The light gold packaging of YSL's palettes is simple yet refined. It reflects light so I snapped these photos in the shade, but I captured the reflection of the clouds because I thought it would be a whimsical touch to match the Candy theme. A shame the case attracts fingerprints so easily.
When worn, it is not nearly as garish as I expected. I would never wear it in a professional setting, of course, but I was in an adventurous mood and wore it out today without feeling self-conscious. Perhaps it is my medium skin tone that balances out the colors or the sunny weather.. whatever the case, it works! My favorite shade in the palette is the medium lavender. It brightens up any skin tone and the coordinating colors add fun transitional pops of color. The only shade I could have done without is the yellow. It is the chalkiest of the five, but it works just fine to trace the lower lash line when I crave a little more color than the pink, blue, and mint, which act more like highlighters.
The Ombres 5 Lumieres have a very consistent formula, so you know what to expect. They are always medium pigmentation, translucent but not sheer. They have more glitter bits than your average designer/high-end eyeshadow, but that is the trademark! I have never experienced creasing with these shadows, but I use Too Faced's Glitter Glue primer on my lid and a standard primer like the one by NARS on the rest of the eye. This mix helps the lid color to take the stage while allowing the rest of the colors to last throughout the day.
YSL produced another limited edition palette this Spring but it comes with an even higher price tag of $65. In my opinion, this Rock Candy quad is not worth the premium because it is not as unique, albeit the packaging. More conservative women may prefer this to the No. 13 quint because the colors are more satiny (aka less glitter) and the rose shade can double up as a blush. The other three shades would coordinate to create a simple, easy party eye look.
*This photo belongs to YSL PR*
Bottom Line: For the most unique Spring palette, treat yourself to the delectable No. 13 Ombres 5 Lumieres eyeshadow palette! The glitter can be high maintenance for some, but the eye look is definitely worth a little extra effort.