Thursday, July 16, 2015

YSL Les Sahariennes review, photos, swatches

Back in April, I got two of YSL's Les Sahariennes to test and review.  I took photos and continued to use them.  Then I watched a video by Lily Pebbles recently where she spoke about them and I realised I never actually wrote the blog post on them.  Bad blogger!  But better late than never and yes, my hair is long in the photos as this was pre haircut!

Ok so let's get stuck in shall we?  The Les Sahariennes bronzers are a cream to matte formula that promises to give a really natural sun kissed glow.  With seven shades on offer, there should be one to suit you and while I was sent shade 3 and 6 which look different in the compact and in swatches, blended into the skin they're not not hugely different.

The packaging is gorgeous and the compact's mirror is nice and big.  It comes in a little pouch with a double ended brush/sponge that can be used to apply the product in two different ways.  You can use the sponge to apply a thicker, more opaque layer onto the skin, or use the brush end to carve out cheekbones and other such carve-able places.  I actually quite like the brush end.  It's ever so slightly scratchy but as you'll see in the photos, does a great job at product placement.

The swatches above show shade 3 on the left and shade 6 on the right.  Both are quite warm toned but are still really wearable, even for pale ladies like myself.  I'm not going to lie, I can't remember which shade I used in the photos below.  I want to say shade 6 because I wanted it to show up on camera, but I'm not 100%.  But either way, you'll see the effect that this gives on the skin!

Step 1: Admire how one dimensional your face looks.
Step 2: Using the brush, carve out some cheekbones baby!
Step 3: Flick the brush upwards to help blend out the product.
Step 4: Admire newly chiseled, yet natural cheekbones.
Step 5 (not pictured): Feel free to apply this product wherever you need it.  I like to bring it onto my forehead, down the nose and slightly under the lower lip to add a bit of poutiness.

The formula goes on as a cream and blends out easily.  Sometimes I use a buffing brush to make sure it's all well blended and everything looks seamless.  After a minute or two, it sets to a powder finish and almost looks blurred on the skin.  It kind of makes me want to apply it all over my face to see how much blurring we can get away with.  But right now, I'll be happy with my natural sun kissed glow.  I love the matte finish it leaves on the skin and gives a soft focus finish that's really flattering and wearable.  You can't mess up the application of this unless you really go at it and don't blend at all.

Now for the spondoolies.  We're talking €45 which is definitely on the spendy side.  But it's a gorgeous product and what if you were heading away and got it in the duty free?  That'd be allowed wouldn't it?  When you swatch it for yourself, you'll most likely fall in love with the texture and want to cover yourself in it.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

You can find Les Sahariennes along with the rest of the summer collection in Brown Thomas.  Go forth and treat yourself!


  1. Love, love, love anything YSL! I'm so lazy with bronzer (hence my permanent one dimensional face!). Must loiter by the YSL counter in BTs soon... Great day yesterday too! x

  2. I loved this too, thought it would be too dark but it gives such a subtle glow when it's blended in. Very hard to mess up!

    Emma x

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  4. I love YSL and have bought their highlighters and blushes in these gorgeous palettes before... but then I'm so lazy I don't use it. Seeing the sponge on this one makes it look a lot easier. more user friendly for the lazy girl inside me! Siobhan xx

  5. Look at those cheekbones, woooo :-) Awesome sculpting work, nice.

  6. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 22, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    I need to sculpt wherever I can!

  7. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    The packaging always sucks me in too! The sponge is almost like a thick piece of fabric and is grand at applying the product, but I do love to use a brush to apply it :)

  8. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    I'd say it's gorgeous on you Emma and anything that's mess up proof is always a good thing!!

  9. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 22, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    YSL is one of my fave luxury brands too, it'll have me bankrupt!


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