Aug 212014

YSL Skin Tatoo1For some reason, over the past year I’ve been really clicking with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty in a way that hasn’t happened before. Encouraged by my love of their new Couture Eyeshadow Palettes, I took a chance and tried the new Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation ($60/ 0.84 oz.). This is currently available at Yves Saint Laurent onlineNordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Sephora.

YSL Skin Tatoo2According to the line:

24 hours of soft-matte perfection and comfort. Our exclusive fine-as-ink formula perfects the skin yet wears weightlessly all day. Never cakey or heavy. Feel the difference of all day perfection and freedom. SPF 18. Available in 21 shades.

Here is an interview with Lloyd Simmonds, the Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, which states that the formula was developed to be both long-wearing and lightweight, so that it appears to adhere to the skin without looking cakey. According to Simmonds, “It’s the perfect foundation for fashion shows because even four hours after application, it’s still there by the time the models hit the runway.”  I had to smile a bit when I read that. I really do need a foundation that lasts more than four hours. Although I loved the look of YSL Tient Touche Eclat, I could not get all-day wear from that foundation on my combination skin. Thankfully, YSL Fusion Ink really does deliver on longevity (more on that later).

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I tried Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink in BD 15 (Warm Buff) for the past week plus, which is an excellent match for my NC15/Chanel Ivoire/ Nars Deauville skintone. This is roughly where I am in all foundation shades–warm, fair. The serum feels light a very light oil going on, a bit like Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Foundation.  YSL’s Fusion Ink is very pigment rich–a light first pass all over my face gives me roughly medium coverage. I find this very layerable.  Because you do not need much product to get good coverage, a second layer (or third, in places) doesn’t seem to give any textural build-up. There’s a light scent that fades quickly (ah, the French! They do love the scents!) For me, coverage is nearly full on a second layer.  Still, it doesn’t look as “masky” as some foundations do at that level of coverage.

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The texture takes a while to dry down, I give it a good two or three minutes before I apply any powder products. While it’s setting, I often add a liquid bronzer like Giorgio Armani’s Liquid Summer (other nice ones include Perricone MD’s No Bronzer Bronzer and MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream (in Amber)). It’s nice to add some alight bronze for summer.

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 YSL Fusion Ink is rated at SPF 18, but one does not use much of this product, so a separate sunscreen is necessary. There is no pump for this serum-textured foundation. Instead, there’s an applicator that looks like the YSL lip applicators (or a super-stylized bubble blower, whichever you prefer). I sweep this over my cheeks, forehead, and dab it on my chin before using my fingers to spread the product.

YSL Skin Tatoo3So, this dries down to a velvet finish. It’s beautiful. It doesn’t need a setting powder. Adding one didn’t seem to increase it’s already day-long longevity. YSL Fusion Ink takes highlighters well if you want to add. There’s shocking longevity here, even though I get caught in occasional muggy 90-degree heat, the foundation doesn’t break apart, disappear, fade, or shift like the tectonic plates (as some foundations seem to do). After a day that starts at 4 am and ends at midnight, going in and out of heat and air conditioning, it really does look amazing at the end. My forehead is only ever-so-slightly dewier in the evening, but much less so compared to most foundations.  YSL Fusion Ink is well-named, and does it while feeling lightweight and melding into the skin perfectly. Ingredients:

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The foundation didn’t cause any of my pores to clog, gave me a beautiful all-day finish, and covers any discolorations like mad. The price point is on the mid-to-higher end these days, but it does look expensive, and makes my skin look amazing. It reminds me of Chanel’s new Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation (but a bit lighter because the YSL is a true serum), and a bit like Giorgio Armani’s Maestro serum with a higher coverage formula. I was concerned that the bottle includes slightly less than the typical 1 ounce of most other lines. However, if you are looking for medium to nearly-full coverage, you’ll get to that level with a small bit of product.

YSL Skin Tatoo22Overall, I was impressed with Yves Saint Laurent’s Fusion Ink. I believe that there’s some innovation at the company right now, and it’s showing as new products are rolling out. This foundation certainly fills a real need for a very long-wearing, medium-to-high coverage formula. Bravo, YSL!

