YSL Spring 2013 Nail Lacquers in Jade Imperial and Bronze Pyrite

Sorry for the late post on the YSL Spring 2013 Nail Lacquers - Jade Imperial and Bronze Pyrite. To be honest, it wasn't love at first sight for me with Jade Imperial, but it really grew on me fast! I absolutely love the jade color - not the typical Spring pastel. I enjoy wearing it with an accent color on the ring finger with Bronze Pyrite (which WAS love at first sight for me). I always love these metallic type nail polishes (especially, Deborah Lippmann's Duo Chrome nail polishes).

To note - both of these nail polishes applied easily, and I actually only used one coat and then a top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - my new favorite!) - sweet! :)




**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.

Neutral Palettes - Urban Decay, LORAC, Tom Ford, Dior, etc.

I admit ... I have too many neutral eyeshadow palettes - both middle and high-end brands.



Top Row
- Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cognac Sable - $75
- Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Golden Mink - $75
- Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage - $75

- Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 764 Fairy Golds (Holiday Grand Bal Collection) - $59
- Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 524 Night Golds (Holiday Grand Bal Collection) - $59
- Dolce and Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in Desert (Animalier Collection) - $67

Middle and Bottom Rows
- LORAC Pro Palette - $42
Urban Decay Naked Palette - $50
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - $50
The Balm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette - $36
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - $27

I consider middle brands to be brands that are more expensive, better quality than (or at least the same quality as) drugstore, cute packaging, etc ... BUT, they are not as pricey or luxe as the high-end/designer brands like Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior, etc. I know high end brands are not affordable for everyone, but in the end, I'm still spending $50 for an Urban Decay Naked Palette or $60 on a Dior 5 Colour palette. Of course, you're getting more product with the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but when you're spending around that range, I'm personally willing to spend $10-25 more for a high end brand, when appropriate.

Starting with Urban Decay, I have the Urban Decay Naked PaletteUrban Decay Naked 2 Palette, and the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.




I like all three palettes, but I will probably get the most use out of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I appreciate the smaller/thinner size, and it has mostly matte shades with one beautiful highlight shade (Venus). Also, Crave (the black eyeshadow) can easily turn a daytime look into nighttime sultry.


You get exactly half the product as the regular sized Urban Decay Naked Palette and Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, but it's more than half the cost ($27 is greater than $50/2=$25, and you don't get a brush or sample primer potion or lip gloss). 

The Urban Decay Naked Palette and Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette are good shadows, too, but I go to my Dior palettes if I need a cool-toned daytime or warm-toned night look.

Left: Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 524 Night Golds (Holiday Grand Bal Collection)
Right: Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 764 Fairy Golds (Holiday Grand Bal Collection)


I like that the Dior Fairy Golds palette is more cool-toned, like the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette  and the Night Golds palette is more warm-toned, like the Urban Decay Naked Palette. As much as I applaud Urban Decay for giving a bargain deal with 12 x 1.3g (15.6g) of product for $50, I honestly don't need so many shades to achieve a neutral (cool-toned, warm-toned, daytime, nighttime) look. I can achieve the neutral looks with smaller palettes like Dior. Both the Dior and  Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette eyeshadow qualities are great - very buttery smooth and blendable (the Urban Decay Naked Palette has the older Urban Decay eyeshadow formula which is good, but not as buttery as the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette or Dior palette). As a matter of personal preference, I like the smaller Dior palette, and I feel I can get great neutral looks with it.

Next, I think the LORAC Pro Palette and The Balm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette are quite similar. I like The Balm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette, but I prefer the LORAC Pro Palette. Like many reviewers have noted, the LORAC Pro Palette is powdery and does contain fallout (need to tap off brush before applying).

Left: LORAC Pro Palette




Top: LORAC Pro Palette
You can see they're both about the same size, but the LORAC Pro Palette is just ever so slightly thinner.

LORAC Pro Palette 8.8g ($42)



LORAC Pro Palette
Top Row - Matte eyeshadows
Bottom Row - Shimmer eyeshadows





(Indoor Day Lighting)
Top Row - LORAC Pro Palette Matte eyeshadows

 (Flash Lighting)
Top Row - LORAC Pro Palette Matte eyeshadows
Under flash - you can really see these are MATTE :).

 (Indoor Day Lighting)
Bottom Row - LORAC Pro Palette Shimmer eyeshadows

 (Flash Lighting)
Bottom Row - LORAC Pro Palette Shimmer eyeshadows

Here are some comparisons with the middle brands - Urban Decay Naked PaletteUrban Decay Naked 2 Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, LORAC Pro Palette, and The Balm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette.



 Under flash lighting, you can definitely see they're all matte eyeshadow shades.







Next to the higher end brands - Tom Ford Eye Color Quads (Cocoa Mirage and Golden Mink) and Dolce and Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in Desert (Animalier Collection). I have some pictures and swatches below.


 Left: Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage ($75 for 10g)
Right: Tom Ford Golden Mink ($75 for 10g)










Sorry for the repeat of the Golden Mink color on both left and right ends. I wanted to show it closer to the Dolce and Gabbana shade in the Desert Quad (looks similar!).

So, if I could do it all over again (and all of these palettes were available to purchase at the same time), what would I buy. I'd get the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, the LORAC Pro Palette, and a high end quad like Tom Ford Golden Mink.

What do you guys think? Do you own one too many neutral eyeshadow palettes? Which ones would you buy if you were to start over again? I'd love to hear :).

**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.