Yves Saint Laurent is not a brand that comes onto my radar screen very often, but when Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book posted pictures of the YSL Holiday 2010 Metallic Colorama Highlighter ($65/ Palette Metallic Colorama 0.35 oz), I placed an order.

The palette is housed in a metallic leather confection, with a magnet closure and full sized mirror.  It feels as though there is a plastic reinforcement inside, in any event the palette seems quite sturdy and therefore travel-friendly.

In my mind, the palette design evokes YSL’s Belle du Jour metallic clutches released as of late (très  chic!):

Inside is a generous cake of finely milled rose gold powder that imparts an angelic glow:

The back:

I’ve worn this highlighter for several weeks by now, and I kept trying to over-do it.  Do you now how, if you aren’t careful, you can build up a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish until you get a metallic frost sheen?  You really have to start one of those with a skunk brush and see.  Maybe a powder brush will be fine with some, but some require careful handling or your got an other worldly sheen–and not the good kind.  Very unflattering.

But I never seemed to be able to get there with the Yves Saint Laurent Colorama Highlighter.  Layer after layer gave me more glow, but I was never able to get frosty metal.

What would it take?  Day after day, I tried to push it further and further.  YSL’s Colorama Highlighter still looked good.

Finally, reader, I pushed it as far as any makeup junkie would ever go.  Oh, yes.

I reached for my kabuki.

Okay, I heard that gasp.  Fine.  But I had to know, right?

Well, I’m happy to report that I was never able to apply too much-the combination of the finely milled powder and excellent quality kept the product looking angelic, not leathery.  Fabulous powder, and the rose gold will look beautiful on both warm and gold tone skin.

Highlighters are difficult to photograph.  I did my best with a very heavy swatch, using application with a dense eyeshadow brush.  Sabrina’s posts has some lovely ones as well.


Lovely highlighter and highly recommended.  Yves Saint Laurent has made a product that makes me more curious about its line.  I’ve already worn this, and the color is so beautiful that I know that I’ll continue to do so.

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