Jul 272014
 

YSL Saharienne and Parisian 5 Couture Eyeshadows01Over the past few months, Yves Saint Laurent has been quietly reinventing several beauty items, including these Yves Saint Laurent Couture 5-Color Eyeshadow Palettes ($60 each). After falling in love with the Yves Saint Laurent Fetiche palette reviewed here, I’ve also found time to play with these two new additions. These are available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter and Yves Saint Laurent online.

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I’ve never bought Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow palettes with any regularity in the past. I believe this new formulation is worth a look. These are lovely, easy to use palettes which apply really easily with a tapered crease brush. I purchased YSL Saharienne #4 because I loved the beautiful, natural look that it gives with a touch of pearl. I never feel the need to wear all five colors at one. Either the top left peach, or the bottom taupe is a nice lid color, and eiher the middle and bottom right shades make lovely crease and liner shades. The top right pearl is a lovely brow bone and inner corner highlighter. Swatches:


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Here is YSL Saharienne #4 on Liz:

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Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne #7 is a pearly everyday palette that is based on cranberries and that beautiful taupe that is on the upper left.

YSL Saharienne and Parisian 5 Couture Eyeshadows02Swatches:

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Here is YSL Parisienne on Liz:

YSL Parisienne 2Here, she’s also wearing the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax ($29) applied wet with Nars Angled Eyeliner Brush#27 ($28) I found this video helpful to understand more about Yves Saint Laurent’s Couture line:

Overall, I found the Yves Saint Laurent Couture palettes a step in the right direction for the line. These are lovely, very easy to use, and are nice everyday go-to’s for a professional, polished look that can be amped up for a more glamourous look. The pigmentation was lovely–not super pigmented, but layerable and controllable. These two have beautiful, pearly texture that is still appropriate for day and can be worn on a wide age range. Overall, these are well worth a look.

These are available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter and Yves Saint Laurent online.

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Jul 202014
 

YSL Leather Fetiche eyeshadow quad1It seems that every Fall, there are a handful of items that insiders identify quickly as the must-haves of the season. These have extraordinary quality, universal appeal, and are typically limited edition. Yves Saint Laurent’s Couture Leather Fetiche (Leather Fetish) 5-color eyeshadow palette ($60) is one of those items for Fall 2014. As I write this, the palette is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Yves Saint Laurent online, and Neiman Marcus. I had ordered mine from  Saks Fifth Avenue, but it appears to have sold out there. I’m sounding the beauty alarm on this one–do not wait.

YSL Leather Fetiche eyeshadow quad2 I had just cued up some pictures of Yves Saint Laurent’s new couture line of eyeshadow palettes when this one arrived. Given the ephemeral nature of limited edition products, I’m moving this one earlier. To summarize that review (which will appear later), YSL has appeared to have decided to amp up the quality of nearly everything. Good for us all–innovation in the beauty space seems have moved over the past few years from new formulations of lipsticks, mascaras, foundations (this is still very much happening), and now I am seeing a wave of reformulated eyeshadows that is truly extraordinary. This YSL Couture Leather Fetiche is a “best in class” for that category.

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The design evokes YSL’s fashion inspiration drawn from Piet Mondrian.

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Close-up:

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Every shade here is a winner–buttery, pigmented, blendable, gorgeous. The highlight and carmel shade on the right are extremely flattering shades. The deeper browns work beautifully worked into the lashline or smudged into the crease. The blue is an extraordinary and rare shade (echoed in this leather-textured Bleu Galuchat nail polish) that is inky, edgy and interesting (and also draws the palette into the universal “works on cool skin tones too” territory).

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YSL Leather Fetiche PaletteOverall, the Yves Saint Laurent Leather Fetiche palette is one of the must-haves of the upcoming Fall ’14 season. The palette is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Yves Saint Laurent online, and Neiman Marcus. I had ordered mine from  Saks Fifth Avenue, but it appears to have sold out there. If it sells out soon, I’m very sorry!

