Wednesday, August 3, 2011

YSL Fall 2011 Midnight Garden


Today I'd like to share with you a few of my recent purchases from YSL's Fall Collection 2011, Midnight Garden. This is one of the more eye-catching collections of the season, and features shades of bright orange, aqua and teal, alongside darkened hues of indigo, violet, and aubergine. Some of these colors may not be for the faint of heart, but with the right application they can be very flattering and wearable. 

The creative influence behind this collection is YSL makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds, who was reportedly inspired by a vision of "...a hot house garden, steaming under glass mottled with green. Vibrant and tropical in the midst of winter..."* This sounds beautiful! Visit YSL Beauty for a look at the gorgeous promotional images if you haven't already seen them. 

I have to say when I first saw the eye palette in this collection I thought, hmm... purple + green = New Orleans Mardi Gras colors -- but after reading Mr. Simmonds' poetic description of his inspiration for this collection, I am now on board with the whole fantasy garden theme!


*Source of quote: Wowblogazine

  


Ombres 5 Lumieres 11 Midnight Garden






in sunlight

in flash lighting

The star of the collection, Ombre 5 Lumieres 11 Midnight Garden, consists of a shimmery pale aqua, a dark emerald green, a burgundy/reddish-plum, a matte purple, and a softly iridescent lilac. All five shades have super-fine sparkles, so although the shadows themselves are mostly matte, you'll get a sprinkling of fine sparkles that catch the light. These shadows swatch on the sheer side but I haven't worn these on my eyes yet, so am unable to offer any final opinions. I'll try to update in the future with an EOTD post.

There are also two single shadows offered in this collection: the 'Ombre Solo' Lasting Radiance Eye Shadows ($30) in 18 Deep Night Purple and 19 Velvet Green. Since the Midnight Garden quint already includes a purple and a green I decided I didn't need either of the singles. 

Also included in the collection, but not pictured here, are six blushes. Visit Irish Beauty Blog for product images of these, and additional photos and swatches. 

I also purchased a dark violet mascara (Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils #4) below, which I believe is a permanent item in the YSL line and not part of this collection, but I thought I would include it here anyway! I think it coordinates nicely with the colors in the Midnight Garden palette. 

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils #4



Hibiscus flower

L-R: La Laque Wintergreen and Midnight Blue

There are two nail lacquers in this collection: Wintergreen, a darkened teal with subtle shimmer, and Midnight Blue, an indigo blue with soft shimmer. The photos above were taken in extremely bright sunlight which made the shimmer really stand out, but in reality it is a lot less apparent. (The photo below taken in indoor lighting is the most accurate.) 

I compared these to the two closest colors I own: Dior's recently launched shade Tuxedo, and OPI's Ski Teal We Drop from the Fall 2010 Swiss Collection. I noticed when swatching that the Dior formula is just a tad smoother than the YSL. If you already have Tuxedo, or any of the other myriad dark shimmery blues on the market, you could easily skip Midnight Blue. It's very pretty, but also very dupe-able. Wintergreen is a little more unique. They are both beautiful colors but require a generous application of glossy top coat to reach their full potential (I used my favorite, Poshe top coat, in these swatches).

L-R: Wintergreen, Ski Teal We Drop, Tuxedo, Midnight Blue

in sunlight

in indoor lighting

in flash lighting



There are six Rouge Volupte Perlé shades introduced with this collection ($34): 
  • 107 Impetuous Beige
  • 108 Celestial Mauve
  • 109 Brazen Plum
  • 110 Incandescent Orange (shown below)
  • 111 Mysterious Red
  • 112 Spellbinding Violet
I purchased just one, 110 Incandescent Orange, a very vibrant coral/orange with subtle gold shimmer. I went on a hunt for this shade after reading the excellent review at Makeup Never Sleeps and seeing Don't Call Me Jessie's great photos.  

Rouge Volupte Perlé 110 Incandescent Orange

in flash lighting

in sunlight

Stain left behind after removal



Snail in my backyard

I hope you enjoyed this brief stroll through the "Midnight Garden." And if you find yourself near a YSL counter, stop by for a look at this lovely collection. 

Royal Poinciana bloom

34 comments:

  1. wow great picks! The eye shadow palette looks so pretty.. And the lipstick is beautiful!

    Loving your photogrpahy btw ;) Thanks for sharing

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  2. Love the eyeshadow quad :D.....

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  3. I love the colors in that palette. It really does look like your garden :) Beautiful photos!!

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  4. Hi Delyteful Speaks, Thank you! :) I'm loving the colors in this collection :)

    Hi SuGaR, These are really stand-out colors! :)

    Hi Martha, Thank you! :) I couldn't resist the palette because of the colors, even though I don't wear green much. Hopefully it will look OK on me - they seem pretty sheer :)

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  5. Oh, Wintergreen is beautiful! I love the bottle color :D And such great flower photos! I love all the dew and freshness :)

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  6. Hi Larie, It is a pretty color, isn't it. Thank you! I had fun taking the photos :)

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  7. Love all your pics-just beautiful!

