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

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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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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

Look Feature: Rosey Rock Resille… Resplendence?

Okay I know, that’s one cheesy as cheese title but it’s the best alliteration I can come up with right now with the mild word block / writing block that seems to be make it’s presence known once in awhile.

I believe it’s the stress of a lot of things happening and while this YSL thingamajig I’m taking on is huge, it’s also enjoyable and a bit of a fun thing to do inbetween all the hectic-ness so I’m not complaining about the huge scope of it. I only hope it ends up as enjoyable, interesting and fun for you guys!

 

So, getting started on this YSL journey (of sorts), I have a look for you all, featuring my take on the YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette that I had spoken in detail about here.

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As mentioned in the product rundown entry, my typical eyeshadow placement isn’t going to do the shadows here much justice because these shades are all about layering and blending to give the eye-look some complexity with the translucent base colors and beautiful shimmers within.

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For me, I usually go with the ‘gradiented’ look which still works, definitely, but more time and effort will be involved in making the colors show up better.

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It could also be because I’m ensuring they show up well enough to be captured on camera but for a day to day setting, while yes I will still agree they end up a little more faint after blending, it’s sufficient hues of colors and some sparkles for a day look.

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So that’s the rundown of what’s on the eyes.

While I’m at it, let me spotlight a little on what other bits and pieces of YSL I have on the rest of my face – namely the color products which cover the cheeks and lips, as well as the base.

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The Fusion Ink foundation is slowly becoming a huuuuge love of mine. I’ll share about this really soon too so hang tight!

On the cheeks and lips, I’ve decided to go with a contrasting yet still complimentary flush of pink on the cheeks and something a little bit more orange in tone on the lips.

Yet both share a similarity of being warm and red-hued once on the skin so it all works out!

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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 Palette in Rock Resille
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 08

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Orange 13

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So here’s my take on the beautiful and rosey hued Rock Resille palette – a nice little twist on rock and a nice hue of color while keeping it all neutral and soft.

I would have liked to do a couple more looks, attempt a layered and blended one perhaps, but given how this may or may not be currently available, I think I shouldn’t be too much of a tease right now.

Perhaps down the road I might revisit this palette again if I muster up a way to layer the shadows well enough to do them justice. As you all know, things that show up on my blog will re-surface again because when I use and love makeup, I really use and love them and not feature it solely for the sake of.

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Alrightey, that said, thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow me on instagram too (if you haven’t already) to keep up with my 30 Days of YSL!

 The YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition

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Rock Out With Lace & Polka Dots with YSL’s Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette

Hey guys!

Starting off my 30 Days of YSL series with a (pretty) bang, here’s a look at a Limited Edition piece – the Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette!

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Though the truthful reason I’m popping this up first is because the Rock Resille collection has been out at the YSL boutique for a little while now and I can’t be sure of the availability but last I checked (which was also almost 2 weeks ago), stocks were still in!

If this gorgeous 5 color piece has caught your eye (be it the colors or the palette), I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you that it’s still available!

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So, the Rock Resille collection

Now this one is a miniature little number that sees a release of said Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette and also a Collectors Edition Touche Eclat.

I love it when they roll out the Collectors Editions because they’re always so pretty and it’s nice that the iconic Touche Eclat isn’t forgotten amidst all the new YSL innovations and it gets a revamped wardrobe every time there are quirky packaging releases as such.

For Rock Resille, contrary to the ‘rock’ element in this collection’s name, the overall look and feel of this capsule release is girly, dainty, sexy and a touch whimsical.

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There’s fishnet (which I like to refer to as Honeycomb actually, ha), polka-dots and an air of sophistication as those elements are printed on the classic and sleek YSL gold case, complete with a little raised bubble of epoxy.

That last bit is so technical and uncool sounding, I know, but trust me that raised little clear bubble gives a nice tactile finishing touch amongst all that cool, sleek and metalic edges of the palette.

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So that’s that for the outside and if that isn’t enough to catch your eye and tempt you towards the palette, the inside is a bit of a done-deal for most because instead of going smokey and couture (which usually leaves people wondering a little on how practical a palette is), YSL decided to seduce with some rosey hued bare neutrals.

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The shades also contain a nice mix of textures from the mildly shimmery to satin-mattes and have a good variation of tones to them, making it easy to envision which color would go where in your preferred eyeshadow placement method.

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For me, it’s pretty straightforward – with one look I can tell which would be the brow-bone shade I would use, the all-overlid, the lid transition and the shades to go into the outer corner. Depending on how like you to do your eye looks, it’s probably as straightforward for you too.

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Texture-wise, these shadows aren’t the creamiest of the crop, I’ll admit but they do swatch quite nicely on.

