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I must admit, though I love to buying high end make up of all sorts, the two types I tend to go for (on a limited budget of course) are lipstick and foundation.
Lipsticks themselves I find them to be cute, convenient and one of the easiest types of make up to apply, to make your lips look great throughout the day. The packaging of this was very nice, the gold colour and heavy feel actually makes this product feel worth the money it costs, as you would expect with YSL.
I purchased this lipstick in the colour "Pink Caress" which is a slightly brighter/ berry toned colour of my own lips, my skin tone for reference is an NC42 by MAC, so I am sure this shade would carry more of an impact on lighter tones. However the range of shades is varied and I can say there is at least one to suit a complexion. However I find this particular shade to be so nice I can often wear it on "no make up" days!
Many other lipsticks I often deem "unsuitable" to wear without a fully done face for make up, whether it be the shade or consistency.
The lipstick itself is quite moisturising, which I quite enjoy as it feels rather silky when applied to the lips, I'd definitely recommend it to those with drier lips, as it gives a necessary moisture kick whilst adding the much needed pop of colour. It also has a pleasing fruity smell when put on, which can be quite refreshing in the mornings.
For a moisturising lipstick the coverage is actually very impressive, without being too heavy on the lips, it is not too sheer and has a slightly sheen/glossy finish.
This is definitely on the pricier side, I got mine for £23.50 from feelunique.com, which was the cheapest I could find from a trusted online retailer, however on the high street, this sells in department stores and boots at about £24 which isn't much more expensive.
I will admit I did put off buying this for months before I decided to treat myself and I can say it is most definitely worth it!
This Christmas I received some lovely gifts from friends and family, much of them being make up or beauty related. One item that I had been lusting after for ages that I was lucky enough to receive was a YSL lipstick. I had read some previous reviews on these lipsticks and found that in some cases they seemed to be a little controversial as although the packaging is absolutely beautiful, some reviews stated that the lipstick was not too good a quality and in fact was very sheer and the longevity was poor. Despite this I was ecstatic to receive them and could not wait to give them a go!
The rouge volupté range is just one of the ranges of lipsticks by YSL. These particular lipsticks are designed to be highly pigmented, yet at the same time allowing moisture to the lips as the formulation is non drying and have a high shine / gloss finish. It also claims to have longevity, which I was most intrigued as often I find matte lipsticks to have far better longevity than that of a 'gloss' finish so I wanted to see how this lipstick would compare.
==~~Price and Availability~~==
One thing I have to mention about this lipstick is the cost, these are by no means 'cheap' or even necessarily 'affordable' lipsticks which is one of the reasons why I hadn't taken the plunge into buying one myself. These lipsticks cost £23.50 which does see, very excessive for the lipstick and although I love the lipstick itself I do feel that much of this price is reflected in both the packaging of this lipstick and the fact you are paying for the brand 'YSL' itself.
These lipsticks are available from numerous different retailers, including that of certain Debenhams, House of Frasers and John Lewis' along with other similar larger department stores. They are also available online at Boots and in store at some of the larger Boots.
I don't always like to write about the packaging of a product as I sometimes don't feel that it is needed, however I had to mention the packaging of these lipsticks as they are slimy beautiful! As a general rule the packaging of a cosmetics item can often sway me, specifically if they are fun and quirky; however the packaging of this lipstick swayed me because of an altogether different reason; its sophistication and prettiness. These lipsticks are presented in a lovely high shine gold coloured metal 'case' that has a weighty feel to it. In the centre of the lipstick the YSL login is repeated in a circle in a really elegant way with a colour behind it; the colour of which responds to the colour of the lipstick. For example I own a bright fuchsia pink shade in number 10 therefore the background is a bright link and this is the same for my beige/honey coloured lipstick in number 4.
Not only does this add a nice band of colour to the lipstick, I actually find it useful for trying to grab a lipstick quickly as it means you do not need to pick each one up to look at its name/ open it up.
==~~Applying the lipstick~~==
The first thing I noticed about this lipstick was how rounded the shape of it was and it did not have the familiar pointed bullet like shape which has come to be associated with lipsticks. I thought this may make the lipstick a little harder to apply, especially around the Cupid's bow area as the rounded shape meant less precision, though I was happy to find that this was not the case. To apply the lipsticks have a very creamy consistency, it was not one that was necessarily moisturising, but neither was it greasy. It instead felt quite 'thick' and although this sounds quite unpleasant and 'cakey' I was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not feel this way once it was on my lips.
