There’s a new foundation in town and it’s already doing rounds on YouTube and social media. I was lucky enough to receive a free sample through Influenster and I’ve been testing it out for the last couple of weeks. Let me introduce you to the YSL All Hours Foundation… The name suggests that you can expect big things, but is it really as good as it looks on paper?
I was actually quite surprised that I was chosen to try this foundation because I’m sure I mentioned in my Influenster profile that my skin is dry. This product (as most matte, full coverage foundations) is recommended for combo and oily types and I bet it would look beautiful on those. I was determined to make it work on my complexion and I think I’ve actually succeeded, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
First, let’s appreciate the beautiful frosted glass bottle and all the little details of this high end foundation. It looks really classy, which is exactly what you would expect from and item with this price tag ($58 USD). The foundation also comes with a good pump, that allows you to control the amount of product dispensed – a very important detail since a little goes a long way (we’re talking 1-2 pumps per application).
Now onto the claims – the YSL All Hours Foundation promises a transfer-proof, full coverage finish that looks fresh and flawless for up to 24 hours (no touch ups required). It’s oil free, contains SPF 20 and should not clog your pores. The product comes in 22 shades, which is really awesome and confusing at the same time. I unfortunately ended up with the shade that’s too light for my current skin tone, but on the Influenster website I was working purely with the short versions of the names. Normally I can simply pick the shade in the 20 range, with this product, it is actually a warm ivory. If you’re thinking of getting the All Hours foundation, I’d recommend you go to the store to get matched.
The product has a faint scent, typical to the YSL foundations. Nothing too overpowering (I actually really like it), but you will smell it on application. The consistency of the foundation is on the thicker side, however it is still easy to work with, whether you want to apply it with your fingers, a brush or a sponge.
Now, let’s talk about how I was able to make the foundation work on my dry skin. It’s not a quick and easy process, but I would be willing to go through all the steps for special occasions. It involves prepping the skin the night before with a good scrub or another exfoliating product and a hydrating face mask (sheet masks work great!). On the day I need to prep the skin with a hydrating serum and a rich moisturizer and just before the application, use two primers. A pore minimizing one, and a hydrating one. I don’t really reach for the pore filling products on a regular basis, but in this case it’s a crucial step. Without it, the foundation will just sink into the pores (no matter how small they are) and emphasize the texture of your skin.
The application method I recommend with the YSL All Hours Foundation is a beauty sponge (like the Beauty Blender). Especially if you have dry skin and need all the hydration you can possibly get. You’ll only need a tiny amount to achieve medium to full coverage. The foundation will cover most imperfections and unify the skin tone beautifully. The finish is definitely matte, but in a natural way, It does look like you’re wearing makeup, but is not cakey and heavy on the skin. On closer inspection, it may not look perfect on dry skin, but as good as you can get with a matte, full coverage product. If your complexion is anything but dry, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the finish. For me, it’s definitely too much for everyday, but I’d wear it on a night out for sure.
When it comes to the staying power, I have no complaints, but foundations don’t usually break down on me. The YSL All Hours maintains the coverage and matte finish for a long time, although I wouldn’t say it looks fresh on my skin. Especially on the nose, which is my problem area. It’s not bad by any means, but the dryness may start to show up towards the end of the day. Again, you will probably not experience this issue with combo/oily complexion.
The product doesn’t rub off when you touch your face and there will still be a substantial amount on a cotton pad as you remove your makeup in the evening. If you blow your nose or rub the skin vigorously, some of the foundation will come off, but that’s the case with every single product on the market.
Would I recommend the YSL All Hours Foundation? Yes, if you’re anything but dry – you’ll definitely love this formula. For people like me, I’d suggest you grab a sample and check if you can make it work on dry skin. My method won’t work on everyone and you probably don’t want to throw $58 USD down the drain… I will definitely wear it again, but not as an everyday, go-to foundation.