Sunday, August 5th, 2012


YSL Fall 2012 Collection – Contemporary Amazon

She moves through Paris as she would an urban jungle, exuding a tailored take on the basics. A matte yet luminous complexion, smoky gold eyes, red lips and garnet lacquers for daring sophistication.

Pure Chromatics ($55.00)

  • No. 10 Greens/olives
  • No. 11 Grays & navies

Contemporary Amazon Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara ($30.00)

  • Graphite Green Green

Dare to Glow Illuminator ($28.00)

A silky complexion illuminator, between a highlighter and an enhancer, Dare to Glow is an essential for women seeking that gorgeous glow. The melting, ultra-fresh gel texture leaves skin soft and comfortable. Enriched with optical mother-of-pearl particles, Dare to Glow forms an impalpable veil for a natural-looking shimmer on the skin.

  • Tempting Gold Gold
  • Fatal Red Red
  • Naughty Pink Pink

Rouge Pur Couture – The Mats ($32.00)

  • Orange Imagine Orange
  • Rouge Rock Red-plum
  • Grenat Satisfaction Burgundy

La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer ($25.00)

  • Khaky Arty Khaki
  • Rouge Expressioniste Red

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, YSL

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48 thoughts on “YSL Fall 2012 Collection – Contemporary Amazon

  1. Bought Rouge Rock matte lipstick….I really hate it when they introduce a collection and not show everything…

  2. Thank you for the heads-up, Christine. Do you know if any of the Pure Chromatics are limited? (I’m not sure if the summer ones are permanent, even less sure about the fall ones… >< )

  3. Dinitchka

    Has anyone with oily skin tried the Dare to Glow Illuminator? I need some feedback please. 

  4. kurious

    Too bad that YSL seasonal looks have lost the “magic” of seasons past. Perhaps it’s the Loreal influence. In fact, this seasonal story looks alot like a Lancome story. Even the names read Lancome. Too bad.

  5. 18thCenturyFox

    I don’t want any of my money going to Lagerfeld. I swear I don’t think that Collin could hate women more if he tried. Plus, I couldn’t believe what was in those lip vernis… Sheesh. Stuff it, Karl.

    • xamyx

      What was in it? I’ve only ever had an adverse reaction to one lip product, *ever*, and it was YSL. This was over 20 years ago, and I was doing a hair show, so I don’t remember the *exact* product. I thought perhaps it was maybe a fragrance, or something, but now I’m really curious.

    • 18thCenturyFox you’ve got a point!  

    • 18thCenturyFox

      LOL not “Collin” but Gollum

      • Kafka

        18thCenturyFox  Heh. Gollum. I was wondering who Collin was.  But I don’t understand the Lagerfeld reference with regard to the YSL collection.  I thought Lagerfeld only collaborated on that Olympic Gold thing which was mostly clothes? Am I mistaken? I can’t see either Slimane or Bergé agreeing to give Lagerfeld control over YSL Beauté. 

        • 18thCenturyFox

          Kafka No you are all right~ I have had one of the strangest days of my life today and that combined with too much Jezebel and the Lagerfeld uniforms mixed with some apparently vitriolic undercurrent of feeling towards KL created this misinformed commentary. I think I have this seventies Studio 54 aesthetic that I associate with both YSL and KL.  I think my confusion also stems from an early association of them both being ” Weird looking old white guys with glasses”. My aunts were super fashionable in the late 70′s/early 80′s. The dog was named Calvin (Klein) cat was named Shalimar-go figure.

        • Kafka

          18thCenturyFox Thank you for explaining. I thought I was losing my mind for a minute! And no worries. I have some undercurrent of weird negativity and some issues with Karl Lagerfeld, too. LOL! I grew up in part in Monte-Carlo where KL lived/lives for some of the year and I would often see him around often. I also knew people who knew him and…. well, let’s just say, I’m not a fan. I did adore YSL, (though I didn’t have the same sort of tenuous connection to him), and I actually teared up a bit when he died. So don’t pick on Yves unless you want to see me with my dukes up. That said, if you ever want to throw tomatoes at Karl, I’m your girl. ;)

        • 18thCenturyFox

          LOL! Interesting back story and don’t worry Yves aways seemed like a genuinely good and kind soul. I just wish they would amend some of the ingredients in the pur couture vernis because I would purchase! love my YSL lippies but never liked the eyeshadows. Of course none of that had ANYthing to do with YSL. I say we pelt KL with rancid fat because a) He is terrified of fat b) I’m particularly fond of tomatoes c) I’m rather vindictive! Down with nasty Karl- I mean he only ever imbibes Diet Coke- what has that done to him over the years? He only ever eats sushi as well…

