YSL Exquisite Plum, Tender Peach, Opera Rose Rouge Volupte Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

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YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

Rouge Volupte
YSL
$34.00/0.14 oz.

91%

Average

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She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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One of my favorite things to do on your blog is to find a shade I like and read all your reviews on all the dupes before I make a purchase.

You are so great Christine, thanks for keeping at it so long! (PS, why do these lipsticks look used? Not that it bothers me, I just wonder if it comes out the package like that)

Hi Lisa,

Thanks a lot!

As I mentioned before (it’s also at the beginning of this post), I’ve been redoing my YSL Rouge Volupte swatches – these are previously reviewed, and therefore used. My deepest apologies! 🙁

Haha, I only know this because I don’t have the YSLs but I liked the colours so much, I checked online to see if I had any dupes by accident. So the two I mentioned are very close matches. I think the finishes are what make them a bit different.

I’ve been really impressed with the pale shades not appearing streaky or chalky in action, especially with a color like Frivolous Pink.

Here’s the info, Kate! 🙂

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, Hourglass Radiant Magenta / Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush.

Here’s the info, Varika! 🙂

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, Hourglass Radiant Magenta / Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush.

Exquisite Plum looks nice! I was watching a tv show the other day, and a character had such a lovely shade of lipstick on. Exquisite Plum leans cooler and darker, but it still reminds me of it.

Hello! If you remember is YSL Exquisite plum similar to Illamasqua Magnetism? Illamasqua is not available in Greece Thank you for your time.

Here you go!

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, Hourglass Radiant Magenta / Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush.

Based on your reviews I decided to take a deep breath and splurge on one of the colors from this line (Sensual Silk, which I don’t think you’ve reviewed) and oh my god, it feels like heaven on your lips! Like soft butter. I’ve never spent money on such a high class brand before and I’m so glad I decided to follow your reviews and go for it. I’m wondering, do you have any experience with their Rouge Pur line? I’ve been thinking about getting some more lipstick from YSL because I was so impressed, but only if the quality is as fantastic as Rouge Volupte, and it’s a pretty expensive gamble for me!

Hi Gillian,

Not really! I think I might have one shade, and I can’t remember if I reviewed it/tested it, but I have heard a lot of good things. YSL, in general, knows how to do lipstick! I’m so glad that you’re loving Sensual Silk!

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