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YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire opener

 

Shimmering like sequins upon the nails, La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche and 59 Nuit Noire (CAN $27.00/Limited Edition), part of the Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Désir de Jour Collection for Spring 2015 (Lumière de Jour Palette previously reviewed), draw their inspiration from the duality found within each woman, although the complex nature of each shade seems to blur that line even more. Feminine charm, rebel spirit or a little bit of both?

Note that each bottle has a removable outer cap with the inner cap ridged for ease of use. The brush is well proportioned to pick up the right amount of product, while the bristles have an excellent flexibility and splay, making the whole application process relatively goof-proof. Newly reformulated, all La Laque Couture polishes now include Rose Oil to help strengthen the nails.

 

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

 

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YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

 

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YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche & 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche swatch

La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche | A clear base filled with ultra-fine prismatic glitter as well as irregularly shaped mylar flakes. The formula falls on the thick side although still makes for an easy application, enabling the polish to stay exactly where placed without any pooling or migrating into surrounding skin.

Worn alone, there’s decent coverage with 2 coats (especially on shorter nails – there will still be visible nail line apparent on longer nails) giving off an icy, snowflake-like effect with an absolutely gorgeous iridescence. Layering Nuit Blanche – in particular  over a dark shade – will bring out its twilight nature, displaying more of a blue/purple flash (as seen in the last swatches). Relatively smooth to the touch with a layer of top coat, be prepared for a bit of glitter dispersal upon removal (easily cleaned up with a second pass of your remover). Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

YSL Nuit Blanche swatch macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche

 

YSL Nuit Noire swatch

La Laque Couture 59 Nuit Noire | A semi-sheer charcoal base that is filled with fine black and silver glitter pieces in a formula that is somewhat thinner than that of Nuit Blanche. There is a good amount of glitter per brushstroke – no ‘fishing’ required, and while dark, you’ll still see a light translucency upon the nails even with two coats, which I actually prefer as it keeps the look fresh & modern this way. Another unique feature of Nuit Noire, is the light moiré pattern that almost appears to be under the glitter but still at the surface level of the polish – elusive, mysterious and hard to capture in pictures, but you can just barely see it here. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

With 1 coat of Nuit Blanche layered over 2 coats of Nuit Noire (as on the last three swatches shown below), you achieve what I call ‘accidental galaxy nails’. This combination looks even more spectacular in person, as you can clearly appreciate every single nuance and prismatic flash. The depth of tone achieved from layering these two, is nothing short of hypnotic to behold – I need to stop here, because I’ve run out of superlatives. No more words for the love (also, this combo is smooth to the touch with a layer of top coat).

 

YSL Nuit Noire swatch macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche over Nuit Noire swatch

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche over 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche over Nuit Noire swatch macro

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche over 59 Nuit Noire

 

YSL Nuit Blanche over Nuit Noire swatch 2

YSL Beauté | La Laque Couture 58 Nuit Blanche over 59 Nuit Noire

 

Black & White – a theme that transcends time and fashion, and yet YSL Beauté manages to reinvent these two standard shades with the addition of glitter and flakes. Nuit Blanche is one of those lacquers that will leave you mesmerized simply holding the bottle in your hand (the snow globe effect), and I guarantee that you’ll want to layer it over EVERYTHING just to see the colour shift it gives. Nuit Noire has a quieter presence, until the light catches on the glitter pieces and just like that, it morphs into something elegant and feral at the same time. Verdict? Both are just spectacular and so well worth picking up.

Available at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters across Canada (Holt Renfrew, The Bay)

YSL Nuit Blanche & Nuit Noire closer

 

Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette opener

For Spring 2015, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté introduces the Désir de Jour Collection, inspired by the Luis Buñel cult-classic film ‘Belle de Jour’ featuring the iconic beauty of Catherine Deneuve, a woman with an outwardly cooly demure appearance, but filled with passionate undercurrents – a sentiment that is perfectly captured by the colours of this collection. One of the star pieces, the Collector Palette Lumière de Jour (CAN $55.00 exclusive to The Bay), is a softly hued pressed face powder that not only assists in setting your makeup, but will help provide you with a touch of that certain je ne sais quoi, bien sûr.

