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Foundations - Yves Saint Laurent - Youth Liberator Serum Foundation SPF 20

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rated 3.7(24 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 3.7
  • 54% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 4.6
  • Price: $$$

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rated 3 of 5 on 1/3/2015 5:31:00 PM More reviews by Cbarnes81

Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green

I am halfway through my bottle of this foundation. I give it 3 lippies as I am neither happy nor extremely unhappy with it. I like that it claims to have skin care benefits, though I personally have not seen any skin improvements that I would attribute to this foundation.
- nice texture (creamy fluid)
- medium coverage
- feels nice on the skin
- packaging (the pump gives out small amounts of product each time. *I prefer this over pumps that give out too much at a time)
- for my oily skin, works better with a mattifying hydrator (I use Caudalie's)
- too expensive for what it offers
- doesn't absorb well enough into the skin
- leaves a shiny film on my oily skin, even as soon as after application
- not exactly heavy, but does not provide a natural look either. I prefer YSL's Touche Eclat foundation in this respect.

I plan to use up my bottle, just because I would hate to waste it, and because it is kind of okay anyway. But I don't think I will get another bottle. I tend to buy mainly high-end foundations, and this one is simply not up there on my list of favourites. I have a feeling it would work well for mature, dry skin types.

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rated 3 of 5 on 12/4/2014 10:12:00 AM More reviews by makeupstuffs

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Green

I recently bought the touche eclat foundation and loved it and the fusion ink and loved that too so i thought i must love this too right? Wrong, here's a conparison:
Touche eclat: light, gel based seamlessly fills in my pores. Doesn't last the longest on oily skin but I love the finish so much that I have to wear it. Always get compliments on it. My colour B30
Fusion ink: doesnt look miraculous but is the easiest to wear all day. So light, definitely a matte finish covers well, runny formula, my comfortable 10 hour shift at work foundation. My colour BD40
Youth liberator serum: easy to blend wear colour B30 (slightly darker than touche eclat B30). The finish is definitely less luminous than touche eclat, my friends have confirmed this. Great foundation but if you have very large pores (not many people have my problem) then this sits in them like a mousse foundation as my skin produces oil. Like something like when i wore dream matte by maybelline. This is definitely not matte but also feels a lot heaver than touche eclat and does have better coverage. As id rather let my skin breathe this is a miss for me. If you have large pores and are oily probably wont work. I will be sticking to the other two and when i want an in between matte and luminous i just mix them and they work perfectly.

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rated 5 of 5 on 9/3/2014 6:25:00 AM More reviews by anormansyah

Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Very pricey foundation,, perhaps its the built in skin-care that jolt the price up.

Anyway, great coverage, pores reduces, very natural and not cakey at all. I use moisturiser underneath instead of primer.

I would not buy again though as there are many other premium brands that give the same result but a lot cheaper.

How to look after our skin if we dont use this extravagant foundation/skincare? just keep up with your good daily diet, good skin care routine and you'll be fine.

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rated 2 of 5 on 8/18/2014 10:42:00 AM More reviews by mercurywen

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

From heaven to hell

I really want to like this foundation and I did when I just put it on: the glow on my face is amazing and this definitely beat all other foundation I have used before.

However, after about 2-3 hours, there is nothing left on my face except the cakey texture. I have stayed in a cool office the whole morning, without air conditioner. I don't have too oily skin. This foundation is the shortest-lasting one I've ever used.

If you want a 2 hours' date with perfect skin, try this. But the miracle will end when the clock clicks.

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/30/2014 8:02:00 PM More reviews by Collcakes

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Medium Eyes: Hazel

Okay so the price is a bit of a joke , but to be honest it's completely worth it, I saved up for ages and finally got the courage to treat myself a bit !
First I applied it to bare skin no primer no moisturiser , and I used about 2 pumps because I like quite medium -full coverage , using the real techniques expert brush ... Oh my god I fell in love , this makes your face look airbrushed ! Pores are reduced and the skin has a healthy glow .
This product smells heavenly also and after removing the foundation at the end of the night my skin feels like silk because of the youth serum ... Honestly all round great product .
What are you waiting for go out and buy it!

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/25/2014 6:40:00 PM More reviews by discobisquit

Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I love this foundation, I was a MUA for 12 years, I've worked for Kevin A. Chanel, Nars, Mac, and for me… on my dry skin, is great. I have about 6 foundations each season… I love this with the Becca liquid illuminator in opal with a beauty blender. It has a nice satin finish and with my illuminator, I glow and look like I just drank 2 gallons of water. I am repurchasing this..

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 6/25/2014 4:51:00 PM More reviews by trixie1803

Age: 56 & Over Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I am a foundation junkie and love trying new ones. I watched a lot of videos on YouTube and was impressed by how this foundation looked on so many different types of skin/colors so off to Neiman's I went. I got matched with B40. For reference, in MAC I am NW20. I thought the color looked a little dark but when swatched, it just melted into my skin and matched it perfectly. When I wore this the first time, I applied with my Zoeva 102 silk finish brush. It went on easily and blended well. My heart sank when I put my glasses back on and looked into the mirror, it was cakey and the color was just all wrong. I forgot to mention that I used Benefit's Porefessional on my t zone. I wore it for the rest of the day and was like, I gotta give this another try-this time I applied Hourglass primer all over my face, let it soak in and then used my fingers to apply the foundation. Okay! Now we're talking! This looked seamless on my face. My face looked beautiful, airbrushed and it evened out my skin tone. Aaaaahhh, NOW I see what the good reviews are all about. I just kept looking at my skin all day, just gorgeous. I used one pump to apply with my fingers, just the right amount for me. I buffed with a kubuki brush after to make sure everything was blended well. I think the Porefessional made my pores look worse and they aren't that bad, this is not the thing for me to use with this foundation. I love this and even though it's pricey, I don't use that much so I don't see going thru this fast.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 6/18/2014 12:08:00 AM More reviews by nathaliez

Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I used it last winter, and I love it, it goes on creamy and light, and beautifies the skin instantly.i didn't notice the smell, it is fine by me..the texture is light, yet it does great of making your skin look naturally pretty..my only complaint is the color selection, I am between two shades, so I hope YSL comes out with a few more shades.i will repurchase next winter, in spite of the high price..that foundation doesn't budge!!

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rated 4 of 5 on 5/7/2014 8:17:00 AM More reviews by mauveboudoir

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I like this foundation as it applies seamlessly and does not cake or settle on my pores. It definitely gives me a radiant sort of look - a dewy finish. The scent may bother a few people but I like it and frankly after dusting powder over it, I don't smell it anymore. I use it every so often - one week straight then two weeks after for another one week. For work days it lasts - I apply at 6 am and my skin still looks refined/perfected when I remove it at 5:30 pm. I would recommend using it for special occasions too :)

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 3/30/2014 3:03:00 PM More reviews by Dimanta

Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel

I love the packaging! And I like the shades they have. This foundation feels very hydrating and natural. Feels very smooth and nice on my skin.
I never tried any YSL product but this cute bottle caught my eye and I got a sample. I was pretty sceptical at first as I thought it's another expensive product that does not live up to standards. But I was actually very impressed by how good quality this foundation is!
Let me start by saying that it is very easy to apply, the color matches my skin tone very well (B30 - winter time when Im not tanned, otherwise B40 or BR40 is good shade for summer) and looks very natural. I wore it for about 8 hours and at the end of the day, my foundation was still perfect, did not feel greasy, sticky or cakey. It is medium-full coverage.
I love the fact that it contains SPF 20 and anti-aging serum. Perfect combination, that's exactly what I like as my Armani foundation does not contain SPF, and I had to use it separate.
I know it's very pricey- $70 for foundation is a lot! However, I might purchase it, as I loved it so much. I will wear it for a week or two and then update my review, if any changes.
P.S. BR means Beige Rose and these shades have a rosy/pink undertone. BD means Beige Dore and these shades have a golden undertone. B stands for Beige and these shades are more neutral in undertone. For this particular formula however, shade B30 stands out and is a bit different from the other "B" shades, as it has very strong yellow-peach undertones.

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