Review: YSL Couture Palette in No. 04 Saharienne
Monday, July 21, 2014
Thanks to a kind friend, I ordered one of the new YSL Couture Palettes last week from Bergdorf's. There's so many beautiful color combinations but what did I get? A fairly cool neutral palette. No. 4 Saharienne. I think it looks vastly different from the stock pictures on the Sephora website - take a look:
|image from Sephora|
The first three colors were very sheer, the peach shade was the worst offender.
Even with primer, the shimmery peach is a bit patchy and sheer. Which is really just too bad because since you get more peach than any other shade, I am of the opinion that it should be fantastic. The other shades are much improved, especially my favorite shade in this palette- that dusty lavender tinged soft grey shimmer.
Now since I've only owned one other YSL palette (and that was with the old wet/dry formulation) and I haven't tried all the new palettes to see if the quality varies from palette to palette, I can't definitively state which formula is better. No. 4 Saharienne's shadows feel more finely milled (but then again, the other palette I had contained completely different finishes - four very sparkly/glittery shades) and quite smooth. The three darker shades glide on the skin like silk.
I didn't think that the colors blended particularly well, but mostly because four of the shades (excluding the darkest brown, which is nearly matte with a few lonely sparkles) all had a high sheen/micro shimmer finish. Don't get me wrong, I love sparkle like you would not believe - but in this case I found that the high shimmer shades were just not flattering and really aged my eye lids. The high sheen just really emphasized uneven lid texture and highlighted every micro wrinkle. To their credit, the shadows were fairly long wearing though.
As the case with my first YSL palette, I don't think that this palette is a good ready-to-wear, all inclusive palette. Unlike the Pure Chromatics No. 8 palette, I'm not willing to use this palette in a deconstructed fashion. The colors are not unique or attractive enough to warrant it and the sheerness of the peach shade is just a bummer.
I'm pretty glad that I didn't dig into my palette and went to the counter first! Though this palette just didn't suit me. I'm not writing off all the new Couture Palettes... just this one.
YSL Couture Palettes new for 2014 are $60 each.
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