, creating undertones on the skin and helping to disguise signs of fatigue. “The go-anywhere complexion highlighter adds an alluring halo-effect to contour volumes, highlight shadowy areas, create luminosity and achieve flawless perfection. Applied to the sides of the nose, corners of the mouth, along the middle forehead, bridge of the nose and upper cheekbones, Radiant Touch conceals the signs of fatigue and imbues instant radiance. Eyes are instantly refreshed with just a few touches to the eyelid, eyebrow arch and inner corner of the eye. With every brushstroke, the face is transformed with the power of light.”

Yves St Laurent have taken their Touché Éclat technology one step further in the form of their new foundation release ‘Le Teint Touché Éclat’. If you suffer from chronic dull face, or just prefer the look of a lightweight glowy foundation (like me) this could be the product for you. “The luxuriously unique formula targets shadowy areas and defines contours. Free of opaque powders that can create a ‘masked’ effect, Le Teint Touché Éclat is formulated with a soft focus gel to smooth away imperfections and accentuate natural facial features. Utlising the latest generation of fluid light concentrate, Le Teint Touché Éclat also forms a reflective film like an infinity of mirrors to maximise the potential power of light. The result? The complexion never looks artificial, shine is diffused, irregularities are concealed and skin imparts a natural-looking, sophisticated glow.” As I mentioned in a recent post, my game plan for summer this year is to ’embrace the glow’ rather than fight it, which means I am on the hunt for a foundation that will give the right amount of overage without being too heavy or too greasy. The Le Teint Touché Éclat ticks all the right boxes and comes with the added benefit of having the typical fresh YSL foundation smell that brings back many a good memory for me.

Yves St Laurent’s Le Teint Touché Éclat foundation retails for $78 AUD and is available in 10 shades in Australia, and is available for purchase from MYER, David Jones and Mecca Maxima. If you would like the chance to win yourself a bottle of Le Teint Touché Éclat and a tube of Touché Éclat, head on over here and enter! You can also click here to download a voucher for a free sample. (note: products were provided for consideration for review)

Beauty Haul – Strawberrynet / Adore Beauty

As a testament to my epic failure of Project 20 Pan, here are the beauty products I’ve been spending money on lately. Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation (my holy grail foundation, and a replacement for the bottle that I am currently running dry on), YSL Touche Eclat (a re-purchase of a much loved product that I’ve not had in my collection for a little while now and I’ve fallen instantly back in love with it), Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream (as per my recent review, this is a new infatuation of mine), Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray (I recently ran out of my Fekkai Sheer Shine Glossing Mist, so this was a replacement for that) and Essie’s Pink Parka Polish (I’ve been lusting after this ever since seeing it on Michele1218). Not a bad effort.