YSL's latest is a new formula of lipstick called Rouge Volupté Shine ($34 each, YSL.com, Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com). I ordered mine direct from YSL a few months ago and have fallen head over heels in love with the shades I've tried.
- No 07 Rose Infinite is a natural semi-deep rose plum. It has semi-sheer coverage but you can adjust the intensity. On the lips the intensity of the color increases if you swipe it back and forth 3 times. Applying a similar-toned lip liner first will help the color last.
- No 08 Pink in Confidence is a soft neutral pink but leans slightly cool on my lips. It has a Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boy feel in color but the YSL is more pigmented and slightly lighter on me.
- No 09 Nude in Private is a warm peach. As with all the shades there are subtle sparkles in the tube but on the lips the shimmer and sparkle isn’t very visible.
- No 11 Beige Instinct is a neutral nude shimmer. In the photo below it looks warm because of the lighting, in real life it’s really more flesh toned.
- No 15 Corail Intuitive is a shade I picked up at a later date, it’s similar to No 08 Nude in Private but more peach with a brighter look.
Swatched on my arm you can see for a sheer lipstick there is quite a bit of color payoff. Since these are sheer they are still slightly transparent. These have a shiny glossy finish.
Here are swatches in direct sunlight without a flash so you can see the base color better:
I've been dragging my feet on reviewing these mainly because of lip swatches. These are difficult for me to capture accurately and it's hard for me to get consistent lighting but here's my best attempt. As always note your mileage will vary. I have pigmented lips and olive skin, so these will most likely look different on you.
Right now I'm short on time so I can't do swatch comparisons to other shades or brands. I would say these are a huge improvement from the Rouge Volupté Perles in texture (less gritty) and formula (smoother) and finish (more natural). These are much easier to apply compared to the original Rouge Volupté formula and the sheer/glossy/shimmer makes it more naturally flattering to the lips. Compared to Chanel Rouge Coco Shines I think these have a similar finish in terms of the shine and gloss but with a bit more pigment (very slight). I haven't tried other shades like the brights or darks but I can't wait to experiment.
After searching online it appears most of the shades are online at YSL, but some retailers have select shades (I haven't confirmed instore though). Nordstrom's exclusive is No 17 Rose in Tension. Saks' exclusive is No 18 Prune in Fire. Neiman's exclusive is No 16 Orange Impertinent.
For quick reference, see a few shades swatched at Best Things in Beauty and all the shades swatched on Kais Obsessions.
Have you tried the Rouge Volupté Shines? What's your favorite Rouge Volupté formula or color?
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