Oct 02 2015

YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Review


Collecting limited edition Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow palettes is becoming a thing for me, I think. It all started with the Heartbeats Edition palette back in March and continued with the more recent Metal Clash palette released for Fall/Autumn 2015. The latest member of the family is this gorgeous Nordstrom exclusive YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette.

YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Review

Nordstrom says: Get the latest rock-chic look with Yves Saint Laurent Black Addiction Couture Palette, featuring a new harmony of shades sprinkled with glitter and diamond dust.

The inspiration behind this palette is the infamous YSL Black Opium fragrance, and specifically the Eau de Toilette (EDT) version. This influence is clearly reflected in the palette’s design which is characterized by a luxurious black sparkling compact featuring pink and golden glitter. Unlike past limited edition palettes, there is no plastic resin covering the sparkling coating so you get the full effect. Isn’t it a stunner? Let’s be real: half the reason I purchased this is for the packaging.

YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Review
YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Review

The YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette definitely feels very Fall/Autumn like in composition. In addition to design, the shadows themselves attempt to capture the “Black Opium” essence with the inclusion of one matte blackened brown shade complimented by shimmering shades in golden and pink hues.

YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Review
YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Swatches

In keeping with my general experience with the formula of the YSL couture palettes, the shadows are extremely soft and creamy. The matte shade was a little patchy when swatched but applied beautifully on the eye. Lasting power was great (all day without creasing). I combined all five shadows in this eye look below which, like the palette itself, was inspired by the Black Opium bottle.

YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Review
YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette Eye Look

The YSL Black Addiction Couture Palette retails for $60.00 USD and, as mentioned, is a Nordstrom exclusive. In the United Kingdom it can be found (and I think is exclusive to) Debenhams and retails £45.00.





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  1. The packaging and the colours are rich and classy.

  2. That palette looks amazing, what a gorgeous packaging! I really like the the shades, they are so pretty and you created a beautiful look! x

  3. The packaging is amazing, but I´d never use it, so I´ll refrain from a purchase. I have bought way too many things already just because they look pretty.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on October 2, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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    It looks amazing! The make you did with it is beautiful, very dramatic – very Black Opium. I don’t know if I could pull off that burgundy, reddish shadows usually look terrible on me :/

    • Silke Laura on October 3, 2015 at 5:02 am
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    Gotta love limited edition YSL! 😉 I was eyeing this one up the other day because I loved its colour scheme. And the quality seems superb as usual ofcourse. Gorgeous look you created. The yellow would make a gorgeous transition shade on me. Im trying to stay clear from smaller palettes for now, since I’m trying to invest in some bigger ones.

  4. Ohh, this palette is gorgeous. I love everything about it, the shades and packaging. I think I can pull off the shades, it’s very earthy which goes well with my skin tone. I wonder how much it is in CAD.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  5. Stunning packaging!! The look you created is fab! xx


  6. Well would you look at that packaging, it’s just beautiful and so glitzy. Love the shades too, they are perfect for the time of year x

    Beauty with charm

  7. Such a gorgeous packaging! YSL have the prettiest limited edition palettes 🙂 The shades inside are gorgeous and the look you created with them is beautiful! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  8. Oh, I love it! Beautiful shades.

  9. I love love love the packaging on this!! And the shades inside are equally appealing – perfect for a wintery smokey eye 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

  10. Seriously but how stunning is the glitter packaging! That is enough to make me drool over this lovely product <3 & I addddore the shadows they are perfection! <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  11. Perfect colours for fall time


  12. Whoa, look at those swatches. For some reason I wasn’t expecting huge color payoff, but I do love that. Also thank you to YSL for continuously bringing us glamorous packaging! Love it.


  13. Why do you do these things to me? Holy smokes is that a pretty palette! I still don’t have any YSL in my life and you keep reminding me that I need to change that. Those swatches are too pretty. Lovely look too! And I’m really digging those product photos. 🙂

  14. Pretty palette but as usual, I find myself only liking a couple of the shades; when it’s a trio or a quad I can live with that, but any time you’re looking at more than 4 shades, then the % like vs not like seem to not warrant a purchase! In this palette I really like the 2 left side shades: the light taupe and the shimmering pink. 🙂

    • Jen on October 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm
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    I saw your pin on Pinterest of this and all I could think of how lovely it looks. I’m adding it to my wish list! 🙂

  15. Wow! This looks absolutely fab! You always tempt me getting high end makeup 😀

    • shaimaa on October 12, 2015 at 2:25 am
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    Love these shades , would be amazing for special occasions…

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