Jun 16 2015

Les Sahariennes YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powder Bronzer Review


Yves Saint Laurent Beauty is a brand that is dear to my heart. I’m always keen on trying what YSL has to offer and their new product releases are always on my radar. So it came as no surprise to me that when the Limited Edition YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powder Bronzers hit the shelves, I was all over it.


ysl healthy glow balm powder review


ysl healthy glow balm powder review - Epice 03

YSL claims that this “revolutionary” balm-to-powder bronzer not only creates a natural looking sun-kissed glow that is neither muddy nor overly shimmery, but that the formula’s blurring effect immediately refines the complexion. It promises to diminish the appearance of pores and disguise imperfections leaving the skin feeling smoother and more radiant. The Healthy Glow Balm Powders are available in 6 shades and are housed in beautiful deep wine-brown compacts with gold detailing. I settled on Epice 03, which is the third darkest shade (or fourth lightest, however you look at it).


ysl healthy glow balm powder review - Epice 03


Included with the product is a dual-ended applicator designed to be used to help you achieve two different finishes: a sheer look using the brush or a more intense, contoured look using the sponge.


ysl healthy glow balm powder review


Another lovely detail is that the black pouch used to store the compact, features two slots so the brush has its own separate home:


ysl healthy glow balm powder review - Epice 03


As promised, the formula is extremely lightweight, gliding seamlessly onto the skin and leaving a silky satin matte finish. When you dip your finger into the compact – the texture is creamy and emollient with some slip, making application virtually effortless. I’ve never used a bronzer that is more skin like in appearance. Helping you achieve that affect is the Dimethcone (silicone) in the product.


ysl healthy glow balm powder review

ysl healthy glow balm powder review

Although Epice may look a bit orange, when comparing it side by side with the other shades in the collection, I found it to be one of the more neutral, cooler options. It’s probably best suited for light to medium complexions and judging from what I’ve seen, even within that range, it’s going to look different depending on one’s undertones. My skin is a mix of tones. In my swatches, on the paler back side of my arm which is “pinker” in tone, Epice comes off very warm – almost orange looking. But blended out on my face which is a couple of shades darker and more yellow toned – Epice looks slightly deeper and cooler.


ysl healthy glow balm powder review

YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powder Epice Swatch: Heavy (Left): Blended Out (Right)


In terms of wear, the finish on this bronzer is very natural looking. Unless you are fair and go for one of the darkest shades, this isn’t going to be a product that is wham bam thank you ma’am pigment wise. Instead, it gives you a hint of believable color, granted you select the right shade for your skin tone. I enjoy this aspect because it means I can build (to a point) as desired or layer a powdered bronzer on top to achieve longer wear. That isn’t to say the bronzer requires layering to achieve a beautiful, lasting finish – it’s just an option. I have tried the product using the brush provided (both sides) and it works decently – the “sponge” offering slightly more intensity. Though I have to say, I like it best with my NARS Ita brush.


ysl healthy glow balm powder review


Being quite pricey, the YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powder Bronzers retail for $55.00 USD for 0.31 oz. A similiar-ish luxury bronzer-type product that comes to mind, though I’ve never actually tried it myself, is the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. Due to some similiarities in the ingredients, I would imagine they feel somewhat similiar on the skin. Here is a comparison:

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, ozokerite, silica, silica dimethyl silylate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, parfum (fragrance), ethylparaben, propylparaben, lecithin, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, bht, glyceryl oleate, citric acid [may contain: CI 77007]

YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powder Ingredients: Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Fragrance, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Paraffin, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Linalool.

Retailing for $48.00 for 1 oz, you definitely get more bang for your buck with the Soleil Tan de Chanel. On the other hand, the Chanel Bronzer is only available in one shade, whereas the YSL Balm Powder is offered in 6. And, to me, the YSL packaging is more appealing.

I’m definitely happy with my purchase (and given that the bronzers are limited edition, there is a small part of me that wants to buy a back up). I have been pairing my new balm bronzer with another new item in my collection that I’m feeling so guilty about purchasing. Couldn’t help myself. More on that soon.

The YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powder Bronzers are not yet available in The Bahamas and I’m not sure about availability elsewhere, but you can find them at Sephora, YSL Beauty US, and Neiman Marcus, among similar retailers in the U.S.



Have you tried the YSL Healthy Glow Balm Powders? Do you think that they are splurge worthy?





