Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush #5 Fuschia Temptation

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I am what you might call Melanin Deficient. Pigmentally Challenged. Fair Skinned. Pale. Wan. Pallid. Lacking Color. WHITE.  I am not quite translucent but I am leaning in that direction. I have not achieved the Borg Queen status yet. (SEE?! I can branch out and mention Star Trek from time to time. It's not all Star Wars 24/7!)
But a girl has to have goals right?

So it may come as quite a shock to you that I don't go out in the sun very often and my natural flush is only shown when I exert myself doing housework. However, Since housework is a four letter word to me and sunlight gives me extreme migraines, induces vomiting, dizziness and acute lethargy, I have to rely on artificial methods to introduce color to my less than rosy cheeks.

I normally rely on powder blushers, (Chanel Joues Contraste blushers are my favorite) when I need to give a hint of actually being alive against the pallor of my skin. But some times powder wont cut it and I am in need of a more natural looking alternative.  Sure I could follow the old adage that 
"Ladies pinch. Whores rouge" but then I would end up with tons of broken capillaries on my cheeks and eventually develop bruises and look more like a zombie with green and yellow bruises rather than a stupid twit who pinched her cheeks.  So I decided to take the whore's route and use rouge! YAY for Whores and Rouge! (And if you are a rep from Yves Saint Laurent, you are NOT going to like this next statement) So let me introduce to you Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Crème de Blush.

In no way am I suggesting that only whores use YSL blushes. Trust me. Whores don't discriminate when it comes to blush or many other things...but to be a blush whore..well that's an entirely different matter.

When I was at Neiman Marcus the other day I had the wonderfully terrific and awesomeness Sales Associate Kathy Shoreman helping me out. (If you recall she introduced me to those stunning Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill shadows). I asked her to show me what was "new"in the world of YSL and she brought me to the display of 5 petite pots of pigmented creme blush that absolutely rocked my world.  

YSL Crème de Blush is a new product with a unique cream to powder finish.  This blush gives a luminous, glowing and and healthy look to ones cheeks. The incredibly soft formula of the blush feels almost like liquid silk upon application. The product seems to blend effortlessly into your skin creating a NATURAL and seamless finish. YSL touts the "...non-waxy texture" as a triumph in not breaking through makeup so it is an excellent touch-up tool for use throughout the day. But I felt that the lasting power of this blush is so strong that touch-ups may be almost gratuitous.  

This YSL Crème de Blush comes in 5 stunning and usable colors.

1 Velvety Peach - A fashionable peachy orange almost coral that is the NOW color

2 Powdery Rose - A sweet and wearable warm pink  that may compliment most skin tones.

3 Silky Praline - A handsome tawny, almost natural mocha for those with darker skin tones and a beautiful contour for those with lighter skin tones.

5 Fuschia Temptation - A hot pink on the cool side that looks like a natrural flush on porcelain skin and sunkissed cheeks on darker tones

6 Rouge Passion - A fiery warm toned red that would put the best pinching by Scarlett O'Hara to shame.

I was really leaning toward the #2 Powdery Rose when Kathy Shoreman guided me to #5 Fuschia Temptation. A wise move from such a sage associate. This hot pink blush blended so well into my natural skin tone that it left me looking like I actually may have ironed a shirt or did a load of laundry this decade. It looked like my natural flush, if I had any blood flowing though my veins. It looked as if I had pinched instead of rouged!

Kathy's method of application, also endorsed by YSL was to use your fingertips to gently apply to the apples of the cheeks ten blending up with clean fingertips and and outward toward the hairline, you gently tap the YSL Crème de Blush into the skin for flawless blending.

I will make a quick comparison with my limited experience with creme blushes.  The YSL Crème de Blush is feels lighter than Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges and dries faster. It isn't sticky like Tarte's Gel blushes, It isn't greasy like BECCA creme blushes and spreads easier and blends better than MUFE HD and Fresh cosmetics creme blushes. It dries to a powder finish and does not seem to become milky or cakey when blended over foundation and concealer.  It didn't break me out and a minuscule amount went a long way.

