First Look at the YSL Couture Palettes – Swatches galore!

May 28, 2014

The new YSL Couture Palettes went on sale earlier this month at select retailers in the US, and are slowly rolling out at YSL counters worldwide. They were launched in Singapore last Thursday, making this 1 of 2 Asian cities to receive this highly anticipated line first.

YSL Couture Palette display

Similar to the Bleus Lumiere Collector’s Palette, the YSL Couture Palettes boast of a new Pure Colour Catalyst technology, which enables the eyeshadow to pack some bright and intense colours with a variety of finishes like iridescent, matte, metallic and pearl. They also last longer than before and are crease-proof. There are 11 brand new palettes, each comprising of 5 complementary shades, played out on a contemporary chromatic scale. Only 8 have been released locally to date, with the remaining 3 to be launched at a later stage. To satisfy your curiosity, and to help with your online shopping decision making, here are some swatches & brief descriptions!

YSL Couture Palette Nº 1 Tuxedo

YSL Couture Palette 1 Tuxedo

Tuxedo is a crisp monotonal black / white palette with some greys in between. Overall, it is a cool palette with some shimmer thrown in for added fun. It reminds me of Tom Ford’s Titanium Smoke in concept.

YSL Couture Palette 1 Tuxedo swatches

The swatches from left to right correspond to the shades on the palette starting from center, then clockwise from top left:

Tuxedo felt somewhat drier and swatches sheer on my skin, although the counter SA was able to swatch it rather intensely on her (but hard as I tried I simply couldn’t replicate it).

YSL Couture Palette Nº 2 Fauves

YSL Couture Palette 2 Fauves

Fauves is an everyday neutral palette comprising of mostly browns. It feels neutral against my NC20 skin, and should work well for a variety of skin tones.

YSL Couture Palette 2 Fauves swatches


The swatches from left to right correspond to the shades on the palette starting from center, then clockwise from top left:

Fauves is a neutral lover’s delight. The textures are soft and pigmentation is excellent.

YSL Couture Palette Nº 3 Afrique

YSL Couture Palette 3 Afrique

Afrique is an interesting play on neutrals with just a kick of color. It leans warm and pulls a little reddish in undertone, but it is the type of color combination that I love. It reminds me of Marc Jacobs Eye-con 7 in The Starlet.

YSL Couture Palette 3 Afrique swatches


The swatches from left to right correspond to the shades on the palette starting from center, then clockwise from top left:

Afrique has one of the loveliest texture and pigmentation in this collection, and is a fun palette with numerous possibilities.

YSL Couture Palette Nº 4 Saharienne

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne

Saharienne is another neutral palette but with greater play on contrasts than Fauves. It also leans cooler although still quite adaptable.

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne swatches

The swatches hopped around a bit for this. From left to right, center on palette – top left – top right – bottom left – bottom right:

Saharienne was very hard to swatch, it is certainly one of the weaker ones in terms of color intensity, but that problem was mostly in the first 3 shades listed above, and is probably by design to give this palette more diversity.

YSL Couture Palette Nº 5 Surrealiste

YSL Couture Palette 5 Surrealiste

Surrealiste is a purple-lover’s delight. It is reminiscent of Tom Ford’s Lavender Lust albeit without a pink in the mix.

YSL Couture Palette 5 Surrealiste swatches

The swatches from left to right correspond to the shades in palette clockwise from top left, ending with the center shade:

Surrealiste is one of the few palettes in the range that does not have a deep matte liner shade but comprises of all shimmers (unless they all got transplanted all over… if so, I will update accordingly the next time I get a chance to reswatch this). It does seem just a tad one-note at initial survey, and the purple-crazy lady that I am is still on the fence on this one. But the texture is divine and the color pay-off is so beautiful as you can see from the swatches. So if you’re lacking a purple palette, this is the one to consider!

YSL Couture Palette Nº 7 Parisienne

YSL Couture Palette 7 Parisienne


Parisienne is the epitomy of understated chic. It is so pretty in a grown-up way, the color story is reminiscent of some of the best Japanese palettes.

YSL Couture Palette 7 Parisienne swatches

There is some higher order of creativity here. From left to right, they correspond to shades on the palette in counter-clockwise direction starting from bottom right and ending with the center shade:

No shimmers on this one, but a little bit of frost without going over the edge. The colors are a little less intense than some of the other palettes, but are ladylike and suitable for most day needs.

