Monday, February 10th, 2014

YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is on the thicker side relative to the average lipstick, but it doesn’t feel heavy–and better, it doesn’t look it. The color applied smoothly and evenly, and it wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a subtle stain. It was moderately hydrating while worn. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less pink, less glossy. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter, cooler-toned, less glossy. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter, darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is brighter, slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy, darker, more muted, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Rose Neillia (33) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was slightly thick with a high degree of slip. It applied evenly for the most part, but sometimes, if I pressed my lips together, I could tell where they were–just slightly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moderately moisturizing. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is glossier, warmer. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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

This is the last of my Rouge Volupte re-do/update! I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you missed the previous posts, check out part one and part two.  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 Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, raspberry red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color came through. For such a deep color, it applied fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less red, more berry, so it appears a bit darker and cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $49.50) is slightly warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is less red. MAC Lush Life (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is more muted. Burberry Bright Poppy (311) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage. The texture of this shade seemed a bit thicker than other shades, so while it applied evenly initially, when you press your lips together, some lines can show. It lasted for three hours on me. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less glossy, slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant rose pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had intense, full color coverage in a single stroke. The texture was slightly thick, like Tender Peach, but I didn’t notice the “lines” as much with this shade when pressed my lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.

This next shade is just a bonus, for the sake of completion, as it is no longer available (but you can check out the dupes for something similar!). Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pale pink with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall, but it did settle into lip lines just slight. The settling worsened after two hours of wear, and the color itself lasted for three and a half hours on me. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is very similar but less glossy. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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

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 Caress Pink (9) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted raspberry pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop is warmer, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden Burgundy (12) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep berry with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It had nearly full color coverage, but there was a slight translucency overall. What’s impressive about this shade is how evenly the color applies for something this glossy and not fully opaque. It wears about five hours on me and leaves a slight stain behind. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is slightly purpler. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is warmer. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

Peach Passion (13) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a glossy, creamy finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded fully opaque color on the lips. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is darker, more orange. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is more beige. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is more orange. 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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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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