YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush Review & Swatches

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YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush
YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush

Corail Rive Gauche

YSL Corail Rive Gauche Couture Blush ($42.00 for 0.11 oz. ) is a soft coral with warm undertones and a golden sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff to the touch, which made it difficult to pick up product on a brush (even with fingertips!) and apply to skin. It was harder to blend and apply the color wet as it seemed not to transfer much from brush to skin. I scraped off layers of product using the end of the brush (the handle part, not the brush head!) to get it to show up on my cheeks. It’s a shame as the finish was luminous with faint micro-sparkle and fine pearl, so it looked nice once I managed to get enough pigment onto my cheeks and worked at it to buff out the edges. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$42.00/0.11 oz. - $381.82 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "sheer, soft color" when used dry and more intense "color impact" when used wet. It is supposed to be "silky-smooth" and "weightless." Unfortunately, the shade I bought to try was stiff and difficult to apply and blend out as very little product picked up on a brush (even denser brushes with a heavier hand). It was actually worse when I tried using it with a dampened brush as this resulted in less product transferring to my skin; what little product transferred wouldn't blend out easily along the edges at all. The pigmentation was sheerer, as described, and it did intensify when used wet, but it wasn't silky-smooth. It lasted for eight hours on me.

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Ingredients

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
On eyes:
  • MAC Every Day is Sunshine Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Love Yourself Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Panthertized Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Cool Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
  • Sephora Waterfall Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Sugar Poppy Grand Illusion Lipcolour
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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Yikes! Scraping with the brush handle…not good! But it is a pretty shade, once you actually managed to get some onto your cheeks. What a massive fail for a high end product!

Looks as if the only good thing here is the envelope embossing. Since lower to mid end products can nail things these days, there’s really no excuse for HE brands to miss the mark. I want to say especially if they’re French, without offending. We do have high bars for the French cosmetics companies.

Thank goodness that I have dupes of far superior quality! This blush sounds nightmarish to try and use. Especially for the amount of $’s. Essence Satin Coral is what? $4? And far nicer in application! MAC Oh My, Passion is super easy to use use and buff out. No excuse, YSL!

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