LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Blue, Sparkly and Smokey!

Now here’s a look that turned out a little differently than I had expected – by that, I mean in a good way.

Blue is not a shade that I reach for very often these days, though at a point of time it was something I liked to use when I wanted a dressier and smokier look for nights out.

It could be that I’m having lesser smokier girly night outs these days or that I’m just toning down on the smokiness in my looks now but while I don’t do blues as often, it’s still something nice to revisit especially because it truly is a color that complements brown eye colors incredibly well.

My attempt this time around is what I would like to call a ‘chicken-ed out’ attempt because I wasn’t too keen on going full out smokey with blues for a day at work – that’s a little too much for me even – but while this toned down look doesn’t capture the prowess of the shades as well, I think it’s still a pretty look no less and one I wouldn’t mind doing up again if I felt up for some drama!

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To prevent the look from being too overwhelming, I dabbed a little of that bone-white shade on the inner corners because I noticed that lightening the inner corners helps with taming a look down even if it’s ever so slightly.

If I extend the smokiness the full way then it usually ends up looking quite ‘intense’ and ‘fierce’.

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I really love how that sparkly grey looks in the pan and it’s a bit of a pity I couldn’t capture it in it’s full sparkly glory by packing it on the lids, and blending so this look is a little more wearable and seamlessly took away from the sparkles, but I hope you can still see the little glitz and glam it holds in some shots!

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Not forgetting the bejeweled shimmers within the blue shade as well!

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For the lips, I instinctively thought to pair it with a cool-tone, pale and icy pink on the cheeks and lips because that’s my go-to when I use blue or cool tones on the lids.

Though I think I’ve shown enough reds and pinks for the YSL mentions thus far and decided to go against the norm a little and pair the smokey cool blue lids with some warm vibrant orange.

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Though making sure the look was still balanced, somehow, I kept the orange sheer and juicy looking instead of being too intense and matte. This way it could add a little translucence to an otherwise strong and smokey look as well.

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I’ll be speaking more about what’s on the lips in an entry to come but just to scrape the surface a little.

While the shade itself swatches as a straight out tangy orange, the wonders of YSL’s Tint in Oil is that your ‘base color’ or rather naturally lip color plays a part in the final outcome that you see and in this case while it’s got obvious peachy and warm orangey hues, the lips still have a nice rosey hue to prevent the eyes and lips from contrasting too much.

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I especially love the watery translucence that the Tint in Oil lends and somehow while in theory it sounds largely similar to YSL’s new Pop Water Glossy Stain, it’s far from that at the same time.

Somehow the Tint in Oils seem to lend a more plushed lip look and a naturally achieved soft gradient to the color that gives a look of ‘rose bud lips’ which is essentially the ombre lip look trend progressing into more natural grounds.

But eitherways, I’ll have more information about the lip products soon so keep a look out for that!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #7

LIPS
YSL Tint in Oil in Crush Me Orange

Grey Divider

So there you go!

The last of the trio groupings but this doesn’t mark the end of my YSL Tuxedo Couture Variation palette features just yet.

Just to add a little more versatility to the mix I had also done up a look that mixes and matches across the groupings and is also something that’s a little more ‘me’ so I can’t wait to share that!

Stay tuned for it and thanks for reading!

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Silver Smokes!

Okie dokes, so here we go with the whirlwind of YSL’s Tuxedo Look Features!

Which okay, there really isn’t a whole lot because I’m only planning for 4 – one for each trio and also a mix and match option that’s a bit more ‘my style’ – but it’s going to be a bit of a consecutive run so…

Let’s go!

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The first look features the smokey silver trio which I would say is the most wearable and easiest to pull off, by my standards.

I feel silvers and smokey taupes are the perfect go-tos when you want something a little dressy but not overly dramatic or tricky to pair.

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Of course the tricky bit is the smokey portion, blending that out and making sure it’s not too smokey (unless that’s your thing) but I feel compared to color variants of smokey looks, Silvers are considered easy-peasy!

I did a bit of color placement and labeling just so you know what which color went!

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I can’t fully capture the soft sparkles the silver (inner corner) and sparkly grey (middle of the lids) lends but I did try to and I hope that it translate a little at least!

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For the rest of my face, here are the YSL pieces that I thrown on, from base to cheeks and lips.

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I’m having a bit of a love affair with YSL’s Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation so you’re going to see it pop up on here quite a bit, don’t mind that.

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Adding a little more color to the shimmery, silvery and smokey look, I opted to be a little playful and pop up some pinks / fuchsia. Though if you prefer a more classic look you can always pair this eye look with a creamy and rich red lip and that would work just fine.

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Heck, you can even go with a nude lip if that’s your thing and you would be able to rock it too.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen in Shade 2.5 (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #9

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Fuschia

Grey Divider

And that’s that, Look 1 done and 1 trio down!

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Next up, we’ll have a look at the wines within YSL’s Tuxedo Couture Variation palette and I’m going to say that these are intense with a capital I so stay tuned for that!

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

Swatches: YSL Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette (from Fall 2014)

I’m going to be really quick with throwing this entry up because, who knows how long this palette is going to stay in stock for!

