The day a new YSL collection lands on my desk is always a joyous one. Luxe, glossy, special and yes, expensive, but let’s not think about that for a moment. I’ve been hooked on their Faux Cils mascara since I was a teenager splashing my hard-earned pocket money in the beauty hall to get dramatic lashes, and even now as an adult when I buy and use countless beauty products, there is still something special to be said about walking away from a YSL counter with a shiny gold box in your hands, a spring in your step and a dent in your bank balance.

Their Arty Stone collection for Spring 2013 is awash with candy coloured yet wearable hues including a jade nail polish and a peachy glossy stain that I really  need to get my hands on (see the collection here) and I’ve road-tested their cream blush in 7 – Rose and the glossy balm in 12 – Tasty Raspberry.

The Crème de Blush is a perfect springtime flush for those that like a healthy glow without too bright a colour. It blends beautifully and is incredibly pigmented without being difficult to apply. As always with YSL it’s encased in beautiful packaging and has an almost whipped, mousse texture. A little bit of this goes a long way. These can be applied under or over powder which is nice, and they have a great natural finish.

The Volupté Sheer Candy is a luxurious tinted balm in the signature YSL packaging. These won’t impart as much colour as a lipstick, so if pigmentation is incredibly important to you, skip this one. This sheer pink has a tad of shimmer to it, but it’s very grown-up shimmer. Glossy, smooth and incredibly comfortable to wear, these may not stick around all day but they are perfect for daytime wear whenever you want a grown-up injection of moisture.

This collection has a huge thumbs up from me, as always I’m hardly ever disappointed by YSL.

Do you need it? No. Do you want it? Probably.

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