April 28, 2014

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush Review & Swatches

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YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush is a new Lips & Cheeks Blush Stain with a mousse-like texture that launched for Spring 2014 in an array of twelve shades.

I’m positive those with oily skin will adore these as they do have a matte finish with a stronger wear.

Take a peek!

As a massive fan of cheek and lip stains I was positive I was going to love YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush but…but..I didn’t. My drier skin refuses to love this formula.

YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss and Blush fotd

YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

YSL Orange Fougueux Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush fotd

YSL Orange Fougueux Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

You probably should not confuse the Doll Kiss and Blush formula with the Glossy Stain formula considering the packaging is so similar. Glossy Stain is a more traditional lip stain formula where as Baby Doll Kiss and Blush is a newer style texture as it has a softer, mousse-like consistency that’s very velvety. It actually dries down to a matte finish which isn’t a problem as I don’t mind matte blushes. Mind you, I don’t prefer them either but I don’t avoid them. I find the texture it a bit difficult to work with as it drags on my drier skin and goes on patchy. The color doesn’t look as natural as I’d like because I struggle through the application and blending! I seem to end up with a ruddy finish. It wears quite long on my drier skin at around 8 hours with some fading at hour 9.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss and Blush swatches

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush Swatches (Left to Right:Β Orange Fougueux andΒ Fuchsia Desinvolte

I’m a little yak on using the same applicator for lips and cheeks. I feel the same way whenever I use Stila Lip & Cheek Stain. I just dislike sharing the applicator between my lips and cheeks. The applicator is a larger sponge with a flexible head that saturates well with color. Surprisingly the formula is easy on lips even though it is matte. It isn’t dry nor is it hydrating and wears for around 3 hours as it slowly wears away at around hour 4.

Pigmentation is excellent on these. They are bright, concentrated, and a little goes a long way. You can customize them as well for sheerer or more dramatic color pay off.

Overall, the YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush an excellent product however, my dry skin doesn’t really love them. I thought application was a bit difficult for me. I think oily skin will have way more success! If they were a touch more hydrating I imagine I’d be raving them but since I find the texture drier I’m a bit disappointed.

Anyone try them?

What did you think?

Do share!

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  • Joann

    Oh, I’ve had my eye on these since I saw them on instagram! They really do look like nail polishes. Which was what I thought for the longest time.
    It is a shame they dry your lips though. That’s something I hate too, which makes me hesitant to purchase.
    I especially like the Orange Fougueux shade.
    But so far, a lot of people have been complaining about the dryness of this product. I may splurge on Dior’s liquid stick instead.

    • Isabella Muse

      they do look like nail polishes! actually I didn’t say they were dry on my lips, I said they were dry on cheeks. they aren’t hydrating on lips but they aren’t drying either I had mentioned hope this helps πŸ™‚

  • kellly

    I might consider one of these for a lip color/stain because I like the finish, but I agree, the same applicator for lips and cheeks is a little off-putting to me, too. Besides lip color seems awfully intense to use on cheeks, too unless you can blend it out more easily than this.

  • Gillie

    Pretty! I especially like the orange on you, but you wear both colors really well.

    I agree about using the same applicator for cheeks and lips. I’m not sure I’d even be happy with a two sided tube, because even with two applicators, they’d both be mixing around in the product together. You can’t beat the convenience of touching up your lips and your cheeks all at once, though…

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks gillie! yeah, not particularly thrilled by the applicator being used in my lips and cheeks. Stila has the same issue πŸ™ I used to buy two of them one for cheeks one for face but YSL is too expensive to do that!

  • Susannah

    I’m with you on using the same applicator on both lips and cheeks — yuck. I was hoping for better things from YSL — it’s expensive enough to expect perfection.

    I am looking for a new blush as the LancΓ΄me blush I’m using tends to turn orange after several hours on my skin, which is strange as it’s a rose color. It’s probably too old to use so I need to replace it.

    What’s your advice on a good blush crΓ¨me or blush powder that is “muse approved?” What about Bobbi Brown’s? I saw her this morning on QVC and was intrigued by her “pot rouge.”

      • Susannah

        Thanks for resending Bobbi Brown’s pot rouge review. That particular shade of coral might not work for me, but I’m sure it comes in other colors. On QVC this morning, they were showing a shade called “Katie,” (named for Katie Holmes,) and it looked like a good all round color. It’s only available at QVC, which I’m not that happy about as I like to try before I buy!

        • Isabella Muse

          she has 12 shades now I believe. If you read back in the archives I’ve reviewed quite a few of them πŸ™‚ Yeah I know posted about the TSV today πŸ™‚ It looks like the shade Raspberry to be honest so not sure it is entirely new!

          • Susannah

            good to know — i’ll look at raspberry. thanks so much!

          • Isabella Muse

            my pleasure! it just seems quite the same! i reviewed raspberry a very long time ago if you search you should find swatches/review!

  • Fancie

    Oh darn. I’ve heard such nice reviews about these but now I don’t know. My cheeks are more on the dry side so I might have the same issues. I must say though, both of them are quite beautiful on you!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks! I thought they looked a little odd on my cheeks πŸ™ kinda ruddy!

  • Majick

    I’m with everyone on not useing the same applicator on lips and cheeks. When I have a product like this I usually take product from the applicator with a clean spatula and dip my brush/es in that.

    I think both colors are really gorgeous but the orange looks the best on you (IMHO). Maybe go a touch lighter when using the pink and keep it off your nose. Again, jmo. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the review, I can inhibit my lemming. LOL