Friday, January 11, 2013

YSL Bronze Pyrite #35 La Laque Couture

Last year YSL reformulated and repackaged their nail lacquers into their La Laque Couture. I haven't had a chance to play much with the new formulas (although I do own three). They come in a lovely square-shaped bottle with a removable cap. The brush is wider than most brands, but also skinny (flat). I normally prefer brushes that are not quite as wide, but the YSL applies very easily with the shape of the brush. Bronze Pyrite #35 is the first YSL nail lacquer (in the new formula) that I've tried and so far I'm impressed. It's part of the spring 2013 line ($25 for 0.34 fl oz./10 ml).

As you can see Bronze Pyrite is a beautiful metallic. It's a true metallic in the sense that it goes on with a metal finish (rather than sparkle or shimmer). There is a lot of color mixed in. On the nails I would describe it as a pewter. Depending on the lighting, sometimes there is a very slight khaki/greenish glimmer. I was pleased that it applied with minimal visible brush strokes. The pigment is rich and only needed one coat, however 2 coats was best for me.

At an angle you can see a bit of the khaki glow:

Here are a few views of the packaging and brush: 

Here it is swatched on me:

Compared to other metallic/high shimmers, YSL Bronze Pyrite is the most foiled/metallic looking compared to other similar metallics. Chanel's Graphite has a more complex finish with larger sparkles, Tom Ford's Silver Smoke is lighter and more neutral with a finely milled shimmer, Dior Timeless Gold has a more sophisticated shimmer and Chanel Diwali has more dimension.

Overall a huge thumbs up. I did get some tip wear on day 3, and on day 5 it started to chip a little. I found it lasted quite well throughout the week.

There is one more shade from YSL spring, a gorgeous seafoam green called Jade Imperial #34. I passed since it seemed so similar to one of the shades from last year's OPI Holland collection but I didn't try them side by side to compare.

I purchased mine from Nordstrom.


  1. Hi Sabrina, what a distinctive metallic color! Amongst your swatches, olive hints really keep drawing my eye back towards Bronze Pyrite; it looks beautiful with your sweater and the palm tree background :)

  2. I loved this nail polish...its got such a lovely finish.Although Chanel Graphite looks much more amazing and brighter in the picture.

  3. Channel's Graphite is by far the prettiest.

  4. H&M French Smoke is a great dupe!

  5. Very pretty metallic! Formula looks very opaque. I'm always drawn to these types of shades :)

  6. It looks like Chanel Kaleidoscope. Very pretty

  7. I swatched it at the counters today and LOVE it. (I'm kind of kicking myself for not just picking it up - ha). Anyway, nice review - thanks!


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