YSL Summer 2017: Review and Swatches of the Solar Pop Collection!

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!

YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection, Full Metal Shadows in Gold Source and Violet Wave
YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection, Full Metal Shadows in Gold Source and Violet Wave

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
Full Metal Shadow in Violet Wave from the YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection
Full Metal Shadow in Violet Wave from the YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection

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.

Gold Source Full Metal Shadow from the YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection
Gold Source Full Metal Shadow from the YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection

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:

YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection: Eyelook with Golden Source and Violet Wave Full Metal Shadows close up on the lid
Violet Wave all over my lid with Gold Source right in the middle. No transition shade used so you can see that two liquid shadows on their own
YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection: Full metal Shadow in Violet Wave all over my lid
Violet Wave all over the lid on its own
YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection, Full Metal Shadow in Gold Source in my lower lash line
But to break the monotony, I added Gold Source in my lower lash line

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:

From left to right: Swatches of the YSL Full Metal Shadows in Violet Wave and Gold Source part of the YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection and the YSL Couture Kajal Pencil in Cobalt Blue
From left to right:
YSL Full Metal Shadows in Violet Wave and Gold Source part of the YSL Summer 2017 Solar Pop Collection and the YSL Couture Kajal Pencil in Cobalt Blue

The YSL Summer 2017 Full Metal Shadows can be checked out here (US site) and cost £22 (for the full shade selection, have a look here). Let’s now have a play with that awesome Kajal though!

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.

YSL Blue Cobalt Couture Kajal Pencil
YSL Blue Cobalt Couture Kajal Pencil

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!

FOTD with YSL Summer 2017 Full Metal Shadow in Gold source over my eye lid and the YSL Couture Kajal in Bleu Cobalt in my lower lash line
Hello there! Just me wearing the YSL Summer 2017 Full Metal Shadow in Gold source over my eye lid and the YSL Couture Kajal in Bleu Cobalt in my lower lash line
FOTD with YSL Summer 2017 Full Metal Shadow in Gold source over my eye lid and the YSL Couture Kajal in Bleu Cobalt in my lower lash line
And that’s with the eyes closed

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!

Hugs!

Eleni

 

19 thoughts on “YSL Summer 2017: Review and Swatches of the Solar Pop Collection!

  1. You created some fun looks here, Violet Wave is such a gorgeous shade and I love it all over the lid, looks so nice! I love how you play with colours Eleni, I need to do that more often!!! xx

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

  2. Oh wow, these look so amazing and I love the gold and violet combo, so pretty! 🙂 I have yet to try these myself, the price tag is a little off-putting but the quality seems great and I love the shades! <3 Perhaps I will add these to my wishlist as a little special treat. Thanks for sharing your lovely review, darling! xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

  3. I was on the fence about this but I need to at least try Violet Wave! I think liquid eyeshadows are generally trickier to work with and patting is the best way to get full opacity.

  4. I looove those cream eye shadows! They look amazing. Purple and gold is forever my favorite combo. I still haven’t bought any YSL products, but they’re forever on my list. I try not to buy too much makeup myself though, because I get sent so much of it.. 🙂

    Charlotta | http://www.charlottaeve.com

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