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