I was also thoroughly impressed with the pigmentation of the lipsticks, colour 10(the bright fuchsia pink) came out almost the exact shade it was on the bullet by just sweeping it across my lips. Despite the lipstick having a thick like texture, I was actually left surprised at how light the lipstick felt on my lips and although it was neither nourishing nor moisturising it was also not uncomfortable to wear and instead the light texture made it seem like it had similar properties to that of a lip balm.
One of the things that impressed me most about this lipstick was the longevity. I found that despite it being a very bright colour (which I find can fade very quickly) it lasted at least four on my lips before it began to fade. I did find that it left a pink 'stain' to my lips, however I didn't mind this as I found that this meant I didn't necessarily have to reapply the lipstick if I didn't have time. I was also pleased to find that during this time the colour did not go smeary or feathery around the edges of my lips and did just in fact fade.
This lipstick felt very comfortable to wear all day and did not begin to feel dry at all on the lips. Despite this, the lipstick is also not moisturising so I would still recommend applying a lip balm before wearing this - I wouldn't recommend applying one after as I have noticed that the greasiness of a balm can sometimes cause the lipstick to feather slightly around the edges.
As mentioned previously I also have this lipstick in shade 4 which is a light biscuity nude colour and I was jus as impressed with this lipstick as I was the other, however I do find I need to reapply this lipstick slightly more often than the pink. I tend to find I need to reapply this lipstick after every 2 hours or so opposed to the 4 I can get away with, with the other lipstick. This may be due to the fact it is a much lighter colour and therefore does not leave the same 'stain' on my lips the way in which the bright colour does. Both lipsticks had a lovely to finish to them, although it was not quite a gloss finish it definitely had shine to it. I actually find the lighter shade to have a far shiner to finish to it and in that it really reflected of the light. I actually found the bright pink colour to have a semi matte finish, which I actually preferred as it made very bright colour a little more subtle than if it had an all over shine. Despite the fact it was ever so slightly matte, it was still extremely comfortable to wear and in no way was it drying on the lips.
Overall I would highly recommend these lipsticks as I have been thoroughly impressed with both the formulation and the longevity. I do believe that these are perhaps best given as a special gift or something saved up for as at £23.50 they are not your average price of a lipstick and although they are superior to many other brands I have tried, I also believe that there are other lipsticks that are very similar in quality at half the price or less.
I do believe it is the packaging that you may also be paying for with this product and it is this packaging that I also believe makes it a lovely gift as it is very 'special' looking and is lovely to carry around in your bag - but be careful not to leave it too close to anything hot/warm as I have found that due to the creamy formulation the can melt quite quickly!
I am giving these lipsticks 4 out of 5 stars as although they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands of lipsticks, I don't think I could quite bring myself to pay for one!
Most people think that for a lipstick, this one by Yves Saint Laurent is pretty expensive. I agree that it is a little much for a lipstick, but when you think that you can only get two lipsticks by a cheaper brand such as Rimmel for the same price as one of these, I think that it justifies the buy.
I love everything about this lipstick, it comes in a really great colour, which looks great applied. The applied lipstick also stays on for a pretty long time, mine usually lasts at least half a day, which is great as you don't have to use too much of the product during a day because of the amount of time it lasts, making the overall product last you longer.
The lipstick is also a great texture, it is smooth and has a really light weight feel on your lips, and is not sticky or too heavy at all, and because of this, the product doesn't smudge at all!
I also really love the packaging, which is very elegant, I know that some gold make up packagings can look very tacky, but Yves Saint Laurent have really pulled this look off.
£21.00 for a lipstick I hear you cry in total shock and disbelief. Well mine was a present and it is my absolute favourite lipstick for many reasons not least because the packaging is as glamorous as you can see from the picture.
The lipstick is in what can only be described as an elegant case with lovely curves there is a carved logo with your chosen shade as the background and what I think is a great design element a mirror on the lid for easy application.
