I have owned YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation for quite some while now, I bought it when it first launched last year and didn't get on with it so I gifted it to my sister. Then after seeing it on a friend re-purchased it (I am weak) and found it pretty easy to wear. Am I completely hooked on the formula? Not quite...
One thing I love about all YSL beauty products is the luxurious packaging, a hefty glass bottle that may not be the most ideal to lug around day to day but it does reflect its price tag. An almost ombre effect glass bottle that contains a built in pump for convenience. I feel I should mention such mechanism as it is one of the few in-built pumps that disperses just the right amount of product ease use meaning there is no waste or mess. As the glass bottle is transparent you can easily see when you are running low on product which is always helpful just ensure you don't drop it!
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation currently is available in seven shades, I have the shade B30 which is a little too light but not unworkable (typically in YSL foundations I wear B40). The shades could do with expanding but I feel that way about most foundation colour ranges truth be told! The texture of this foundation is similar to a serum and this due to the fact it does contain YSL's Forever Youth Liberator Serum. I will be honest and say that is it is not the easiest foundation to apply due to the slightly thicker texture, I find it is not one I can apply in a rush. YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation really has to be buffed into the skin to provide a seamless and natural finish. My weapon of choice does seem to be the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and lots of small buffing strokes. I also find it goes on better over a primer but that could just be my skin type. One thing I did struggle with is the slightly sticky texture this foundation has until it fully sets - you can of course speed this up with a dusting of powder.
I'd personally state that the coverage of YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation is medium, it can be built up and of course sheered out but it is the perfect example of a medium coverage satin finish foundation. I must stress that you will need a concealer to hide any blemishes or other troubled areas (you can see in the above photos it does not cover my mole). On the skin it isn't quite dewy nor is it flat, rather it has a health radiant quality that will be most helpful for dull skin. Unlike some radiance boosting foundations this contains no shimmer particles making it suitable for mature skin types. It is a hydrating formula but oddly I have found that it can cling to dry areas and if my skin is feeling particularly naughty in terms of oil this foundation will separate throughout the day. It does contain an SPF 20 but oddly doesn't really cast a white flash back in photos. If you are a selfie queen (I cringed at using this term too) this could be the foundation you are looking for as it photographs beautifully and gives the impression of a flawless base. Personally I find YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation a little too high maintenance for my needs.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation currently £32.40/30ml via House of Fraser - here.
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