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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

YSL #40 Beige Peau and #210 Pure opener

 

The recent release of the Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014 has been a resounding hit for the brand, and while many of the limited edition pieces of this collection reached covetable status in record time i.e.: the Couture Palette Collector Fétiche (reviewed here), the textured nail lacquers in #52 Bleu Galuchat & #53 Taupe Grainé (reviewed here), and the matte lipsticks, such as #210 Nude Acoustic (reviewed here), I’m so happy to see that the new Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau and Gloss Volputé #210 Beige Nu – are both items that are just as lust-worthy as the others, but even more importantly is that they are slated to become part of the permanent range. Be still my nude-lip loving heart.

Inspired by leather’s shiny alter ego, both of these products give your lips a glossy and almost patent-leather shine and while the colours themselves fall on the neutral side, they are nonetheless total must-haves for fans of that perfect nude lip.

 

YS #40 Beige Peau & #210 Pure

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu, Collection Cuirs Fétiches Fall 2014

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau opener

Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau (CAN $38.00) | Perfectly named, the Glossy Stain formula is (according to the brand):

A unique feeling for the lips with a vinyl sheen and an intense lasting colour. Not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss, and certainly more than lip colour

Launched in the Spring of 2012, you can basically credit YSL Glossy Stains with beginning an entire new trend for lip products.  Housed in a black rectangular casing with the brand’s iconic gold cap, I appreciate that the base also has a cut-out window where you can see the colour of the product, without needing to open it up first. The applicator is a slanted & spade-shaped sponge on a relatively short wand, with a decent enough width that it grabs sufficient product to spread along your lips, while the tip with its rounded point can be used easily for more precision work. There’s a slight chemical scent to this product and while not unpleasant, I’m glad just the same that it dissipates quickly upon application. The texture is a little harder to pin down; a slightly cool feeling and watered-down gloss, but with a higher-than-usual amount of pigment is probably as accurate as I can get it. Longevity, is unbelievable (the “stain” part of the name is bang on) and while some of the shine will eventually fade, the majority of colour will stay until removed.

For those new to the Glossy Stain format, you should know that what you are getting here is a lightweight feeling yet long-wearing lip product, highly pigmented and which comes to a glossy finish. Upon initial application, you’ll find that #40 Beige Peau – a warm toned and tan based beige hue, appears more matte than shiny, but wait a few minutes & you’ll see the magic begin, as the colour seems to level out (almost filling in lip lines as it spreads) and the gloss factor starts to appear. Once it has set (which takes approximately 2 minutes), there’s an odd sensation of it being simultaneously wet & dry, but always light feeling without any heavy waxy sensation. This particular shade is quite light; on my lips which are naturally quite pigmented, it provides a hint of colour with plenty of shine – sort of like a “clean nude lip look” (one of my absolute fave looks, in fact) and even though you’d be tempted to think that such a light shade wouldn’t last too long, I’m still able to see plenty of colour on my cleansing pad upon removal – 8 hours after initial application.

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau macro

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau label

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau applicator side view

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure

Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu (CAN $35.00) | First introduced earlier this year, the Gloss Volupté formula is an intensely brilliant and non-sticky lip gloss that will leave your lips feeling incredibly soft and nourished long after the colour has worn off. Apart from the ‘Pure’ versions (as in shimmer free), these glosses also come in an Iridescent format, as well as 3 top coats – Golden (ultra fine shimmer that can be layered over lipstick or even other glosses), Pure (a crystal clear and ultra glossy finish for those who wish to avoid colour) and Smoking (a sheer black shade that adds a vampy effect when layered over lipstick, most effective over red and berry colours). The patented “kiss-shaped” applicator has been created to effectively cover your lips with an easy swipe – “Bouche à Bouche” – with the broader side depositing the majority of the colour, while the pointed tip aids in a more precise application. There’s a fruity scent (I smell hints of pineapple) to this gloss, although once applied it seems to disappear relatively quickly, while the feel of the product is so incredibly lightweight, that if it weren’t for the visible colour, you’d wonder if you’re actually applying anything at all. Staying power varies dependant on which shade you choose, with the darker colours lasting longest and lighter shades averaging about 3 hours. As to the gloss, expect an almost vinyl-like finish – truly spectacular and quite impressive.

Trying to accurately photograph #210 Beige Nu, proved extremely elusive; this is in fact more of a mauve-based nude with hints of dusty rose as opposed to a yellower-tinged beige (or “naked beige” as the press release claims). A universally flattering colour, it won’t be as apparent against highly pigmented lips or darker complexions, but it will serve to add intense shine just the same. On my lips, it seems to both deepen my natural colour and mute it somehow, and it’s exactly the type of shade I so totally love to wear, as it provides a dressed look to the lips without seeming over the top. Worn alone, it adds brilliance and a spot of colour to keep lips from looking washed out – worn over lipstick, especially a more matte shade such as #210 Nude Acoustic, it adds a gorgeous & lush depth.