Available at Yves Saint Laurent onlineNordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Sephora.

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  17 Responses to “My Thoughts: Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation”

  1. The problem I have with this foundation, and so many foundations out there these days, is the high level of denatured alcohol. That is just not healthy for anyone’s skin, much less for sensitive skin like mine. I would give it a try if not for that.

  2. This foundation just looks like a dream! I really love foundations that are light yet provide decent coverage; this seems like the perfect marriage between those two and then some 🙂

    Tweezers and Tongs

  3. I couldn’t agree more with you. I never used to purchase that many YSL products, but now they are always on my radar. The Couture Eyeshadow palettes and the La Laque Couture Nail Polishes both have incredible formulas. I picked up the Fusion Ink Foundation as well and have fallen in love with it. Most foundations, even the lightest shades, tend to be too dark for me – but not this one. The coverage is impeccable, the wear time is ridiculous and the finish is so very beautiful.

  4. Hi,
    I’m about to repurchase my Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, but seeing many makeup companies now have their version of “Maestro”–foundation, I’m confused to make my decision.
    There are Armani’s Maestro, Chanel’s Perfection Lumière Velvet, Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid, even the drugstore like L’Oréal’s Magic Nude and now this, YSL Fusion Ink Foundation.
    If you (or maybe other readers? ;)) have tried all of the above, which one that has the best staying power & oil–control?
    FYI, I have very oily skin and thanks to the heat & humidity here, I sweats every time I’m not in an air–conditioned room.
    Thanks! 🙂

    • I’ve tried all the ones except for the L’Oreal. You’ll find reviews for all on this site except the Laura Mercier here (I got a large sample of LM’s, but didn’t do a review). If you have a specific question, go ahead and ask.

      I found YSL’s particularly sweat-proof, although I’m going to be testing Tom Ford’s new one next and that one is supposed to be quite good in warm weather as well. I haven’t tried it yet, though.

      • What I like about the Laura Mercier version is that it doesn’t include alcohol or SPF. I prefer to use my Skinceuticals Sheer Physical underneath any foundation and avoid the additional ubiquitous octinoxate as my skin reacts to chemical sunscreens. I could do without the lemon extract she included though.

  5. Would this be a good foundation for oily/combo/acne prone skin?

    • See Caroline’s comment, above, which appears so. On my forehead, which is oily, it lasts and lasts and lasts. Keep in mind–this is not a mattifying foundation. But you might look for a mattifying primer (I’m hearing good thing about Smashbox’s latest) instead.

      The Chanel Velvet is another good one for oily, acne prone skin. Also see Burberry’s.

  6. Great review, Amy! I just purchased this a few days ago and am liking it so far. Interestingly enough, on my oily skin, the addition of primer underneath this foundation really kept the shine at bay (much more of a difference with this foundation than when I wear primers under other foundations or tinted moisturizers). I’m still not 100% convinced I got the best color match for me (B30 — which is a tad light for my NC30 skin) but otherwise I’m enjoying this so far!

  7. Just ordered this after reading your review!

  8. How do you feel it compares to the teint touche-eclat foundation?

    • Fusion Ink is a true serum, so the texture is far different. Touche-Eclat is more glowy and feels moisturizing. Fusion Ink has no claim to skincare or moisture. Third, Fusion Ink lasts hours and hours longer on me.

  9. i’m always on the hunt for the next best foundation :)). this sounds promising. will you be reviewing the dior star foundation? i’m on the fence about dior star and this one…a comparison review would be so helpfull

    • Good question! I’ve been meaning too–I just placed an order. I can’t say that it will be super soon (hasn’t arrived yet, and I have the new Tom Ford to try), but I will do it!

      • yey! thank you very much. you made my day.
        i really can’t afford both. i prefer spending more on something high end that i’m sure i’ll love, than less on smth DS that i won’t use or will break me out. i’m supper fussy about foundation especially. i used to have acne and i don’t want to go back there again. i still have some scaring 🙁

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