Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

Bronzer Without the Shimmer with YSL

YSL Golden Sand (03) Terre Saharienne ($50.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a rich, golden tanned bronzer from YSL’s Solaris Collection. YSL is releasing three shades of Terre Saharienne that are both new and permanent — Sand (01), Copper Sand (02), and Golden Sand (03).

Golden Sand is a rich, golden bronze with an orange undertone. It has very, very faint shimmer, which translates into more of a subtle sheen that reflects light in an incredibly delicate way. This shade will work best for those of warmer and deeper skin tones, because the slight touch of golden orange in it may translate into an orange-y mess on those with paler and/or cooler skin tones. You can layer it on for an intense look or use it sheerly for a naturally bronzed look — you can see me wearing it in this look.

The packaging is classic YSL — the gold “metal” compact that flips open to reveal a large mirror and compact with YSL emblazoned in the middle. The back reveals all the pertinent information like its weight (0.35 oz.) and the active sunscreen ingredient (octinoxate 6%) — which is SPF 12. I like it for a more matte version of a bronzer — it’s not completely matte, but it’s not shimmery either. It’s also very finely milled, smooth to the touch, and easy to blend on the face.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re on the look out for a long-wearing, nearly shimmer-less bronzer, YSL’s new Terre Saharienne might work for you.  Golden Sand, in particular, works well for warmer, deeper skin tones with yellow or olive undertones.

Availability: June 2010

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YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer
YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

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11 thoughts on “YSL Golden Sand (03) Terre Saharienne Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sexy Sadie

    You had me until you mentioned the orange sheen.

  2. Yoora

    Woah! This definitely goes on my must buy list.
    I’ve actually been looking for sometime now a bronzer that doesn’t make me look like a glittery mess LOL! Somehow where I live I can’t find a non-shimmery and warmer bronzer that’s suitable for me, I tan too easily despite wearing more SPF than a layer cake!

    PS. I’ve been wondering ever since I found out your blog, what camera do you use to snap those beautiful shots of yours? =P

  3. Cherokee

    This is a really beautiful copper color. NYX has a blush name Copper which this reminds me off but without the shimmer. I really like this. The price is steep but if it works then there is no need to buy another. But some how us beauties find a need for others. LOL

  4. Mirna

    your description of the brozer, matte with fine shimmer, really sold me on this. Thank you for the color suggestion!

  5. Cynthia

    Hmmmm, would you say this is similar in colour to MAC Garb from Pret-a-Papier?

  6. This is gorgeous, but I’d be very wary of turning orange!

  7. tropicalia7

    is this more peach like Nars Irresistible bronzer..can’t remember the exact name. hehe

  8. Song-e

    I think you have the no.2 Copper Sand, not n0.3 Golden Sand? The pic of the back of the bronzer has 2 on it, not 3…?