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure macro

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure 3

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu over Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu over Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic

 

YSL #40 Beige Peau & #210 Beige Nu arm swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volputé #210 Beige Nu

 

As a lover of neutral/nude lip shades, I am so happy that both Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau and Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu are part of the brand’s permanent range, because I intend to reach for these often. Apart from their totally wearable colour, it’s the unique and top-quality formula they each bear that makes them well worth investing in. To be sure, both these products fall on the higher end of the price scale and colour-wise can probably be duplicated with less expensive or mass-market brands, but once again, it is the superior feel and wear of the YSL versions that I would choose just the same, or as I like to call it “well-dressed naked lips”.

Available now at all Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters, find more information via:

 

YSL #40 Beige Peau & #210 Pure closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased review

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic opener

 

Continuing the leather-inspired theme from the Fall 2014 Cuirs Fétiches Collection (see previous reviews here and here), Yves Saint Laurent Beauté introduces a new texture for lips: Rouge Pur Couture The Mats (CAN $39.00) available in 4 new shades – 2 Rouges Pop and 2 Nudes Folk.  The shade I’m showing today (and which I’ve currently developed quite an obsession for) is #210 Nude Acoustic (Limited Edition), a flesh-toned pink hue that falls in the Nudes Folk group and bears a buttery soft but not-quite-matte finish. Think: the most luxurious suede, and you’ll have an excellent idea of what this truly feels (and looks) like.

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic closed

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic upright

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic label

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic

Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (Limited Edition) (CAN $39.00) | A softly muted rose hue with nude/beige undertones for warmth and depth of tone. Housed in the brand’s signature luxe gold casing bearing the “Cassandre” logo in red, this new formula has been created with a:

Velvet Complex that contains a combination of spherical powders and silk oil, to give lips a perfect matte finish, a sensual sheen and 6-hour colour hold that never fades or smudges

The above press description needs to be adjusted somewhat: the velvet part is spot-on, as #210 Nude Acoustic glides on with a buttery feel, but as to the finish – while not shiny, it’s not exactly matte either but rather gives off an incredibly rich and plush sheen (again, think velvet and the way it both absorbs & reflects light). As to staying power, I’m going on record by stating that it definitely surpasses the 6-hour mark – quite shocking for a neutral shade such as this, and the colour itself can be quickly refreshed with a quick pressing of the lips together. Unlike other matte lipsticks that can leave your lips feeling parched and desiccated, this formula feels amazing from the moment it’s first applied until it fades (I clocked it at about the 8.5 hour mark), leaving a soft and nourished feel to the lips once all traces are gone.

Another surprise for me was the colour itself; looking more like a nude with rose tints in the tube, on my lips #210 Nude Acoustic looks more rose and less nude (depending on your skin tone and how naturally pigmented your lips are, it may affect the look of this colour – my lips happen to have quite a bit of natural colour). I have always tended to gravitate to a more beige-y hued lip and what I absolutely love about this shade is how it stays well within my lipstick comfort zone but holds enough warmth to keep my lips from looking washed out, providing the perfect amount of colour to balance the rest of my makeup.

NOTE: #210 Nude Acoustic was the shade I opted to wear to the Yves Saint Laurent movie première (read about it here) and even after eating a {small} bag of popcorn as well as champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail afterwards, my lip colour still looked freshly applied.

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic 3

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic macro

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic macro 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic 4

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic swatch 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic (LE)

 

Apart from how totally wearable #210 Nude Acoustic is, both in terms of its universally flattering colour and longevity, this texture elevates a traditional and sometimes overly feminine colour like pink, to new modern & sensual heights. Another advantage to this finish, is how it also provides the look of a lush fullness to lips (as though they’ve been thoroughly kissed, perhaps?) and gives a new spin on nude. I’m betting that this is a neutral that even a dominatrix would approve of.

Available now (but remember that it is a limited edition shade), find more information via:

 

YSL #210 Nude Acoustic closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | La Lacque Couture #52 Bleu Galuchat & #53 Taupe Grainé (LE)

YSL Bleu Galuchat & Taupe Grainé opener

 

Perfectly on point with the whole sensually organic theme of this collection (see my previous review here), the two new (and limited edition) shades of the Yves Saint Laurent Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014 manage to be at once classic (the colours) and edgy (the finish). Textured polish is something that’s been around for quite some time now, but what you’ll find here with #52 Bleu Galuchat and #53 Taupe Grainé is chic and luxurious, with just the right amount of roughness added to the mix to bring out your inner RiRi.

A point most people don’t often stop to consider when dealing this variety of lacquer, are the options: you can wear them as intended to highlight their multi-dimensional effect, or simply add a top coat for an entirely new look. Personally, I adore the “leather look” and what I couldn’t adequately capture in my photos (you have no idea how hard it is to accurately photograph every nuance of these beauties), is the final look – definitely pebbled looking, but in an ultra-fine way and yet there seems to be little glints of something you catch every now and then, especially when seen in direct sunlight (shy shimmer, I tell you). The new wide, yet tapered & chiselled brush of YSL lacquers, makes application a breeze – even for those with small nail beds, while removal works the same as with regular polish.

