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.
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
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 Eyeshadow – Orient 09
Orient is a true emerald green satin finish with incredible depth that applies to the eye with surprising intensity.
YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow – Frasque 15
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.
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.
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!
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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