YSL Summer Collection 2012: Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed and Pure Chromatics in Nº 8 Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed and Pure Chromatics in Nº 9

When I laid my eyes on these two beauties from YSL’s summer collection (product information and photos are here), I knew I had to review them first! Read on to see what I think about Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed and Pure Chromatics in Nº 9.

Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed — indirect natural light

Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed — under direct sunlight

Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed ($60) is described as a “satiny light, rosy apricot”, and that is how it translates on my skin. It consists of rose, brown and apricot powders embossed in a python print in a beautiful brown compact. The finish is not shimmery, but instead the skin looks lit up and alive. This is a light bronzer that will wear beautifully on fair to medium skin, especially for very fair skin who have problems with bronzers looking dirty on their skin. I love the big surface area for the apricot shade, which is such a universally flattering blush shade.

Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed — separate / swirled together

My only annoyance with this bronzer: as soon as I apply it on my face, I could smell the product on my brush! The product has a makeup-y fragrance, but it quickly dissipates in less than a minute. I wish it wasn’t scented at all.

The shades of YSL Nº 2 Sunkissed remind me of my (still) holy grail bronzer from last summer, Dior Aurora, so I wanted to post comparison swatches of the two. It turns out, they are not similar at all. Sunkissed is lighter and pinker, but they do have that same beautiful finish.

Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed (finger swatch, brush swatch) vs. Dior Aurora

Pure Chromatics in Nº 8 — indirect natural light

Pure Chromatics in Nº 8 — under direct sunlight

JLo in “Waiting For Tonight.” That is what I think of when I see this palette. Pure Chromatics in Nº 8 ($74) is a shimmery palette of champagne, medium beige, coppery brown and olive green. This palette is unapologetically shimmery. I’ve never seen so much shimmer packed into one eyeshadow quad before. The medium to dark shades have a more visible shimmer, while the champagne shade highlights my brow bone perfectly.

I found a few issues with this palette. First, the lack of variety with eyeshadow textures turned me off. It is very hard to wear on its own. It’s just a lot of shimmer, shimmer, SHIMMER! The beige or olive shade would make beautiful matte/satin eyeshadows, and would make this a more wearable palette. Next, the eyeshadows are very soft to the point that they ended up falling down to my cheeks. It’s nice, but these problems and the non-unique colours make this easily dupe-able , so I don’t think it’s a must-have.

Pure Chromatics in Nº 8 Swatches

Wearing Terre Saharienne in Nº 2 Sunkissed and Pure Chromatics in Nº 8

What are your must-haves from the collection so far? I bet Nº 2 Sunkissed will be a hit for sure!

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  • That Terre Saharienne has my name written all over it. Dior Aurora is one of my holy grail products too but I like that this isn’t too similar.

    • Totally not the same, Lydia! Enjoy your new bronzer to-be. 😉

  • Danielle

    I love your finished eye look! Shame that the shadows are fall-out-ish. I expect a higher standard from a brand like YSL. And wow, I would have though that it was closer to Aurora too! So different, and so pretty!

    • Thanks lady! Totally different — good excuse to get this one, eh? LOL!

  • Too bad, the eyeshadows look great on you! Love the bronzer too! Is your hair getting longer? It’s so pretty!! And shiny!!

    • Thanks Tracy! I do like the eyeshadow combo, but fallout leaves me with glittery cheeks. 🙁

      I just recently had it cut, actually (and I have been straightening it). 🙂

  • Hmmm I really like how the palette looks, though my favorite will have to be the taupe-y one! I’m not TOO sure about the bronzer though. It doesn’t look like something that will make a difference to my skin tone!

    • I hope that taupe one isn’t as shimmery. 🙁 It’s such a turn off.

      I think on your skin tone, the bronzer would be great. I think I’m almost too tan for it, though!

  • Is it weird that the imprint on the face palettes weirds me out?

  • Jessica

    So excited to see this post! YSL has some of the collection up on their website now. They have no.9 as the taupe palette though, and the one you reviewed as no.8?

    • Hi Jessica! I have not seen the taupe palette in person but yes, there is one! I’ll have to see it when it arrives in stores in May. 🙂

    • Sorry you were right! This is no 8!! I am updating my post.

  • Well, you are def pulling it off–super shimmery or not!! I was thinking of purchasing the eyeshadow quad–but it would have been nice to see at least 1 matte shade. But the bronzer is so lovely–I really enjoy a blush/bronzer that isn’t super-pigmented, as a I have a tendency to go overboard upon application!!

    • Hi Becca! You’ll never see a matte shade in a Pure Chromatics palette. They’re all shimmery shades that are meant to be worn either dry or wet. Hope that was helpful!

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