Tuesday, June 7, 2011

when matte matters - ysl teinte resist review



Since I have combination, oily t-zone, it is important for me to use products that control or minimize oil throughout the day.  So I will be sharing a few tried and tested products that either worked or failed for my skin type.  A series I will label "when matte matters".


I own quite a few foundations that offer different finishes and coverage.  And one that I have been using  for a couple of years now is the YSL Teint Resist Long Wear Transfer Resistant Foundation SPF 10.  According to YSL: Teint Resist is ideal for normal to oily and combination skin types, and for people who prefer a long-lasting foundation.


ysl teint resist 05 peach $54 / 1 oz.


I own this foundation in the shade 05 Peach, which is not a perfect match, but the closest to my skin tone.  Let me just point out that it was difficult for me to find a match with all YSL foundations.  I lean more warm and yellow, no olive; (NC30-37 depending on the season) and found most neutral shades are also compatible with my skin.  But upon swatching shades in different formulas, I found that YSL tend to have a lot of pink in their foundations.




With that said, I found the closest match in 05 Peach which is more neutral than warm.  The coverage of the foundation is light to medium.  If you prefer a full coverage foundation, skip this one.  It doesn't have a runny texture, nor is the product thick.  It glides easily onto the skin and leaves behind a very smooth texture, similar to that of a silicone primer. It leaves a no-shine satin finish, not necessarily flat.  The selling point for me is that it is marketed as long lasting and transfer-resistant, which I can say, lived up to my expectations.  It lasts a good 8 hours on my skin before it starts to break down.  I blot once or twice a day, but then I again, I still have yet to find a foundation that wouldn't require me to do so. I also found that if I want a better lock-down, I pair it up with the YSL Matt Touch Primer, which I will also review.  
pre-blending daylight
pre-blending with flash
This is probably only the second foundation I have finished, which says a lot, considering the different options I have at hand.  The only drawback I found is that it does have a slight white-cast in flash photography.  
blended daylight
blended with flash



Overall, if you need a good summer foundation that's oil-free, long-lasting and somewhat transfer-resistant, I highly recommend this one.


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