NOTE: Both #52 Bleu Galuchat & #53 Taupe Grainé apply like regular polish – the textured effect takes a few minutes to fully develop, staying still relatively shiny at first and then toning down to a satin/matte finish once fully dry, revealing the completed leather grain look.

 

YSL Fall 2014 1

Yves Saint Laurent | La Lacque Couture Cuirs Fétiches Collection Fall 2014

 

YSL Bleu Galuchat & Taupe Grainé

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #52 Bleu Galuchat & #53 Taupe Grainé, Limited Edition

 

YSL Bleu Galuchat & Taupe Grainé 2

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #52 Bleu Galuchat & #53 Taupe Grainé, Limited Edition

 

YSL #52 Bleu Galuchat

#52 Bleu Galuchat, limited edition (CAN $27.00) | A deep rich teal with fine – albeit sparse blue shimmer throughout – in a textured finish that completely resembles the finest grain leather and which comes to a satin/matte finish. Highly pigmented even with by the first coat as well as bearing an excellent flow, this lacquer stays exactly where applied, without pooling along cuticles or nail edges. When top coat is added to #52 Bleu Galuchat, it brings out the shimmer but I personally feel it detracts from the sensually brooding vibe of this shade (see the photo above of Cara wearing it, to understand what I mean). NOTE: To avoid any possibility of staining, I doubled up on base coat first. Coats applied: 2, top coat only for last swatch

 

YSL #52 Bleu Galuchat swatch

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #52 Bleu Galuchat

 

YSL #52 Bleu Galuchat swatch 2

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #52 Bleu Galuchat, in sunlight

 

YSL #52 Bleu Galuchat swatch 3

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #52 Bleu Galuchat, in sunlight

 

YSL #52 Bleu Galuchat swatch with top coat

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #52 Bleu Galuchat, with top coat

 

YSL #53 Taupe Grainé

#53 Taupe Grainé, limited edition (CAN $27.00) | In some lights, this shade appears to be a mink brown, while at others it comes off as a silvery taupe – probably due to the ultra fine silvery & prismatic shimmer it holds in the base. Bearing the same leather-look textured finish as #52 Bleu Galuchat, there is excellent flow and pigmentation to #53 Taupe Grainé as well, while the finish appears slightly more satin than matte here – probably due to its complex shimmer. BONUS: Non-staining upon removal. To change up the look, you always have the option of applying top coat, but just keep in mind that you may need at least 2 layers for a smooth finish (this finish eats up top coat). Coats applied: 2, top coat added only for last swatch.

 

YSL #53 Taupe Grainé swatch

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #53 Taupe Grainé

 

YSL #53 Taupe Grainé swatch 2

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #53 Taupe Grainé, in sunlight

 

YSL Taupe Grainé swatch 3

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #53 Taupe Grainé, in sunlight

 

YSL #53 Taupe Grainé swatch with top coat

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture | #53 Taupe Grainé, with top coat

 

Textured polish won’t appeal to everyone, but what I love about both #52 Bleu Galuchat and #53 Taupe Grainé, is not only their classic (yet still-so-chic) colours, but how cohesive they are with the rest of the YSL Fall 2014 Collection. As Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director for YSL Beauté says, “nails can be fashion’s most sophisticated accessory” but these shades are also sexy, a little bit naughty, and biker tough – definitely in the best way possible, of course. Textured polishes have inspired strong feelings with people – you either love them or hate them, but you can’t deny how cool these two shades are. Just take a look at Cara in the photo … again.

Available now at all Yves Saint Laurent counters – find more information via:

 

YSL Bleu Galuchat & Taupe Grainé closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Couture Palette Collector Fétiche (LE)

YSL Palette Fétiche opener

 

Inspired by the noble yet carnal duality of leather, the Yves Saint Laurent Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014 will literally take your breath away. Creative Director Lloyd Simmonds wanted to create a sensually charged-up makeup collection filled with varying textures: matte, shiny, metallic – for eyes, lips, as well as nails – giving women the option of exploring their sexy & edgier rocker-chic side … at least with cosmetics. The undisputed star, is hands down the Couture Palette Collector Fétiche, with its rich hues in the brand’s Mondrian-inspired pattern: 5 luxuriously rich and highly complimentary colours that evoke the many versions of leather. I’ll say it here: with all the Fall releases I’ve seen, this may very well be the palette to rule them all.

If you follow me on social media (if not, then get cracking on that STAT! You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook) you’ll have noticed my love of leather (I basically live in my Theory moto/biker leather jacket) and almost fetish-inspired footwear (Loubs with their painfully high heels, Brian Atwood bondage-look cut-out booties) so when I first heard of this collection, I almost had a visceral response to it – my loves of both beauty products and rocker edginess were about to be combined in one makeup collection? Almost too much to handle. Bring it on.

