YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Color

April 9, 2014

I have a theory (which is probably true but I just don’t have actual solid evidence since I don’t work in the beauty industry) that some giant makeup manufacturer comes up with something new each year, and then OEMs or licenses the idea out to all the other brands. Either that or they’re all copycats. In any case, this year’s “thing” seems to be some sort of cheek/lip 2-in-1 color. Not quite a novel concept, but the cheek/lip combos of yesteryears were all only good for either cheek or lip, never both. And intuitively, it would seem the case – who wants glossy cheeks or powdery matte lips??? But all that is changing with this new generation… and leading the pack, is YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Color!

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Lip and Cheek Colour

YSL’s Kiss & Blush is like mousse for the cheeks and lips…soft, non-runny, a breeze to blend. There is enough slip in it so it stays perfectly comfortable on the lips, but not so much that it slides around. It goes on the lips with a velvety sheen, not quite glossy, and not really matte. It does dry down after awhile, losing some of the shine, but even then it still manages to stay comfortable on my lips and does not emphasize lines. Kiss & Blush is completely different from YSL’s Glossy Stain (reviewed here), which is a thick lip lacquer type of product, feels sticky and is glossier.

On the cheeks, I found the mousse-like texture to be easier to control and blend out than liquid cheek tints like Addiction (reviewed here) and Tom Ford Fire Lust (reviewed here). I put the product on my finger, and then dab 3 dots on the apples of my cheeks, and blend up using a brush. It blends out sheer, but is easily buildable. Once it dries, it gives a satin finish that wore well throughout the day.

YSL Kiss & Blush applicator


Usually when a brand raves about a brand new applicator (like with the Gloss Volupte) I turn skeptical. But the petal-shaped sponge applicator with a pearl in the middle actually works well. 1 dip is sufficient to cover both my lips, and another dip for both cheeks. Of course, you could do 2 dips for greater opacity and color intensity.

There are 12 shades in the full line-up, and here are some arm swatches of all 12 straight out of the tube and blended out on the side. The shades are swatched in running number from left to right.

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Lip and Cheek Colour complete swatches

May I digress for a moment and lament about the packaging? Nail polish bottles, really YSL?? I mean, with other minimalistic brands like Addiction, I can understand. Even cutesy Benefit. But this late to the market with a product of this sort, and in comparison to Shu Uemura’s Tint in Gelato (review coming up very soon), YSL could have done much much better. But I digressed, the point was I overcame my initial mental hurdle and came home with 2. And the shades I picked were their marketing top picks – #1 Fuchsia Desinvolte (a bright fuchsia with cool undertone), and #4 Orange Fougueux (bright medium orange with warm undertone).

Here are some swatches:

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Fuchsia Desinvolte 01

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Fuchsia Desinvolte 01

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush 4 Orange Fougueux swatch

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush 4 Orange Fougueux swatch

Will you be picking up any of these YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Colours?  xoxo

0 responses to “YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Color”

  1. dandygal says:

    I want those very much. Why are they not available here yet? 🙁

    btw I think it’s “trend analysis” & copycats. at least if they’re like any other industry, where companies constantly sue each other.

  2. curiouskohl says:

    haha i do work in the beauty industry. no that does not happen. 🙂 nice post. love the swatches on you. I tried these on in store but i have way too many lip and cheek products to be going around buying another one. but you have tempted meeeee

    • silverkis says:

      Oh but then how do diff brands all decide to turn out the same type of product at the same time?

      • curiouskohl says:

        haha well there are various possibilities. firstly a parent company might own multiple beauty brands. e.g. Estee Lauder owns MAC, Origins, Estee Lauder, Clinique, La Mer, Tom Ford Beauty to name a few and hence probably share R&D resources to be able to bring out pretty much the same product/idea to market just marketed differently targeting different consumers. True for most beauty and FMCG companies. Secondly, it depends upon how long it takes for a company to bring to market a product once they see a trend. Most companies have resources studying trends in their category to be able to launch the next big thing. and once one brand launches a cream blush, it’s just matter of how fast a company wants to launch the same thing and get a piece of the pie… could be 2 weeks, could be 2 years 🙂

  3. mjacqueline says:

    These are the exact 2 colours I’m eyeing so thank you for the swatches Linda, I love how they look on your lips.

  4. Lena L says:

    Oh, I am sure there’re many licensing and patenting going on. I will probably get a Shu Uemura version if I am to get any, since YSL is more expensive.
    The Fuchsia color looks amazing! It looks like the color applies very evenly, too!

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Lena, YSL is more exp but contains much more product. And personally, I prefer YSL’s formula. Do give both a try and see which you prefer before making a decision!

  5. pearlessence says:

    Bahaha the best way to make sure your lip colour and cheek colour match! 😀

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