Skip to main content

making faces :: journey to the heart of light

i'll never understand why some brands launch things so quietly. yves st. laurent snuck in a whole new range of blushes without so much as a ripple, it seems, and that is such a disservice. for starters, it seems that these new blushes, dubbed both "blush volupté" and "heart of light" are replacing their existing powder blushes, which is something i would like to have known before they started disappearing on me. i also would have liked a little more fanfare surrounding the introduction of these new shades in a new formula.

now, i've always liked ysl powder blushes. they've never been the highest profile items in their collection, but yves has a lot of hidden gems and the new "heart of light" blushes look to fall into the same category. trusting my instincts, when i saw that they were available [which is a while ago now], i immediately ordered one to try out. there are a number of cooler pinks that grabbed my attention, however, i decided to go a little out of my comfort zone and order something that looked more like an orange-coral, shade #6, "passionée".


as it turns out "passionée" is a more natural shade than it appears on the sephora web site, with less apricot and more warm pink tones. it's much less warm than i expected, while still being generally warm overall. like all the "heart of light" blushes, it has an outer "ring" in a deeper shade with an inner "heart" [actually a square, which isn't a good shape for a heart at all] at the centre. like the new eye shadow palettes that debuted this year, the pattern debossed on the powder is inspired by yves st/ laurent's iconic "mondrian dress". the blushes are the same size as the shadow palettes, which is convenient for storage, but means that it can be difficult to pick the two shades up separately. it's certainly easiest to swirl a brush around and pick up both colours, however it's also relatively easy to stick to the sides and pick up only the deeper colour. if you want the central colour only, you'll have to use a smaller brush and execute some patience. that said, the most interesting and beautiful results come from the combination of the two shades.

l to r :: outer shade, inner shade, blended




the outer shade is an almost matte coral with a lot of pink to it. the inner shade is a shimmery light peach. combined, they make something that is rich in colour, but has a healthy sheen, which means that it serves as a blush and highlighter in one. something that everyone should know before diving in is that these blushes swatch terribly. no matter what you use, the colour payoff looks piss-poor and will give you a horrible impression. applied, there's pretty intense colour [use caution]. in that way, they reminded me of the texture of guerlain's "rose aux joues" blushes. which were great in use but similarly difficult to swatch.


because it is overall a more pink-coral, there are a lot of shades that come close to "passionée", which was my one slight disappointment when i tried it. hourglass "luminous flush" is brighter and more shimmery. nars "deep throat" is softer, cooler and more subtle. that said, despite having some close cousins, i've been reaching for this shade an almost indecent amount, because i love the balance of colour and finish, which is as good as any i've seen.

l to r :: hourglass luminous flush, passionée blended, nars deep throat

the "heart of light" blush is available in nine shades. i've now had the opportunity to look at them all in person and there is a good range from warm to cool. there are more light than dark shades [the line lacks an intense brick or plum shade], but the colour payoff you can achieve is pretty intense with what's available. the formula is silky and will disguise pores and unevenness, obviating the need for a finishing powder. the product lasts extremely well on me and doesn't tend to fade much.

here's a look at the blush in action. what you're seeing here is a fairly light application, which should give you an idea of the intensity the blush is capable of achieving. it doesn't become especially powdery when built up, either, but buffs nicely into the skin while offering plenty of pigment.




products used

base ::
hourglass mineral veil primer
urban decay naked skin "1.0
dior star concealer "010"
mac paint pot "painterly"
mac prep & prime finishing powder

eyes ::
nars e/s duo "tropical princess" [icy lilac and acid green chartreuse]
le metier de beauté e/s "corinthian" [shimmery pink taupe]
urban decay 24/7 e/l "smoke" [cool charcoal grey]
guerlain cils d'enfer mascara

cheeks ::
yves st. laurent blush volupté "passionée" [warm coral pink]

lips ::
bite beauty deconstructed rose l/s "crimson"*

*suggested alternates :: crimson =  rouge d'armani 402

do i recommend the new "heart of light" blushes? absolutely. unreservedly. highly. i'll miss the older shades, but these new ones have won me over. over time, i expect that the range of shades will expand a little, which will fill out the one area which seems wanting with this new collection. don't believe the lack of hype: these are stunning. 

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

armchair centre back :: finding your best boss

everything i know about bosses, i've learned from watching the premier league this year. 

it's been a long time since i posted about my love of football [soccer], possibly because i was traumatised by seeing my darlings swansea city getting mauled week after week, all the while looking like they were playing for the right to choose between being executed by guillotine or firing squad. it's been a very long season. well, half a season. suddenly, however, it doesn't seem so bad. the reason for that is very clear: carlos carvalhal. swansea's new portuguese manager is a breath of fresh air, and a complete switch from the focused and pragmatic paul clement. now, i liked paul clement, and i think that his internship at some of the best clubs in the world made him a real catch. it's just that sometimes you need to find someone who connects with your team, your people, which carlos definitely seems to have done. as the days lengthen and the weather shows some signs of…

digging for [audio] treasure

my computer tells me that i need to cut down the amount of music stored on my overstuffed hard drive. my ears tell me that that would deprive me of some wonderful listening experiences. 
halifax, nova scotia was not the easiest place to find out about music with limited appeal. it was a very music-centred city, to be sure, but, being smaller, things like noise, industrial, and experimental music struggled to gain a foothold, even as the alternative rock scene exploded in the early nineties. i was lucky enough to have some friends who were happy to share music that they loved, but i knew that there were lots of things that i was missing out on.

with the dawn of the internet, and various types of music sharing, i found myself able to discover bands that i'd heard about, but never managed to track down, from the days of underground cassette culture. and, to my surprise and elation, many of them do very much live up to what i'd imagined from reading descriptions of them in catalo…