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.

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YSL’s Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo – 10 Smokey Hues to Spice Up Your Night (And Day!)

Earlier in Spring this year, somewhere in the period that my blog started quietening down and I had stopped being so up to date with the beauty industry due to my New Job move, YSL put out two very elegant and beautiful 10 piece eyeshadow palettes.

When those were first launched, obviously I didn’t manage to catch wind of them given how swamped I was with work at that point.

Though of course somehow along the way I caught glimpses of these here and there, some raves and some mentions and it wasn’t till now that I really got to get down and personal with the YSL Couture Variation palettes.

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Of the 2, one is a neutral mix of browns (#1 Nu) that are perfectly safe and pretty, something that will definitely strike a chord with neutral lovers.

The other is the more dangerous sibling – a little dark, a little edgy, with a whole lot of mystery.

Meet, Tuxedo (#2).

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Smokey and edgy aren’t exactly colors that I swear by and go to on a daily basis but I felt in the mood to challenge myself a little where looks are concerned and also because the mix of colors, while intimidating at a glance, are really quite unique and stunning.

Going full out with smokey looks is kind of the name of the game with this palette but it’s not to say that you can’t attempt to tone it down somewhat and put together looks that are fit for day-wear!

Though that of course depends on your personal definition of wear-ability.

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Aren’t those smokey sparkly colors just beautiful?

Let’s have a closer look at them and share a little more on how they feel and swatch!

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I’m not sure what I was expecting with the pigmentation or texture of these shadows but knowing YSL’s penchant for that slightly drier and more translucent eyeshadow formula (perfect for layering but not so ideal for ‘normal’ use), I prepared myself that this palette was going to feel and swatch the same.

Though after giving this palette a quick once-over with swatches (which I’ll get to below), it turns out that all the shades are rather pigmented, creamy and pick up very well on both fingers and brush!

It was a nice surprise indeed after having tested the Rock Resille palette out – again, not that that isn’t nice but it’s got a different purpose!

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So, strong pigmentation and smokey colors, what could be scarier to someone who’s usually more at home with neutrals or softer and easier to throw on colors right?

While I know the Tuxedo palette can be highly intimidating at a glance, after giving this palette a closer look, I’ve realized that the shades can easily be grouped into trios for a better sense of ‘color direction’.

For those who need a little aid to get accustomed to the palette, that is.

And that includes me…

Though you can always mix and match across the ‘groupings’, I thought I would give them a mention too to show you that not all things colorful and smokey are scary.

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So, apart from the one pale bone-white shade on the extreme left of the palette – that functions as a pretty kick-ass and universal brow highlight shade – there are 3 color trios within Tuxedo.

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Of course you can always go across the board with them but if you need a sense of order in chaos, let me break it down for you.

 

The Silver Smokes

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The first trio is what I call the silvery almost-taupes because the shades are definitely silver and neutral in that sense but they’re cool and almost a little taupey at the same time.

Especially so for the deepest shade with a satin finish. It’s more of a charcoal given how dark the color is but at the same time it’s got an ashened hue to it that strikes me as ‘taupe’.

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This trio is that perfect dressy, slightly sexy and smokey but yet not over the top or too intimidating to wear set of colors.

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Wines & Berries

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The next trio would be the cranberry-ish and purple-ish hues where there’s a beautiful darkened champagne (I love this color so so much), a bejeweled deep purple and a mid-tone aubergine shade for a color kick.

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Purples are usually my go-tos if I’m opting for color but still want to keep it a little low-key and easy but these purples amp up the drama so so much due to their smokiness and intense pigmentation that even I was a little surprised at their intensity.

If you ask me, while you could dumb the shades down for the day, I think they’re best worn full-on especially so for that deep dark purple so that the sparkles within can really stand out.

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Blue Sparkly Blue

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The last trio – the smokiest and probably dressiest – seemed the most intimidating to me because I don’t often reach for such deep and dark hues, much less blue hues but as it turns out this Look was a little more wearable for me than the purple variant.

How interesting.

And strangely enough I have more to say about this mix of colors because, just look at that bejeweled blue, beautifully sparkly silver-grey and also the smooth charcoal black shade to help add a little ‘ground’ to the look amidst all that shine.

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This trio is definitely beautiful if you’re up for a smokey blue-hued look and, just like the purples, while these shades can be worn watered down, they’re best packed on for the full complexity of color and sparkles!

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More Snaps & Tools!

Aaaand here are more snaps of the swatches, just because!

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Shadows-aside I thought it would also be nice to give the double-ended brush within a little mention.

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If you ask me it’s nothing much to shout about but it isn’t horrible either. The bristles are synthetic, if I’m not wrong, and it seems like a decent enough brush to use for some quick on-the-go color packing on and blending.

One end of the brush is your regular mildly fluffy paddle shaped brush and the other is a blending brush but not of the fluffy and pouffy variant but the inbetween that works for blending and also for pointed color placement (namely in the outer corner for me).

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Grey Divider

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So… I know ultimately we’re still talking about a palette that’s a tad daunting, a whole lot of smokey and not something everyone is going to reach for on a daily basis. I’m sure there will be a few that lives for smokey eyes everyday but it’s not the vast majority.

Though hear me out, even if you’re tuning out slightly due to the shades within this palette ‘not being up your alley’ because they can be toned down if need be and I guess… you never know when you need to smoke up a look for a night out, right?

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It’s a very pretty and sleek looking good-to-have item, that’s for sure!

I think I’ll let my upcoming looks speak for themselves so stay tuned for some Look Features (with this Tuxedo palette coupled with other YSL Color Items) coming your way real soon!

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I will still say that I highly urge you all to check this out, or #1 Nu out even, because the quality and pigmentation of the shadows are really quite beautiful.

 

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