The Innovative Bronzer I Can’t Get Enough Of: YSL Les Sahariennes Blur Bronzer

Contouring has taken off in the last couple years, with the high street being full to the brim with every kind of bronzer and shading product imaginable. Although most of us would like to embrace our sunkissed side and benefit from a little airbrushing, few are willing to embrace the Kardashian approach. The majority of products I’ve tried are heavy, hard to blend, feature intimidating tones and are tricky to get your head around; although opting for a hard-to-find paler shade is one way to integrate bronzing into your daily routine, the texture has as much of an impact on the end result as the colour. YSL have just launched an innovative cream-to-powder formula that’s a beauty junkie’s dream, providing seven buildable tones that can be blended, buffed and sculpted for the perfect finish.

Integrating the technology previously used in the Touche Eclat Blur Perfector product, these ‘blur bronzers’ help create an airbrushed finish on skin that’s practically impossible to mess up. The creamy and rich texture of the bronzer applies dreamily, melting into skin and concealing any imperfections immediately; the formula has been specifically designed to prevent tell-tale ‘lines’ on the face that give the contouring game away – bonus. Apparently, even if you leave the product on for ten minutes without blending you’ll see it melts into the skin (although it’s not something I’ve tried myself and can testify to!)

The applicator that comes with the product has been designed to apply and blend the formula seamlessly, the brush offering a more subtle result and the pad being great for sculpting. You can apply the product in a ‘3’ shape on either side of your face and use the tool to buff away until skin is illuminated and benefits from a natural radiant glow. Although there is a little cloth bag to store these two separate elements in, I do find it a little annoying that there’s not a way of popping the brush back into the compact for safe storage. However, if that’s the only thing I can find to complain about then you know it’s a product to invest in! 

As soon as I was introduced to this product last week I was eager to put it to work; within 24 hours it was on my face and I was Periscoping my application technique. I adore the way it melts onto my skin, that I can integrate it into my routine seamlessly and it doesn’t take an age to perfect – just wack it on and buff until blended. You can see from the photo below that it just helps to add warmth and definition in a really subtle way, taking the fear out of contouring once and for all. At £31.00 this isn’t a cheap product, but if you’re keen to get into bronzing and don’t know where to start, this is a fool proof way to achieve sunkissed and glowing skin.

YSL Les Sahariennes Blur Bronzer launches on 27th May 2015, priced £31.00 and available in seven shades.

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  1. Eliza Armand
    May 27, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic product, which is necessary to try out. I think the colour is quite dark for pale skin, but with tan skin it would be very nice.Thanks for the review.Cheers, Eliza |

    • Hayley Carr
      May 27, 2015 / 8:08 pm

      It's available in 7 shades – on my face is #3 and in the pan is #7.

  2. Emmys Blog
    May 27, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    In the pan it looks a little dark but on the photos of you it looks lovely xEmma | Emmys Blog

    • Hayley Carr
      May 27, 2015 / 8:08 pm

      They're different shades! I manked up my one because I used it straight away, so took photos of the darker shade I haven't used yet : )

  3. Holly Olivia
    May 27, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    I've never gotten into contouring, I've always thought that the lines under cheekbones look very harsh and obvious but this looks very natural and not too dark either!

  4. JVA
    May 27, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Wow, this bronzer sounds amazing!! I may actually start using bronzer :)

  5. Jessica
    May 28, 2015 / 6:07 am

    This is so pretty! I love the packaging and the shade. Well, this is something worth checking out.

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