Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics in No7 Shell YSL Summer – Swatches, Pics, Review

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.






Shades are:

  • 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! 
Dry:


Wet:

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!

Available (or will be) at Neiman Marcus (where I got mine), Nordstrom, Bergdorf GoodmanSaks, NordstromBarney’sSephoraBloomingdales, Yves Saint Laurent’s website, and Holt Renfrew.

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8 Comments

  • Charisse
    May 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    The colors are so pretty! I especially love the burnt red shade.

  • Ana Marta
    May 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Wonderful review as always. That burnt red shade is stunning, I’d love to see an eye look on you :-)

  • Shahada Karim
    May 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    HA! You got it! Isn’t the palette just STUNNING? I love it… perfect for Summer.

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    LOL Of course I did! It was all your fault. Which reminds me…I forgot your shout out!

  • Shahada Karim
    May 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Oh, that’s okay. I’ll happily take the the blame. LOL
    But if you think those warm colors may not translate well on you, you should definitely trade it in for #9. I think you will love that palette.

  • Vicki - aka- LVMAKEUP
    May 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    those look gorgeous, trying to resist :)

  • Nawi
    May 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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  • Nawi
    May 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Did you get any of the glosses or lipsticks?

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