Sunday, 7 June 2015

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 4 Onde Sable & 7 Aquatic Copper

YSL have released a new range of liquid eyeshadows for summer, rather pun-tastically called Full Metal Shadow.  They claim long lasting colour, a cooling effect, a metallic finish, and a specially shaped applicator to help smooth the product over the lids.

The applicator follows a similar angled shape to the one YSL first introduced in their Glossy Stain lip products.  The pointy end allows you to get right into the corner of the eyes, and the large flat bit gives a good sweep of product across the lid.  The material is that of a standard doe's foot applicator -slightly flocked, making sure it absorbs a good amount of product from the tube, useful when the texture of the eyeshadow is so light and fluid.

4 Onde Sable, 7 Aquatic Copper
 I was surprised to find that the pigmentation of these liquid shadows is actually rather sheer when I first swatched them.  Swatched unblended directly onto the skin, they're undeniably sparkly, albeit a little patchy and definitely not the high shine metallic finish I was hoping for.

And here's why swatches can be misleading - this is a good thick coat of Full Metal Shadow in 4 Onde Sable applied with the applicator, and blended round the edges with my ring finger.  The effect on the eyelids is actually far more full-on than the swatch would imply - it's still not a full opacity metallic robot-lid, but it's certainly pretty.  Onde Sable is a glorious everyday colour, too - a soft beige with a slight rosy-goldness too it, it lights up my eye area and makes me look awake, and pairs well with a stronger lip colour.

Overall, then, Full Metal Shadow isn't quite what I thought it would be - but I've found it to be a perfectly lovely wash of summer-appropriate, shimmering, glowing colour.  Oh, and over primer, I've found it easily lasts the whole day - indeed, up to the 16 hours that YSL claim.  Should you buy it?  Yes, if you fancy a treat and you like your shadows unapologetically shimmery (but not full on metallic).  Find Full Metal Shadow now at Boots for a spendy, but normal for YSL, £21.

Disclosure:  PR sample

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