YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette swatches, review, photos | YSL’s Summer 2013 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Monday, September 23, 2013

YSL Marrakesh Sunset 5 Colour Eye Shadow Palette review

The product: Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh Sunset Palette (Ombrés 5 Lumières/5 Colour Eye Shadow Summer Look 2013)

Summer may be over, but I couldn’t not share this gorgeous YSL palette with you anyways. From the packaging, to the formulas, to the eyeshadow shades, this is one palette that really can’t be missed — um, so I’m really very sorry that I’ve taken so long to get this post up.

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Eyeshadow Palette swatches

The packaging: To start us off, this palette is packaged in a gorgeous gold case, unique to this collection. The same in size and function as the regular 5 Colour Eye Shadow palettes, the Marrakesh Sunset Palette features a Moroccan arabesque design on the front, “engraved with golden satin contrasting against shiny golden reflects.”

Their words, not mine. You know palettes mean business when they come engraved — and though this one fingerprints like crazy, I have to admit: it’s pretty unique.

Limited edition YSL Marrakesh Sunset palette packaging

YSL Marrakesh Sunset 5 Colour Eye Shadow Palette packaging

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette review

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Ombrés 5 Lumières Eyeshadow Palette

The eyeshadows: The shades of the Marrakesh Sunset palette are, well, made to be representative of a beautiful Moroccan sunset, and they do a wonderful job of it.

The centre highlighter and bottom two shades create the impression of a warm, hazy sky, brightening and lifting the eye area with shimmering finishes and peachy undertones. The highlighter, softer than the other four shades, swatches almost like a shimmer finish within a frost — from a distance, it has a watery, metallic effect, and it makes a beautiful inner corner highlight.

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Eyeshadow palette swatches review

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette swatches: bottom left, centre, bottom right, top left, top right

The top two shades are the accents of this palette, but while both are gorgeous, I felt like they could have used a little more pigment.

The medium brown has green-yellow undertones, and on the lids (where the gold shimmer is more diffuse than in the swatch), the undertones make my eyes look rather haggard. On someone warmer, darker, more peach, or even just a little bronzed, I think they’d have worked much better.

YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres eyeshadow swatches - Marrakesh Sunset review

YSL Marrakesh Sunset 5 Colour Eye Shadow Palette swatches

Finally, the violet. Oh, god — this one is absolutely beautiful both swatched or in the pan, but like the bronze, it doesn’t quite work. It’s a medium-opacity shade with most divine undertones, perfect for both warm or cool skintones, and they’re complemented with absolutely mesmerizing fuchsia and blue (!) microshimmer.

The shimmer, however, has a terrible tendency to fall down during application — it actually has less shimmer than the other four shades, but it was the only one that speckled my cheeks as I blended. While beautiful, at the price point, I was left wanting more from this one: more pigment, a more buttery texture, more adhesion to the skin.

YSL Marrakesh Sunset palette swatches review

The verdict?

At $72 CAD, this palette isn’t a must-have. I love the shades in theory, but they’re best on warmer, darker, more bronzed skintones — on anyone who can pull off sheer golds and peaches well.

The violet (oh, the beautiful violet!) has a tendency to produce shimmer fallout during application, and none of the shades were as pigmented or buttery as I would have liked them to be. Though beautiful, Marrakesh Sunset simply doesn’t make enough of an argument to justify its price tag, and I think it can be skipped.

Availability: $58 USD/$72 CAD where still available. (Limited edition Summer 2013).

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette packaging

YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette packaging

The ingredients:

Talc, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Stearate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PTFE, Dimethicone, Dilinoleic Acid/Butanediol Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate/Triethoxysilylethyl, Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer.

+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Carmine, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Silica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Blue 1 Lake, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Yellow 5 Lake, Chromium Oxide Greens, Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Tin Oxide.

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17 Responses to “YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette swatches, review, photos | YSL’s Summer 2013 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette”

  1. sharipoquiz, on September 23rd, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

    I love this palette and was almost going to pick it up when it sold out :( I would love to see a look on you, though. And yes, I think that's the most problematic with the YSL palettes, they seem to have almost always fallout. :(

  2. Lauren Harper, on September 28th, 2013 at 10:37 pm said:

    Obsessed! I used the No. 20 paler in my Fall Basics blog post, featuring a selection of beauty products that I use to achieve the sexy vamp look!

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  11. Carrie, on October 2nd, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

    This is so pretty. Even though summer has left us, I for one am glad you took the time to do a review of this YSL palette.

  12. Oh, sorry to hear that! :( I don't think I'll have time to put a look together, but I know my fellow bloggers Christa (Perilously Pale) and Joey (Joey'space) have done looks with it, if you're interested in seeing it worn! :)

  13. Glad you enjoyed it, Carrie :)

  14. Sounds lovely! Fall is such a great time for vamps :)

  15. mizzjblog, on October 5th, 2013 at 1:26 am said:

    Aw sorry to hear about the fallout – i hate it when shadows do that! Too bad they don't just sell the pan – that gold packaging is just gorgeous.
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  16. The Duchess, on November 22nd, 2013 at 12:16 pm said:

    It looks like it's made for my (medium-deep brown) skin tone. I'm not bothered by fallout (I'll just do my base after my eyes). This palette is perfect: no ashy whites, all neutral to rich colours. They named it well. Thanks for the review!

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