Ever heard of a foundation that provides 24-hours of uninterrupted flawless coverage? I’ve never tried one, so the latest YSL All Hours Foundation intrigued me from the very beginning and went straight to the top of my ‘To Try’ list. While I road test quite a lot of foundations, I dedicate the time to review only those who truly stand out to me such as the recently launched Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude reviewed here or the La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation previously covered in detail here. So spoiler alert, the YSL All Hours Foundation lives up to the hype! It is in my humble opinion, the best foundation yet to be released by iconic powerhouse YSL. And disclaimer: that’s coming from someone who does not typically like a matte, full coverage foundation for day to day!
I know matte foundations don’t seem to work for everybody and over the years, as I’ve come to realize I won’t stay forever young, I too shared the belief that matte foundations were simply not for me. The standard thick consistency would just sit on top of my face like an opaque mask, emphasizing my fine lines and dry patches, meanwhile making me look older than my actual age or making me appear seriously ill. But that’s the thing about being a beauty blogger, sometimes you get the opportunity to try things outside of your comfort zone (purely in the name of research of course)! And let me just say, am I glad I wasn’t too quick to dispel the YSL All Hours Foundation!
What it is and What it does
The YSL All Hours Foundation is a full coverage matte foundation that is advertised as follows:
- provides 24-hour, full coverage that won’t cake, dry, flake or fade throughout the day
- instantly blurs out pores and fine lines to even out skin tone
- creates uninterrupted flawless wear that looks and feels as just applied, all day. No-touch ups required
- features a high concentration of ultrafine, oil-absorbing pigments that cover and smooth perfectly yet resist fading, heat, humidity, and dryness
- contains a black tea antioxidant complex to combat the signs of dullness and fatigue, while protecting skin from pollution
- combines move-with-you flexible pigments in a formula that is transfer-proof, oil-free and non-pore clogging
It comes in an elegant, hefty glass bottle with a convenient pump that dispenses just the right amount of product to prevent wastage. I would say that for myself, one pump is enough to cover the entire face, blending onto the neck area.
The first thing I was dying to know was could this foundation really instantly blur out my pores and fine lines without unrecognizably and unflatteringly covering up my skin? The answer is yes, because the YSL ALL Hours Foundation is the chameleon of matte foundations! It provides all the benefits a matte foundation ought to, but without behaving like your typical matte foundation!
The texture and finish are the two features that stood out the most to me! Based on my previous experiences with matte full coverage foundations, I expected the consistency of this foundation to be more of a thick and heavy cream texture that instantly covers the face just like an opaque mask would. Surprisingly, the YSL All Hours features a soft, fluid texture that glides effortlessly and blends seamlessly to conceal my trouble areas (enlarged pores, fine lines, some wrinkles and dry patches) in a very natural-looking way. It truly feels like the most expensive silk velvet touching the contours of the face.
The coverage is medium but because of the light, fluid texture, it’s highly buildable to full coverage. The finish is a soft matte that looks incredibly natural and skin-like.
Despite the fact that Alcohol Denat is listed as the third ingredient on the list, I found the formula incredibly kind and gentle to my sensitive skin. It did not aggravate previously existing dry patches I have along the sides of my jawline and cheeks, nor did it further dehydrate my fussy skin. In fact, this foundation imparted a gorgeous luminous look, reviving my lackluster, dull and dehydrated complexion. Not only that, but even once I removed this foundation, 12 hours after the initial application, my skin appeared calm and refreshed.
The other day I got an opportunity to chat with a Sephora rep and inquire about my reservations related to the high alcohol content in the formula. I am a huge fan of the flawless and fresh way this foundation leaves my complexion, but I wanted to make sure I’m not damaging my skin in the process. The Sephora rep suggested to always use a moisturizer under this foundation to ensure the skin is adequately nourished. Skincare comes first for me, so I always try to follow a wholesome routine that ensures my skin is protected (you can read about my daytime regime here and nighttime routine here).
As it usually goes with matte full coverage foundations, founding the right shade is paramount. I was happy to see that the YSL All Hours Foundation range includes 22 shades suitable for every skin tone. There are shades available to match neutral complexions (denoted by the letter ‘B’ next to color number on the packaging), as well as cooler tones marked ‘BR’ and warmer tones labeled ‘BD’ on the packaging. For your reference, I am wearing shade Sand B40.
The YSL All Hours range also includes a primer and a concealer. Concealer is probably the makeup product I hoard the most, alongside foundations, so the YSL All Hours Concealer is up next on my testing table. I didn’t expect to really enjoy the matte full coverage benefits offered by this range which is why I didn’t pick the concealer at the time I got the foundation. But given the superb performance of the YSL All Hours Foundation, I am dying to now try the concealer. Keep your eyes peeled for a review. Good or bad, my thoughts on the YSL All Hours Concealer are coming your way soon!
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