YSL Fall Look 2013: Gris Underground 38 and Beige Gallery 39 La Laque Couture

July 6, 2013
For fall I spotted two new shades of YSL La Laque Couture ($25 each, for 0.34 oz/10ml) at Nordstrom in store: Gris Underground 38 a beautiful blue-grey with a hint of lavendar and Beige Gallery 39 a nude tan cream. Both are non-shimmers with full coverage. The quality and wear is quite amazing. The wide brush makes these easy to apply flawlessly. You get full coverage with two thin coats. Dry time is faster than most. I am in love with both new shades.

Before I go on to the individual swatches, I wanted to post a nail wheel comparison. In my mind before I pulled any other colors, I expected Gris Underground and Beige Gallery to be quite similar to other greys and nudes. They proved to be very different from what I expected. Gris Underground is more blue. Beige Gallery pulls more brown.
Here are some colors compared: NARS Storm Bird, JinSoon Auspicious, Dior Gris Montaigne, Chanel Frenzy, Dior Gris Trianon, Butter London Lady Muck, Dolce & Gabbana Anise, OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons, OPI My Very First Knockwurst, YSL Beige Leger 22, Dior Trench, Dior Grege, Chanel Beige, Dior Incognito and Chanel Particuliere.

Gris Underground No. 38 is a shade I’ve been searching for for years. It has just the right mix of blue, grey and purple to be that perfect dove-grey nail color. Most others I’ve seen are either too purple or just a straight grey. This one pulls blue-ish on me against my olive skintone. All swatches two coats without any top coat.

Closeup of the comparisons:


Beige Gallery No. 39 is a beautiful tan nude. I expected it to go on the nails paler than it does, but it is true to what you see in the bottle. It gives a fresh clean nude look without being too nude or brown. Two coats without any topcoat (although these work well with Chanel).

Comparison closeup:

YSL is slowly but surely making it’s dent in my beauty collection. I’ve
fallen in love with their La Laque Couture nail formula for the
smooth application, long wear, beautiful rich colors, easy to use brush
and sleek packaging. The quality is really amazing. My collection pre-fall additions:

Bottom line: both Gris Underground 38 and Beige Gallery 39 are must-haves. I love the neutral but not boring look these colors give. In stores and online at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.

Did you check out YSL fall yet? Thoughts? Will you be picking up the nail colors?

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  • Hi Sabrina, both Gris Underground and Beige Gallery are gorgeous (with a capital G!) I love the cooler tones in both — so flattering πŸ™‚

  • I ordered these the other day–I knew I had to have them. Thanks so much for the swatches–I know I'm going to love them. I read about a third color Sepia 7e Art–a Burgundy. Do you know if this is going to be released here?

    • Hi Jenny – I couldn't find any info on the No. 40 shade. I'm wondering if it's an exclusive to Europe … if I find anything I will be sure to post πŸ™‚

    • When I didn't see it show up online with the other two colors, I started thinking the same thing. I was so looking forward to that one. Thanks for confirming what I thought.

  • beautiful!!! thanks for sharing!

  • Gris Underground is what I hoped Julep Julianne would be. However, Julianne is dustier and not as blue.

  • These two are both so beautiful! Have you tried Lancome's Gris Angora? That's another lovely gray πŸ™‚

    • I haven't checked out Lancome much for the nails … I should though!

  • Amy

    Your application is so beautiful!! Love the wheel of polishes–gorgeous.

    • Thank you Amy! Means so much coming from you πŸ™‚

  • These nail polishes are gorgeous! I haven't tried any of their line yet but I think it's about time I do!
    xx Amber

  • Ooh I love Beige Gallery 39… I go back and forth on these types of nudes and right now I'm really into them

  • saw these two shades the other day and they are gorgeous! although its hard to think about autumn colours when we are only just having our summer! ill have to take another gander at these come october πŸ™‚ great post, beautiful pictures!

    • Lol I agree with you. I'll also check these out…..in the fall πŸ™‚

  • Gorgeous!

  • these colors are beautiful <3


  • Oh so pretty! I'd say they're great wintery colours!
    Emily xoxo

  • Gris Underground is definitely on my list :). Thanks for the post!

  • Gris Underground is definitely on my shopping list, I love it! Thanks for the swatches, Sabrina!

  • MontrΓ©alaise

    I wonder whether Beige Gallery is similar to Butter London's Yummy Mummy (although the latter has some shimmer, while Beige Gallery appears to be a crème)?

  • Lorraine

    Gris Underground has been calling out to me since I saw it at Bloomingdales. Very classy- I am thinking Michelle Obama's famous mani. It will be hard to resist, even though I have Essie Cocktail Bling, a similar shade. I am a new convert to the YSL brand- Jade Imperial is definitely a gateway drug!

  • I look forward to Dior fall polish swatches. I saw them on your Webstagram. Thanks!

  • I want these. I could see them being a good tip and toe combination. Beautiful swatches!

  • Can you please list in full the YSL nail polishes pictured here? Can't read what the name/number of the burgundy and silver glitter is. I'm obsessed! Thanks!