YSL 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.”

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YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte

YSL Nude Beige, Lingerie Pink, Fetish Pink Rouge Volupte

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!

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YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Spring Look Collection for Spring 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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Top 10 of 2013: Best Lipglosses

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?

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).

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YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) & Pink Taboo (103) Glossy Stains

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.

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YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain