YSL Kiss and Blush Review (#1 Fuschia Desinvolte, #4 Orange Fougueux, #8 Pink Hedoniste, #12 Mocha Garconne)

Prior to YSL Kiss and Blush, I typically avoided lip and cheek multi-use products as I found that they often didn’t perform consistently on both the lips and the cheeks. However, I was intrigued and tempted to try out YSL’s Kiss and Blush ($40) based on Temptalia’s glowing reviews. Temptalia reported that this product worked equally well as both a blush and lipcolor, so I wanted to try this out for myself. The concept of a well-performing multi-use product is exciting, as I love products that can be used for different purposes (the cost also seems less expensive when it’s multi-use).

Note: this is a picture-heavy post! I wanted to make sure to show you swatches on both the arm and the lips, in addition to photos of the product itself.

YSL Kiss and Blush (L to R: #12 Mocha Garconne; #8 Pink Hedoniste; #1 Fuschia Desinvolte; #4 Orange Fougueux)

YSL Kiss and Blush (L to R: #12 Mocha Garconne; #8 Pink Hedoniste; #1 Fuschia Desinvolte; #4 Orange Fougueux)

The first YSL Kiss and Blush I purchased was #8 Pink Hedoniste, a natural soft pink color that I thought would easily compliment my medium, NC30-35, warm skintone. I ended up loving #8 so much that shortly after, I purchased #1 Fuschia Desinvolte (a gorgeous, flattering pop of fuschia, which can be sheered out), #4 Orange Fougueux (a beautiful summery orange that can be applied very subtly), and #12 Mocha Garconne (a light mocha beige with pink, perfect for a natural look, or to balance strong lips; the color also makes my cheeks look more tanned!).

YSL Kiss and Blush Swatches (L to R: #12 Mocha Garconne; #8 Pink Hedoniste; #1 Fuschia Desinvolte; #4 Orange Fougueux)

YSL Kiss and Blush Swatches (L to R: #12 Mocha Garconne; #8 Pink Hedoniste; #1 Fuschia Desinvolte; #4 Orange Fougueux)

I’ve only recently gotten into brighter colors — #1 Fuschia Desinvolte and #4 Orange Fougueux were some of the first brighter colors I’ve worn — and I love how flattering they are on the skin. If you’re looking to get into brighter colors, I highly recommend Fuschia Desinvolte and Orange Fougueux as they should flatter a wide variety of skintones, and the color is easily built up or sheered down to a tint.

Here, you’ll see below that they sheer out easily should you wish to wear just a hint of color:

YSL Kiss and Blush Swatches -- Blended (L to R: #12 Mocha Garconne; #8 Pink Hedoniste; #1 Fuschia Desinvolte; #4 Orange Fougueux)

YSL Kiss and Blush Swatches: blended and sheered out if you want just a hint of color (L to R: #12 Mocha Garconne; #8 Pink Hedoniste; #1 Fuschia Desinvolte; #4 Orange Fougueux)

Using a stippling brush such as the MAC 188 Brush, I’m able to get a flawless application of Kiss and Blush on the cheeks. I gently swipe the tips of the brush against the applicator to get product on the brush, and then stipple the color onto my cheeks, before blending out towards the edges of the face. This method makes the application very even, flawless, and natural looking! When it’s properly applied, Kiss and Blush seems to meld seamlessly with the skin — rather than just sitting on top of the cheeks like some other blushes.

Using a stippling brush such as the MAC 188 helps ensure a flawless application on the cheeks

Using a stippling brush such as the MAC 188 helps ensure a flawless application on the cheeks

One of the best aspects about the Kiss and Blushes is how easy they are to layer depending on how much you want the color to appear on your skin. For example, I’ll use just a bit of #1 Fuschia Desinvolte on my cheeks for subtle color; for my lips, depending on how bright I want them to appear, I’ll apply another pass of the color. Even with several layers, the product doesn’t cake up.

