Les Sahariennes: The Ultimate Bronzer Just Got Better

solar star les sahariennes bronzing stones

I love the existing YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones bronzers in their sleek compacts, but this new collector’s palette is just something else! You may have missed last year’s post on Les Sahariennes and so I’ll do a brief recap: the YSL Bronzing Stones are powder bronzers with a very smooth, creamy finish that blends seamlessly into the skin. They are not pots of those annoying little makeup balls, as you might assume from the name; the powder comes pressed into a traditional compact and is applied in the usual way, which is – for me, at least – bish-bashing it on anywhere the sun might naturally hit.

Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones give a real radiance to the skin without being shimmery – I do find that with some sparkly, glimmery bronzers the shimmer travels up to the fine lines around my eyes and puts a spotlight on them. Never a good look, which is why, FYI, you have to be quite precise and careful when applying illuminator to the very tops of your cheekbones; a razor-sharp cheekbone is a thing of visual magnificence when done well, but it’s so easy to catch the crepey bits around your eyes.

solar star les sahariennes bronzing stones


Where was I? New Les Sahariennes: the Solar Star*. This limited edition collector’s palette comes in just one shade, shade 2, which is called “Fire Opal”. If you refer back to last year’s post on the Bronzing Stones, you’ll see that I used shade 1 all over and then shade 3 as a bit of an “accent” bronzer; it’s no surprise, then, that I get on well with shade 2. It’s pretty much perfect for me at the moment – my face has picked up a bit of a tan from weeks in the garden (despite my regular SPF50 application!) and shade 1 is just that bit too fair. (Though absolutely beautiful if you want a subtle, sunkissed glow.)

YSL Sahariennes: The Ultimate Bronze

I’ve done a quick before-and-after for you, using the new Les Sahariennes collector palette:

ysl les sahariennes bronzing stones shade 2 swatch


You can see that it adds a gorgeous warmth to my skin – it’s definitely not a cool-toned bronzer, so you wouldn’t use it as a contour powder – and there’s a radiance to the finish, despite there being no obvious glimmer. (Excuse the Blue Steel and the contrived hand position in the second photo, I wanted to get my nails in! Nails Inc Long Wear in Chelsea Lane, £11 here* if you like the look of it.)

ysl limited edition bronzing stones palette

So a brilliant summer bronzer, then, with a smooth finish and a hit of glow. But it’s the packaging that really steals the show here – proper handbag fodder, with its lime green snakeskin and red Cassandre logo. It’s a much-needed antidote to all of the pinks and nudes dominating the luxury world. I’m all for pinks and nudes (see previous photos, if you need any evidence!) but a bit of an acid colour injection once in a while is no bad thing.

You can find the new collector’s edition Bronzing Stones palette at Selfridges here* – it’s £35.

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  1. June 22, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I like the packaging as well, but I rarely use brinzer, so I don’t want to invest.

    • June 22, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      I hope they do similar compacts for other types of powder -would love a pressed translucent in this sort of packaging! x

  2. Poorani
    June 22, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I have this and I bought it for the packaging. The colour suits me fine too. I remember reading your review last year.

  3. June 22, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    The packaging is so gorgeous and I love the way you have photographed it! xox


  4. Eliza
    June 22, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    You look so pretty with bronzer! It’s because of your recent bronzer reviews that I’ve started sampling a couple of different ones (Body Shop and Lily Lolo), and so far I’m on the fence..my face looks so very different with them and maybe not in a good way. Or perhaps my application method is rubbish. Either way, me and bronzer TBD everyone. This YSL packaging is superbe! Yes mam. Great post.

  5. June 23, 2017 / 2:40 am

    This looks so pretty! The packaging always catches my eye.

  6. June 23, 2017 / 3:54 am

    That packaging is gorgeous. On the completely other end of the non-serious pure-fun spectrum, have you seen the packaging for Korean brands like Tonymoly? Panda bears, geez. Are classy and cute mutually exclusive? Because I like both!

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