A desert princess might wear Yves Saint Laurent’s Water Resistant Cream Eyeshadow in Golden Sands to a royal banquet, but I’d probably wear it to the club.
New to YSL’s makeup line, it’s a very light, airy mousse eyeshadow, thinner than a regular cream but thicker than a liquid. One of six colors overall, it’s the only one to come out for summer 2010 (available now).
For $30, you get 0.22 oz of light peachy golden glitter for your eyes, like a sunset in a jar. As a shimmery wash over the entire lid, it’s a marvel, water-resistant and easier to use than a glittery powder that might leave fallout on my cheeks.
This particular shade isn’t very pigmented at all; it’s almost like glitter suspended in a mousse base, but judging by the swatches online, some of the other colors pack a stronger punch.
How it works
I spent a while brainstorming ways to use it but could only find one way I liked a lot — A LOT! I love it for fast, shimmery washes over the eye. It didn’t build up with layers well (too cake-y), and it didn’t do anything for the powder eyeshadows I attempted to layer on top.
But for a very specific use — the shimmery wash over the eye — YSL struck gold.
Luckily, they’ve decided to add it to their permanent collection, so you’ll have plenty of time to give it a try. Ironically, however, during actual application, time is of the essence.
This stuff dries faster than rain in the desert. I have to apply and blend within 30 seconds; otherwise, it’s cake for dinner!
Something tells me YSL has a real winner on their hands with Golden Sands. My only reservation has to do with the $30 price. That’s not cheap. Also, for the record, the color works a little differently depending on your skin tone. I swatched it on a friend’s NW20 wrist — the pigment was virtually invisible! But while more of the peachy golden base shows through on my NC35 skin, I still think it’s beautiful on light and dark alike. Lighter ladies get a gorgeous glittery glow, and darker girls get more pigment with their shimmer. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
And you won’t have to reapply because it lasts all day long — longer than all day, even. Basically, it lasts until I take it off. Water won’t do it, of course (it’s water-resistant), but any decent makeup remover should. I’ve used Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes and Benefit Gee… That Was Quick, and both work fine.
I’ve read that it’s supposed to feel “fresh” on the skin… What does that mean? Would I want to get fresh afterward?? I haven’t figured out what YSL means by “fresh,” but I’m guessing it just refers to its lightweight feel.
There’s not a lot out there that reminds me of YSL Water Resistant Cream Eyeshadow. The texture makes it somewhat unusual. Urban Decay has the Stardust Shadows, which are powders, but I think they’re a similar idea — super sheer pigment with LOTS of glitter, but here you get your glitter in a mousse (ha!). Plus, I think the glitter’s even more refined.
You might like YSL Fard Lumière Aquarésistant Water Resistant Cream Eyeshadow if
- …you want an eyeshadow that you can apply quickly
- …you’re in the mood to treat yourself
- …you want lots of shimmer
- …you need a long-wearing product that’s also water-resistant
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,