When it comes to palettes, I’m normally the girl that goes straight for the beiges and browns. I like palettes which I can pop in a makeup bag and use day in and day out, but sometimes it’s fun to push the boat out. So, when YSL sent over their new Couture Variation Palette in Nothing is Forbidden, it’s fair to say it was love at first sight!


Packaged in a slick black compact, complete with holographic YSL branding, this is not a palette for the faint of heart! Containing five eyeshadows and five lipsticks, it’s been inspired by iconic Studio 54, so you can expect a whole lot of glitz and glam!


The left side of the palette is devoted to lip colours, and has enough shades to keep you going throughout the Festive season! The nude-pink on the very end is the perfect nude lip colour. Subtle enough to balance a dramatic eye, and pretty enough to wear day after day.


The other four shades are a stunning mix of pinks, purple and a coral which can be mixed and matched depending on how dramatic a look you’re after! The finishes range from satin to gloss, so it’s easy to tweak your look throughout the day. I love to pat a little of the deeper and dramatic shades into my lips for a softer take on the look. As you would expect from YSL, the wear time for all of the lipsticks is great – the deeper colours can last all evening, whilst the sheerer shades need a bit of a re-do after an hour or two.


The eyeshadows in the palette are absolutely stunning too! A mix of shimmery, holographic shades as well as a super-black lining shadow and white holographic highlight shade. The shadows in the palette feel more like toppers than shades which can intensify an eye look and add a little shimmer.


The palette also comes whith a dinky double-ended brush, with an angled end, which is surprisingly great at creating slick liner look.


Even though the palette has been released as part of YSL’s winter 2017 collection, I can se myself reaching for this all year round – the fun lip shades coupled with the gorgeous shadows makes this a perfect party palette!

The YSL COUTURE VARIATION LIMITED-EDITION MAKEUP PALETTE is priced at £49 and is available here (UK) and here (US)



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