        • Kafka

          18thCenturyFox   See, I’ve had few problems with the eyeshadows. I have about 5 Duos, one of which contains perhaps my favorite brown eyeshadow in a mink brown shade. My absolute favorite palette of ALL time — ever — is an YSL Rive Gauche palette that I use constantly to this day, even though it is well nigh falling apart in terms of the lid, the wells and much more. Yet, after almost 2 decades, the colours are as vibrant, massively pigmented, smooth, silky and lasting as they were the day I got it. In fact, I have had more problems with Chanel’s eyeshadows, and not just because of the differences between the Euro and US formulations.  I also like all the YSL lipsticks I have from him; my absolute favorite pink is from YSL. And the blushes are much better, imo, than Chanel’s on average, in terms of pigmentation, consistency across the line, and blendability.  I think YSL is a massively under-rated brand on the blogs, though maybe that is just an American thing or the blogs that I have read. I have no idea why because price doesn’t prevent massive focus on Burberry, Armani, Guerlain and equally high-end brands, even from bloggers who BUY the products they review. But YSL? Almost never. Whatever the reason, I would give anything to see more reviews of their products.BTW, Karl Lagerfeld and I share a similar Diet Coke addiction but I swear, I’m a nice person! ;)

      • blueraccoon

        18thCenturyFox Does Lagerfeld work with YSL makeup line? I thought he was creative director for Chanel…

        • Kafka

          blueraccoon  He is, hence my confusion too. But perhaps 18thCenturyFox is thinking of the recent YSL/Lagerfeld collaboration for some Olympic special collection. But, to the best of my knowledge, I thought that was almost entirely clothes, so…. <scratches head>

        • Kafka

          blueraccoon He is, hence my confusion too. Chanel and only Chanel. But perhaps 18thCenturyFox is thinking of the recent YSL/Lagerfeld collaboration for that Olympic special collection. Then again, to the best of my knowledge, I thought that was almost entirely clothes, so I’m a bit lost. 

  6. I chose LOVE it just for the picture.  The model looks so retro perfect you would almost swear someone pulled this photo out of the 70′s archives.  I’m not a YSL fan, but much like everyone else I’m guessing, I do have Touche Eclat.  Would love to see some reviews because maybe YSL needs a second look?  But only maybe.. 

  7. Oh and matte lipsticks.. love!  wonder if they have improved their formula??   

    • xamyx

      What was your experience with the formula? I’m asking because of all the lipstick brands and formulas I’ve tried over the years, all across the spectrum, YSL is the *only* one to whichI had an adverse reaction.

      • xamyx It was the weirdest lipstick I have ever tried actually.  The formula would not apply on my lips and felt like a base of thick peely wax with skips and starts.  It balled up on me horrendously.  I was shocked and thoroughly pissed off.  I couldn’t believe it was considered a premium brand.  I actually thought for a moment I had inadvertently received a knock-off.  It was that bad.!!!

        • xamyx

          I did a hair show many years ago, and they used a YSL lipstick on all of us, but I was the only one to react badly. It went on nicely, and it looked great, but it made my lips sooo dry, they actually “burned*. I thought maybe it was in the fragrance, or something, and it actually put me off HE lipstick for several years (I was barely 15 at the time, and my idea of HE was L’Oreal, LOL). Again, I don’t remember the formula, but I remember asking at the end of the day what the lipstick was, and vowed to *never* try YSL again.

        • xamyx I’m so tempted by this red..and from the looks of it, it does have that special something.  I look for that elusive quality as well.  That small hit of this or that which raises the bar and creates something subtly different and makes it special.  But….  The nail enamal is calling my name too and I don’t own a single red polish.  I can’t quite put my fingernail on it..  hmmmm???  *scratches head*..  It could all be so spectacular and I could be walking around with people asking “What IS that lip colour you are wearing” or a brilliant flop accompanied by a WTF was I thinking.

        • xamyx

          I saw swatches on another blog (I was looking for the eyeshadows, which look a bit boring, IMO), and the red is *stunning*. I have an older Revlon shade that seems similar, but I don’t remeber the name. Before my daughter was born, I wore a lot of red or dark, vampy shades, lips & nails, but it just became too high maintenance. Now that she’s a bit more independent, I have more “me” time, so after we get settled in the new apartment, I look forward to pulling out all my reds.

        • xamyx I am really struggling with this one and I want it.  The eyeshadows are ‘meh’ to me too and I’m not interested in either palette.. too muddy and murky.  I put them in my shopping cart from Nordies and sure enough, they cannot ship this product to Canada.  I’m not willing to pay the premium I need to pay to get these here with my usual tricks and shenanigans so I’ve resigned myself to hoping one or both of these products, the lippie and the nail, will be available on eBay at some point.I do not have any children, but I do have a lot of mouths to feed and please know I am not trying to compare the two other than to say, our obligations to our animals comes first.  This means we do not get away very much and so I can understand how this can affect your ‘me’ time.  I think exploring your Reds will be a super way to celebrate the new digs and Fall 2012 and having a little more Me time at your disposal.  Enjoy :)

        • xamyx

          I’ve had pets my entire life, up until 6 years ago, and I compare the two all the time, LOL. An example, I had a cat that would hide my lipstick, now my daughter does (only she says it’s hers). I’ve also had cats that were demanding of my attention, at least now, I can give my daughter a bottle of nail polish, and that will keep her occupied, at least for a little while.

