- Feels great on the skin
- Long wearing
- Buildable medium to full coverage
- SPF 20
- Inclusive shade range (38 shades)
- Some cracking around the mouth with movement
- Finish can become luminous over time (I liked this, but heads up to those wanting more shine control!)
Luxe feel? Natural matte, long wearing, buildable medium coverage that stays put all day? YSL All Hours Foundation does not disappoint!
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YSL All Hours Foundation: I indulged my face with this beautiful long wear makeup.
Yves Saint Laurent is synonymous with luxury. It was a real treat to pamper my whole face to YSL makeup, including the All Hours Foundation. Having spent around $800 on everything in my beauty haul, I had truly high expectations for my high end products.
I discovered some things I’ll continue to reach for, like the gorgeous YSL Couture Blush and YSL bronzing stone. These items really came to life when applied to the skin. And I’m still so excited by how flawlessly the complexion makeup wore throughout the day. It gave me a natural soft matte finish that still looked fresh and nearly perfect after hours of being in and out of the Tennessee summer heat. Read on for all the details about how All Hours worked for me.
Promises vs. Performance: Does YSL All Hours Foundation give buildable matte coverage that lasts?
The website for YSL Beauty offers a lot of promises about their All Hours Foundation. It seemed like the total package when I read that the 24 hour formula instantly blurs, but doesn’t settle into, pores and lines and cancels redness and blemishes. It’s said not to “cake, dry, flake, or fade” and that its weightless texture feels great. The oil free and noncomedogenic formula claims to hold strong against oil, sweat, and humidity. I was eager to test these claims.
Starting with the Touche Éclat Blur Primer Silver on half of my face, I first considered the brand’s recommendations for how to apply my product in B20 Ivory for customized coverage. They say to use fingertips for light, a dampened sponge for buildable, and a makeup brush for high coverage. I went in with a Beautyblender and quickly achieved solid medium payoff with minimal product and effort. Red bumps on my cheeks vanished with just a swipe. I kept at it with the sponge and was fully airbrushed looking in no time.
Although I didn’t keep the product on a full 24 hours (nor do I recommend that to anyone!), the makeup did an overall great job living up to the advertised claims. Primer or not, at the end of a long, busy day, my coverage was still very present and even. I didn’t mind that the finish had shifted to matte with a natural glow in certain areas, like my forehead. I still looked smooth, perfected, and healthy. The one area of minor cracking was around my mouth, but that disruption happened after hours of wear and talking and a deliciously saucy Indian feast (which was totally worth it!).
Quick Rating Rundown
:YSL All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation
How It Compares: All Hours versus another high end holy grail foundation.
YSL All Hours Foundation is a good option for anyone looking to invest in a luxury face base. In a nice range of shades and tones, it can provide all skin types with dynamic benefits and coverage. Lines and pores are blurred, and this light feeling makeup is made of tough stuff when it comes to easily covering spots and other issues in a lasting way. It’s bendable and easy to work with, and once you glide it on, it stays put. By the very end of the day, you may notice a little scattered glow, and some minor cracking in your areas of most movement, but your coverage will be intact. What could be better?
All Hours is a great foundation and continually ranks on beauty editors’ “Best Of” lists. However, for the sake of having options, there’s also Luminous Silk (rated ****4.4) by Giorgio Armani Beauty. This is widely considered the holy grail foundation of its price and, in my opinion is the industry standard luxury foundation.
Luminous Silk, like All Hours, works for all types of skin and similarly offers buildable, medium to full coverage with a few extra shades to choose from (40 versus 38). I reach for my bottle of Luminous Silk so often and many in the beauty industry rave about this iconic, multi-award winning foundation just like I do. Just keep in mind that it also has a more satiny natural finish, versus the more matte texture of All Hours. However, if SPF is important to you, All Hours includes the added benefit of SPF while Luminous Silk does not.
Milabu Beauty Method: A simple guide to a flawless foundation finish.
All Hours Foundation does the work; This makeup applies and blends effortlessly. I prefer to use a dampened sponge, like my beloved Beutyblender ($20), for a natural and even complexion.
- Work one section at a time.
- Dot the foundation onto your face.
- Use a damp makeup sponge to blend each section so that the product melds with the skin.
- Dot a tiny amount of additional foundation onto any areas that need more coverage.
- Blend with the sponge.
Advertised Product Highlights
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation
Octinoxate, water, cyclohexasiloxane, alcohol denat, isododecane, acrylates/ polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate copolymer, butylene glycol, glycerin, polymethylsilsesquioxane, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, synthetic fluorphlogopite, isohexadecane, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, magnesium sulfate, disodium stearoyl glutamate, fragrance, perlite, saccharomyces/ xylinum/black tea ferment, silica silylate, aluminum hydroxide, butyrospermum parkii (shea) seedcake extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, BHT, phenoxyethanol, sodium citrate, benzyl alcohol, linalool, citric acid, potassium sorbate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, biotin; may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides (F.I.L. B202874/1)
Edited by Virginia