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Monday, May 26, 2014

YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette, Summer 2014, Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

After falling in love with the formula of the new YSL Couture Palettes, I couldn't resist picking up another one. For those of you who missed my review on Fauves #2, the new formula is impressive. The recently released palettes are exceptionally pigmented with a soft, smooth, buttery texture. They wear all day with no creasing or fading and have virtually no fallout.


Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Saharienne #4 ($58 for 0.18oz/5g) is a beautifully unique combination, merging shades of desert sand as the sun reflects off of the dunes in the Sahara, the World's hottest desert.

  • Shade #1 is a medium deep to deep, neutral to warm toned, coffee brown satiny matte, with a hint of red and very faint multicolored shimmer.
  • Shade #2 is medium light to medium, neutral to warm russet brown satin, with orange undertones and prismatic shimmer. Though it is warm toned, it's tonality does change in the light at times, allowing Shade #2 to appear both cool and warm at the same time.
  • Shade #3 is a light to light medium, warm, mauve grey taupe satin, with subtle iridescent shimmer.
  • Shade #4, the highlight shade, is a very light, neutral to cool, cream with yellow undertones and a shimmery, pearly, lustrous sheen. Of all the shades, it's the most sparkly.
  • Shade #5, the largest shade in the palette, is the base shade. It is a pale, neutral to warm toned, peach that leans orange with a shimmery satin finish.

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear applicator swatches in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches in studio lighting
applied with applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear applicator swatches in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches with forced flash in studio lighting
applied with applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear brush swatches in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches in studio lighting
applied with brush

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear brush swatches in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches with forced flash in studio lighting
applied with brush

The texture of Saharienne #4 is just as good as that of of Fauves #2. Each shade is sleek, velvety, creamy and finely-milled. Though the color payoff isn't quite as good overall as Fauves #2. Shades #1, #2 and #3 are all extremely pigmented and are opaque in a few passes. The yellow, #4, is surprisingly pigmented and is opaque in a couple of passes as well. On the other hand, #5, the peach base shade, I found to give the least color payoff. It takes a bit to build up the pigmentation and even then, it is still somewhat sheer. As a result, shade #5 appears lighter on the skin than it does in the pan.


Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Even though shade #5 is a little lacking, Saharienne #4 is pure love. The shadows last all day without creasing, smudging or fading away. The texture is simply divine. Saharienne is a stunning palette, though I would have preferred the "base" shade to have a little more pigmentation. The new YSL Couture Palettes are a huge winner in my book and I look forward to trying more shades.

I purchased Saharienne #4 from Nordstrom. It is also available from Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale's and YSL.

Have you picked up any of the new Couture Palettes yet? Which one is your favorite? Are you a fan of the new formula?

13 comments:

  1. Oh, what an absolute beaut. This palette (and those brushes!) are killer. 🙌

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  2. Oh pretty! Too bad about #5 tho. I do like the darker shades!

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  3. Oh Jenny! This is such a beautiful palette! I've never really been drawn to the YSL palettes (too sheer, too sparkly and too lazy to use wet) but your reviews definitely get me curious!

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  4. Shade #3 looks to be my kind of shade, I am not sure about #4 and #5 though. From both of the palettes you have shown, I might liked the other one more, but again you said it was close to Charming. Those are now available in Selfridges but I am holding myself until I can touch and feel, then I guess I will know which ones are meant to be. Thanks so much for great swacthes, they look beautiful.

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  5. Oh this one is right up my alley!!! Too bad about #5 and #4 would be a total waste for me but I'm still going to swatch these... but not just yet! So relieved these aren't LE. :)

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  6. Hi Rae,
    Sahariene is definitely my favorite of the two I picked up. And Tom Ford Brushes are so worth the money. Let me know if you pick up any of the new YSL palettes!

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  7. Hi Sunny,
    Shade #5 isn't terrible, it just isn't quite as good as the other shades. On me it seems to work better as a highlight, but I'm still playing with the palette - it's really versatile.

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  8. Hi Belly,

    I haven't either. These are the first YSL palettes I've ever picked up and I definitely was not disappointed. The color payoff is simply incredible. Overall, the shadows in Saharienne have more of a shimmery finish, while Fauves has more of an satiny matte finish. Definitely check them out and let me know what you think!

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  9. Hi Sara,
    I would have expected you to go for #5 Surréaliste first, since I know how much you love purple eyeshadows. Or possibly one of the "wild" ones, like #10 Lumières Majorelle or #11 Ballets Russes. Fauves #2 is very, very close to Chanel Charming. No matter which one you get, I don't think you will be disappointed at all. I imagine the texture and formula is the same as the Bleu Lumieres palette you reviewed. I am excited to hear your thoughts on these!

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  10. Hi Icaria,
    Shade #5 isn't that bad. You can build the pigmentation up somewhat. Why would Shade #4 be a waste? I don't have many shades that color that are as pigmented as this one. I'm glad that they aren't limited edition either. Let me know what you think when you check them out!

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  11. Will do! I wasn't planning on it, but, well... You never know ;)

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  12. I never use the light whitish shades even as a base reason why #4 wouldn't get much love but the other colors do make up for it! :)

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