YSL Couture Palette Nº11 Ballet Russes

June 12, 2014

If there was one palette that best represents the spirit of the new YSL Beaute Couture Palettes, it is Nº 11 Ballet Russes.  The Ballets Russes was one of the most influential ballet companies of the 20th century due to its ground-breaking artistic collaborations, and was widely known as a leader of the avant-garde culture in Paris during its time.  The late Yves Saint Laurent was so inspired by the fantastical costumes of the Ballets Russes that he conceived his most stunning and exotic couture collection in 1976.  The collection represented a turning point in his life, and is a prized collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

YSL Couture Palette 11 Ballet Russes YSL 11 closeup resized


The reason I was so drawn to this palette, is because the colors are so bold and fresh. Avant-garde indeed. Whilst the other 10 palettes in the line are equally pretty, none have the boldness of colors save for Nº 10 Lumieres Majorelle (full set of swatches can be viewed here).

YSL Couture Palette 11 Ballet Russes swatches

The swatches from left to right correspond to shades on the palette in clockwise direction starting from top left corner and ending in the center:

The challenge, of course, is making these colors work on the eyes without looking too comical for daily wear.  Thank God this palette arrived before my skin allergy developed full force, and I got about a week’s experimentation.

YSL Couture Palette 11 Ballet Russes EOTD

Please pardon the crazy lid here… this was just about the onset of my skin woes… and I woke up with slightly puffy and crepey lids.  So, I thought what better way to tone down the redness than with some gold (because brown would be adding blah on top of an already blah situation)!  And then just to kick things up a notch, I shaded my lower lid with the baby blue.  I didn’t apply liner on this look, but I mucked up my mascara just a bit.

YSL Couture Palette 11 Ballet Russes EOTD

And just as I was getting thoroughly tired of another day of red lids, I decided the heck with it, and let’s just go with the flow.  Applied the center purple shade from the lash line up to mid-lid, then blended the fuchsia over.  Finished with a dab of gold in the center.  I also lined the lower lash line with the purple, and lined the upper lash line with black liquid liner, elongating outwards.

YSL Couture Palette 11 Ballet Russes EOTD

And this was a simple experiment in crazy eye lining (you can see I’m starting to really dig this trend), purple all around.  Then to freshen up, I applied a light wash of the baby blue all over the upper lid, and added a dash of gold to the inner corner of the eye.

Obviously, the way to wear YSL Couture Palette Nº11 Ballet Russes is to break it down into its component colors and mix and match.  I am very sure you can do a lot more than the 3 simply EOTDs featured here, making it a very fun palette to play with.  Show me yours!