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Yves Saint Laurent Water-Resistant Eyeshadow in Shade 2 Amethyst Grey Review & Swatches

July 13, 2009
Yves Saint Laurent Water-Resistant Eyeshadow/Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant ($28.50)
Yves Saint Laurent FARD LUMIÈRE AQUARÉSISTANT Water-Resistant Eye Shadow dresses the eyelids with long-lasting, luminous, and water-resistant color. The aqueous-gel texture feels fresh upon application and dries down to a shimmering veil of color that can be layered for a look that’s as intense as you desire. The air-tight pot keeps the formula moist so that every application looks fresh and luminous.


Not to be gross, but I quite easily have the oiliest eyelids known to man. I’m talking oiliness that eats through any and all shadows, primers, liners, mascaras, and anything else you could think of to apply to the eye area. So when it’s comes to claims of budge-proof, smudge-proof eye products I’m always simultaneously intrigued and skeptical.

I’ve been testing out YSL’s Water-Resistant Eyeshadow in Shade #2 Amethyst Grey during the hot, humid, and overall stinky weather we’ve been having as of late. Read on to find out how it holds up!

Photo with no flash. See the photo below to get a pretty good idea of what Amethyst Grey looks like in person.

The Packaging: I must say that I love the sleek square packaging YSL’s got going on here. The screw top makes for an air-tight seal, ensuring that the product within doesn’t end up all dry and desiccated, and the lucite-like bottom gives the product a refreshing, cooling look to it which goes along with the whole theme of a light, fresh-feeling shadow that meant to hold up to splashing in the water. The brush that comes with this shadow stinks though, which was expected.


Close-up of Amethyst Grey in the pot.

The Color: Based upon Sephora’s swatch I was expecting a light lavendery amthyst hue with just a hint of underlying gray to it, and so was really disappointed upon opening up my pot to see this quivering blob of dark taupey gray matter looking back at me. But once I got past my initial chagrin, I succumbed to the prettiness that is Amethyst Grey. The shade is comprised of a light to medium grey with flashes of lilac that really makes for a beautiful, soft daytime smoky look, and the color really is buildable from just the sheerest wash of gray to a more pigmented lavender/grey with much more depth to it. Amethyst Grey has some soft shimmer and sheen to it and makes for an entirely appropriate work look.

Swatch of Amethyst Grey – it’s tough to capture on camera because of the sheen.

The Formula: YSL’s Fard Lumiere Aquaresistants are rather pricey at $30+ after tax, but the formula is spot on and really lives up to its name. Once dry this water-resistant formula truly resists all any smearing, smudging, creasing, and other unpleasantness all day and night without the aid of any base or primer.

The texture of Fard Lumiere is akin to a light whipped eyeshadow, albeit a bit more liquidy that I’d expected, and it applies easily and blends well using a smudge brush (or pretty much any dense brush you have lying around). I checked my eyelids periodically throughout the day and there wasn’t a crease to be seen for the 15 hours that I wore this — pretty remarkable I’d say!

I took a photo of my eye with only the YSL shadow in Amethyst Grey on so you can get an idea of what this looks like on the eye, although as I mentioned it’s very hard to capture and not nearly as nice on film as it is in person:


And while I liked the look I felt that it was lacking a little extra oomph so I topped it with my Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in Moon Shadow (review HERE) which is essentially a much lighter, much much sparklier version of Amethyst Grey for some added fun:


The Conclusion: While YSL’s Water-Resistant Eyeshadow wasn’t 100% what I was expecting it to be, I’m really loving the formula and the ease of use. Most morning I just don’t have time to apply an eyelid primer and then eyeshadow, nor do I have the energy to be checking on my eye makeup throughout the day to ensure that it isn’t creasing, so YSL’s new waterproof release kills to birds with one stone. While the shade range is disappointingly limited (four in all), I highly recommend these if you’re looking for some long-lasting color this summer!

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Liquid Eyeshadows for All Price Ranges: How Do They Stack Up?

July 15, 2008
This will be my last Bourjois-related post for a really long time–I promise!

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Left to Right:
Mark i-sheer Creamy Eye Shadow Hook Up in Meringue ($5)
Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Electron #38 (on sale for $11.20)
Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows in Bayou and 717 ($32)

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Mark’s i-sheers ($5) are a a decent budget option if you’re looking to try a liquid eyeshadow but don’t want to splurge. While the packaging is very utilitarian and not all that cute, the shades have okay lasting power and will serve their purpose.

