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

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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! 





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.