YSL Scandal Couture Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an interesting mix of shades that falls short when it comes to quality. The brand may tout the formula as pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof, but this palette really doesn’t work without a solid primer underneath it, as the palette was under-pigmented, shorter-wearing, and dusty in consistency, which made some shades appear even sheerer when blended out than they already were to begin with.

Scandal #1 is a muted, dark olive green with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, but it wasn’t buildable beyond that. The texture was soft and finely-milled but ran dusty, so it was prone to sheering out (which made it appear even softer and more subdued). It lasted for six and a half hours on me before fading noticeably. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Bronx (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Chains (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Amazon #3 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Jade (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek High Tea (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Noir Supreme #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bad Habit Laurel (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Lancome Misty Morning (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Couture (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Scandal #2 is a very light peach with warm undertones and a sparkly, frosted finish. It had very sheer coverage, which was not buildable, and it didn’t improve over primer–the only way for me to work with this one so it would show up on my lid was to use a damp brush. The texture just felt dry and loose in the pan, so it didn’t adhere well or bind together. It started to fade after six hours. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Beige (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Jest (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Vermeer (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (DC, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Grain (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Seduction #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Jewelry (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Saharienne #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Scandal #3 is a muted, dark berry with subtle cool undertones and a satin sheen. The texture was dry and grainy, where some of the color looked chunky (and it wasn’t sparkle!). It had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly, but it was a mess to use as the color sheered out and a lot fell below my lid (after applying–it wasn’t a case of too much being on the brush). The color started to fade after six and a half hours. Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Funtasy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Sunset (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Honeymoon in Hollywood (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). ColourPop Porter (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Sephora Spellbound (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Scandal #4 is a medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to the lid and looked better after a minute or two than it did initially, as the consistency is slightly dusty. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Natasha Denona Bronzage (124K) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). KKW Beauty Bronzy (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duchess (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Sequin (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Roulette (DC, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #27 (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Who Me (DC, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Inglot J339 Copper (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Copper Shimmer (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (Eye Color) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Lightning Bug (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop La-La (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Diva (LE, $4.50) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Scandal #5 is a deep teal with cooler undertones and a satin shimmer. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it wasn’t the easiest shade to blend out; I had the best results when I dabbed it in sheerer layers and built up the color rather than attempting to diffuse the edges a lot. It had nearly opaque color coverage, though, and it wore for a solid eight hours (one of the longest-wearing shades from recent YSL Couture palettes for me). NARS Big Sur (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Blurry Blue #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Python (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Burnout (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (PiP, $29.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pea-cocky (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Rhinestone (LE, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Road Movie #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome My French #8 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make Sure (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Interstellar (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). ColourPop Sporty (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Thrilled (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Scarab (37) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Ganges (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Capri (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette
YSL Scandal Couture Palette

YSL Scandal #1 Couture Eyeshadow
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YSL Scandal #5 Couture Eyeshadow
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YSL Scandal Couture Palette

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Katherine T. Avatar

Very sad but not surprising πŸ™ I’ve only swatched YSL palettes in-store, but was never impressed with their shadow formula -so many of the shadows were sheer, dry, patchy, dusty, fallout city. It’s too bad because the colors just look stunning in the pan, screams fall. I see a lot of high end brands re-formulating their shadows (Dior, Guerlain, even Chanel depending on the kit), so I think sooner or later YSL will need to do the same, which would be great as their color combos are so intriguing

Allison Avatar

a few years ago i picked up 2 ssl eye palettes, and while they are so beautiful and unique in the pan, i could never get them to show up on my eyes. Even though the company has gone through so many reformulations, i always swatch them in store and find them to be the same, poor quality shadows. At this price point its just unacceptable. Especially when you have brands like anastasia, makeup geek, and mac doing really nice shadows at a much more affordable price point

Andrew Avatar

What a disappointment! Looking at the shades I can see at least five really flattering looks you could make with the shades, but if quality isn’t there then it’s pointless. Dang it, YSL. I hope their new highlighting/finishing powder and lip lacquer prove to be better picks.

Mary Avatar

Beautiful packaging, beautiful colors and a beautiful eye look, Christine! It’s such a shame that the quality is so bad; and at $60 for 5 colors(and a luxury brand, to boot)…SMH

Kate Avatar

I feel like YSL hasn’t done nearly as good a job with their limited seasonal palettes as they did with their permanent palettes. I have the permanent palette “Les Sahariennes” and, although the dark colours don’t go on quite as intense as I’d like, it’s so nice on me that I actually get compliments when I’m wearing it. (Most people never comment on neutrals.) And it lasts forever without fading. But I’ve bought a couple of the limited ones and they just don’t have the same quality.

Mo Merrell Avatar

I was disappointed in these when I saw them just for the price alone. I get that it’s higher brand name but for $60 or less one could snag a NAKED, Tarte, Kat Von D, Makeup Geek, etc. Palettes and have way more versatility. My issue with cosmetics is the constant raise in the price for less and less product. I mean look at the little drug store eye shadow stick they give you, I just expect more for my buck on such a name brand because the name alone isn’t getting my money.

You always make the cutest looks whether a product is good or bad.

kjh Avatar

Who can do a good bluey teal and screw up a light peachy beige? That doesn’t make any sense. This is a shame, bec it looks terrific in the pan. Another good example of why we need reviews. Gotta pop for Porter. Check #2 + 3.

Genevieve Avatar

Such a vibrant palette, but an unusual mix of colours. I am not sure how all of these compliment each other. The teal blue and olive colours are my favourites, but I would not buy this palette because all of the other colours I would not use and already have dupes for the teal and olive shades.
Sadly this palette is an underachiever. Shame on you YSL.
By the way Christine, I haven’t received your blog in my inbox.
Thank you for the in depth review and your eye look is beautiful.

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

Pretty colors in the pan. You created a very attractive look but the grades don’t justify a purchase at any price.

El Avatar

Such a shame about the performance – that is a killer combo of shades and I would absolutely use all of them, which is a rarity these days! I might test swatch it myself anyway, since I always use eye primer. But I do wish they would do something about their shadow formula. :+(

Helene Avatar

I really don’t know what to say about this. I found this rather tempting, mostly for that middle colour, the berry one, and then it’s so bad. Pity as it’s such a lovely colour and I can’t get any of the very few dupes.
I’m also a bit confused, have 2 and 3 been mixed up? The description and the dupes doesn’t match. Or is it me, with my otitis and fever πŸ™‚
Lovely eye look. I don’t understand how you manage making not very good products look good. You must have a lot of patience.

Cat Avatar

I’ve had this in and out of my Nordstrom cart ever since I heard about it. I’m glad I didn’t purchase it! I really wish it had performed better, but I’m pretty sure I have close-enough dupes of the shades I like best.

jonirae Avatar

I’m so envious that you can take eyeshadow that you basically hate and still somehow make it look amazing!! I love your multi-color eye looks, but can never replicate them with my clumsy attempts. kudos! πŸ™‚

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