YSL Sparkle Clash holiday 2016 swatched

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Sparkle Clash? Sounds good to me. YSL holiday collection from this year is compact, dazzling in its design and has it all. Face, eyes, lips, nails, it’s all covered for you here. You’ll be most happy with this collection though, if you love lip colour, really really love it, because there are nine different lip shades here that come in three different textures. Isn’t that great? Doesn’t it warm your heart, if you are a big lip colour fan? It certainly warms mine, I’ll tell you that. I like lip colour a lot. Probably, most in makeup. Although it’s a tough choice. I have to say up front though that these three textures and all nine shades have something in common, something they all share. This something can be a huge advantage or a huge disadvantage depending on your taste. It’s YSL signature lip colour scent. You know what it is, strong, tropical and flowery, sort of. If you love it, you’re lucky. If you don’t, or if you’re scent sensitive, you might be in trouble. Be sure to try – or else sniff – before you buy. The other thing all the products in the collection share is its Sparkle Clash design that mostly involves gold, sparkle and then some stars. The design is beautiful, special occasion like and impressive, in my opinion. Ready? Let’s see it all, so you know what you think about it.

 

First and foremost, there’s this palette that has face products, eye products and lip products in it. It looks much bigger in promo photos, so I was stunned and loved how compact and how small it is in real life. I mean, seriously, I can fit it into most of my clutches 🙂

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It’s called YSL Sparkle Clash Edition Palette de Maquillage Complete Make-Up Palette. See how it says complete makeup palette here? So, it makes sense that it will have it all in it.

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The boxing is traditionally YSL like. All shiny and all gold with black lettering on it. There’s nothing special edition like about it.

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Here’s the list of ingredients for those of us who are eager to look through it and know what’s in there, or in case you might be sensitive to any of the cosmetic stuff.

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And here’s our palette. All shiny, sparkly, lush and YSL. Very small and kind of fabric textured to the touch with a black logo. Very nice.

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This design is a very good job. It gracefully balances the whole holiday collection thing with YSL brand DNA and look.

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From the back of the packaging we also learn that the net weight of this palette is 11,4 g. That is, it’s not only small, it’s light too. So, dragging it around won’t be too hard.

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And here’s our palette with all its frills and trimmings. Very elegant with that special twist and special zest that YSL always has in it. Sophisticated. And pretty warm by the look of the shades, I must say.

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Moving on and going to see the brushes now. Did you spot them? They are on the side in the palette. Face, eyes, lips. Right? So, we have three brushes here.

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A face brush.

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An eye sponge.

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And a lip brush.

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All of the above are very traditional, black and have tiny YSL logo on their stems.

 

Back to the palette. There’s something chic and something classy about it. It’s not trying to be artsy, it’s womanly and proud to be so.

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First things first. Face. You think it’s pressed powder? No. It’s illuminating powder. Or else, illuminating blush, according to YSL. Blush Illuminateur. Whatever you wanna call it, it’s intended for illuminating purposes. It’s a lighter beige shade with some rosy undertone to it but not too much. If your skin tone is anything than very light, it’s definitely going to illuminate.

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Here’s what’s great about this product. It’s not too shiny and not too sparkly. Not shiny or sparkly at all, in fact. Instead it has this healthy glow to it that a good illuminator is supposed to have. It’s noble, it’s special, it’s rare, really, because once we say the magic word ‘highlighter’, the whole hell – or whatever you wanna call is – breaks loose, and it gets so shiny and pearly you almost can’t look at it without squinting. While a good highlighter is not intended to make you look like a Christmas tree or a special occasion street illumination. It’s there to help your complexion glow and bring out the best in it. This highlighter by YSL definitely does that. A good one. Probably, so good that you can wear it all over, if you like extra glow on your face. I, personally, don’t, but it’s a matter of taste. Or you could mix some of this highlighter into your powder to give it a little glowy kick. Whatever you choose to do with it, it’s worth it, I think.

