Brightening things up for Spring, YSL’s Pop Illusion Collection is all about light & texture but with some hits of vibrant colour — just to keep things interesting, of course. Then there’s the mesmerizing packaging details that keep distracting me …
Pop Illusion Couture Palette Collector, limited edition (CAN $69.00) | With a Mondrian-esque colour blocked design, the colour selection of this palette is deceptive; one usually doesn’t think “saturation” when looking at pastels, but that’s exactly what you get here. You can mix and match the shades so that they can be made to work for both day & evening, layer them for unexpected new colour combinations, or apply them with a dampened brush for even more depth and intensity. Note that the centre golden hue can be worn on its own, double as highlighter (especially effective at the inner eye corner and along upper cheekbones), or patted on top of the deeper hues for an added touch of brilliance. All have exceptional pigmentation and blendability, while staying power over primer is excellent as well.
- icy blue with a grey/lavender flash
- royal blue with a blue metallic shimmer
- sheer yellow gold with sparkle
- icy pink shimmer
- light blue shimmer
Or radical Couture Eyeliner (CAN $40.00) | A liquid liner with a pointed flocked applicator in a saturated metallic gold hue — and the item that surprised me the most out of the entire collection. The über-pointed tip is useful for creating a fine, precise line and by turning the applicator slightly on its side, you can create a thicker, more editorial look. Coverage is totally opaque from the get-go and once it sets, it’s literally budge proof until removed.
Pop Illusion Lip Palette Collector, limited edition (CAN $78.00) | Five pink-themed shades in one convenient palette (which also includes a lip brush), in a range of finishes from sheer to pigmented. As someone who tends to avoid lip palettes in general (mainly because I prefer the ease of a gloss), I can’t deny that this form of lip product is excellent for creating a customizable shade. Obviously you can use a brush for application, but I actually prefer pressing the colour in with a finger — albeit that is a messier option. The lightest hue is also the sheerest and has the least amount of staying power, while the deeper colours not only stick around, but eventually fade to lovely stains along the lips.
- baby pink, sheer
- warm rose, shimmer
- pink, satin
- hot pink, satin
- ruby rose, satin
Black Opium Pure Illusion, limited edition (CAN $110.00/50 ml) | When YSL fist launched Opium, I was spellbound — and even though it was potent to the max, it didn’t stop me from going through several bottles. Flash forward to the present, and YSL has reimagined that iconic scent by creating Black Opium. Created by Nathalie Lorson, Olivier Cresp, Marie Salamange, and Honourine Blanc, this Pure Illusion oriental vanilla iteration is infused with all the sensuality and fierceness of the original, but with a vibrantly fresh new presence to counterbalance its smokier side. Notes include:
- Coffee Accord
- Orange Blossom
- Cedarwood Essence
- Patchouli Essence
Fragrance is so personal that it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of product, and I definitely have more than my share of sensitivities. I happen to like this particular scent — but I need to take it in very light doses (as in, I spray the air in front of me then walk into the mist — hardly ever sprayed directly onto my skin), as it can be quite intense. That said, there’s a mysterious and almost hard to pin down quality to it that makes it unique in my book, and a far cry from others in this family. Personally, I also love how it evolves and softens with the wearing, but I’d definitely say that it’s more of an evening scent. Regarding the limited edition part, I believe that’s for the bottle design and not the actual fragrance itself.
I am so ready to lighten up for Spring and the gorgeous packaging on both Collector Palettes make me happy — a welcome bonus, as what happens to be on the inside of them makes me even happier. As to the gold liner, before you say that it’s much too editorial for the average user, think again: a swipe along either the upper or lower lash line, some mascara + a statement lip, and BOOM: look done, easy-peasy. As to Black Opium Pure Illusion, this is quite the carnal fragrance that’s surprisingly wearable thanks to the addition of both the fruity and gourmand notes … which also make it yummy too, I guess.
Kindly provided by YSL for my unbiased consideration