FOTD: YSL Pure Chromatics (#9)

I was feeling a little ‘Seattle’ (gloomy weather… in need of a hot drink) when I did this FOTD. As I mentioned when I swatched the YSL Pure Chromatics Palette in #9, you get MUCH better color payoff with a regular eyeshadow brush. I used these shadows dry, and they performed very well.

FACE
By Terry Or de Rose Foundation (Magic Amber)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Blush in Tempting Beige
EYES
YSL Pure Chromatics Palette in #9:
Blue/Grey Eye Shadow on lids
Brown Eye Shadow on crease and under waterline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Intense Brun on waterline
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Tom Ford Lipstick in Coco Ravish
Gloss d’ Armani in Brown 200

YSL Summer 2012: Pure Chromatics Palette #9

Blame the gloomy weather… but for some reason I was prompted to grab Amanda (Little Sister) and make a decision on the most ‘muted’ palette from the YSL Summer 2012 collection.

Not very ‘Summer’ like at all, but still very beautiful. They work well dry for a ‘soft’ smokey look, or wet for a much more intense look.

Using the provided sponge tipped applicators, I swatched them dry and wet. I found that the applicators really don’t impart much color when the shadow is dry. When I used it with an eyeshadow brush, I got a MUCH better color payoff.

But here are the swatches with just the applicator:

Dry
Wet
The shadows are incredibly intense when they’re wet. But even dry, the color payoff is noteworthy (as long as you don’t use those dreaded sponge tip applicators). I used the shadows dry for an FOTD, and was impressed by how intense the colors were (pictures are forthcoming). 
I love this palette. It’s VERY practical, and can be used in countless color combinations. Each of the shadows is distinct, wearable, and highly blendable. If you’re not into bright colors and just want a palette where you can pop on some color and go, then this is definitely for you. I find that this will work on a wide range of skin tones… so that’s a definite plus.
You can find out more about YSL Pure Chromatics Wet/Dry Shadows HERE.

FOTD: Summer Shine

I just refuse to fight the weather these days. It’s been super hot, and my oily skin won’t really tolerate much in terms of foundations. I’ve put away my matte finishes (for now) and as long as I keep the applications sheer, it works out. For this look, I used the new YSL Pure Chromatics Palette in #7:

FACE
Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Malaga
NARS Blush in Luster
EYES
YSL Pure Chromatics Palette #7:
Orange on inner lids
Pink on center lids
Burgundy on outer lids, blended through crease and under outer waterline
Mac Eyedshadow in Handwritten smudged into lashline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre on waterline and under inner waterline
 LIPS
NARS Lip Pencil in Rosebud (all over)
YSL Golden Gloss in #51

YSL: Summer 2012

YSL released an interesting collection for Summer 2012. I feel like it’s a little bit Summer, and a little bit Autumn. I was surprised by some of the Eyeshadow colors actually. There are three palettes, and two of them are very muted. I went all Summer for my selections though. The brightest palette (#7) came home with me, along with an interesting Golden Gloss (#51).

YSL Golden Gloss: #51
The palettes are Chromatics Wet/Dry palettes. I feel like they’re smaller than the originals, but sill feature that fabulous silky formula that you can use wet or dry. What I love about these shadows is that they’re not ruined after you use them wet, even though they look and feel like traditional shadows.
Pure Chromatics Palette #7

I thought this palette was absolutely stunning. It’s definitely more of a ‘summer-like’ selection of colors… not like the other two. I don’t really understand the thinking behind adding the muted palettes, except maybe they’ll transition nicely into Autumn.

Anyway…

Dry
Wet
I feel like the flash ate the color of these shadows a lot. They’re really intense in natural light. I used them dry today, with no base, and they held beautifully. No creasing, fading… nothing. The colors wore true for 8+ hours with no issues. 
I think I might go back for other two palettes… much later. They’re lovely, although not very seasonal. When the temperature drops though, they’ll be perfect.
You can find out more about YSL Summer Makeup Collection HERE.

EOTN: Blue Neutral

How can blue be neutral? Well, it likely can’t. But I paired dark blue with neutral beige (lame) to see what would happen:

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (brows)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Chanel Eyeshadow in Beige Lame (lids to above crease)
YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow: Palette #3 (Dark Blue) (outer crease/under waterline)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Blue Vision (waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Sea Black (lashline)
Chanel Sublime Mascara

FOTD: Big Bounce

So, I tried the Big Bounce creams. I have to say, for me they’re a big bust. You really can’t use them with brushes (they skip) and unless the skin surface is totally dry, they will crease like you won’t believe. I set my lids with Armani Silk Eyeshadow in #10. That seemed to help.

EYES
Armani Silk Eyeshadow in #10 (lids)
MAC Big Bounce Eyeshadow in Free as Air (lids)
YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Palettte in #3 (gold… blended up to browbone)
YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch (under waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
FACE
Sisley Teint Eclat Foundation (Honey)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Rock & Republic Blush in Tease
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Adventure

Eye Adore: YSL Pure Chromatics Wet/Dry Eyeshadows

YSL decided to go bright and bold for summer… with a collection of wet/dry shadows:

The quads are a departure from their traditional quints, and they’re limited edition. Every single one is beautiful, but at 50+ bucks a pop, there’s no way I can snap them all up at once. So I picked my favorite at the moment, which is #3:

I picked it for the denim blue, which is more smooth and pigmented than any shadows that I have in that color. I also really liked the cool bronze color and the shimmer brown.

Swatches… dry:

And wet:

When the shadows are wet, they turn into the same consistency as a Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream. I’m really impressed. On the down side, using the shadows wet makes a complete mess of the palette. Mine is all ugly now. Boo. And it didn’t clean up well. But since the shadows perform so well, I guess I’ll forgive YSL, for now.

Although the quads are limited, YSL has also come out with a line of waterproof eyeliners that are permanent. So, those of you who were bummed that you didn’t get your hands on the Armani version before they sold out… worry not. Just head over to your nearest YSL counter and get their version. The YSL Black Liner is shinier than the Armani version anyway… so win-win.