Foundation Sampling: RBR & YSL

by Joyce in


Last week, my Beautyhabit order arrived with my requested sample of Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle foundation, and then when I was returning a pair of boots at Nordstrom, I just thought to take a peek at the much hyped YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation review, YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation review

I haven't used up these samples and I'm sure I could test them more thoroughly, but I may have already come to a conclusion about them. Read on to see what I thought! 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Chestnut Milk Parfait
I selected this shade to sample based on swatches online, and on my arm it looks quite light! My cheeks, however, are quite pale, and this matches pretty well to them. Unfortunately, the rest of my face is a bit darker, and I generally prefer to put a bit darker foundation on my cheeks to match the rest of my face (and my neck!) I imagine this could work better for me once I get to my palest winter skin, even though it isn't a perfect match.

Shade aside, I do think the formula of this foundation is interesting. (And I was drawn in by all the dreamy RBR descriptions on their site, haha!) The foundation has a light scent, almost citrus, and it has a silicone-y feel to it. It does apply quite smoothly, and has sheer to light coverage. If I had to rate this for covering redness, I would give it just one less point than Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, which works really well for me at covering my minor redness. I'd say that is a pretty good score! This is definitely the type of natural finish foundation that I love, and I definitely need to check out a darker shade. Now I just have to figure out which shade would fit me better, as I would love to test this one out more!

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in BD50
Serum seems to be an appropriate addition to this foundation's fancy name. It leaves my skin looking dewy, and perhaps a bit more hydrated as well. One of the British bloggers described this as a dewier version of Armani Luminous Silk, and I do have to say I agree. The coverage is definitely medium (or as the YSL counter manager told me, medium to heavy) and it does a fair job creating a dewy, even complexion.

The shade that I was matched to even seems to be a decent match, though if I was being nit-picky, perhaps not quite as yellow as I would normally prefer. Unfortunately, the foundation does have a floral scent, and it may be a bit too strong for my taste. While the scent dissipates, scented foundations are generally not for me. Even if the scent isn't strong, I never want to apply them in the morning, as most fragrances on me make me nauseous at that time of day! So sadly, this is a skip for me.  

What do you think about these two foundations? Have you tried them? How did they work out for you? I'd love to know!