YSL Arlene’s Nude & Wolf’s Red Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Arlene's Nude (121)

YSL Arlene’s Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly to my lips without dragging.

The texture was lightweight, creamy enough to glide on but not feel slippery during wear. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.13 oz. - $276.92 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich color with intense hydration ... in just one stroke." The thing to know about this formula is that it is quite emollient and has a lot of slip; the formula almost applies itself as it glides quickly across the lips, though I sometimes found it too emollient and too slippery. That extra slip meant that some shades weren't as pigmented as anticipated or that color gathered in my lip lines. The wear ranged from four to six hours on average. I found the formula was usually on the hydrating side. They have a sweet, fruity scent that I'd describe as subtle but noticeable.

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Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Stearyl/Ppg-3 Myristyl Ether Dimer Dilinoleate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Polybutene, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Candelilla Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Water, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Mannitol, Polyurethane-15, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract , Yeast (Faex) Extract , Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Citric Acid [+/- May Contain: Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 15850 (Red 7), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Silica, Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 17200 (Red 33 Lake), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 12085 (Red 36), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ci 73360 (Red 30), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite.

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Wolf's Red (122)

YSL Wolf’s Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque and built up to full coverage with a slight pat of additional color in the areas that needed it.

The lipstick had a lightweight, creamy texture that had noticeable slip but never felt overly wet to the point where it would slide around. It smoothed out some of my lip lines but not all of them. It was still looking fairly good after six hours of wear and felt moisturizing while worn.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.13 oz. - $276.92 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich color with intense hydration ... in just one stroke." The thing to know about this formula is that it is quite emollient and has a lot of slip; the formula almost applies itself as it glides quickly across the lips, though I sometimes found it too emollient and too slippery. That extra slip meant that some shades weren't as pigmented as anticipated or that color gathered in my lip lines. The wear ranged from four to six hours on average. I found the formula was usually on the hydrating side. They have a sweet, fruity scent that I'd describe as subtle but noticeable.

Browse all of our YSL Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Stearyl/Ppg-3 Myristyl Ether Dimer Dilinoleate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Polybutene, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Candelilla Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Water, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Mannitol, Polyurethane-15, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract , Yeast (Faex) Extract , Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Citric Acid [+/- May Contain: Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 15850 (Red 7), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Silica, Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 17200 (Red 33 Lake), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 12085 (Red 36), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ci 73360 (Red 30), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite.

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YSL Arlene's Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Arlene's Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Arlene's Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Arlene's Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Arlene's Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Arlene's Nude (121) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Wolf's Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Wolf's Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Wolf's Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Wolf's Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Wolf's Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

YSL Wolf's Red (122) Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I picked up Arlene’s nude before launching campaign lipstick no-buy. My lip base is cooler than yours, and this shade looks very pretty on me, pulls a little plumpinker.. very much MLBB. After many many years of following your blog, Christine, I finally figured out last year that whatever looks amazing on your lips, falls flat on mine. Whereas, something that looks nice on you, but not quite Wow (you can carry a far larger range than I can), works charm for me. Please do not take this as a criticism, just a way I’ve learned to analyze and see tones that work best for me.

I’ve done something similar. Whatever lipstick shade Christine has on, it’s always darker on me. I blame my weird coloring, I’m light olive which warms up in the summer but turns gray in the winter.

I think a lot of us who have followed the blog for a few years, have determined how shades on Christine will either work for us or not. I find that part of the issue is my monitor and since I am not a computer genius, I don’t know how to fix it so shades that look pink on Christine are actually much more of a brown base when I look at them in person. Wolf red above looks very warm toned on my monitor and would not work for me but since Christine says it is cool under-toned, I know it will likely work for me. I tend to rely more on the description of the shade rather than the picture but I use the picture for the finish/formula.

Totally agree with the translation of ‘on Christine’ vs. ‘on me.’ Some aren’t even in the same color family. Many browns On Christine are straight up purple on me. I guess my lips are cooler. It’s funny how something you think is fully covered is influenced by what lies beneath. And then, of course, there’s how the lipstick is cohesive with, or contrasts with, one’s skin tones.

These shades are both beautiful and the shade names are resonating because they are names of a couple of very dear, departed loved ones (one a relative, the other a pet), but I have dupes of both, so I need to pass.

Wolf’s Red is a more unique looking red. Like an Old Hollywood type shade. I love it, but I have MAC Yoni Crush. Not a listed dupe, but it has that same touch of warmer red to it.

Happily reminded of my plan to use that $25 Rouge coupon in late November/early December of TF Sugar Glider! ….or Soliel Neige or Honeymoon quad? 🤔

That single use one that they send out several weeks after the VIB and Rouge sale! I always use it towards a bigger ticket item, because I think it’s $25 (or is it $20?) off anything over $50.

Love the red, Wolf’s Red, I love it so much I have 5 dupes. Money saved, but I still lust for it. I love red lipsticks, what can I say 🙂
Arlene’s Nude is very pretty, I don’t have dupes but it turned out I have a few of the very less expensive dupes on my wish list, so I might just go with one of those instead of splurging on this.

Have I ever said how much I like the dupe lists!

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