Monday, January 27th, 2014

YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte
YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte

YSL Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new, recently released gloss formula that’s supposed to be “lightweight, non-sticky” with a unique applicator for “intense glossy colour.” The gloss is available in three finishes: Golden, Iridescent, and Pure, with Pure being the most difference as it has no shimmer, whereas the differences between Golden and Iridescent are much smaller–Iridescent has more iridescent/more prominent shimmer. YSL describes the Golden shades has having a “warm glimmer of gold flecks,” while the Iridescent shades have “tone-on-tone, pearlescent flecks.” The Pure finish is described as “sheer, mirror-like.”

The gloss is lightweight, smooth, and comfortable to wear. It really glides and smooths over the lips effortlessly but doesn’t feel too slippery, a little gel-like but not a full-on gel texture. They wear two and a half to four hours on me, depending on shade, color, and texture. I notice the texture of the sparkle about two-thirds of the way into wear, as the gloss begins to fade, but it is subtle and not to a bothersome level. The color coverage varies quite a bit from shade to shade, and I wouldn’t describe the Golden shades of them as “intense glossy colour,” but Pure seems to have the right level of color (“sheer”).  They’re not all super sheer, barely-there glosses, but they aren’t opaque glosses either. They have a sweet, mango-scent and are nicely hydrating. Golden Glosses have larger and more prominent sparkle, and the texture is a little thicker.

Grenade Pepite (No. 15) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage; noticeable, rich color but not fully opaque so the natural lip color will come through. It had some sparkle but was not over-the-top or loaded with it. It wore well for four hours. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is warmer. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Reflexion (71) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Nude Carat (No. 20) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy-beige with gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with some sparkle. It had a tendency to settle into lip lines somewhat, and though it applied more evenly than a lot of similarly-colored glosses, it wasn’t completely even. On me, the gloss lasted for three hours. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more opaque. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Paper Lantern (LE, $20.00) is also similar. Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Corail Trapeze (No. 204) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, orange with a creamy, glossy finish–no shimmer/sparkle. It had semi-sheer, even color coverage, and over my natural lip color, it looked more like a warmer, pink-coral but not an orange-y shade at all. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is slightly pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is brighter, more pigmented. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ravishing (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

After discovering that one of the most popular posts (in the top twenty) from last year was my review of YSL’s Rouge Voluptes from 2008 (!), I wanted to go back and bring the post up-to-date. Luckily, all but one shade of Rouge Volupte that I’ve reviewed previously is still available. I’ve always dreamed of being able to redo swatches from years ago, and though time will not permit me to do such things in general, it seems like it makes sense to update posts that are still popular, even after six years!

Rouge Volupte is still one of the more popular lipstick formulas on the market, and it’s a range that YSL has continued to expand and release additional shades for since it initially launched. (And fun tidbit, they haven’t changed price at all in six years.) The formula is very creamy with a high degree of slip, is medium-weight and slightly thick compared to the average lipstick, and is typically opaque on lips. Because of their creaminess, full color coverage is possible in one stroke with many shades. The finish is glossy and shiny, which gives lips a smoother appearance. One of the primary traits of the formula is that lips look drenched in color and very, very smooth–almost plumper. The formula is moderately hydrating, and the wear time is about average, but it can depend on the shade.

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy neutral beige.” It’s a pinky-beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage and lasts three and a half hours on me. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker, pinker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is more beige, less pink. MAC 3N (LE, $16.00) is more beige, darker. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Lingerie Pink (7) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light creamy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for three hours on me. This one can take some patience to get even, as the thicker formula makes it easy for the color to overlap onto itself and show lines. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Fetish Pink (8) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is less blue-based, more muted. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is not as glossy but very similar in color. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is sheerer. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

YSL Spring Look Collection for Spring 2014
YSL Spring Look Collection for Spring 2014

Whorls of petals. A rush of roses and peonies. A whirlwind of a thousand flowers envelops the Saint Laurent woman in a soft, feverishly sensual cloud. Flower Crush. Wondrous on her bed of rippling corollas, wrapped in daylight, she indulges in a game of sensuality and softness. And gives a glimpse of her most delicate persona to win the hearts over. A liberated, ultra contemporary femme fatale. She captures the essence of flowers and expresses herself in the infinite shades of their exquisite petals. An armful of roses, peonies, crocus, water hyacinths, iris, glorifies her eyes, nails and skin. Her lips seem to be crushing a blackberry or raspberry that tints them with delicious, ultra glossy colour. Sins of the flesh.

