YSL Couture Palette #2 Fauves Swatches & Review

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The latest eyeshadow addition to the designer beauty and makeup line by Yves Saint Laurent is the Couture Palettes. Available in 11 colour variations, each palette contains a base shade, a highlighter shade and 3 signature colours to use as you wish. I have been playing with YSL Couture Palette #2 Fauves which includes darkened neutral shades. Wear them all, or wear just 3. I have created a look using all 5 shades and my review tells you if you should fork out the cash for this smoky, neutral palette.

Review Packaging of YSL Couture Palette #2 Fauves

  • Like all YSL Beauty products, this palette comes packaged in a signature gold cardboard box. On the rear of the box, there is a diagram that shows you which colours are the matte base (B), illuminator/highlighter (H) and matte colours (1, 2, 3). This can be used as a guide for inexperienced makeup enthusiasts or you can put whichever colour you like wherever you like. Enclosed in the box is a guide that gives you options to create signature YSL eye looks.
Enclosed in the box is a guide that gives you options to create signature YSL eye looks.
  • The eyeshadows are enclosed in a shiny, reflective gold plastic compact that measures approximately 6cm x 8cm. The signature YSL logo is embossed on the face. It’s rather lightweight but looks expensive, worth the money spent for a high-end product. Unfortunately, the shiny casing does mark easily and fingerprints make it look messy but wipe clean easily with a soft cloth. The reflection is so clear you can practically use it as a mirror but there is also a full-size mirror attached inside the compact, beneath the lid. The compact clicks closed securely and I never found it to open accidentally when thrown around in my makeup bag.
The signature YSL logo is embossed on the face. It’s rather lightweight but looks expensive.
The signature YSL logo is embossed on the face. It’s rather lightweight but looks expensive.
  • Aside from the 5 shadows, there is also a liner brush and a double-ended sponge applicator (one rounded and one-pointed). I don’t use these applicators because they are just too stubby to give you control of placement. I would only recommend using these in emergencies and sticking to full-size makeup brushes when possible.

Let’s get into detail

  • Each colour eyeshadow has a mostly uniform texture. The powders are firm but once you break into them they get a little softer.
  • The pigment is sheer to medium on the base and the 3 colours, which leave a matte to semi-satin finish.
Swatches - YSL Couture Palette #2 Fauves
Swatches – YSL Couture Palette #2 Fauves
  • The highlighter has a good dose of silver micro shimmer which leaves a pearl finish, but the colour payoff is minimal. I really like this for the inner corners of the eye.
  • Despite being powders, I found these shadows stayed-put for far longer than most powders do on my eyes. I have dry skin so I can’t comment whether this would be the case for those with oily lids, but I did get a good 10hrs+ before any fading occurred, and that was without any primer.
  • The eyeshadows apply smoothly to and blend somewhat easily, but I’m no expert blender so for me, it’s always a little difficult than others may find it.
  • Using a wet brush didn’t seem to make a difference to colour pay-off or the duration of wear.
  • I like the mix of shades and other than the highlighter I was happy to mix and match the shades to create different looks. I find the highlighter really can only be used as a highlighter because of the lack of colour.

What Yves Saint Laurent say ….

Create Eyes like a work of art with our Couture Palette. The intense colour is long-wearing, crease-proof and available in 11 matte and satin shades. Our formula includes a high concentration of pearls and pigments and a network of transparent powders that result in a long-lasting complex for optimal hold. This smooth even blend finish is crease resistant for up to 12-hour hold. The result is pure, intense colour in 11 stunning palettes.

 

 

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