Who Gardens at Midnight? YSL, Of Course, with the YSL Midnight Garden Collection for Fall 2011

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ysl midnight garden fall 2011

Evenin’, gorgeous. What are you up to tonight? I’ve basically been laying low here at home, painting my nails, reading some magazines and just chilling with the boys.


I was fiending for sushi earlier tonight but didn’t want to drive the 20 minutes to the Japanese place I really like, so I just picked up one of those packages of pre-made sushi rolls (shrimp tempura) from Whole Foods.

Eh, it was aw-ite. 🙂

Oh, Lloyd Christmas got a trim at the salon this afternoon, so he’s back to his old self again. And then afterward he and I stopped by Nordie’s for a quick look around.

There were TONS of new fall products out on counters in the beauty department, but the purples, greens, pinks and reds from the new YSL Midnight Garden Collection kept me occupied. They’re available now in stores and online.

ysl midnight garden fall 2011

The 12-piece collection of stuff for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails feels pretty summery to me, which is great because I’m nowhere even remotely near ready for summer to end. Tropical flowers, exotic birds and fantasy midnight gardens (fo’ reals!) are supposed to have inspired the release, and I can see it, too, in the rich jewel-toned shades and the pale pink, peach and lavender pastels that pop against them.

I’m a HUGE Faux Cils mascara fan and really, REALLY wanted a tube of the new Midnight Blue ($30), but alas, the counter was sold out. I walked away almost empty handed (got a bottle of La Laque Nail Laquer in 43 Wintergreen).

Have you checked out the collection in person? Here are some swatches if you haven’t seen them yet. Take a look, and holla at me in the comments with your faves.

ysl midnight garden fall 2011 blushes
Cheek swatches from the left: Blush Radiance in No. 1 (yes, these use numbers for names), Blush Radiance in No. 2., No. 3., No. 4 … etc.

ysl midnight garden fall 2011
Eye swatches from the left: 7. Ombre Solo in 19 Velvet Green, 8. Ombre Solo in 18 Deep Night Purple and 9. No. 11 Midnight Garden Lumieres. Not pictured: Volume Effet Faux Cils in 20 Midnight Blue


ysl midnight garden fall 2011
Lip swatches from the left: 10. Rouge Volupte Perle in 107 Impetuous Beige, 11. Rouge Volupte Perle in 108 Celestial Mauve, 12. Rouge Volupte Perle in 109 Brazen Plum, 13. Rouge Volupte Perle in 110 Incandescent Orange, 14. Rouge Volupte Perle in 111 Mysterious Red and 15. Rouge Volupte Perle in 112 Spellbinding Violet

ysl midnight garden fall 2011
La Laque Nail Laquer in 43 Wintergreen. Not pictured: La Laque Nail Laquer in 44 Moonlight Blue

ysl midnight garden fall 2011

The entire YSL Midnight Garden Fall 2011 Collection includes…

  • Ombre Solo Eyeshadow in 18 Deep Night Purple, $30
  • Ombre Solo Eyeshadow in 19 Velvet Green, $30
  • 5 Colour Harmony in No. 11 Midnight Garden Lumieres, $56
  • Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in 20 Midnight Blue, $30
  • Blush Radiance in No. 1 – 6, $45 each
  • Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 107 Impetuous Beige, $30
  • Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 108 Celestial Mauve, $30
  • Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 109 Brazen Plum, $30
  • Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 110 Incandescent Orange, $30
  • Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 111 Mysterious Red, $30
  • Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 112 Spellbinding Violet, $30
  • La Laque Nail Laquer in 43 Wintergreen, $20
  • La Laque Nail Laquer in 44 Moonlight Blue, $20

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lindsay says:

    Oooo I’m really loving the quint! I saw this all in person but didnt realize it had just came out that day.

  2. I never ever stop craving sushi o.O The worst part is that my favorite place is erm…halfway across the globe. Very convenient, right?

    Thanks for swatching this collection! The Rouge Volupte Perles are gorgeous, I think Incandescent Orange is my favorite. Must hold off from making any splurges right now since I just placed a rather sizeable first Fyrinnae order, but I’ll keep these in mind in case I have a moment of weakness~
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Makeup Morsels,

      LOL… mine is an hour drive and a bridge away. You totally win!