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Next on our list of things in the palette is eyeshadow. A bunch of it. Four shades. All look warm to me, and some of them are shiny. We’ll see what we’ve got here. Maybe, some shades will swatch differently, not quite the way they look.

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First we have this pretty pearly and sparkly pink beige shade. Rose Argent. The sparkle in it is a cool mauvish pink. As a result, there’s a mauvish cloud hovering over the whole pink beige eyeshadow business here. You know how I feel about pink beige on the lids. It’s one of those shades that are beautiful and hugely underestimated. This shade has it all in it – elegance, romance, casual, red carpet. This YSL version of it in particular might be more about dressing up than usual because of all the shine and sparkle. Still, it’s one of those shades that will stay with you after the holidays, and that you’ll find yourself using more than once on various occasions and loving it.

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Another great one. Cuivre. A warm yellowish light brown with some golden pearl in it, but not too much, and a light golden sparkle. Another shade that’s rare. Surprisingly so, because it’s beautiful. For starters, it’s warm, so warm you can almost feel the heat coming off it. Speaking about the heat, this yellowish brown can turn all hot, if you choose to use it for smoky eyes look or wear it as an eyeliner and pair it up with darker chocolate brown shades in your makeup. Just like that pink beige, this shade has a flattering and appealing quality about it that’s hard to find in makeup. If you like warmer eye shades, go for it. It will look interesting and exquisite.

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I guess, YSL knew what I like, when they were putting this palette together 🙂 Our third shade here proves to be this shiny and sparkly light yellow. Or Brillant. Attention: not gold, but yellow. Well, for starters, we’ve seen so much gold in holiday collections, we might as well take a little break here and have some yellow instead. Especially as yellow is at its best, when it is all pearly and shiny and light, the way it is here. Gorgeous and flattering almost across the board. If you’re a blonde, and you always thought that warm yellow is not your shade, this version of yellow will become you. And it will definitely look good on you, if your hair and eyes are darker. And all the sparkle in it is an extra bonus that turns it into a whirlwind of fun and celebration. I’ll definitely enjoy this one.

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The last shade of the four is a deep and chocolate brown. Prune. It’s matt. This shade has a purple feeling somewhere at the bottom of it without being purplish, really. It’s languid and relaxed and warm as hot chocolate. Hot is the key word, when this shade is concerned. This brown is brown done right. Not too dark. Radiant in a discreet way. It’s a good one, because it’s so hard to make brown look good in eyeshadow without sliding into the ‘too dark, too brown and off black’ abyss. This shade is exciting. It’s the kind of brown that can make you like browns even if you generally don’t. To get into it more easily, try it as an eyeliner first and then go full on with it.

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That’s the eyeshadow quad, basically, that we have in YSL Sparkle Clash Edition Complete Make-Up Palette, and I find myself frozen in awe staring at it and imagining all the great looks that might come out of these shades. Love it.

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The last two things that are hidden in this sparkly little box are two lip shades. Rouge Volupte Shine shades, to be more specific. That is, it’s not creamy lipstick formula, it’s shiny sheer formula. Which makes sense in a palette of the kind. Because it’s hard to scoop out and distribute evenly on the lips cream formula lipstick, when it’s stuck in these tiny square trays in makeup palettes. While sheer formula just gives you a touch of shine on your lips and it looser to the touch.

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The first shade is just so beautiful. It’s a nude lip shade. Or a natural look shade. Rose Argente. Warmer. Beige pink, you could say. What I love about it though is that pink in it doesn’t give up and doesn’t become white, silver or beige. It’s markedly pink without being intrusive, bright and fuchsia like. This is an awesome shade that will become most of us. It’s understated elegance that comes in lipstick form. The shine in it is not intrusive. It’s more about diluting colour here than shine proper. If this shade proves to be not too light for you, it will be your go to shade for many days and nights to come. It’s only a pity there’s so little of it in the palette.

