YSL Y Facettes (Pure Chromatics No. 14) Palette: review, photos, swatches | Less manic, more moody: a surprisingly smokey take on spring pastels

Friday, February 15, 2013

YSL Y Facettes teaser

The product: Yves Saint Laurent Y Facettes Palette (Spring 2013) / Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Palette in N0.14

Every release has that one product that really makes the collection, whether or not it was intended to — Clarins’ face palettes tend to steal the show, for instance, and the same goes for shu’s eye palettes.

In YSL’s Spring 2013 Arty Stone collection, that product is their Y Facettes Palette, a limited-edition packaging of their Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Palette in No. 14. 

YSL Y Facettes Spring 2013 Eyeshadow Palette

The formula & pigmentation

“The new Pure Chromatics harmony, in its jewel box of fine Y facets, shimmering like the reflections of a thousand sequins, captures the same intensity of light diffused in the prisms of precious gems.”

YSL Y Facettes Palette - swatches, dry

YSL Y Facettes, swatched dry on primed skin

YSL’s description of their Pure Chromatics (“a concentration of nacres and pigments much higher than traditional shadows,”) leads you to believe they’ll be densely pigmented, but I just couldn’t get as much colour out of these as I had expected to be able to without foiling.

Dry on unprimed skin, they’re barely whispers of colour; dry on primed skin, they’re medium-sheer and very shimmery. Foiled, they’re much more intense, with just the right amount of pigment for the shimmer.

Had they not been described as such, however, I would have been quite happy with their level of pigmentation. While not breathtakingly intense, it works wonderfully with the aesthetic of the palette, translating onto the eyes with plenty of colour without taking away from the highly faceted finish.

YSL colour swatches Y Facettes

Point-extracted colour samples from the swatch photos: as “real” as you can get!

The shades

Every time I swatch this palette, I love it a little more: the shades, like a handful of sugar-coated pastels, all grown up, aren’t ones that I would normally drift toward…

YSL Y Facettes Eyeshadow Palette

Somehow, though, that doesn’t make me like them any less.

These shadows were inspired by malachite (“an intense, profound green,”) fluorite (“a powdery, iridescent rose,”) amethyst (“a fresh, smoky violet,”) and azurite (“a metallic, lustrous blue.”)

YSL swatches - Y Facettes Arty Stone palette, foiled

YSL Y Facettes / Pure Chromatics No. 14 Eyeshadow Palette, swatched wet

A description of each, labelled under its muse:

  • Malachite: a very “fresh” green; sheer pigment with a heaping of finely-milled on-colour and slightly-brighter-green microshimmer.
  • Fluorite: the most sheer of the four, this pink base is almost translucent — but the microshimmer and on-tone shards flash brightly, keeping it far from unnoticeable.
  • Amethyst: the most pigmented, this smokey violet is my favourite of the bunch, and has a frost finish (shimmery pigments so small and uniform that none of them flash out separately).
  • Azurite: “standard” shimmery medium blue with silvery-blue microshimmer. This one would be boring on its own, but is the perfect compliment to the rest of the palette.

YSL Y Facettes packaging

The verdict?

At $55 USD, I would absolutely recommend this palette — I didn’t like it at first, but by the time I had used it for a few looks, I was crazy about it. My sister, who on sight told me she thought it was horrendous, had the same reaction: one super-easy eye look and she was head over heels.

For those of you who aren’t quite sold (after all, $74 CAD is hard to swallow), stay tuned and keep an open mind, okay? I have a look coming up on Monday showcasing this palette, and I think you might be surprised.  

(If you can’t wait… here’s a preview. Follow here to stay up to date with previews, etc. on Instagram!)

The ingredients

YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Ingredients

The packaging & applicators 

Shiny gold with a faceted face (the front of the palette features a slightly-inset frosted print of triangles and diamonds), what I was really taken aback by with this palette was the applicators, not the shadows.

One of the applicators is your typical sponge-tip; boring. The other, however, is something I’ve never seen before: instead of being made from foam, the flat paddle and conical point are made from a flexible, rubbery material — perfect for putting down intense, precise pigment. 

YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette review

A few more photos

YSL Pure Chromatics No 14 Eyeshadow Palette

YSL Pure Chromatics 4 Wet & Dry Eyeshadows in No. 14

YSL swatches - Pure Chromatics no 14, wet

YSL Pure Chromatics No. 14/Y Facettes Palette, foiled

Yves Saint Laurent Y Facettes Palette Arty Stone Spring 2013

YSL Pure Chromatics No. 14/Y Facettes (Arty Stone, Spring 2013)

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30 Responses to “YSL Y Facettes (Pure Chromatics No. 14) Palette: review, photos, swatches | Less manic, more moody: a surprisingly smokey take on spring pastels”

  1. omg these look amazing I love wet/dry shadows the concept is fantastic and these colors are so diff then the usuals! thanks for sharing a fantastic review!

  2. I actually like the sheerness of the YSL palettes. I guess because they seem to do it in a very beautiful way? I really dig the colours too, like you said it's grown up pastels, sounds awesome to me! ^^
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  3. Love it, need it! Perfect palette to shake off the winter cobwebs :)
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  4. Laura H., on February 15th, 2013 at 6:31 pm said:

    I love the colours in this palette, I just would find them hard to wear. I would love to see you do a look with them !

  5. Exactly! Well put, Kat :)

  6. Of course, gigi! Thanks :)

  7. No, I'm completely with you on that — if these were intensely pigmented, I think I would have outright hated the palette. I just wish the product description matched the (perfect pigmentation) that you actually get!

  8. Coming up on Monday, Laura! Keep your eyes peeled ;)

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  10. Oh wow what a beautiful palette! Each shade is so feminine. ♥
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  12. That is truly beautiful. I never go to look at YSL but I will now. Your pictures are outstanding.
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  18. They're all so great — the violet is definitely my favourite, though. Feminine, but still very moody — such a well-crafted shade.

  19. Thank you, Marcia! :) I hope you can find something in the line to love.

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  22. Oh I think I may well be in love… Such a gorgeous palette! x
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  23. Oh I think I may well be in love… Such a gorgeous palette! x
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  24. I wouldn't be surprised! It's such a well-thought-out quad ;)

  25. Marisa Anderson, on February 24th, 2013 at 2:14 pm said:

    Beautiful palette. Liked all the lovely shimmer in these shadows. Really liked the Malachite shadow.
    lovely color.
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  26. toyarosie, on March 4th, 2013 at 8:07 am said:

    It's really crazy how well this translates on eyes, because STILL I'm thinking – EEK! And even more YIKES because with my darker skin, I'm just not sure how this would work. But I'll see if I can swatch it in store and play around, and make a decision then :)
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  27. toyarosie, on March 4th, 2013 at 8:07 am said:

    It's really crazy how well this translates on eyes, because STILL I'm thinking – EEK! And even more YIKES because with my darker skin, I'm just not sure how this would work. But I'll see if I can swatch it in store and play around, and make a decision then :)
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  28. Glad you think so, Marisa!

  29. Hmmm, that's a good point. If you do pick up the quad, though, I would LOVE to see a look with it on your lids! ;)

  30. (Do it for science, Toya. :p For beauty science.)

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