 

Yves Saint Laurent nude photo

Yves Saint Laurent – photographed by Jeanloup Sieff in 1971 (source)

 

YSL Mondrian dress sketch

Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian-inspired Fall/Winter 1965 Collection (source)

 

YSL Palette Fétiche closed

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fétiche label

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fétiche

Palette Fétiche, Limited Edition (CAN $64.00) | No detail has been spared in the creation of this piece: the luxuriously gold hefty case of usual YSL eyeshadow palettes has been given a dangerously sexy new look, as the exterior of the Palette Fétiche is clothed in full-grain leather and features the “Cassandre” logo embossed in gold lettering. Inside, are 5 shades in ‘varying textures’ to provide a multitude of looks – the descriptions of each colour, according to the brand: Bright Copper, Warm Gold, Amazon Green, Opulent Brown, Infused Black. And now, my versions (going clockwise, starting from the top left):

  • butterscotch brown with copper reflects
  • soft nude tan
  • blackened brown with ultra-fine gold particles
  • deep yet muted teal
  • black velvet

Let’s start with the textures, which are absolutely sublime: super easy to apply, extremely well pigmented, non-powdery, and all totally blendable. This palette has taken the ubiquitous earth tones (which can frequently fall on the boring side) and elevates them into something so much more – able to suit every skin tone across the spectrum, as well as being all daytime wearable or amped up for nighttime drama (especially obvious when applied with a dampened brush). Whether worn as single shades, or combined & mixed, there are endless possibilities offered by this palette – some look ideas by Lloyd Simmonds:

CUIR YCONIQUE: The Bright Copper base is applied all over the upper lid, the matte black along the upper lashes & the Amazon Green along the lower lash line

CUIR PATINÉ: The upper lid is sculpted with the Bright Copper base and Opulent Brown, the arch of the brow bone is highlighted with Warm Gold and matte black is drawn along the lower lash line.

CUIR NUDE: The inside corner of the eye is illuminated with Warm Gold and Bright Copper is then drawn towards the outer corner

I totally appreciate how well thought out this palette is, with the shades you’ll want to use more of (i.e. the Bright Copper, Infused Black, Amazon Green) larger in size than the ones that you won’t necessarily need as much of (the Warm Gold). I personally did not find that this palette held too many varieties of textures (a good thing, in my book), with all bearing some degree of shine – although that being said, that shine level did vary somewhat, with the top 2 definitely exhibiting more than the 3 darker hues. The black shade (bottom left) is perfectly named: Infused Black (and not matte as described in the press release), as it’s deep but with a little kick – bearing a slight sheen such as that given off by rich buttery leather. The other dark (and also perfectly named) shade, Opulent Brown, works in perfect tandem with the top two colours and while deep, the coppery gold reflects in the formula help to give this a unique tone & depth, keeping this colour from coming off as flat. Even the Amazon Green (or teal) has just the right amount of texture/shine to keep it from appearing one-dimensional, as well as being one of the most wearable hues I’ve seen in this colour family. My favourite hue of this palette, is the Bright Copper – this is such a spectacular caramel shade, that I may start a campaign to have the brand release this as a single – I love it. The application on all is almost suede-like in feel – they are all that smooth. The Warm Gold shade, while the lightest pigmentation-wise, still packs enough colour that it shows up against your skin – although it may be too subtle for those with deeper complexions. Wear time (on primed lids) is amazing – going well past the 11 hour mark, without showing any signs of creasing or fading.

 

YSL Palette Fétiche 2

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fetiche macro

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fétiche macro 2

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fétiche macro 3

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fétiche 3

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), Fall Look 2014 Cuirs Fétiches

 

YSL Palette Fétiche swatches dry

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), swatched dry – in sunlight

 

YSL Palette Fétiche swatched dry 2

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), swatches dry – in shaded light

 

YSL Palette Fétiche swatched damp

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), swatched damp – in sunlight

 

YSL Palette Fétiche swatched damp 2

Yves Saint Laurent | Palette Fétiche (Limited Edition), swatched damp – in shaded light

 

Photos and arm swatches do not do this palette full justice, and if you pick up just one item from all the recent Fall releases, then make it the Couture Palette Collector Fétiche from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. I absolutely adore this for all the right reasons: shade selection, quality, pigmentation levels, and its total wearability factor – which may be a contradiction to the name (“fetish” which calls to mind whips and Hannibal Lecter-esque masks), but one I happily embrace just the same. Let loose and explore your ‘dark side’ with this palette – safety word, optional.

