YSL Le Compact Encre de Peau

June 9, 2017
I’m always happy when brands extend product lines that I enjoy with new offerings, so when YSL reached out to me recently about their new Le Compact Encre de Peau, I was intrigued.  Billed as a 3-in-1 foundation, finishing powder and touch-up, the YSL Encre de Peau Compact Foundation is the busy woman’s dream come true!
YSL Le Compact Encre de Peau
Ever since I got hold of YSL’s Le Cushion Encre de Peau [reviewed here] last year, it has been on constant repeat in my purse.  It is my base of choice whenever I need something natural, long-lasting and with good coverage.  I don’t wear powder foundations much these days, but I love setting my makeup with one of YSL’s many wonderful powders.  I’ve owned several of them over the years, and have always been impressed by how finely milled and beautiful YSL’s powders are.
YSL Le Compact Encre de Peau
Le Compact Encre de Peau is a novel compact powder that comes packaged like a cushion with a swing lid over the pan, and a double-sided applicator sponge.  Just like the original Fusion Ink Encre de Peau Fluid Foundation, this Le Compact is mattifying and has a thin, lightweight texture.  This is due to the innovative 3D Elastic Gel technology that allows the powder to drape across the face for a seamlessly flawless finish whilst maintaining an airy light sensation.  The powder is double-coated, which allows it to be used on its own as a base makeup, and for touch-ups on the go.
YSL Le Compact Encre de Peau brush application effects**Please click on image to enlarge and zoom

My usual preference for applying any kind of powder foundation is to buff it into the skin using a dense kabuki brush, and I automatically did that when I first tested this.  When I swirled my brush in the palette, I was surprised at how little powder my brush was able to pick up.  The powder is so tightly packed in the pan that some have chosen to describe it as gel, but in reality there is nothing gel- nor cream-like about Le Compact Encre de Peau.  And as you can see from the half-faced comparison image above, the finish using a brush application is incredibly sheer, and quite mattifying though it does not emphasize pores and other textural flaws.

YSL Le Compact Encre de Peau sponge application effects**Please click on image to enlarge and zoom

Using the sponge, I was able to attain much better coverage.  I should mention at this point that the sponge is a novel dense, smooth sponge without flocking, which makes it somewhat squeaky to sweep across the face and is easier to dab.  Applying in short sweeps gives better coverage whereas light pats are better suited for touch-ups.

On my rather dry and dehydrated skin, I found YSL Le Compact Encre de Peau to last about 8 hours before fading gently.  It does not oxidize, but I did notice some shine creeping up around my t-zone at mid-day, and my makeup looked softer and more luminous after my natural oils integrated with it.  Overall, I think if you like the speed of applying powder foundations and the convenience of being able to touch-up on the go with the same powder, this could be an interesting one to check out.  YSL makes some really amazing compact powders [such as this] and loose setting powders [this], that I find it hard to choose amongst favorites.  There is a little bit of a learning curve with this Le Compact Encre de Peau, but we are all smart ladies so that shouldn’t be a hindrance.  The packaging is drop-dead sexy, so feel free to whip it out over drinks!

This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.