Lip products are probably the only chance I have of affording YSL products. There’s a certain air of elegance, luxury and class surrounding YSL – their products are packaged so effortlessly and luxuriously and they are known for their packaging, as well as their products. I own six of their lipsticks, all of different formulas and shades and am going to share with you my opinions on four of these, as well as swatches.
Firstly, I have to give a shoutout to their Limited Edition Star Clash and Kiss Lipsticks. These are released closer to Christmas time each year, and are simply stunning. I have one from each the 2015 and 2016 collections, both in the shade ‘70 Le Nu‘ – both of which I haven’t used because I can’t bare to ruin the embossing – crazy makeup hoarder problems!
Next, I have four beautiful bullets, all of different formulas. I love the packaging of each of these bullets, the reflective gold and silver with the YSL engraving/embossing in the packaging, showing the colour of the lipstick through the design. I have one of each of the Rouge Volupte; Rouge Volupte Shine; Tint in Oil and Tint in Balm Formulas.
The first lipstick I owned is the Rouge Volupte #1. I was on a trip with my fiance (boyfriend at the time) and was drooling over the lipsticks in David Jones – and to my surprise and delight, he told me to choose one. This was when I was really starting to develop my love for makeup, and I chose this nude shade – naturally! The Rouge Volupte formula is so creamy and incredibly pigmented – this swatch is one light swipe of the bullet. The shade lasts 3-4 hours on me – it’s a moisturising lipstick, and isn’t targeted to be long wearing. It’s a lipstick I pull out regularly as I know that I love it and suit it, it’s something you can pair with anything and the formula is perfect for someone like myself who regularly suffers from dry lips.
The second lipstick I owned is the Rouge Volupte Shine #8. This formula (swatched lightly once above) is different to the original Rouge Volupte, in that it has a more sheer formula, with more of a shine – funnily enough, considering the name! The lipstick is easily buildable, and is yet again so moisturising and comfortable to wear. I feel like this one wears slightly better, and works into more of a stain – which can be bad if you do have dry lips at the time of wearing it.
The next lipstick I purchased thanks to my friend Liv who purchased it during a shopping trip and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I’d heard of their Tint in Oil’s (which is something I definitely want to try in the future) and this is the same formula but in the shape of a lipstick. The Tint in Oil #47 isn’t as moisturising as the two Rouge Volupte formula varieties that I own, however wears down as a tint on the lips. It’s something that I find wears off quickly, but gives a tint to the lips that can easily be topped up without looking excessive, or can have balm applied over the top to accentuate the tint. It’s an easy option for me for work, because it’s basically impossible to make this look bad!
The newest addition to my collection is the Tint in Balm #8*. This takes their classic tints and combines it with a fresh and hydrating lipbalm. This is something I was recently gifted by their PR agency in Australia (and yes, I squealed upon opening) and I was honestly originally put off by the orange shade. However, as I hope you can tell from the swatch, this isn’t obvious when worn on the lips. It adds a slightly warmer colour to the lips, gives a really nice tint and I can feel the balm for at least an hour on my lips at a time. It’s something that I’ve kept permanently in my work/uni bag since I received it, and is something I’m reaching for consistently for not only when my lips are dry, but for when the lipstick I wore at the start of the day has worn off, or I’ve run out of time and am applying on the go. It’s a gorgeous, hydrating formula and the shade I can easily see suiting a variety of skintones seamlessly.
I own six YSL lipsticks and have tried four of their formulas – safe to say, I’m pretty positive it’s love! Whilst they are similar in formula, each has its own uniqueness that gives it that little bit of difference. Whilst they may not be for everyone due to their slightly high price point, it’s a little bit of luxury that can often just make me smile when I see it – not everyone says that about their lipstick! I’d definitely recommend all of these formulas – it’d just depend on personal preference as to which would be right for you!