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Thursday, 27 September 2012

After The Honeymoon: YSL Glossy Stain 1 Violet Edition

Original squee (and miscellaneous...I have got to structure posts better).

Nine months on (oddly gestational period, total coincidence, please disregard) I am more in love with this than ever. As the blogsale(s) suggest, my tastes can be somewhat changeable, but this is one of those rare products that inspires something like content, allowing me to avoid such plummy temptations as YSL Prune Virgin and By Terry Carnal Attraction. Content within reason, obviously -- my Glossy Stain wardrobe is expanding like woah because I don't want Violet Edition to get lonely. Get her the proper socialisation and all that.

Anyway, having bought and loved Violet Edition in winter as a no-brainer classic vampy paired with greyed shades, I found myself reaching for it in spring to set off soft pastels, too.

With Suqqu Blend Eyeshadow Quad 02 Kokedama (all shades blended around eye, darkest green to line at a slightly upward tilt) and a similarly diffuse application of RBR Florita blush (on the apples), a sheerer application of Violet Edition is less ladylike and more playful...in a slightly creepy-prim schoolgirl way, okay. but still.

Suqqu Kokedama mixed together makes a cool greyed sage/teal -- its primer shade is lavender and has a definite effect on the other colours layered over it


And now in autumn (fetish, remember), Violet Edition pairs just as harmoniously with the warmer russety tones in my hair [Blythe Freshlight Juicy Apricot] and a haze of old gold on the eyes [Maquillage Alexander Wang BR365]. Blush Dainty Doll Money Talks, in a more usual placement for me (blended inwards following the curve of my cheekbones).
....I forgot mascara on my right eye
so let's pretend I only have a left side, mmkay?

Evidently I really like to offset the decorousness -- potential sombreness -- of this kind of rich, deep shade with soft imprecision on the eyes and cheeks. Enough so that this possibly qualifies as a rut. Your ideas for other looks (including summery ones, as muggins here forgot to pack it for Hong Kong) would be very welcome indeed -- please share in the comments. :)

22 comments:

  1. you are unbelievable!! so beautiful!! and now I have the urge to wear vampy lipstick! :-D

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  2. Can I just say how much I adore your freckles? They work extraordinarily well with a vampy lip!

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  3. You are insanely beautiful!!!! :p I hope I didn't sound like a freak O_O
    I love that lipstick! Your hair color! Gorgeous!

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  4. This is gorgeous on you! I tried it on at a counter at it was unwearably patchy on me, though it's possible it would have been better with the real applicator.

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  5. That color is utter perfection on you. and I LOVE your hair color--really glad that you included the dye you used. I've never heard of it, but it looks great and I think I will try it!

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  6. You have only gotten more beautiful! I absolutely love the lip with your warmer hair.

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  7. Oh my goodness that is absolutely stunning!!! I am going to put this on my wishlist immediately. I hope you're doing well!

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  8. Beautiful! I so wish this hair color was available in Canada or is it? Stunning!

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  9. I thought I had enough YSL glossy stains but...

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  10. MUS, that's so lovely!!!! I might get a new YSL GS, I was thinking about #9 thanks to Spookey, and now this one too... well, I might get Shi Nocturne before :p

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  11. Uh... This looks so gorgeous! Plum lips with a no-make makeup face or with discreet golden highlighter/rosey gold eyeshadow has been my favourite look since forever, but I love what you've done with yours. Maybe i should escape my rut a bit and take tips from yours. I really like your current hair colour, too!

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  12. Aww this Automn look is pure deliciousness!

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  13. This lip color looked amazing against your new hair color! I hope this is not a LE..I really need to get my hands on either this or Tom Ford's black orchid..

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  14. You're so right about this shade, it was made for you. Gives you the perfect amount of sophisticated vamp without aging you or being too harsh. :D

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  15. Ah, I LOVE that auburn hair color on you! And I think I need that GS now (thanks a LOT =P)

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  16. That colour is gorgeous on you and I especially love your Autumnal look. Of course, I felt I must google the hair dye you used and now I'm astonished by the range of colours!

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  17. Kate, I don't think I can pull off that colour as well as you. Wow!

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  18. 2nd look is really brilliant! Love it! Can I just ask what brand/number of dye you used for your autumn look?

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  19. Love, love, love the new hair color! The second look is especially stunning Kate.

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  20. Your eyeshadow is impeccably blended and I love this berry shade on you. I just received it and am looking forward to trying it out. Your hair colour/style looks beautiful too!

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  21. It's always great to hear how people like things after they've lived with them a while. I still love my glossy stain (4 Mauve Pigmente) too, and I might be tempted into picking up another ... maybe in an airport, I'm easily tempted when bored in the airport.
    Violet Edition is gorgeous on you! Do show us your other shades at some point!

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  22. much delayed comment,i'm sure. but i just read your updated swatches post and went looking for others in the same vein and saw this. how would this sort of a bold, vampy lip work with a bold, but not dark eye? perhaps something in the acidy green family? or mustard? the opposite side of the color wheel. maybe that is too much, but in my imagination it would be striking in a lightning sort of way.

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