Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

YSL Dessin Eyeliner

YSL Dessin du Regard Eye Pencil ($28.00) are gorgeous, deeply pigmented eyeliners that apply evenly and smoothly.  I spent the past week testing between three shades — Turquoise (09), Oriental Blue (03), and Black Velvet (01).

  • Turquoise is a lightened aqua with a slight golden sheen to it.  It had the frostiest finish of the three I tried–definitely more of a shimmer sheen here, which works, since it’s light and bright enough to make your eyes pop but not over the top.
  • Oriental Blue is a brightened-up navy blue with silver sparkle.  It’s not quite a true navy blue, since it’s brighter — almost like a midnight sky blue lit up by the moon — it’s very pretty.
  • Black Velvet is an intense, deep dark black with an inky feel and look.

Recently, YSL reformulated their eye pencils “with highly pigmented color for a deep impact and long-lasting finish.”  They’ve included jojoba oil to “mak[e] the finish on the skin smooth and conformtable” along with “a wax adhesive [that] acts as a fixing agent to reinforce the intensity of the pigment for hours.”  The eye pencils are definitely easy to use and give you a smooth, creamy line with little effort.  The color is also highly pigmented, as advertised, but I didn’t quite get the long-lasting finish I expected (and would have loved!).  These are nowhere near as bad as NARS Eye Pencils were on me, though, thankfully!

I get about four hours of wear before these shades start to disappear on my lower lash line (maybe an hour or so on the lower water line).  The good news–at least as far as it can go–is that these fade away rather than migrate and smudge and otherwise give you raccoon eyes.  The first time I tried these, I wore Oriental Blue by itself on my lower lash line, and after five hours, when I went to inspect it, it was nearly all gone.  All that remained was a smidgen of faded, dark blue between my lashes.  I repeated testing with the other two shades as well, just to be sure, but they all performed the same on me–faded and nearly invisible by hour five.

Each pencil comes with a sharpener, and the pencil itself is dual-ended with an angled sponge-tip for smudging on one end and the pencil on the other.

It’s available in twelve shades: Black Velvet (black), Leather Brown (dark brown), Oriental Blue (navy blue), Smokey Purple (grayed purple), Deepest Green (forest green), Hazelnut Brown (reddish brown), Charcoal Grey (gray), Amber Brown (medium brown), Turquoise (teal), Purple Silk (purple), Stellar Green (green), and Silky Pink (pink).

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  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you don’t find yourself having trouble with your eyeliner smudging or like to wear pencil on your upper lash line, these might be a product worth trying, because they do pack plenty of color pay off and look beautiful on.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

Bronzer Without the Shimmer with YSL

YSL Golden Sand (03) Terre Saharienne ($50.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a rich, golden tanned bronzer from YSL’s Solaris Collection. YSL is releasing three shades of Terre Saharienne that are both new and permanent — Sand (01), Copper Sand (02), and Golden Sand (03).

Golden Sand is a rich, golden bronze with an orange undertone. It has very, very faint shimmer, which translates into more of a subtle sheen that reflects light in an incredibly delicate way. This shade will work best for those of warmer and deeper skin tones, because the slight touch of golden orange in it may translate into an orange-y mess on those with paler and/or cooler skin tones. You can layer it on for an intense look or use it sheerly for a naturally bronzed look — you can see me wearing it in this look.

The packaging is classic YSL — the gold “metal” compact that flips open to reveal a large mirror and compact with YSL emblazoned in the middle. The back reveals all the pertinent information like its weight (0.35 oz.) and the active sunscreen ingredient (octinoxate 6%) — which is SPF 12. I like it for a more matte version of a bronzer — it’s not completely matte, but it’s not shimmery either. It’s also very finely milled, smooth to the touch, and easy to blend on the face.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re on the look out for a long-wearing, nearly shimmer-less bronzer, YSL’s new Terre Saharienne might work for you.  Golden Sand, in particular, works well for warmer, deeper skin tones with yellow or olive undertones.

