YSL Metal Clash Palette for Fall 2015

August 25, 2015

It is nice to finally see YSL return to the 5-color eyeshadow palette format this season, and what’s even more exciting is this palette packs a real punch!  I remember first falling for YSL for their inspiring color stories, and the YSL Metal Clash Palette for Fall 2015 has reignited that love.

YSL Metal Clash Palette for Fall 2015

This Metal Clash Palette is from YSL’s Pretty Metal collection that is inspired by rockers and described as “neo-grunge”.  What is quite apt is the fusion of colors that are traditionally considered as pretty (e.g. lilac and purple) with darker sombre shades, and interpreted with an edgy attitude.

YSL Metal Clash Palette for Fall 2015

The casing of the palette deserves a mention as it is reminiscent of the metal studs on YSL handbags.  However it is not actually metallic but most likely foiled paper encased with a clear plastic cover.

YSL Metal Clash Palette for Fall 2015

And here are the swatches in a clockwise manner starting from the top right corner.

YSL Metal Clash Palette swatches

The shades in Metal Clash are (from left to right):

All the shades apply very well, in fact they are so pigmented a light touch is recommended.  I’m particularly fond of the pale lilac as this highlights the inner corners of my eyes like no other!  On the other hand, I experienced fallouts from the golden shimmer so a good primer is a must.

Many have asked about the similarities between Metal Clash and Dior’s Trafalgar palette from Holiday 2014 (reviewed here), so I thought I would show you a side-by-side swatch comparison here.

YSL Metal Clash vs Dior Trafalgar swatch comparison

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Although there are striking similarities between the 2 palettes, Trafalgar pulls more red, whereas Metal Clash is darker and pulls more purple.  I loved Trafalgar, and it is 1 palette that I still reach for throughout the year whenever I felt like a pop of red.  Although Metal Clash is not quite red, I think it is precisely what is needed to make it more wearable on a more daily basis than Trafalgar.

And to show you how pigmented Metal Clash is, here is a bold eye look featuring all 5 shades in their full glory.

YSL Metal Clash Palette bold EOTD

For this eye look, I first applied the center eggplant shade along my lash line and smudged upwards to create a darkening base.  Thereafter I added the bottom right burgundy to the inner half of my lid, followed by more of the center eggplant to the outer half.  I then patted some gold shimmer to the center of my lid, and lined the lash line with the bottom left dark brown.  To finish, I dabbed a little of the top right lilac to the inner corner and blended it up and above everything else.

And here is the full look in context:

YSL Metal Clash Palette bold makeup look

In case you were wondering if Metal Clash is all about dark, muddy shades, I am happy to let you know that the colors do not bleed into each other the way some of the other Couture Palettes do, and it is entirely possible to create a very sweet, day eye look with it!

YSL Metal Clash Palette light EOTD

For this 2nd eye look I applied the lilac all over my lid, concentrating more on the inner half.  I then added a little of the center eggplant to the outer corner just for some definition, and patted a little of the burgundy over the outer third for a bit more color.  I patted a tiny bit of gold shimmer over the center of my lid just for some more pop, and lined the lower lash line with the dark brown.

And again the full look in context.  Please pardon the rather tousled hair… I can’t resist showing off my latest hairdo!!

YSL Metal Clash Palette light LOTD

Et voila!  I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with YSL’s latest Metal Clash palette.  It has a nice variety of shades and range of intensities to allow for quite a number of eye looks, suitable for everyday wear and cool parties.  It is limited edition, so do check it out soon!

PS: What do you think of my latest multicoloured hair??

xo Linda

This post featured a product that was provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.


15 responses to “YSL Metal Clash Palette for Fall 2015”

  1. Sil G says:

    I love the looks you created with this palette (and its name it’s great!)

    Also, I just noticed that your hair has some more color than I previously thought! It looks great on you! 😉 (and very fitting for this palette, lol)

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Sil! So nice to have you back again!! And thank you SO MUCH for all the love!! I think that palette is really cool, the colors are so vibrant, it’s something I love from YSL.

      Unfortunately the hair color has faded quite a bit since this post… as you must have noticed from all my LOTD shots. 😉 But i may do something funky again, we’ll see! I’d love to see your dyed look too!!!

  2. B_Jilly says:

    Gorgeous hair and both looks! What lipstick are you wearing? Also lovely. Thanks!

  3. silverkis says:

    Thank you so much Lynette! I want to see it on you too!!!

  4. Oh such a lovely hair! And you look so beautiful with the strains on your face, you should let them fall more often. Does the shades on your hair last after washing a few times? You should do a blog post about this!

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks Sara! I was actually too lazy to recreate 2 eyes…. so I just did 1, and used my hair to cover the other! Such a cheater bug huh!! ;PP I’ve washed the hair about 5 times now, and the collar’s still good!

  5. Eleni Papadaki says:

    I love your hair!! Such a cool idea to play with colours :). I have highlights now myself for the first time in years and only the bottom half of my hair as well, but kept it simple with chocolatey brown :). This is a beautiful palette! I have Trafalgar though, so not sure I can justify the purchase!

  6. Oh your new hair is so cool! It looks lighter and the color is awesome!

    I saw this palette the other day and I was actually very tempted. I missed out on Trafalgar last year, but I think I like this one a bit more! Thanks for creating two looks. It really helped 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you so much, Sunny! It took a long time to get done, but I love the colors! Yes, if you missed Trafalgar and would like something similar, I highly recommend Metal Clash!

  7. Ooooh! I love your hair! The accents are deep enough and done subty enough to be just that : accents.
    Did they launch lipsticks with this as well?

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