You can purchase this lipstick in thirty different shades from nude beige to red taboo and from Pink fetish to Divine Mahogany or my own Kissable rose a deeper pink colour.
All the colours are deep and vibrant shades no wishy washy colours for Y.S.L !
The Scientific bit
Each lipstick contains hyaluronic acid which means that your lips are smoothed plumped and enhanced. The glossy film provides a mirror effect which reflects light. The lipstick also contains colour shine which magnifies the colour.
The lipstick also has rice waxes which nourish your lips with moisturiser added to that it contain spf 15 so also protects your lips.
The real test
Ok I am not really a £21.00 lipstick type of girl but I love this lipstick my lips do feel softer after wearing this and it doesn't bleed or fade and I really feel special with this lipstick my lips do defiantly look far better when wearing this lipstick. And it doesn't appear on everything your lips touch which is a bonus.
I mentioned straight away that this lipstick is £21.00 but it lasts and in my opinion as it doesn't need constant reapplying is good value as the saying goes you get what you pay for!
You can get this lipstick from Harrods, Debenhams, and John Lewis or if you are a savvy shopper then Boots or Amazon
I cannot recommend this lipstick highly enough and really feel it is worth every penny I just hope my sister buys me one for Christmas again it defiantly makes me feel like a yummy mummy!!
I am a big fan of Yves Saint Laurent products but personally i felt let down by this lipstick.
The packaging is fab - gold with ysl logo around the middle with your chosen shade showing through. There is also built in mirror at one end of the lipstick which is very useful. I felt let down because the texture of this lipstick seems too creamy to stay on for any decent length of time. Also when you 'roll' your lips together after application, half of it comes off so you need to put quite a few layers on before you have full coverage. I have never had this problem with any other lipstick before. (perhaps its the colour i chose)This lipstick is available in a variety of shades from nude colours through to reds. I chose rouge volupte number 7 which is a light pink. The lipstick has an expiry of twelve months. The net weight is 4 grammes. Available in all big department stores. I bought from Boots but you have to go to a larger boots store or buy online as the smaller stores do not stock YSL. Priced around £21.
The very first thing I must mention about YSL Rouge Volupte is the magnificent case. The case is what made me notice these lipsticks, while I was stocking up on Touche Éclat, and trying very hard not to notice the other goodies on the YSL counter (as just a few purchases could push me towards bankruptcy, with very little there costing less than £20). It is shiny gold, with a "cut out" section displaying the beautiful colour of the lipstick, with the YSL logo embedded on this cut out section in shiny gold. It just screams glamour at you, and I know it's sad to feel this way about a lipstick case, but it makes me feel good about myself. And this is before I've even put it on my lips. There is also a mirror on top of the lid, but to be honest, this is more attractive than it is functional, as it's far too small to use for application.
YSL RV comes in 30 shades ranging from the subtle (nudes, pale pinks and browns) to the bold (bright reds, purples, hot pink, coral), so there is definitely a shade for everyone. I bought Number 11: Rose Culte, which is the biggest, brightest, hottest pink I have ever laid my eyes on (its possibly the one in the picture here, though it looks brighter in the flesh). YSL RV is available from department stores and large Boots stores and costs around £21. I was lucky enough to buy mine for £17 from the Duty Free store on board a P&O Ferry, so if you're off on holiday soon, hold back as that will save you enough for an extra jug of Sangria.
The application of this lipstick is absolutely sensational. It is, without doubt, the smoothest creamiest lipstick I have ever tried. It feels somewhat like a cross between a lip balm and a lipstick, and feels very moisturising and very comfortable on your lips. The bright colour shows well and completely covers the lip, which is great as I hate it when you can see the actual lip colour beneath lipsticks - kind of defeats the object. It looks quite glossy on, and gives a lovely defined lipline, which makes lips look fuller and the centre of attention!
If I'm wearing it for work, I normally apply it with the stick (normally when I'm stuck in traffic lights - yes I'm one of those women!), and manage to use it with precision to get the look I want. The colour and wonderful texture lasts well into the morning, surviving coffee and biscuit breaks, and a yoghurt. After a bread roll it's a little patchy (though in the main part still there) and needs reapplication to remain looking good.
