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.