Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon, #51 Bleu Cyclades for Bleus Lumiere Summer 2014 Collection, Reviews, Swatches & Comparison

Yves Saint Laurent's Summer Collection Blues Lumieres is all about the shades of blue. The name of the collection makes me think of reflections on the water surface which I love watching, especially right after the sunset when I got to spend some weeks on the sea side. Needless to say, I can't wait to go there this summer and I will make sure to get these two breathtaking nail polishes with me when I travel. 


Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon, #51 Bleu Cyclades

#50 Bleu Celadon is one of the most beautiful aqua blue/turquoise cream nail polishes that I own. It is no secret that I have a sweet spot for these type of shades and this explains why I have back-ups over back-ups of Chanel's Nouvelle Vague with the fear that I would run out of it sometime. The formula of Blue Celadon is flawless. It is self leveling, smooth and not streaky and completely opaque in two coats. Bleu Celadon is a true cream without any visible/invisible sheen. Under some light it looks more like a baby blue but under shadow it shows its delicate green features. The following swatches are with two coats and without a top coat.


Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon
Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon

I pulled out some close shades from my stash. Being an aqua lover for my tips & toes, I had quiet a bit of potential dupes to compare with but I am happy to say none of them were an exact match.


Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon, #51 Bleu Cyclades vs. similar shades from my stash

YSL #50 Bleu Celadon is a little  darker than Chanel Riva and much darker once compared to Chanel #123 Crystal Blue. It leans more green once compared to Dior Porcelaine (reviewed here) and slightly bluer compared to Chanel #527 Nouvelle Vague. Dior #307 Nymphea from last year's Asia Exclusive Collection is the closest match but Blue Celadon leans more blue. Dior #401 Saint-Tropez is darker and Butter London Poole is more green.


Nail wheel comparison of Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon

YSL #51 Bleu Cyclades is a gorgeous medium blue with metallic finish. I don't know how YSL managed that but this one doesn't leave any brush strokes. It is opaque in two coats and the formula is a dream to work with, self-leveling and not too thick or thin. A very important thing to note is that it doesn't stain even without base coat. I also liked the way that it was not very flashy but not blackened either. The following swatches are with two coats and without a top coat.


Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #51 Bleu Cyclades
Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #51 Bleu Cyclades

I don't have many medium blues in my collection. I used to skip these type of shades until I met Chanel's Bel Argus last summer, which I really like (reviewed here) and reach for quiet often. Bleu Cyclades though is a serious new favorite blue candidate.


Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #51 Bleu Cyclades vs. similar shades from my stash

When I first got to see YSL #51 Bleu Cyclades, I was wondering how it would compare to another blue, a permanent shade from YSL line, #17 Bleu Cobalt. It turns out that Bleu Cobalt is deeper and less metallic once compared to Bleu Cyclades. Chanel #461 Bleu Satin is more blackened blue and looks almost like a black once worn. Chanel #667 Bel Argus is lighter and more metallic with a unique sheen but bit of brush strokes. Dior #908 Tuxedo is close to YSL #17 Bleu Cobalt and Chanel #461 Blue Satin, and is much darker. I like how #51 Bleu Cyclades manages to stay blue without being too dark but at the same time does it in a not very overwhelming way. 


Nail wheel comparison of Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #51 Bleu Cyclades

Final thoughts: Two lovely blues from YSL to bring the sea to your tips and toes. The formula of these are a dream to work with. I would say both of them are must-haves for blue lovers.


Do you like wearing blues? What is your favorite shade of blue on a nail polish?

11 comments

  1. These two are gorgeous! I think I like Blue Celadon a bit more :) My favorite "blue" is Dior Saint-Tropez, although that is more like a turquoise! I'm halfway through my bottle and still waiting for Dior to come around and make it permanent!

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  2. They are gorgeous. Thanks for the comparison swatches, I think i "need" Bleu Celadon :)

    Liv

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  3. Wow, both such perfect shades for Summer! The deeper blue reminded me of Bel Argus as well- one of my faves from last year! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  4. YSL nail polishes are always the ones to beat! For me, Bleu Celadon is more unique, and I'll def want to get it. Bleu Cyclades is gorgeous but I feel too self conscious with deep metallic blue nails, nor do I have your perfect nails to pull them off!

    www.noodlesdoodleswithpretties.blogspot.com

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  5. Both of these look great, especially Bleu Celadon. Light blue nail colours are so fun :-)

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  6. I love Bel Argus and Azurée !
    I also get some back up of Azurée, cause i crasy love it that much.
    They dont make that much brush sticks on my nails. And the shimmers are just gorgeous !
    Will check the Cyclade ! Thank you for the review !

    Xoxo,

    Michelle | MyWonders❤MesMerveilles

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  7. Hi Sara!
    Oh dear... i think i may be needing Blue Cyclades now. I kept telling myself it's another Bel Argus, which I loved but found it just too metallic the blue doesn't come through well (does that make any sense??). But now I see Blue Cyclades is rather different indeed! Thanks for all your lovely comparison swatches!

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  8. Both colours look stunning! I love how you compared them to the similar polishes in your stash :)

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  9. Hi Sara, are theses still available in Germany ? Couldn't find them here in Tenerife...

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  10. I love reviews with comparisons of other polishes and photos of similar colors in the bloggers collection. I was looking for a photo/swatch of YSL Bleu Cobalt and I also really like turquoise polishes as well. Thank you!

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  11. Hi Molly, thanks for stopping by. The kind of posts you mentioned take really lots of time so I am happy when I hear people like it.

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