When I first spotted this foundation on the market I had absolutely zero interest in it. It wasn’t particularly marketed towards my skin type and I’m pretty well catered for already in the foundation department. The moment I fell hook, line and sinker for it was when I met Lily one day and her skin looked awesome. Like airbrushed awesome. The girl has ridiculously good skin anyway, but this was a whole new level of flawless. It took about two seconds for me to enquire about her base and when she replied saying it was the new YSL Youth Liberator Foundation, my interest switched from zero to off the barometer. After a bit of a wild goose-chase (I’ll elaborate later), I finally got my hands on this last week and after seven days of testing I’m ready to give my verdict.
I’ll cut to the chase. It’s good. A slightly heavier coverage than I’m used to, which my ruddy complexion is thanking me for, good staying power and an easy-to-blend, undetectable formula. Formula-wise it’s very similar to Jemma Kidd’s Light As AirÂ (the most comparable I’ve found in my year of searching), though perhaps with slightly less wear-time and it’s got a touch of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk about it too, but with a bit more dewiness. That sheen that it allows through makes this a good option for everyday wear on occasions when a tinted moisturiser just ain’t up to the job.
The catch? Well it’s not the cheapest foundation out there at a pretty pricey at Â£34 and the colour range is a little lacking. I picked up B30 that is a tad too dark for me, though nothing that a little neck-blending and back-of-the-hand bronzing can’t sort, but the shade lighter BR20 is a bit too pinky. I think in an ideal world a blob of B10 and B30 would be the best match. I’ve also found stock to be lacking (the Lily Pebbles effect perhaps?); it took treks to three Boots stores for me to finally go home with it. Boy, was it worth the wait.
If you’re tempted FeelUnique has most the shades in – no wild goose chase required.