Here’s #1 Fuschia Desinvolte applied lightly on my lips (I applied the product with my finger; note that it would be more intense if I used the applicator). If you’re color-shy, you can apply less, or blot with a tissue to make the color look even more subtle:

YSL Kiss and Blush #1 Fuschia Desinvolte

YSL Kiss and Blush #1 Fuschia Desinvolte

Here’s #4 Orange Fougueux (also applied lightly on my lips). Again, I love how this can be applied both subtly or more dramatically, by choosing how many layers you wish to apply, and also your application method.

 

YSL Kiss and Blush #4 Orange Fougueux

YSL Kiss and Blush #4 Orange Fougueux

Here’s #8 Pink Hedoniste (a very easy to wear, natural pink):

YSL Kiss and Blush #8 Pink Hedoniste

YSL Kiss and Blush #8 Pink Hedoniste

And #12 Mocha Garconne:

YSL Kiss and Blush #12 Mocha Garconne

YSL Kiss and Blush #12 Mocha Garconne

You might be wondering how this product performs on the lips. I’m happy to report that Kiss and Blush does not disagree with my often dry, sensitive lips. Kiss and Blush isn’t hydrating on its own (although I’ve noticed that certain colors, such as #1 Fuschia Desinvolte and #4 Orange Fougueux, seem more hydrating than the other shades I have) but it’s not drying either — which is saying something considering I typically have dry lips. The texture of this on the lips feels great — it’s extremely silky, satiny, and smooth going on. Since it’s not a hydrating product by itself, however, I tend to put a thin layer of lip balm underneath (my favorite is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask) before applying this on my lips.

As for staying power, I’ve noticed that the more vibrant shades I have (#1 Fuschia Desinvolte and #4 Orange Fougueux) tend to have stronger staying power than the more natural colors (#8 Pink Hedoniste and #12 Mocha Garconne). #1 Fuschia and #4 Orange leaves a nice stain on the lips even after several meals. All four colors have excellent staying power on my oily cheeks.

YSL Kiss and Blush Applicator

YSL Kiss and Blush Applicator

While I love this product, I do wish the product was packaged in a more hygienic manner. YSL advertises that the applicator wand can be used directly on both the cheeks and the lips. I’m a germaphobe and don’t love the idea of dipping the applicator repeatedly in the bottle and then applying directly on both the lips and the cheeks. Therefore, to make it more hygienic, I use clean fingers to get some color off the applicator, and then use my fingers to apply the product to my lips — instead of using the applicator directly on the lips. (And, as I mentioned above, I use the stippling brush to apply this to my cheeks.) Of course, this is all a matter of personal preference — so this might not bother you at all!

I highly recommend YSL Kiss and Blush for those of you who’d love a high-performing multi-use product for the lips and cheeks! My personal favorites for the lips are #1 Fuschia Desinvolte and #4 Orange Fougueux as they brighten my face substantially. I also love mixing and matching — for example, applying a brighter Kiss and Blush to the lips and then one of the more natural K&Bs to the cheeks. Have you tried Kiss and Blush? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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  • Krithi Marla

    all the colors looking pretty on u
    however I like this perticular color for myself -Pink Hedoniste

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Thank you, Krithi! Pink Hedoniste is a very flattering natural pink, I could see how you would like that color!

  • http://makeuptricksandtips.blogspot.com/ fiona furtado

    Hey Carolyn!! So good to see YSL kiss and blush post. All the shades look stunning on you. I can’t wait for them to reach India. x

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Thank you dear Fiona!! Do you know if these will be arriving soon to India? Hope you’re having a great week! x

  • http://www.howdoesdeedoit.com howdoesdeedoit

    Between you and Julie (Julesdarling) I know I need these. Next trip to Sephora these shall be mine lol. I’m going to get the Mocha & the Fushchia ones. Said this before but you have the prettiest lips!! Never flakey…how do you manage it lol.

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Dee! Yay, I hope you end up loving them as much as I do! Aw, thanks so much — actually, the condition of my lips has improved a lot since I started using the right lip balm for me (Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask) — before that it would sometimes flake and was often dry!

