Yves Saint Laurent Poudre Compacte Eclat et Matite (Matt and Radiant Pressed Powder) is a mattifying pressed powder. It comes in a golden box with mirror included. The box is placed in a black velvet pouch with two compartments: one for the powder and the other for the powder puff.
The box contains 10 grams of powder and it retails for $45.
I’m not a fan of pressed powders as they emphasize flakiness, but since I finally don’t have problems with flakiness and dehydration (weird, because I’m currently using a retinol based product), I’ve decided to see what did I miss.
Up to this product, I only had 2 pressed powders: Guerlain meteorites and Sephora mineral powder and I used them as finishing powder. I’ve had the same plan for this powder, too.
The powder itself is very pretty: it has a bas-relief heart with YSL signature on it. It is so pretty that I didn’t want to touch it :)
I have picked the shade 2 Light Sand (neutral light beige). I’m NC15 (winter) – NC20/25 (summer) and I was having doubts, I even considered taking the shade 3, because it seemed light enough in the compact, but thankfully, the SA suggested that shade 2 would be better. However, when I came home, even the shade 2 seemed a tiny bit too dark (it is probably only a slight oxidation). It is not very obvious, but I think that during winter the shade 1 Natural Light might be for me.
For the first couple of weeks I have used this powder exclusively as a setting powder on top of Carita Voile de Beaute foundation. Applied with Sephora Mineral Powder brush, the powder goes on translucent and with no coverage.
The powder is supposed to leave skin matte with long-lasting radiance. Well, it you have very oily skin and you are searching for a mattifying powder, then YSL Matt and Radiant Pressed Powder is not the best choice. Granted, it mattifies to some extent – max 5 hours. Ck Loose Powder works better in the terms of mattifying. But I really like the fact that YSL powder won’t make you unnaturally matte looking – the finish is very soft and natural.
For the purpose of this review, I have also tried the powder using a powder puff which you get with it. I have to say that I’m amazed. As I have mentioned, due to chronically dehydrated skin, I have avoided using only pressed powders. But this powder has changed my mind.
Applied with a puff, this powder almost completely hides the appearance of expanded pores (and my pores are huge – you can check that in my other foundation reviews). What really surprised me, especially because this powder isn’t ment to cover, is that it covers the redness and the irregularities on the skin. However, as you can see on the swatch included, it won’t cover larger imperfections.
The only problem I have with this powder is that, if I wear it for several days in a row, it will clog pores and I will breakout. If I use it every other day, I don’t have these problems.
As a finishing powder, YSL Matt and Radiant Pressed Powder is nothing to write home about, but I recommend it as a powder foundation for slightly oily girls with minor blemishes.
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no powder / YSL Matt and Radiant Pressed Powder (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them):
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