      What do you like to order? I’m big into rolls, myself. Anything with avocado , shrimp or salmon and and I’m good.

  3. Jessica says:

    Looks gorgeous- I’m in love with the lipsticks mainly for their packaging. So luxurious looking!

  4. deep night purple & velvet green are gawjus! i think emerald green might be one of my favourite colours for F/W 2011 <3.
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  5. AO says:

    I’m about to pass out!!!. Great stuff. 😀

  6. Vonvon says:

    Purples and greens are gorgeous!

    And I love all the colours of the blush!

    I haven’t bought YSL for a while since the brand pulled out of Malaysia. But I am glad I could get them in the UK.
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  7. Mmm, loving the look of Velvet Green & Blush no. 5 – what a gorgeous red!
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  8. Heidi says:

    Loving all the purples for eyes. What an unusual fall collection, but I love it!

  9. Crystal says:

    I got the number #5 blush and it’s beautiful!
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  10. Jessica says:

    So excited to see this post! I’m a YSL junkie, but I’ve been somewhat rational with this collection so far – I’ve hauled the Rouge Volupte Perles in 107, 108, and 110. But the palette, green ombre solo shadow, and blushes have reeeeally tempting me! Also love the wintergreen polish. Love the whole collection!

  11. kalcedon says:

    Thr two mono eyeshadows are to die for! I also quite like the Brazen Plum lipstick. The violet ones seems wonderful too (I’m just not sure I could pull that off :P)

  12. Anitacska says:

    Blush #6 is gorgeous! I’ve seen the collection in person, but only swatched the quint (I’m still umming and ahing about it as it’s £40 which is a bit steep), but that blush is really pretty!
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  13. Chris25 says:

    Ombre Solo in Velvet Green looks so pretty!

  14. Michelle says:

    Karen what would be a close dupe for Blush #1? Gorgeous! Thanks!

  15. Melody says:

    Oh no, I’m sorry about your mascara. It does look like a nice shade. I really want to check out velvet green myself. I wonder how close it is to MAC bows and curtsies…it looks more blue.

  16. Sarah S. says:

    I think I’m the only weirdo on the planet who has a hankering for Lilac Blush (No. 3)… been wanting it since I first saw the promo images but I can’t pull the trigger!

    • Karen says:

      You’re not! I wanted it until I swatched it. It probably won’t work on me as a blush (more like a highlighter). But if you’re lighter than I am GO FOR IT! I need to vicariously live through somebody, as you can see.

  17. Michele DiCola says:

    I am lovin” that color!

  18. Natalie Wilkinson says:

    literally chocked when i saw the price of the blush, i love #2 though. i will save many many pennies

  19. Roxana says:

    I got the Midnight Garden quint the day it came out, about 3-4 weeks ago at Saks. I saw it in an online ad and I fell in love with it, so naturally I had to have it 🙂 I love YSL makeup and this is no exception, the colors are so beautiful and unexpected and they blend really well! Oh, hope you decide to do a look with it, Karen… I could use some inspiration! 🙂

  20. Nina says:

    gorgeous launch! i love almost everything in it!

  21. Monika says:

    Their faux cils is my fave mascara hands down. And nail polishes are so vibrant and long lasting as well. Nice luxurious cases won’t hurt either:)

  22. AO says:

    Hiya Karen. What pieces aren’t my favorites? haha. Seriously, I couldn’t wait and ordered the 5 colour palette already. So that is on its way. I also want to get the midnight blue mascara and at least 2 or 3 of the lippies. Brazen Plum, Spellbinding Violet and i might just go out of my usual purple zone and try the Incandescent Orange. Oww la la. Now… the trick is to find all the $$ for these goodies. 🙂

  23. mulberrytea says:

    I love all the colors together, as well as the pops of unexpected tones like lilac, red, and deep forest green.

    However, I’m too much of a neutral devotee to wear any of them on my face, haha. Hope you post some looks using this collection soon!

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