I wasn’t a huge fan of these because, unlike the Bourjois or the Chanel, this dried a kind of streaky/clumpy finish and just wasn’t as pigmented as I would’ve liked. It looks the smoothness of the more expensive products.

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Bourjois’ Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadows ($11.20) are amongst my favorite liquid shadows. While they don’t have a great color selection (booooo!), the shades they do have are all very wearable and easy to work with. The consistency is a bit thinner than the Mark, but still gives you a nice creamy solution to work with, making application and blending pretty easy. Plus I think the packaging is darn cute (although I hated it for their loose eyeshadows)!

Pigmentation is pretty decent with these-you’re not going to get a bold wash of color by any means, but the shades do show up and have easily buildable coverage.

It dries to a smooth shimmery finish and stays put all day. Love this stuff-it was definitely worth the $11!!

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Now for our splurge item-the Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows ($32). For reference, one of these costs as much as 6 of the Marks or almost 3 of the Bourjois on sale-a little crazy in my opinion! But call me crazy because I purchased them. I figured they’d be a great alternative to powder shadows on those days I wanted something a little different, but honestly I don’t find myself reaching for them that often.

Consistency-wise, these are the most watery out of the bunch. As such, the first layer goes on pretty sheer after blending (and you have to blend otherwise you’ll look pretty silly), but coverage is definitely buildable. Also, they take a decent amount of time to dry, so if you’ve got small creases like me (that cause smudging) you’ll have to sit around with your eyes closed until this stuff dries.

But you do get something for your money-a very smooth application! While I love the Bourjois, I’d have to say the Chanel (probably because it’s more liquidy) dries to a smoother and more even finish.

While I do like these they’re definitely not the best out there and not a must-have by any means!

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Left to Right: the two Chanels, Bourjois, and Mark

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After some blending

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And to see which would wear the longest I rubbed at these like crazy! The Chanels didn’t hold up so well, but the Bourjois and the Mark were stubborn.

EOTD (using my liquid shadows!):
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Conclusion: liquid shadows are hard to blend!

Have you tried any of these? Thoughts?

Related Posts:
Read about my current favorite eyeshadow palette here-it’s a beautiful thing!

Read my full review of the Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows here.

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for the Month of July to win your very own Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Beige Metallique and a Bourjois blush in Rose D’or.

See my review of Chanel’s Summer 2008 releases here.

How do Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks compare to Chanel Glossimers? Click here to find out.

Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow: Review and Swatches

July 15, 2008
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Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Electron (38)
Click here to see what it looks like on.

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I’d had my eye on Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid shadows for weeks but I could never justify purchasing them since I’m not a big user of liquid/cream shadows-but once they went on sale I was all over them! I didn’t like the darker colors too much (they’re pretty pigmented so dark can be a little scary) so I went with Rose Electron and Beige Metallique.

I’ll be doing a post comparing the consistency of these to a few other liquid eyeshadows I have-but for now I’ll just say that these have a great creamy consistency-not too runny and not too thick, making them pretty easy to work with. The applicator gives me much more product than I’d like but it’s not really a problem as I just dab it on with the applicator, then blend with my finger.

A Few Swatches:
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Swatches: Rose Electron (38), Blanc Chrome (37), Gris Platine (35), Beige Metallique (33)

Once applied these shadows really aren’t going anywhere. They’re not waterproof, but once dry they’re essentially smudge/rub proof and should last all day without creasing.

A few shades are still available on Sephora.com so head on over and grab yourself some cute shadows for a bargain price!

Related Posts:
Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for the Month of July to won a Bourjois Rose D’or blush and Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow of your very own.

Read about a similar product that Chanel makes here.

Bourjois Sephora Clearance Haul: Reviews & Swatches

July 9, 2008
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I’m a sucker for anything on sale (even if it wasn’t all that expensive to begin with), but since I’m on a self-imposed mini-ban I tried to restrain myself as much as possible with Sephora’s clearance on Bourjois. It’s sad that when I see something at a discount, I repeatedly need to remind myself that if it wasn”t something I would’ve wanted when it wasn’t on sale, I probably shouldn’t be getting it now. Not that it works so well for me!