Available now at Yves Saint Laurent counters, find more information via:

 

YSL Palette Fétiche closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Yves Saint Laurent | The Movie Premiere

YSL movie premiere opener

 

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Montréal première of the biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, a film directed by Jalil Lespert and starring Pierre Niney of the Comédie-Française as Yves Saint Laurent, with Guillaume Gallienne of the Comédie-Française as Pierre Bergé, the long-time lover & business partner of Yves Saint Laurent. The movie gives insight into the life of the designer, beginning with his quick rise through the fashion ranks (he was the youngest ever to hold the position of Director at the house of Dior when Christian Dior passed away) to his often troubled and turbulent relationships. At times poignantly touching, at others almost uncomfortably gritty, this is a film that all fashion and beauty lovers should put on their must-see list.

For my look, I decided to go with casual chic: a 60’s inspired baby-doll black dress with black lace strategic inserts from Free People and strappy black suede Prada heels (borrowed from my daughter – yay for wearing the same size). Continuing the theme, I carried a small & ladylike black Gucci handbag (made edgy by the red leather interior) and apart from my phone and business cards, the only other items I needed were a Lulu Guinness hand mirror – gifted to me by my dear friend, Adina Bodana of a-england lacquers (see my side panel for swatches of all her products), and my lipstick for touch ups, the new YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in #210 Nude Acoustic (LE) from the Fall 2014 Cuirs Fétiches Collection (review forthcoming).

The final touch to my ensemble, was a truly spectacular piece of jewelry, a Sapphô by Kim Smiley blackened bronze metallic lace cuff with Swarovski details and 18k plated magnetic closure (CAN $275.00), that was hand-made just for me by Canadian über-talent Kim Smiley (a detailed review on this piece will be coming soon). Not only was it the perfect accessory (and incredibly comfortable to wear), but made me so proud to be able to support this incredible woman.

With gorgeous displays of Yves Saint Laurent beauty products all around, a roped-off red-carpet for attending celebs (I apparently missed seeing them all, as I had already headed into the theatre), and bags of the tastiest popcorn to be had, the event was a huge. Once the movie was over, we were treated to a wonderful cocktail party (free-flowing champers and canapés) and left with fab little gift bags of YSL goodies.

A huge thank you to all involved for having me (and my husband) along – loved every minute of the experience!

 

YSL movie premiere in my bag

handbag must-haves: a gorgeous lip shade and a mirror for easy touch-ups

YSL movie premiere Sappho cuff

a closer look at my stunning Sapphô by Kim Smiley metallic lace cuff

YSL movie premiere arrival

with Yves …

YSL movie premiere invitation

 

YSL movie premiere cara

 

YSL movie premiere red carpet

 

YSL movie premiere product display

I spy a row of the new YSL Ink Fusion foundation ….

YSL move premiere product display 2

 

YSL movie premiere product display 3

 

YSL movie premiere cuff with products

 

YSL movie premiere selfie photobomb

Headline: oblivious photobomber completely ruins selfie

YSL movie premiere candid capture

I was even social media’d in this candid capture by The BHD ( and my photobomber is still there)

YSL movie premiere with director's chair

my husband and I are clearly continuing the photobombing theme

YSL movie premiere makeup stations

makeup stations set up for quick touch-ups with the latest YSL Beauté Collections

YSL movie premiere with Claude

with Claude Laframboise, Style Editor of Montréal’s LOULOU Magazine

YSL movie premiere with Carrie

with Carrie MacPherson, Social Media Coordinator for Holt Rrenfrew (QC)

YSL movie premiere popcorn

 

YSL movie premiere in the theatre

 

YSL movie premiere venue

 

YSL movie premiere champagne

 

YSL movie premiere with Sarah

What a fab time – thank you, Sarah! Kudos for all your hard work!

YSL movie premiere 4

 A closer look at my look for the première

YSL movie premiere gift bags

a veritable mountain of gift bags – perfect way to cap off the evening

 

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush #5 Rouge Effrontée & #7 Corail Affranchi

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush opener new

 

YSL Beauté has jumped on the hybrid lip/cheek product bandwagon, and has just launched their Baby Doll Kiss & Blush range, a collection of 12 shades that can be mixed or matched, and worn on either lips or cheeks. Housed in a glass rectangular bottle inspired by the classically graphic gold & black colours the brand is known for (easily mistaken for nail polish, no?), I love how you can not only see the colour you’re getting, but know how much product you’ve used up. The patented applicator is quite unique as well: a rounded tip sponge that has a Hidden Pearl Flexible Bead at the center, enabling the colour to glide effortlessly upon application.

Created by Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-Up Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, this new hybrid technology (with two patents pending) offers an innovative structure: an air-whipped formula (a highly concentrated gel) with a colour-diffusion complex and a blend of pure pigments enhanced with micropearls lightly tinged with pink (for maximum radiance), providing a buildable veil of colour with a unique velvety matte luminosity.

