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YSL · The Street And I Spring 2017 Collection

 

 

The Spring launch from YSL is taking its cue from the street, although there’s nothing remotely gritty about this collection, that’s for sure. Bright pops of colour are made wearable by new layerable textures and formulations: now that’s what I call being street & beauty savvy.

 

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YSL | Scandal Collection, Fall 2016

YSL Scandal Collection opener

 

It seems like just last week I was talking about the YSL Savage Escape Summer Collection. Oh wait, it was just last week … yup, that’s the world of beauty for you; moving at warp speed. Sigh.

Just launched from YSL, the Fall 2016 Scandal Collection is lush & colourful, drawing inspiration from the free-loving vibe of the 70’s while giving a nod to the deeper jewel tones of the season and with accompanying rich finishes to round it all out. Making the 70s über-cool is what this brand does best – and as someone who actually lived through that decade, trust me when I say that makeup never looked as good as this back in the day.

YSL Scandal Collection packaging

YSL | Scandal Collection Fall 2016

YSL Scandal Collection

YSL | Scandal Collection Fall 2016

YSL Scandal Couture Palette

Scandal Couture Palette (CAN $68.00) | Housed in a hefty and luxurious compact that has a pine-green faux-leather cover bearing the Cassandre logo inset in red (seriously though, no one does original compacts quite like YSL), there are five contrasting yet complimentary eyeshadow shades on the inside. The texture is smooth and very easy to blend, and all can be worn either dry or amped up by being applied with a dampened brush. The breakdown (clockwise from the top left):

  • olive green with bronze shimmer
  • icy pink with white shimmer
  • rich teal with a satiny shimmer finish
  • amber/gold with a satiny shimmer finish
  • deep berry (centre) with a satiny shimmer finish and pink reflects

YSL Scandal Couture Palette closed

YSL | Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette 2

YSL | Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette macro 2

YSL | Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette cover detail

YSL | Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette 3

YSL | Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette swatches

YSL | Scandal Couture Palette swatches

YSL The Mats Scandal Collection

YSL | Rouge Pure Couture The Mats

YSL The Mats 2 Scandal Collection

YSL | Rouge Pure Couture The Mats

YSL The Mats 3 Scandal Collection

When YSL first launched the Rouge Pure Couture The Mats lipsticks (but what a mouthful to say), I was unprepared for how amazing they would actually feel; with a finish that seems more like plush velvet than the usual sahara-like sensation the word matte conjures up, these are instead not only long lasting and super comfortable throughout their wearing, but without showing any feathering or bleeding to mess things up.

 

YSL Orange Seventies Scandal Collection

213 Orange Seventies (CAN $42.00) | An orange based red that definitely leans warm but should also suit those with cool complexions, being an almost softer way to sport a crimson lip. Very unique tonally and so much more modern looking than straight-up orange. LOVE.
YSL Alternative Plum Scandal Collection

212 Alternative Plum (CAN $42.00) | A deep berry hue with an undertone that seems to swing both cool & warm — and thus making it very 70s, indeed. I adore a good vampy lip and this shade gives amazing saturation from the very first swipe.

 

YSL The Mats swatches Scandal Collection

YSL | Rouge Pure Couture The Mats swatches

YSL Fur Green Scandal Collection

YSL | La Laque Couture 76 Fur Green

YSL Fur Green 2 Scandal Collection

76 Fur Green (CAN $31.00) | A blue-based pine green hue with a teal undertone in a hybrid crème-jelly formula that has absolutely everything positive going for it: self-levelling, easy flow & density, good coverage from the first layer and coming to a high-gloss finish. The brush has a nicely bevelled shape, making application super easy and it splays perfectly along the nail. BONUS: non-staining upon removal.

Something about this colour made me want to see it matte; worn this way, the finish looks & feels almost suede-like and I absolutely love it. Taking things up another notch, I then glossed up just the tips using a top coat and voilà: 3 looks with 1 polish.

