Skin, well, it ain’t made equal, is it? If you’re ‘normal’ then yay, you can pretty much use anything out there in the beautysphere with impunity. But if you’re like the rest of us, and have some form of issue or other, then you’re probably searching for skin and makeup products to perform specific tasks.

YSL’s new Le Teint Encre de Peau –  or the far easier to swallow (and say) – Fusion Ink Foundation, is one such beast. It’s out on August 20th in 16 shades for €40 a pop, and it is absolutely for you if light coverage is your big want for your mostly blemish-free, sebum-prone skintype.

Toldya it was specific, didn’t I?

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

This fits into the new breed of water-light bases quite nicely and complements offerings from brands like Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Lancome and L’Oreal Paris; all of whom have released a fine fluid base into this category already. Most recently we’ve seen Perfection Lumiere Velvet from Chanel and this is most similar to that.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

You may have a gripe about the ‘quill’ style dropper – it’s messy and I prefer a pump personally as I find them more convenient and easy to use. This is premium and fancy and differentiates the product, so I’m guessing it’s why YSL has gone with it.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

Onto the actual base itself; you need to shake before you open and it’s designed to deliver long-lasting wear and coverage for an oilier skintype – but this is definitely no DoubleWear-type foundation. As a new breed water base, it’s done away with the fillers and talc we associate with older bases and contains pure pigments that sit seamlessly on skin for a pretty much invisible result.

I’ve been trying it on my dry skin and while I’m not the most ideal candidate for it, I can tell you this:

  • It has light coverage, so this isn’t one for you if you love a lot of coverage or have significant blemishes to hide.
  • It really is best for you if you have oil-control issues. While in general I got on fine with it on super-hydrated skin, by the end of long days it was clinging to dry bits.
  • Finish is on the matte side of satin.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation  swatch

Shade BD20 applied straight from the quill and then blended. See? Seamless!

If you’ve tried YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat base, then you can be matched shade-for-shade with this. I’m a BD20 in that, I’m an exact BD20 in Fusion Ink.

All in all, one to absolutely look at if you’re clear-complexioned with some oil-control issues. Normal-to-dry? Stick with the glow-giving Le Teint Touche Eclat.