Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Shine - Review / Swatches

A few months ago I decided to invest in a few higher end makeup items to see If the quality was indeed better than drugstore quality. In this high end makeup haul I ended up purchasing a Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in shade 13 ‘Pink in Paris’. This lipstick retails for £25 and can be found at department stores such as House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges etc. The Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks also come in over 20 different colour selections so there is a shade for everyone!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - 13 'Pink in Paris'
The first thing you notice about the product is the gorgeous packaging! This packaging is so sophisticated and really makes you feel amazing when you remove this from your bag to reapply throughout the day. The outer packaging is a shiny gold colour with a small section in the middle cut out. Inside this cut out there are small circles with the YSL logo printed inside of them which goes around the entire tube. The colour behind the YSL circle logos is the actual colour of the lipstick so you can identify them from each other without having to open the packaging. I think this is a very creative way to display the colour as you would assume it is just a part of the actual packaging, but it obviously comes in handy! The packaging itself is also very heavy and if you compare this to a normal lipstick you can feel the weight of the product which also makes it feel more ‘luxurious’.
YSL logo on packaging, colour behind it is the colour of the actual lipstick!
When you open the lipstick container again the inside is gold plated which looks really sleek and luxurious. The metal part around the actual lipstick is very compact and very close to the actual lipstick, which does make it look smaller compared to most lipsticks, but it is indeed the same size. This is great that the packaging is ‘hugging’ the lipstick because you have less chance of the lipstick breaking off. When there is space between the lipstick and the packaging the lipstick will push when you use it and could possibly end in breaking the lipstick off!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - 13 'Pink in Paris'
Difference in size of the 'twiting' part of the lipstick tube.
YSL lipstick hugging the packaging, Maybelline lipstick has space between the lipstick and packaging
The feeling of this lipstick is so amazing it is almost like a balm. It makes your lips feel very smooth and hydrated even when they are chapped. It does not cling to dry patches and easily glides across your lips. Even though the product has a ‘balm’ like consistency it is very opaque and leaves a distinct colour on your lips after application. I also find that even when it looks like the colour has worn off of your lips a little the smoothness is still there on your lips which is great if you have dry lips.

This is by far my favourite type of lipstick formula of all time and the next time I do a high end purchase I will definitely be repurchasing more of these! I think these are outstanding and I love the balm feeling while still getting a very opaque colour pay off. Although these are worth a little more than a drugstore brand, the formula is very luxurious and the first time you apply these lipsticks you will be able to tell that this is no ordinary lipstick but magic in a tube! 


  1. I love YSL packing, that's what definitely draws me to it! That is a super cute color too!