Face Collector Palette ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

Like a precious, stylized petal, the marbled motif of the Rosy Blush Palette entwines two shades of pink that play on contrasts between matte and iridescence. A blush and a highlighter, this nude pairing is perfect to highlight the cheeks, brighten the complexion and illuminate prominent and shadowy areas. The innovative creamy-powdery texture blends in leaving an infinitely satiny and subtle veil on the skin. Sinfully radiant.

  • Rosy Blush Two shades of pink

Eye Collector Palette ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

Shadows, light, pure colours. Five Couture shades and endless possibilities to be the artist of your own eyes. Tones of fuchsia pink, coral and black cherry to colour and play with contrasts. A pearly champagne shade to highlight and give spring freshness.

  • Pivone Crush Tones of fuchsia pink, coral, black cherry, champagne

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils ($30.00)

  • Captivating Purple (No. 22) Purple (Limited Edition)

La Laque Couture ($25.00)

  • Rose Scabiosa (No. 48) Pink (Limited Edition)
  • Rouge Pablo (No. 49) Red (New, Permanent)

Gloss Volupte ($34.00)

  • Rose Fusion (No. 3) Dazzling coral (New, Permanent)
  • Prune Organdi (No. 104) Dramatic black cherry (New, Permanent)
  • Rose Ofevre (No. 19) Tender pink (New, Permanent)
  • Terriblement Fuchsia (No. 49) Vibrant fuchsia (New, Permanent)

Rouge Volupte ($34.00)

  • Fuchsia Storm (No. 31) Rose (New, Permanent)
  • Jealous Coral (No. 32) Coral (New, Permanent)
  • Pink Neillia (No. 33) Poppy (New, Permanent)
  • Pink Asarina (No. 34) Red (New, Permanent)

Dessin du Regard Waterproof ($30.00)

  • Intense Purple (No. 11) Purple (New, Permanent)

Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain ($34.00)

  • Rouge Avant-Gardiste (No. 32) Red (New, Permanent)
  • Bourgogne Artistique (No. 49) Purple (New, Permanent)

Availability: Now available online at YSL, Saks, Nordstrom; January 2014 at online retailers and YSL counters; also now online internationally at Selfridges

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to lipgloss, I personally fall in love with two types:  insanely pigmented, nearly opaque colors or glimmering, dazzling, sparkling, and shimmering ones–but they have to be loaded with sparkle (and yet, they can’t feel gritty!).  Over the years, while stickiness isn’t a deal-breaker, I don’t like heavy, thick, goopy kind of glosses.  Reflecting on glosses I’ve tested out this past year, here were the ones I picked for my top ten!

What were your must-have lipglosses from 2013?

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain
YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong warm, red undertones and a glossy finish. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches. If you really want to replicate the color and finish, I would recommend going for an orange-red lipstick and adding a little gloss on top (here are some orange lipsticks to consider).

It had nearly opaque color coverage, and it applied very evenly. I was surprised at just how well it applied–no settling into lip lines, no splotchiness–just smooth, even, glossy color. The wear was phenomenal, as the color endured for eight hours, while the glossiness managed to stick around for four to five hours. It was lightly hydrating overall. The Glossy Stain formula has a grape-like scent to me, which I don’t particularly care for, but I don’t notice after about ten minutes. The texture of Glossy Stains is very thin and liquid-like initially, but between five and ten minutes, it thickens and turns to an almost gel-like consistency that hugs lips (but doesn’t feel clingy).

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, orange-coral with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, applied evenly overall, and wore for six and a half hours when I tested it. While worn, it was lightly hydrating. YSL Corail Fauve (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. YSL Corail Hold Up (105) (P, $34.00) is shimmery.Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Whoops (P, $19.50) is more muted. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is pinker. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

YSL Pink Taboo (103) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, reddish coral with fuchsia and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore well for six and a half hours, but it was a little drying towards the last few hours of wear. YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) (P, $34.00) is more fuchsia-hued. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, less red. See comparison swatches.

YSL’s Glossy Stains have a watery consistency initially, which develops into a slightly thicker, more gel-like texture that hugs onto lips–and they tend to darken as they “set” (usually within five minutes, but I wait about twenty to thirty minutes before photographing). Their biggest advantage is that they tend to have a lot of color coverage and wear for hours and hours, as they are a stain. These absolutely stain; if you swatch them on your arm or hand, you’ll instantly have a stain that doesn’t go away for hours (for me, it takes a day or longer to get rid of them!). On lips, that stain doesn’t last a day, but it does last for quite a long time, even after the glossiness and majority of the color has worn away, my lips remain somewhat tinted for a few more hours. They’re lightly tacky once they turn into a gel consistency, and they do have a grape-like scent that may be off-putting for some. They scent fades as it dries down, but from the tube initially, the scent is fairly strong.

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