Let’s take a break from the lipsticks, shall we? How about we talk about something that I’m always game for? A YSL palette! At this point, let’s all assume that when it coes to Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, if there is a new Couture Eyeshadow palette being released…I’m gonna pick it up. I have no shame. Sorry not sorry. The latest edition to my collection? The limited edition YSL Mon Paris Couture Eyeshadow Palette.
YSL says: Get the signature Mon Paris look with this collector’s edition palette inspired by Paris, the city of intense love. Create a romantic look with the soft lavender and pearly pink shades, and give the look a touch of love vertigo with deep grey and smoky black. The eyeshadows glide on smoothly and evenly and blend effortlessly to embody the passionate and unforgettable whirlwind journey of Mon Paris.
As you can see, the design of the YSL Mon Paris palette is inspired by the newly-ish released fragrance of the same name (Mon Paris). Pale lavender cloth adorns the compact which is then “wrapped up” in a chiffon-esque black bow embellished with a golden YSL buckle that matches the perfume’s packaging. To accommodate the 3-dimensional design, the box that this comes in is wider than the typical couture eyeshadow packaging and it is wrapped in tissue paper for an added layer of protection.
I do not own the YSL Mon Paris fragrance, however, I do have a small spray sample. Mon Paris is meant to be “a dazzling fragrance that represents a modern olfactory interpretation of love, free from all the obstacles, dedicated and intense”. To my nose, it is a very fruity scent with a hint of floral and something deeper, almost gourmand like but not. The heavy berry lean (strawberry, pear) almost reminds me of the Victoria Secret body sprays I used as a teenager. But there’s just a little something extra that makes it provocative enough not to be juvenile, in my opinion. While not my usual type of scent, I can still appreciate its appeal.
Given my perspective on the fragrance, I think it is interpreted quite well in the palette. You get a lilac-lavender with a shimmering iridescent finish, a deep black brown matte, a very pale whitish-pink also with a shimmer iridescent finish, a cool grey with a true satin finish and a grey-taupe with a shimmering satin finish. The pale lavender and pink together with the delicate grey and taupe…give a sense of something playful but chic.
In addition to the complete swatches, I’ve swatched the two iridescent shade on their own. Unfortunately, my camera isn’t quite good enough to capture how the glitter reflects but hopefully you can get an idea. They appear more pigmented in person. Also, for some reason, color quality of my photos is better on a mobile device than a desktop/laptop. So annoying!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy the YSL Couture Eyeshadow palettes. And this one hasn’t changed my mind. Shadows are smooth, apply evenly, wear well and are decently pigmented. Yes, the iridescent shades don’t seem like much but they are actually quite pretty. You have to work with them though. So I recommend using wet and applying with a flat synthetic or fingers. The effect reminds me of MAC’s extra dimension eyeshadow in ‘Ready to Party’ but with more purple (obviously), more glitter (in a good way) and a better saturation of color. To me, the look this palette creates is soft, stunning and anything but boring. Against my fair skin the color combination is very nice but I can only imagine how absolutely beautiful it would look against deeper skin tones.
The YSL Mon Paris palette retails for $60.00 or £42.50. In the US it is exclusive to Nordstrom and in the U.K. it can be found at John Lewis. (Also an exclusive, I believe, but no longer appears to be available online). In Canada, the palette retails for $68.00 CAD and can be found on the YSL Canada website.
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