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Yves Saint Laurent’s 1965 Mondrian-inspired dresses (1965)

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Jun 192014
 

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Use code FAMILY14 for 20% off at Giorgio Armani Beauty until the end of June.  Some things to consider include the Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream (wearing this today, reviewed here).

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Also loving the Giorgio Armani Liquid Summer Bronzer (reviewed here). This is genius for a neutral, blendable, layerable look. It makes my skin looks so much better than it really is, by some Armani magic.

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The Armani Fluid Sheers are amazing for a perfect glow (swatches here):

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I haven’t reviewed them yet, but I’ve been loving the Armani Light Master Primer–it gives me a porcelain-textured finish and a perfect sheen when wearing the product with my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.  It’s like a secret weapon for youthful, perfected skin.

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Another stock-up-worthy staple is the Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer. I like to use this under my eyes over a corrector. The very very very thin layer of product adds only a minimal amount of product there, so the area doesn’t look heavy or cakey. It can be used on the rest of the face as well.

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Happy Armani shopping!! P.S. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty also has 20% off right now with the same code FAMILY14.

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Mar 122013
 

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks ($34 each) have been my obsession lately. After all of the sheer lipsticks released last year, I was prepared to pass these by. Despite this, I found myself playing with these at a Sephora. The colors were just beautiful. I liked the shine and the stain that they leave behind.

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The YSL Rouge Volupte Shines come in a protective cover, given that these bullets are very soft. The casing is deeply engraved, heavy, and luxurious. The casing is banded with the color inside. 

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Yves Saint Laurent Pourpre Intouchable (#2) is a deep berry shimmer.

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I love deep, vampy colors but some are intimidated to wear them. Having the option in a sheer formula is well brings this color into everyone’s comfort zone. Pourpre Intouchable is the only one of the three I purchased with shimmer.

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shines apply with a gorgeous shine, which makes my lips look moisturized and very smooth. Really, this effect is the reason that I’m loving this line of lipsticks. The shine last about the same amount of time as Burberry’s Lip Mists (on me, about an hour, although things don’t tend to last on me very long typically), and the stain persists for quite a long time. 

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As you can see, YSL Pourpre Intouchable sheers out nicely. In contrast, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge in Danger (#4) is a sheer pretty red.

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Rouge is Danger has no shimmer and applies as a sheer red. Again, those who are looking for a very moisturizing, light color for Spring, or dislike a pure red cream, are in for a treat.

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I find myself wearing this with everything. It’s a fun way to add a touch of color without going into a full formal red.

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YSL Rouge in Danger on Liz, which is a perfect sheer:

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Finally, I am trying Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in Fuchsia In Excess, which might be a Sephora Exclusive. As the name suggests, this is a luminous deep fuchsia that looks fabulous with cool tones or a simple white shirt.

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As with many fuchsias, this color has a blue undertone although it looks mostly red in the tube.

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YSL Fuchsia in Excess on Liz:

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Here are swatches of all of the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shines tested here. On the left, I added Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur which I think is the most similar to Rouge Volupte Shine Pourpre Intouchable. On the right, I swatched a nice red cream (here, Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle), so that you can compare the texture of these YSL sheers with a standard cream lipstick:

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Overall, I’m finding these lipsticks quite addictive. I have just one more on order, but I find these three to be a good range (a deep cool berry, a good sheer red, and a statement fuchsia) that is carrying me into Spring.  Love the shine, love the color (but don’t love the grapefruit taste and scent, which both fade after a few minutes of wear).  Two thumbs up!

These are available at Nordstrom with free shipping and Fuchsia in Excess is exclusive to Sephora (free shipping w/$50 minimum).

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Dec 182010
 

This year’s Holiday makeup has been all about shimmer, shine and metal.  Several collections were quite large, offering something for literally almost everyone.  Others were narrow and theme-focused.  After living with some of my choices for a few months, I thought it would be fun to review some of this season’s favorites.

First, Geurlain Perles D’Or Metorites, reviewed here.  A surprise hit for me, I’ve used them more than I could have imagined, and will continue to do so.  No coverage, just a beautiful, glowing finish when used as an overall powder.  True love.

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