YSL Summer 2009 Tresor D’Afrique Collection

UPDATE: I regret buying the stupid eyeshadow palette so much. It’s pigmented but still a bit chalky and I still concede that there should be one shimmer in the palette.

Argh! I wish I could get a refund!

Do you like YSL? I liked the brand although its not one I buy from that often. It was hard not to like the Tresor D’Arfrique collection after seeing the promo:

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Hot, eh?

It was pretty much hot of the press when I picked up one of the palettes today. Before those pictures though, let’s look at the collection!

Ooh! I must add, I really like how YSL have proper displays that clearly mark what is LE. Try asking an SA if so and so if LE and 99% they are just guessing.

Two LE palettes, one for eyes, one for lips:

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Two lipsticks – the pink one (frozen Mango) is stunning and is the one used in the promo shot. However, I resisted as I have three – yes THREE Cle De Peau Silky Lipsticks in the post!

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There’s a LE bronzer – very pretty but a bronzer is a bronzer. I couldn’t use all mine up even if I offered to do the make up for all the perma tanned girls in the North of England:

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This bronzer comes in a HUGE palette. Way to big to carry around and it looks like a kidney.

Not LE but there are four water resistant cream shadows too, which remind me of Lavshuca’s eye jellies in texture. Completely smudgeproof and stunning – especially Amethyst Grey (no. 2). HOWEVER – I noticed the inital stunning shimmer faded after an hour on my hand although the dried and set beautifully.

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I bought the LE eyeshadow palette:

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All of the colours in it are MATTE. Oh yes. It’s summer! I want shimmer, I want sparkles. But ok, if YSL say its ok, I’ll believe them…

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It would have been nice to have had ONE shimmer or glitter in this palette. The model is clearly wearing a pearly white in the corner of her eyes.

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There’s a matte white, matte dark blue, matte plum, matte medium brown and that bright, matte blue

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I was dumb enough to say to the SA – Hey! I want to look like the model in the promo shot! The make over was…pretty horrific. It was hideousity, but it was pretty bad. Who trains these SA’s? I was too polite to tell her to wash it off so had to wander round town looking like I didn’t own a mirror. Oh how I miss my Leena J (make up artist supremo).

Swatch:

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I’m having buyers remorse, a little. But I think I can work with it, make it into a versatile palette. After all we have the makings of a bright fun palette (the blue) a natural palette (the brown and white) a smokey look (the plum or the dark blue). I just miss that touch of shimmer.

The texture is soft and fairly easy to blend – yet it IS pigmented but it’s not super glide on pigmeted – I would suggest a few layers would be necessary to get it really strong like in the promo shot. But can you wear the bold colours, like the blue sheer? I don’t think so. I think it’s supposed to be strong, supposed to be an accent.

With flash:

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The collections should be out any time now. When the SA asks if you want to try the eyeshadow out, just don’t say yes.

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth says

    Sales assistants NEVER ask me if I want to try anything – they must be scared of my face. I have to actively ask if I can try it and most times I just get handed a brush. x

    • Row says

      Hey Elizabeth

      It’s true, these day most don’t ask you – they always go, do you want to apply it yourself, or do you want me to do it? Errmmm…isn’t that what your paid to do?

      x

    • Row says

      Hi Minette

      I am in the UK – getting a refund on a cosmetics is like extracting teeth :o/ Otherwise my make up collection would be 50% smaller!

  2. Samantha says

    Blend it with some pale shimmer perhaps. I think Stila has a great semi-sheer shimmer that I use to blend with matte eyeshadow.

    • Row says

      Hi Samantha

      Yeah I think a soft shimmer would bring this look together otherwise the matte is just a bit too serious!