Wednesday, 30 March 2011

YVES SAINT LAURENT Pure Chromatics eye palette

The pure Chromatics eye palettes are meant to be a “new generation of powders, a magical meeting of color and water, pure water becomes a color catalyst, intensifying the chromatic power of the nacres and pigments” . I tend to only use shadows wet when I’m using them as liners so I was quite intrigued by this new formula.
The colours have great pigmentation, however its when used wet they you see the true vibrancy and richness of them. The finish is shimmery, almost metallic. On application, even when used dry I feel like these adhered to the skin, as such I don’t find they blend as easily as my favourite shadow brands and I do have to take more time in application. Used with a primer they last all day with absolutely no colour fade.
I bought quad #3 (£37). It contains a midnight navy blue, frosty ice blue, fawn brown and a deep bark brown.
Swatched below, I have included a dry then wet swatch of each shade:
I find the icy blue difficult to wear, its just too stark against my complexion so I mix it with the darker blue. I wore it like this today and I think its quite a vibrant look.
Whilst I know this won’t be something I use on a weekly basis I’m very pleased I got it as the colours really are quite striking.

I bought this from John Lewis


  1. Thanks so much for the swatches on this palette. It is gorgeous, especially the combination you have on your eyes. I don't think I've seen this at the local counter or at least I didn't notice it. I will have to go check it out.

  2. Very pretty colors, I love the look you did, I'd love to see more looks! :)

  3. That looks gorgeous on you and the eyeshadows look really beautiful when applied wet (although like you I'm not really a fan of icy blues but it works really well mixed with the other colours). x Klara

  4. Your eyes really jump off the page - looks fantastic.

  5. 'Magical meeting of colour and water' - I don't like to get pulled into the blurb but I do like how that sounds.

    These are really lovely colours - they do look amazing wet but I have to admit I don't often use shadows wet.

  6. Really interesting post. One of the sales girls demonstrated to me the effect when used with water the other day as originally I overlooked them. I have to say I am very tempted to get one, especially having seen how great they look on you! x

  7. Oh yes, now you're talking! I LOVE this look on you, it's just stunninh...I think Jane is quite interested in these as well, and based on your pics and swatches, I have to agree.
    Thanks so much for the post :-)
    Nina x

  8. Such gorgeous colours and your EOTD look is awesome. I have never owned anything from YSL but definitely want to try some of their makeup.

  9. LOL, that's quite the description that YSL gives. It looks gorgeous, though: in the pan and on your eyes!

  10. How stunning! This is a wonderful look for you!
    I recently purchased the Habanera e/s duo from NARS which is a vibrant blue with purple and I was surprised I could pull it off! It's so much fun!

  11. Looks beautiful on you.Also looking forward to seeing more looks. Thanks for the swatches, too.

  12. This looks as lovely as I had hoped! You always apply colours so beautifully. Thank you for the warning about the blending as you've probably averted a disastrous first application! This staying firmly on my too buy list ;)
    Jane x

  13. I must say they look wondeful, especially wet - really nice pigmentation!!!
    I know what you mean about this not being your average everyday palette (I'd feel the same way), but you can't argue that it would be ideal for a summer vacation! :))


  14. Those colors are SO PRETTY!!

  15. REally like what you have done with this.

  16. Your makeup is amazing!

    I have always loved YSL, and some of my favourites are their Rouge Volupte and their Touche Mate. :)

    The Cat Hag

  17. Hi Kristie,
    Thanks, I do really like the darker blue. I might well have to go back and have a look at the other ones :)

    Hi Vintage Makeup,
    Thank you, I do think its quite a versatile palette in terms of the amount of looks you can get with it.

    Hi Klara,
    Yes, Icy blues are not my friend I glad you like the look. I do think you get the most from this palette when you use it wet.

    Hi Skin Scrubs,
    Thank you, you gave me a strange visual there :)

    Hi Meeta,
    I thought the blurb was interesting as well, of course over the top! I don’t often use shadows wet, but I do really like the vibrancy its gives with these shades

    Hi Lipstick Luvvie,
    Thank you! I’m sure they have a 10% off going on at the moment in places like John Lewis..just saying... x

    Hi Nina,
    Thank you If you do have a look at them, let me know what you think of the other shades, I wasn’t too sure about the other combinations. Will have to have another look.x

    Hi Alicia,
    Thanks, the shades are really rich, I think you could get quite a dramatic eye with this palette.

    Hi Liz,
    Yes, the description is a bit much isn’t it!

    Hi Joolz,
    Thank you, I did wonder that the colours and finish were a bit too young for me, but I like it enough that I’ll throw caution to the wind. I keep meaning to get NARS Habanera :)

    Hi Michaela,
    Thank you. I got one of their new waterproof pencils as well so when I post about that I’ll try and add in another eye look with this palette.

    Hi Jane,
    Yes, you will find the texture a bit different to your usual shadows, I think this palette would look really nice on you, although I think you may have the same fear of the icy blue as I do ! x

    Hi Tina,
    The pigmentation is impressive. Now if only I was actually going on a summer vacation this year ;)

    Hi Heather,
    I can see this one being one of the more popular ones out of the range they have on offer.

    Hi Debbie,
    Thank you, I do like my deep blues :)

    Hi Addie,
    Thank you, I’m sure I read someone that they were launching a new lipstick range next month, wonder if it will be similar to the Rouge Volupte ?


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