After falling in love with YSL's Shocking Mascara, I knew I just had to try Babydoll when it was released in Australia. I popped into Myer to visit the YSL counter to purchase it and after talking to the really friendly sales assistant, one thing lead to another, and I found myself buying two other products. In my defence though, it was cheaper to buy all three products together in the Essential Collection, a promotion that was going on with the release of the mascara. Since YSL's Touche Èclat is a part of my daily makeup routine, I figured it didn't hurt to have a backup, and I'd been curious for a while to try the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains, so it was the perfect time to do so. Gotta love girl logic. Plus, look at that pretty packaging!
Unlike the other YSL mascaras I've tried, Faux Cils and Shocking, Babydoll has a plastic wand as opposed to a bristle one. I don't really have a preference, but I find that plastic wands give more length to my lashes and that the mascara doesn't clump as it can do on bristle wands. Babydoll is very similar to L'Oréal's False Lash Telescopic mascara, which I've recently been testing, only better. It coats the lashes evenly, instantly adding dramatic length. I find that plastic wands don't always provide as much volume as bristle wands, but you can very easily apply a few layers of this mascara before your lashes start looking all spidery. The unfortunate thing I find with YSL mascaras is that they do tend to dry out quite easily, but then again, I do try to get more use out of the mascara's six week shelf life. I haven't used Babydoll enough to know how easily it dries out, but I'd happily repurchase this when it does. Is it as good as my beloved Shocking? I'm not sure yet, but it's definitely right up there. One thing that's for sure is that YSL do the best mascaras by far.
The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains have been around the blogging scene for a while and have received great reviews. Mine is so exception. This is such a beautiful lip product. I was expecting something like a liquid lipstick, but the Glossy Stains actually have quite a thin consistency, making the colour very easy to build upon. I did find it a little weird to apply at first because of the consistency, but that's probably because I'm so used to lipstick and regular lip glosses. I have shade #20 Rouge Enamel and I really want to try #16 Pourpre Preview and #17 Encore Rose. Like all YSL products, the Glossy Stains smell really lovely and fruity, and are the perfect lip product for adding some easy colour to the lips without the maintenance that comes with a lipstick.
I've been using the Touche Èclat for a few years now and it's a staple in my everyday makeup routine for under my eyes. It doesn't give any sort of coverage for those dark circles, but it's a dream at brightening up the area. I apply my concealer first and then dab a bit of the Touche Èclat under the eyes, blending and gently tapping it in with my ring fingers. It seems to be one of those cult products everybody knows and loves, and it's definitely a holy grail for me too. I am curious to try the By Terry Touche Veloutee offering, but for now, I'll stay loyal to my YSL.
What are some of your essential YSL products?