So my first makeup purchase of 2014 was driven by a rapidly building obsession for orange lipstick. My second, and third - both featured here - were driven by a longer held obsession, acquired from the moment I first eyed YSL's Spring 2014 collection at the start of the year. I have a well shared weakness for pretty things and the YSL Flower Crush collection seduced me instantly with its combination of floral embossed gilt packaging, pretty spring colours and the promise of...
"Whorls of petals. A rush of roses and peonies.
A whirlwind of a thousand flowers envelops the Saint Laurent woman in a soft, feverishly sensual cloud. Flower crush..."
I gritted my teeth, saved my money and held out for the Australian release, ready to literally swoop on that counter. As it happens I didn't do the swooping but my partner in YouTube crime did - thank you Ling for performing my personal shopper duties yet again! I was initially deciding between the 5 colour eye palette, Pivoine Crush or the Rosy Blush and in the end decided on both. Call me indecisive but I think I was very decisive when I made that choice.
Pivoine Crush Ombrés 5 Lumières Eye Palette
The YSL website describes this palette as:
"A collector eye palette with 5 vibrant eye shadow shades inspired by the perfect spring flower storm..."
Indeed the palette design itself has a highly collectable appeal. The bowerbird in me attracted to pretty shiny things was powerless to resist it based on that alone! The bright colours within are a bit of a departure from my usual choices of purples and taupes and in the palette they actually look a little too bright for comfort - I don't want to look theatrical (or as though I have an eye inflammation!) but swatching quickly put any concerns to rest. The mostly warm shades are all surprisingly soft, even when applied over primer. Some of the shades have a subtle sparkle but there's nothing over the top in the selection. If you're after a very bright or shimmery look then this may disappoint but for someone like me who likes to dabble in colour in a subtle everyday way it's going to be perfect and I look forward to experimenting:
Rosy Blush Duo Collector Face Palette
YSL refers to this beauty as:
"...a creamy powder that sculpts and illuminates the complexion. A collector face creamy powder palette that displays a graphic motif to unveil 2 marble pink shades that swirl and unravel an arty rose petal motif."
The blush is a duo of non-shimmery soft pastel pink blush swirled with a golden pink highlight shade in a ridiculously pretty, rather organic looking design in the pan. YSL recommends the matte pink shade be used for sculpting the cheeks, then applying the golden highlight on the cheekbones however I've been swirling both shades together for a subtle pink glow on my cheeks - maybe because I'm fair skinned I find this works beautifully for a daytime look and I just love it because I get a healthy pink glow without anything too obvious. Yes, there is a bit of sparkle but not too otherworldly for me so I am 100% in love with this!
I can see that if you have medium to darker skin this won't do much for you as a blush, although it could probably still work as a highlight. I've also read it can be layered over other blush to add a subtle glow.
Swirled and swatched on my arm:
These pretty things were both very much an indulgence for me but I don't regret them at all - like I said I'm a sucker for pretty and these are undeniably pretty and, importantly, wearable too. If you like pink then this might just be your thing. Both of these items are limited edition so you need to be quick to snap them up!
Until next time.