“Kiss your cheeks, blush your lips”
A new addition to YSL’s Baby Doll lineup is the new Kiss & Blush ($40), a combination lip and cheek product with a unique whipped-like-mousse formulation. I usually find combination lip and cheek products not the easiest or most comfortable to wear on both lips and cheeks, but this one is changing my mind! Read on for a full review and swatches of one of the twelve available shades, Rouge Effrontee.
YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 5 Rouge Effrontee is a vibrant coral-red meant for cheek and lip application with a softened matte finish. While the packaging is plastic, it still feels substantial, with the base being constructed of a thicker acrylic-like plastic that looks like glass. The formula inside is most unique and definitely feels mousse-like just as YSL states. I found application to the lips quite easy with the doe-foot applicator. Although the tip is slightly more rounded and a little less precise than a YSL Glossy Stain, with the mousse-like formula it works well to apply. On the lips I find it best to apply this product in layers, allowing the product to slightly soak into the lips before applying more. It absorbs quickly and dries down a bit after application, but still leaves the lips feeling soft and not dried out at all. When wearing the Kiss & Blush on my lips I get approximately 3 hours of wear before it begins to slowly fade. The product does wear evenly on the lips, and although it does not leave a “stain” behind per-say, the soft matte finish that evenly wears off almost makes it look as if it was a stain.
When wearing the Kiss & Blush on the cheeks it seems quite vibrant upon first application, but as the product blends out and also sinks into the skin after it sets, building it up a little bit in stages was necessary for me, even with the bold shade of Rouge Effrontee. In the above photos I have it layered twice for a soft effect.
When applying the Kiss & Blush to my lips I use the doe foot applicator, but when applying it to my cheeks I dab some onto the back of my clean hand and then use my fingers to apply to the cheeks. In blending I find it works best on top of foundation but before powder, as I noticed blending it on top of powder removed some of the powder from my cheeks. When wearing the Kiss & Blush on the cheeks I get all day wear.
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