I really like this product - it's very light and matte and it feels like you're wearing nothing. BUT, the smell is horrendous. When I'm wearing it throughout the day, the perfumey smell gives me a headache. It's so overpowering and gross.
Amazingly, no joke, the Clinique Even Better foundation is literally on par (texture and coverage wise) to this YSL foundation. Also, it's $50 (in Aus) which is significantly less than the $80 price tag. Clinique even better is seriously identical except there's no smell.
If you're like me with relatively good skin, who likes a matte finish and something that doesn't feel so heavy, without the price tag of YSL, seriously get a sample of clinique even better and try it out. But if you like it for the YSL brand, buy it but for the sake of your friends and family, wear it where no one has to get a sniff of that weird fake perfumed smell.
I bought it these days. My opinion is that it's an excellent foundation. If you blend it nice, your skin looks perfect. And if you wear it with the YSL Matte and Pressed powder, you'll see miracles happening. Although it's quite expencive, I would buy it again.
I love this foundation. Over a year passed since I bought this foundation and Teint Radiance never disappointed me. It provides a perfect natural look, not too matte, not too bright, it's just the glow of a real skin. I love how the shade #4 seems made to measure for me. I never need to use a face powder with this foundation, even on the hotter days. The coverage is really adjustable: I usually pump two drops of it, but eventually I use three instead a concealer and it works well. Doesn't transfer and doesn't oxidize. For me, Teint Radiance is a true Holy Grail.
This has to be one of the worst foundations I've tried. While it did not break my skin out, it was very thick and mask like. The first day I wore it when the temperature warmed up -- yikes!!! It separated all over my face and disappeared in spots. I headed to the mall the same day to find something else. Oh, Im a NC43 in MAC and wore #9, which was a touch too light.
This is my favourite foundation.
It makes your skin look really healthy, soft and smooth, while it doesn't cover up too much. I have freckles and I love that this foundation doesn't cover them up, it just makes your skin look perfect and even.
It has some light enhancing pigments, but it doesn't make you all shimmery at all. It just gives you a nice touch of radiance.
Another good thing is the spf 20 that protects your skin.
The only negative thing I can think of is the package. Seeing as it is a little expensive it would have been nice to use all of the product, and when it's a pump, you obviously can't get it all out.
It's not really a biggie though because a bottle usually lasts about 6 months and I use 2 pumps every time.
The name sounded so promising, but unfortunately the closest shade to my skintone (Gold Beige) is not yellow enough. If you have neutral coloring, this will probably be the right shade for you. I'm currently using a sample and love the consistency and coverage of this foundation, and the fact that it has SPF 20 in it. My skin looks even and glowy, but unless YSL issues additional shades, I will not be purchasing this because there are other lines with more yellow-leaning shades that are more flattering for my skintone. Also, I found the scent to be overpowering at first, but it does dissipate pretty quickly so at least it doesn't linger all day.
For reference, I wear NARS Alaska/Punjab, MAC NC30, Shiseido O20, BE 1.2/2.0 light and I have combination skin.
I like that it has a pump and is easy to apply but this foundation just doesnt work. Light to medium coverage which is what I needed. But it has a very fake powdery finish. Just looks bad on my dry skin. Settled into the lines unde my eyes too. It did even out my skintine like all foundations do but at 52 dollars, you'd expect MUCH more. Didn't really make me look radiant either. It just sits on your face.. Save your money.
I said I would purchase again, but probably won't. However, it's an excellent foundation, and worth checking out .... so I am not ruining the repurchase rating.
First, what I like:
--color blends beautifully, evenly, and flawlessly with little effort.
--light to medium buildable coverage. If you need opacity, you may not find this suitable for your needs.
--great wear time.
--easily retouched without appearing mask like, cakey, or chalkly.
--great color choices, but you can probably be one or even two shades off; a very forgiving formula.
--no breakouts, not pore clogging, no irritation of an kind.
I took off a lippie for two reasons: 1) Packaging. First, the mechanism isn't great for getting the product out, as others have noted. It's an all or nothing deal. And, the cap does not twist off, so there is no way to open the container to get the product out, or to get the last remainder out with a Q-tip. I care about this at 50 dollars an ounce. Too much remains in the bottle for YSL to seal off consumer access to the product. (Seems to me a sales ploy, but I am jaded.) 2) The finish is good, but there are others I like more, In short, I don't find it all that "radiant," more like really great and natural. Lancôme's Rénergie Lift still has my favorite finish. While it doesn't lift, there is a satin finish to it that I find really flattering and appealing.
