Before we get back to the lipsticks (because there are more), let’s take a look at another limited edition YSL palette, shall we? Just one more (for now), I promise. Almost every year at this time (pre-holiday/Autumn) Yves Saint Laurent Beauty releases two additional limited edition Couture palettes that are separate from their Holiday and Fall collections. These releases are usual exclusive to select Department stores. A few days ago, I reviewed one such release, the Mon Paris palette which is available at Nordstrom and John Lewis. Today we’re taking a look at the YSL Dangerous Seduction Couture Eyeshadow Palette (or YSL Danger Seduction) which is a Neiman Marcus (also possibly Harrods) exclusive.
YSL says: Inspired by the iconic designs of Yves Saint Laurent, this palette is draped in animalistic snake print and features a new harmony of shades for a daring eye look. The inside of the palette features a luminous taupe to highlight, a warm brown base shade, and navy blue or chocolate brown shade to create contrast. Color glides on smoothly, evenly, and blends effortlessly to make a statement with dramatically defined eyes.
Admittedly, the faux snake skin design, which is in keeping with the seasons trends, may not be for everyone. Animal print was in full force on the Fall runways harkening back to it’s hay day in the 80’s. Much as the compact’s got a masculine vibe to it, it is also feels distinctly feminine…like an expensive handbag.
The first thought that came to mind when I opened this baby up was…ooh look at that gorgeous navy! The second was, why don’t I use navy more often? It looks so great on brown eyes! Truth be told, I don’t own many navy eyeshadows (maybe just one or two in palettes actually). So I was really happy to see such a gorgeous version of the shade in this palette.
In the YSL Dangerous Seduction palette you get an amber with a shimmering satin finish, a deep matte brown with gold glitter (also shows up matte), a golden beige shimmer finish, the aforementioned deep matte navy and, finally, a classic matte black. If you’re familiar with YSL Couture palettes then you’ll know that the fact that this one contains as many mattes as it does is quite unique. Collectors, therefore, will most likely enjoy this aspect of the palette. Personally, I find the composition of colors very inspiring and it makes me excited to do my makeup.
As compared with all the other YSL couture palettes in my collection, Dangerous Seduction is one of the better ones. Don’t get me wrong, however, I enjoy them all. In my experience, the eye shadows in the couture palettes, in addition to having a smooth and creamy texture, apply evenly, wear well and are decently pigmented. But as I’ve explained in past posts…quality seems to have gotten even better with some of the newer releases. I am particularly impressed with how smooth and blendable the matte shades in this palette are. Definitely one of my favorites!
The YSL Dangerous Seduction palette retails for $60.00 USD or £42.50. In the US it is exclusive to Neiman Marcus while in the UK it should be a Harrods exclusive though it’s not yet up on the site. I’ll update this post when it is. In Canada, the palette retails for $68.00 CAD and can be found on the YSL Beauty Canada website.
So, what do you all think?
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