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