Mar 27 2015

YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows Review & Swatches


Released for Spring 2015, the YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows are a permanent range of 16 single eyeshadows featuring matte, satin, metallic and shimmer finishes. Yves Saint Laurent promises that they offer all day wear, intense color payoff and “the highest chromatic power” with no creasing or migration.

YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows Review

It seems crazy to pay $30.00 USD for a single eyeshadow. By the way, I’m not sure what the U.K. prices are and whether they have even released in the U.K./Europe. I couldn’t find the information online but if anyone does know, please share your wisdom in the comment section below!

Anyway, I’m not sure what came over me but I purchased three of them: Modele (05), Orient (09) and Frasque (15). I suppose that after entering the world of YSL eye shadows when I added the Heartbeats Edition palette to my collection, I just continued on with complete abandon. 🙂 The other shades in the range are: Argane, Caftan, Dedale, Exces, Facon, Fastes, Fougue, Gala, Khol, Marceau, Paris, Toile and Zelligeent.

Each shadow is housed in a gold compact with small two applicators, a foam tip and brush, that I likely won’t use. Also, much the same as my YSL Chinese New Year Palette, I’d expected these compacts to have more weight to them. In the end, it doesn’t really matter all that much to me but I can see some preferring packaging that feels a little more luxurious especially at this price point.

Moving on to the actual substance of the product..the eyeshadows. Consistent with my experience with the shadows in my YSL palette, I found that the singles also apply very smoothly in addition to being soft and easy to blend.

Pigment-wise, however, the YSL couture mono eyeshadows are superior. Bear in mind, I only have the one palette to compare formula-wise and the monos that I own do not represent the full range of finishes. Nevertheless, I was very impressed with the color payoff of all three singles. The YSL US website does not provide shade descriptions and I think the website that best assists with color selection is probably Neiman Marcus. Hopefully, these swatches will also help.


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow – Modele 05


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows

Modele is a cool silver-lilac shift with a shimmery, metallic finish. The lilac-purple is subtle but definitely noticeable on the eyes.


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows



YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow – Orient 09


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows

Orient is a true emerald green satin finish with incredible depth that applies to the eye with surprising intensity.


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows Review



YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow – Frasque 15


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows

The YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Frasque 15 is a stunning pewter-green duo-chrome with a highly metallic and shimmery finish. It is my absolute favorite of the three, creating spectacular dimension on the eyes.


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows



I’ve worn all three shadows together as well as separately without experiencing creasing or fading after an 8+ hour day. I always use a primer. 🙂 Because of its complexity, Frasque can easily be worn alone. Actually, that’s been my preferred way to wear it. Much like MAC’s Woodwinked, for example, it is one of those shades that you can blend to look like you’re wearing three different eyeshadows. To a certain extent, Modele can also be worn alone, though it doesn’t have quite the same level of complexity. For all it’s brightness and intensity, I definitely pair Orient with other, more neutral colors.


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows Swatches


YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows Eye Look

Wearing all three YSL mono eyeshadows: Model, Frasque and Orient.


Even though I spent a pretty penny and there are likely some dupes out there, I’m very happy with the YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows. I’d be curious to know how the mattes perform but when purchasing I noticed that the matte formulation consisted of the more “common” shades (browns, beiges, creams). I’m happy to have some that are a little different. But of course, if you approach your purchases from point of view that you’d rather spend on something you’ll use more often, than the traditional shades might be your best bet. Assuming you’re interested. Personally, I recommend Orient and Frasque. They are exquisite!


As mentioned, the YSL Courture Mono Eyeshadows retail for $30.00 USD and can be found at Nemian Marcus, Nordstrom, and similar retailers.


Tell me, would you spend this much on a single eyeshadow? Which brand, if anything, do you think is worth the splurge? The Burberry singles come to mind. 🙂





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  1. Nice! They all look great individually but they work together well too!

    1. I’d only paired them together to demonstrate the colors but you’re right, they work pretty well that way as well. 🙂

  2. Lovely shades…

    1. Thank you!

    • Jen on March 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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    Oh my goodness these are so beautiful! I love the emerald green! I have brown eyes too and I think green just makes our eyes pop.

    1. YES! I couldn’t agree more, I’ve been all about the green lately…and have been particularly obssessed with green eye liner. 🙂 xo

  3. I love , I mean LOVE the 3 shades !!! I need to splurge on some YSL one day 😉 xoxo

    1. I’ve only recently experienced YSL eyeshadows myself, but I can definitely recommend these monos if they’re in your budget and the YSL Glossy Stains are also favorites. 🙂

      1. I will they are GORGEOUS! xoxo

    • Silke Laura on March 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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    Ohh how pretty are these shades? Orient would be abit too bright for me, but Modele and Frasque are beautiful! I’m glad you are pleased with your YSL choices and I still need to try those mono eyeshadows myself. I’m pretty sure they’re about £22 here in the UK! xx

    1. Thanks for sharing the U.K. price with us! That was really helpful. I swoon over Frasque so if you just get one…that’s it, in my opinion, lol. xo

  4. Modelle and Frasque 15 are beautiful. I also love how you added a pop of green to the look. I’ve never tried YSL eyeshadows before but it’s a brand I really love and I have not found anything I don’t like from them. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    1. Thank you, Renata. A “pop of green” has been my thang lately – can’t get enough. I agree, I love all of my YSL products! x

  5. Modele & Frasque are fabulous! Yes, I would pay that for a single shadow (at least I certainly have). Sometimes its ok to splurge. #enabler

    1. Haha. Yes, sometimes it is OK to splurge. And #enablers are my favorite, so no worries. xo

  6. I love Modele and Frasque – such stunning shades! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

    1. Aren’t they? It’s love I tell ya! Hehe. xo

  7. OOO these are pretty indeed! I don’t think they are already available here, but I think they will be soon! Frasque is probably my favorite out of the three. I do really love Burberry single eyeshadows as well as the Rouge Bunny Rouge ones! I use those the most often 🙂

    1. I’m going to own some Burberry shadows one day…I can’t decide whether to start with the singles of the quads, what do you think? 🙂

      1. I say start with the singles! I find the shades more complicated and unique in general 🙂

        1. Thanks Sunny! xo

  8. The first and the last shadow on your swatches are my favorites. So pretty shimmery shades! xx

    1. They are very pretty indeed. I think I’m enamored with Orient (the green) because I’ve had a green obsession as of late. 🙂 But Frasque (last swatch), its probably my favorite…perhaps because it too has a hint of green. 🙂

  9. The Orient is so pigmented ! Beautiful !

    1. Orient is a stunner! Loving my greens lately…

  10. LOVE the first and third colour, gorgeous, pigmented and definitely something I’d wear! x

    Jasmine ||

    1. They really are gorgeous! I can’t recommend Frasque (the last shade) enough – worth the splurge in my opinion. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, hun.

  11. Hi Kimmy,

    These are so gorgeous! I swatched a couple of them, but haven’t picked any up yet! I love your EOTD!!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Helen! The Monos were a definite splurge but I’m really happy with them. Just LOVE Frasque. 🙂 xo

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