Availability: June 2010

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

YSL Gloss Pur
YSL Gloss Pur: Pure Watermelon (08), Pure Hibiscus (09)

In June, YSL will launch four new and permanent shades of Gloss Pur ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.). They are part of YSL’s Solaris Collection, which also features several coordinating shades in other product lines.

Currently, the Gloss Pur range includes: Pure Nude (01) (nude), Pure Rose (02) (soft pink), Pure Coral (03) (sheer coral), Pure Raspberry (04) (sheer raspberry pink), Pure Fuchsia (05) (sheer fuchsia), and Pure Plum (06) (sheer plum). New shades include: Pure Sorbet (07) (sheer pink), Pure Watermelon (08) (coral), Pure Hibiscus (09) (fuchsia), and Pure Redcurrant (10) (sheer red).

Gloss Pur is the perfect high-end lip gloss for someone who loves a little bit of color with a high gloss finish. I’m actually pleasantly surprised with the two new summery shades I tried, because they seem a bit more pigmented than previous Gloss Purs I’ve tested out. These glosses are neither ultra sheer nor ultra pigmented but fall on the sheerer side while still giving lips an added touch of color.

  • Pure Watermelon (08) is a coral-orange. On my lips, Pure Watermelon is semi-opaque and looks like a softened, toned-down coral.
  • Pure Hibiscus (09) is a softened fuchsia with a little violet edge. Applied to lips, Pure Hibiscus is a semi-opaque fuchsia that doesn’t look overwhelmingly bright, but it still feels and looks like a brighter pink.

I find Gloss Purs always make my lips look plumper, fuller–juicier–with soft color that’s great for everyday or paired with a more dramatic look. They have a sweet, mango-ish scent but have no taste/flavor that I could detect. The gloss itself is non-sticky, moisturizing, and incredibly glossy.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re not a shimmery lip gloss fan, I think you’ll like YSL’s Rouge Purs, which have nearly no detectable shimmer, soft color, and a high gloss finish!

Availability: June 2010

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

YSL Summer 2010

YSL Solaris Collection for Summer 2010

Free, passionate, the Yves Saint Laurent woman plunges into a new adventure filled with sun, sensuality and exotic makeup colors.

The radiance of desert golds refreshed by Mediterranean blues. The intensity of reds vibrating with light. Born of the elements, her essential and solar beauty is a force of nature.

Her make-up? A complexion of “Copper Sand”. A look traced in Riviera Blue, total immersion. Lips and nails of passion, burned in orange and fuchsia…

Dazzling, the Yves Saint Laurent woman is a myth.

Terre Saharienne ($50.00) (New & Permanent)

A deep brown case infused with translucence capturing the infinity of the desert, three letters of elegance – YSL – leading the way… A tribute to the iconic laced jacket of Yves Saint Laurent, Terre Saharienne brings a sunkissed glow to the skin. A passport to sunlight all year long. In a few brushstrokes, this bronzing powder caresses the skin with sheer summer brilliance. Sand, copper sand, golden sand… Three ardent shades illuminate the complexion with a natural and radiant glow. An instant “radiant look”, thanks to new “Sun Radiance” pigments that capture the light and diffuse their golden reflections 360°. The voluptuous, soft and silky formula has comfortable and long-lasting wear that ‘dresses’ the skin for all-day adventure with total protection (SPF12).

  • N° 1 Sand
  • N° 2 Copper Sand
  • N° 3 Golden Sand

Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant ($30.00)

  • N° 5 Golden Sands (New & Permanent)
  • N° 19 Riviera Blue (Limited Edition)

Rouge Pure Shine ($30.00)

  • N° 93 Pink Lychee (Limited Edition)
  • N° 94 Blood Orange (Limited Edition)

La Laque ($20.00)

  • N° 142 Ultra Orange (Limited Edition)
  • N° 42 Ultra Violet (Limited Edition)
  • N° 34 Black Tulip (Repromote)

Gloss Pur ($30.00) (New & Permanent)

  • N° 7 Pure Sorbet
  • N° 8 Pure Watermelon
  • N° 9 Pure Hibiscus
  • N° 10 Pure Redcurrant