The 12 hues are built around 4 emblematic YSL shades (the following descriptions are from the press release):

  • Saucy Baby Doll – 3 fresh, deliberately impish pinks
  • Liberated Baby Doll – 3 not-so-innocent shades, pink, violet and coral
  • Sexy Baby Doll – 3 shades, 2 diabolically hot reds and a fiery orange
  • Sassy Baby Doll – 3 ultra-sensual brown and nude shades

Application:

The soft-sponge applicator is ridiculously easy to use; for cheek colour, I found the best way is to start with a few dots (that’s where the center bead comes in very handy, as it allows you to apply even amounts of the product), then use fingers to blend. I prefer the tapping method – using the pads of my fingertips to ‘tap’ the colour into the skin, then once I’m happy with the colour/intensity, I then lightly blend out any edges for a seamless finish. The formula is such that you have a few minutes before it sets, which goes a long way in helping the colour look softly diffused (read that, as totally natural-appearing), and never patchy. The resulting finish is not exactly matte nor satin, but exactly as stated: a velvet luminosity and absolutely gorgeous. Lasting power is incredible, especially when applied over foundation, going easily to 12 hours with no fading. On bare skin (mine is combination), it seems to last a good 10 hours – which is still quite impressive, by anyone’s standards.

For the lips, I like starting with a wide sweep of colour by laying the broadest part of the applicator along the middle of my lower lip, then spreading it out with the narrower part of the sponge, using the rounded tip for precision work (edges & cupid’s bow). After the initial application, you can go back in to either touch up any uneven areas or even build it up to a stronger level. While the formula doesn’t exactly “set” (this is not budge-proof or the indelible type), it does dry down to a satiny finish and actually feels quite weightless. Once the majority of the colour has worn off, you’re left with a light stain across the lips (no dreaded ring, thank you) and a moisturized feel as well. With the lighter of the two shades shown here, I found that the colour seemed to emphasize any dry and/or flaky areas so you’d be well advised to ensure your lips are exfoliated and smooth first.

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush opener

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush box

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush box 2

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush 2

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush 3

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

 

YSL Rouge Effrontee

Sexy Baby Doll N° 5 Rouge Effrontée ($45 CAN) – a lush crimson hue that leans more warm than cool, due to the slight coral tones in the base. Don’t let the vibrancy of this shade scare you; while intensely pigmented, when [properly] applied on the cheeks this shade gives your skin the most natural flush of colour. On lips, it provides a deep red-rose colour in a satiny finish (it can also be built up slightly for a deeper cast, although it stays clear of looking overly red) and leaves a light & even stain behind. This shade is absolutely spectacular – LOVE!

 

YSL Rouge Effrontee 2

YSL – Sexy Baby Doll N° 5 Rouge Effrontée

 

YSL Rouge Effrontee 3

YSL – Sexy Baby Doll N° 5 Rouge Effrontée

 

YSL Rouge Effrontee swatch

YSL – Sexy Baby Doll N° 5 Rouge Effrontée

 YSL Rouge Effrontee swatch lips new

 

YSL – Sexy Baby Doll N° 5 Rouge Effrontée

 

YSL Corail Affranchi

Liberated Baby Doll N° 7 Corail Affranchi ($45 CAN) – a warm leaning peach hue with sienna undertones in the base. There’s an interesting contradiction with this shade; while still bearing a high concentration of pigment, I experienced some difficulty getting it to apply evenly along my lips … at first. After a few minutes of wearing, however, the colour seemed to level out and looked much better, although I did feel it emphasized my lip lines (of which I apparently have more than I believed I did *shrugs*). Where N° 7 Corail Affranchi really works for me, is when the majority has worn off, as it leaves a soft & lush hint of colour to my lips (of the “my-lips-but-better” variety). As a blush, this shade is STELLAR – the same effortless application and longevity of N° 5 Rouge Effrontée, but in a slightly toned-down version (although it can be easily built up in intensity to suit even the darkest of complexions).

 

YSL Corail Affranchi 2

YSL – Liberated Baby Doll N° 7 Corail Affranchi

 

YSL Corail Affranchi 3

YSL – Liberated Baby Doll N° 7 Corail Affranchi

 

YSL Corail Affranchi swatch

YSL – Liberated Baby Doll N° 7 Corail Affranchi

 YSL Corail Affranchi swatch lips new

 

YSL – Liberated Baby Doll N° 7 Corail Affranchi

 

Interestingly, brands have finally caught up to something women the world over have been doing for years: multi-tasking their beauty products. Admittedly, while using lipstick as a blush is best left to editorial shoots & the runway, and most crème blushes can leave lips as parched as the Sahara Desert, the beauty of these new Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is how easy they are to use (no specific tools required), the overall quality, their dual-purpose nature, and portability. The range is not so large as to be overwhelming, although the colour groups are all well represented – with something to suit all tastes and complexions. Of the two, I absolutely love N° 5 Rouge Effrontée for both lips and cheeks, with N° 7 Corail Affranchi giving better results when used as a blush (or applied to lips and blotted for a more even finish). And let’s face it; who can resist anything named “Baby Doll”?