They’re a little reminiscent of the older YSL formula, actually, even though they’re housed in the new YSL eyeshadow layout and probably incorporate some of the newer eyeshadow technology that YSL had rolled out last year.

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By stating that this is similar to the older formula, I mean that in the sense that these shadows seem to carry that same certain quality of translucence to it that allows it to have a prominent base color but also a way for it to by layered and blended on top of each other without getting muddied up.

The older YSL eyeshadows often received flak for being a bit too ‘blendable‘ if you were attempting to wear the shades individually and prominently. In actuality, the true beauty of YSL shadows (then, at least and with the case of Rock Resille) is blended and layered atop one another for an intriguing base shade and complex shimmers.

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Yet that is a skill that not everyone is capable or patient enough for and definitely a look I can’t master so I do use the shadows like how I typically would and that is good enough yet when put that way, it does lack a little something compared to the usual shadows that have a stronger base color and are made to be used side by side, lightly blended into each other.

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So long story short, while the Rock Resille eyeshadow shades do swatch quite nicely on their own (on the hands at least), I have noticed that if you’re wearing them on the eyes in the typical shadow placement – inner corner, outer corner and all – you may have to go in and dab some color on after blending to enhance their individual prominence once more.

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It’s still a beautiful end product, no doubt, but a little more work is involved for sure.

Though that’s a lot of talk without any demo so, stay tuned for my Look Feature of this palette coming up real soon!

 

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In the meanwhile, if you’re intrigued by this rosey and shy neutral beauty, do head on down to give it a swatch and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it’s still in stock!

Thanks so much for reading!

The YSL Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$95 and is Limited Edition

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YSL x Icyabstract’s 30 Days of YSL!

So here you have it, the cat is finally out of the bagggg!

The big project – okay, maybe not ‘big‘ – rather, the exciting project that I have been hinting and murmuring about in the last few entries is finally here!

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Yes, 30 Days of YSL , which also means 30 days of me! Across the span of this blog-space and also my Instagram!

While I had the option of spreading my focus and Instagram more through the days, I wanted to take this time to put up YSL mentions and showcase as much as I can, or rather I know, about the brand and the best way to showcase it all is through blogging!

Granted I will be the first to say that I’m not a walking YSL encyclopedia and I feel a lot of what I know of the brand is recently learnt through interactions with the brand peeps over the last few years.

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If it hadn’t been for this very intimate meetings and chats with the brand people from YSL, I probably wouldn’t have learnt about the stories, ideas and also purposes behind these products. I would likely be your usual consumer (nothing wrong with that of course) that primarily sees the brand as flashy, high-fashion, incredibly edgy and maybe a little intimidating in that very couture way.

I may not have noticed the intimate details of how YSL’s skincare contains very soothing and skin loving ingredients so people with sensitive skin can embrace the effective active ingredients within and nourish their skin at the same time.

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I also wouldn’t have known that YSL’s products constantly seek innovation and the brand is continually reinventing themselves. I know much is every brand out there but a lot of what YSL puts out is usually the first, or one of the first, of the market and sometimes a very gutsy venture too.

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Way back in the day, who would have thought to put high pigment, a rich glossy shine and a lasting staining effect together in a Glossy Stain, right?

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Pigments were reserved for the creamy mattes and glossiness reserved for sheer and translucent so their ever innovating mindset is so intriguing and I certainly can’t wait to share about it.

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Of course technicalities aside, because few like reading chunks of words, I’ll also be showcasing what you all want to see and know which is colors, looks, reviews and of course all things visual!

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I’ll also be putting content up regularly on my Instagram (where I am a little more regular actually but I’m trying to put in a tad more effort!) so you can check over there as well! Follow me on there if you haven’t already ;)

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Okay, I’m going to cut this loooong introductory post short because there’s really no purpose in having it too lengthy.

My point was to have an official kickstart mention to this 30 Days of YSL thingy that I’m doing and properly introduce it incase you start wondering what’s up with me spamming YSL non-stop all of a sudden.

I will admit that 30 Days seems like quite a feat, and it is so I really hope to get it down flat without any hiccups. I’ve even planned my content way ahead but you know me and my erratic schedules. Fingers crossed though!

Meanwhile here are some quick snaps from a makeover I had done by the lovely and incredibly talented YSL Makeup Artist Zona (at the ION boutique).

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It was also then that I got to ask a whole truckload of questions and learn about products I was uncertain about, a nice introductory to this campaign and I’ve definitely picked up some tips, tricks and information that I’m excited to share!

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So that’s about it for today, I’m wrapping this up here and saying stay tuned for exciting and non-stop entries to come! :)