Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Bow Color Collection is all about “wrapping” up 2008. There are some nice holiday items and the rest are well, relaunches. The colors aren’t horrible but they are predictable. I really liked the fall makeup collection better. It seemed “newer”. This collection offers us the following:

LIPS: Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Honey Beige which is a warm peachy beige. This shade really works with dark eye makeup. We have Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Burgundy. This is one of my fave holiday shades. It is a deep merlot with gold glimmer. Perfect with dark eyes for extra drama or minimal eye makeup. It just looks polished. We have the limited edition Bow Collection Duo Lip Colour Locket. This is a lip gloss duo housed in a golden bow compact. I believe it can be worn, the compact that is. It has a pinkish red lipstick and a pale pink lip gloss with blue shimmers. The colors are very beautiful and this duo is made to celebrate YSL’s 30 years in the makeup biz.

NAILS: La Laque Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Dark Blue which is an almost black blue. I love it, so rich and gothic. The other is Moonlight White which is a milky white. Moonlight White would be great on fingers and Dark Blue on toes, or vice versa.

FACE & EYES: We have the Palette De Maquillage Multi-Usage Make Up Palette. This palette contains two deep eyeshadows in a shimmery navy and a deep midnight black, a pearly golden beige highlighter powder for face and eyes, a matte hot pink lipstick, and a clear glitter lip gloss all in a velvety YSL “bow” bag. This is so pretty. The Bow Collection Four Colour Eye Shadow has a shimmery deep plum, dusty lilac shimmer, pale mauve shimmer and a purpley brown shimmer. The eyeshadows are in a golden “bow” case. We have the Touche D’Or Golden Touch for Face in a sheer gold “liquid”. Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush has been relaunched. And we have a lovely holiday makeup kit with minis: Holiday Set. It contains a black satin tuxedo YSL logo bag, a Touche Eclat Radiance Pen, a Golden Gloss in a rich festive gold, mini Luxurious Mascara in black, mini Elle YSL EDP spray.

Overall the colors are OK. It is all about drama, bright lips and dark eyes. It is a lot like the Tuxedo Collection that we had this fall. This is just an “extension” of the fall collection.

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After Yves Saint Laurent’s death, I only find it great timing that the fall makeup collection for 2008 is “Tuxedo”, the look that is his legacy. I’m sure this was planned before the company had any idea of Yves’s health status. These collections are made years in advance, but this is a great collection to come out when it has. Yes, it is more smoky eye, very strong and very “seductive”. Which it has to be, to compete with the sleek androgyny of a ladies’ tux. Menswear on ladies was pretty hip before YSL but he mainstreamed it. Yes, dykes in clubs sported the look before it hit Vogue, vamps and violets,  and Dietrich was signature in this look. Chanel wore men’s clothing but these ladies weren’t the typical public. YSL brought this to the public in the 60’s, just when gender roles were being openly bended.

YSL offers for the fall/winter season Tuxedo which contains some nice collector’s palettes and of course it is all about luxury and glamour.And that ain’t cheap.

EYES: Palette Collection Collector Palette for the Eyes – This contains three shimmery shadows to create a smoky eye. There is an intense black, charcoal grey and glimmering champagne. It comes in a gold compact and the powders are stamped with a YSL logo. It retails for $60. There’s the Eyeliner Moire Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald Reflections which is a metallic jade green. This retails for $30. There’s the Everlong Lengthening Mascara in Ever Green which is a metallic jade green that retails for $27.50.They’ve also launched the new Ombres 5 Lumieres Colour Harmony for Eyes. These are eyeshadow compacts that contain 5 corresponding shades. They are available in 6 compacts: Sahara (warm sands and browns), Indian Pink (plums and pinks), Tawny (browns and neutrals), Lilac Sky (lilacs and purples), Riviera (blues and smoky blue shades), and Garden of Eden (khakis and greens). These sell for $56.

LIPS & NAILS: Rouge Pur Lipstick in Purple Velvet, a deep vampy berry, and Pink Satin, a soft baby doll mauve. There’s Rouge Pur Shine Sheer Lipstick in Shimmering Pink, a shimmering candy pink,  and Tuxedo Pink, an electric hot pink. All the lipsticks retail for $29. Also, available is the Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Purple, a gold flaked blackberry,  and Golden Berry, a gold flaked Barbie pink. This formula contains real 24K gold and retails for $28.The Nail Lacquer is available in Tuxedo Gray, a shimmery gun metal gray,  and Rich Coffee, almost black but deep coffee shade. These retail for $19. I love the shades used for these lacquers.

FACE: There is a Palette Collection Collector Palette for the Complexion that looks like the eye compact and contains a sheer beige face powder, warm peach blush, and a pearly pink highlighter. This also has the YSL logo on the powder and is in a gold compact. Retails for $60. There is the Flash Radiance Skincare Brush which is a brightening cream highlighting skincare item that smooths fine lines with a silcon elastomer and erases fatigue with caffeine. It has a brush tip applicator and retails for $52. The company calls this their secret weapon. There is the Variation Blush in Silky Nude which contains both matte and shimmery powders of a perfect nude with a hint of pink. Retails for $42.

Overall, the collection is very “strong”. The lips are bold, the eyes are dark. It is very chic and very YSL. I like it that bold pinks for lips are being used for the fall/winter. It is a great mix of masculin and femme styles.