If it's for a night out, I will tend to use a lip stain first and then apply with a brush, to help it withstand the greater wear and tear it'll get from the multiple drinks that will pass my lips. It does last well, and the lip stain just masks any blurring that may start to happen when I've had one too many... not sure if that's the lipstick that's blurring or my eyesight, mind!
For me, the only downside is the price. I would like one in every colour, but I know that £20 is a lot for a lipstick. However, I do believe it is worth it, as this is definitely the best lipstick I have ever owned. Next time I'm on the ferry I will be purchasing another - but I am torn between Rose Paris (nice girly, summery pinky coral), Forbidden Burgundy (rich purple pink colour) and Red Taboo (dark vampy red). I'm no wallflower when it comes to strong shades!
So girls - save up, or just go for it and try not to wince at the thought of the credit card bill, treat yourself.
Or guys, if you want to be hero worshipped, treat your lady to one (buy a colour similar to one she already owns and wears*, she won't worry about having the shade twice).
* Hint - steal one from her handbag, check that it looks worn down, and get the closest shade. Take it with you to the counter and get a woman to tell you which is closest, if you are in any doubt. I want my boyfriend to read this.
For the shades available, see here http://www.yslbeautyus.com/ make-up-lips-lipstick/c38_42_50/p374/rouge -volupte-silky-sensual-radiant-lipstick- spf-15/product_info.html
I am a huge fan of makeup and being a model I use tons of the stuff, both my own and that of my makeup artists.
My favourite colour of lipstick is pink, always has been and always will but I do of course use other colours both in my job and for personal use.
I have a good few items of makeup from the fantastic Yves Saint Laurent and although expensive I almost always find them to be great value for money as the quality of them is almost always excellent.
This Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick is no exception, costing nearly £20 many might see it as far too expensive but for me it was well worth it and I wouldn't look elsewhere for my next pink lipstick.
If pink is not your thing then no need to worry as this lipstick comes in a range of 18 shades, I won't list them all for you but there is things like, Nude Beige, Peach Passion, Sensual Silk and Lingerie Pink.
These lipsticks come in an elegant gold casing with a lovely light carving of the Yves Saint Laurent name wrapping around it, the inner of the logo is left clear (see through) so as you can see the exact colour of the lipstick inside which I think is a very clever touch.
These lipsticks have a very creamy texture and go on very evenly and simply and they do not feel either greasy or sticky on the lips which is of course a good thing.
This lipstick is not the longest lasting but I find I get three hours between applying and re-applying which I am happy with and I am sure most would be, it does mark glasses when I drink from them and it can smudge under kissing but that is little price to pay for such a lovely creamy lipstick.
I find this lipstick goes on easily and washes off easily, it doesn't leave my lips dry after use and most of all it looks sensational when on so it is for me an excellent lipstick and one that I would highly recommend to others and although it may seem expensive to some it is worth every penny and it is not the most expensive lipstick on the market by far but it is better than many of the more expensive ones.
Being a self confessed make-up and beauty nut, I am always loitering around the beauty counters in department stores looking for new products to buy.
I was browsing the YSL counter when I noticed this eye-catching little number. The first thing that attracted me was the packaging. A shiny, decadent looking tube with a splash of colour which is the colour of the product inside the tube, and decorative filigree pattern boasting the YSL logo.
There are 18 lovely shades and this product also contains SPF 15 which is very important to me as I like to know that I am doing something to protect my lips.
I started testing a few on the back of my hand and was amazed by the creamy texture. I settled on Frivilous Pink which I would describe as quite a light, mauve pink. The coverage is also great, as sometimes with lighter shades this is a problem.
I have found that this really does help to moisturise my lips. When applied, it feels very smooth and creamy and the colour is great also as I don't like very dark colours. It has quite a strong fruity fragrance which I actually like in a lipstick.
I have found that I need to reapply a few times a day but this isn't a problem because for me, using this lipstick is a pleasure.
I purchased this lipstick for £21 at House of Fraser. Although it is a little pricey, I think for the quality it is definitely worth it. I am a big fan of this and can't wait until pay day so I can get a few more colours.
After being a user of the regular YSL lipsticks, I decided to try out some of these Rouge Volupte ones which looked much more attractive and much more in my colour range.
