YSL COUTURE CONTOURING PALETTE.

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I stumbled across the newly launched Couture Contouring Palette by YSL (available here at Feelunique, Boots, House of Fraser or at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman for those is the US), a simple compact featuring both a contour and highlight shade, completely on a whim and it was nigh on love at first sight. Keep reading for more pics, you've got to see how beautiful this palette is!



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As many of them out there as there are, I have never managed to find a powder contour palette that I'm happy with. Every time, I'm met with some kind of flaw, whether the contour shade is too warm in colour, too muddy, the tone is off, the highlighter is glittery, the powders don't blend well, they're too pigmented, or the packaging is too bulky.

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Encased in the beautiful gold packaging we've come to expect of YSL, the compact is nice and slimline, and sized just like all of their other face-product cases. The contour shade inside is a lovely, cool but flattering brown - the perfect shade for my NC 20-25 skin, to resemble natural, completely indetectable shadow. It looks incredibly fair in the pan but has a surprising amount of colour. The highlight is equally as beautiful in my eyes, far more subtle than say the Laura Mercier Face Illuminators or MaryLoumanizer, but exactly what I look for - a soft, flattering champagne, richly pigmented but not overdone, and giving an ethereal luminosity to the skin. This isn't one for those who like a highlight 'on fleek', and doesn't show up particularly well in photographs but has that soft-focus, candlelit glow that looks exquisite in person. Both powders are creamy and smooth, especially the contour, and blend exceptionally on the skin - even the lightest hand still gives colour - look out for swatches, more snaps and try ons on my Instagram.

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The palette comes in two shades, both of which I think would only really be suitable for fair-ish skins as the options are more of a tonal difference rather than one being darker than the other - 02 Rosy is more pinkish/warm in tone, whereas the slightly ashier 01 Golden suits my skin better.

I'm not saying that my hunt for the perfect contour palette is over, but I'm thoroughly impressed.

What are your favourite contouring products?



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32 comments

  1. I should try this ASAP! Hope that they'll look good on my pale face :D

    http://beristenbul.blogspot.com.tr/

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    1. I think the tone and shade should work pretty well for you! My skin is quite and it's perfect for me xx

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  2. This looks beautiful! Think it would have to be a bit bigger for me though, as I like a LOT of highlight, haha :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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    1. Haha how true! They're not over-generous with pan size xx

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  3. I saw the SA trying this on a customer who just had 'contour disaster at Sephora', she was thoroughly impressed with how natural it is. Glad you seem to love it, too, so I can give it a try ;)

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Haha! 'Contour disaster in Sephora' sounds pretty interesting - I've definitely had a couple of makeup disasters in the hands of store makeup assistants....! It's a beautiful product :) xx

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  4. Oh my ! Your photos are amazing and it's a real pleasure to read you ! Love YSL ! xoxo

    Kédidja | beautymoodboard.com

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  5. I am on the hunt for the perfect contour palette too, and this one sounds like a great find! I will definitely try it! :D
    Thanks for sharing and wish you a beautiful week!
    xoxo
    Stella
    www.stellaasteria.com

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  6. Your blog photography is absolutely gorgeous! And this palette looks amazing, I'm glad you like it!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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  7. Ooh this looks super pretty! I have wanted to try this from YSL but wasn't sure if it would look right on my neutral fair tone. I might look at it again if you like it. As always, your pictures are the most perfect ;____; have a wonderful new week!

    xoxo
    www.hellohimawari.com

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    1. Hmm the highlighter could possibly be a little warm for you, as I've seen your gorgeous porcelain skin, but I'd definitely recommend swatching it at least, it's a beautiful product xx

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  8. How beautiful, YSL has one of the prettiest looking products. I think I'd love this more as a bronzer, too bad they only have two shades x

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    1. Definitely, it's gorgeous. They've been fairly conservative with the shade range and pan sizes! xx

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  9. it's pretty impressive! i hope they'd release darker shades.

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    1. We can certainly hope! It's beautiful xx

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  10. YSL packaging is just so stunning! I haven't tried any bronzers/highlighters from YSL so this is going straight to the top of my wishlist!

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. It's pretty stunning, subtle though, which I personally covet xx

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  11. Wow that is beautiful, the shades look very nice for contouring and not too warm like a lot of palettes! xx

    www.missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. Definitely, it's a great mix of neutral tones xx

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  12. I didn't even know YSL had a contour palette it looks stunning

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  13. This sounds so promising until I read about the shade ranges because I don't think both would suit my skin tone at all. I'm about Beige, Sand Beige shade so both are probably too light for me. :-(

    Reflection of Sanity | b·liv Skincare Set Giveaway

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    1. I think unfortunately you may well be right - they've been very conservative with the shade range - I don't really like the contour shade in the second palette at all xx

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  14. Such beautiful images! I have not seen this but you are certainly making me want it now! Kelly xx
    www.KELLiLASH.com

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  15. I love this for the packaging alone!! So beautiful and chic. I need a new contour palette so might just have to give this one a try. Always my favourite enabler!!
    Lisa
    Beauxdiaries.com xxx

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  16. This product looks stunning!
    I love contouring powders but often struggle to find them deep enough for my skin tone, I will have to take a look!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. This might be a little fair but hope you enjoy it! xx

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