Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palettes are a set of five complimentary colors in a gold plastic case. They come with a small double ended sponge tip applicator and single ended synthetic brush. All Couture Palettes sell for $65USD at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty.
Like all Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palettes, this palette came in a hard plastic gold case with the YSL logo. The case secured well, and I wasn’t concerned about it accidentally opening or breaking.
The palette comes with a small mirror as well as a double ended sponge tip applicator and single ended brush. Because of its small size and included brushes, this palette is quite travel friendly. Inside the Rive Gauche Palette are five shades of blue: a slightly blue white, a light sky blue, a light cerulean blue, a dark cerulean blue, and an indigo.
This blue eye look was created with bottom right shade all over the lid, the bottom left shade in the crease, the middle shade in the outer eye corner, the top left shade in the inner corner, and the top right shade on the brow bone. All shadows were applied over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Also used was Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner in Midnight, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Vivid (part of the Jean-Michel Basquiat collection) on the waterline, and Tarte Maneater mascara.
Top Left Shade
The top left shade is a light sky blue with a shimmery finish. This shade, like all shades in the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palettes, is a sheer finish. However, I did not see this as a lack of quality but rather an intentional design quality. The sheer quality of this shadow and the others in the palette allows it to have a watercolor like effect where the colors can show through different layers. This particular shade works best as an all over base shade or an inner corner highlight. The color applies evenly with little fallout. To really pack on the color, I would actually recommend using the sponge tip applicator that comes with the palette — I could not apply much color with a brush. Over primer, I was able to get about six hours of wear with this shade.
Top Right Shade
The top right shade is almost white with a very light blue tone shimmer. Like all shades in the Couture Palettes, this color is sheer with a shimmery finish. I was able to apply this shade a little better with a brush than the top left shade, although I needed to use the sponge tip applicator to really pack on color. While the shade applied evenly with minimal fallout, I did have some problems getting it to blend well with the other shadows. I found it worked best as a brow bone highlight or inner corner highlight. Over primer, I was able to get able eight hours of wear with this shade.
Bottom Right Shade
The bottom right shade is a shimmery light cerulean blue. Like the previous two shades, this is a shimmery sheer shade. Like the other light blue shade, this color didn’t apply as well with a brush — it worked best with the sponge tip applicator in the palette. The color applied fairly evenly with minimal fallout and blended fairly well. I think this color would work best as an all over lid color as it cannot easily cover darker colors. Over primer, this shadow lasted me about eight hours.
Bottom Left Shade
The bottom left shade is a shimmery dark cerulean blue. Like the other shades in the palette, this shadow is more sheer, although it did have more pigmentation than some of the other shades. I found this shadow applied fine with a brush, but the brush tip applicator packed on the color best. This color worked best as a crease shade and blended well the other colors. Over primer, it lasted me about eight hours.
The middle shade is a deep shimmery indigo. Again this shade was more sheer but did have more pigmentation than the other shades in the palette. This color applied fine with a brush and even the brush included in the palette. However, even with a brush, I got some patchiness with the shade and fallout. I had difficulty blending this shade into the other colors, particularly the blue-white I used on my brow bone. Over primer, this shade lasted me about eight hours.
Although this palette lacked the pigmentation that is often associated with quality in eyeshadow, I don’t think it’s necessarily a problem. The sheerness of the shadows gave them a sort of watercolor effect where the base layers shined through the top layers. This gave a unique way to play with the application of the colors. That said, I do think the performance of the colors varied a little — I found the middle indigo shade and top right blue-white shade patchy in application and difficult to blend while the other shades were fine. The application of all the shades was also a little difficult. In order to get a good amount of color, I had to use the sponge tip applicators, but these applicators limited my precision and ability to blend the shadows. Additionally, compared to other eyeshadows, I felt these didn’t last as long throughout the day. All in all, I think this palette can create nice looks, but it’s a little difficult to use.