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:

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:

Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Malaga
NARS Blush in Luster
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
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.


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.

FOTD: Shiny Stuff

I went all ‘shiny’ for this FOTD. It as too hot for powder and what not, so I didn’t fight my oily skin and just let it ride…

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
YSL Creme Blush in Praline
Rouge Bunny Rouge Pigment in Caress Of Mink (lids/under waterline)
NARS Creme shadow in Ponderosa (lashline/outer crease)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique

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: Olive Tone

I dug into my new Senna ‘Color Play’ Envelope… using the ‘olive green’ shadows for this look:

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (#2)
NARS Blush in Gaeity (bottom)
YSL Blush in Radiance 3 (top)
Senna Eyeshadow in De-Vine (lids)
Senna Eyeshadow in Glo Green (above creaase)
Senna Eyeshadow in Python (lashline/under waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Armani Eye Pencil in Green Leaf (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
MAC Lip Gelee in Goldensoft

FOTD: Pink n’ Blue

Quick, simple color: When I don’t have much time but want to wear something colorful, I cheat with colored liners and lipsticks. This FOTD took about 15 minutes…

Armani Face Fabric (5)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (2)
Chanel Blush in Tumulte
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold

Laura Mercier Cream Shadow in Rose Gold (lashline to brow)
MAC Pigment in Naked Dark (lids)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Sea Black (lashline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Cassis (waterline)
Dolce & Gabanna Mascara

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N28
(drawn with a brush as a liner, then filled in from the tube)

FOTD: Shimmer & Peach

I couldn’t WAIT to test drive the Estee Lauder Foundation and the new Chanel Blushes. For my first go, I used the blush in Malice:

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (5WN1)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Chanel Blush in Malice
Senna Eyeshadow in Incense (crease, below waterline)
YSL Shocking Liner (lashline)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in #1 (gold)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara

FOTD: Easy Glow

Another day with no time… so I layered cool and warm ‘sheer’ colors for this FOTD:

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer (Tan)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (#2)
Senna Blush in Poem 
Senna Eyeshadow in Flare (lids to above crease)
Senna Eyeshadow in Buttercream (brow bone)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in Gold (#1)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
YSL Glossy Stain in Poupre Preview

FOTD: Color Block

I started out one way… ended up another way… and somehow a whole bunch of color ended up on  my face:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation (Praline)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Make Up for Ever Shadow in #18 (Orange)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #18 (crease)
Dior Garden Edition (bright green) Eyeshadow (inner lid)
Make Up for Ever Eyeshadow in 116 (outer lid)
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Perversion (outer lashline and wateline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique