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French for cosmic – “of or relating to the cosmos, the extraterrestial vastness, or the universe in contract to the earth alone.” – Merriam-Webster
Happy weekend, lovelies!
It’s Day 3 of the long weekend for us here in Singapore, all thanks to 2 consecutive public holidays. It’s been the best opportunity to catch up on a pile of swatch and blogging backlogs. In case you missed it, I did a red and white patriotic nail art in celebration of Singapore’s 48th National Day yesterday.
Today’s post features a nail polish shade from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté (YSL); La Laque Couture 103 Bleu Cosmique. The retail assistant at YSL Beauté store at ION explained that this is an Asia-exclusive, limited edition (a dangerous term for collectors) release that complements their Saharienne Heat summer 2013 collection.
Bleu Cosmique is a mesmerising shimmery deep ocean blue in a metallic finish. The angled edges of the bottle have purple peeking through, suggesting a some duochrome effect, but don’t hold your breath.
The right-angled, column-shaped bottle has a detachable that pops up to reveal an inner cap that holds the brush. I prefer this setting so I can tightly screw the cap back on without the OCD in me worrying if the 4 corners of the cap will align with the bottle’s.
We’ve been seeing teal, turquoise, blue metallic shades by high-end cosmetic companies this summer, and I’ve managed to resist. That is, until this one popped up on Makeup Stash!’s Instagram feed. It wasn’t the shade or finish that drew me but the name. Well, okay, the ‘Limited Edition’/ ‘Exclusive’ tag too.
Here’s how YSL’s brush measures up to OPI’s:
YSL’s flat, wide, paddle-shaped brush is wider than OPI’s, though significantly shorter in length. The stem is also longer.
From previous experience with other brands with very wide brushes, they tend to create a mess around the entrance of the bottle because the entrances are regular-sized. With YSL (bottle on the left), the entrance is wider than compared to OPI, so I could comfortably take the brush in and out.
Brushes wider than OPI’s took a little getting used to during polish application, especially when maneuvering around the cuticles. But, surprisingly, YSL’s fans out over the nails, nicely following the contours of the cuticles. Depending on individuals’ nails, this may or may not be the case for everyone, but I’m loving the brush!
Here’s Bleu Cosmique in 1 thick coat:
This is 1 coat over Nail Tek Foundation III Ridge-filling Nail Strengthener. The formula applied like butter and is self-leveling. The downside is the brushstrokes that comes with the metallic finish. Fortunately, with the wide brush, fewer strokes are needed, minimising the brushstroke trail.
The brilliant white-light blue flash displayed under the light makes perfect sense of its name – it’s cosmic! The shine makes it good to go without a topcoat.
To ‘neaten’ the brushstrokes, a second coat is applied:
This is 2 coats, topped with Essence Gel Effect topcoat.
I’m loving the look of the darkened edges, coupled with the brilliant flash, especially with the angle on the pinky (far right).
Here’s a close-up:
Coming back to that slight purple shift seen at the edges of the bottle, this only shows on the nails when positioned at a sharp angle, almost lateral.
Blue to purple shift with darkened edges – how I wish the polish looks like this at all angles, all the time!
There was no staining upon removal. but this could be due to the thick base coat coverage or short wear time.
The shade and finish doesn’t justify the hefty price tag that comes with this polish. But if one really loves the shade, appreciates the quality, thought and design that goes into creating the nail polish and bottle (of course, not forgetting the ‘Limited Edition’ and ‘Exclusive’ tag), then this might be an investment (or a chic display piece on the dresser) to consider.
YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer retails in Singapore at SGD 35.00. Reservations are not available for limited edition pieces.
Till the next post, enjoy the weekend! Toodles!
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.