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Next shade. Rouge Dore. It’s totally different. Forget all about nude makeup, natural makeup and understatement, for that matter. This shade is a statement. And a big one. No doubt about that. Suffice it to say that it’s red. But there’s more. There’s the delicate shine in this red. As for the shade itself, it’s not delicate at all. It’s bright and bold and daring. Or else, it’s a classic with a little bit of a modern twist to it, maybe, but just a little. You can play it any way you want. You can touch your lips with it to give them a fresh kissed or just had some berries look. Or you can really go for it and turn your lips into a red carpet metaphor. It’s all good.

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These are our two lip shades. They are like ice and fire. Or like us. Contradictory and glorious. YSL managed to fit in so much in such a small thing. These two shades with their touch of shine embrace an incredible amount of looks and variations.

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My own and very personal conclusion is – YSL Sparkle Clash Edition Palette is pretty and special. I love the golden sparkle on the packaging, I love the small size, and the shades didn’t disappoint me, just on the contrary. So, I’m ready to love it more and more every time I make up with it.

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One more thing for our face before we launch into the lip colour frenzy. YSL Touche Eclat. YSL has a history of beautiful limited editions, when it comes to this product. I’ve got to give them credit. I mean, it’s a thin tube, how much can you do there in terms of design? Turns out, a lot.

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The shade number is 2. That’s a medium shade. In between the light 1 and the honey like 3. YSL Touche Eclat Collector Radiant Touch 2 Luminous Ivory

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Here we go. Even if you don’t like sparkle, you’ve got to admit, it’s awesome. And it’s a perfect match for that palette. So, when you have both of them in your purse, it will look amazing. Wow. Amazing looking makeup. I like that.

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Every design detail is so well thought through here. I’m impressed. In terms of how it works, we’ve talked about it once already. You hit a button at the bottom. The first time around you’ll have to do it more than once. But once you get over the initial part, it will be easier. Then the liquid highlighter will show up on the brush on the other end.

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It terms of coverage, it’s somewhere in the middle. Not full on like cream highlighters, but fuller than most liquid ones. To me, it’s good news. In my world highlighter should highlight. And concealer should conceal. And if it’s too sheer, I just don’t see how it’s going to do its job. The shade is a lighter beige. Sometimes there shows up a yellowish undertone in it, sometimes there shows up a pink undertone in it, depending on the lighting. It’s a good basic shade intended to cover everyone, because it’s a limited edition and it only comes it one shade. You might wanna be careful with it, if there’s any sallow in your skin tone though. Still, I think you can wear it. YSL Touche Eclat blends with your skin tone nicely, so no need to be afraid of looking all made up.

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I like this Touche Eclat edition, even though I’m generally not a fan of highlighters that come in liquid form and brush shape. YSL highlighters are the best or one of the best out there, in my opinion. And this beautiful take on this product they came up with this holiday season confirms it for me even further.

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Ok, getting to lip colour now. Four shades of YSL Rouge Pur Couture that come in an adorable limited edition design first. Rouge Pur Couture is a classic cream colour formula that feels ever so light on the lips. Very light, in fact, for cream colour. So, if you don’t like the heavy feel on the lips you might wanna take a closer look at it. On the other hand, it has a strong scent to it. And people who don’t like the heavy lipstick feel on the lips oftentimes don’t appreciate heavy scents in it either. So, it’s up to you 🙂

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Here’s our first shade. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition 1 Le Rouge. I’m curious. What’s so Star Clash about this edition?

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Oh. That’s what. Spectacular. And it matches that palette and highlighter. How very chic. Once again, if I had a palette, a highlighter and a lipstick with me, it would look so great, because it’s all the same design, basically. And this design is a stunner.

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When we hear Le Rouge, I think we all know – even without seeing the lipstick – that it’s going to be red. I mean, makes sense, right? Well, red it is. Look at the stars etched on it though. Isn’t it great? Wait, let me show you.

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The shade is red, deep and womanly. It’s that basic red classic that we’ve all worn at one point or another. Sultry classic. Red and hot classic. I’m going to own this room classic. What is it about red lip that makes it last and last and last overtime? That lures so many people all over the globe into its mysterious red plane? Maybe, it’s how basic this shade is in its core. Also, there’s so much in it. Sex, fun, challenge, elegance, youth. It has it all. And that’s why we love it, probably. The stars etched on this red shade make it even better and even hotter, if that’s humanly possible. Le Rouge is vampy and steaming hot and oh so tempting.

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Next shade. I can’t wait to see the stars on it, whatever it is. So, bring it on, YSL. This star design is awesome. It brings special occasion feel with it every time you twist that tube and open it and press the lipstick to your lips.

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The shade is called YSL Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition 9 Rose Stiletto. Talk about womanly. Rose Stiletto. It’s in a different category, but no less womanly than Le Rouge. Makes me want to get pink stiletto heeled shoes 🙂

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Uh-huh. Turns out, the shoes I’m supposed to get to match this shade should not be pink. They should be more of a moody mauve colour with a cool pink undertone hidden deep beneath it. Might be for the better, actually.

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Before we get to the shade and see it up close, let’s marvel at the tube one more time. It’s such a dear. Fireworks, candy and music. It’s all wrapped around this shiny tube you have in your hand.

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If you forget about the rose part of Rose Stiletto, it’s a nice and modern shade. There’s some pink there, but it’s mostly mauve or, shall we say, purple. This purple is subdued, elegant and exciting in a way. It’s a very solid and appealing casual shade that you can wear anywhere you want and with most outfits you’ve got. There’s something inherently nice about this shade. You can get so much out of it. Romance, casual chic, sporty, natural, languid… you name it. And it will give you a little more than you expect in all of the above. Say, it’s not just nude, it’s nude and chic. It’s not just romantic, it’s romantic and elegant. Now tell me, how many shades have you seen that can be romantic and elegant at the same time? Yeah, I know 🙂

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Next shade with all the stars. Those stars are so great I can’t get enough of them. They turn this lipstick into a fairy tale, a winter wonderland, a warm breeze blowing through the garden. And given there are no stars on the boxing, it’s a surprise in every shade.

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This shade is YSL Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition 52 Rouge Rose. Rouge Rose? Red pink? How’s that, I wonder? How can you combine pink and red? They are two different things, aren’t they?

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Or not? Pink is one thing. Red is another thing. Although both are basic lipstick shades. That’s for sure. Rouge Rose. Wow. It’s intriguing. I can’t wait to see it. Especially as it’s encased in this fabulous sparkly tube. And then it’s going to have all those stars on it. Red pink stars 🙂

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O-oh. Ok. This isn’t red pink. It’s pink. Only this pink is super warm and super hot. Every time I see this shade I wonder – how come? So many people like it. You know how bright pinks are very popular. Even when they are they hot. But this hot pink becomes so few of us. It’s a tough shade to pull. Very tough.

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So, please, do yourself a favour and tell yourself the ultimate truth, even if you love this hot warm pink. Tell yourself, whether it actually becomes you, or you only think it does. Say, I like this bright and energizing pink, but it’s one of the few shades that aren’t immediately flattering, when I wear them. I try to stay away from this shade. On rare occasions when I do go for it, I have to work very hard to make it click. And it’s true for most people. To make this shade work you have to build your whole makeup and wrap your whole look around it. Unless you are an exclusion to the rule. Then enjoy 🙂

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The last starry shade in this collection. I say, there’s only one way this shade is gonna go. I mean, there’s some shiny sparkly business going on in the eye shadow department, and we haven’t really seen a single nude lip shade proper yet. So, my guess is it will be nude. 🙂

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Yep. Here we go. It was inevitable, really. Not that it’s bad 🙂 YSL Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition 70 Le Nu. What can be more nude than Le Nu? It’s as straightforward and as clear as Le Rouge, if you know what I’m saying here.

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One last look at all the golden sparkly glory we have in these tubes. I wonder, how nude shade will look framed in it and then covered in starry etchings? On the second thought, this design is one of those instances, when anything will look good in it. And if you’re a nude lip fan, you’re lucky 🙂

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Here’s our nude beauty. All starry and… warm. I keep forgetting that their nude version of Rouge Pur Couture is so warm. Somehow, when I think nude beiges, I usually think cooler or in between, medium, at least. Not all the way warm.

