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 Geeâ€¦ That Was Quick, and both work fine.
I’ve read that it’s supposed to feel “fresh” on the skinâ€¦ 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 LumiÃ¨re AquarÃ©sistant 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,