FOTD - Blue and Brown

2.11.2017



You probably see no blue nor brown here. This is a sort of signature look for me - smokey eyes, pink cheeks, and pink lips, and it is very easy to achieve with this old(and discontinued) Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics quad in 03, which has equal parts of blue and brown. I have been adventurous with makeup colors trying out different warm-toned shades and some latest trends like reddish eye makeup, but this is my go-to look on a regular work day.


The quad was gifted from a good friend. She wasn't crazy about the sheer and rather dry formulation of the quad, she said. I, on the other hand, welcome good quality eyeshadows with airy textures that blend easily, because I almost always base the lids with a creamy pencil. If the eyeshadow is too pigmented or moist, the base catches too much of colors and it does not blend out as nicely. I'm emphasizing on "good quality", though. Sheer eyeshadows that maintain color intensity are rare to come by. High-quality pigments is a must, especially for pastels. Long story short, Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics 03 is a perfect example of the kind. (I wouldn't know how the colors play out when applied wet because I never wet my eyeshadows.) 

Here are the products used for the look.


1. Giorgio Armani Designer Lift foundation in 4 is also gifted, but the shade is quite off for me. I normally wouldn't bother, but this is a really good foundation, so
2. I bought this foundation mixer from NYX. It works like a charm. I will review it soon.
3. Chacott powder is my long time favorite. It is probably the mother of all silicone powder. It is affordable and great quality. It comes in different shades as well. I highly recommend it.
4. I have been wearing Etude House Pink Skull blushes a lot lately. Skull Rose is a reddish pink and this is how I wanted NARS BLKR 413 to be.
5. KIKO Long Lasting Stick 39 is a cool deep brown. It is a great color for a base but isn't all that long lasting since the formula is on the wet side. I still need an eyeshadow primer.
6. YSL Pure Chromatics 03 (still avail on eBay). All shades are beautiful and I just slap all of them on and blend out using MAC 217 brush (why did I wait so long to get one for myself..?!). 
7. L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black waterproof mascara. A staple for me.
8. Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Fierce Blue was used on both upper waterlines and lower lash lines.
9. Ebony drawing pencil is what I use for my brows every day.
10. Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in Cherry Pink for lips (reviewed)


One more FOTD in a slightly different angle.



Hope you enjoyed this look. As I disclosed earlier, I am trying to do standalone look posts more often using not-so-new makeups. If there is something I reviewed a while ago that you'd suggest for another look post, feel free to let me know. I could use some inspirations.

Happy weekend!


12 comments

  1. Beautiful combo!It made me hop onto ebay but I am way too chicken to wear blue (not to mention a smokey one)...I will just use periwinkle as my baby step...

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    1. The smokiness(?) is basically from the cream stick shadow I used to base the lids and also because I used both browns and blues. Each color is quite sheer and clear. This quad is very versatile, like getting two duos, you know? There should be better and more affordable Japanese options rather than buying a discontinued one sight unseen, though. ;)

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  2. It's a beautiful look and I can see why this is a go-to look for you. I hadn't heard of Chacott powder (I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to silicone powders - are they superior?) I love the colors in the YSL quad - they are really soft, lovely, and beautiful. This would be my go-to makeup look too if I could get it right ;)

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    1. Thank you kindly! :D
      Chacott is actually a brand that make stuff for ballerinas. The original powder is famous for the long lasting and waterproof effect and was ranked on top more than a few times (Japan Cosme). I both use the clear & the light yellow colors. Silicone powder usually gives flawless air-brushed effects and is not as drying as traditional talc based ones. :)

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  3. I never wet my eye shadows too. It's just an unnecessary extra step! You always look gorgeous with your smokey eyes, pink cheeks and lips. And you carry blue so well :-) Yes to stash shopping. It's great to rediscover old stuff, and makes it easier to give away products we don't love anymore, I think.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement! I couldn't dare to start a series like you (you're so consistent with it!!). I totally agree with you on wetting eye shadows. It is nice to have something with versatile effects but wetting pressed powder formulations feels a bit unhygienic not to mention cumbersome. ;-p

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  4. It's great that you were able to make use of this quad. The colors are gorgeous! I can see why this is a go-to type of look for you because you really pull it so well Lena! Your fair complexion really complements these cool tones as well.

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    1. Thank you, Rowena! <3 The quad is still in good shape and I think I will appreciate it for a long time. My complexion has always been on the lighter side but got a bit paler after a year of brightening skin care regimen. The tone itself has become warmer compared to when I was young, which is interesting.

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  5. Man, I love the dryish formula of the old YSL Pure Chromatics. Sometimes I want to track some of them down, but I usually talk myself out of it. Then comes posts like this which fan the flames of my desire once again! I loved how you used these colors.

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    1. Ah, you know exactly what I am trying to say here! This is why I don't entirely agree with Temptalia's review and also why I even like the old Chanel baked eyeshadow formula. LOL. I haven't used the reformulated YSL eyeshadows. I'm assuming they play a bit different than the old ones..? Hmmm ;)

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    2. I've only had one of the new ones - Saharienne - and I dunno, I was let down. It was silkier and more finely milled, but I feel like that took away from the finish; the colors looked way more flat and ordinary. I recently saw an LE one at CCO store that swatched really well though! Great pigmentation. But still not that dry, almost sandy texture.

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    3. I hopped over to your blog and read both reviews on YSL palettes! I totally understand the formulation has to be just right to really appreciate neutral one like that, but gah, you eye makeup looks so phenomenon every time! Anyway, I think it's getting harder to find that "dryish yet excellent" formulation here in the wester market. :-/

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