Although I love a good budget beauty buy, you can’t the stunning packaging and presentation of luxury beauty products but of course the efficacy of the products is important too and generally speaking, higher end products tend to impress me too. Of course there are misses across all brands but I’ve never been disappointed by the YSL beauty products that I’ve tried, and my favourite higher end lipstick formula is most definitely the YSL Rouge Volupté range and I always like to treat myself to a new shade whenever I feel I’m worthy of a splurge purchase. The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Sticks recently launched within their Spring collection and are an extension of their existing Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip and Cheek which have a liquid consistency, whereas the Kiss & Blush Duo Sticks are a sold, creamy stick in comparison.
The new YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick are available in six different colourways with each shade containing two complimentary shades which can be used for a two-tone graduation, ombré effect with a matte finish. The thought behind the two shades is that they can be worn individually, blended together or worn together for a gradient effect in a compact balm format which glides over the cheeks and lips. Each shade is £26 and are available to purchase from Feelunique, and from the shades available I have shade 1 Marrakesh to Paris.
The packaging is really pretty, just like the entirety of the YSL beauty range with a shiny gold rounded lid and a glossy red plastic base which again is rounded but with a flat bottom so it can stand up. I thought the coloured bottom half of the sticks were colour coded to reflect the shade within the stick but it would appear that they all have a red base which I personally love as I think the red and gold look beautiful together, and the packaging is nice and compact for on the go whilst still being luxurious yet fun at the same time. The stick is rounded at the top with a very clear divide down the middle separating the two shades, and Marrakesh to Paris has a bright hot pink side and a bright peachy coral side which really excite me for Spring and Summer especially, as they’re so bright and vibrant.
The stick has a subtle floral scent which you only smell when purposely sniffing the stick and it doesn’t translate to the skin. I’ve seen a couple of bloggers mention how lightweight the stick feels for the price, but I’d much rather have lightweight, more compact packaging for a product which is designed to be travel friendly and convenient. I really like that you can use the shades together by simply swiping the stick across the skin or lips, or tilt the stick onto one side to use just one of the two shades. The consistency of the stick is very creamy and smooth, and it really does glide across the skin with great pigmentation (these are just one swipe swatches) but I’ve found that you can use a brush to apply to the cheeks and/or lips too.
Sometimes I find that dual use products tend to perform better for one use over another but the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick performs perfectly on the lips and the cheeks but I prefer the coral side for my cheeks as I always gravitate towards coral toned blushes but I like that the Kiss & Blush Duo offers such versatility. Marrakesh to Paris is one of the bolder shades within the range and I’d now love to try one of the most muted shades such as From Prude to Nude but all of the shades look beautiful, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from YSL, and the cream formula is very flattering on my dry skin and I like that I can do both my cheeks and lips with one product in a matter of seconds.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the new Kiss & Blush Duo Sticks?