The finish on Teint Radiance is more like "YSBB"; I didn't find it to be really satiny or extraordinary, rather, its unique in its sheer naturalness and flawlessness, which is nice but not exactly as advertised, no real luminosity here. Much more like great skin than adding any extra ooomph factor.
Or that is how it seemed to me.
Great product to have on hand, especially if you're a product s/lut and get bored easily; however, I still prefer the Lancôme Rénergie for when I want the extra polish. The YSL Teint Radiance has been my daytime wear for a bit now, and it is great for that purpose.
Edited to add: I see that someone wrote that this stuff melted off during the summer. I have been using this during the winter, but I can see this easily happening, as it has provided a flawless if natural finish during the winter, when my otherwise combination skin is just appalling dry during the radiator months.
My daughter purchased this for her upcoming wedding and I loved how it looked on her. Her skin is flawless and young so wasn't sure how it would look on my large pore skin. I tried it today and it looks so natural and feels like you have nothing on. I hate foundations and usually just use Jane Iredale pressed powder. I also have Clea de Peau and La Mer , but this definitely looks flawless. I find the other $$$ ones tend to show my pores and sometimes the Clea de Peau looks cakey. I used this with their primer and I feel so much more confident about my skin.
Edit: 11/24/11. I applied this myself without the pore minimizer and it still looked great. It doesn't emphasize your pores at all. Initially I applied it sparingly and I thought I needed a bit more coverage (especially for my daughter's upcoming wedding). So I put some more on and it looked flawless (for me)! I highly recommend and I know that I would never have looked into this brand had the makeup artist pulled my daughter aside that day for a free makeover.
I'm not sure actually, why so many people dislike it, but one reason can be that this suits mostly only normal skin, not dry unless you find a moisturiser that works with it) or oily. And: this is a foundation you should not count on in hot weather...
I bought this because my skin is light olive, which basically means I have A LOT of yellow tones in it. I chose the colour 4, and it has almost the right amount of yellow (I need even more...).
The look this gives me is dewy, and I really like it! There are actually a lot of very fine shimmering particles in this, but you doesn't notice them on the skin - I hate sparkly foundations! I didn't actually find out that they were there before applying this on paper, and seeing that it was almost slightly metallic; much more than Teint Miracle from Lâncome (there you can actually see the shimmer in the bottle).
I'm not sure what type of moisturiser I should use with this, because it tends to misbehave with the one I'm currently using - it becomes more liquid and easier to spread, but doesn't set. Therefore I just skip moisturiser, and actually use... water! I've recently found out that this applies much better over a slightly moist face. I do not powder over it - it totally ruins the look of the foundation.
I apply this with fingers, because this i the way feel I can get the right coverage and the look I want. I smear it outwards first, work it in in circles, and finish up with patting it/rolling my fingers over my face. I DO need to work it in a little to make it even, but I think it's worth it for the long wear.
I have found that I can't use this as a concealer under my eyes, because it settles into lines, but it's not such a big con for me, because there's not that many foundations that are great also for under the eyes.
Teint Resist is supposed to be the long lasting foundation in this line, but I must say that this definitely is long lasting too. When I apply it 10 a.m and is done at the uni about 8 p.m, it still looks pretty nice! On me, this disappears veeeery slowly, and not patchy at all. Haven't noticed any transferring - yay :D
I probably will need to switch when the summer comes again though, because this product works much nicer when it's colder outside; else it tends to oxidise more on me, and actually makes me a little bit too shiny for my taste.
I do not like the pump on this - it gives me either all or nothing. Also, I need about 4-5 pumps for the coverage I want (no, it doesn't look cakey). The last one I'm actually not much annoyed about though, because I try out new foundations often.
Although I have sensitive skin, this has not broken me out. It doesn't seem to clog pores either.
I would definitely not suggest this for oily skin, but not dry either - it then looks powdery and not very nice. You can see it on the name too: RADIANCE - oily people should rather search for something "satin" or "matte".
Forgot to mention: this is about medium to light in coverage.