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making faces :: all eyes on yves

a couple of days ago, i posted the following photo on my instagram, proudly showing that i had bought green lip gloss and pink eye liner.

because who wants to do the expected thing?
the green gloss is a subject for another blog post, but today i thought i'd give you my quick thoughts on yves st. laurent's new liquid liner in "rose". there are a number of shades that have been released in this formula, along with the eponymous baby doll mascara [and a bright pink nail polish and one of their "lip varnishes" that i still haven't tried, even though i really, really want to]. the one that caught my eye figuratively and literally [kinda] was this incredible shade of pink. because how often does a girl find a pink eye liner?

i suppose that the inverse question there is "how often does a girl want a pink eye liner?" pinks around the eyes tend to be a little challenging, because "pink eye" isn't a look most people strive for.

not taken from in style magazine
but this is a pink of a different colour.

specifically, it's a deeper rose shade with a lot of copper and gold tones in it, so it doesn't tend to look like your eyes are rimmed in red. it's also very shimmery and so it appears more like a metallic foil around the eyes- emphasising that the colour you have on is anything but natural [but in a good way].

for those of you who may fear liquid liners... well, you could be justified, at least slightly. the applicator on this liner is very thin and flexible, meaning that you can get an extremely precise line, but precisely as you draw it. if your hand is a little jittery, you're going to have to go back and touch up. if, like me, you're used to handling something a little firmer- like liquid liners from mac, stila or illamasqua- this may take some getting used to.

it's ok, you can come a little closer to appreciate me...
but here's the good news: the formula is extremely forgiving. if you mess up, you'll have enough time to clean away the mess before it dries in place and the brush applicator is fine enough that you can easily correct little uneven patches.

even better: the formula is incredibly pigmented, so when you apply it, you get exactly the colour you see in the tube. in fact, if anything, it's more vibrant when applied. it's opaque in a single pass and while layering can make it a bit brighter [or give you a thicker line], it isn't necessary.



better still: this colour lasts like nothing you've ever seen before. liquid liners are valued for their ability to stay fresh-looking longer, but even by those standards, this one is pretty remarkable. even after more than ten hours, i could still see the colour clearly every time i caught a glimpse in the mirror. it took a little longer to set than some formulas [as in, it wasn't instant- the wait time was not long by any means], but once it did, it was locked in. every detail remained crisp and unaltered for the entire day. it was more than twelve hours before even the metallic lustre started to show just the faintest signs of fading. throughout the daylight hours, the colour stayed true and gave a hint of sophisticated sparkle when it caught the light.

some flaws in application, but still pretty... a little closer maybe?
of course, if you really don't want to tempt fate with a pink liner, you do have a selection of more "traditional" shades, including an inky indigo that's to die for and a tarnished khaki bronze.

i don't have the steadiest hands in the world, to put it mildly, so i did need to do some "brush ups" along the edges and even then you can see that it's not perfect. however, chances are you can do better than i and even if you can't, the boo-boos won't be all that noticeable. to me, the gorgeous, shimmering satiny colour you get is more than worth it.

it's so very glamourous, i don't even like doing very much around it, because i feel like it deserves the spotlight. although it has plenty of colour, it's not as in-your-face bold as some shades, so i think it's a nice option for women who might be a little shy of wearing really bright colours [or who might want something that adds a bit of colour but is still office-appropriate].

whoa, too close.
i should also add that i've very much been enjoying the new "baby doll" mascara. i don't know if i love it quite as much as the "faux cils" formula, which builds more volume, but i do love that it's easy to use, doesn't clump or smudge and lasts a full day without flaking. i can definitely see the "lift & curl" effect it has as well, which helps my eyes look wider awake. curling is not a big priority for me with my lashes, but if it is for you, this mascara will be a holy grail for you. 






in the photos i've used here, this is what i had on:

the base ::
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
nars radiant tinted moisturiser "terre neuve"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
nars light reflecting setting powder
mac paint pot "painterly"


the eyes ::
rouge bunny rouge e/s "bashful flamingo" [bright, light peach]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "gracious arasari" [deep satin beige]
guerlain e/s "terre indigo" [milk chocolate brown shade only]*
inglot e/s "352" [matte peachy white highlighter]
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt" [black patent- applied along the upper lash line to give definition]
ysl baby doll liquid liner "rose" [coppery pink metallic]
ysl baby doll mascara


the cheeks ::
benefit blush "bella bamba" [bright coral pink]
bobbi brown highlighting powder "porcelain pearl" [soft white]*

the lips ::
guerlain rouge automatique shine l/s "lou-ling" [rose pink with gold shimmer]*

*suggested alternates :: terre indigo brown = mac swiss chocolate; porcelain pearl = hourglass ethereal light; lou-ling = chanel fiction [redder, deeper, no shimmer]

i am not quite sure about the status of the baby doll mascara- i've heard from different people that it's limited and that it's permanent. likewise, i believe that most of the liner colours are going to be permanently available, at least from yves st. laurent's web site. however, i do know for certain that "rose" is a limited shade [as are the nail varnish and gloss that came out with this collection], so if you're making a list of priorities, the liner has to come first.

in canada, the mascara is available at most ysl counters, including at sephora, but i've only seen the liners, gloss and nail polish at the bay. happy hunting!

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