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Yves Saint Laurent Eye Makeup: Pop Water Collection Full Metal Shadows and Couture Eye Primer

April 3, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent has quite a few new items in the eye makeup arena this season. YSL has a diverse range of formula options to suit your personal taste and preference ranging from new eye primers, powder shadow palettes and new cream/liquid metallic shine eyeshadows. The three items recently launched include:
  • The Pop Water Collection (currently exclusive to Nordstrom) features 10 new shades of Full Metal Shadows ($30 each for 0.15 fl oz / 4.5 ml)
  • Two new Couture Variation Ten-Color Expert Eye Palettes ($95 each) in Nu (warm neutrals) and Tuxedo (dark dramatics)
  • Two Couture Eye Primers ($30 each for 0.18 fl oz / 5 g) in Fair 1 and Medium 2, formulas that claim to provide 16 hours of vibrant color and crease-free eyeshadow wear

Today I have a review of the Pop Water Full Metal Shadows and the Couture Eye Primer. The Pop Water Collection is currently exclusive to Nordstrom. A few weeks ago I reviewed and swatched my picks of the Glossy Stains and Nail Lacquers here. I’ve been wearing the Glossy Stain in Pink Rain and Wet Nude quite frequently as they give the lips a lush glossy look with a really pretty tint of color. The Full Metal Shadows are metallic liquid shadows that come with a beveled sponge-tip applicator. Some of them need a few pumps to mix the color up for the first use and get product on the sponge. I’ve been playing with all the colors and tested three of them on three separate full days. I am happy to report on the eyes they are truly long-wearing. They lasted from 5 am until late evening when I took my makeup off at 5 pm on one day, at 8:45 pm on a second day, and at 11:30 pm on another day.
Application-wise these swipe easily on the lids directly from the tube and are blendable with a finger. One swipe gives a soft wash of color that is buildable. The pigment on these is really good. Some are more glitzy than others but overall I found each of the colors I picked out wearable and suitable for everyday. The shimmer is smooth and even though some have a complex sparkle, the texture melts into the skin and blends in really nicely.

Here are all the colors swatched with different lighting so you can see how they look when light or a flash hits the shadow. Note these are swatched straight from the tube without any blending. Don’t be worried by the shimmer, the colors blend out beautifully and sheer out a little but they do not loose their pigment.

1 Grey Splash is a cool medium silvery metallic
2 Eau D’Argent is a cool metallic white
3 Taupe Drop is a mauvey silver taupe
4 Onde Sable is a sparkling champagne
5 Steamy Coral is a coral pink with shimmering pink flecks
6 Pink Cascade is a soft light pink metallic
7 Aquatic Copper is a metallic bronzey copper with gold flecks
8 Dewy Gold is a yellow gold metallic
9 Misty Green is a metallic green with some gold shimmer
10 Wet Blue is a bright shimmering blue

In direct sun vs with a flash:

The colors I picked out are on the neutral side:

Here is the beveled sponge tip applicator:

Swatched straight from the tube:

As someone who likes a good shimmer that isn’t overly frosted or glittery, I’m surprised I found these very wearable for me. The name “Full Metal” implies that these are highly metallic, which I do think they are, but the shimmer is refined and blends out really nicely to meld with the skin. The colors are layerable so you can control how much color you want on the eyes. I give these a huge thumbs up.

Next up is the new Couture Eye Primer. There are two shades in Fair and Medium, although Medium is still quite light. Medium is a creamy soft light beige with a hint of pearl to it. To the touch the product feels very emollient and like a cream/mousse hybrid and soft in the pot but it dries to a finish that won’t budge. The finish is slightly dewy but not overly glowy and really does stay put. These are designed to be a shadow base to extend wear or alone for a nude eye look. Given the lightness and pearl quality of Medium, I suspect it will be best for those with fair to light-medium skin. The pearl quality isn’t overly frosty but due to the pigmented nature of the product, I think it might emphasize lines if it contrasts with the skin – much like wearing a color of foundation too light for your skin will do.

I prefer the primer under powder shadow. It creates a good semi-creamy base to help shadows adhere and blend well onto the lids. I wasn’t able to test the 16 hour wear claim, but I did find it helped keep my shadow in place from early morning until late afternoon on the days I tested it (around 10 hours of wear). I wouldn’t recommend this for those with dry lids (the pearl quality can emphasize dry patches) but if you have normal-to-oily this is a good one to help keep the shadow stay put.

Another shot with softer light:

Here are swatches next to the YSL Touche Eclat in 5.5 which is the color I use. You can see that the Couture Eye Base in Medium is still quite light. I think the product will be perfect as warmer weather approaches. I do hope YSL will expand the color range as this is a good primer, but very light in color. One reason why I don’t like a lot of eye primers from other brands is the colors are too limited and fair making my skin look ashy or overly matte. The YSL Couture Eye Primer has a lovely pearl quality which gives this depth. If darker shades were released I would wear them as a nude shadow alone.

Bottom line love the Full Metal Shadows for their buildable coverage and long lasting power. My favorite is Onde Sable 4 even though it seems like your standard champagne shimmer, it has enough oomph to it to make it a bit more sparkly without being over the top. Taupe Drop 3 comes in close second because it’s a shadow you can wear alone for an eye look. Blend the color over the lids and then layer it more along the lash line for more color and depth. The Couture Eye Primer is a good one in terms of making shadow last, I do hope they expand the color range.

Have you checked out the Pop Water Full Metal Shadows, Couture Eye Primer or the new 10-pan Shadow Palettes? What did you think? You can find them all now online and in stores at Nordstrom (note there is a GWP going on while supplies last, details online).