Incase you haven’t heard, this is YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette, or also known as the Leather Fetish Palette, from YSL’s Fall 2014 (Leather Fetish) Collection.

See, the problem with having both an authentic French collection name and an English translated name (to cater to the masses) is having about a million and one renditions to the way people refer to the product.

This little guy also goes by Fetiche Couture, fyi.

I fell in love with this palette at first sight and I feel that this is the perfect way that Limited Edition should be done.

You get glamour from the sleek gold trims, you get some punk and edginess from the contrasting soft leather surface, you get smokey from the beautifully deep shades while still getting wearability from the soft shimmer in the champagnes and browns to balance everything out.

It is absolutely perfect, which is also why I was surprised to find out (about early last week) that this palette was still in stock at our YSL boutique! I can’t say if it’s still there right now but I would urge you to hurry down (or call) to find out!

Before I plonk on more words, let’s take a moment to admire the beauty that is YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette.

If your only impression of YSL’s Eyeshadow standards are from before their range revamp then let me say, put what you know aside. After YSL had reformulated and relaunched their eyeshadow palettes, they have been nothing but an absolute beauty to work with.

I don’t own any from the normal range to talk about but I will pick one (or some) up eventually given that I do have my eye on a few of them. But those are permanent so they can wait.

This one right here though is not and it is such a perfect combination of colors that I am a little surprised they didn’t pop a combo like such into their permanent line up. It is sexy, sultry yet mature and wearable all at the same time, while being decked out with leather.

That’s some killer combo right there!

So, as we were saying… the eyeshadows are smooth to the touch. Not to the point of being creamy but even for the shades with some shimmer strewn in, they didn’t feel gritty.

Some fall out did occur with the lightest champagne shade of the bunch but that is due to the more prominent flakes of shimmer for a particular effect, no biggie to me.

The pigmentation was also pretty awesome and if anything, these reminded me of Lancôme-style eyeshadows. They are nicely pigmented, enough to stand alone yet still effortlessly blend together without looking like a one-tone muck of color. The pigmentation is decent without being overly intense that the shadows are too difficult to work with / needs more precision and time.

I also appreciate the different eyeshadow textures and how they have played around with the shimmers within Palette Fétiche. Hence, like I had said earlier, if you’re a fan of smokey shades, neutrals or just totally suckered by how gorgeous this is, then you NEED it.

Yes. Need.

It is the perfect Limited Edition, and here’s another photo to show you why ;)

Enough of me yabbering about it, I’ve said my piece so if you’re curious about this gorgeous piece, then do drop by YSL to check this out and bring it home with you! It is Limited Edition so don’t hesitate!

The rest of the Fall 2014 collection is absolutely beautiful too, so give that a look while you’re at it. It is perfect pieces for you to channel your inner-rockstar, especially when it’s all sweater-weather of late. I think it’s not too awkward to be busting out your hoodies and leather jackets!

I’ll be good and post looks on it soon but I just felt I had to do a quick shoutout on here becuase talking about it on my instagram alone (and neglecting a mention on my blog) felt like I was betraying this space. Funny, I know.

So here you go, a quick mention but do check back or follow me on my instagram for looks to come using this sexy palette!

Thanks for reading!

Do you have this palette already? Are you planning on getting it?

 

YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition and available at YSL counters island-wide. I’m not sure of the price, sorry about that!

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Not that Crazy over Crazy Paris

This look probably doesn’t matter a whole lot because the product featured isn’t exactly available anymore (unless you try evil-bay, maybe?) but I guess it’s just as well since it’s not a raving review or look either.

I had given mention to some of Guerlain’s holiday products but skipped out the Crazy Paris Eye Palette because I just wasn’t feeling it.

Some of the colors were quite lovely and as a whole the palette was pleasing to admire and collect but it just isn’t an ideal palette for me, for the looks I do.

Though I can imagine expert hands (or gorgeous eye features) working this well.

I think there is just about a few ways to go with this palette so it looks fine and maybe this approach is just a big no-no but heck, I shall post it anyway.

What not to do with the Crazy Paris Eye Palette? Heh.

  1. I first applied the grey all over my lids, wanting to use it as a ‘base color’ for the lighter shades – probably a big mistake. The grey was a little hard to work with and didn’t apply smoothly / evenly on.
  2. Then I dabbed some hot pink the centre of my lids for a pop
  3. Followed by the copper-brown (most gorgeous color in this palette, I find) in the outer half
  4. For my brow bone highlight, I used the pale yellow champagne shade blending it a little way down

Looking back, I think sans grey, this would be quite a decent look otherwise.

If you’d like to see the Crazy Paris Eye Palette in better light, I think Karen (of Makeup and Beauty Blog) did a pretty good job with her very spring-esque look !

I’ll admit mine is far from a desirable color combination and I thought it was just me but Teri (of Bellachique) had the same sentiments I did – this palette sure makes for a bit of a cray cray eye look if you’re up for it!

Did you pick this piece up? What are your thoughts about this unusual combination?

Thanks for reading!