Happy Sunday folks! How has June treated you all so far? I look forward to my time off at the end of the month although it’s only been one week into a new role 😂. But I’m spoilt like that, so what can I do ☺️. On another note, have you seen the new YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection? It’s so pretty! It’s inspired by jungle safari and aims at giving us an exotic sun kissed look. Let me show you my picks from the collection, mainly the Summer 2017 Full Metal Shadows, which I found particularly magnetising when I visited my local YSL counter!
I’ll keep it brief and sweet for you, my friends. Can you skip this collection? Yes, you absolutely can. It’s probably not going to give you anything more than other summer collections we’ve already talked about (my favourite one still being the Marc Jacobs Coconut collection and I also think that Mac did a great job this year). I personally, however, cannot resist the purple-gold liquid eyeshadow combo, hence I picked up the two Full Metal Shadows in Gold Source and Violet Wave as well as the rather impressive Kajal in Bleu Cobalt (a gem of the permanent collection).
YSL Full Metal Shadows in Gold Source and Violet Wave
Violet wave is a royal purple! It’ s pure metallic goodness on my lids, very intense and opaque. It has blue and lighter purple sparkles in it and although it’s a dark shade, it isn’t flat at all and you could wear it on its own all over the lid.
A metallic, sparkling, gold fluid eyeshadow. If you like an intense yellow gold on your lids, this is a great option. It is luminous and so versatile; you can pop it at the inner corner or centre of the lid or even mix it with other liquid or cream eyeshadows for some extra gold touch. I combined it with my Metier De Beaute Khaki Eye Prism and it was amazing! Try it if you like a khaki-gold combo.
I played around with both shades and here go a couple of options:
Both Gold Source and Violet Wave Full Metal Shadows apply wonderfully and, as they don’t set immediately, you have time to blend. However, I have to admit that to achieve homogeneity in colour and full opacity all over the lid you’ll need 2 swipes, each with extra product, and you should avoid blending or dragging the product around too much. I don’t use the sponge applicator. I use a flat brush and pat the product on my lids, then blend the edges and I’m done. If you over blend or attempt to spread the product on your eyelid, dragging it with the brush, it thins out and become streaky and patchy.
The fact that the Full Metal Shadows don’t set quickly is a plus, you have time to blend, and a minus, they don’t stay put unless they’re used over a primer. Don’t attempt to use them as a base, they’ll most likely crease. But over primer, they last for over 12 hours. So, I wouldn’t get precious over the 16 hr wear that YSL claims without some “help”.
Here go the swatches of the limited edition Full Metal Shadows and the Kajal in Bleu Cobalt:
YSL Couture Kajal Pencil
The YSL Cobalt Blue Kajal has been in my wish list for some time now. It’s part of the permanent collection (have a look here), costs £25.50 and I love the design of it and how you don’t need to sharpen it. Laura Mercier has a similar one in design and pay off, but it’s softer than the YSL one.
You can see in the swatch above that the colour pay off is rich. Bleu Cobalt smudges easily and lasts all day on me without migrating (not inside my waterline, although it’s decent enough there too). You can even use it as a dark base for a smokey eye. It combines wonderfully with Gold Source!
My foundation is the Armani Power Fabric (giving it a second chance, read my review here) mixed with Mac’s Face and Body. My lipstick in the second photo is Abstract, from the Urban Decay Basquiat Collection.
All in all, I’m enjoying these YSL products and think the Solar Pop collection is a good treat when it comes to the Summer 2017 Full Metal Shadows. I’ve swatched the rest of the collection for you, so this might be an upcoming post.
What do you think of these shades? Have you tried the YSL Full Metal Shadows before?
Have a great Sunday and speak soon!