  8. xamyx

    I love the lip color on the model, but unfortunately, I had a horrible experience with YSL lipstick many years ago (it’s the only lipstick that dried, chapped, and/or burned my lips). I don’t know if the same thing would happen now, but at $32, I don’t think I can afford to take a chance.

  9. Nice collection. Now all YSL needs is a matching perfume!  Something mysterious maybe?

  10. Dominique33

    Disappointed by this Fall collection, YSL is becoming a poor taste brand like many others. The nail polish is pretty ( the Vernithèque is really pretty on the whole with bright and classy colours ), the quad is not bad at all but on the whole not classy. Every year I purchase from Chanel, MAC, Nars and sometimes Dior, YSL or many others, this Fall I’ll pass YSL like I did last fall.

    • blueraccoon

      Dominique33 I’m curious what you mean by not classy. To me this doesn’t look all that different from other fall launches I’ve seen, so I’m wondering why this stands out to you and what you mean by “not classy”?

  11. I Luv MU

    Can you tell me what lipstick the modelnis wearing in the promo photo?

  12. Kafka

    I wish I could see more of the collection, especially the matte lipsticks. It’s really hard to judge what this collection will be like based on the photos they’ve included here which really amounts to one coloured product (the nail varnish). I hope you will review some of the stuff because I really like YSL. Definitely like it more than Dior or Chanel, but no-one seems to really talk about it on blogs that I’ve seen. I like their blushes and eyeshadows, their lipsticks depending on formulation, and their La La Laque polishes are my 2nd favorite after NARS. I’m not gaga over the look or styling of the model though, and it’s not just the Kate Middleton or 70s hair. My mental image of YSL’s beauty shoots is always the slicked back hair, bold eyes and strong lips, not this one. Kind of a modernised Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” look. And with that, I’ve now fully dated myself as an old person. LOL. 

  13. Kafka

    I wish I could see more of the collection, especially the matte lipsticks. It’s really hard to judge what this collection will be like based on the photos they’ve included here which really amounts to one coloured product (the nail varnish). I hope you will review some of the stuff because I really like YSL. Definitely like it more than Dior or Chanel, but no-one seems to really talk about it on blogs that I’ve seen. I like their blushes and eyeshadows, their lipsticks depending on formulation, and their La La Laque polishes are my 2nd favorite after NARS. I’m not gaga over the look or styling of the model though, and it’s not just the Kate Middleton or 70s hair. My mental image of YSL’s beauty shoots is always the slicked back hair, bold eyes and strong lips, not this one. Kind of a modernised Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” look. And with that, I’ve now fully dated myself as someone who lived through the 80s. LOL.

    • ShimmerNfaith

      Kafka HAHA you’re right about the Robert Palmer, “addicted to love” look. I dont like this ad. LOL

      • Kafka

        ShimmerNfaith  So it’s not just me?! YSL signature look is always completely Robert Palmer, right? (Clearly, you remember the 80s, too. LOL!)  Personally, I adore the smoldering sexiness of it. Definitely better than what they’ve done here.  

  14. CMG

    The matte lipsticks are FAB! I had to have all three. Smooth finish. Not drying. Deep, rich color. Yum!

  15. blueraccoon

    For some reason the model makes me think they were going for some kind of glamorous cat burglar look, with the all black and the surprised look and the background. I don’t know why, but it amuses me. I also like her makeup. I’m just not sure about the collection; I don’t own anything YSL so I don’t have a baseline.

  16. I am LOVING YSL’s Fall collection–I love the mix of rich red with the gorgeous khaki green. and that cheek palette is to-die-for! 

  17. Pamela

    The model looks like Anais Pouliot from Quebec–a “face to watch” as the mags say.  At least I think it’s her.  She’s cute.

  18. Edith

    Do you know if Sephora will carry this collection?

  19. ak

    I’m in London and I bought one of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats lipsticks which was Mat No. 204 Rouge Scandal and it looks excellent. I’m not one who dresses up with all of my ‘merchandise’ outside for other people’s perusal LOL XD but everywhere I went the men couldn’t get enough of me wearing this lipstick and I was only wearing my everyday clothes, I wasn’t wearing some gown for the Oscars! I never wear tight clothes either. I got fleeting looks, men trying to talk to me, and one cat call.

    I like wearing the Rouge Scandal with my new MAC Auburn lip pencil I bought and they both look great together on me. I’m an NC45 in MAC and a Butterscotch in Fashion Fair.

    To me this lipstick is mostly matte and only slightly satin-y but it’s easy to blot this lipstick to make it more matte and the slight satin-y look wears off with time anyway. It never seems to chap my lips and is comfortable and lightweight. The smell of the lipstick isn’t cloyingly noticeable and it soon goes away, meaning I soon forget the smell of it.

    The original Rouge Pur Couture is good too if you prefer shiny lipsticks, but I prefer matte lipsticks much more so I hope the newer matte ones will be around for a long time actually.

  20. ak

    I tried on the YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in Mat No. 202 Rose Crazy as well but I haven’t bought it just yet but that lipstick’s beautiful too. It’s very matte and looks EXACTLY like the MAC Beet lip pencil to the tee.