YSL Taupe Drop, Aquatic Copper, Dewy Gold Full Metal Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, purpled taupe with a hint of brown and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and it didn’t seem too watery whenever I tried getting color off of the applicator (because the formula has been finicky, I did ten pulls and swatches to check for consistency). This shade applied more smoothly, and I think it is because the finish is smoother–more pearled/stronger sheen–than frosted or sparkling, so it didn’t thicken on the lid. I still think application is best with a separate brush, as the doe foot really doesn’t provide control or precision at all (contrary to what they may market it as). It lasted for ten hours (out of the 16 claimed), which is good wear in the grander scheme of things but does fall short based on the description. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker, powder. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, powder. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, powder. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is darker, powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is purpler, warmer, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned bronze brown with copper and gold sparkle. It had a more frosted, textured finish, and it was watery yet dried down to a more uneven, flaky finish that was difficult to blend without lifting parts of the actual color (you can see how it blending in the crease caused it to lift in the photos below). It was consistently watery more often than not, and I highly recommend using a brush to apply, as it will soak up some of the excess water before it hits your eyelid, which will give you better color payoff and more even application. I had large chunks of the product flaking off within six hours of wear; I was beyond disappointed in this one. Tarte Pretty (LE) is darker, powder. Too Faced Frosting (P, $16.00) is a powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is powder. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less sparkly, powder. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less sparkly, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less sparkly. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is ligher, powder. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is powder. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. This shade was very watery, and it never seemed to have much of a base color. I tried to layer and build up the color, but it was always on the semi-sheer side. I didn’t have flaking issues, at least, though it was creased within eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE) is darker, powder. LORAC Unlimited (P) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is a powder. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is a powder. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is a powder. Stila Vitality (P) is darker, powder. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is a powder. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less yellow, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow
Dewy Gold (inner lid), Aquatic Copper (middle of lid), Taupe Drop (outer lid)

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow
Dewy Gold (inner lid), Aquatic Copper (middle of lid), Taupe Drop (outer lid)

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Oh yikes, can’t believe the F scores on the other 2 πŸ™ I’m going to get Taupe, I like that it isn’t too warm, too dark, or too frosty. I have Giorgio Armani Shadow, but it’s more gray than taupe. And 10 hours is not bad – since I use primer and usually put a powder shadow on top, I can probably stretch the wear time even more. And if it doesn’t hold up on my oily lids, I will return.

Phew! I was surprised now to see these eventually launch at Sephora, since Neiman Marcus has had them for a week or so now.

I regretfully purchased the copper shade without seeing your review first and of course regret it. It is horrible. Thankfully, Nordstrom will let me exchange it for a better performing color. In the future, I’ll think I’ll stick with YSL lipsticks and glosses.

I’m so tired of “luxury” brands making utter junk like this and then slapping a gigantic price tag on it when drugstore stuff performs better. Just goes to show it’s mostly hype and marketing…quality is waaaay down the list of priorities. ColourPop does better eyeshadow for $5!

They definitely do! Though Giorgio Armani’s liquid eyeshadows are really amazing overall (a few less impressive shades exist in the range, though), so I was really hoping for more here πŸ™

Go figure — I normally buy in 3s and test first, and if things are decent/interesting, more, but bought all of them this time around. Should have waited that one out, LOL!

Not gonna lie I’m very disappointed in how horrible aquatic copper looks T.T It looks so pretty in the tube.

I think I’ll have to get Taupe Drop – it looks like the perfect shade of taupe (how many dozen times have I said THAT?) F for the other 2 – very sad, especially at this price point and from this company.

Taupe Drop is really gorgeous. I’m glad it performed well as it is the one I might think of buying, should I win the lottery.
YSL should be ashamed, putting the other ones on the market, I think.

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