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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté x Google Glass

YSL x GoogleGlass opener

 

Ever have your makeup done at a beauty counter, go home to try and recreate the same look, then come up with a big fail? In fact, how can anyone possibly mimic such detail, when our eyes are basically closed the entire time the makeup artist does their work, and then we only get to see the finished look, but not the steps leading up to it?

Well, starting January 2015, select Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters are going to be entering a new hi-tech phase with the help of Google Glass — a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving this technology a spin. Let’s just say that the future of beauty is here. In simple terms, it comes down to the makeup artist wearing the Google Glass gizmo while a look is created on you, while all movements – along with audio instruction – is recorded and presented to you (either via email or on a USB) once complete, which also includes a detailed listing of the products used. What you’re basically getting is the makeup artst’s perspective of how the look was achieved (techniques, placement, etc.), along with a breakdown of the products used, to facilitate re-creating the same look on your own. And this time, you actually get to SEE the process as it unfolds. Pretty neat, huh?

I attended my session with just foundation on – and having my ‘bare’ face recorded for all to see, is unsettling to say the least – but never let it be said I didn’t take one for the team. Featuring products from the upcoming Spring 2015 Collection (available January 2015, reviews coming), there were 3 looks to choose from, and I opted for a more edgy smokey look, featuring the pink shade of the Ombre de Jour Palette (review coming soon). After my makeup artist, Sophie, completed one eye, she then stopped the recording to work on the other eye and add some finishing touches (blush, face powder).

With the tutorial/experience over, I was then able to test drive the glasses for myself, and even though it takes some getting used to, it’s absolutely amazing to see how you can work on a client AND edit a video at the same time, simply by swiping your finger along the arm of the glasses, or even via voice command. Too cool, I tell you.

On another note, looking at Google Glass made me immediately think of that Star Trek: Next Generation episode (“The Game”), where the crew members become enslaved to this bizarre game they play while wearing similar-looking glasses. And yes, I am a Trekker (not Trekkie – there’s a difference) *sci-fi/beauty geek*

For those who live in either Toronto or Montréal, here’s your chance to try the YSL Google Glass experience – space is very limited, so book fast!

  • Toronto: Hudson’s Bay Queen St. W, December 11th & 12th (call 416-861-4048 to book)
  • Toronto: Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale, December  13th & 14th (call 416-789-7501 to book)
  • Montréal: Hudson’s Bay Ste.Catherine St., downtown, December 18th & 19th (call 514-281-4901 x 2683 to book)

Thank you to Sarah & everyone at YSL Beauté/L’Oréal for this experience

 

YSL x GoogleGlass opener 2

 

 

YSL x GoogleGlass

Google Glass

 

Star Trek NG The Game

Star Trek: Next Generation – The Game episode

 

YSL x GoogleGlass 3 looks

YSL x Google Glass | the three looks to choose from

 

YSL x GoogleGlass pink look

YSL x Google Glass | Pink Smokey look

 

YSL Google Glass event Sophie 2

YSL x Google Glass | Sophie, my makeup artist

 

YSL x Google Glass | My video. Not thrilled with the lighting and the way it gives my eyes these massive bags that makes me look like I haven’t slept in about 2 weeks, but whatevs. Try to keep the laughter to a low roar, please.

 

YSL x GoogleGlass makeup station

YSL x Google Glass | envy-inducing counter makeup station

 

YSL x GoogleGlass application

YSL x Google Glass | Getting started …

 

YSL x GoogleGlass application 2

YSL x Google Glass | … and we’re done!

 

YSL x GoogleGlass ommorphia

YSL x Google Glass | makes me look smarter, am I right?

 

YSL x GoogleGlass flute

 

 

YSL Google Glass event Sarah 2

YSL x Google Glass | With the always gorgeous, Sarah

 

YSL x GoogleGlass Spring 2015 collection

YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection preview

 

YSL x GoogleGlass Spring 2015 Collection 2

 

 

YSL x GoogleGlass Spring 2015 palettes

YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection palettes (sequins!)

 

YSL x GoogleGlass Spring 2015 collection palettes open

YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection palettes

 

YSL x GoogleGlass Spring 2015 Collection lacquers

YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection lacquers

 

YSL x GoogleGlass Spring 2015 collection glosses

YSL x Google Glass | Volupté Tint-In-Oil (new for 2015, review coming)

 

YSL x GoogleGlass display 1

 

 

YSL x GoogleGlass display 2

 

 

YSL x GoogleGlass display 3

 

I think this is one of the most unique beauty experiences I have come across to date, and even though I’m well versed in makeup artistry, I still found it useful to see how a pro wields her brushes and goes about creating a look. For anyone who has ever struggled with eye makeup placement, then you need to try this out. From what I was given to understand, the YSL Google Glass experience is basically in a trial phase right now and depending on how it is received, we can expect to see more makeup pros wearing funky glasses across YSL counters nationwide.

 

YSL x GoogleGlass closer

 

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