I tried this in Clear based on the recommendation of a really lovely Sephora SA. I was looking for foundation that would work on my lighter than NC 15 skin and this was one of the samples she sent me home with. I've been loyal to my Rachel K CC Cream for awhile now but the YSL is a better color match and gives my dry mature skin a glow that the Rachel K doesn't. In fact, I liked it so well that I bought a full sized tube as soon as my sample ran low.
While it doesn't have the coverage of a true foundation it does a fabulous job of evening out my skintone (yay! my face finally matches my neck!) and neutralizing the surface redness on my cheeks. To get a bit more coverage I apply it over my tinted sunscreen and a layer of primer. I wear it just like that for casual days. Add a bit of blush and I'm done. When I want a more polished look I top it with a translucent setting powder.
The only downside is the fragrance. I'm not a fan of heavily scented products and this has a really strong rose scent when first applied. The scent fades by the time I've finished my full face so it's not a deal breaker for me.
I am here to tell you that this is, by far, the best BB cream I have ever applied to my precious visage! Seriously. I ended up making this purchase by chance. A friend had an YSL makeup party at Nordstrom (she was the top buyer for the month..or something like that). We had a few hours of sampling various products from the YSL line. Among the noteworthy products, was this Top Secrets BB Cream. I will tell you that I've been using Dr. Jart--and am happy with it because it goes on smoothly and isn't dry or cakey. And then...I tried this YSL BB Cream. I was amazed at how hydrating it felt. Amazed. It really, really glides on so nicely and it feels moist. I made the purchase of the "clear" color, which is the lightest hue available of two hues.
Since my purchase, I've been using this over my moisterizer, serum, and primer (yes. I realize that you don't need all of this with a BB cream. However, at my age, I feel that the other products just hydrate my skin a bit more). I am beyond happy. The tube has a very small opening which allows for only a small amount to be distributed--which is great b/c you really do not need much of this. It covers nicely. Not that full out matte...and less than a foundation, but it looks fabulous because it gives a nice luminous glow and the fact it is so hydrating just knocks it outta the ballpark. Definitely a keeper. I will be purchasing a back-up very shortly.
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Firstly, I have struggled with acne for a very long time and am now left with red blemishes and scars all over my face. I deeply try to avoid any oil based products, so when the shop assistant suggested I tried the new YSL Top Secrets BB cream in 'Clear', I reluctantly agreed.
When I looked at myself in natural light after she'd applied it, I was shocked by how great my skin looked! She hadn't used any concealer on me and the BB cream had covered everything up, including the redness (being so pale skinned, my acne scars have made me look really red, even when my skin doesn't really break out anymore - it looks so much worse than what it is).
The circles under my eyes looked like they'd been covered with Touche Eclait and my face looked radiant. I was so surprised that I went ahead and bought it. And best of all, when I got home, my skin hadn't broken out at all during the day and had remained perfectly in place.
I also love the rose smell - usually perfumed products make me breakout too (I am so sensitive to everything!) but this just didn't.
The Top Secrets BB cream is my EXACT skin colour match (freakishly so) - although I am very, very pale, so bear this in mind when purchasing! I know it won't suit everyone because of how light it is. I had been using the oil-free Laura Mercier tinted foundation in 'Porcelain', which did calm my acne and breakouts down, but the shade made me look too orange.
If you, like me, have very sensitive skin, it's worth giving this a go. It's light enough to help your skin recover from acne and acne scars whilst still covering up whatever marks you have. It feels great not having to cake myself in concealer and foundation whilst still looking glowing! I will definitely buy again!