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