YSL Pure Chromatics No. 8

Thursday, May 15, 2014
 Good evening! I posted a look using this quad earlier this week and I figured that I would post my review as soon as I photographed the swatches. I recently bought the YSL Pure Chromatics No. 8 while shopping for presents. To be honest, Yves Saint Laurent is not a brand that I frequently look to, as the flashy gold packaging is a huge turn off for me. I think I have one other blush that was gifted to me and that's about it. That bright gold mirror-like surface collects fingerprints all too easily and it drives me a bit bonkers (perhaps this is why I'm very partial to matte black packaging).

What really attracted me to this quad was the copper color in the lower left hand corner. It's hard to get a good shot of it but it is relentlessly sparkly, chock full of micro glitter. Actually all four shades in this quad are either super shimmery or sparkly. It's not really a quad I would wear by itself (and thus probably not one of those makeup items that I would take while traveling) as I prefer a matte color for the brow bone. The formula is nice though, it doesn't kick up a lot of powder and even with all the sparkle, these shades blend pretty well.

Here I swatched each shade dry and wet, both over bare skin. The pigmentation is decent but wearing it wet really transforms these shades from boring, commonplace high end makeup colors to colors that really pack a punch.

This view shows off the sparkles better. The white color has this sort of diamond dust effect going on. The peachy color looks are cooler when worn wet and you can see how the amplified the two darkest shades become. 

Just to drive the point home, here's one look using the colors dry. Lighter sand color all over the lid and the khaki color close to the lash line. (Try to ignore the fact that the pics were taken in different lighting).

 And using the colors wet. White color in inner corner, copper on the lid and sand to blend out. (You saw this EOTD a couple days ago).

 I'll be honest, I usually don't care for products that have to be used wet (especially since they are often baked metallic colors) mostly because going in and blending areas can get messy if part of the eye is wet and part of it is dry, but this copper color... it's worth it. I like this shade so much that it makes me reconsider my stance on YSL's packaging. I want more sparkle like this.

YSL Pure Chromatics are $55 and can be purchased at departments stores such as Nordstrom.

How do you feel about YSL cosmetics in general? Any favorites that I should try out?

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