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.

The Glossover

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Grenade Pepite (No. 15)

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Nude Carat (No. 20)

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Corail Trapeze (No. 204)

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9.5/10

Longevity

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

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

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

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

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

YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte
YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte

YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte
YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte

YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte
YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte

YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte
YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte

YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte
YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte

YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte
YSL Nude Carat (20) Gloss Volupte

YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte
YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte

YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte
YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte

YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte
YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte

YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte
YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte

YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte
YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte

YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte
YSL Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Liquid Highlighter (mixed with foundation), Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder, Tarte Elevated Blush. On eyes: Tarte Be MATTEnificent Eyeshadow Palette

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64 thoughts on “YSL Gloss Volupte Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. *headdesk* Augh! These are exactly the colour and intensity of glosses that I like the most! Grenade and Corail look so stunning on you!

    My wish list just exploded this month, I swear… :-P
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  2. Oooh I like them! I like Corail Trapeze a lot, eventhough it’s kind of sheer.

  3. Christine, have you heard any rumors about the Golden Glosses being discontinued? I really like Grenade Pepite!

  4. Avatar of Kathryn keG

    I have a couple of the ysl gloss volupte in darker shades- I really like them!

  5. My favorite of the bunch is Corail Trapeze, but I don’t think I’ll be buying any of these. For the price I think there’s more interesting stuff out there. My next gloss purchase will be Chanel’s Merveille-I got Reflexion for Christmas and I love the formula so much that I can’t wait to try another.
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  6. They all look stunning in the packaging but I love Grenade Pepite. It’s beautiful on you.
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  7. Ohhh! Corail Trapeze (204) Gloss Volupte is soooo beautiful! Looks great on you Christine (and that tells me that it will look good on me too :D)
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  8. Eileen

    I bought 15 Grenade Pepite and 49 Terriblement Fuchsia. Everything you said about Grenade Pepite–except for the color description, of course–could also be said about Terriblement Fuchsia. They’re both fresh, vibrant springtime shades with a hint of sparkle that makes them look particularly pretty outdoors. I’m also a fan of the semi-opaque level of pigmentation. The two I bought provide plenty of color, but they blend easily with the natural rose color of my lips. When I wear a gloss on its own, I value a bit of transparency. Fully opaque, super shiny lips always look a bit “hookeresque” to me–a look I want to avoid at my age! ;-) The only thing I don’t like about the glosses is the sent, but it is a very small price to pay for a gloss that is moisturizing and doesn’t irritate my chronically dry lips.

    • Do you notice the scent when wearing it? I only smell it initially but don’t notice it after application!

      • Eileen

        I “taste” the sent–if that makes any kind of crazy sense–for about five minutes and then it is completely gone. It’s weird how my two senses get a bit mixed up when I first apply the gloss because the gloss doesn’t actually have any flavor. Weird science! LOL

  9. The first one looks beautiful!

  10. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    There’s something extra gorgeous about you in that last picture :) And the glosses are great too, obviously!

  11. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I’m loving the look of Nude Carat, but I can’t justify another gloss in that range, ATM, regardless of price, LOL!

  12. I just adore the packaging alone! Grenade is gorgeous!! I just wish these lasted a little longer. Nude Carat is starting to grow on me though so I might pull the trigger on at least one of these before I write them off. I just can’t not try it with that packaging lol
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  13. I seriously cannot get enough coral!

  14. Madeline Richmond

    The coral one looks great on you! It really brightens up your face.

  15. Wow these are beautiful!! You’re terrible, tempting me with YSL expensiveness the last few posts!! Oh well, at least they seem like they would be worth the investment ;) Grenade Pepite is going on my wishlist!

  16. I really like these. Grenade Pepite looks great on you, Christine. :)

  17. Avatar of Rae Rae

    Grenade Pepite looks absolutely beautiful on you, Christine. I’m actually quite surprised at how well you rated these (I think this is the first positive review I’ve seen for them so far!), but they don’t look nearly as sheer as I was expecting — perhaps because of the differences between the three sub-formulas.

    Anyhow, I’m looking forward to seeing the rest! I can’t stop scrolling back up for “just one more look!” at Grenade :P
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  18. Grenade Pepite looks lovely! These will work for me only topped with lipsticks else too sheer :-(
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  19. Oh, these are gorgeous! <3 I wonder if these golden shades are replacing their Golden Glosses.

  20. I’ve been waiting for your review on these! I want them :) thanks!

  21. Oh man, I WANT THESE. Any plans on doing 2 Or Saharienne or 102 Rose Satine?

  22. Avatar of Brianna Brianna

    Can we get a close up on the ‘unique’ tip? It looks sort of similar to (possibly) the Sephora lip glosses.

    Or maybe it’s just me?

  23. Grenade Pepite (15) looks like such a lovely shade. I wish they launch in India soon.

  24. Christina

    Christine, I am obsessed with these colors! I swear you make every single color on this planet look amazing!! I never click on anyone’s affiliate links but you’re the exception :p Can’t wait to get the first and third color. I can’t pull off nudes, and I wish that I could !! I am nc30 but feel nudes always make me look so scary like I have no lips… Could be because my lips are darker idk =\

    Also, do you have a pre-lipstick/gloss regimen? Your lips look amazing. Haha

    xo

    • Aww, thank you for the support, Christina! I really appreciate it :)

      You might want to try a beige with stronger brown, plum, or pink tones to it that are on the darker side – not traditionally “beige” but would work for that kind of look – against your skin tone.

      For lip care, I exfoliate 2-3 times a week (I use this – http://www.temptalia.com/aubrey-elizabeth-apothecary-lemon-lip-scrub-review-photos), sometimes more depending on whether it’s necessary or not, and then I just make sure to use a hydrating balm whenever I’m not testing lip color (primarily early in the AM and late in the evening/before bed). I use Jack Black Lip Balm, which works really well for me, and I like that I can still feel some of it on when I wake up.

  25. The corail looks stunning on you.That nude looks like it almost has a warm lavender undertone! Is that even a color?!?!

  26. Avatar of Laura Laura_Lou

    Ooh Grenade and Corail both look beautiful! Gonna have to check those out in person!

  27. These are so gorgeous! My wallet is crying.

  28. Avatar of Alla Alla

    These are quite nice (the first one looks especially pretty on you!) but, given the price, I think I’d rather get a glossy stain or a rouge volupte. I think YSL set the bar really high for themselves with the overall quality of their lip products, so whenever one of their products isn’t mind-blowing, I get disappointed. It’s a nice problem to have, I suppose :)

  29. Andrea

    These glosses look so lovely on you! The bright pink and corail were actually the two I was wanted to purchase! Thank you for the swatches. Another color I wanted was 202 jersey pink. What do you think about that shade? I have only seen swatches but not on anyone with a warm medium undertone. Thanks a bunch!