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!


16 responses to “YSL Couture Palette Nº11 Ballet Russes”

  1. Charli says:

    I love the purple fuschia look you put together! Just gorgeous!

  2. Sil says:

    That one is a gorgeous palette! 2 gold tones! those were a surprise, just looking at the close up of the palette I’d never guessed they were hiding there! (and talking about that, I liked that the texture of the colors in the close up picture resembled fabric). The rest of the colors swatched very prettily too, except for the baby blue hue. I wish that one was more true to pan, that would have made this palette even more perfect.
    Still, I enjoyed looking at the different looks you created with this palette, it really showed its versatility!
    And I’m really sorry about your allergy! I hope you are better now! 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sil, yes Ballet Russes is unique for YSL…so colorful! Hmm… the baby blue is actually quite true to pan, just a little sheer compared to the rests. But I suppose that is the way it was designed to be… Thank you so much for the kind thoughts, yes my skin is much better now! xx

  3. bellyhead says:

    testing? 🙁

  4. selphia says:

    That gold and pink… no need to lust after 01 & ex20 Suqqu palette any more! Linda, how do these compare to Suqqu?

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Linda! Oh… texture-wise, i feel none of the Western brands can compare with SUQQU. LOL! But compared to YSL’s Wet & Dry Pure Chromatics and their older quints, the new Couture Palettes are far superior in texture and color pay-off.

      Do you mean YSL Couture Palette 01? That has no gold… And as for SUQQU Ex-20…i don’t have that on hand yet (will be receiving on Fri hopefully!), but if you look at ColorMeLoud’s review & swatches, I think the pinks are different (how different when actually worn is another discussion again!).

      • selphia says:

        Ah wordpress has been eating my comments!

        I was refering to Suqqu 01 Kakitsubata. I saw Ex-20 on Nicole and Erica’s blog too, all their pictures together confuse me hehe, but I guess the pink is kind of close to the blush EX-02 Mizumomo but blended with the pearl sparkles like the spring quads and the plum shade has some kind of silver pink shift shimmer through it. I’ve learnt that plums and red purples, mulberry colours don’t look nice on me hehe…

        I do hope to see the palette on your blog and comparison swatches to see if there is anything similar out there.

        Speaking of Western brand textures, I like Sisley eyeshadows, I was surprised that they are so pigmented and flattering on my skin. Very expensive but kind of worth it because most Suqqu palettes only have 1 or 2 colours that I like and the other 2 or 3 are neglect material.

      • silverkis says:

        Oh I never had the chance to touch Kakisubata! Yes, I’m really looking forward to comparing Ex-20 too! Have you tried wearing plums in your crease and blend it out with a non-reddish shade? I don’t believe anything would not look good on you, Linda!

        I’ve yet to try Sisley… really i should. It’s just so darn expensive! And I’ve had meh experiences with their skincare in the past, and so their makeup just don’t appeal to me. But you are right about SUQQU being very bad value for money since at least half the palette is a washout for me. I used to buy a whole palette just for that small sliver of color in their quints!

  5. Lilian says:

    This is such a beautiful colour! Great choice!

  6. LoveKookai says:

    That’s a pretty palatte!
    I went to ysl again (like 3x a week) to see these palatte, but I still cannot decide in which to get!
    Now I can consider No11 after looking at your demonstration! Thank you!

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