ysl color couture palette

YSL beauty has always been one of those lust-worthy brands that I would always drool over at the shops. From the luxe packaging to the gorgeous models that represent the brand, YSL always seemed to have a bit of that French che-ne-se-quoi. Getting to work with such an amazing brand has definitely been one of my highlights this year, and today I am sharing with you my review of one of the new 5 Colour Couture Palettes called the “Surrealiste” , and the gorgeous dress that Gert-Johan Coetzee designed around this palette for the South African Style Awards this year.


The new 5 Color Couture Eyeshadow Palettes are all a single color palette, with 5 ready-to-wear shades in them. Each one of them is prettier than the next, and I would love to have al of these under my Christmas tree(a girl can dream). I still got spoiled rotten by YSL and received the Surrealiste palette which I will be reviewing here(filled with gorgeous purples and lilacs) and a Rive Gauche palette(filled with moody blues) which I will be giving away to one lucky reader. Lets talk about the Surrealiste palette first, and then about Gerts gorgeous interpretation of it.

ysl surrealiste palette

The Surrealiste is one of the 8 new palettes available in South Africa, that were created to celebrate YSL 50 years of Edgy Beauty. Yves started branching out into beauty in 1964, to create stunning make-up and perfumes that could go with his designs. Over the years a lot of memorable beauty products were born in the YSL house such as the Touche Eclat and fragrances such as Opium and Manifesto.

ysl surrealiste palette


The Surrealiste palette features 4 different shades of purple, and one light pink shade to highlight with. All of the shades of purple are different- starting with a light lilac hue and down to the intense royal purple shade. All of the shades have a shimmery texture, as you can see from the swatches of the palette with the flash. This baby is a dream for a gorgeous purple smokey eye, because it has everything you need. But even if you want to wear this palette during the day, it’s just as versatile. Just use the light pink shimmer mixed with the lilac, for a pretty but day-time look. And the packaging is just gorgeous- look at this gold wonder. Doesn’t it look amazing in my Christmas tree?

ysl surrealiste palette

Swatch of the palette without flash
Swatch of the palette without flash
Swatch of the palette with the flash
Swatch of the palette with the flash

PS Do let me know if you would like to see a tutorial or a make-up look with this palette. I am currently playing around with it, so if you would like me to share my looks with you, tell me in the comments!

ysl surrealiste palette

Now lets talk about this master piece of a dress. For the South African Style Awards this year, 8 of the top South African designers were asked to interpret one of the palettes into a design. I think it’s absolutely amazing that these masterminds could just look at the palette and create such gorgeous threads from it. I got to work with Gert and his interpretation of the Surrealiste palette. Here is the amazing dress that Gert created based on the Surrealiste palette.


Gert was inspired by the name of the palette, just as much as the colors of it. He finds mermaids to be one of the most “Surreal” things in this world(and they do exist!), and that’s what inspired the shape of this dress. A beautiful, flowing dress that almost looks like it was made out of fish scales. The dress was sprayed using all 5 shades from the palette, and it has an ombre effect. It flows so effortlessly and beautifully from the light silver, into a shimmery violet and ends with a gorgeous eggplant “tail”. When the dress was presented on the runway, all everyone could do was just stare in awe. A true master piece and a perfect interpretation of the gorges YSL palette.



And Joelle really did the dress justice on the night.


ysl rive touche palette

Of course I have something to spoil you with today! I am giving away this beautiful Rive Gauche palette as part of the 12 Days Of Giveaways on the blog. We could all use some YSL goodness on our lives, and trust me you want this palette! It’s that little bit of luxury on your dressing table and in your life. To enter today comment on tho post and tell me why you want this palette under your Christmas tree!

ysl couture palette

42 thoughts on “Beauty Review+Giveaway- YSL Couture Palette”

  1. Hi there. Oh I would really want this under my Christmas tree because I am a real makeup junkie. And obsessed with the YSL brand! Fingers crossed. Xxx

  2. Id love to have this palette under my christmas tree because I love eye shadows! Especially blue and purple shades because i have green eyes. A little YSL never hurt nobody 🙂

  3. I would L-O-V-E to win this gorgeous “Rive Gauche palette”! The colours are so stunning! Honestly I’ve never tried any of YSL’s products before **gasps**, so I would love to win this to be able to finally try out their products for myself 😉 <3 <3 <3

  4. That palette is so stunning! Yes would definitely like to see a tutorial!!

    I’d like to win because I’ve only recently started wearing make up at 33 due to adult acne starting….and starting from scratch is expensive! To win this would be so awesome…take me one step closer to my dream make up collection 🙂 also its my birthday on the 23rd so would be awesome to win!

  5. I would Lobe this palette for Christmas well because I dont own anything like it! I am using cheap eye shadows that just doesn’t do the trick and leave my eyes looking like someone punched me after only a few hours.. Owning a Palette like this would be the best if not only Christmas gift I would have

  6. I hav becum a slob recently startin wit my dresing erm getin to used to trackpants and even my makeup habits hav sufered would luv this beauty to come back to life again

  7. With the 5 ready-to-wear shades, every girl will look stunning,, a must have,, I would like to have this because I’m a funky modern girl and love to follow fashion and love to party.

  8. I’ve always loved the YSL brand! I would love to own their products but being a student, I can’t afford it 🙁 I’d love to find this YSL palette under my Christmas tree because it would be the best gift ever! I love the colours in the palette too! Also in need of new eye shadow so this would be perfect 😀

  9. I LOVE eye shadow – I do not leave the house without it. I love creating different looks, and this Rive Gauche palette has the perfect combination of colours. I would create a soft smoky eye to wear with denims an a white tee for day time, and for night, Ill wet the shadow to darken it and create a nice smoky eye, and pair with dark jeans and a sparkly top. YSL is the ultimate in luxury makeup, I would love to own this special palette.

  10. The dress looked stunning on her. Yes to the video tutorial and I think my tree would look good with that underneath it, because I am stuck in a rut with my eye make-up. I use the same neutral shades which is nice but I have not colour or pizzaz in my make-up drawer. @festus1611

  11. Would love this YSL Couture palette that enhance the eyes as they are the windows to our souls! I have shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs)! Fingers crossed!

  12. I would love to experiment with colours have yet to leap into coloured eyeshadows. I always stick to neutrals so this would be great to start my new makeup eye journey!

  13. Not even gonna lie, the colours are gorgeous, the palette itself is luxurious, don’t know if I’d even dare to use it 😀 Let’s hope Santa will stop at my house with this~

  14. I have yet to add high end designer make up to the collection, this would make my Xmas 🙂 I am also too ashamed to mention when was the last time I bought eyeshadow 😛

  15. I have caramel skin tone and the various pallets of purple would be perfect for me creating a smokey eye for myself .

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