Jul 28 2016

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes & Face | Fall/Autumn 2016


Let’s keep things going with the Yves Saint Laurent Beauty newness, shall we? With yet another release for the season, the design house presents us with the YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Face and Eyes. As was the case with the Vinyl Cream Lip Stains which I reviewed last week, I hadn’t really heard anything about the Contouring palettes before stumbling upon them online. In this case, on the Neiman Marcus website. Intrigued, I made a mental note to check them out in store as I’d be traveling soon. And of course, I walked away with some goodies from the collection…

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes Review Rosy Glow & Rosy Contouring

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes


YSL says: This new 5 color ready-to-wear palette allows you to create couture signature looks for your eyes. With intense color pay off and the perfect combination of matte, satin and shimmer shades, create 3 signature looks from 1 palette. Color glides on smoothly, evenly and blends effortlessly.

There are two couture contouring eye palettes in the collection: Rosy Glow and Golden Glow. As mentioned, I’d first seen them on the Neiman Marcus website. But because I knew I’d be visiting the States pretty soon, I decided to hold off on purchasing until I could see and swatch them in person. Unfortunately, although the store I visited did have the palettes in stock, they didn’t have any testers out. However, I was able to see what the palettes looked like before purchasing. Here they are in store lighting. Looking back, the light was quite good actually – better than my own lighting.

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes Fall 2016 Rosy Glow, Nude Contouring

As you can see, Rosy Glow is much warmer than Golden Glow – I hadn’t expected that. After an internal back and forth, I went with Rosy Glow because Golden Glow seemed to be quite similar to the No. 4 Saharienne Couture palette from YSL’s permanent line (reviewed here). Plus, Rosy Glow just looked prettier to me. Side note: I’m not sure if the second palette (the one I didn’t get) is actually named “Golden Glow” or Nude Glow/Nude Contouring. The Neiman Marcus website refers to it as “Golden Glow” but in store the palette (and box) said Nude Contouring. If anyone knows, enlighten us.

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes Rosy Glow and Rosy Contouring

Anyway, the eye shadows in the Rosy Glow Contouring palette are very neutral. Although I’ve never purchased any of the Kat Von D Shade and Light palettes, these Contouring eye palettes kind of remind me of them. I suppose the concept is similar – they are designed to add shadow and light to the eyes. Which is one of the purposes of eye shadow, afterall.

Starting from the top right hand corner you have a very pale peachy taupe with a shimmering satin finish, a warm deep brown with a matte finish, a pale gold with a sparkle finish (more like a sparkly top coat), a mid-tone golden brown with a satin finish and a golden peach with a shimmer finish. The browns in this quint have rosy tone to them (red undertones) which is best captured in indirect light. Like the lighting that comes from an large open window, for example.


YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes Rosy Glow Swatches

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes Rosy Glow Swatches (Indirect Natural Light)

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes Rosy Glow Contouring

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes Rosy Glow Swatches (Artificial Light)


When I reviewed the Scandal palette last week, you may recall that I suggested that the formula of the couture palettes seemed to be getting better. The eye shadows in the newer palettes, to me, are just a little creamier and pigmented. Don’t get me wrong, the older ones are great, but quality seems to be improved in recent releases is what I’m trying to say.

When I first swatched the Rosy Glow Contouring eyeshadow palette, however, the formula reminded me more of the older couture palettes. A few of the shades didn’t seem to be as pigmented as I’d hoped. That being said, I ended up falling in love with the Rosy Glow palette due in large part to how the colors looked once applied to the eyes. As the name would suggest, they did an amazing job of “contouring” the eyes. Perfect for quick, everyday looks with a little something special. Your eyes but better kind of thing. Here’s the look:

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes Rosy Glow


YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Face


YSL says: Define and highlight your best features with YSL Couture Contouring Palette. Create a customized, naturally sculpted look with the matte contour shade to shape and the light highlighting shade to illuminate. The creamy powder formula blends effortlessly into skin, allowing for a flawless natural application without any harsh lines.

The contouring face palettes are available in two shade options: Golden Contouring and Rosy Contouring. I somehow misplaced the picture that I had of the two palettes side by side. Luckily, there were testers this time so I do have some swatches (department store lighting).

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Face Review Golden Contouring Rosy Contouring Swatches

The store lighting seems to have yellowed the shades a bit, especially the highlighting powder. Hopefully, you can see the differences between the two contour shades. Golden Contouring is actually a bit cool with yellow undertones while Rosy Contouring is more neutral with red/pink undertones. Having peach undertones, I decided to go for some contrast with the Rosy Contouring palette. I wanted to include a swatch of the palette in indirect light because I think it better captures how the contour shade actually looks on the skin. Once I apply it my face, it takes on a cool, rosier quality. I detect just hint of grey as well. This is one of those strange ones that’s cooler on the skin that it is in the pan, I think. A fact which makes me like it even more.

The “highlight” shade in the two palettes are the same. Highlight is in quotation marks because these aren’t the kind of super shimmery highlighters most have become accustomed to (i.e. can be seen from outer-space). They are much more subdued – almost matte. They remind me of a less pigmented version of the highlight powder in the Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Compact (reviewed here). While I love the powder in that palette for setting the under eyes, I’m not fan of this one. There isn’t much too it, in my opinion.

YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Face Rosy Contouring Swatches

The YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Eyes retail for $60.00 USD and the YSL Couture Contouring Palettes for Face retail for $47.00 USD. I purchased at Neiman Marcus but I’ve seen parts of the collection at Barneys, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales.



Have you checked out anything from YSL’s new collections? What collection are your anticipating for Fall/Autumn?






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  1. For some odd reason, I find most of YSL shadows and powders as a whole lack pigmentation. Such a shame too.

  2. You’re such a fan of YSL, Kimmy! It’s a shame about the highlighting shade in the palette, it should be more brightening perhaps. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Sangeeta on July 28, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    Such a gorgeous palette. The colours are pretty.

  3. I don’t get matte highlights, I have a cream one from MUFE Pro Sculpting Face palette and I almost never reach for it because I don’t think it makes any differences to my face.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  4. Hmm I see what you mean, they don’t look as pigmented or as creamy. I like the Golden one though.

  5. Pretty!

  6. It’s a shame that the highlighter doesn’t show up very well but the eyeshadow palette is stunning! xx

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  7. The Rosy Glow eye palette is beautiful! I’ve seen it swatched elsewhere and wasn’t impressed. I should have known you would have changed my mind. Your swatches definitely convinced me that I need it in my life! I’m really digging the brown/peach shades. They’re so pretty!

    • sassypout on August 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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    Rosey glow palette is gorgeous & I’ll pick it up 😀

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