Touche Brilliance ($30.00) (New & Permanent)

  • N° 18 Coral Sunset
  • N° 19 Fuchsia Sunrise

Mascara Aquaresistant ($30.00)

  • N° 7 Blue Lagoon (New & Permanent)

Touche Eclat ($40.00) (Repromote)

  • N° 3 Light Peach

Ombre Solo ($30.00) (Repromote)

  • N° 6 Pink Nude

Dessin du Regard ($28.00) (Repromote)

  • N° 3 Oriental Blue
  • N° 6 Hazelnut Brown

Availability: June 2010

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Saturday, April 10th, 2010

YSL #17 Eyeshadow Duo

YSL #17 Ivory Beige/Deep Black Eyeshadow Duo ($41.00 for 0.09 oz.) features a yellow-toned beige with a matte finish and a deep black with a near matte finish (just a smidgen of shimmer).
I purchased this eons ago when YSL had their (first!) Friends & Family Sale, because I fell in love with it when they promoted it during a fall or holiday launch (I think in 2009). I was totally head-over-heels for the depth in the black, so I figured, maybe it was time to splurge on it finally. It’s a very dark, rich black, but it’s probably not the darkest black I’ve tried. Funny how memory blurs those things!

This is an excellent smoky eye duo, and surprisingly, the yellowed beige is pretty workable on my warmer toned skin without looking too chalky (as some light mattes can be). The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, and both are pigmented. The matte isn’t chalky, but it isn’t the softest matte eyeshadow I’ve tried. The black shade is really the star of the duo, though.

It’s packaged in classy, traditional YSL packaging with the faux gold metal look and logo emblazoned on the top of the compact. The logo is also embedded into the eyeshadows themselves as well. Even with the hefty price tag, you don’t get that much eyeshadow — it’s about the same as buying other high-end eyeshadows in singles. Usually, you do see a little bit of value savings when you buy duos, even in high-end brands like YSL, but not so much here. This was definitely a splurge item to satisfy a long-time want, so I’m happy with it.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Pretty but incredibly pricey, so I’d consider it an indulgence and luxury, rather than a must-have.

Availability: Sephora

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

YSL Eye Event

YSL Eye Event for Spring/Summer 2010

Ombre Solo Lasting Radiance Eyeshadow ($30.00)

Easy to apply, with a silky soft and rich texture, the colour remains vibrant and pure for hours. Blending is effortless; colour and intensity are easy to adjust to your desired concentration. Set in a luxurious gold compact, this eye shadow allows for easy application with both a sponge tip and a brush applicator. A soft and long-lasting eye colour for a truly professional result.

  • #01 Midnight Black
  • #02 Cashmere Brown
  • #03 Persian Blue
  • #04 Midnight Purple
  • #05 Slate Green
  • #06 Pink Nude
  • #07 Smoky Grey
  • #08 Fawn
  • #09 Mogador Blue
  • #10 Lunar Purple
  • #11 Garden of Eden
  • #12 Parisienne Pink

Dessin du Regard Eye Pencil ($28.00)

YSL’s EYE PENCIL has been updated with a new formula, with highly pigmented colour for a deep impact and long-lasting finish. The texture glides onto the skin effortlessly, and Jojoba Oil makes the finish on the skin smooth and comfortable. A wax adhesive acts as a fixing agent to reinforce the intensity of the pigment for hours. With its blending tip and soft, silky texture, the pencil allows you to achieve multiple effects: from precise lines to blurred shadow, or a kohl effect. Each pencil is equipped with an applicator-blender and a sharpener.

  • #01 Velvet Black
  • #02 Leather Brown
  • #03 Oriental Blue
  • #04 Smoky Purple
  • #05 Deepest Green
  • #06 Hazelnut Brown
  • #07 Charcoal Grey
  • #08 Amber Brown
  • #09 Turquoise
  • #10 Purple Silk
  • #11 Stellar Green
  • #12 Silky Pink

Availability: Nordstrom

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