I have long been a fan of Yves Saint Laurent. I remember clearly from years past watching my drag friends paint the most beautiful faces, from nothing more than a borrowed 5-pan YSL eyeshadow compact and a brush. I would sit, amazed at their ability to create airbrushed lids – a rainbow of florescent colors from lash to brow. Those moments of my first understanding of shading and contour are still vivid today.
The mid-nineties is the timeframe I am speaking of, where pastels had reminded us of our whimsical selves. YSL’s 2011 Fall Color Collection is, if nothing, a reminder of those days so fruitfully reminiscent of my budding makeup artist self. I was at the YSL counter at Neiman Marcus Northpark in Dallas when the boxes to the newest collection were opened. Eyes glazed over, I was once again 19 years old carefully trying to capture every stroke of Denise’s brush. Vivid yet coy, each item out of the box was it’s own wonderland of happy.
The most impressive piece of the collection is the limited edition 5-pan eyeshadow compact, No 11 Midnight Garden. An assortment of greens and lavenders all laid underneath a sheath of pixie dust, the possibilities are endless. Soft to the touch, as are most of YSL’s shadows, the colors in this compact could easily be applied delicately on top of existing shadow colors you already have to give a much needed “winter-is-coming” sparkle to your look. This compact is sure to please! (Retail $56)
Second in line to the Midnight Garden compact are the eagerly anticipated new Blush Radiance blushes. Available in six carefully chosen colors, these blushes are a softer approach to cheek hue than their predecessors. Panning the spectrum from angelic pink to muted coral, they deliver with just a hint of color. Unbelievably user-friendly, it is hard to apply too much to your desired location. Many women shy away from blush in fear of creating a look of costume rather than nature. Fear not with these blushes as they apply with ease and delicacy. My favorite would have to be No 5, as true red blushes are difficult to come by. I know many an artist who will make sure to add this to their personal creative boxes. (Retail $45)
YSL chose to add some new single eye shadow colors to the collection, No 18 Deep Night Purple and No 19 Velvet Green – both perfect to use wet as a top liner or dry underneath for a softer smoky effect. (Retail $30)
Make sure to take advantage of another limited edition piece to this collection – No 20 Midnight Blue Faux Cils mascara. YSL has always been known for the brilliant separation and lengthening of their Faux Cils mascara line, and this abysmal blue is sure to be no exception. A deep blue mascara has the ability to brighten the white of the eye without the risk of appearing too dramatic. Many times, the mascara doesn’t even show up as blue, but a softer black. Artists often times lean in this direction to get the definition needed of the mascara without going over the edge. (Retail $30)
All available online at the YSL website or at fine retailers.