Feb 20 2016

YSL Chinese New Year Palette (2016) Review & Swatches


I’m a huge fan of Yves Saint Laurent beauty. I basically collect the YSL couture eyeshadow palettes. I purchased the YSL Chinese New Year palette released last year. I was born in the Year of the Monkey. Was there any doubt in your minds that 2016 palette would be mine as well? Probably not.

YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches

YSL says: Create a YSL signature look using warm pink and beautiful taupe eye shadow shades for an illuminated look. YSL wishes you a lucky start to the New Year. Celebrate the year of the monkey: a year of ambition and charm. Inspired by handcrafted metal work, this glamourous limited edition gold palette is reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent’s appreciation for bringing artwork to life.

The 2016 YSL Chinese New Year palette (or Gold Lust palette) is basically the #7 Parisienne couture palette from the permanent collection housed in limited edition packaging. So if you already own that one, it might not be worth it to get this one just for the pretty packaging (or it could be, depends on your perspective). Luckily, I didn’t already own Parisienne. Now I get to have it in this pretty compact which, as YSL says, is reminiscent of gold metal work.


YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches


As you see, it is a beautiful composition of taupes, plums and pinks.  All shades have some level of shimmer. Clockwise starting with the upper left there is a satin/shimer neutral taupe, a satin brownish plum, a cool frosty white, a satin/shimmer pale pink and a satin rosy taupe (this is probably my favorite shade).


YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches

YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Swatches (Flash)


YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches


YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches

YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Swatches (No Flash)


You guys know the drill. I really enjoy the formula of couture palettes. The shadows have an extremely soft and creamy texture and decent pigmentation. Yes, there aren’t really any mattes in these palettes but I don’t mind that. Here are all five shadows worn on the eyes:


YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches
YSL Chinese New Year Palette 2016 Review Swatches


Using the eye shadows in the palette alone, you’ll end up with a fairly soft eye look as the plum shade is not very dark. This might not appeal to some who prefer something deeper for the outer crease. However, I think the look is quite delicate and sophisticated.


The limited edition YSL Chinese New Year palette retails for $60.00 USD. You can find it at YSL Beauty, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.





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  1. Now this looks riiiiiiiiiight up my street! Beautiful! xx


  2. Really wearable palette! Even without a matte, it all works and isn’t a disco ball.

  3. Love the look! And I love the shades, so pretty.

  4. It is a really nice look, but wow, collecting YSL palettes sounds like an expensive hobby for sure.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  5. Both the packaging and the colours look amazing.

  6. The shades in this palette are incredibly gorgeous! And the packaging looks beautiful 🙂 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  7. I’m so jealous of your YSL palette collection 🙂 This one looks really pretty! Not to mention the packaging! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  8. saw this on your Insta or FB and I LOVED it! gorgeous palette.

  9. Such a beautiful soft look. Love the palette also for its name ☺
    Nati xx

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