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Saturday, May 3, 2014

YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette, Summer 2014, Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

For Summer 2014, Yves Saint Laurent has released a new line of five shade eyeshadow palettes that come in a slim, gold case and has a brand new formula. Inspired by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, the new Couture Palettes have a very structural feel about them. Inside, the shadows are separated by heavy, black lines, which give the palettes a strong, mod feel. There are more of the shades you will use the most, like the base shade, and less of the contouring, highlighting and lining shades. The palette seems to have a clear starting point. The base shade seems to naturally lead the eye around to the center, like the spiral of a seashell. The palette is said to be laid out to make "application as intuitive as possible."


Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

There are eleven new Couture Palettes ($58 for 0.18oz/5g) in different shade combinations, from classic grays to bold blues and girly pinks. The palette I picked up, Fauves #2, is a neutral palette that leans noticeably warm.
  • Shade #1 is the highlighter shade. It's a pale, creamy, ivory shimmer with a hint of peach. It's the only shade that has a shimmer finish, which is extremely subtle.
  • Shade #2 is a medium, chocolate brown. The finish of Shades #2, #3 and #4 are all very similar, somewhere between a satin and a matte.
  • Shade #3 is a medium deep, saddle brown satiny matte.
  • Shade #4 is the base shade. It's a light to light medium, warm, butterscotch, with a satiny matte finish.
  • Shade #5 is a deep, dark, rich, coffee brown matte. It isn't as nearly as warm as the other shades are and it was the only shade that has a matte finish.

Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear swatches in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear swatches with forced flash in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

The Couture Palettes have an all new formula which promises long wear and intense, vivid color. It has a somewhat unusual texture, with a hard, ridged surface. The surface does seem to wear down with use to a softer texture. The powder itself is extremely pigmented. Each shade is mostly to completely opaque in one pass, even the pale ivory. The shadows don't crease or fade and last nine to ten hours on me over primer. I did experience a little bit of fallout with the darkest shade, though it was very minimal.


Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear swatch comparison in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatch comparison in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

When I went to pull out comparisons, I was a little surprised to find that Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassées Palette from this past holiday season was an almost exact match. Though there are a few slight differences between the two. Charming #1 is a darker tan with a matte finish, while Fauves #1 is lighter pearly cream. Charming #3 is similar in color, but has a glittery finish, while Fauves #2 is deeper with a satin finish. Also, Charming #5 is a little bit cooler in tone with a hint of eggplant, and Fauves #5 is a little deeper and more neutral to warm.


Yves Saint Laurent Fauves 2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Fauves #2 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

I have some mixed feelings about YSL's new Couture Palette. For one, I'm not particularly fond of the colors. From the swatches online, I had assumed that the palette would be a cooler toned, neutral combination. While I love Charming, I didn't need another one. The only thing that bothers me about the new design is the separation between the shades. I don't feel it is enough to keep loose powder from migrating to other shades. The new formula however, is truly outstanding. It is exceptionally long lasting and more pigmented than most eyeshadows I have tried. I look forward to trying a few more Couture Palettes.

I purchased my Fauves #2 Couture Palette from Saks. It is also available from YSL.

Have you tried YSL's new Couture Palette yet? Do you have your eye one any of them?

16 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I will skip that one since I have Charming but can't wait to see and swatch the others. I was a little disappointed by Pivoine Crush and the lack of pigment, these look real promising. Great review! :)

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  2. Well, I don't know if I would pick out this particular palette, since I have all the warm neutrals a girl could ever need, but some of the other combinations look interesting and it's nice to see that the quality of the shadows themselves is promising.

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  3. Hey Jenny, thanks so much for the review! I think these will roll out here soon, but it's probably not for another month! This one reminds me strongly of a Lancome one I own, although color payoff-wise this one probably wins. Thanks for comparing it with Charming, too. I most probably won't need it in that case.

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  4. Oh my, this looks excellent and stunning! Like I need another neutral palette ^^. But wow, it's really calling my name!

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  5. Wow, it is amazing to see the similarity between these two palettes!
    I thought YSL quint would be cooler toned judging by the pan colors but I find it warmer once swatched. I'm into eyeshadows with harder texture now. This would be something worth looking into. :)

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  6. I was excited to read this. The pigment really does look amazing! I will definitely need to look into them. I have a general attraction to YSL, I found the former quads to be a bit soft though

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  7. I was never a fan of the previous powder formula so this sounds really promising, that's the one I would have probably gone for so I am glad to see your review as think that would be too warm for me, I will definitely pick up one of these when they come out here though x

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  8. No wonder the swatches look familiar - definitely very close to Charming.

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  9. Hi Icaria,
    The new formula is really fantastic. Fauves is too close to Charming to warrant having both in my opinion.

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  10. Hi Kate,
    I wasn't expecting Fauves to be as warm as it is. I was expecting it to be neutral to cool toned based on the online pictures and honestly was a little disappointed when I first swatched it. When you apply it layering the colors, it's not quite as warm as it appears in the swatches.

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  11. Hi Sunny,
    The texture is a little unusual, but the color payoff of is absolutely phenomenal. I haven't seen these a lot of places yet. This was really similar to a lot of palettes, but it's just so close to Charming.

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  12. Hi Teri,
    I'm a sucker for classic, neutral palettes too. The quality is just out of this world. I'm just itching to order another one.

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  13. Hi Lena,
    I expected the same thing and was a little disappointed. I was even more disappointed when I saw just how close it is to Charming. Though, if the shadows are applied following one of the Signature Designs illustrated on YSL's website, the colors appear a little different.

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  14. Hi Taylor,
    I never tried either of the other versions, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The colors are so unbelievably pigmented, even the light hues. The more YSL products I try, the more I fall in love in with the brand. Their nail polishes are among, if not the best I've tried.

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  15. Hi Claire,
    We seem to have similar taste in a lot of products. At first, I found the texture odd, but the more I played around with it, I grew to fall in love with the formula. I'm definitely anxious to pick up another one.

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  16. Hi Lily,
    I know. As impressive as the formula is, i was a little disappointed. It won't stop me from picking up any more though.

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