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

4 Responses to YSL | Savage Escape Collection, Summer 2016

  1. They look so amazing! Love La Laque Couture N°71 Savage Pink. Will give it a try. xx

  2. Oh my gosh, I love the blue packaging on that eyeshadow palette! So unexpected but gorgeous!!

    Kate
    katelovesmakeup.com

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