YSL Sahariennes Bronzing Stone 02 Fire Opal Review

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I can definitely survive without adding another bronzer but I could not resist the beautiful design on the Limited Edition Sahariennes Bronzing Stone by YSL.  And I know you can totally relate to me right?  Right!

I picked up Shade 02 Fire Opal.

Here is a side profile of the beauty.


Some packaging details:



And the close up. A beautiful embossing of the desert sand with the YSL prominently featured.

Here’s what stated on YSL website:

No marks. Instead, a fresh and radiant looking glow all day long. No texture feeling on face, yet a magical bronzed glow. Intensely sensorial and effortlessly blendable, the texture glides smoothly on skin for an extreme comfort. Customisable coverage.
LES SAHARIENNES BRONZING STONES creates a special weightless feeling on the skin.

Pictures were taken on a bright sunny day in London. Here is a heavy swatch on my NC25 skinstone.  I applied moisturiser on my skin prior to swatching but no primer used.  As you can see it is a warm tone bronzer. It warms and bronzes me up without making me looking orange.  But if you prefer a cool tone bronzer, you might have to sit this one out.

I hope you can see speckles of shimmers on the bronzers.  Under strong sunlight and at certain angles, I can spot shimmers in the pan but they are not visible when swatched or applied to skin.

I agree with YSL that the bronzer is very blendable and has a weightless feel on my skin.  I find the powder quite densely packed.  Due to the precious design, I would normally prefer to use a soft squirrel hair brush to preserve the embossing.   But on this occasion, I do need a denser brush to pick up product; on the plus side there is no powder kicked-up whatsoever.  However because it is so hard-pressed, I do notice some hard-pan forming:(

The bronzer does not lack pigmentation but it is definitely not the most pigmented bronzer that I have come across.  You do need to build it up quite a bit.  It can be a good thing if you are normally quite heavy handed with the application.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoy the sleek gold packaging, the beautiful embossing and the product itself.  I do not think it is a must-have item.  More than likely, you can find something similar in your stash.  It’s a collector’s item and a nice-to-have one.

Do let me know what you “must-have” bronzer is and whether you are tempted by the beautiful design of YSL Sahariennes Bronzing Stones?

Much love always,



  1. 22nd June 2016 / 10:11 pm

    So glad you are getting back to writing Sandy! I do agree it’s not a must have but who can resist the incredibly gorgeous embossing?

    Lovely review accompanied with stunning shots!


    • Sandyxo
      22nd June 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much Dom for visiting. I am trying to write again but my momentum is no where compared to yours. Yes a beautifully design bronzer…us #makeupjunkies fall deep for it:) xo

      • 22nd June 2016 / 10:34 pm

        I couldn’t agree more! Just do it when you can! I got excited seeing a notification in my inbox! 🙂 xo

    • Sandyxo
      24th June 2016 / 9:04 pm

      right! too pretty to pass:)xo

  2. sassypout
    24th June 2016 / 9:17 am

    I love less pigmented bronzers (I think that they look better on my skin & it’s harder to go wrong). This one has so elegant packaging & that pattern is to die for. Thanks for review & swatch

    • Sandyxo
      24th June 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much for reading.xo

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