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Nothing warms my heart more than seeing so many new foundation releases – particularly those focused on a matte finish. One of these new products is the Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation ($58.00 // Sephora). Recently I splurged on this gem to see if it could beat out my holy grail Estee Lauder Double Wear (since I’m hearing that so many ELDW lovers have been converting!).
what is it
The Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation is described as “a new 24-Hour, full-coverage foundation that instantly blurs pores and fines lines and provides uninterrupted flawless wear that looks and feels just applied, all-day.” It is listed as being a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish. The formula works best with normal, combination and oily skin types.
As someone with incredibly oily skin, all the pores in the world and a lot to cover up that description above is music to my ears! There are 22 shades available so if you’re fair-to-tan it shouldn’t be hard to color match, though from the looks of the website there aren’t many options for dark/deep skintones.
Right off you’re going to notice the scent. It’s incredibly strong. It’s not a terrible scent but in my experience it doesn’t fade quickly (though it will fade) and I think if you’re sensitive to things like that you’ll be immediately overwhelmed.
As someone that legit needs full coverage I personally find YSL All Hours to be medium-full but buildable enough. It did a decent job at blurring pores and fine lines. I tried it with and without my usual Make Up For Ever Step 1 Matte Primer and found that it definitely needs the primer but doesn’t keep me matte as long as Estee Lauder Double Wear. YSL All Hours also didn’t last as long for me as ELDW. ELDW wears like iron even if I accidentally rub at it.
Because I wasn’t over the moon in love with this foundation I took a tip from Casey Holmes and mixed the YSL with the ELDW (she said it makes the formula perfect – not as heavy and “super full coverage”). I still wasn’t a fan of it. The coverage was decent and felt lighter but it wasn’t where I wanted it to be… and that scent… I just can’t.
TBH even if it was better than Estee Lauder Double Wear I still wouldn’t use it based on the scent. I just can’t get past it and it’s a deal breaker for me. If fragrance isn’t a problem for you and you find ELDW to be a little too heavy, yet you still need medium-full coverage, then you’ll like this. (note: I’m generally someone who doesn’t mind fragrance in products).
This foundation is swatched below in the shade BD40 Warm Sand: