The idea of colour correction in make-up artistry is not a new one – I remember I used to use a green concealer back when I was a teen as I had read somewhere about green being good for concealing spots and countering redness… I dread to think what I actually looked like with this on. But the point being, using colours to counter those you want to play down or disguise has long been a trick of the world of make-up. In recent years, CC has become the follow on from the BB and now there are lots and lots of CC creams sweeping our shelves with one trio of which being these YSL CC Creme shades.
The three shades being ‘Lavender’, ‘Apricot’ and ‘Rose’. So one with a soft lilac shade, one a peachy colour and another in a pinky shade. Each shade plays a different role for your complexion too – so if you want an overall brighter look, then the Lavender is your friend. If you want a rosy glow, then the rose (duh) would be the one you reach for – or if you want an all over peachy complexion then try the apricot.
The thing I like about these shades is they’re not too literal – the Apricot is slightly more nude – like a mid toned foundation. The rose is a soft blush – so no risk of looking like you have just been slapped in the face or have a bit of sunburn (as a naturally pink-toned girl, this is a concern). The lilac is probably the most intimidating of the three – but still a sheer colour and just adds a bit of a brightness to the skin – without making it look at all sallow.
The effect is of course subtle, and something personally I’d use as more of a primer type of product – likely picking the one I want (at the moment, the Lavender is my favourite) and then applying a base or foundation over for the finished look. If you have fabulous skin and maybe just want that subtle colour correcting effect, then go ahead and try these on their own – but for me personally, they don’t offer enough of an evening effect to use totally solo. They do however, have SPF 35 which is a major selling point for me as I’m on a mission to ensure my daytime skincare routine or face products never fail to have SPF in there.
YSL CC Creme * (all three shades) are available from Feel Unique (£30)