YSL Couture Palette Nº 9 Love

YSL Couture Palette 9


Love is the bespoke YSL palette, if ever there is one palette that spells lovers in Paris, this is the one. It is a charming palette full of pinks and corals… in particular a fuchsia-plum combination screams SUQQU EX-20 to me. So if you were lusting after this summer’s elusive SUQQU limited edition release, Love is your fail-safe.

YSL Couture Palette 9 Love swatches

There is a divine order in this set of swatches I promise! From left to right, they correspond to the shades on palette top left – top right – center – bottom right – bottom left:

The colors in Love are spectacular, and the fuchsia shade in particular is stunning. However, the 2 peach shades felt a little drier than the rests and swatches sheer. However, I am guessing they work well patted over the middle of the eye or as a dab to the inner corners of the eyes; although I will have to actually play with this on my eyes before I can draw any conclusions.

YSL Couture Palette Nº 10 Lumieres Majorelle

YSL Couture Palette 10 Lumieres Majorelle

Lumieres Majorelle is literally translated major lights, and it does not disappoint. The boldest palette currently available in Singapore, it packs color in every possible way.

YSL Couture Palette 10 Lumieres Majorelle swatches

Swatches from left to right, corresponds to shades on palette top left – top right – bottom right – center – bottom left:

Lumieres Majorelle is one for the color lover, and that iridescent marine blue is screaming for me. It is certainly a bold palette, and needs some thought on color placement, but I think it is workable for the office.


Thank you for making it through such an epic post! I hope the swatches, initial thoughts and color descriptions have been helpful. As you can see, we are still missing YSL Couture Palettes Nº 6 Rive Gauche, Nº 8 Avant Garde, and Nº 11 Ballet Russees. Once these land, I will be sure to swatch them for you.

The YSL Couture Palettes are all permanent, and will be replacing all of the previous Pure Chromatics and Ombres 5 Lumieres. Personally, I favor the new formula of the Couture Palettes much more than the preceding lines, but if there are any that you cannot live without, I suggest getting a back-up as soon as you can. The new YSL Couture Palettes retail for SGD95 each and are now available exclusively at TANGS Orchard, but will be available at all other YSL counters by 1 June.




16 responses to “First Look at the YSL Couture Palettes – Swatches galore!”

  1. Christina says:

    How’s the quality compared to Tom Ford’s palettes?

    • silverkis says:

      very different. I find the YSL ones to be much softer and in a way more prone to overblending than TF. What’s strongest about TF palettes to me are their glitter shades, and none of the YSL palettes have glitters like TF.

      • Christina says:

        ah! I see! I’m comtemplating to get either YSL’s #2 palette or the TF’s cocoa mirage. Both of them look lovely for an everyday look. =)

        • silverkis says:

          YSL Fauves has 1 shimmer shade in there, whereas TF Cocoa Mirage is entirely matte/satin-ish. So it depends on what is the type of finish and texture you prefer.

  2. Beautiful swatches and colors!

  3. LoveKookai says:

    No. 7 & 8 are my fav! Saw the SA wearing no 7 at Tangs . It’s very pretty. But I want to decide after looking at Chanel eye shadow !
    Thanks for sharing !

  4. Oh yessss <3
    I'm so excited YSL finally rejigged their powder shadows. I love LS's eye for colour but the old formula was too dry for me. Now to decide which one I need first…. 😉

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Kate, yes i’m so so glad for this new formula! Oh yes, old man Simmons sure put together beautiful palettes, and now choosing from amongst the 11 is going to be a tough one! Love for you perhaps? Or Afrique?

  5. lunalunaface says:

    Great swatches!! the neutrals are definitely calling out to me 😛

  6. Great Post! I am going to bookmark this page! 🙂
    I am not sure which one to get though but Parisienne one is certainly my type of shade. I love purple but that purple one is very monotonic for me. I guess I have to touch and feel to have better feeling but these look to be a littl shimmery/shiny across the board. Especially for the dark colors, I was wishing for some mattes.

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks Sara! 🙂
      Yes, Surrealiste is really all-purple without very much variation in intensity either. But, it certainly gives the purple-lover lots of purple options! ;P The shimmers are subtle, nothing like TF so not to worry. But yes, not so much matte, but YSL palettes tend not to be too matte either.

  7. Bloody marvelous swatches thank u!

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