The Yves Saint Laurent Arty Stone Collection for Spring 2013 includes the Yves Saint Laurent Y Facettes Eye Collector Palette ($55 USD / $75 CAD), a gorgeous Pure Chromatics wet/dry eyeshadow palette filled with colors inspired by precious stones. The entire collection is a palette of jewel-toned crystalline colors and will be available this month at Yves Saint Laurent counters (but a few of the items are already available online here).
This limited-edition eyeshadow palette is one of the signature pieces of the collection, housed in the typical Pure Chromatics packaging, however featuring a unique jewel box design of Y Facets on the top of the compact. The interior features a large mirror, four eyeshadows and two double-ended applicators (sponge-tip applicators to apply the product dry, and rubber applicators to apply them wet).
The shades include…
- Malachite: An intense, profound green
- Fluorite: A powdery, iridescent rose with a hint of pink sparkle
- Amethyst: A fresh, smoky violet
- Azurite: A metallic, lustrous blue
The Pure Chromatics palettes have rarely let me down, and this palette is no different. Each color is beautiful pigmented, smooth and silky. They blend wonderfully and even the Fluorite pink shade with a bit of sparkle in it went on nicely without any fall out. They work beautifully dry and wet; apply dry all over the lid for an on-trend sheer wash of color, or apply them with a damp brush (steer clear of the rubber applicators that are included; I find they make it harder to apply) for an intense, opaque finish.
My gripe? Once again, all shimmery. I’m not sure why this is happening so much lately in several different collections… but I would have liked to see some variety. Having said that, this isn’t the type of palette in which you use all the shades at once. Pick one or two and stick to them… going too crazy with all of the colors will leave you looking like a cotton candy coated disco ball.
I couldn’t pick a favorite shade, even if I tried to. They all look fabulous, and I must say my favorite way to wear them is just one at a time in a mono-chromatic wash of color on the lid, paired with black eyeliner. I also like doing a nude eye with a pop of bright color along the lower lash line (this is where you’ll want to apply them wet for sure- it basically turns into a gel eyeliner)- perfect for Spring!