The YSL Fusion Tint Foundation (Le Tein Encre De Peau Foundation) is not new on the market, but I thought I would try it out, because I had heard such great things about it. First, let's look at what it claims to do:
- 24-hour coverage (Special sweat and sebum-controlling agents)
- Suits every skin type.
- Soft-matte finish.
- Lightweight yet high-coverage.
- Extendable polymers that offer buildable coverage.
Next, let's take a moment to appreciate how classy the packaging looks. You can't really expect anything less from YSL. I'm a huge fan of their gold/black packaging, although it tends to get dirty quickly, so be aware of that. The glass bottle also makes it prone to break if you drop it on the floor, but nonetheless, it's beautiful!
First Impression and Review
My immediate thought when I first applied this foundation was that it had a really strong fragrance; so strong, that it actually bothered me. Lucky enough, the smell didn't linger. Other than the bad smell, I was pleasantly surprised. The formula was super light weight and felt like silk on the skin. It blended beautifully and set within a few seconds. My skin looked flawless.
I wore it throughout the day and it still looked great after hours of school and work. Of course, I was a bit oily around my nose and on my chin, but no foundation can keep my oiliness 100% down and I don't mind blotting my face once a day, to keep my makeup looking great.
Another thing that could bother some people, is that the foundation doesn't come with a pump, but a small applicator (see picture below). Personally, I don't really mind it. I just use the applicator to apply the product on my face and then blend it out with a foundation brush.
Honestly, I can't say anything else that's negative about the product, other than the smell and some factors of the packaging. I feel like the pros about the packaging actually make up for the missing pump. I love the look of it and the fact that it's see-through, so you can see how much product you have left. The design is well-done.
In terms of long-lasting coverage, I would never wear it for an actual 24-hours. Though, it did last on long days, where I was out for 10-12 hours.
As you know, my skin type is combo/dry, which may cause you to think why I would go for a matte Foundation. When I swacthed it in the store, it looked velvety and not totally matte. Be aware, that you probably shouldn't get this product if you have sensitive or dry skin, because of the fragrance and the fact that it's matte. As a high-coverage foundation I didn't expect it to look natural. I rather expected it to make my face look flawless, which it did. I only wear this foundation if my skin doesn't have any dry patches, as it can tend to cling to those.
Last, but not least, I would say that the foundation is buildable to a realistic extent. Logically, it will look cakey at one point if you keep piling it on. To the right, I swatched two layers of the foundation on top of each other.
As you can see, the finish is a velvet/satin matte and it does not look cakey on normal skin. Keep in mind that I didn't blend the swatches out, which could give it a "thicker" look. When blended out, 2 layers still look light and flawless.
Price: $60 or DKK370
Would I repurchase: No, I think there are much better foundations out there at the same price.