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions my own. All items purchased by me. For more information refer to my Disclosures.

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  • Rachel Polansky April 3, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I love the purple hints in the taupe color!


    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:00 am

      I agree! Wish they had a more true taupe/patina color option, but the ones they have now are quite lovely!

  • Clever Girl Reviews April 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Shades #3 and #4 are my favs! I wonder how these compare to the Armani ones!

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:01 am

      I am hoping I'll have time to do swatch comparisons next week, but am not sure yet. The YSL is more metallic and more sparkly in finish. I find that you can layer the color for more pigment easily while the Armani takes a bit more work unless you use them for an all over wash.

      The Armani dries faster and the neutrals have a more opalescent shimmer vs sparkle if that makes sense.


  • Tequila Mockinbgird April 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Do the YSL tube eyeshadows play nice with the Armani Beauty tube eyeshadows? I'm curious because the metallic nature of the YSL shadows look perfect for the inner corner of the eyes paired with some of the darker Armani shadows used for smoky depth…

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Hi Tequila Mockingbird – I didn't think to layer them together, but it's a great idea! I just got home and tried it. The formulas seem to layer well together.

      I applied YSL #4 over the lids (1/2 way up as a wash). Then I took Armani #10 (the darker plummy bronze) and layered it on top. It blended very nicely on top of the YSL to create some depth.

      I'm going to experiment with the other shades but first impression is that your idea is genius.

  • Pam Hetlinger April 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I can't wait to try this collection. The colors look beautiful!

    xx Pam

  • Sara BeauTime April 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks so much for the swatches. Probably I will only go for 7 and maybe 3. A huge thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring your YSL posts. YSL is a company which haven't figured out blogger relations yet so swatches are certainly missing at Blogosphere.

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

      Thanks Sara, so glad the swatches helped! I think the Pop Water collection for eyes just launched exclusively at Nordstrom (they were on backorder) which might explain why there aren't many swatches yet.

  • Chloe x April 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    The metal collection is beautiful!


  • Devon Martin April 3, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I love the Steamy Coral and Pink Cascade shades, especially for Spring!


    Devon x

  • Caitlin Morton April 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Love it! Never used YSL eye makeup! Putting it on the list! Love this, thank you! Xo

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

      You're welcome Caitlin!

  • Rebecca Chung April 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Wow these are gorgeous! I love Onde Sable 4, Taupe Drop 3, and the Couture Eye Primer. Thanks for the amazing swatches ❤

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

      You're welcome, glad they helped!

  • waspprincess April 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    These seem to have a lot more shimmer and glitter than the Armani.

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

      They do 🙂

  • BonnieBeautyxo April 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Ahhhh these metal shadows are so gorgeous, love the shade 3 4 6 8 9, or all of them actually haha. Thanks for sharing! They're so beautiful!!

    Bonnie || bonniebeautyxo.com

  • Amanda Hollingsworth April 4, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I tried the YSL Primer when I bought the 10 piece eye palette (Nu) but already having the Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo I couldn't see the benefit of two eye primers but it did look and feel very nice. I've not bought any YSL in years apart from Touché Éclat but what with them really attracting a lot of attention having signed Cara Delevigne as the face of their new make up campaign I've had a much more thorough look this season. Their eye products in particular have been exceptional. They have really upped their game and become a much more relevant brand. Cara's face, personality and lots of product Innovation has made the brand feel quite edgy and fashionable again. What will also be interesting is what direction Lisa Eldridge takes Lancôme……another brand that has lots it's way over the last five years.

    • Sabrina April 4, 2015 at 1:08 am

      I tried the Touche Eclat years ago (prbably a decade) and I don't know if they expanded the shade range of if I was just mis-matched but I always thought it made my skin look horribly ashy. I changed my mind after seeing shade 4.5 applied on a friend at the counter and it completely disappeared into her skin in a natural way while brightening her under eye.

      I've given it a second go and so far so good!

      I agree, love that Cara is the face of some of the YSL ads, she has such lovely features.

    • Amanda Hollingsworth April 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Touché Eclat is much better now there are all the colour options. I never really got the fuss when there was just the original shade but when all the colourways came out, I at long last 'got it' and why it really is Holy Grail to so many women. I never really rated Cara's beauty until the YSL campaign but they really have captured her spirit and the photography makes her and the product look like they were made for each other. She's taken YSL to a whole new customer. What was once a fusty, middle aged brand really has emerged as a counter to stop and have a look at as opposed to walking on by to get to Chanel, Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.

  • Arnella Kajtezovic April 4, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Oh my gosh, my eyes nearly popped out of my head, these are so gorgeous!


  • Bella April 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    White frost and emphasized texture in the swatches…not for me! (yay).

  • Maiko Sharp April 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I can't deal with how amazing these products look
    I think I just went to makeup heaven

  • Agata April 4, 2015 at 11:22 am

    These look awesome. While all the bronzes look really pretty, I like number 10 the best, only because it's more unique!


  • Anonymous April 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I tried the YSL Full Metal Shadows on my bare lid, no primer, and I live in a cold climate. After about 3 hours they were creasing like crazy and I was really disappointed since they are supposed to be long-wearing. Another thing, I noticed that the glitter in the formula did transfer a bit and I had small pieces of glitter under my eyes. I do love the colors though and the feeling when putting these on put I guess I need a good primer with them :/

  • Fancie April 5, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Aquatic Copper and Steamy Coral are stunning!!

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