 

YSL Spring 2015 Cara

YSL Beauté | Désir de Jour Spring 2015 campaign featuring Cara Delevingne

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YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette closed detail

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette closer

Collector Palette Lumière de Jour | The exterior of the iconic gold YSL compact has been jazzed up here with a coat of white prismatic sequins, along with a black band bearing the brand’s ‘Casandre’ logo down the middle. The powder (which is also embossed with the same logo) is a soft pink hue that leans neither too cool nor warm, thus making it a universally flattering shade, and displays an exceptionally fine shimmer that is not only an overspray, but carried through all layers.

Similar in concept to the way the Guerlain Météorites products perform, the Lumière de Jour Palette is a finely milled face powder that is designed to add a final touch to your makeup, setting everything in place. The glow it imparts to the skin is very hard to pin down and accurately capture in photographs; with my swatches below, I had to apply it with a very heavy hand in order to get it to appear – the general idea, however, is that you’re NOT supposed to see the powder at the surface level of your skin, in any case. The pink hue of the powder works well to add an overall brightness to the face, but again, the key word here is ‘subtle’ – in other words and unless your complexion is on the darker side of the spectrum, it applies as more of a sheer-invisible veil, than a wash of colour. The ultra fine texture of this powder is non-chalky and I experience no dust storm effect when swirling my brush through it, all of which help it buff easily into the skin for a seamless and flawless look. With regards to staying power, that’s difficult to say, due to the overall colourless nature of the powder, but I found that it seemed to warm up with the wearing and meld with my skin’s natural oils, but somehow still prevented my face from appearing too shiny by day’s end (even though it’s not touted as a mattifying powder) making touchups unnecessary.

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YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

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YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

YSL Lumière de Jour Palette swatch

YSL Beauté | Collector Palette Lumière de Jour

 

This is a lovely powder and one that is quite easy to use; its ultra-fine texture and universally flattering shade make it ideal for a variety of skin tones, and does an amazing job of giving your skin that ‘lit-from-within’ radiance, and will have people asking you if you’ve had ‘something done’. From my understanding, the Lumière de Jour Palette is exclusive to The Bay here in Canada – I’m not certain if any retailers elsewhere will be carrying it, but if you happen to find out, let me know.

Available now for a limited time at all Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada and thebay.com

 

YS Lumière de Jour Palette

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil

YSL Tint In Oil opener

 

A few weeks ago, I was invited to take part in the YSL x Google Glass experience (you can read about it here) and while that in itself was pretty amazing, for a beauty aficionado like myself, seeing the YSL Spring 2015 Collection up close and personal, was an even bigger thrill. The latest innovation from YSL Beauté and the first of its kind in the beauty world, is Volupté Tint-In-Oil (CAN $35.00, available in 8 shades), a unique new lip oil that is infused with tint that provides all the nourishing benefits of a balm, but with the beautifying effects of colour.

Housed in sleek chrome tubes belted with the YSL ‘Cassandre’ logo (this band also displays the colour of each individual shade for your convenience), the contents are kept cocooned away from light in order to preserve their integrity. The ‘bouche à bouche’ diamond-shaped & angled applicator with its soft texture and mini-reservoir at the centre, has been designed to help dispense a perfect hit of product in one simple swipe, almost making it intuitive in terms of application ease – no mirror required. Adding to the sensorial experience, is a delicious mango scent (although it reminds me more of watermelon candies), which is so uplifting mood-wise.

According to the brand, there are two facets to this unique new formula:

COLOUR LINK INFUSER

Although oil and tint naturally repel each other, YSL Beauté has conceived of a way for opposites to attract – compelling these two ingredients to work effectively as one. COLOUR LINK INFUSER is an ultra-stabilizing technology developed by YSL Beauté for its ability to disperse and homogeneously solubilize colour particles in oil to create a hybrid formula. The colour pigments are captured within the oils to dispense an ever-evolving burst of liquid lip colour. The oils slowly disappear but the pop of colour stays true.

5 PRECIOUS OILS

Apricot Kernel Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Coriander Fruit Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Passion Flower Oil

The precious Passion Flower has been well-documented as having invaluable nutritive properties. Historically cultivated in the Majorelle Garden in Morocco (a place so dear to M. Yves saint Laurent’s heart and one of his prime sources of inspiration), this flower blooms only in daylight and fades by nightfall, waiting for the energizing light of the sun to come again.