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While this shade is definitely warm all the way. And it has a touch of pink, and maybe, mauve about it. It’s not even an undertone, it’s just a touch, really, which makes it so much better. I mean, much much better. Remember that pink beige eyeshadow? How great it is? Well, pink undertone in beige lip shades is no less gorgeous. It softens beige nudes up, makes them more womanly and more universally flattering. Le Nu is a great example of all the above. Also, this shade is medium, not too light. So, it’s not one of those no shade nude lip shades. It’s actually a shade. That you can wear anywhere you want from hangout with friends to red carpet depending on the rest of your makeup and look. Awesome.

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These are our four shades. I love the red, the mauve and the nude. The hot hot pink is interesting but hard to pull. The design is superb but… And it’s a big but, mind you, YSL. As usual, unfortunately, it’s humanly impossible to open those boxes without tearing them, and I don’t want to tear them. I want them to look all neat and pretty for me. But no. Unless I tear them, I can’t get to the lipstick. Ugh. I wish it were easier to open those. It has to be in luxury market. Ok, Ok, I’ll put up with it for the tube and the stars sake.

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More lip colour. This one is lighter in texture, more shiny and is supposed to have a lip care element to it. Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick. Well, you know how I feel about lip colour and care done all in one promises. It rarely works. Here’s what you need to know about this formula. It’s lightweight, true, but you can still feel it on the lips because of its balmy part that’s there to do the care thing. As a result, it’s not as light as you’d expect a sheer lipstick to be. Still shiny though, very shiny and sheer. It has the same tropical watermelon like scent to it that all YSL lip colour products have in different variations. And this scent is strong. This colour and care formula isn’t bad, actually, if you don’t mind the scent and the heavier feel on the lips. If it weren’t for that, it would be perfect.

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Here’s the first shade. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick 53 Red in Rebelion. No Star Clash design here, huh? Pity. Understandable though. It’s easy enough to etch stars on creamy formula lipstick. Not so easy to do it on softer sheer lipstick. Presumably, our shade is going to be red. Just like the first shade we had in Rouge Pur Couture. Only there Le Rouge is a classic sultry red, while here Red in Rebellion seems to indicate it’s going to be a tweaked version of red. Interesting.

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No sparkle on the tube either. I’m going to miss it. The tube looks just as all Rouge Volupte Shine tubes do. It’s golden, round, shiny and in the middle it has this heavy posh decorative element with the shade preview. And the shade looks not all the way red, a little pinkish, I’d say. We’ll see.

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Ok, so in the tube, at least, Red in Rebelion looks cherry red or berry red, I guess. There’s something there that makes it rebellious as opposed to just red. Something other than red. More than red. Something to make it relevant.

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Even though Red in Rebelion looks very red in the tube, when swatched, it proves to have a lot of pink in it. And purple, but just a little. It’s more of an intense raspberrish purple pink than red. Could you say it’s in the red family? You could. To me, it’s more in the pink family though. It’s fresh and upbeat and on the run kind of thing. A bolder every day shade. If you like pink and raspberry in lip colour, this might prove to be very much your kind of shade. There’s something nice and comfy about it. The shade name – Red in Rebelion is a little misleading, actually. Makes it sound all hot and sultry. Instead it’s more of a happy and pretty one.

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On we go. Here’s another one. When I come to think of it, this formula being on the heavier side is understandable. I mean, oil is like the heaviest component there is in makeup and skin care. It’s weird though to feel it in sheer lip colour formula, which is usually so light.

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This shade is called YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick 54 Rose Insolent. I wonder, if Red in Rebelion is not quite red, does it mean that Rose Insolent is not quite pink? And would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? 🙂

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Here’s our tube and our chance to study what the shade is going to be like by looking closely at the tube and its centre. It looks very warm pink like, coralish almost. Not quite the way that hot pink Rouge Pur Couture shade called Rouge Rose was.

