YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

YSL recently launched a new foundation – to much hype. Most of which felt quite sudden?! I hadn’t heard there was a new foundation coming, then all of a sudden it was out and there were waitlists being buzzed about all over the place. I’m 100% a sucker for hype – so I was very excited to try this one. Especially given that one of my most loved foundations is from YSL (the YSL Youth Liberator one FYI). I had high hopes… but did the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation live up to the hype?

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For me, it’s a mixed bag. I have combination skin (or confused skin as I like to call it). It manages to be both dry/dehydrated and have an oily t-zone at the same time. When it comes to things like foundation the biggest areas this causes issues for are around the eyes (dehydration plus foundation equals fine lines showing worse than they should) and on the nose – where it seems no matter how much I moisturise and exfoliate, if my skin does lean more towards dry side it shows worst on my nose.

Application wise, this feels dreamy – I guess it’s where the ‘Fusion’ comes in. It really feels like the foundation just blends with the skin. It has a similar texture to that of the Armani Maestro (or L’Oreal equivalent) where it’s very liquid and light. But much like the Armani and the L’Oreal, whilst it applies like a dream and feels lovely on the skin. On closer inspection I find it does tend to highlight the dry ares. I found my nose looked a little flaky, which you can just about see in the face picture above (wearing just the foundation FYI – no concealer or powder).

In terms of coverage, I would say it’s medium and buildable. Despite feeling really light, it does leave a decent level of coverage (I have a small spot on my chin, which is fairly well hidden as an indicator on the picture above!).

Finish wise, it’s very velvet-like – quite matte, but not totally flat-matte. I think this foundation will be amazing for normal to oily skin. But for my skin with dehydrated areas, its not one that works quite as well as I would hope for me. It’s a shame as my first impression when I applied it was that it felt fantastic! But for me, the YSL Youth Liberator is still my number one.

Lastly, on the packaging front. I really wish it had a pump – it’s a gold lid that removed, then a screw top that lifts out a stick that delivers the product. I apply by putting a few splodges on the back of my hand then using a Real Techniques buffing brush (so much love for that brush, just wish they sold it as a single!). Also, shade wise – I’m a BR20 which I find to be a great match pretty much year round for me.

Have you tried this or any other YSL Foundations? What are your thoughts to the hype around this one (I have to say, the promise of skin like Cara D had me hooked to try…)!

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation * is available from Boots (£30.50)




  1. October 27, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    I was told by many other sources that this was the new “magic” foundation.
    Good to know that it’s a little drying on the skin…
    Have to say, I am definitely going to stick with the Arrmarni Maestro for now.

  2. October 27, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    I have just ordered this foundation and cannot wait to get it and try it out as it is supposed to be amazing.


  3. October 27, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I currently love the Armani Maestro, and haven’t felt the need to buy the L’Oreal or YSL versions. I feel like the Maestro is a little more thick in texture than the other two, which makes it slightly easier to work with. You should try the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush — it’s the one that I use, and it comes as a single. By many accounts, it’s very similar to the Buffing Brush!

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