Now that I look more human with a natural flush thanks to YSL Crème de Blush, I don't scare small woodland creatures any more and those pesky Twilight fans have stopped following me around to see if I look glittery in sunlight.

Do you NEED this?  YES!  Now for .19 oz it's 1/2 the size of a Bobbi Brown Post Rouge and almost twice the price at $38 USD, it may be a tough pill to swallow, but you can't beat the sheerness and blendability of this stunning creme blush.  YSL Crème de Blush looked more natural on me than any of the Bobbi Brown pot rouges I have, and the YSL Crème de Blush is easier to blend.  I find myself reaching for this blush over and over again and I think I might "need" to pick up the #2 Powdery Rose or be daring and try the #6 Rouge Passion red blush some time soon!  Want the very magnificent Kathy Shoreman to help you with a cosmetic purchase? Then go an see her at Neiman Marcus in Tysons II or give her a call at 703-761-1600. I get no money by referring her nor do I get anything from Neiman Marcus for mentioning them in this blog post. I'm just so incredibly pleased to have a Sales Associate that knows what she is talking about when it comes to cosmetics!

P.S.  I know that Fuschia is spelled Fuchsia but I am going off of the spelling from the YSL website. So there! 


  1. That is gorgeous! I have recently gotten into cream blushes, and am loving Becca's. I will have to check these out.

  2. Do you know Kathy at Neiman's? She is my friend way back from her days as the best Beauty Advisor at CVS in Ballston. I'm so glad she is doing well at NM. It is hard for me to get to Kathy because of the Beltway construction tying up traffic. I am going to check out yur blush because I am also color challenged.


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  4. Ack, I keep seeing reviews of these gorgeous things and my will power diminishes with each new post. Whores and rouge made me laugh.

  5. you're bad for my wallet, enablersith <3

  6. Ohhh, now I totally want this! I had convinced myself that these didn't merit a closer look, and now that's ruined. Looks beautiful!

  7. It's so gorgeous. I love the fuchsica *ponders how "natural" it would look on own light complexion*

  8. Gah, I have really been wanting to try this! It sounds really perfect from your description. This is the color I was interested in, too.

  9. i wanted a CP of this blush when I spotted it on Sephora. but I wasn't sure if the colours all turned out the same on me like other cream blushes since I sheer them out to a degree that they are all a tint.

    this colour is so striking and the packaging is so lush too! YSL has moved out from my neighbourhood so i can't for my life finding another place to shop or even to look at its products now.

    what a shame. i am gald you branch out. at least i get to drool over!

    a pink for a pink blogger. it's just right!

    good job.

  10. I guess I'm a SLUT because I will rouge with pure abandoon!

    Ugh - I guess I'll add this to my wish list.

    DAMN YOU PINK SITH (I am shaking my fist at you!)

  11. hahahaa Borg Queen could also make a good use of concealer. (And since you mentioned it, ALL borgs could use some blush XD)

  12. Damn you Elvira! I adore cream blushes and now I have another to try. You really like spending my money, dontcha? You NEED to try the Cream to Powder blushes from Three Custom Color too--I'll hook ya up!

  13. Someone else who gets migraines, vomiting, & fatigue from sunlight?! Are you my lost twin?! O_O
    I used to have melanin when I was younger, but have become very pink from avoiding the sun for the past 30 those deep oceans creatures that are not genetically albino, but become so from no sunlight. <;-)

  14. I have #02 and #06 and I absolutely love these blushes! =D

  15. The sun gives me a migrene too! That´s why I h*te the sun. Seriously. I suffer severely when its sunny (like every day in Munich. Any idea of a place whith mostly cloudy days? I think of moving. Spring is worst for my head. (sorry for spaming around! It just IS a dramatic subject. Your sun-migrane sentece triggered my babbling about. Acutally I was here for the blush. You alwas have the nicest colours on your reviews! I´m still a taupaholic eyeshadow person.


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