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Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Brun Metallique and Rose Electron-$11.20 (from $16)

I haven’t actually opened these yet because I’ve been debating whether or not I want to use one as a giveaway item for this month, so no swatches yet but there’s a photo below of what the Rose Electron looks like on from when I played with these at Sephora.

I’d been wanting these for a few months (since they seemed to be a much cheaper version of Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow-I’ll be doing a comparison one of these days) and this sale finally gave me an excuse to buy them. I’m really tempted to keep both since I’m having the hardest time choosing which to part with. You ladies may just have to settle for something else as a giveaway prize! 😛

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Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Electron

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Bourjois Effect 3D Les Nudes Lip Gloss in Fleur D’oranger Poetic-$10.85 (from $15.50)

This particular shade doesn’t seem to be available on the website.

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Fleur d’oranger poetic on lips (I had to apply a ton of it to get it to photograph)

#36 Fleur d’oranger poetic is a peachy-orange shade with fine gold microshimmer. Bourjois’ glosses come with a brush applicator, and while decent, I find that they make for a rather streaky application. And while it’s nice that the gloss has a pretty non-sticky formula, its watery consistency means that the gloss ends up settling into any fine lines that may have cropped up on my lips due to dryness.

Once applied, #35 is a peachy nude, nearly invisible on my lips. It’s a decent gloss and a pretty color but nothing I’d ever repurchase.

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Swatch of Fleur d’oranger poetic

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Bourjois Blush in Rose D’or-$9.80 (from $14)

Bourjois blush in Rose D’or is another one of those products that I’ve been meaning to try but have just never gotten around to. Upon opening my little pink compact (this thing is rather small for a blush) I was pleasantly surprised to find a little brush included–and then disappointed to learn that the thing felt like an itchy wool sweater. Oh well! It’ll probably come in handy in a pinch.

The blush itself is very pigmented, which means that the few times I’ve tried to apply this I’ve ended up going a little overboard. I definitely need to remember to use a lighter hand when using this blush. Rose D’or is a cool pink with gold pearl, and not really all that rose at all. It’s a pretty color but nothing all that unique, so definitely not a must-have if you have a million unused blushes lying around like I do.

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Did you end up purchasing anything form the Bourjois sale section on Sephora.com?

Related Posts:
Click here to read my review (and see swatches) of Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows.

Do you love cute cosmetics? Because I do! Click here to check out my experience with Bourjois Minis.

Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

April 13, 2008
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From the Chanel website:

“Fluid eyeshadow imparts a long-lasting veil of iridescent colour, from subtle to intense. Bi-phase liquid powder shakes to combine for lightweight colour and feel. Hydro-soluble polymer guarantees a long-lasting result. Soft and light aquatic materials minimize lines and dryness.”

The Ombre D’eau eyeshadows come in rectangular glass containers with doe-foot applicators and look very similar to short stubby lipglosses. The shadows have a watery consistency, and need to be shaken as the color separates in the bottle and the pigment settles on the sides.

I purchased a bunch of these ages ago while passing through Duty Free in Korea. They looked so fun in their pretty frosted glass bottles, and swatched beautifully on my hands. But when I pulled them out to experiment with at home I wasn’t nearly as pleased. The lighter colors tended to disappear on my eyelid unless I applied a thick layer, in which case they tended to look a bit streaky, and the darker colors were too dark and needed to be blended out, also resulting in a streaky finish. As a result these sat untouched in my drawer for a long long time.

However, I decided to give these another try as they were beginning to feel woefully neglected sitting at the bottom of my eyeshadow drawer, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It may be that eyeshadow base makes all the difference, but this time around they actually applied quite smoothly and there are very few streaks to be seen!

An added bonus to these eyeshadows is that they stay put pretty much all day, even on oily eyelids such as mine (which is a rarity).
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I own a few of these but I chose a dark one (Bayou) and a light one (717-Limited Edition) to show you guys so that you have examples from both ends of the spectrum.

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Bayou is a deep plum shade with shimmering pink/purple undertones, and 717 (I can’t remember the name of this color) is a peachy gold.

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I did a quick application of these (Bayou on the left, 717 on the right) to show you what they look like on, so please excuse the residual eyeliner on the eye with 717.

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At $30 a pop these are on the pricey side for single eyeshadows, but if you’ve got some money to spare and are looking for something different from your typical powder shadow, you should definitely stop by you local Chanel counter to check these out!

If anybody owns these or has tried them, I’d love to hear what you think!