On the heels of its artful and craveworthy Palettes Mauresque comes another pair of Yves Saint Laurent products that I simply must get my hands on. Debuting in August, the limited-edition Palettes Esprit Couture by YSL ($57) are inspired by the paradox of modern women who tackle both traditionally masculine and very feminine roles. Dubbed Harmony No. 1 and Harmony No. 2, the two palettes for face and eyes are bright and playful, with ultra-feminine hues and a hint of dark masculinity.
Each palette contains four finely milled powders shaped like gowns with taffeta bows. Harmony No. 1 has a luminous pink base, a gold bow, and a gray satin dress, while No. 2 has a luminous beige base, a white bow, and a purple dress. For more on each palette,
Harmony No. 1 is better for lighter skin. Use the charcoal gray shade as a crease color on the lids and blend the lighter shades on the base of the lid. The pink, gold, and flesh-tone shades can be used as highlighter beneath the eyebrows and on the upper cheekbones.
Harmony No. 2 is most flattering for bronzed or dark skin. Blend the purple or brown shade on the base of the lid and outwards towards your temples. Use the white shade with gold flecks (that is, the bow) and the flesh-tone as a highlighter or to create more dramatic eye contours.