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