YSL Crème de Blush in Rose Quartz & Red Agate: review, swatches, photos | Arty Stone, Spring 2013

YSL Rose Quartz Creme de Blush 7 - Spring 2013

The product: Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush Cream Blush in No. 7 Rose Quartz & No. 8 Red Agate

There are a few YSL products that you hear a lot about: their iconic Touche Éclat, of course, or their brilliant Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains. I’ve been poking around in more of the line with their Spring 2013 Arty Stone collection recently, though, and I have to say — YSL? Not a one-trick pony.

Yves Saint Laurent cream blush Spring 2013

The Crème de Blush formula

YSL’s cream blush formula is whipped and velvety, more a mousse than a heavy cream or gel. The lightweight texture applies smoothly (“like silk,” as promised!) with fingertips or a foundation brush, and dries down to a radiant powder finish.

YSL Creme de Blush - Spring 2013 Arty Stone

Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush packaging

These blushes aren’t super-pigmented when swatched, but they have more than enough colour to them. I find the pigmentation works in perfect harmony with the texture, delivering a sheer or intense cheek with very little fuss. 

These blushes are lightly perfumed, and gorgeously so — easily one of my favourite-smelling blush formulas! (What’s yours?)

Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush swatches

YSL Crème de Blush swatches: Rose Quartz, Red Agate

No. 7 Rose Quartz

Yves Saint Laurent Rose Quartz Cream Blush

Rose Quartz is a lively, bright pink with cool undertones and just the slightest hint of yellow in the base. I have a makeup look coming up soon for you featuring this blush, and I have to say — it is the perfect pink for the season.

The velvety finish has a hint of radiance (the super-tiny microshimmer is at times so hard discern that I’m almost convinced it’s fairy dust), and it does a wonderful job of giving the cheek a glowing, “lifted” effect.

Yves Saint Laurent swatches Rose Quartz- Creme de Blush

YSL Crème de Blush swatches in 07 Rose Quartz & 08 Red Agate, heavily/lightly

No. 8 Red Agate

Surprisingly enough, the brick-red warm undertones of Red Agate are wearable on more than just warm complexions — despite my very pale, cool-toned skin, I had no problem adding this to my everyday makeup routine. While Rose Quartz has a strong blue undertone, Red Agate delivers a much more natural-looking flush, which may appeal to the more subdued makeup-wearer.

YSL Red Agate Creme de Blush No. 8 - Arty Stone

I love the gorgeous, shimmer-free (but somehow still startlingly radiant) finish (it must be fairy dust), but be careful with this one! The same pigments that create this lovely warm red turn into a “fevered” cheek if you overdo it, though the colour is well worth the caution if you ask me.

The verdict?

As much as I enjoy these blushes, I find it hard to recommend them at the $52 CAN price tag — even at $38 USD, they’re pretty expensive. That said, if you love a cream-to-powder blush, these are a great product: the packaging makes me think of super-chic ice cubes, and the colours are beautiful!

Find them at: Nordstrom & Sephora online; $38 US/$52 CAN.

The ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Alumina, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Rosemary Extract.+/- Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Yellow 5 Lake, Mica, Red 7, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Ci 77491, Ci 77492 , Ci 77499, Red 6, Red 28 Lake, Red 30, Carmine, Aluminum Powder, Ci 77007, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet.

YSL Creme de Blush ingredients

A few last photos

YSL Spring 2013 Arty Stone Creme Blushes

YSL Crème de Blush boxesYSL Red Agate Creme de Blush No. 8 - Arty Stone

YSL Crème de Blush in Red Agate (new permanent shade with Arty Stone, Spring 2013)

YSL Creme de Blush swatches Red Agate

YSL Spring 2013 cream blush swatches: Rose Quartz, Red Agate

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  • red agate looks particularly gorgeous! good for a gift, methinks :)
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  • perilouslypale

    I love this blush formula! $52 is just too much though. :-( Even at $38 US it's hard to swallow ordering from the US but I think I will need more!
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    • It really is :( Thank goodness for sites like Nordstrom — even with shipping, US prices are often still better in the high-end!

  • Agh. Red Agate! ! ! !

    But the price >_<
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  • I really like the pink shade! I tried them some time ago and the siliconey-dry texture didn't work well with my dry skin but that pink is calling my name! I have to cjeck them out a second time now!
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  • mostlysunnybunny

    OOO I need to check out Red Agate! I keep thinking I need a red blush for some reason

  • I love how they look! The pink one is really grabbing my attention, haha ^^. But yeah, the price tag eh, they are definitely not cheap but every now and then you can find them in a sale here *grabby hands*
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    • Exactly! The great part about colours being in the perm line is that you can always wait for a sale or GWP event :D I think the pink would look great on you, Teri!

  • gigi

    these look really awesome. loads of ysl products are fantastic. I really want to try these and i’ll then be able to really say what I think of them. I love that they smell good. can’t wait to try them. xx. gigi.

  • These blushes are my favourite formulation, I am so glad they've come out with Red Agate I can't wait to get my hands on it. It is over $50 in Australia as well, but the formula is worth it for me.
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    • Eep! Australian markups are the worst — I'm glad to hear you found "the one" for your cheeks, though! :p

  • toyarosie

    As usual [broken record here] – I'd skip on these due to the scent, but they do look great, Rae! I am actually kind of thankful that a lot of the super-pricey blushes (eg Burberry) etc. have fragrance – I have a hard time restricting myself, but having an allergy means I don't have to work so hard at being good LOL.
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    • Haha, what a silver lining! :p I'll be sure to poke at you if the next time I great scent-free blush :D

  • Red Agate looks spectacular! The price has me considering just using my NARS Moscow lippy on the cheeks as a dupe though :P
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    • A wise decision :P I always figure if you can dupe it, dupe it! Leaves you with more leeway for the things you can't ;)