8 March 2016


Another product that I received just before our little baby ended up in hospital for 4.5 months and I consequently did not have the concentration or time to write about, was the beautiful Yves Saint Laurent Couture Variation Eye Palette.

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette came in two different combinations, each containing 10 different shades, Nude and Smokey. I put the Nude, or Nu as it is also called, palette to the test.

The palette contains shades in all imaginable finishes from matte to metallic, from satin to iridescent, and range from a very light nude to a dark chocolate brown hue. And in between there are shades of peach and rose, beiges, mauves, you name it, all shades necessary for a nude eye is simply in this palette, so you can both shape line the eyes with the darker shades, and add volume as well as highlight brow bone and inner corner with the lighter shades. All in addition to making it possible to play with the different finishes in the palette.

In short, the perfect palette for someone like me who more or less wears nothing but beige and brown shades, so with this palette, every single shade is sure to be used, which makes is great value compared to those palettes where there are always a few shades left untouched. 

And the actual eye shadows are a dream to work with too, easy to apply, whether you just want a simple delicate wash of colour, or want to build it up to a more intense dramatic look. Anything is possible with this palette as the it is so pigmented, and therefore it is also equally suited to both day or nigh-time wear.

The shadows have a good wear too, and even on my greasy lids stay put all day without sliding or fading, or settling into fine lines.

According to YSL, the NU palette "works in a gradient of nudes upwards like the notes of a musical scale growing crescendo to include beige, bronze and deep brown. Discrete or provocative. For a day look or a more sophisticated evening one, mix and match or wear the eye shadows on their own as washes".

The Eye Palette comes in a simplistic yet stunning long simple black glossy case with a gold centre bearing the YSL logo. On the inside of the lid, you'll find a full sized mirror. There is also quality double-ended applicator inside the palette, to help you both line and blend the eye shadow to achieve the perfect look.

Not a cheap palette, but again, at such a high quality, and as you will actually use EVERY SINGLE SHADE in the palette, it is absolutely worth every cent. Highly recommended.

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Variation Palette RRP $129

* Some products may have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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