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This one seems to have more coral in it by the look of it. Then again, we only see it in the tube, and it might swatch differently. Something’s telling me though that this shade is more wearable than Rouge Rose in Rouge Pur Couture texture.

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Yep. It is more wearable. Somehow a lot of its hotness gets washed away by the shine and pearl. What we get as a result is a very pretty medium warm pink. Romantic. Very much so. Girly. Fun. It can be a great casual shade for those of us who like pinks and lighter warm pinks specifically. And we know how many of us like pinks on the lips. This shade is nice, you aren’t going to believe how many more people can wear it than Rouge Rose. Not only this shade is more universally flattering as it is, also the shine always helps to make things more becoming. It softens everything up and helps to smooth out the angles and round things up somehow.

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Next shade of oily shine lip colour by YSL. With all this oil and heavier feel about it, I start wondering how hard it is to put together a solid sheer lip colour formula. So that it’s light enough and at the same time doesn’t just disappear and melt off the lips in five minutes.

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Probably, not an easy task for brands. It requires perfect balance between this lightness and comfort. And balance is one of the hardest things to achieve. When it works and works well though, sheer lip colour formula is the best of all lip colour, as far as I’m concerned. Isn’t it cool to get colour and shine all in one run?

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The shade we’re looking at now is called YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick 55 Red in Gold. Well now. No red proper. Instead we have Red in Gold. I wonder what that might mean. Red with golden pearl? Or just red in a golden tube, maybe?

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I see no gold here. Whatsoever. What I see is a deep and sultry cherry red shade. Darker and femme fatale like. Where is gold then? Maybe, there’s golden sparkle there? Not that it shows on the tube.

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Or when I swatch the shade. It gets a little brighter and not as dark as it might have seemed, all thanks to the light that shine always brings into play in makeup. The light play turns this shade into a classic vampy red. No sparkle there, maybe a couple of sparkly dots, that’s it. And I don’t quite see any gold either. It’s just red, proudly and boldly so. A lot of people think that wet shine in red is too much. I happen to think that the shine softens up red colour just like it softens up almost everything. So, I’m not afraid of wet shiny reds. They are hot, yes. But all red lip colour is hot, wouldn’t you agree? This one is sultry and daring at the same time. Shine becomes it. As for the gold, I don’t see any.

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We’re getting to our last shade in this formula. We haven’t seen any nudes yet, so my guess is we’ll see something nude now here. Also, I have to tell you, turns out, I like the Sparkle Clash design element of this collection a lot. Because I miss the sparkle on the tube and the stars on the lipstick like crazy 🙂

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Anyway, this shade is called YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick 56 Pink in Silver. Silver, huh? Given that I didn’t see any gold in Red in Gold, I doubt I’ll see any silver here. Who knows though.

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By the look of the tube, it seems, we should expect a very light and very cool pink shade. Lilac almost, but not quite. This shade can be great, if it leans to lilac, and not so great, if it leans to pale pink. I’ll keep my fingers crossed here 🙂

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Oh. Oka-ay. This looks like lip balm, honestly. Like there’s no colour to it at all. Actually, a lot of lip balm varieties have more colour to them than this. How very puzzling. You got my attention here, YSL. I don’t know what’s coming, so I’m curious.

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Once I swatch it, I realize I was right in the first place, when I said that Pink in Silver looks more like lip balm if anything. There proves to be even less colour in it than I expected. Or else, should I just say – no colour at all. Just a handful of light cool pink sparkle here and there, not nearly enough to make it look like any shade on the lips. This shade feels like those transparent lip gloss shades some brands include in their ranges. What a disappointment. When the shade comes in lip colour range, I expect some colour, not just lip balmy transparent shine. There are some people who like it, I know, but this is more like lip care without colour. Ugh.

