YSL 5 Color Couture Palette 02 Fauves and 04 Saharienne Review and Swatches

July 16, 2014

There are some great new collections of eye shadows being released this year – including the highly anticipated YSL 5 color Couture Palette. I bought them in 02 FAUVES and 04 SAHARIENNE recently and they look even more beautiful in real life than all the preview pictures I have seen online!

The packaging of the Couture Palette is picture-worthy  – the sleek gold case is ultra luxurious and glamorous. My only gripe is that they tend to show finger marks easily.


The quality of these new eye shadows are divine and much better than their past collections. They are extremely finely milled and very firmly pressed so they feel quite solid and velvety to the touch. If you look closely there is an intricate woven print design on the eye shadows which I thought was very unique. The pigmentation of every single shade is highly rich, and you get the true color and intensity with only 1 gentle swipe needed. They are smooth and easy to blend. Contrary to the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quads (reviewed here and they are now available on Nordstrom!) which are best to be applied with brushes that tend to pick up more pigments (such as the Tom Ford or Hakohodo J series) , I like to apply the YSLs with very soft brushes such as the Suqqu eye brushes or the Chikuhodo z-series and GSN series (to be reviewed soon).


The YSL 5 Color Couture Palette in 02 Fauves is a saturated warm neutral quads that is perfect for creating smouldering soft smoky eyes.

Color description:

Top Right -shimmering vanilla with an icy pink undertone

Top Left – shimmering rosy copper color

Bottom Right -shimmering medium brown (leans warm)

Bottom Left -shimmering dark brown (leans warm)

Middle – charcoal



The YSL 5 Color Couture Palette in 04 Saharienne is a cool neutral quad. They colors are very versatile with mix of soft and intense colored shades which makes this palette more day time friendly, and the highlight for me is the stunning shimmery taupe shade.

Color description:

Top Right – shimmering pale golden champagne color

Top Left – shimmering pale pink beige (like a flesh color)

Bottom Right – shimmering true taupe color with an eggplant undertone

Bottom Left – shimmering medium neutral brown

Middle – shimmering intense dark brown (leans cool)


Overall the YSL Couture Palettes are one of the best new eye shadows to own. The fact that it has 5 colors in the pan gives you more choices and options to wear them in different combinations. I almost forgot how fun and delightful it is to play with rich and saturated eye shadows, and the YSLs brought it back. They are available online here or here.



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Lim Shu Cheng July 17, 2014 at 12:48 am

Hi I really like your blog. I think you get the photograph sequence wrong. I have palette number 4. Nice color.


Reika July 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Thank you so much for the correction! I have just updated my post and appreciate your comment 🙂


Monica July 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Thank you for your review. Now I’m torn between Chanel Quad (Tisse Mademoiselle) and YSL Quint (Saharienne) !


Lim Shu Cheng July 18, 2014 at 3:01 am

I have chanel mademoiselle too and I prefer chanel texture over ysl


Susie July 22, 2014 at 7:08 am

Great review! They are indeed so pretty. From the packaging to the shades. They are worth the try.


Vivian July 24, 2014 at 4:53 am

Hi Reika,
It’s always fun to read your blog. Saw on your Instagram earlier that you have purchased a lot of the GSN brushes…curious to know what you think about the GSN-12 eyebrow brush vs. the Suqqu eyebrow S brush? Thanks in advance!


Reika July 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Hi Vivan, the GSN eyebrow brush is pretty good. It’s a lot bigger than the Suqqu’s, and the bristles are softer so it picks up less color. I like it for creating a soft eyebrow look. If I am after a more bold and precise application I would use the Suqqus. Hope it helps!


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