My greatest apologies for reviewing this gorgeous YSL Boréal Palette Artic Night 4 Wet & Dry Eyeshadows so late. I guess many of you would have already gotten it by now. And I am sure you have seen lots of reviews and swatches of this palette.
Retails at S$88 for 3g of product, made in France.
I shall keep this entry short and sweet with some thoughts and swatches. I shall follow-up with a look using this palette in the next few days.
Ever since I discovered these YSL PURE CHROMATICS Eyeshadow Palettes back in 2011, I have always adored them. I like that they can be used dry and wet – and this makes quite a big difference, from a soft, subtle look to an intense, dramatic look; in seconds.
I have tried wearing this palette dry during the day for meetings and when night falls, I intensified the colours by wearing them wet. I didn’t experience any problems with that – the eyeshadows didn’t turn cakey nor patchy and they stayed on pretty well throughout the night.
I also like how YSL combines their quartets – the colours are always so unpredictable; with that said, have you seen their Spring 2013 quad? That’s divine.
This holiday 2012 palette, Artic Night holds an element of surprise – it comes with a dazzling sequins pouch. Interior of the sequins pouch is fully lined – I can see it as a beautiful name card holder or card case for some. Or wiping this eye-catching pouch together with this eyeshadow quad for an elegant touch up.
Swatches above photographed under natural sun light, without flash. Swatched dry in 1st photo and wet in 2nd.
Artic Night features four sparkly, glittery shades; we have a brown-plum, a silver frost, a fresh aqua blue and a midnight blue. Despite the shades being all sparkly and glittery, they have zero grittiness. Each of the colours have good colour payoff even when swatched dry.
Formula of the eyeshadows are neither buttery smooth nor soft – in fact, they are quite dry to touch.
Personally, I prefer applying them in sheer layers (dry) and blend before setting with a layer of colour (wet) on areas I want more definition – for example the upper lash line and outer corners of my eyes. By using this method, I get the best of both worlds – softness around the crease and intense colour along the lash line.
Application and blending can be a little tricky but practice makes perfect.
Bottom-line, this YSL Boréal Palette Artic Night 4 Wet & Dry Eyeshadows is a winner this holiday with shades that dances in the night.
Thank you for looking.