Over a Base, YSL Pivoine Crush Palette Is Killing It!

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette FOTD

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 compact

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.

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette

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.

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette review

Here are the 5 shades swatched:

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette swatch

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.

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette EOTD

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette EOTD closed

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:”

YSL Pivoine Crush Flower Crush Palette FOTD

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette, Lancome Rose Ballerine Blush Highlighter, Chanel Rendez-Vous FOTD

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette, UD Rockstar FOTD

I have Lancome Rose Ballerine Blush Highlighter on my cheeks (review coming up soon), and Chanel Rendez-Vous Rouge Coco Shine on my lips.

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:

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette swatch 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?



  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I liked the look of this palette when I saw it. Did you try the shades wet at all, or are they not like the other YSL shadow palettes that can be used wet?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, nope I haven’t tried these wet yet! I just swatched them wet and WOW didn’t magic happen! The pigmentation! So yeah, the conclusion is if you’re willing to use them wet, they can most probably function on their own!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I really like the colors, but I don’t like YSL shadow textures. I’m really feeling these corals, pinks and peaches this season, though! Gonna have to get something.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, I haven’t tried any other YSL shadows, so I don’t know if it’s typical (if it is: ouch)! You should definitely look around and pick some similar shades up though. I can’t really wear them on their own, but they’re pretty when placed/paired right!

  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    Looks really stunning on you. You made it work! :-) I am not fan of quints of YSL but still I will check it out to make sure I am not missing something ;-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks Sara! Haha you should check it out, but it will most probably disappoint you when you swatch it ;) It’s a quint that needs some help to realize its full potential.

  • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

    Uuuuuuu wow!!!! Looks just beautiful on you!! I love the way all the shadows are blended :-D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Irena! They’re actually really easy to blend! I have no problem working with even the darkest shade :)

  • Chia-Yi Liu

    i like the packaging and the colors are nice but on principle i’m not willing to dish out that much $$ for shadows that need a base

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chia-Yi, I understand! I haven’t tried other YSL eyeshadows, but I hope that they perform better in general ;)

      • Chia-Yi Liu

        i got a pure chromatics as an xmas gift once that also looked beautiful but had poor color play off whether wet or dry :( i do like some of their gloss stains tho!

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Chia-Yi, aww that sucks! I’ve never tried those so I have no idea how they perform, but if I’m already using something damp and it doesn’t work, I’d be upset, too! I still haven’t tried the glossy stains! I think I will try a Rouge Volupte sometime soon though!

  • http://www.fluffandfripperies.com/ Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)

    That looks really pretty on you but I don’t tend to get much wear out of the more glittery shades in my collection so I don’t know if this one’s for me x

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Emma, if you don’t reach for sparkle often you can probably skip this one! I think the micro-glitter is the biggest selling point here ;)

  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    I am a sucker for these kinds of shades – the LM Artists Palette has shades similar to some of these and I loveeee wearing them! You manage to make any shade work for you so I’m not surprised at all you look beautiful in this! I wonder what eye colors DONT suit you at all – UGH! Are there even any?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Shari, oh yeah I see where you’re coming from! Oh you flatter me! Trust me, there are shades I can’t wear at all. Give me a reddish shade and I’ll prove to ya LOL

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I always use eyelid primer anyway, so I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have any issues with the shades. What a great color palette!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I mean a base like a cream shadow or pencil shadow, not just a primer! Over a primer the shades are still too sheer to create much dimension, and you won’t be able to fully appreciate the sparkle.

      • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

        How about a paint pot? I consider that a primer. But I guess it’s a base.

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Yeah I think that’ll work, too. That or you can use them damp! In that case the quint functions alone.

  • Beauties Eva

    the colours make me happy :) the packaging is just…I WANT IT! Can I have it when it’s empty? ;)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha if I ever empty it, yes :p

  • http://polished-polyglot.blogspot.ch/ Nati

    So pretty! I was hesitant, have not seen it in person yet, but I’m in love with the colours, and your review on it sayig it was not very good quality made me change my mind. Now, I always use an eyeshadow base. I find that even Chanel quads don’t have that much payoff on me if I do not put a base on, so I might end up getting this palette after all :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Nati, if you always use a cream shadow or something like that, this will probably work for you. You should swatch it if the color combination really speaks to you!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Oooh, you made it work beautifully! I really love the purple hues on you and the sparkle is gorgeous!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Teri! Yeah I’m with you on the sparkle! It’s even more stunning in real life :)

  • peggy timmermans

    Well it looks stunning! Packaging, the colours but indeed…quality to me is more important.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, when layered over a base there is little I can complain about, but it’s true that otherwise they are sheer, and that makes them less versatile!

  • http://nothingspaces.com Carina

    This looks absolutely stunning, Sunny. Even with the two similar colors. :) I have never tried YSL eyeshadows, and the packaging on this is tempting me very much!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Carina! Actually, when used damp the two shades aren’t that similar at all! I’m going to upload a damp swatch later. If you’re interested, remember to check back!

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com/ Claire

    Hi Sunny :) This palette is not for me, however I like the looks that are being posted. I already have similar colours. YSL can be a hit or miss. I think those shades compliment your complexion a lot xxx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Claire! If you already have similar colors, you should take them out because it’s the perfect season to wear them!

