i am now using the second compact already. at first i didnt like it since it is hard to pick up. but the finish is so right and soft that i couldn't give it up. one day i accidentally broke it and it shethered. then it was such a dream to apply.i was using ti every single day since then. being hard to pick up is the common problem i have with all pressed powder, this included. if you can find the right brush, go for it. it is such a silky finish that it provides.
This powder is not only beautiful in the compact, but looks absolutely beautiful on.
I have used YSL's Golden Gloss and Touche éclat, but I wasn't overwhelmed by either. Unfortunately YSL's shade selection in general is a little strange for me, and the Sephora I visited was always out, so I didn't have a lot of choices in selecting a shade.
However, every time I tried the tester, I fell in love. The texture was the smoothest I have ever felt, even when applied with a sponge. The mattifying power was also amazing and stayed matte for hours despite my extremely oily skin.
So, I bought shade 02, which is just a little light for my light-med warm skin with yellow undertones. However I apply it with a brush and it goes on nice and sheer over Bare Minerals matte, liquid foundation, or tinted moisturizer. It looks amazing and makes my skin look airbrushed.
Even though the price is high, the quality and texture are worth it. It is also slightly larger than other powders I have bought in the past for the same price-- check the product weight, it's not bad. Another sign that this is a quality product-- it stays intact and leaves very little stray dust when swiped by a brush. So, you're not wasting excess powder during the application either.
Though it's definitely not cheap, consider it an investment in your appearance. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the perfect powder with excellent oil control and an airbrushed finish.
This my very first powder and it is fantastic. Over the summer I got used to the skin perfecting properties of my bronzer so I went in search of a regular pressed powder that would keep me polished through the winter as well. I read reviews for many different powders on Sephora's site (since MUA didn't have that many reviews for HE powders), and decided to get either this or Chanel. I went to Murale and tested YSL against Chanel's pressed powder and YSL won me over with its smoother and creamier texture. I threw the pouch and applicator aside and I use a fluffy powder brush to lightly dust this on my face and it somehow manages to blur all my pores and make my skin look air-brushed (fyi I have very clear skin and I don't use any foundation or TM). You can't see or feel it on the skin; instead it makes your skin look naturally smooth and perfect. The effect lasts all day without touch ups, although I do bring it with me for the mirror. This is such an elegant and effective product. I definitely would buy again. (This was $67 Cdn, tx incl., lol!)
i LOVE this powder!!! it has very natural coverage. i use it to either set my foundation, touch up throughout the day, and sometimes i even use it alone when im in a rush to even out my skin tone. the powder doesnt settle into my pores and controls my oil production well. also, this powder smells divine!!! i have never used a powder this aromatically pleasant before! the packaging is very fancy but i dont like the fact that the powder puff has to be stored separately in the velvet pouch if i wanna use it.. but other than that, great powder!
This powder is phenomenal. I purchased this based on a recommendation from a friend and i am so glad that i did.
First off it smells amazing, it's finely milled, lightweight , mattifies like a dream yet it still leaves your skin natural looking and flawless. I usually set my foundation with this and it lasts me for 7hours + depending on the season. The compact is gorgeous and comes in a black velvet pouch with a sponge. This retails for $45.50 + TAX and yes i know, its very pricey but its now my HG and i cant imagine my life without it ;D, plus it lasts a really long time . I'm a Mac NC 25-30 and i use #4 and #5 . they both complement my skin tone
I really like the look and feel of this powder. It doesn't give you a mask/too matte appearance...it looks very natural. I dust this over top of YSL matte touch and it lasts 10+ hours without fading. I have a little shine because this isnt the most absorbing powder. But being matte all day is not natural and being greasy looking isnt either...so this is some where right in the middle but leaning more towards matte. Oh, and I absolutely ADORE the velvet pouch and heart carving.... Another fine product from YSL....
This was the first high end powder i've ever bought, and definitely the most expensive item in my make up bag at £30 ($50). i'm still not entirely sure why i bought it since it isnt in my habit to spend so much on a make up item. i was a little frustrated with the rather cheap powder i had been using, which i felt left my skin a little chalky and did very little to set my foundation and control shine. i found myself in a fancy department store browsing, a SA cornered me and next thing i know i've just spent £30 on a tiny powder compact! oh well. first things first, the packaging. i adore the gold compact this comes in, its so elegant, and it has a decent mirror inside, and i know this is totally superficial and possibly quite ditzy sounding but i do love the heart imprinted in the powder itself. the powder puff is of excellent quality too, but i don't like how it doesnt fit inside the compact. the whole package came in a little black velveteen slip, so i've assumed the puff is supposed to be stored in that? its not exactly convenient, especially if you want to put this in your purse. The powder itself is lovely. i use it once a day in the morning, since i prefer to touch up with blotting sheets. it goes on very smoothly, and looks so natural - no caking, or the appearance that ive dusted myself with flour! it makes my skin look velvety, and matte, but slightly dewy. just the effect i was looking for. it doesnt keep my skin perfectly matte all day, but it does a great job of 'sealing' in my foundation. is it worth the money? IMO no makeup item is truly worth 30 pounds, but i might buy it again someday because im pretty impressed overall.
I have oily skin and this works pretty well for me. I used to use it over liquid foundation but I realized that makes my face look too caked on and not dewy. So now I use it for touch ups and when I don't have any blotting papers.
I also often use this when I don't want to put on liquid foundation. I've been very happy with it but I've been thinking about buying a light translucent powder (possibly from Givenchy?).
I bought this powder together with my radiant brush foundation and immediately felt guilty for doing so. I initially thought that it was just like any other powder i could've gotten for a lower cost. I was pleasantly surprised however when I tried it at home. Its a good match for the radiant brush foundation. It is matte but still leaves the skin with a radiant finish. I tried it on one side and BE mineral veil on the other and YSL looked soo much better especially during the day as mineral veil looked too...shiny. The texture of the skin - soft and radiant - is similar to mineral veil without the messiness. With that being said, it is perfect for touch-ups during the day.
I'm not sure if I'd buy this again. There are just too many powders out there to try....
Overall, I think this is not a bad powder and this proves that YSL is one of the best when it comes to foundations.
I really like the packaging of this product, and for $43 (strawberrynet) it is a good price for a high-end branded pressed power (in comparison to Chanel, Armani... etc). I love the velvet texture of the powder and how smoothly it goes on. I use this on top of my tinted moisturizer because I don't like the dewy finish tinted moisturizers give (I have very oily skin already, so I don't need the whole "dewy" look)... I am on my 2nd with this now, so far I am quite happy with it :) I love how it doesn't cake with touch ups and it doesn't look heavy at all. The only downside with this powder is that it doesn't have much coverage, so just must wear something underneath it unless you have flawless skin. In terms of oil control, it doesn't really do much, I still got to bring my blotting papers with me. But with my extremely oily skin, I am used to that already... so that doesn't really bother me.