I love technology. Nowadays we can line our eyes without poking ourselves blind, unify our skin tones with textures that are lighter than air, color our lips with something that is a lipstick/gloss/balm three-in-one, and while we’re at it, why not finally make a formula that is as good on the cheeks as it is on the lips? YSL got there with their new line of Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, and I went on a happy spring date night with *Fuchsia Désinvolte!
YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (10 ml/0.33 oz. RRP in Belgium: 35,50 euros. Availability: May) is a blush/lipstick. There are 12 shades in the line up. Either you can mix and match, or you can save yourself some space in the makeup bag as well as time by using the same shade on both your cheeks and lips (never know how to coordinate your lips/cheek colors? Problem solved). The “air-whipped” texture hugs the skin closely. It never feels heavy or looks patchy.
The patented “hidden pearl applicator” is soft and bouncy. It picks up just enough product each pull for both lips and cheeks.
My application tips:
I apply YSL Fuchsia Désinvolte Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (01. A cool bright fuchsia) on my lips straight from the applicator. Afterwards, I dab a bit of whatever is left on the applicator on my index finger and start patting it on my cheeks. It might look like there isn’t a lot of product left at all, but remember the formula is densely pigmented. It does melt into the skin seamlessly with no visible texture, but starting with a tiny bit of product might still be the easiest way to apply. I find that with Fuchsia Désinvolte, one layer is my sweet spot. It is just pigmented enough for me to still feel at ease, but not so subdued that it barely shows up in photos.
YSL Fuchsia Désinvolte Baby Doll Kiss & Blush swatched. Left: straight from the applicator. Right: blended out.
As you can see, Fuchsia Désinvolte has a bit of a satiny sheen. On the lips, the shine wears off with food and drinks, but the color stays and stays! We went to a burger restaurant that night. I don’t know about you, but even a gourmet burger for me is a BURGER, and burgers are supposed to be picked up and devoured (not cut into neat little pieces and consumed with a fork. If you do that, I admire you, but I can’t). After my hearty meal (fries and salad included), I went to the ladies’ to inspect my lips. Fuchsia Désinvolte was very much still there! Naturally it has been worn off, but it wore off incredibly evenly. There was no unsightly ring of color or patchiness! After that, it took the rest of the night for it to finally more or less disappear. Talk about lasting power! I don’t find the formula particularly hydrating, but it is not drying, either.
On the cheeks, Fuchsia Désinvolte is easy to “blend (it is a big word since the formula requires no blending).” It has a bit of luminosity that makes the skin look youthful and smooth. The texture is absolutely invisible on. Most blushes benefit from a bit further diffusing with a finishing powder in my book, but this one is perfectly fine on its own! On top of that, it stays put. It doesn’t stain the skin, but once on, it isn’t going anywhere!
A couple more photos for you to see YSL Fuchsia Désinvolte Baby Doll Kiss & Blush on my cheeks and lips:
I put a bit of Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow and Urban Decay Zero on my eyes, and that’s the perfectly easy spring date night look done!
Bottom line: You should try a YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush! I know it’s hard to tell how the other 11 shades will perform based on my experience with Fuchsia Désinvolte alone, but I really am beyond impressed! I think the formula will be particularly great for the warmer weather/a beach getaway. Dab a little on and you’re ready to look fabulous for hours on end!