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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

NEW! Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics

Shade 1
This month sees the launch of YSL Pure Chromatics, a range of eyeshadows that can be applied wet or dry to create varying colour intensity. Each iconic gold compact comes with two applicators - a sponge to apply shadow dry and a silicone applicator to use with water. The colours are perfectly complimentary and a great way to update the classic smoky eye (I used palette shade 3 - think shimmering sky blues on the inner eye and brow bone, blending out towards deep, burnished browns). Used dry the colours are soft and subtle - ideal for daywear. On contact with water though, the chromatic pigment is instantly intensified, and the shadow itself turns to a more creamy consistency with a high-shine, metallic finish. To apply wet, dip the silicone applicator in water and then into the eyeshadows. After a few minutes of playing around, I learnt that short, feathery strokes are  best when applying the colour wet. This keeps the colour strong and fluid, rather than drawing on in one solid line, where the intensity sort of fizzles out. If I'm being very critical, perhaps I'm a little disappointed. Most shadows intensify when applied wet so I was expecting something out of the ordinary from Pure Chromatics. However, if you like to play around with makeup, creating new shades, blending and layering, then this is the eye palette for you. The Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eyeshadows, £37, are on counter now.

Eyeshadows DRY

Eyeshadows WET

Eyeliners after wetting and rubbing

Next on to the Crayon Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners, £18 (Boots). Last week, I was kindly sent some to put to the test and the colours' long-wearing durability really stands up. The formulas are intensely creamy - these aren't the sort of liners that are going to drag or pull across your eye - and the pigments impressive. I applied the Black, Brown and Burgundy shades to my arm and spent 10 minutes wetting the colours and rubbing aggresively. The below picture shows just how far I got, i.e. not very far at all. It eventually took eye makeup remover and a cotton wool pad to completely remove them. I'll be wearing these come rain or shine this summer. Sx

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