October 20, 2014

YSL Fall 2014 Cuirs Fétiches - Couture Palette Collector Fétiche, RougePur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat

(Press samples. Affiliate links.)

YSL really hit the ground running with the new Couture Palettes. As I mentioned in my previous review, they are truly a cut above previous iterations from the brand, and stack right up there in my top luxury palette picks for superior pigmentation and performance.

I was really thrilled to see a new version for the Fall, with a colour scheme that's seasonally appropriate but not stereotypical. I love russets and burgundies and golds, but the neutral/teal mix is a nice change of pace, with the deeper tones and smoky richness still evoking autumn. The lip products echoed that twist, with nudes sitting pretty beside the classic wine tones, all in hushed, sophisticated textures of matte and cream.

The entire concept of this collection seems best represented by the limited edition packaging of the palette, black leather embossed with the gold lettering. The "fétiche" in the name indicates that they were going with a sexy and dangerous theme, as does the blown out eye makeup of the promo imagery. (A little Fifty Shades anticipation? Understandable, especially if you've seen the adorably awkward charmer that is Jamie Dornan in action. Because, GOOD GOD MAN.)

For me, though, the colour palette and textures are much more sensual than sexual, more sophisticated than provocative. Either way, I approve.

YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
YSL Fall 2014 Cuirs Fétiches - Couture Palette Collector Fétiche,
Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
The Couture Palette Collector Fétiche is a stunner, no doubt. Although it looks warm-toned, with the gold and gold-flecked bronze shades, it does also have a black and a rather cool-toned espresso brown for balance. The dusky teal shade is also somewhere in the middle, tonally.

All five have wonderful pigmentation, with the gold being perhaps the sheerest. The bronze and the espresso both have obvious flecks of shimmer, and the gold has the most metallic, reflective shimmer throughout. The teal and the black are satins. (As I mentioned in my previous review, the texture seems almost dry to the touch, when you might expect very pigmented and smooth eyeshadows to be creamy/buttery/dense. It's a really unique texture.)

All five shades blend very well, which in the case of the teal is something to actually watch out for, as the intense initial payoff can rapidly become murky. These are perfect for creating a hazy, slightly metallic, smoky eye, and the intensity and shimmery finish of each shade can be augmented easily by applying them wet.

Wear time is great, easily over eight hours with a primer.

(Really randomly, the press package calls the teal shade Amazon Green and describes it as a deep green. Which...obviously not. So I do wonder if they had a more "usual" Fall palette in mind? I'm glad they changed it, if that's the case.)

YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Couture Palette Collector Fétiche
YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Couture Palette Collector Fétiche
YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Couture Palette Collector Fétiche swatched clockwise
For the look below, I started with the bronze applied to the lid, and the teal in the outer corner in a rough triangle shape. I blended the bronze through the crease, and added the espresso to deepen through the outer crease and corner. I dabbed the gold in the inner corner, and lightly swept a bit over the bronze on the inner half of the lid. I also took a mix of the bronze and the gold under the eye. I wet the black to do a soft, fuzzy liner on the top lid only, mostly as a base for the half-lashes (Prima Donna from Liberty Rebublic) at the the outer corners. (Full face picture further down.)

YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Couture Palette Collector Fétiche - applied
The Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in shade #210 Nude Acoustic is the lone nude shade in an otherwise classically wine-coloured array of lip offerings. It's a warmish pink with a strong beige undertone that falls on the MLBB end of the nude spectrum (or at least it does with my colouring).

This was my first experience with The Mats formula, and I have to say that while it was really nice, it din't blow my mind as I was expecting. The lipstick is light and very pleasant feeling on the lips, matte without feeling dry. I can't say that my lips felt particularly loved after the application, but they weren't parched, and the formula didn't make a muck out of fine lines or dry bits. It applies smoothly, and this shade in particular is a great one for touch-ups, as it's so forgiving. I don't think this lasted as well as the darker ones in the collection probably do, as the staining effect is limited by the mild colour, but it wasn't out of line with what I would expect from a matte (a few hours, but not past a meal).

While I can't say it's a formula that wows me when it comes to matte lipstick, it is lovely. (That being said, the colour is a hands down winner.)

