This is the first primer that I feel works on doing a what a primer should: smooth out skin before foundation application.
Generally I am quite skeptical about primers, I think that they are an additional expense to an already expensive and time consuming regime of cleansing, toning, moisturizing and foundation application. I have tried a heap of primers (I’m a cosmetics junkie!) the napoleon perdis, smashbox etc. However, this is the first one that made my foundation (diorskin sculpt) go on even smoother and I think increase it’s lasting power.
Some people here have complained about the strong, flowery scent of it…Personally, I love it! And upon application, it gives my skin a tingly, sensation which is nice. I do not like the applicator, as it is unhygienic for continual use, so I collect the product from the applicator onto my fingers and spread it onto my face (with clean hands after moisturizing face first!). I wait about 4 minutes and apply my foundation.
I probably won’t repurchase just because it is so expensive, and it does not make a significant “wow supermodel skin” difference for me. It does enhance the skins appearance and if I had all the money in the world I would keep repurchasing, however I’d rather buy a really good foundation like Dior than buy a cheap foundation and this, if you know what I mean.
It does a great job under the Kett Hydro and OCC airbrush makeup. I do think the price is prohibitive in me purchasing the product again. I think the smell is very flowery and strong and has been a turn off for some of my clients. Also, I do agree with other reviewers on the brush applicator, it's not very sanitary… and it gets "clogged" often. Wish it came in a squeeze tube or something like that.
There are two types of this primer one for dry skin and one for oily skin. I bought the one for oily skin and it does keep you matte for upto 5 hours. This product is okay. I've seen better. To be honest I wouldn't buy it again but it was worth the purchase as I am using it.
This is a great primer for my dry skin at least, perfect surface for foundation. I do agree that the brush is a bit unhygienic - I dont really understand the purpose of it. But then again, I usually apply skin products with fingers anyway.
I was really disappointed with this product mostly because it was so expensive! This didn't agree with my rosacea, I didn't like the smell and I think the brush applicator is unhygienic.
I find YSL very hit and miss - I hated everything about their mascara for example, but am pretty keen on their foundation. This primer I do like - it's silky to the touch, smells wicked (even though I know some people can't stand it) and has a nice, fresh, tingly feeling on your skin. My skin is strange, when I wear no make up it's completely matte but the occasional product will make it very greasy. With this product I have no grease at the end of the day (I wear it with YSL perfect touch foundation, not generally ever on its own as I don't see the point as it's made to prime).
What I don't like about it is the built in brush that comes with it - I just find it unhygienic. I've had the product about 2 months now and the primer that cannot avoid being left on the brush dries out and goes crusty on the brush, ew :( I'm sure there's a way you can take the brush off, I just haven't got round to it because I only wear primer and foundation if I'm dressing up to go out etc. It's not the CHEAPEST thing you'll ever buy, I think I got it for about £25 in House of Fraser, but then again you're paying for the brand name.
Overall I do like this product and it does what it's supposed to :)
I wanted to love this but Im very dissapointed. It just doesnt seem to do anything for me. It makes my face feel velvety to the touch but it also feels thick and strangely suffocating on my skin. It doesnt improve the application, appearance or longevity of my foundation and I think it dries my skin out.
I tried this after finding it in an online store heavily discounted due to having no box and decided to try it. I was pleasantly suprised! My skin feels like velvet after I've put it on and it does keep my makeup fresh for much longer. I've also noticed that I get far less oil coming through as the day wears on - I suspect the silicone is plugging up my pores preventing the oil from breaking through so I dont use it very often for fear of a breakout, I save it for special occasions. My pores definitely are less noticeable when I use this. I dislike the brush and that you can't see how much of the product you have left. I also find I have to work a lot harder at blending my foundation and I'm not sure I would buy again if I had to pay full price, but if I could get it at a discount, yes.
I wear this alone over my sunscreen and my skin looks poreless and stays matte throughout the day. I have not tried layering foundation on top of this so I am not sure if it rubs off like other reviewers here noted. But when used alone, I find it a great alternative to tinted moisturizers and BB cream. You have to wait a bit for the product to work. After you put it on, you will feel a tingling, cooling feeling. Once that is settled, your skin will look "made up".
I have yet to try the brush though because it seems so unhygienic. I only squeeze the product onto my fingers and rub it on my face directly.
ugh ugh ugh. i HATED this product. and i am a YSL fan in general. always re-buy their mascara and love teint parfait. this however was vile. i was pushed into it by the SA at selfridges (unusual for me because i never get pushed into stuff; are YSL salespeople the pushiest ever or something??) In a word, it is horrible. had no brightening effect apart from a weird glittery finish that i happen to hate. and worst of all, after only 1 use it broke me out in big lumpy spots. i hate it and will never repurchase. money down the drain. if you like glowy/shimmery products that are somewhere between skincare and makeup, try clarins beauty flash. i also love love love guerlain meteorites liquid/gel and nars orgasm in the tube. ANYTHING but this ysl disaster!!!