The YSL Spring 2013 Makeup Collection: Satisfy Lemmings for Light Green Lacquers by Layering Jade Imperial on Your Nails

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ysl spring 2013 makeup collection

Wearing the new YSL Spring Look 2013 La Lacque Couture nail polishes in Jade Imperial and Bronze Pyrite on my nails ($25 each)

Doop-da-dooo… Just sitting here in my car in the rain, swatching and thinking about the new Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2013 makeup collection.

Yesterday, on the way back home from lunch in the city with my friend Kate, I stopped by the mall for, ya know, “educational purposes.” While there, I fell under a brief trance in front of a YSL display…


ysl spring 2013 makeup collection full display

GURL, ever since Chanel’s Jade polish rocked my world, I’ve had weak knees for light green nail polishes, like this limited edition one (Jade Imperial) from YSL.

It’s creamy, and just bright enough to steer it safely out of baby poo khaki territory. 🙂

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection jade imperial bronze pyrite

I even love its name: Jade Imperial. I walked out of Nordstrom without it, but then in my car in the parking lot, looking at it on my nail (notice how I said, “nail”? LOL!), I came this close to going back in for it, but it was getting late in the day, and I wanted to beat traffic, so I drove away empty-handed (except for the one nail…).

BAY AREA FUN FACT: here in Marin county where I live, the one main highway is called the 101. It runs north-south from Washington State down to Southern California, about 1,550 miles, along what was once the old trail which linked the Spanish missions, pueblos and presidios along the U.S. West Coast.

Oh, and if you’re on it between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., you’re probably not moving faster than 20 miles per hour.

The kinda bright, pastel-ish quad in the display pic also caught my eye. I tried to track it down, but it wasn’t on display yet for some reason.

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection top display

Among the things I did spy from the collection while I was there were two $55 quads — Pure Chromatics No. 5 and No. 19. Both reminded me of the Smashbox eye palettes I swatched the other day from the new Love Me collection, because, like those, these were super creamy, soft and shimmery.

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection pure chromatics 55

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection pure chromatics 19

The store also had some other pieces from the collection — another shimmery polish (Bronze Pyrite), four brighter shades in the Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains (looked pretty vibrant and interesting), two very sheer Volupte Sheer Candy Lipsticks, a shimmery greenish black mascara, and three cool-toned Crème de Blush potted cream blushes.

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection lipsticks gloss

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection display creme de blush la lacque

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection mascara


ysl spring 2013 makeup collection gloss

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection volupte sheer candy

Volupte Sheer Candy Lipsticks in 12 on the left and 13 on the right, $30 each

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection creme de blush

Crème de Blushes in 7, 8 and 9 ($38 each)

A few swatches on my NC42 skin…

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection quads

Pure Chromatics No 19 (top row) and No 55 (bottom row)

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection swatches

Top row from the left: Volupte Sheer Candy in 12 and 13; Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 27, 28, 29 and 30; Bottom row: Crème de Blushes in 7, 8 and 9; Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils $30

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The entire spring 2013 collection

ysl spring 2013 makeup collection la lacque swatches

Swatches of La Lacque Couture nail polishes in Jade Imperial (creamy green shade) and Bronze Pyrite (shimmery greenish bronze)

If I make it back over to Nordy’s this weekend and Jade Imperial is still there, it’s gonna be hard to resist…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sunny says:

    The nail polishes really caught my eye! The metallic one is a little streaky, but metallic ones mostly are. For a bronze that flashes green? I’d tolerate the streaks!

  2. Rachel says:

    I picked up only one thing from the collection but the nail polishes definitely had me hovering over the counters for too long. Lol
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  3. Agata says:

    I like both of the nail polishes. You should def get it!

    • Karen says:

      I’m definitely leaning towards yes. I’ll probably go back on the weekend to pick it up. I love new nail polish! It always makes me so happy. 🙂

      • Agata says:

        Oh, I know 🙂 My nail polish collection is huuuuge 🙂 I’m currently wearing the liquid sand nail polish from the OPI Mariah Carey collection, it’s pretty unique.

  4. Lana says:

    Such lovely colors! I’m curious about that blush in nr 8, I wonder how it would look on a face. Seems like an interesting blush color.
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  5. Emily says:

    That does look like an awesome polish! Good for you for being strong and walking away thought! I have no willpower like that haha!
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  6. Lorraine says:

    Loving the Jade Imperial- just dusty enough to steer clear of the mint territory. looks fab on you! Intrigued by those glossy stains, too. Have you tried any of those? #28 would be my pick

  7. gio says:

    Jade Imperial is just my kind of shade. So pretty!

  8. Ruchita says:

    Like others, I’m really digging the nail polish. Jade Imperial is pretty. Makes me wish spring was here already!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      I wish it was here too. I’m already over winter…

      Happy New Year, by the way. How was your trip to London?

      • Ruchita says:

        Happy New Year! London was busy, but fun. I got to see the major sites in the city as well as Stonehenge and the city of Bath. I missed the kitties, but was able to Skype with them. 🙂

  9. denise says:

    The eyeshadow palettes look similar to me. That purple gloss looks interesting, might check it out. Love the jade nail polish!

  10. Great pics!
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  11. Gorgeous Spring colors, I’d love to have Bronze Pyrite!
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  12. Sarah says:

    The La Lacque Couture nail polishes look so pretty. I’d love to check out the glossy stains too.


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  13. Rose says:

    Ooo, I was just at Nordstrom today on the hunt for a new foundation and I can’t believe I missed this! (I use Le Teint Touché Elcat, so I didn’t hit that counter.) I love the Bronze Pyrite and new Glossy Stains!! Must. Go. Back.

  14. Marina says:

    Jade Imperial is so pretty! It’s a shame you don’t get the “green” lipstick.
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  15. sillylilacs says:

    Ohhhh Jade Imperial is gorgeoussss 😀 I adore mint greens! *remembers Kate Spade shoes* LOL
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  16. Kim says:

    As soon as I saw Jade Imperial in the title, I had a feeling you were going to by psyched. I remembered your love for Chanel’s last year. 🙂

    The eye palettes look pretty similar in your swatches – both are nice – but, is it me, or is everything extra frosty for spring? (asks the old lady with the wrinkles). HAHA!

  17. Karie says:

    That Jade Imperial is dead-on for spring polish hues. I think it’d look great with a silver shadow along the cuticle line (my new favorite way of doing nails). I’ve been dabbling a ton in green nail polishes (see example here:, but mostly brights. I think this “grayed jade” is ultra-sophisticated. Need to buy it… 🙂

  18. Alice Ann says:

    Both of the polishes are beautiful, I really like the packaging, too. It’s funny, I saw them at Nordstrom as well and almost purchased both, but the sales person was helping someone else and I had to go. I keep thinking that I’ll go back and get them, and now seeing how lovely they look in the photo I know I will. May have to try the #28 and #30 glosses, too!

  19. peach_ says:

    Goodness, Jade Imperial is beautiful! I love that YSL didn’t include green anywhere else in their makeup line so the nails really stand out. Thanks for sharing all the swatches!

  20. Lina says:

    Karen – any idea what the model is wearing on her lips in that photo? I love that colour!

  21. Lisa says:

    I currently have #1, 1AB and 11 in the metallic palettes. And I love them. Almost hit pan on one of them and that’s hard to do with having over 30 palettes and singles. I can’t wait to get some summer shades. Imperial Jade looks like a must have too! Thanks for the review.

  22. The blushes look interesting! The green polish too!

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