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That’s all we have in terms of YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick. My two favourites here are the warm and shy romantic pink and the red classic. The berry like shade is not bad at all. And the non-shade shade is ever so disappointing. I miss limited edition design here very much, even though I understand that the sheer formula proper and the heavy design element in the middle of the tube make it difficult to add anything to the existing package. The good news is the boxes open much easier than they do in Rouge Pur Couture. Good 🙂

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Finally, here’s our last lip texture and last lip shade in YSL Sparkle Clash collection. YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil. It’s a lip glossy texture that’s heavier than usual due to the oil part of it. It makes the formula comfortable and extra soft on the lips, even if a little heavier, not as much as Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick formula though. The scent is still here. Yet another variation of that watermelony stuff. Here’s what throws me off about this formula though. YSL calls it colour enhancer. That is, it’s designed to enhance your own natural lip colour. That is, the shade gets brighter, once it lands on your lips and sits there for a little while. Which means, good luck figuring out what the shade is going to be like, when you buy it. It’s like you’re getting something that you never know what it’s going to be. To me, it’s not a good thing. Even if I try it in the store, the chances are I’m not getting exactly what I want. I’m not quite keen on such surprises, don’t know about you 🙂  Then again, if you’re adventurous, love surprises and are Ok with just knowing what area the shade is going to be in, as opposed to knowing what the shade is going to be like exactly, you might even like it.

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Don’t forget though that even if you try to apply the shade you picked in the store, you’ve got to give it some time, because it gets brighter on your lips, and it won’t happen right away. The only shade we have in this collection in this texture is called YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil 12 Rock My Pink.

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Ok, YSL, you’re scaring me, because this collection seems to be a little like Alice in Wonderland in a way that things aren’t what they seem. Say, red isn’t quite red, and pink isn’t quite pink and so on and so forth. We’ll see though.

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What did I tell you? This pink, man… When My Pink is Rocked, according to YSL, obviously, it stops being pink and becomes more of a lilac like purple shade 🙂 This purple is medium like, cooler and then diluted to the point of no return with all the oil or whatever it is, so that some warmness and moodiness kicks in. I’ll tell you what, this shade is not the most universally becoming purple lip shade out there. You’ve got to be careful and make sure it’s your kind of purple. Also, it’s a little on the artsy side. Don’t mistake it for a romantic lilac. It’s so not. I actually find this shade very interesting, even if artsy. It’s not too common. And I’ll definitely give it a try.

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I still don’t know why we only have one single shade of Volupte Tint-in-Oil in this collection. If we were going to have this texture, why not have four shades like we have in other two textures? Not sure 🙂 The shade did get me though. Purples are so overused and overdone that seeing a purple that’s off the beaten track, even if a little edgy, makes me very happy. Good news is, as long as it’s one shade only, and it’s lip gloss like, I don’t miss the sparkle and stars in packaging that much. And I opened the box easily, believe it or not 🙂 One second on the brush. I kept trying to make up my mind, whether I like the whole bouche a bouche brush. And having worn this shade, I decided I don’t really like it. It’s just too much work and too much trouble to use it. And I don’t think the result is worth it. It’s pretty cool, yes, and it’s like nothing else there, but what does it give me? Not enough, I’m afraid 🙂

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That’s lip colour. There’s so much of it here. To suit any taste. When there’s limited edition design with all the sparkle clash concept, it really rocks, and I love that it matches the palette and highlighter packaging. It’s so chic. Some shades are nice too. Mind the scent though. It’s in everything. All these colours, all these textures, all over the place.

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The last thing left to talk about in this collection is nail colour. This holiday season there are two shades for us to ogle and, maybe, wear. I’ll say up front here that La Laque Couture formula is good, and it works, and it’s solid in terms of colour and shine and lasting power. I enjoy it, because it’s so easy, basically. No gel, no not quite gel, nothing, just nail colour. I hope it stays this way as long as possible 🙂 Also, there’s no limited edition design here either. It’s just nail colour.

 

The two shades are… silver and gold. How cool is that? How special occasion is that? How holiday like is that?

 

The first shade. Nothing special about the packaging. Typically YSL gold and shiny.

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The shade is called YSL La Laque Couture 79 Silver Clash. Silver Clash? Nice. Good connection to the collection name.

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The shade looks… baroque. Posh and opulent and then some. And silver. By all means.

