As you know if you read my blog regularly, I only use full coverage, matte foundation. And it’s one thing I’m on the never-ending quest to find THE perfect product for. I’ve found some absolute keepers – some products I always keep stocked up on and some that haven’t made the cut – as is natural with any journey of discovery. I’d been hearing about the Yves Saint Lauren All Hours for a while, but hadn’t got round to trying it. Until I saw it at Fabled by Marie Claire and decided it was time to see if it was as good as everyone was saying!
When it comes to make up products, YSL have one of the highest reputations. It’s easy to see why when you try them – in my experience they’re classy and elegant with a well researched formula. The quality always meets the expectation too. Could it do the same with the All HoursFoundation?
This foundation is supposed to be extra special because it offers a full coverage that’s supposed to last up to 24 hours. Lots of foundations claim they can withstand the test of time – but few make the cut. But with the reputation of Yves Saint Laurent, I had higher hopes than usual. The foundation comes in several formula’s – I’ve got the traditional liquid and the stick. The liquid is in a normal glass bottle with pump, and the stick is exactly as it sounds – a twist up stick that’s easily portable. The liquid costs £33.25 for 25ml and the stick is £29.90 is for 33g. So I was excited to see if and what similarities and differences they had.
From the get-go I’m going to say that I was blown away, and still am, with the All Hours traditional liquid. It’s becomes one of my everyday foundations since the very first day it arrived. The coverage is exactly what I look for in my foundation – it’s full. And matte. Which is the biggest two boxes ticked for me. What I really like about it when you apply is how evenly the coverage goes on. Usually full coverage foundations are heavy and you have to work a little hard to blend it in due to the thickness. On this occasion with the All Hours liquid you don’t have that problem. The texture is quite thin for a full coverage foundation – and it blends like velvet making the coverage apply with ease. It doesn’t patch or build up in some areas, but gives an even coverage. I find it’s best applied with a brush but I think a beauty sponge would also do a fabulous job.
When initially applied it has that almost satin appearance while drying, but once set with your normal powder, it gives the most gorgeous matte finish. It’s not doll-like, but natural and flattering. It’s a matte coverage that’s just perfect, and I love it. I have shade B30 and it’s a lovely way of colouring my skin and giving me the best make up base. I apply mine over my normal daily powder and then apply the rest of my make up on top.
Wearability is the biggest question mark I have about any foundation. As someone with oily skin, my foundations will never last long and require regular blotting and powdering to keep it in the best condition. This is not to say no foundations actually work – but as anyone with oily skin will tell you, it’s a skin thing. Not a foundation thing. I find that the YSL All Hours is up there with one of the longer lasting foundations I have in my collection. It does last all day and with regular use of my blotting paper and finishing powder I can maintain it looking it’s best all day long without the need for much reapplication. The most important thing to note about how it wears is that it doesn’t patch when it does begin to wear. So you won’t get those horrible patches around your nose or oily areas, you’ll just notice that you can’t see the coverage as much in those places and that’s your sign it’s the end of the line. Which is fine by me because I hate those patchy areas. The All Hours seriously outlasts about 90% of my other ‘long lasting’ foundations. Another huge tick from me.
So how does it compare to the stick version?
I’m not one to use stick foundation often, I just find for some reason the formula isn’t always best for my oily skin. But because the All Hours had given me such fab results, and is designed to work better for people with skin like mine, it seemed like an interesting idea to try the stick version. Why not?!
I find that with any stick foundation, it applies best with a sponge. Brushes just don’t blend it as flawlessly as I like for me, but a sponge can encourage the matte and full coverage effect. This was the case with the YSL All Hours Stick – I found it applied more evenly with the sponge and it surprised me at how matte it was. I haven’t actually tried many stick foundations that truly deliver matte finishes, so this was a really pleasant surprise. The coverage level was high – on-par with the liquid, and you really can’t notice any difference in that respect.
In fact there was very little difference at all – both ticked all the same boxes. The only difference being that the stick formula doesn’t last quite as long as the liquid but it has the added edge of the fact it’s convenient. So when you’re out and want a touch up, the stick is far better and blends in a lot nicer than the liquid would do. So basically they level out again in brownie points.
If I had to choose between both I’d go for the liquid, but would that mean I’d have to forfeit the stick? I just couldn’t do that. I start the day with my application of the liquid and I carry the stick with me at all times for top-ups and it’s the stick that helps me keep my flawless base through the day. So really for me, they’re a dream-team duo that I couldn’t separate.
Having now tried the formula, I can say with certainty that the YSL All Hours foundation is one of my firm favourites for a full coverage, matte finish. There’s not many I say that about. So if you’re looking for a new foundation to tick these boxes, then pick it up from Fabled by Marie Claire. Ordering with them gives you allocated time slots for your delivery, across 7 days a week – meaning it’s so convenient to shop with them. And you get a free copy of Marie Claire to read with your order too. Make up and magazines, what more could you want?
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