07 October 2014

Review: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

As you may already know if you follow me on twitter/instagram/facebook, I've been wanting to try the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation since it was released in the states, and I finally managed to get my hands on it via harrods.com about 2 weeks ago. Needless to say, I've been using it ever since I got it and I think it's time for a review!

A unique feature of the Fusion Ink foundation is the applicator wand. Apparently, one "dip" in the foundation bottle is enough for one application. I find that I need to go in for a second dip and only use one side of the applicator wand - i.e. I need 1.5 dips. I'm not sold on the whole applicator wand. Although it is made of plastic and not like the felt-like material that most lipglosses come with, I find it a bit unhygienic, as you have to smear the wand on your face or back of your hand, picking up germs and then putting the wand back into the bottle. Having said that, if you practice good hygiene, I guess you wouldn't have that many germs on the back of your hand or face. 

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation offers a light coverage and has a matte finish. It is a buildable foundation, but only to a certain extent. I would say that it has enough coverage to even out skintone and mask acne and scars. However, my acne scars still do peek through but it's nothing a concealer can't fix.

It is very weightless and comfortable on the skin. Like most YSL foundations (and other high-end foundations), it is heavily perfumed. It doesn't bother me though, as I love the smell of it. 

I normally set my foundations with a powder, but I thought I'd break my habit and go without yesterday. I was amazed at how long it lasted on my skin without setting it. However, my sunglasses rubbed the tops of my cheeks and the foundation did transfer to my sunglasses (as expected). The finish was phenomenal. My skin stayed matte for a few hours before my nose started to get shiny and I felt the urge to either blot or remove my makeup.

I think the YSL Fusion Ink foundation is most suited to those with normal-oily skin, as it did cling to my dry patches when I did not moisturise my skin properly after using Retin-A. It emphasized the drier areas, where my skin was slightly flaky. 

Whilst YSL does cost a fortune (USD$60.00/£30.50 for 25ml) and has one or two cons, I think it's a fantastic lightweight foundation. If you can pick up a sample, definitely give it a try!
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  1. That sounds like a really nice finish, I find myself hesitant to buy high end foundations as I'm often let down by the staying power. Good to hear this fares well for you!

    1. Thank you! I did try a sample before I purchased this, fell in love from the first use!

  2. The Ink foundation looks beautiful on you.
    I have very dry skin so I use the Touche Eclat in B30 for winter. However, I don't like it as much as Chanel's Vitalumiere. The serch for my Holy Grail continues- I want to try Dior's Star, Laura Mercier Silk Creme, Bobbi Brown's stick, Estee Lauder Perfectionist and their EE cream too.
    I'm on a mission, lol :-)

    1. Thank you!

      Dior star is on my wishlist! I have far too many foundations at the moment to warrant the purchase of another one though :(