Available now through Holt Renfrew, Murale, Sephora and select Hudson’s Bay store across Canada. For more information:

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

YSL – La Lacque Couture #18 Bleu Majorelle

YSL Bleu Majorelle opener

 

When YSL Beauté re-vamped their nail lacquer line with the now larger and permanent colour line up, one of the shades that literally stood head & shoulders above them all, was the vibrant #18 Bleu Majorelle; the problem lay in that it was constantly sold out at every counter I visited, else I would have snagged this beauty long ago. Never mind … it’s mine now!

There’s an interesting connection/history behind this particular blue shade, and the house of YSL; M. Saint Laurent who often visited Marrakech, Morocco for design inspiration, fell in love with a botanical garden there created by French artist Jacques Majorelle. Along with his partner Pierre Pergé, M. Saint Laurent then bought the garden 1980 and not only lovingly restored it all, but added a new design to it with each visit, preserved it as a museum of Islamic art, and eventually had his ashes scattered there when he passed away in 2008.

The original garden was created in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle, who drew inspiration from the blue colour found in local Moroccan tiles, and he used this colour throughout the garden, painting the walls, fountains, and features of the villa in this intensely blue shade, finally trademarking the name “Majorelle Blue”.


Majorelle Gardens

Majorelle Garden – Marrakech, Morocco (source)


YSL Bleu Majorelle

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle


YSL Bleu Majorelle 2

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle


YSL Bleu Majorelle 3

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle – (CAD $27.00 10 ml/0.34 fl.oz) an intensely vivid ultra blue shade, in a STELLAR jelly-esque formula that applies streak-free and in a buttery smooth self-levelling way. Highly colour saturated and perfectly opaque at 2 coats, the finish is insanely brilliant. Bonus: absolutely non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


YSL Bleu Majorelle swatch

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle


YSL Bleu Majorelle swatch 2

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle


YSL Bleu Majorelle matte swatch

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle, matte


YSL Bleu Majorelle matte swatch 2

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle, matte


YSL Bleu Majorelle vs Essie Butler Please

While I own several bright blue shades in my personal collection, I was surprised to find that only one was close enough to Bleu Majorelle to warrant a comparison – Essie’s ‘Butler Please’ (reviewed here), and even further stunned at how close the two are colour-wise; with the naked eye, you can just make out a hint of variance between them, but the biggest difference lies in the price tag with the Essie being easily 1/3 the cost of the YSL.

  • index & pinkie fingers: Essie ‘Butler Please’ – 1st coat not as smooth laying, thicker formula, colour almost identical but perhaps a couple of degrees less intense, not as naturally brilliant, non-staining as well
  • middle & ring fingers: YSL #18 Bleu Majorelle


YSL Bleu Majorelle vs Essie Butler Please swatch

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle vs Essie ‘Butler Please’


YSL Bleu Majorelle vs Essie Butler Please swatch 2

YSL – #18 Bleu Majorelle vs Essie ‘Butler Please’

 

Final thoughts: There is everything to love about this varnish, starting from the eye-catching colour, the amazing application, long-lasting & glossy formula, to the fact that it’s completely non-staining … all well worth the rather steep price tag, in my opinion. The fact that ‘#18 Bleu Majorelle’ is part of YSL’s permanent range is also a bonus – no need to run out and stockpile. A truly spectacular blue that manages to look sophisticated, modern, classy & edgy at the same time – also perfect for when you want to make a unique fashion statement.

I picked mine up at Holt Renfrew (Canada).


YSL Bleu Majorelle closer

 

 

 

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

YSL – La Laque Couture ‘#33 Première Neige’ Top Coat

 

Something about snow globes just seems like pure magic to me … finding the same effect in a bottle of nail lacquer, namely the limited edition ‘Première Neige’ (which means “first snowfall” in french) Top Coat from the YSL Northern Lights Holiday 2012 Collection, literally stopped me in my tracks. There’s an interesting story here; well, maybe not that interesting, but definitely a story …

During the past week, I had been lurking near my closest YSL counter and inquiring about when the Holiday 2012 collection would be available, but got vague replies at best. Then, a few days ago, I went to pick up an item from the CHANEL counter and casually inquired the SA about the YSL collection; specifically, I wanted the ‘Première Neige’ Top Coat. She then went to check for me (as the YSL counter was unattended) and returned with the LAST BOTTLE. Even though the display wasn’t up yet. Even though I had inquired just the night before and was met with blank stares. The moral of the story? Become friendly with an SA who has a good grasp of cosmetics and customer service — it pays.