Coats: 2, no top coat (I wasn’t kidding about it being super glossy)

YSL Fur Green 3 Scandal Collection

YSL | La Laque Couture 76 Fur Green

YSL Scanda Collection Fur Green swatch 1

YSL | La Laque Couture 76 Fur Green swatch

YSL Scandal Collection Fur Green swatch 2

YSL | La Laque Couture 76 Fur Green swatch, mattified

YSL Scandal Collection Fur Greens watch 3

YSL | La Laque Couture 76 Fur Green swatch, mattified with glossy tips

 

Yes, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a Summer baby and can’t even stomach the thought of the colder weather that’s coming, BUT I also can’t deny that Fall makeup seems to bring with it a richer and more diverse range of colours. Case in point: the YSL Scandal Collection with its lush tapestry of hues. Sweetening the deal is the textures and finishes – a good thing really, as it makes it easier for me to embrace the season. Not that I need a reason when it comes to makeup. Really, really beautiful makeup like this, that is.

Available now at The Bay & online

YSL Scandal Collection closer

 

Shockingly beautiful collection kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own

YSL | Savage Escape Collection, Summer 2016

YSL Savage Escape opener

With all the Fall collections starting to make their way onto counters, I wanted to give a shout-out to Summer, in particular YSL’s 2016 Savage Escape Collection and the pieces that caught my eye. Plus, I’m nowhere near ready to let go of the hot weather anytime soon, regardless of how stunning all the upcoming collections are (dammit).

Previously reviewed:

YSL Savage Escape closed

YSL | Savage Escape Collection Summer 2016

YSL Savage Escape Palette 1

YSL | Savage Escape Couture Palette Collector

YSL Savage Escape Palette 2

Savage Escape Couture Palette Collector (CAN $66.00) | With its sunbleached blue ‘sueded’ exterior and signature rose-gold Casandre logo, this bohemian feel is also carried through with the shades themselves, as they all appear to have an almost dreamy soft-focus quality to them. Worn dry, you get a more watercolour-like effect but applied with a dampened brush will not only yield a stronger colour payoff, but really bring out their complex shimmer. Easily blended, I’m surprised to find that there’s no shimmer fall down, although I do suggest first tapping off any excess from your brush before application. The colour breakdown (clockwise from top left):

  • sand, satin shimmer
  • icy pink, smooth shimmer (highlight shade)
  • denim blue with metallic blue reflects (centre)
  • taupe, soft shimmer
  • baby blue, smooth shimmer with pale pink reflects

YSL Savage Escape Palette macro

YSL | Savage Escape Couture Palette Collector

YSL Savage Escape Palette cover detail

YSL | Savage Escape Couture Palette Collector (cover detail)

YSL Savage Escape Palette 3

YSL | Savage Escape Couture Palette Collector

YSL Savage Escape Palette swatches

YSL | Savage Escape Couture Palette Collector swatches

YSL Fire Opal Bronzing Stones 1

YSL | N°2 Fire Opal Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones

YSL Fire Opal Bronzing Stones 2

N°2 Fire Opal Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones (CAN $63.00) | Seriously though, how stunning is this bronzer? Between the undulating wave pattern and raised lettering of the brand’s logo, you’ll almost be tempted to frame instead of wearing this lovely — but don’t. The surface of this palette feels almost hard & somewhat unyielding, designed to mimic the effect of the ‘sun on stone’ (Oh. Now I get the name), but actually delivers a nicely even dose of colour per swipe. The texture is incredibly fine-milled and has a silky matte finish with just the barest hint of a sheen to keep it from looking flat and muddy along the skin. Warm-leaning tonally, this shade will suit light to light-medium complexions (but probably won’t show up all that much on darker skin tones). Also comes with a very user-friendly demi-lune brush that’s great for on-the-go touchups (I still prefer using my own brushes, however).

YSL Fire Opal Bronzing Stones macro

YSL | N°2 Fire Opal Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones

YSL Fire Opal Bronzing Stones macro 2

YSL | N°2 Fire Opal Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones

YSL Fire Opal Bronzing Stones brush

YSL | N°2 Fire Opal Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones, brush detail

YSL Fire Opal Bronzing Stones swatches

YSL | N°2 Fire Opal Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones swatches

 

YSL Bonnie Copper Full Metal Shadow

YSL | N°11 Bonnie Copper Full Metal Shadow

YSL Bonnie Copper Full Metal Shadow applicator

N°11 Bonnie Copper Full Metal Shadow (CAN $34.00) | A coppery gold cream eyeshadow with a sponge applicator delivery system that comes to a brilliant metallic finish. What makes YSL’s version stand out for me, is the fact that you actually have a couple of minutes to play with this formula out before it sets, unlike some others I’ve tried that dry lightning-fast leaving no time to blend any rough edges out. You can dial up the intensity by layering (just leave enough time between layers for each to dry in order to avoid disturbing the colour and creating bald patches) or start with just one small swipe and then blend that out for a lighter wash of shimmery colour. Fingers really do the best job application-wise, or you can use a synthetic-haired brush to begin with and then go in with any natural bristled brush after that for blending. Staying power (over primer) is excellent, lasting well until removed.

