YSL Orange Fougueux (04) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush
YSL Orange Fougueux (04) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a softly brightened, medium tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones, and very fine golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is almost imperceptible when swatched or applied. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is brighter. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is more matte. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is slightly more muted but sheered out, they are similar. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Benefit Cha Cha (P, $30.00) is more red-toned. See comparison swatches. (Look here for similar shades for it as a lip color.)
The new formula is supposed to work on cheeks and lips, and the texture is described as an “air whipped mousse” and has a “soft matte finish.” The color is supposed to be buildable. For a more in-depth overview of the packaging and applicator, read my original review of the formula. Orange Fougueux had good color coverage, which felt buildable, blendable, and easy to use at varying intensities. It’s pigmented enough where you feel like the product stretches–a little goes a long way–but a little dab gives a soft, sheer tint to cheeks or lips. The consistency is thin, almost velvety and silky at the same time, but as it is blended and worked into the skin, it melts and becomes more powder-like. The final result is a satin finish–not truly dewy but not matte. On lips, it stays glossy for a couple hours, and then the shine starts fading and by the end of wear, it’s satin-like. As a blush, it wore well for eight hours, and as a lip color, it wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. This shade didn’t leave a stain behind. The formula has a sweet, mango-and-grape scent to me, kind of like Glossy Stains but less intense.