We've already looked at the spring launches from Lancome, Clarins and Avon and I've shopped my stash to find out what I already own to help keep my make-up on-trend for the coming season but, YSL takes the proverbial cosmetic crown with this latest launch.
With Candy Face, the luxury French brand has really taken the pastel colour palette of the season to another level and has introduced acid-toned shades that are in-keeping with the general aesthetic but, stand out from the pale pinks and lavendar greys to, dare I say it, pop.
In a sea of insipid shades, it's refreshing to see something bright and fun, especially from such an unsuspecting source as YSL.
The star of Candy Face is definitely the eyeshadow palette (€57.00). Though not for the faint-of-heart, I defy you to find something like this in your collection. No one palette in my memory has combined this mix of colours with such top quality, highly pigmented, soft-as-butter eyeshadows.
As you can probably tell from the image, the shadows are laden with glitter which is not something I would ordinarily like but, in the case of this palette and this collection, it really works. The glitter and the colours combined evoke such a feeling of fun and are really inspiring and, if we're honest, that's really what make-up is all about; pushing boundaries, throwing caution to the wind and standing out.
Natural Light (L) and Flash (R)
I know some of the swatches above look quite sheer but, I assure you, they aren't. The shadows are just as well-pigmented as all other YSL shadows I have tried but, the shades themselves are just light. The only one I had trouble swatching was the pale green, the rest just took one swipe of my finger to achieve this level of payoff.
We were also sent one of the Volupte Sheer Candy lipstick-gloss-balm hybrids from the Candy Face collection. I'm a huge fan of YSL lipsticks but, even I have to admit that these are an odd breed of product. If you like lipgloss, you'll love these. If you like intensely pigmented lips, you'll have a hard time comprehending how these are worth €31.50.
Despite being in the latter group myself, I admit to quite liking the glossy, balmy nature of this. I got this in the shade #7 Sweet Fig, a bright, blood red, it is the perfect workday lip colour. It's not too overbearing while still livening up the predominantly black outfits I wear to work. While it doesn't give me the same "Old Hollywood" feel I get from my intense red lipsticks, I do still feel made up and put together without being self-conscious.
While this is, admittedly, a lovely product, I would hazard that the pricetag is a little out-of-touch with reality given that this is pretty much a lip balm in a nice tube. Wear-time is good for a glossy product so, I will give it that and the shade selection for Candy Face is very good and bang on trend. As well as #7 Sweet Fig, there is #8 Iced Plum; a rich purple, #9 Cool Guava; a bright pink and #10 Tangy Mandarin; a, unsurprisingly, bright orange. Oh, and these also have the same yummy watermelon/mango scent as the Golden Glosses!
As well as the eyeshadow palette and the Volupte Sheer Candy selection, the huge collection boasts the Rock Candy Palette (€55.00) for face and eyes, two Golden Gloss lipglosses (€30.00), two Rouge Volupte Perle lipsticks (€32.00), three Voile de Blush gel-based blush colours (€38.00) and a Manicure Couture nail polish duo (€38.00).
Out of all of the above, I would definitely recommend checking out the eyeshadow palette and I'm really intrigued by the Voile de Blush jelly blushes so I'll be stopping by my nearest counter to have a goo at those!