YSL Bonnie Copper Full Metal Shadow swatches

N°11 Bonnie Copper Full Metal Shadow swatches

 

YSL Rose Denim Gloss Volupté

YSL | N°154 Rose Denim Gloss Volupté

YSL Rose Denim Gloss Volupté applicator

N°154 Rose Denim Gloss Volupté (CAN $35.00) | A cool-toned soft rose hue that’s filled with ultra-fine complex shimmer for depth. While relatively sheer, I found this to still provide enough colour to show up upon my lips (that have quite a bit of natural pigmentation to begin with). The fruity fragrance is quite pleasant and evident upon initial application, but does seem to dissipate quickly after that. Neither sticky nor tacky, the texture is very easy to wear and seems to even do a good job of filling in my (bajillion) lip lines. Staying power is about average at 2-3 hours, with some of the shimmery bits staying behind to provide hints of colour.

YSL Rose Denim Gloss Volupté swatch 1

N°154 Rose Denim Gloss Volupté swatch

YSL Rose Denim Gloss Volupté swatch 2

N°154 Rose Denim Gloss Volupté swatch

 

YSL Savage Pink 1

YSL | La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink

YSL Savage Pink macro

La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink (CAN $29.00) | A granite pink hue with a greyish undertone in the base to keep the look modern & fresh, although it can also appear as pale rose-gold in some lighting. The formula — which you’ll either love or not; I personally love this — comes a textured finish, similar to fine-grit sand and is really easy to wear (will not snag on clothing either), as you can skip the top coat and thus eliminate that extra step. That being said, adding a top coat not only smooths the surface out, but really makes all the shimmer come vividly to life. (NOTE: you’ll need at least 2 layers of top coat for that glassy look). Removal will take a bit of elbow grease, not unexpected for this type of finish.

Coats: 2, top coat added only for the last swatch

YSL Savage Pink 2

YSL | La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink

YSL Savage Pink swatch 1

YSL | La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink  swatch

YSL Savage Pink swatch macro

YSL | La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink swatch (detail)

YSL Savage Pink swatch 2 with top coat

YSL | La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink  swatch with top coat

 

For some strange reason, I don’t remember hearing much about this collection, almost appearing to have gotten lost in the shuffle of so many Summer releases, but it’s well worth the time to check out while still available. The cream eyeshadow was on constant rotation during my recent holiday, being goof-proof to apply and needing just a few mascara coats to create a complete eye look, with the gloss being the perfect swipe-and-go kind of shade. I’m also still totally rocking a lightly tanned look, and I’ll take any opportunity to pull this bronzer out in public to help upkeep that sunkissed glow. I mean, just look at it.

Available at The Bay and online

YSL Savage Escape closer

 

 

This beautiful ‘savagery’ was kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own

YSL | Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream

YSL Vinyl Cream opener

 

The newest release from YSL aims to up the lippie playing field once again with the introduction of Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream (CAN $42.00/each, available in 12 shades), a product with an ultra-creamy application, the colour saturation of a lipstick and a revolutionary new vinyl-like brilliance.

Housed in a black lacquered rectangular case with the YSL Casandre logo in gold and a peek-a-boo window in front (so convenient, as you not only know what colour you’re reaching for, but how much you’ve got in the tube as well), the applicator has been retooled as well. Inspired by a ‘slim-cut diamond’, the angled & pointed sponge tip incorporates tiny striations on its surface to absorb the product and then deposit it effortlessly along the lips. The formula incorporates skincare-like benefits in its base that provide a totally moisturized feel to lips (the cream part), with 3 times more pigment and gloss for a patent-like shine.