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  8. Oh, the leaf! the leaf! Where did you find such a beautiful leaf? And that snail? The theme of midnight garden is well matched to your flower shooting penchant =)

    I remember seeing the promo photos for this collection and being dazzled by the color offerings, especially in the palette- icy green alongside lavender. Wow. I was tempted to buy this palette just because I loved how it looked in the pan (but I don't wear purples, so that would be a bit couterproductive). I am a bit surprised at the color swatches. They're a tad more muted than the appearance in the pan, which is great for actual wear.

    As for the polish, I think I might prefer YSL to Dior, it seems a little more intense.

    Thanks for the great post!

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  9. I love the polishes will own them :) and I think I'll be picking up the 5 shadow palette as well :)

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  10. Hi Anonymous, Thanks so much! :)

    Hi Dovey, Thank you :) I found the leaves in my backyard & the snail, too :) I had lots of fun shooting these pics :) Yes, these colors do look a lot more muted when swatched. Other YSL shadows I've bought in the past have turned out to be pretty sheer as well. I do like them for softer looks, but some might find the sheerness to be disappointing.


    Hi Lucy, The polishes are pretty, and worth a look, especially if you don't already have something similar! :)

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  11. The RVP looks AMAZING! That stain is fantastic! I've just been enthralled with that eye shadow palette since I first saw promo pics but I will avoid if it is sheer. Looking forward to your update on that.

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  12. Hi PerilouslyPale, Yep, the RVP is super-pigmented! Very bright, but pretty :) I will probably give the palette a try this weekend :)

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  13. Your pictures are so relaxing to me! I almost forgot about the makeup reviewed hahahaha

    I think I like the polishes best - how do they compare to RBL? Chanel and Dior don't do very well on my nails like RBL, OPI or Essie.

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  14. Hi Lexi, yeah I think I kind of put in more nature photos than makeup photos this time :P

    I only have about 3 YSL polishes in total. I would say these are comparable to OPI quality. They aren't as shiny as Dior, but I always put a topcoat anyway. Can you believe I haven't tried out RBL yet! But I placed my first pre-order for a few shades from the LʼOiseau de Feu collection a few days ago :)

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  15. the eyeshadows look so grogeous in the palette, i wouldnt want to use them!
    stunning pics too x

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  16. Hi paintedinblack, Thank you!! :) I know, sometimes it's hard to start using makeup when it's so pretty! :)

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  17. I couldn't get those polishes out of my head so I ended up buying them. Your photography (all of it) is amazing! :)

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  18. Hi Dia, Thank you for the sweet compliment! Hope you are enjoying the new polishes :) I wore Midnight Blue today for the first time :)

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  19. Your images are truly stunning. I love the comparison between the palette and the flowers/leaves.

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  20. Hi Kristie, Thank you! I love taking photos of nature and animals. I have more fun doing these kinds of posts than just the makeup! xx

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  21. I do like the look of the eye palette but I have been very disappointed with most of the YSL shadows I have tried in the past, the quality just doesn't seem to reflect the price.
    I do really like the look of the Wintergreen polish and I know I'll end up with at least one of the Rouge Volupte Perlé ;) Thanks as always for such a great post x

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  22. Hi Replica, Yes, YSL shadows are a bit hit or miss and can be a lot more sheer than those of similar brands. I was attracted to this one because of the color combination. I have one palette I bought last year at Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale that just doesn't show up at all. The Rouge Voluptes are nice xx

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  23. I love your pictures! Great little trip you took us on :D

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  24. Hi rijaH, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind compliment! :)

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  25. What a beautiful post. I doubt I'll pick up anything from this collection but I sure wish it was possible to stroll through this gorgeous garden you showcased! Stunning flowers.

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  26. Thanks, Liz. :) YSL is one of those brands I don't shop from often, but I couldn't resist these colors!

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  27. I really adore this collection - every piece I've laid eyes on so far is gorgeous!

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  28. Hi DCMjessie, Love this collection! I have you and MakeupNeverSleeps to thank for the great lipstick find! :)

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  29. OMG! Your pics are amazing! Breathtaking!
    Do you have Misa Quirky Smile? I wonder how it compares to YSL Wintergreen...

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  30. Hi Natalia, Thank you so much! :) I'm sorry I don't have Misa's Quirky Smile, but I looked at photos of it online and think that Wintergreen is a lot less shimmery and also may be a little bit darker as well.

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  31. All of your pictures are amazing. I think I've fallen in love with those nail polishes.

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  32. Thank you, Jane! :) The polishes are so pretty aren't they? I just love deep midnight blues! Teals are nice too :)

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  33. Your photographs are absolutely stunning!

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  34. Hi ihavemostlybeen, Thanks very much! It was a lot fun photographing for this post :)

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