YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush review and comparisons.

YSL 12 Moca Garconne

To be quite honest, I was not looking to add another cream blush to my collection.  Although I love the look, feel and staying power of these types of blushes, I was rather content with my current powder blush routine.  However, things took a drastic turn when I set out to find the perfect accompanying nude topper shade to go with my Dose of Colors Truffle.  Banking on my past success of YSL 11 Prune Impertinente (reviewed here)YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40 USD/ 10 ml) was thus purchased without a moment’s hesitation.  I hope you enjoy!

YSL 12 Moca Garconne

YSL 12 Moca Garconne

YSL 12 Moca Garconne

Pros to YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss and Blush:

  1. Beautiful light mocha color with rosy undertones.
  2. Unbelievably smooth texture and finish.
  3. Office appropriate for the lips and cheeks (matte finish on the face).
  4. On my dry skin, the color remained true for 8 hours with slight fading thereafter.
  5. Due to the mousse-like texture, Moca can be layered on the cheeks without any patchiness throughout the day.
  6. Can also be used as a base for powdered blushes.
  7. Ideal shade for light/medium skins with warm/golden/neutral undertones.
  8. Makes an attractive topper shade for dry “nude-y ” lipsticks.
  9. When used on the lips, color does not bleed into fine lines.
  10. Applicator head is ergonomically designed to reach the edges of the mouth perfectly.
  11. Flexible head is coated with soft closely cut fibers for optimal product placement.
  12. Sturdy thick glass container looks and feels luxe.
  13. Convenient packaging makes touch-ups a breeze.
  14. Does not contain any mineral oil or parabens.
  15. Contains a whopping 10 ml of product…will last quite a while.
  16. Made in France.

Cons to YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush:

  1. Not long-lasting on the lips–you get an hour worth of wear.
  2. Not the ideal shade for darker skinned beauties.
  3. Definitely, not for the all natural beauty lover–this is basically whipped silicone in a jar.
  4. Does not fully set on the lips or cheeks.
  5. Contains the signature YSL mango/watermelon scent present in all of their lip products (some love it, others cannot tolerate it).
  6. FYI, despite the marketing claims, this formula does not yield a completely matte look on the lips–not necessarily a bad thing, but worth noting.

YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush as a lipstick:

YSL 12 Moca Garconne

YSL 12 Moca Garconne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush lip swatch.

  • As you can tell from the above photo, the finish of this color is not completely matte.  I found pressing my lips together mattified the color, but after a few seconds a slight glossiness reemerged.
  • As expected with lighter colors, the staying power is rather limited.  On this day, the color held up for an hour, leaving behind slightly dry lips.
  • It is worth noting, this particular color has a great amount of slip (maybe a little too much) and has the uncanny ability to break down many bases.  I find the Kiss & Blush formula is able to maintain its composure the longest when paired with the driest of matte liquid lipsticks.  Lime Crime Matte Liquid Lipsticks make excellent bases for this formula.
  • Dose of Colors Truffle (reviewed here) matches Moca perfectly; the matte texture in Truffle absorbs most of the glossiness in Moca, leaving behind a velvety finish.  However, since DOC is not as drying as LC, touch-ups are necessary after 4 hours.

YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush as a cheek color:

YSL 12 Moca Garconne

Wearing YSL 12 Moca Garconne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush on the cheeks with YSL 11 Prune Impertinente Baby Doll Kiss & Blush on the lips.

  • Against my olive complexion, the underlying rosy undertones found in YSL 12 Moca Garçonne are quite evident. On this day, I was rather rushed and omitted my typical highlighter and bronzer colors.  However, I found this blush held its own well, providing just the right amount of flush without making me look one-dimensional or dull.
  • Bear in mind, due to the sheer texture of this color, layering is advisable to achieve desirable results, especially on medium complexions.  For the above look, two well-blended layers were applied to the apples of the cheeks.  Admittedly, this color performs better on the cheeks then on the lips–Moca lasted a solid 8 hours in a humid pool environment.
  • In my experience, placing the color on my ring finger (straight from the applicator), as opposed to placing the product directly on the cheeks, yields smoother results.

Cream Blush Comparisons:


YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

Cream Blush Comparisons:
Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush De Chanel, YSL 12 Moca Garçonne, YSL #3 Creme De Blush.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

Cream Blush Comparisons:
Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush De Chanel, YSL 12 Moca Garçonne, YSL #3 Creme De Blush.

  • Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush De Chanel (2.5 g discontinued) is a terra-cotta color, with slightly less pink than Moca.  The cream to powder finish lasts extremely well and the convenient wide surface area makes for optimal product accessibility.
  • On first impression, YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (10 ml) looks very similar to the others, however when viewed side by side, Moca’s underlying pink pigment is clearly seen.  This formula is also glossier and more malleable then the others, making application, layering and touch-ups effortless.
  • YSL #3 Creme De Blush (5.5 g discontinued ) was YSL’s original cream blush formula and has since been replaced by the Kiss & Blush line.  Quite frankly, this formula was one of the best cream blushes on the market.  #3 seems to be the more concentrated version of Moca, with slightly less pink in its mix.  Both colors apply with ease, however, #3 possesses less slip and glossiness.
YSL 12 Moca Garconne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush on ingredient list.

YSL 12 Moca Garconne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush on ingredient list.

**YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Lord & Taylor, yslbeauty.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you YSL 12 Moca Garçonne Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is a lovely shade indeed.  These types of rosy brown colors are absolutely gorgeous on olive skins.  Despite the poor wear time on the lips, I find myself utilizing Moca as a blush on most days.  This color performs well on its own and layered with powder blushes.  I guess I must really love this formula, considering I just ordered another two colors as part of my Christmas gifts.  Do you own any Kiss and Blush colors?  Will you be getting any?  Are you ready to partake in my addiction?  Come on–you know you want to.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.


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