AVAILABILITY: These lipsticks are available in Debenhams, John Lewis, and Selfridges. The lipsticks are also available online on sites like Ebay, Amazon and FragranceMad.com for usually alot cheaper, so it is worth searching around for the best deal as these products are very pricey.
PRICE: The price of one of these lipsticks is £21. £21 is ALOT in my opinion for a lipstick, so I searched online and found that on E-bay, these were selling from £8-£18 pounds, however these is only limited colours. On Amazon, they were selling for around £16 and again, only limited colours. On FragranceMad.com they are selling for around £9.99 with limited colours, so the only way you can ensure you get the shade you want is to purchase from the store. Luckily, Ebay had the 2 shades I wanted so I paid £8.50 for one and £17 for the other. These are deffinately worth investing in.
PACKAGING: The packagaing is actually what attracted me to these lipsticks. The lipstick is contained in a beautiful gold case which has the YSL logo, very elegant and sleek. It also comes in the regular gold YSL lipstick box. Packaging isn't usually very important to me, as I have lipsticks with average packaging but beautiful color and great quality, so I was abit nervous to buy this incase it was just a lipstick which looked brilliant but didn't deliver the expected results. At the end of the tube is a small mirror, which is very useful at times when you need to touch up. The lipstick looks great in my make-up collection and none of my Rouge Volupte cases have been damaged or broken easily, so overall great packaging which all girls (and boys!) will love.
PRODUCT: I bought the 2 shades Lingerie Pink and Nude Beige and they are actually the most beautiful nude colours I have ever seen. Lingerie Pink is a very light creamy milkshake pink which will make you stand out from the crowd in the best way possible! Nude Beige is a very nude, creamy beige colour which is perfect for daytime wear. The lipstick comes in a variety of shades ranging from the nudest beige to the brightest red to the darkest berry colours, so there is a shade for all skin tones. The lipsticks glide on like butter, the consistancy is phenomenal! It moisturizers your lips, and as advertised leaves them feeling 'sensual and silky'. The lipsticks do need touching up during the day, as they are not a matte finish they tend to wear off after a while, but this is not a problem for me. The smell of the lipstick is a very peachy cream smell, which isnt too overpowering so it can be muted out if you dislike it.
Overall I think these lipsticks are completely worth the money and I plan on buying more in the future. Check these out and I promise you won't be dissapointed!
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick (£20.00) comes in a variety of shades, ranging from pale nudes to the brightest pinks and berries.
The packaging is super luxurious with its heavy gold tube and ornately designed ring which discreetly displays the lipstick colour. There is also a little mirror on the end of the tube, which is small but also usable when you need a touch up.
The lipstick is described as "light and covering, the cream texture becomes fluid on contact with the lips, for a delightful feeling and an exceptional gliding effect." And to be honest this is the creamiest, loveliest lipstick I have ever worn.
I have #10 Provocative Pink, the colour is so intense and glossy, it is irresistible (Cheryl Cole's favourite apparently). There is no need to apply gloss over the lipstick thanks to its glossy film, which reflects the light, and the colour-shine complex that magnifies the colour; the lipstick simply makes your lips deliciously mouth-watering.
On contact with your lips, the cream texture feels fluid, it covers really well and leaves your lips feeling incredibly moisturised, it doesn't dry out your lips at all. Your lips feel nourished, smooth and soft, the silky feeling is so addictive, I want to re-apply every 10mins!
I had been wanting to get this lipstick for quite some time now, at £20 it is not cheap! Finally decided to buy it last week, and let me tell you it is love :)
First of all the texture is best part about this lipstick for me (yes putting aside the beautiful packaging and unique colour for now). It is soo buttery! Not drying like some other lipsticks, this actually moisturises and feels so good that you just want to keep on reapplying this! You only need one quick swipe though as it is really pigmented. I would suggest almost dabbing it on as it is really creamy. Like other YSL products this has a gorgeous melon scent too!
I got this in the shade 'lingerie pink' which is a beautiful candy/strawberry milkshake pink. Yum :)
Really unique colour, quite a cool toned pink which has proved to be surprisingly flattering on warm toned skin.
The packaging is beautiful. So luxurious and decadent, even has a tiny mirror on top!
Well I could go on and on about this lipstick!
