Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Product Review | YSL Teint Resist Foundation

There are girls that like their blushes, girls that like their eye shadows. I am always on the lookout for that perfect foundation that's just...perfect! Over the past few years I've tried quite a few drugstore and high-end foundations.

About a year ago now, I purchased Teint Resist by Yves Saint Laurant after a brief hype in the beauty community. I was excited, as it promised everything I was looking for. I have been meaning to review this foundation, but have been on the fence about it. Call it a love/hate relationship. At the moment, I am quite okay with it.

On to the review!

My skin & what I am looking for:
I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and some dry patches on my cheeks depending on the weather. During the summer months, my skin gets oilier in the t-zone and normal on my cheeks. I have some hormonal breakouts and some acne scaring. With that being said, I am looking for a medium coverage foundation that will conceal my spots and scars and last all day without looking cakey or overly matte.

What YSL promises:
This oil-free foundation, guarantees unfailing wear and radiance for up to 14 hours. The luminous transfer-resistant formula forms perfectly to the skin for a soft and seamless result. The complexion is preserved from feelings of discomfort or tightening, remaining supple and silky-smooth from the morning through to night. Pigments are specifically coated for a color-true effect and the formula absorbs excess oil through the day, for a complexion which always looks and feels fresh. Medium coverage. Semi-matte finish. Oil-Free SPF 10, 1.0 fl. oz. 

Price: 55 USD

The product comes in a beautiful milky glass bottle with a golden lid. Big bonus is the pump that the product comes with.

I bought this in 5 Peach. I am currently an NC25-NC30 (MAC), Fiji-Punjab (Nars). The colour match has been one of the main reasons why I am on the fence about this product. The product comes out ashy neutral and oxidizes to a peachy shade that almost leans cool toned. It takes about half an hour for it to turn into a neutral shade that I can pull off with my yellow undertones. This foundation requires quite a bit of blending down the neck for me and some added bronzer or warm toned powder. During my paler NC25 months, this foundation is too dark and noticeably neutral for me. 4 Sand may be a better match.

Here are some swatches on my NC25 coloured underarm. 

with flash, top to bottom: MAC SFF NC30, YSL Teint Resist 5 Peach blended & initial application

no flash, left to right: MAC SFF NC30, YSL Teint Resist 5 Peach

Consistency, scent and application:

YSL Teint Resist SPF10 has a delicious fruity melon scent. For more sensitive skins this may pose a problem.

I found that the foundation applies easily and blends in well. I like to use my hands or a flat top kabuki to apply it. I would say this is a light-medium coverage foundation that will cover redness, but barely cover scaring or breakouts. I need to use about 3 pumps, which is quite a lot and additional concealer! The foundation sits lightly on the skin and has a semi matte finish, that will let your natural oils shine thru. I didn't find that this foundation kept my oils at bay tho. After about 3 - 4 hours, my t-zone gets oily (w/o powder/primer). This foundation is not transfer resistant.

- light medium coverage
- natural semi-matte finish
- nice scent
- very light weight
- blends in easily

- may flashback in photographs due to SPF
- doesn't control oils
- may not be suitable for sensitive skins
- price tag
- colour match

Final thoughts:
This foundation is probably most suited for girls with normal skin or if you don't mind blotting during the day. On me this foundation looks good for the first 4 hours and would need touching up after about 6-7 hours.

Will I repurchase?
Probably not, as I have seen cheaper foundations that perform better.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?


  1. Very nice review! I've always wanted to try a YSL foundation but never got around to it yet :p Sounds like a good foundation overall, especially if it has a nice matte finish. Too bad about the shade selection :/ I noticed a lot of their foundations also end in the pinkier side.

  2. If you find a good match and if you don't need too much coverage, this foundation would be good. I would recommend asking for a sample first. :)

  3. I was actually going to purchase this fooundation untill I came across your review! Thank you! x

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  5. Thanks for following back! I definitely am a foundation junkie! I have like several on my wish list. xx

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  7. I'm glad I read your review Maya coz I was always curious about YSL and now I will resist it. I have combo skin like you. I may be getting the Armani fluid now instead. That is after I finish at least one bottle of my existing foundations, hahaha!

    I'm a foundation junkie too. My HG is currently Chanel VA Aqua for fall/winter and either MAC F&B or Nars TM for summer. I'm always open to trying new foundations though :)

    1. I have always been curious about Armani foundations too. At the moment I am using a sample of Vitalumiere Aqua and I love it. But I seriously need to get through some foundations before I can justify purchasing yet another one. Speaking of, really curious about the new YSL that's supposed to come out this summer. It looks lovely! xx


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