YSL Première Neige – unshaken


YSL Première Neige – unshaken


YSL Première Neige – unshaken


YSL Première Neige – unshaken (prismatic flakes massed on the bottom)


YSL #33 Première Neige Top Coat – (CAD $27.00 10 ml/0.34 fl. oz) is pure fantasy. A clear easy flowing base bearing ultra-fine multi-chromatic and prismatic glitter that flashes primarily blue and violet, although I also catch pink & green hints as well. The contents need to be well shaken – no rolled – prior to application, as the glitter does settle onto the bottom of the bottle … exactly like that of a snow globe. Once shaken, the shimmery particles seem to dance, suspended in the base, and it actually becomes a challenge to begin application, as you could get lost for hours just staring at it! The iridescent effect is achieved in a sophisticated manner, and never overpowers your base shade – it simply enhances it.

The formula on ‘Première Neige’ flows with excellent density and provided the contents have been well-combined, the coverage is perfect. One coat offers up amazing sparkle (over a base colour), but two brings things to a spectacular level. With a relatively quick dry time, the finish is not only smooth to the touch, but incredibly glossy, making the addition of any other top coat completely superfluous.

  • over a dark shade such as black, the colour flashes range from aqua, turquoise, royal blue, ultra marine, cobalt, and purple
  • over a bright hue such as the blue shade used here, the colour flashes range from turquoise, blue, violet, and pink

The elegant rectangular bottle comes with a removal outer cap, revealing a ridged inner cap that is quite easy to grip. The brush is the traditional fan shape, with an excellent flexibility and spread to the bristles.

For the following swatches, I applied ‘Première Neige’ to all nails over the glossy black from YSL’s ‘Terriblement Noir Duo’, a black with a gel-like consistency, non-staining, and with an intense vinyl-glassy finish. I was curious to see the effect on a bright shade, and so my thumb is sporting YSL’s ‘Bleu Majorelle’.

I strongly encourage you to click to enlarge the swatch photos, so you can really grasp ‘Première Neige’s’ full effect.


YSL Première Neige in natural light

YSL Première Neige


YSL Première Neige


YSL Première Neige – removable outer cap


YSL Première Neige


YSL Première Neige – logo embossed on inner cap


YSL Première Neige & the glossy black from the YSL Terriblement Noir Duo


YSL Première Neige (over  YSL Bleu Majorelle on thumb)


YSL Première Neige


YSL Première Neige


YSL Première Neige


YSL Première Neige – angled to show purple leanings

 

Final thoughts: Effects top coats are nothing new in the world of nail lacquer, although definitely not prevalent with department store and high-end brands, which is part of what makes ‘Première Neige’ so unique. The fact that the contents need to be shaken in order to be “activated” is a different touch as well, along with the fact that this formula not only flows like a regular varnish (as opposed to the usually thicker, suspension-like base of other similar top coats), but provides a superior glassy finish when dry. The only problem I see, is that it’s not only limited edition, but already as elusive to find as spotting a unicorn; therefore, if you do chance upon this about-to-become-fabled beauty – no, not the unicorn – act fast, or live with everlasting regret … (total drama!)


YSL Summer 2011: Surreal Yellow and Utopian Turquoise (swatches & review)



Yves Saint Laurent’s Summer 2011 vision gives us two equally vibrant nail lacquers, ‘Utopian Turquoise’ – a rich crème and ‘Surreal Yellow’ – a trendy shimmer. Seeing as how yellow shades are so ‘IN’ right now, I was interested to see how it would be interpreted by YSL, and I am pleased to say that ‘Surreal Yellow’ does not disappoint. Seeing how turquoise shades are still riding high on the wave as well, ‘Utopian Turquoise’ is most definitely an eye-catcher.  All swatches are with Sèche Natural base coat, two coats of lacquer and Sèche Vite top coat.






‘Surreal Yellow’ is probably the most flattering hue of this family that I have seen to date.  A cross between egg-yolk and lemon with super fine pearly shimmer throughout, this polish was a dream to apply.  With two coats, you still some hints of nail line, but I wanted it to look more like a ‘wash’ of colour as I thought a third coat would take away from it’s delicacy. Exceptionally smooth with no brush strokes, you can see from the center photo how much depth the shimmer imparts to this shade.  Gorgeous!





In the bottle, ‘Utopian Turquoise’ reminded me of my beloved Agean Sea.  Not quite a blue, nor dark enough to be considered a teal, this is a deeper version of  a “Tiffany Box Blue”.  On the nails it comes off as a vivid sky blue, but the green tinge in the base lends it an incredible lushness of colour.  Opaque almost from the first coat, this had the thicker formula of the two and was completely self levelling on application.  On the downside, I found that there was definite staining to the nail bed after removal, so I recommend at least two layers of base coat go on first.  But what a colour…brilliant!

Final thoughts: While YSL polishes run on the steep side price wise (approx. CAD $29.00), I have yet to be disappointed in either the unique shades they release or the formula. They apply easily and smoothly, dry relatively quick and are always almost ridiculously glossy.  The fact that ‘Utopian Turquoise’ left some slight staining behind, makes it my first YSL ‘fail’, but this is the colour that drew me to the collection more than the yellow, and seeing as how I have nothing even remotely close to it in my stash, makes me want to believe in it nonetheless. I mean… just look at it!