Review | Yves Saint Laurent Holiday 2012 Northern Lights Boréal Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette in Arctic Night

January 11, 2013

A Holiday 2012 offering from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this palette, using it quite often last month.

A celebratory sky on a winter night. Bathed in constellations of pearly stars and illuminated by the magical aurora borealis. Northern lights in a show of intense colours, from green to blue to pink-tinged violet. Captivated by this magical invitation, the Yves Saint Laurent woman puts on her make-up. The opulence of simmering violet and icy blue. The warmth of dark shades mixed with frosty transparency.

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A quartet of striking cool-toned hues, the pans are infused with luminescent kaleidoscopic sparkles, with a dominance of glacial blue and icy pink reflects, perfectly embodying the palette’s theme.

On their own, the shades are sheerer than I’d expected from their visual tonal depth and was disappointed when I first swatched my press piece. However, they might appeal to those of you who like something less intense yet desire a lively pop of colour on the eyes.

Belonging to the Pure Chromatics 4 Wet & Dry Eyeshadows range, they easily become more intense and velvety when wet. The sparkles adhere better too.

Used singly or side-by-side, the colours are nice but they aren’t terribly unique. However, their aurora magic really manifests when layered and mixed; I enjoy the transformation of the shades and the often-beautiful results that varying blends beget. My favourite is the combination of the red umber (upper left pan) and Prussian blue (lower right pan) – together, they become a complex plum-violet.

Add to that the breath-taking sparkles…I am absolutely in love with their prismatic nature! ♥

This limited edition palette comes in a silver sequined pouch, reflecting the shine and sparkle of its namesake. In Singapore, it retails at S$88.

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10 Responses to Review | Yves Saint Laurent Holiday 2012 Northern Lights Boréal Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette in Arctic Night

  1. January 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I have this as well and I love the colours and how they go together. I love the eotd you did, the dark blu is so stunning! I want to copy this :)

    • makeupmag
      January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Jac,

      The magic lies in the layering. :) Have fun playing with this palette.

  2. January 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm


    • makeupmag
      January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! The sparkles are stunning.

  3. January 12, 2013 at 1:59 am

    The blue is gorgeous. I love the look you created with it.

    • makeupmag
      January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you! I love the bruisey combination of the blue and plum. :)

  4. January 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hi Mag,
    You’ve created a very nice eye look especially for night events. The sparkles are beautiful!

    • makeupmag
      January 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks, Meryl! :) I’m quite pleased with its overall performance.

  5. Dean N.
    January 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    wow! very nice!!

    • makeupmag
      January 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you, Dean. :) Heard it’s sold out!

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