The name is a bit odd as these in no way feel like a stone, however they do have a baked powder consistency that lends itself really well to a big fluffy brush. They also come in the classic YSL gold compact that screams all kinda fancy things.
There are three shades available – you can see the lightest 01 Sunstone and darkest 03 Jasper in the photos. Sunstone really is very light for a bronzer, which I am VERY happy about. It will probably be too light if your skin tone is anything other than super pale, but it’s unusual to get decent shades for porcelain skins, so I’m pretty excited. The medium shade Fire Opal (not pictured) will work for light to medium skins and Jasper is a very deep bronze, so one for people who love a deep tan or are naturally darker.
It’s great to see some new bronzers that are virtually matte – you can easily use these as contour shades or just for an all over wash of colour. I’ve been applying Sunstone across the areas that naturally catch the sun (or those that would if I actually tanned); the tops of my cheeks, edges of my forehead and a light dusting across my nose and chin. For me it’s about adding a subtle glow to the skin, but you can build up the pigmentation if you like to get something a little deeper.
YSL often include a little brush with their powder products and the Saharienne Bronzing Stones all have a small one in a separate pocket of their velvet pouch. It’s pretty decent quality as ‘free’ brushes go and is more than adequate for a quick top up on the go.
I find they wear for around 7 hours before any fading starts to happen, so if you’ve got a long day ahead, you may need to do a quick top up mid-afternoon.
They’re a limited edition piece of the summer collection, so won’t be around for too much longer, so do grab one quickly if you’re liking what you see. They’re £35 each, so about what you’d expect for a YSL compact and are available at all YSL stockists.
Do you like the look of these new bronzers from YSL?
*contains PR samples