This is my first Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eye Shadow palette. When I saw the promo pictures for YSL Summer Look 2012 I was smitten. There are so many products from this collection that caught my eye. Originally I thought I wanted the No9 Stone palette and then I saw Adventures in Makeup‘s post on the collection. I quickly changed my mind. I originally had both the Golden Gloss #51 as well but tried to hold strong and started out first with the very summer inspired Shell No7 quad. I can see how the shades in this can be reminiscent of a beautiful shell on the beach but for me this palette says sunset!
Product description from Sephora:
What it is:Water-activated eye shadow palettes in colors that transform into a radiant, intense, metallic finish.
What it does:These eye shadows can be used dry, like a traditional eye shadow, for a subtle shimmering effect, or wet, for a full-intensity pigment metallic finish. These remarkable properties give everyone the freedom to create any kind of eye look from simple to dramatic in seconds.
What else you need to know:Yves Saint Laurent labs have invented the “water process” Pure Chromatics eye shadow. This process uses water, in place of a solvent, to develop the formula. Once pigments are mixed with water, dry, pure-pigmented powders are left with a very high level of shimmer.
Beautiful god YSL packaging:
The back of the palette is vented to allow shadows and applicators to dry after being used wet.
- golden rose
- golden pearl
- golden orange
- burnt red
I swatched the palette for you both wet and dry. The shadows are pretty sheer dry but still offer decent pigment. Used wet they are intense in both pigment and sheen. I did find using wet it seemed to eat up a lot of shadow. Notice the beautiful pink and blue irridescent sparkle in the pearl shade as well as the oh so subtle gleam of pink coming from the golden orange!
I am in love with the shades in this quad. I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about how they look on me but regardless they are gorgeous!
Stay tuned for a face of the day featuring Yves Saint Laurent Summer 2012’s Pure Chromatics palette in No7 Shell!