There’s a light and pleasant fragrance coupled with a slight cooling sensation upon initial application, both of which dissipate fairly quickly within minutes. Once applied, the product appears to level out and fill in any lip lines, becoming even smoother as it goes and imparts a true vinyl-looking finish. Incredibly comfortable throughout the wearing as well as super long-lasting, there is a light stain left behind upon the lips once the glossy part has finally faded.

 

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Cara Delavingne for YSL Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream

YSL Vinyl Cream range by ommorphia

YSL Vernis à Lèvres

YSL Vinyl Cream

YSL | Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream

YSL Vinyl Cream 2

YSL | Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream

YSL Vinyl Cream 3

YSL | Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream (brush detail)

YSL Vinyl Cream swatches

YSL | Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream swatches

YSL Rouge Vinyle Vinyl Cream

401 Rouge Vinyle (CAN $42.00) | A true red hue with an excellent balance of both cool and warm undertones, making it wearable by a broad range of skin tones.

YSL Rouge Vinyle Vinul Cream swatch

YSL | Vinyl Cream 401 Rouge Vinyle swatch

YSL Nude Pulse Vinyl Cream

404 Nude Pulse (CAN $42.00) | A peachy nude shade that is pigmented enough to provide good coverage, but needs a few minutes to level itself out and fill in lines.

YSL Nude Pulse Vinyl Cream swatch

YSL | Vinyl Cream 404 Nude Pulse swatch

YSL Fuchsia Live Vinyl Cream

410 Fuchsia Live (CAN $42.00) | A universally wearable searing pink-based red that has unbelievable coverage and colour saturation from the first stroke.

YSL Fuchsia Live Vinyl Cream swatch

YSL | Vinyl Cream 410 Fuchsia Live swatch

 

As a gloss girl, the YSL Glossy Stain formula has long been a favourite of mine and I love the more delicate look of the brand’s Pop Water version, but with the release of Vinyl Cream, lips are given an entirely new range of options. I found all three shades to be highly comfortable to wear and was blown away by the gloss factor – completely off the charts and incredibly long-lasting as well, even showing through after eating & drinking (but definitely toned down, obviously). The stain left behind is a nice bonus too; the rest of your makeup may fade, but lips look always done. Rock & Roll, baby.

Available through Sephora.com now & launching in September at all YSL counters

YSL Vinyl Cream closer

Provided by the YSL team for review consideration/As always, all opinions are my own

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape

YSL Night Escape opener

 

Released with the YSL Savage Escape Collection for Summer 2016, Night Escape comes as a complete surprise; for starters, it’s not exactly what you typically think of as a summery hue and yet it works — probably because it brings to mind a clear night sky in Summer, filled with more stars than you thought existed. Throw in a textured finish for even more visual appeal and oodles of sparkle, and it’s pretty much a done deal for me.

YSL Night Escape

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape

YSL Night Escape macro

N°72 Night Escape (CAN $27.00) | A deep indigo base hue that’s completely loaded with ultra fine silver glitter, with occasional prismatic flashes to amp things up. The medium thick density formula applies easily without any pooling into the cuticle area and has really good opacity even at 1 coat. The semi-matte natural finish has a fine soft grit like sand, yet still manages to be quite reflective; adding top coat takes things to a whole other level of brilliance. BONUS: non staining upon removal.

Coats: 2, plus top coat (last two swatches)

YSL Night Escape macro 2

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape (how cool is this shot?)

YSL Night Escape cap

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape

 

YSL Night Escape swatch 1

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape swatch

YSL Night Escape swatch macro

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape (detail)

YSL Night Escape swatch 2

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape swatch (with top coat)

YSL Night Escape swatch 3

YSL | La Laque Couture N°72 Night Escape swatch (with top coat)

 

Textured finishes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally love them. Something about the 3-D effect plus with the fact that you can always change things up with top coat, is an appealing trait in a lacquer (sort of like getting 2 for 1). When a shade comes along as drop dead stunning as Night Escape, the question of the finish becomes a moot point because any way you look at it, this is one killer polish and so worth picking up. Think of it: mysterious, galaxy nails can be yours with just one swipe. Done & done.

Available now at YSL counters nationwide

YSL Night Escape closer

 

 

This wearable galaxy was kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own