When the inspiration for a new collection comes from gem stones, the inner pirate in me stands up and takes note. Gem stones are normally associated with deeper hues, darker effects and colder seasons, but YSL has used them as inspiration for a much lighter and brighter collection of products. “Pink quartz, amethyst, pyrite, malachite, azurite, jade, each possesses a hypnotic beauty. When you hold them in your hands, these precious stones diffuse energy and light, like galaxies. Their crystalline purity and voluptuous opalescence were the departure point for the creation of the Spring Look 2013.” (Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-up Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.) The collection includes a new eyeshadow quad that combines four bright and bold shades that I wouldn’t normally attempt to place together; pink, purple, green and blue are usually placed safely away in the ‘fancy dress makeup drawer,’ but the great qualities of the YSL eyeshadow allow the colours to be blended and built-up with ease. I’m a big fan of their Creme Blush too, knowing that only the smallest hint of colour creates a fabulous ‘flushed’ effect that’s both natural and long-lasting – this delicate pink is a great hue to compliment the gem eyeshadows, while enhancing the complexion during fresh spring days. The nail varnish is the perfect shade to bridge the gap between seasons, while making hands look good enough to eat; it’s the easiest way to finish off the look and bring all the colours together too. I love how they’ve gone bold with this collection, bringing in unusual combinations and a look not normally associated with springtime… I can’t wait to get into store and have a play with the shades, possibly pretending to be a pirate.
Collection available online and in store now.