YSL Northern Lights Christmas Collection 2012: First Look!

By Emma | November 7 2012 | 13 Comments

YSL Holiday Collection 2012

Were you one of the lucky people who sighted the aurora borealis from Ireland earlier this year? I missed out, but I’ve consoled myself by gazing lovingly at YSL’s Northern Lights collection for Christmas, instead.

A small edit in shades of twinkling violet, midnight blue and iridescent silvers, the collection was inspired by that magical phenomenon and ‘a celebratory sky on a winter night’. I have three wintery wonders here to show you from the range, which lands on counters this month.

YSL Northern Lights Holiday Collection 2012

In a sea of warm metallics, the Limited edition Pure Chromatics palette in Arctic Nights stands out. I applaud YSL for bringing something a little bit different to the table and I’m a big fan of these palettes in general. Used wet or dry they deliver entirely different effects and though I generally use ‘em dry, I love having the option.

YSL Northern Lights Holiday Collection 2012

The shades are interesting: burgundy, silver, cornflower and navy blue; in the campaign imagery the model is apparently wearing the burgundy and deep blue blended for a smoky plum, which I plan on trying out for myself.

YSL Northern Lights Holiday Collection 2012

Let’s take a minute to admire that packaging too. Say it with me: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. There’s the sleek gold case we’d expect from YSL, but as if that’s not enough, just look at that gorgeous grey sequinned case.  Working hard for its €57, no?

YSL Northern Lights Holiday Collection 2012

The twinkling topcoat is another lovely frosty wintery piece. It’s La Laque Couture Top Coat in Premier Neige, €24, which adds dimension, twinkle and depth when layered over any base colour. I’ll be rocking it with purples and midnight blues to keep with the Northern Lights thang, but it’d be beautiful over just about anything – just look at it!

YSL Northern Lights Holiday Collection 2012

And speaking of topcoats, there are two for lips an’ all, in the shape of new Golden Glosses No 55, a really interesting glacial blue (much more wearable than blue lipliner!) and this one here, No 56, which is an off-white with lovely pearly highlights. These are €30.

YSL Northern Lights Holiday Collection 2012

There are some other lovely bits and pieces too that I have yet to clap eyes on – like two new, limited-edition blush palettes, €41, and the Polar Night Highlighter Powder, €57, which also comes with the sequinned case.

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13 Replies to "YSL Northern Lights Christmas Collection 2012: First Look!"

  • I don’t normally like sparkly lips but I love the look of those glosses

  • Babodpower says:

    Have to say nothing about this collection interests me…thank God!! My bank balance will be pleased.

  • EvieM says:

    Me neither, thank god. The only thing that’d catch my eye is the purply eye look in the advertising and I have a brand new and unopened No. 7 eyeshadow that I got for free by spending my points that looks to be a very good dupe of it so I’m happy.

  • Ladyjane says:

    The eyeshadow colours don’t seem to be too wearable. Well for me anyways. The top coat does look good though.

  • Polly says:

    I think it’s all very pretty. The palette is rather pricey though but if I got it as a prezzie I’d be thrilled. The varnish top coat is lovely too.

  • Emma says:

    Controversial, this one! I would encourage you to all go visit it on counter before you make up your minds – the collection really has to be seen to be fully experienced!

  • Gem says:

    “wintery wonders” They sound so magical, and perfect for the Christmassy season!

  • That is now two limited editions that do not make my knees go wobbly or make me shriek “I need it”. What is wrong with me??!!

  • I have to have that top coat!

  • littlesis says:

    Love the concept behind it, northern lights are so pretty! Love the look of the palette, though not necessarily for everyday wear!

  • Miruku says:

    Surprisingly I love it all! I have nothing against YSL product quality (and even own a lipstain that I love) but I definitely don’t like their product design and typical palettes. I think the brand is a bit fuddy-duddy. But I guess I’m getting older because this year’s Christmas collection looks really wonderful. I’d love to see the process of blending the shades to get the purple colour on the model’s eyes!

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  • Freckles says:

    Thank God I still prefer the Clarins and Lancome winter offerings. May have even may a schneaky purchase of one of the Lancome shadows. Its gorgeous and so wearable.

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