The Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2013 Collection includes the Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatic Eye Shadow Palette City Drive Classy ($55 USD / $74 CAD), an uptown-style palette inspired by chic, neutral shades of marble, concrete and steel architecture. This limited-edition collection features an array of colors and textures inspired by the spirit of the contemporary woman who channels classy uptown and bold downtown styles at her will. Available online now and on counters August 2013.
This palette features rich brown shimmer, satin champagne, warm chocolate shimmer and sparkling concrete grey for a classic, chic look. It also features a contemporary graffiti design in gold & black on the compact, but other than that the rest of the packaging is the same as regular Pure Chromatic palettes (including the two double-ended applicators and interior mirror).
These eyeshadows are YSL’s wet/dry formula, so they can be used dry for a sheer wash of color, or wet for an intense, opaque (almost cream-like) texture. This palette is on the completely opposite end of the spectrum from the Arty palette- this one is much more wearable, universal and great for daily wear. I’m always instantly attracted to neutral palettes like this, just because I feel much better about splurging on something I will get a lot of use out of (and that tends to be palettes with shades like this one).
Unlike the Arty palette, this Classy palette can definitely be used both wet and dry. The colors are softer, but still very beautiful when used dry. I actually like to mix up the texture by using some of the shades dry and some wet in the same look- it helps to make some of the shades pop when using them wet (like the satin champagne on the eyelid) while making others easier to blend when dry (like the rich brown shade).
The only thing that I feel is a bit out of place is the concrete, sparkling grey. I just find it hard to incorporate with the other colors, and I’ve been having difficulty finding ways to blend it or where to place it. I tend to just use the other 3 together, or just use the champagne and steel colors (I feel like only those two work together well). It’s a little frustrating, as a color like a light taupe would have made the palette much more harmonious in my opinion.
Overall, its a fairly good palette, but perhaps not quite as easy to use as you may at first think.
$55 USD / $74 CAD
- Amount: 0.1oz / 3g
- Value: $550 USD per oz / $740 CAD per oz
Limited Edition. Available now online and on counters August 2013 at:
This palette is definitely more on the universal, wearable side of the spectrum in comparison to the Arty palette. Definitely useable for everyday looks, and works well both dry and wet. I found the grey shade to be a little out of place, and making it a little hard to use all four shades together, but overall I think this palette can create some pretty gorgeous looks.