In all honesty, the first time I saw *YSL Pivoine Crush Palette from their Spring Look 2014, I simultaneously wanted to throw my hands in the air out of despair and hide in a hole somewhere. This palette has some of the things that I normally find very hard to work with, including micro-glitter, sheerness, and stiffness. Then I had this idea to layer it over a base: it was pure magic!
YSL Pivoine Crush Palette comes in special limited-edition packaging. It contains 8,5 grams (0.29 oz) of product, and the RRP here in Belgium is 62 euros.
The shades in Pivoine Crush include a hot pink, an orange peach, a pale gold, a coral, and a blackened eggplant. All of them contain micro-glitter (some more than the others), and the texture in general is stiff and dry. On a whole, I would say the color payoff could be better as well.
Here are the 5 shades swatched:
You have to give it to YSL for coming up with a palette with an extraordinary color theme, although if you plan to use this alone, I can’t guarantee you are going to have the time of your life. However, if you are willing to layer Pivoine Crush over a base, you might fall head over heels with it!
To start with, I lined my eyes thickly with Urban Decay Rockstar and then blended the edges out. I used the pale gold in my inner corners, the orange peach in my inner third, hot pink in the middle third, and the blackened eggplant on my outer third as well as over my lower lash line.
Can you see just how pretty the sparkle is? There wasn’t that much fallout at all during application, though I would strongly suggest you do your base afterwards. What’s more, the micro-glitter isn’t the type that gets stuck in pores, so a little bit of micellar water on a Q-tip later, the cleaning-up was done. The eyeshadows also last really well. I have problems with some eyeshadows wearing off faster on my lower lash line, but I’ve got to tell you the blackened eggplant is a real trooper! There was almost no post-application fallout, either!
Here is the look “in context:”
Bottom line: It is difficult for me to say I recommend YSL Pivoine Crush Palette wholeheartedly. After all, I think it’s only fair that we expect better quality from a luxury eyeshadow palette. However, if you are willing to layer it over a base, it is truly stunning! The fallout isn’t bad (and you won’t have to worry about post-application fallout, either), the eyeshadows last well, and the color combination is just not something you see everywhere. I suppose you will have to make the “worth-it-or-not” decision on your own, but I actually see myself recreating this look for a night out!
EDIT: Tracy asked me in the comment if I tried to use the palette wet. I totally forgot that is also an option! Here is the palette swatched damp:
Hurrah for pigmentation! I suppose if you are willing to use it damp, the palette would function well on its own.
Would you go the extra mile for YSL Pivoine Crush?