Friday, April 5, 2019

Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer: Review and Swatches

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Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer: Review and Swatches
When it comes to deciding what to review on the blog, I usually aim to write and swatch products that are new and buzz-worthy. As a result, I often don't have time to write about older releases that I use regularly in my daily routine. Therefore, I wanted to dedicate today's post to an amazing concealer I've discovered from Yves Saint Laurent. Released in Summer 2017, the All Hours Concealer ($46 CAD for 5 ml) is a beautiful, medium to high coverage liquid concealer that applies and looks like a dream. I was sent a sample of it in a shade that was too dark for me but because I enjoyed the formulation so much, I went out and bought the right shade. This rarely happens since I get lots of samples to play with so you know that means something. To read all about this concealer and see some before and after swatches, click......
Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer: Review and Swatches
Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer
The Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer comes in a simple plastic tube paired with a basic doe-foot applicator. Most of the tube is coated in black with the exception of a rectangular window, which shows the shade inside. The packaging here is definitely a little plain in comparison to other YSL products but given that it contains 5 ml of product, compared to Touche Éclat's 2.5 ml, I'm not complaining too much.

For the longest time, I had actually been using the YSL Touche Éclat as a concealer as I loved the amazing texture and finish. So when I discovered the All Hour Concealer, I was beyond ecstatic because it basically feels like Touche Éclat, but with a much better coverage. YSL describes it as a full-coverage concealer that lasts 16 hours and although the pigmentation is great, I wouldn't say it's the most opaque I've tried. It will cover most blemishes but if you are looking for a heavy-duty spot concealer, you may be disappointed. However, as you can see below, the formulation camouflages most discolorations with no problem at all. In terms of wear, this also doesn't last 16 hours. With that said, the formulation fades gracefully without looking cakey or blotchy.
Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer in "2 Ivory" & "3.5 Natural": Review and Swatches
Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer in "2 Ivory" & "3.5 Natural"
So despite the fact that the All Hours Concealer doesn't quite stand to its promise of a full-coverage, 16-hour wear, I still love it because the formulation looks amazing. The concealer blends seamlessly and the pigments fuse to the skin so perfectly that it doesn't even look like I'm wearing makeup. There's no clinging or settling and the natural matte finish looks and feels just like skin. With me heading into my late 20's, fine lines and creasing under the eyes are becoming an issue. With the All Hours Concealer, however, I've experienced minimal creasing, even when I pair it with a powder. The shorter wear time on my oily skin (~8-10 hours before I notice significant fading) is a drawback but it's a tradeoff I'm willing to make for the beautiful, natural finish.
Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer in "2 Ivory": Review and Swatches
Yves Saint Laurent | All Hours Concealer in "2 Ivory"
As mentioned, I was initially sent the shade "3.5 Natural". It is a light-medium beige which actually worked pretty well for my skin tone when I mixe it with the YSL Touche Éclat White. A much better match for me, however, is the shade "2 Ivory", which is a light ivory that swatches a lot warmer than it actually wears on the skin. So there you have it, an amazing concealer from Yves Saint Laurent that has truly become a holy grail product! If you are looking for a medium-full coverage concealer with a dreamy, skin-like finish, then definitely check this out!

YSL is available online and in stores at Sephora, Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom, and Holt Renfrew.
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