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  1. I’ve only very recently got into bronzers, like a few months ago so I’m still far away from using a cream bronzer. Up to few months ago, I would run screaming the opposite way when someone suggests a bronzer to me but recently I can’t be without it! Once I am more confident with my application, I will definitely look into this. The packaging itself makes it worth it!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I feel you on this. For as long as I’ve been wearing makeup, bronzers and contouring products are relatively recent developments for me as well, maybe in the past three years or so. You get more comfortable with it over time for sure. 🙂 xo

  2. I’m another YSL fan & this bronzer looks great! I love the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, but like you say it only comes in 1 shade so it’s definitely appealing to see this in a number of shades! xx


    1. Yay for YSL fans! I always think its such a shame that there isn’t more diversity in Chanel’s shade offerings in general when it comes to bronzers and foundations. :/

  3. I’m not sure about the brush but the bronzer looks incredible!

    – Elodie x

    1. Lol. The brush is OK, it can work in a pinch but I definitely prefer my own brushes. Thanks for stopping by hun!

    • Silke Laura on June 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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    This is interesting, Kimmy! I’ve been wanting to try this one out in the shade Sable (2). Have you swatched that one? It’s supposed to be a shade lighter than Epice so I’m hoping it is suitable for my fair to light skin with neutral/yellow undertones! I was so keen to try out the Chanel one but it just seems too orange for me! xx

    1. I did swatch Sable in store – its really light and more warm than Epice, I think, anyway. And the lightest shade, Abricot almost looks like a peach blush. However, this assessment is based solely on the side by side swatches against my arm in store. I didn’t try any of them on my face. As mentioned, they aren’t heavily pigmented. Also, the online pictures (on retailer sites) don’t really convey the true colour, so I’d definitely have a play around in the store before hand if you can. Hope this helps a little sweetie. xo

        • Silke Laura on June 17, 2015 at 6:24 am
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        Thanks for the info Kimmy! Looks like I’ll be swatching them in store next week. The fact that it’s more warm isn’t convincing me to pick one up! I quite like my bronzers to be on the cool side! x

        1. You’re welcome, sweetie. xo

  4. I’ve never tried a cream bronzer, I feel similar to cream bronzers as cream blushes – applying it on top of my foundation would just smear my foundation around. I just don’t know how to work with it. This looks lovely though – I really like that dual ended applicator they included.

    1. I used to feel the same way about cream products. I think it really depends on the texture/formula of the cream product in question, as well as the formula of the base underneath it. For example, I have a hard time with things like cream/lotion highlighters (NARS Illuminators of Benefits’ Watts Up) but not with this Bronzer or the NYX cream blushes. I suspect it’s because they are more emollient. 🙂

  5. I’ve recently spotted this in a few Youtube videos and loved how natural it looks on the skin. I also love how luxurious the packaging looks and very handy to have a brush included, even if you prefer your NARS one x

    Beauty with charm

    1. The brush is definitely handy, Alina. This product is perfect for those wanting something very natural yet versatile and who don’t mind the splurge. 🙂 xo

  6. Oh my! Everything from the packaging to the actual formula looks stunning! I absolutely love the idea of 2 different applicators, plus their own little section to stay in – no more trawling through your handbag where it’s festered in germs. Can’t wait to see your post on your other purchase – exciting! 😀



    1. Yes! I don’t really keep brushes in my makeup bag/hand bag because I can’t stand the thought of putting in on my face after it’s been lurking in there, haha! xo

  7. I have the Chanel Bronzer but have not purchased the YSL yet. Its on my wish list though. The packaging alone makes me want it! LOL…. You seem to have the best makeup girl!!!!

    1. Thanks, sweetie. I never know if that’s a good thing or bad thing…like sometimes I feel like I’m buying way too much. :/ Part of me is so curious as to how the YSL actually compares to the Chanel, that I’m contemplating picking it up. Eek! xo

  8. LOVE the look of this! And it sounds fab! Definitely want to pick one of these up now!
    xprincessjas | ♥

    1. Thanks, Jasmine. Its a pretty one that’s for sure – a definite luxury splurge!

  9. I love a bronzer. Never finish a make up look with out it. This bronzer looks lovely. KBxx


    1. My love for bronzer is definitely growing. I’m still not at the point where I use it everyday, but its becoming more of a regular feature in my routine. xo

  10. Hey Kimmy, this really reminds me of the Guerlain Terracotta Sun compact foundation! I like that there are more shades tho. I PROBABLY don’t need another bronzer, but I’ll swatch these because you seem to like it a lot!

    1. Aww, that’s such a compliment, sweetie. I do like it a lot but I also think this will be one of those products people either love or really don’t love (I don’t like using the word “hate” so often, lol). It may not be pigmented enough for some tastes, and the darkest shade is not the darkest it could be, if you know what I mean. But for my needs, I’m very happy with it. xo

  11. I would love to get my hands on this beauty! It sounds amazing and is on top of my wish list 🙂

    Pink Frenzy

    1. It really is lovely, Laura, especially if you’re into a more natural finish. 🙂

  12. I ma big fan of the bran.
    Thank you for this lovely review!

    Really like the shade.
    Wish you a wonderful week!

    1. I’m a big fan of YSL as well, Helena. Hope you had a lovely weekend yourself. 🙂

    • Jaa on June 29, 2015 at 11:11 am
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    Amazing photos, Kimmy! I know I’ve told you but I need to tell you again! 😀 I’m super intrigued about the formula. A balm that sets to a satin matte finish? Hmm, interesting! I don’t need any more bronzers because I barely use what I have. I rarely contour in fact but these really have me curious! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much sweetie! I tried to be creative with these, hehe. I’m not usually big on bronzers myself but I’ve been really into them lately for some reason. Even though I, too, don’t use the ones I have enough. I like how effortlessly this formula is and its definitely subtle, not too much. 🙂 xo

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