      • How Does Dee DoIt

        Ooh good to know! Try that, I shall! Just finishing my jack black ones that I actually haven’t loved as much as everyone has raved about them :(

        • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

          I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t liked the Jack Black one as much :(. I wasn’t able to wear that as my lips can be very sensitive to SPF and the JB ones have SPF in them. Hope you have better luck with the Bite Beauty one!!

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    I have Fuchsia Desinvolte and I love how easy it is to use as well as how well it performs! I might need to pick up Orange Fougeux at some point. It looks like something I’ll love!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Sunny! I actually remember reading your review of Fuschia Desinvolte! It’s funny as I also have the same experience of it lasting through a big meal :). I think Orange Fougueux would really compliment your skintone — it’s the first orange that I’ve ever tried that I found very flattering on!

  • http://www.hellojaa.com/ Jaa

    Oh Carolyn… stop with the temptation already! Haha. Mocha Garconne is really calling my name…. it looks like a nice pinky nude on your lips, I wonder if it would look remotely close on mine since my lips are much more pigmented than yours. :) Since it has quite a bit of brown in it, do you think it would work for subtle contouring? If so, then it will be an even truer multi-purpose product! What about the scent? I know a lot of YSL products have this mango-y scent that I sometimes love, other times not so much haha.

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Jaa! Hehe, sorry to tempt you with this! ;) I apply the Kiss and Blushes with my finger for a sheerer application (personal preference), so I think the color would look stronger on you if you were to use the included applicator. I just did a search on Mocha Garconne to see how it looks applied on others and I noticed that on them, more of the brown undertones emerge. As for the scent, this does have the typical YSL mango scent, but it dissipates about 10-15 minutes after application. For some reason, I can be sensitive to other scents (I can sometimes find certain sweet scents cloying), but I actually really enjoy the mango scent!

      • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

        Hi again Jaa! After reading your NARS Ita brush review, I realized that I forgot to respond to you re: contouring! While I don’t contour myself, I think this would be a gorgeous, natural contour on our skintone. If you end up trying or getting it, let me know how you like it!

  • http://smashinbeauty.com/ SmashinBeauty

    You could probably use them as a blush too : D Love the color choice

    SmashinBeauty.com

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Thanks for visiting, SmashinBeauty! Yes, I use all four as a blush! Pink Hedoniste and Mocha Garconne are basically foolproof to use as a blush; with Fuschia Desinvolte and Orange Fougueux, I use a lighter hand.

  • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

    Thank you so much, Smita! That is really nice of you! While none of them are drying, I’ve found that Fuschia Desinvolte and Orange Fougueux feel more hydrating than Mocha Garconne and Pink Hedoniste. Thank you for visiting, Smita! :)

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i was looking at #2 and #5 for these and i found they settled into my lip lines. not drying like you said but also not hydrating. i think i would like to try it out for longer rather than just wearing it through the day after applying it on instore. might pick one or the other up but haven’t decided yet.

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Jenn, thanks for reading! I remember reading that Temptalia didn’t have as great of an experience with #2 as it was more clingy on her lips than the other colors. As for #5, that color looks beautiful, I’m sad to hear that it settled into your lip lines! If you do end up trying it again, I’m curious to hear more about your experiences.

  • http://www.howdoesdeedoit.com howdoesdeedoit

    Caved and bought the Mocha one today. its so gorgeous sigh!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Yay!! Enjoy your Kiss and Blush, Dee! :) Will you be blogging about it? Can’t wait to see your post if you do!

      • How Does Dee DoIt

        Hehe I definitely will:)

  • http://www.julesdarling.blogspot.com/ Julie

    You are completely a woman after my own heart! I have three of the four shades you’ve reviewed. The only one I’m missing is #8. I have been trying to decide which of the pink shades I want to get from this line, so I will have to look at that one. They are such terrific products!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      That’s awesome that you have 3 of the 4 shades, Julie! Which pink shades are you looking at currently? I love these Kiss and Blushes and think they’re also perfect for travel and multi-tasking in general!

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