Overall, even though it is expensive. This is well worth it. Utterly gorgeous. You will not be disappointed.
What strikes you for the first time when seeing this lipstick has to be its case. You could not possibly ask for something more luxurious - this is the ultimate luxury case! And of course, for girls, the case do matter. The nice middle bit that shows the colour behind the logo also helps.
The best selling colour (#7, Lingerie Pink) is the ultimate strawberry milk colour that every girl craves for; it's not too thick or fluorescent but delicately pastel toned.
The lipstick seems to exude peachy fragrance which is pleasant (and not too heavy so can be ignored, if not appreciated) and has a soft texture that shows in the glossiness after application.
However, the soft texture is a double edged sword as it is not entirely easy to apply on lips as opposed to swatching on hands. Because it is soft, it feels as though the lipstick applies unevenly and lumpily in places, often getting caught in the lines on the lips. So I would personally suggest you dab your lips quickly with tissue before very lightly applying the lipstick once again to supplement the colour. Alternatively you could use your lip brush to meticulously even out all the lumps and fill in the lines.
The colour of the lipstick seems to improve with time (about an hour or so) and is on the long lasting side of others.
Firstly, I have very dark, pigmented lips that tend to cause most lipsticks to apply much darker than they look in the tube. For this reason I have to look for thick, creamy, full coverage lipsticks and these usually dehydrate my lips. It was a lose-lose situation for me until one day I was at the Yves Saint Laurent counter in my local Debenhams store and I came across the "Rouge Voluptes".
The "Rouge Voluptes" are marketed as 'sensual, silky' lipsticks. The soft, creamy texture claims to transform into fluid on contact with the lips for a 'delightful' feeling and 'exceptional' gliding effect. The 'nutri-protective complex' nourishes the lips, keeping them smooth and soft. The SPF 15 helps protect your lips from the damaging effects of the sun.
Available in a huge range of 18 shades, ranging from soft, pale nudes and pinks (#1 Nude Beige, #2 Sensual Silk and #7 Lingerie Pink) to vibrant, shocking pinks and peaches (#10 Provocative Pink and #13 Peach Passion) and everything in between - you're bound to find the right one(s) for you!
The packaging for these lipsticks is beautiful - Elegant gold casing with a delicate carving of the Yves Saint Laurent logo wrapping around it. The inner portion of the logo is left clear, revealing the shade of the lipstick inside, making it very easy / quick to grab the correct shade in a rush. The lid has a small round mirror on the top, meaning easy touch-ups on the go! Genius! The casing is heavy and of great quality - a pleasure to hold / use.
These lipsticks retail at £20.00. Not the most expensive lipstick out there, but definately not the cheapest either! Well worth it though, in my honest opinion.
I apply these lipsticks straight from the tube - The soft, creamy texture makes applying with a lipbrush more trouble than it's worth. I highly recommend using a lip liner however, as it helps 'seal' the lipstick in, minimizing feathering or transferring. A lip liner also helps you achieve a much cleaner, more precise finish. If you can't afford or simply cant be bothered to buy a matching liner for each new lipstick you buy - a clear 'reverse' liner (available from Benefit, DuWop etc) or a shade that matches your lip colour will work just as well.
Once applied the "Rouge Voluptes" feel soft and smooth on the lips. They cover the lips natural pigmentation incredibly well, applying true to the colour in the tube. Due to the creamy texture they do not last as long as say, a matte lipstick or a longwear product, but they don't budge for at least a couple of hours so no complaints there :-)
The only problem I sometimes find with this product is that they can smear when touched. I generally avoid touching my face when I'm wearing makeup, but if I forget when wearing this lipstick it can smudge around my lipline and need touching up. Not a huge problem, and just the price you have to pay for such a creamy formula.
The "Rouge Voluptes" are strongly mango scented. Not a problem for me but some users, especially those sensitive to scents may find it a little overpowering. Once applied, the scent soon dissapears anyway.
Overall, I love love love these lipsticks!! Finally, a formula that covers the natural pigmentation of my lips without being at all drying. In fact, I would go as far as to claim that they actually moisturise my lips a little - What more could I ask for?!
The range of shades is impressive, as is the packaging - Yves Saint Laurent - You've got a fan for life! :-)
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick /