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What it says on the website:
Yves Saint Laurent presents a revolution in foundation: Youth Liberator Serum Foundation offers medium-to-full coverage and skin-firming benefits. It also offers 24-hour hydration and SPF 20 coverage.
This anti-aging foundation is infused with our award winning serum, Forever Youth Liberator Serum. Youth Liberator Serum Foundation combines 24 hours of nonstop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with our patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness giving you a newer, brighter complexion. From fair to dark complexions, Youth Liberator Serum Foundation corrects, unifies and evens all skin tones, giving the skin an instantly younger appearance.
Available in 10 universal shades. SPF 20 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
– We are not responsible to any claims made by the manufacturer, and brought here as part of the review.
A good reliable foundation? Yes.
A revolution in the foundation world? I am not sure.
YSL do have quite a few revolutionary products in their pocket, this is not one of them.
First, despite my best efforts, I couldn’t make this foundation to get anywhere near full coverage. It is not much of a medium coverage foundation either. More medium to light, with some unfortunate streaking which requires caution with the amount and some attention to the application). It is optimal as a light wash of color, a tad of coverage, for a barely there makeup look. When you try to build it up, it looks like makeup applied poorly, thus totally defeating the purpose.
Regarding the SPF 20 protection, I believe YSL, but never rely on foundation protection anyway. I use a separate product for broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays.
Not that much coverage, but indeed plenty of hydration. As expected, being a part of the Youth Liberator range, this will not leave your skin dry, nor will it look cakey like some foundations will after a few hours (or, right at the beginning…). It does have a serum-like texture, and I am guessing is the hydrating ingridients in it that impair its ability to cover up… I guess you can’t have it both ways.
Now, with my oily-combinayion skin, I may not be the perfect person to review this, but I feel you may be better off getting an actual serum, and a nice foundation, rather tan this one. Reason being – which kinda annoyed me considering the price tag (69$) – this foundation does not contain any outstanding ingredients to be claimed a serum foundation (to my understanding). I mean, I was expecting a more nourishing product, and my skin to be improved in a way, but all I got was a lot of moisture and skin that requires powdering. An actual serum is more likely to make a noticeable change; and usually, when using a foundation you are looking for coverage, something in which this one does not excel.
That being said, it is a fairly good product if you have a dry skin, with not much imperfections or blemishes to cover up. Some people really do have dry, dull skin, and really want to have a hydrated, glowy and youthful looking skin instead – for them, this will do the job (just because it did not suit my skin type doesn’t mean you won’t love it). Actually, one of the reasons I got it was the excellent reviews it had.
One thing I am really happy about is the shade. I couldn’t really find it with in any other foundation. I use B30 – which has a distinctive yellow undertone, yet is not dark or muddy looking at all [the YSL system goes like that: B- beige (neutral), BD- beige dore (yellow) and BR- beige rose (pink)]. It actually reminds me a bit of a yellow-toned highlighting powder; it blurrs and brightens, while cancelling redness (as much as possible) AND looks exactly like my skin. Another huge plus is it does not oxidize, and therefore stays the same perfect color throughout the day.
Also, like other YSL products, I find I like the scent of it, eventhough it is prominent (so if you are sensitive to smells, check it out before purchasing).
And don’t even get me started about the beautifully minimal bottle. 😍 I would change the pump though, it seems to be not very sensitive so it gives a bit too much of the product (until you learn to manipulate it).
So, to sum it up, this is by no means a bad product. It is a really good one, if what you are looking for is hydration and a dewy skin; if what you have is dry yet clear skin, AND if you don’t mind splurgimg a little. And why would you? 😉