  • Bella

    Very similar colours to the Chanel. I wish there was more choice this season. I really hope I get my hands on Nars Narsissist when it comes round again.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, oh that one is tempting for sure! I just never ever reach for big palettes, so I think it’s probably a good idea for me not to get that one ;)

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    It seems like a collector’s item and I’m not much drawn to the colors of this particular palette. Having said that, I personally think having at least one eyeshadow palette with sheer colors and harder consistency is somewhat a good, even necessary thing. It is one more step but I’m very fond of “layering with base” techniques lately. :)
    And I must tell you, they look very pretty on you “in context”. Love the soft pinky purple!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lena, thank you so much! I actually just swatched the palette wet and I’ll upload a photo soon. If you’re willing to use them damp, they can function well alone!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Pinky eyeshadow is totally having a moment, isn’t it? Personally, I don’t think it’ll ever be my favorite, but I can appreciate it on others!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, I know what you mean, but if I place/pair them right, I actually enjoy wearing them! If you have an opportunity to explore, you should try!

  • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

    oh, my. I fully understand! I especially love the coral/orange (or are my eyes messed up?) eyeshadow. What a beauty.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natasja, nope your eyes are not messed up haha. There is indeed a coral in there (and a peach)!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I does look like hard work to work with, but it does look so pretty on! xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, actually if you’re willing to use the shades damp or over a base, it’s definitely not bad! We’re talking about next to no post-application fallout!

  • http://www.hellojaa.com/ Jaa

    Omg, I can just buy it for the packaging alone!! SO PRETTY! And Sunny, I think that purple looks absolutely gorgeous on you especially in the last photo when you were looking down. LOVE!! :D But for $84 (62 euros) I think it’s a little out of my reach. :(

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Jaa! I’m not sure how this is priced in Thailand. 62 euros is the RRP, but most stores here give a 10% discount on the RRP. Also, we have to pay 20+% of VAT, which I’m not sure you have?

  • Christina

    The colors are breathtaking, but the price point isn’t what I’d pay for such a low performing palette. For $84, it should give excellent pigmentation and performance.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Christina, I see where you’re coming from! Just so you know, this goes for 58 USD in the US. Here we pay more because the VAT is very high!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    uh god. so. beautiful. can’t. stand it.

    i like how sparkles gets muted when damp. and the color comes of more creamly very intersting!!! must try and dupe this palette with the colors i own. or else my wallet might suffer. it worked well for the YSL city drive classy palette (http://abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/2013/08/fotd-2-cause-we-cant-all-have-ysl.html) ….lets hope i can do it for this one tooo….

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, it’s a different creature when used damp! I remember that post! You should definitely try to do the same with this one. The color combination is quite original.

  • Icaria

    Oh gosh Sunny! I swatched it today and it’s a miss for me. It just didn’t seem pigmented enough. I had to do several passes for the colors to show on my skin but boy are they gorgeous!!! The look you created is positively gorgeous!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, yeah I know what you mean. You have to either layer or use them damp to make them work, plus the color combination I’ll just say it’s not an everyday palette!

  • http://drivelaboutfrivol.blogspot.com/ Kate Driveller

    Sunny, you look beautiful! I can’t believe you pulled that dramatic look out of this palette (which I also swatched…. or tried to, as absolutely no pigment would transfer to my skin, lol). I think I’m in a minority of people who really like this colour combo, though I can pull something similar from Shu x Karl Prestigious Bordeaux.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ahh thanks, Kate! You have to either use a base or use the shades damp for them to do anything substantial. Prestigious Bordeaux scared me a little, but this one is actually wearable on my skin tone!

  • Lily

    Thanks for the honest review, Sunny :-) I like the look you created, and I love the packaging of the palette! Too bad about the pigmentation, and I hate to use my eye shadows wet >_<

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Lily! If you don’t want to use the palette wet, then you’ll have to use a base. Either way I wish the palette were more pigmented!

  • http://willworkformakeup.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    First of all, the packaging is to die for! I agree that I would expect absolutely amazing quality from a luxury brand, but I’m glad you were able to make them work over a base. I typically use a base anyway because eyeshadows don’t tend to last on me. And those wet swatches! GORGEOUS. Good idea, Tracy! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! I totally forgot/ignored that the palette could be used damp! They are great on their own that way!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com/ Dovey

    Hi Sunny, I’ve been admiring this palette from afar! What a pretty set of shades :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dovey, yeah the combination is very original! It requires a little extra work, but I do like how this look turned out :)

  • marciaf

    It’s great that you can put this together but I’d have had an awful time unfortunately.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Marcia, yeah it takes a bit of extra effort. I totally understand that not everyone can do this every day!

  • murt

    That eye look you did looks absolutely gorgeous on you – the colours are beautiful on your skin. Judging from the swatches though, I won’t be picking this up – I don’t have the patience to fiddle around with it, so it would just be sitting in my drawer.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Murt! I know what you mean though. You need to make extra effort to make it work, and I know some people don’t even like to use their eyeshadows damp.

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk/ Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    beautiful look you created!! Based on a YSL quad I previously owned, their pigmentation needed too much work to layer it on my eyes lol and I”m not too fond of using e/s wet, so i probly would skip this even though the color combo is right up my alley!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Jenni! You should see if you have similar shades in your stash to play with though!