The Gloss Volupté formula is a stronger contender for my heart. Creamy, cushy, non-sticky, moderately thick, it's a formula that is lovely to apply and feels even better on. It's a great winter lip gloss, if that makes any sense. The shade here is #106 Cuir Grenat, a wine berry that looks way more warm and red-toned in the tube than it does swatched or on my lips. It also appears to have some faint shimmer in the tube, which doesn't translate at all on the lips. It has a moderately pigmented, creamy finish that doesn't look overly glossy or goopy. As it wears down it leaves a faint stain, but the lasting power is otherwise average for a gloss.

I have to note that both of these have a very strong floral-fruity scent. I'm not usually bothered much by scented lip products, but these were quite noticeable, so take that for what it's worth.

YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
 Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat and Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic
YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat and Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic
YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat and Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic
YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic
YSL Fall 2014 - Cuirs Fétiches Couture Palette, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic, Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
Gloss Volupté #106 Cuir Grenat
So this is the whole look with the items that I received from this collection. I'm wearing the Mats #210 here, with just a bit of lip balm underneath to temper the matte finish. (I also used the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, review coming sooooon.)


Availability: At YSL counters at Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew. Possibly at certain Murale locations? Also at www.thebay.com. Price is 39$ CAD for The Mats, 35$ CAD for the Gloss Volupté, and 64$ CAD for the Couture Palette.

Have you guys already checked out this collection? Anything ring your bell? I'm pretty much addicted to the palettes, and will be going all Pokemon on them as soon as I can swing the dough. I had a peak at the Holiday ones thanks to a lovely YSL SA at Hudson's Bay, and I need to have the limited edition version of the Tuxedo palette. SO MUCH.

(The YSL items mentioned were provided by the brand/PR to be considered for review. The Liberty Rebublic lashes were purchased by me. This post is not sponsored or compensated, all opinions are my own.)

14 comments:

  1. You're looking absolutely gorgeous wearing that eyeshadow palette, Maggie! I love the look you created :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Monika!! :D

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  2. I FREAKING LOVE THIS PALETTE.

    Ok, now that that's out the way, I love the look you created with this palette, Maggie! With regards to the lipstick, I actually found that it had amazing wear time (on me), especially for something that's relatively light. For a matte, you're right about the feel in that it's not the drying type.. I'm not sure that it's meant to be hydrating (at least it wasn't on me, but then again, neither was it overly dry), and all I needed to do to revive it was a quick lip press. Love, love, love the colour and I'm so mad it was LE - it's basically sold out everywhere and has been from almost the day it launched!

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Fusion Ink - I personally am quite smitten with it, as it just works with my skin type.

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    1. Lol! That palette really is made of love, isn't it? :D

      I think maybe i'm unusually hard on lipsticks? I dunno? On the other hand, the Nars Audacious lipsticks wear like iron, so that's what I'm comparing it to, even those aren't strictly marketed as mattes. The colour is phenomenal though, definitely!

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  3. Oh my goodness, that lipstick looks phenomenal on you! Now I want it HAHA xx

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    1. Ha! Thank you! It really is a wonderful colour. Nude pinks are my jam. :D

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  4. That's such a beautiful palette!!!!

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  5. I caved and got this palette and the lipstick. The palette is amazing and I want to join you going Pokemon on all the LE YSL shadows. And oddly enough, the lipstick doesn't make me look like a corpse although I avoid these nude shades like the devil. I think it was made precisely to go with the palette, but if I could do over again, I'd pick a darker shade for more versatility.

    I have no interest in 50 Shades but Dornan is freaking adorable. Did you see him on Graham Norton trying to explain why he couldn't walk properly for most of his life? Hilarious!

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    1. Haha, YES! That's actually the link I posted "in action". :D He is so adorkable.

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  6. Oooh, love that bronze smokey eye!

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  7. Yeah when I went back to Murale to check on this palette, it seems it's sold out now. Oh well, it's probably for the best, I have my eye on about a million holiday things. Certainly looks lovely on you though!

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    1. Oh, that's too bad! But yes, so many things coming out now, it's almost better to have the decision taken out of your hands. :)

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