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Not only this shade is silver. Lighter silver, to be precise. And pearly and shiny. On top of that it has bigger round silver glitter in it.

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It’s almost too much beauty. It’s intended this way though. It’s holiday nail colour ball. It has it all in it. Even a textured feel about the whole thing.

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Boy, I love it. It’s over the top in the best possible way. Stylish. Chic. Celebratory. Special occasion. It’s party in a bottle 🙂

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I haven’t seen a shade like this before. And that tells you all you need to know about how special this shade is 🙂

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The fact that it’s silver nail colour with silver glitter, that is, that glitter is the same colour as colour proper, makes it very sophisticated. I’d never expect that, but it does.

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Silver Clash is gorgeous and then some. It makes me all excited and makes me feel like going out and partying and smiling and having a good time. I can’t wait to see the second shade now. Wow.

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Speaking about the second shade, here it is. The box is all sleek and gold and YSL.

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The shade is called YSL La Laque Couture 78 Gold Clash. Oh, Gold Clash. Is it going to be anything like Silver Clash? Please, YSL!

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Yay. This is a gold version of the silver beauty. Even more posh and even more opulent, if that’s humanly possible, which it is, obviously.

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As you might have guessed, Gold Clash is gold. Medium gold, not too light, not too dark. Shiny and pearly. And then there’s the kind of glitter there that looks pink gold most of the time and just gold at times.

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Who would have thought one could do even more here than in that silver. YSL did though. It’s so vibrant and luxurious and everything. Talk about frills and flounces. They somehow managed to get them into a nail colour bottle here.

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Opulence doesn’t even start describing this shade. It’s royal, it’s a splash of shine and sparkle, it’s a ball. A masked ball. A masquerade. Yes, that’s what it is.

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Once again, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shade quite like this one. And I love it. It’s so nice to see something that makes you stare in awe and marvel and be amazed.

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Unlike Silver Clash with silver colour and silver glitter, Gold Clash is built around contrast. It’s not gold on gold. This pink golden glitter in it is exquisite, really. Stunning and out of the common run.

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The golden colour itself is ever so well done too, and it creates the most appealing background for the pink gold glitter. This shade is something, I’m telling you. It’s good mood in nail colour form. Need to get in the mood for celebration? Just apply it.

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I’m so impressed with the two nail shades. If you told me that after making it through the holiday season and seeing all the silver and gold in those makeup and nail colour collections, I could still like silver and gold nail colour, I wouldn’t believe you. But here I am. Mission impossible, but completed, YSL. Also, given how hard it is to do glitter without it being a major pain to try to apply and wear, these two shades with bigger glitter are ever so good. They are a little textured without being too much textured, so that one or two coats of your favourite top coat are enough to get them all settled on your nails. If your nails are sensitive, by the way, I’d also wear two coats of base under these two, just as I would wear two coats of base under any glitter, actually. And these shades… they have an instantaneous mood lifting power to them. Luxurious.

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That’s YSL Sparkle Clash collection holiday 2016. They weren’t kidding, when they promised Sparkle and Clash. The design, especially the matching part of it and the stars got me hooked. It’s one of those cases where the collection is almost worth it to me for the design alone. Before I even see the shades. Truly couture. Truly luxury market. Truly YSL. The palette is too good to be true. The highlighter is pretty in all its sparkle. Starry Rouge Pur Couture would be perfect, if it weren’t for the scent that’s too strong, to my taste, as I’m very scent sensitive. Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick is interesting in terms of formula, sheer lipstick formula with oil in it. And there are some nice shades there. And even Volupte Tint-in-Oil which, to tell you the truth, is an outsider in this lip colour race, as far as I’m concerned, comes in the shade that rocked my pink, or else, purple, big time and got my attention. As for all the silver and gold clash of nail colour, it won my heart over and has it in its custody now, pretty much. I can’t wait to pull together a look where this nail colour is going to be the centerpiece and the star. So, let’s rock, let’s sparkle and clash and have some fun with this holiday collection by YSL full of treasures.

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