Jul 23 2016

YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review | Fall 2016 Collection


Moving right along with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty releases for Fall/Autumn 2016, we have the Scandal Collection. This collection has much to offer and, of course, I had to partake. There are some full metal eye shadows, more than a few lip products and an eye marker. The obvious choice for me? As a collector, what else but the YSL Scandal Couture Palette…


YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review and Swatches


YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review and Swatches


YSL says: Monsieur Saint Laurent’s most scandalous collection captured in a limited edition Couture Palette. Sheathed in dark green leather and laser cut with a satin YSL Cassandra, the Scandal Collection Palette embodies the edgy femininity of YSL’s most famous designs. Within the palette, rich shades of olive green, shimmering burgundy, golden bronze, and luminous taupe effortlessly blend together to create the perfect eye look for fall.

If you google “YSL Scandal Collection” you’ll get back a host of articles about the designers 1971 (clothing) runway collection which caused a whole lot of stir. Apparently, people did not appreciate many aspects of the collection including its apparent romanticization of WWII fashion. This, as you all know, was a devastating period in human history during which so many suffered. I can see why it may have rubbed people the wrong way. But it was also rejected by high society for being gawdy, unrefined and kitschy. A fact which made young people love it. So they say. Some interesting reads out there. I suggest looking it up if you’re so inclined.

But back to 2016 and the makeup. The limited edition YSL Scandal Couture Palette comes in a blackened green leather-coated case with orange-red YSL insignia. When bright light hits the case you can see more of the green (second photo).


YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review and Swatches


YSL Scandal Palette Review and Swatches Fall 2016 Collection


As with the Summer Couture palette, I was struck by the unique composition of the Scandal quint. Not only is this combination interesting, but the jewel toned shades exude a richness that proved to be absolutely irresistibly to this devoted YSL beauty fan.


YSL Scandal Palette Review and Swatches Fall 2016 Collection (6)
YSL Scandal Palette Review and Swatches Fall 2016 Collection (5)


There’s a warm olive green with a satin finish, a pink toned taupe with a shimmer finish, a coppery bronze with a shimmering finish, a berry burgundy with gold glitter and a satin finish and a dark blue teal with a satin-matte finish. Considering the fact that the YSL couture quints tend to be shimmer dominant, I thought it was interesting how this palette is decidedly much less shimmery than the norm. In fact the blue shade is almost matte. Makes a nice change.

Hopefully you will be able to see from the swatches just how richly pigmented these shades are. The only eye shadow that is a bit less saturated then the others is the taupe-pink (middle shade).


YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review and Swatches

Swatches of the YSL Scandal Couture Palette in Natural Light

YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review and Swatches

Swatches of the YSL Scandal Couture Palette in Artificial Light


I’ve said this before, but, in general, I find the eye shadows in the couture palettes to be well pigmented, smooth and blendable. The YSL Scandal Couture Palette is no exception. If anything, the quality is somewhat better than older quints. Actually, even though I’ve only been collecting them for about two years, I’ve noticed that the formula of the couture palettes seem to be getting better and better. Whether the formula really has been changed or tweaked, I can’t say (did not keep my old boxes to compare ingredients) but it sure seems that way.

I mostly use the couture eye shadows dry but they can be, and I have, used them wet on occasion to intensify the color payoff and make the appear more metallic. Especially with very glitter-heavy shades.

Here’s the look I came up with using the Scandal palette. This time I didn’t try to imitate the press photos because, apparently, the makeup artist didn’t actually use the palette for the eye look. I think it was one of the full metal shadows and the eye marker. Anyway, I read this somewhere but cannot remember where or find the source. Sorry.

YSL Scandal Couture Palette Review and Swatches Fall 2016 Collection

Today I’m wearing the copper-bronze shade on the lid with the olive green in the crease and pink as a highlight. Makes a more everyday look. Love it! The YSL Scandal Couture Palette retails for $60.00/£42.50 and can be found at Neiman Marcus (that’s where I purchased mine), Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and similar retailers.



What do you think? Have you checked out the YSL Scandal Couture Palette or anything from the collection?






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  1. This is not a palette that I would purchase because it’s too much colour and I’m more of a neutral girl. That said, the packaging is ace and if I would to pick this up, it will probably only because it looks so pretty.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on July 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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    Red-based shades are really trending right now, most new palettes contain one, like the berry in this quint. Unfortunately they really don’t work well for me! So as pretty as this palette is, I’ll have to pass.


    • Alina Bostan on July 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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    What an interesting collection of shades and how intense are they!? Love the pigment & shades overall, especially the red and orange tones! x

    Beauty with charm

  2. Pretty – it’s not my usual taste but that green is a stand out for me. That’s weird the makeup artist for the press photos didn’t even use this palette! What the heck!

  3. another gorgeous collection!

    • sassypout on July 28, 2016 at 4:59 am
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    Packaging is sooo nice & elegant! And I love those shades-pigmented & you can combine them in dramatic or more subdued look

  4. The history you’ve described behind this collection is so neat! I kind of want to buy it just for that haha. I probably wouldn’t use too many of these colours as I am partial to lighter more natural colours, but they look really lovely and they swatch very well! Great review, and hope you are having a good week!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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