Another interesting feature of the Volupté Tint-In-Oil, is the ‘bitten-lips/stain’ effect they leave behind, a colour that will be unique to each and every user. The colour tint that is parcelled within the oils, awakens on contact with the lips and then proceeds to interact the the lip tone, in effect creating one’s own bespoke colour finish. The tint itself evolves with the wearing, becoming more vibrant minutes after initial application, enhancing your lips with a natural glow.

 

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil

 

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil

 

YSL Tint In Oil applicators

From start to finish, it’s LOVE; to begin with, the packaging is über-elegant and just begs to be taken out in public. The applicator truly is goof-proof and as the Tint-In-Oil formula is not colour saturated, you really don’t need a mirror for application (as well, the tint of each shade does not stain surrounding skin, in the event you ‘colour outside the lines’, so to speak). The magic begins immediately upon application, starting with a rich nourishing sensation of the oil upon the lips, a feeling that’s neither oily, too slick, or sticky – just ultra comfortable and hydrating, and one that seems to fill in lip lines as well (my lips are quite lined, and I was amazed to see how diminished said lines appear). Within a few minutes, you can see and feel a few other changes; there’s a slight tingling I sense which is not unpleasant for me (anyone with sensitivities, should definitely test these out at a counter first) and then the colour begins intensifying. Lasting power is on par for a gloss (I get between 2.5 – 3.5 hours), although that is also affected by food, drink, etc. and even when the glossiness has faded, I am still left with a slight stain on my lips (intensity of stain will vary with each individual shade), along with a completely hydrated feel.

N°2 Oh So Gold – the lightest of the 3 shown, warm-leaning with a light apricot tint and iridescent gold shimmer (non-gritty)

N°4 I Rose You – carnation pink, perfect mix of cool & warm undertones making it wearable by a broad range of skintones, iridescent pink shimmer

N°5 Cherry My Chérie – lush true pink, the most intense of the 3, leaves behind a hint of shimmer along with tint upon the lips. According to my press sheet, this is the ‘Star Shade’ of this collection, iridescent pink shimmer

Volupté Tint-In-Oil is ultra-comfortable with a soothing feeling on the lips. It’s more like a liquid lip balm than a gloss or a stain. It creates volume and erases texture on the lips with a beautiful shine.

It’s great for people who might be afraid of colour, as it’s super natural. Balms, glosses and stains generally tend to achieve only one effect rather than several effects together. Volupté Tint-In-Oil perfectly combines colour, shine, and absolute comfort”

Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Makeup YSL Beauté

 

YSL Tint In Oil swatches 1

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil swatches

 

YSL Tint In Oil swatches 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil, swatches after 10 minutes of wear (*Please note that the above swatch at left should be N°2 and not N°1)

 

YSL Tint In Oil Oh My Gold swatch 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil N°2 Oh So Gold swatch

 

YSL Tint In Oil I Rose You swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil N°4 I Rose You swatch

 

YSL Tint In Oil Cherry my Chérie swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil N°5 Cherry My Chérie swatch

 

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Volupté Tint-In-Oil N°5 Cherry My Chérie swatch after 10 minutes of wear

 

Mark my words, you’re going to start seeing all brands – from luxury to mass market – begin releasing their own version of YSL Beauté’s Volupté Tint-In-Oil, although I sincerely doubt anyone can match the utter gorgeousness seen here. In general, I enjoy the convenience of using lipgloss, but reapplication is a chore and more often than not, my lips wind up feeling parched after it’s worn off. That being said, I experience none of these issues with any of these Tint-In-Oil shades, although N°2 Oh So Gold only left a mere whisper of a stain to my lips – perfect for fans of a more natural looking mouth. As pink lip shades fall out of my comfort zone, I was stunned by how much I loved the look of N°5 Cherry My Cherie; both upon application, and again with the stain it left behind – reminded me of the way my lips would look after devouring a pink PopSicle. Come to think of it, one reason I used to love those treats, was exactly because of the way they stained my lips – early signs of a budding beauty fiend, perhaps?

How perfect are these for Valentine’s Day? Even the applicator seems to be in on the theme! 

Available now at Sephora, Sephora.ca and The Bay stores throughout Canada.

YSL Tint In oil closer

 

Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration