Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #8 Pink in Confidence

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If there is one thing in this uncertain world of which I am certain it is this:

Very few of us can resist a luxurious lipstick. Call me a liar, if I am wrong. Something tells me that you will stand mute. 

Inspired... Enabled, really by the doyenne of luxury lippies herself and her amazing posts about some of the most beautiful lipsticks available on the planet, I recently purchased my very first tube from a brand that is considered by many to be the pinnacle of luxurious lipsticks. The last time I was in a Sephora store I had swatched Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in Pink in Confidence: $35.00, but they didn't have it in stock so I wasn't able to buy it. That lipstick sat and simmered in my brain and on my Loves List for months, while I dithered and argued with myself over spending so much money on a lippie that I didn't really need in a practical sense.

Then the Sephora VIB sale happened, the aftermath of which was a reward certificate that I could apply toward a future purchase. The lipstick that I had been lusting after all this time was in stock. I applied Beauty Blogger Math and pulled the trigger. The equation went thusly: One lippie @ $35.00 - $20.00 Reward Certificate = $15.00 Luxury Lipstick for Moi! 

Packaged in it's signature shiny gold box, the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick is encased in a heavy, gold tone metal tube with an enamel band that matches the lip colour decorated with silver trim and circles and the iconic YSL logo. The lipstick feels weighty, substantial and beautiful in the hand. Just holding it is a lovely experience. 


Pull open the secure close cap; no worries about this lippie coming open and smearing up the contents of my handbag! and inside is an angled bullet of lip colour. I chose to buy shade #8 Pink in Confidence. I know.. It is a neutral. But I felt that as this is an investment level makeup purchase for me and a perishable item, I needed to buy a shade that I knew that I liked, would use and enjoy and get full use out of before it expired. While I love to splurge, once in a while, I do not like to waste my money. Paying the price this brand commands for a lipstick I won't wear would be a waste of money I can't, won't tolerate. 

Let us talk quality and texture. Yves Saint Laurent claims that the Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick is enhanced with fruit extracts rich in antioxidants that can leave lips visibly softer and more hydrated. They also claim a luscious, melting texture that glides onto the lips and protects from free radicals and seal in moisture for up to eight hours. Other claims are reduction in the appearance of fine lines thanks to the addition of ingredients such as pomegranate and rosemary extracts. Hyaluronic acid spheres hydrate and soften lips and help seal in moisture for up to eight hours of hydration.

When I first started using this lipstick I was underwhelmed, to put it mildly. I was thrilled to the moon with the shade. I am a boring old broad, I like my neutrals and this beautiful, dusty pale pink is right in my wheelhouse, thankyouverymuch! But the texture left a good deal to be desired. On first wearings, it felt a bit stiff and grainy, I had tiny bits on my lips that wouldn't melt away. I was thinking, rather angrily that I could have run down to the drugstore and paid a dollar or so for a pretty pink grainy lippie. I was seriously contemplating boxing this baby up and sending it back with a strongly worded letter about ripping the unsuspecting public out of large amounts of money for crappy lipstick. 

Then the oddest thing happened. About the fourth time I wore this lipstick, the texture suddenly smoothed out, the graininess vanished and all was silken perfection. It started to glide, rather than have to be worked, it began to melt into my lips, rather than just sit there. It just... I don't know... Came to life. The Velveteen Rabbit of lipsticks, it just needed to be loved, a little bit. Or maybe I just received an older one that had been sitting around in the warehouse, for a while. 

Whichever the truth of it, I went from wanting to throw a royal hissy fit and send this lippy back to throwing this lippie in my bag and reaching for it nearly constantly. It works, no matter what kind of makeup look I am wearing that day. It is appropriate for any time, anywhere. I can apply it, oh - so - carefully in a mirror or grab it and smack it on while flying down the road and it looks equally flawless. Wear time is not stellar, it is a "shine," after all. I need to reapply in a regular basis. I don't care. Touching up my lipstick has never been an imposition to me. My picky lips find the formula moderately hydrating and in the pretty good range for comfort. Bear in mind that my lips are under a doctor's care and a pain in the ass about this kind of thing. So, if they say a lippie is good to go, it's good to go. 

Oh! Lip swatch! 


Isn't it pretty? A little shiny but not super glossy. Smooth but not too slippery, this stuff, especially if I remember to put on my barrier pencil, won't crawl all over my face. It just fades gracefully away. This lipstick isn't really doing much about my lips lines. I don't don't expect it to. 


Here it is with a quick, easy makeup on "getting my hair done day." Pardon my backdrop... Christmas decoration containers stacked up in my studio, I was in the midst of decking my halls. Hair was pulled back out of sight because it was like, dayumn! Yeah. Roots for miles. Brass for days. It. Was. Bad. 

So, gentle reader, what do you think of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in #8 Pink in Confidence? I love it. I love the colour, the texture, the comfort and the beautiful, luxurious packaging. I have my eyes on another shade, a brighter, more vibrant pink for Spring. Maybe... We'll see. Do you own any of these lovely lipsticks? What shade (s)? What do you think of them? Please do share. 

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25 comments

  1. I just love the luxe packaging these lipsticks have to them. The price is a little too steep for me but its a gorgeous color on you.

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  2. Are you referring to Kath, Erika??!! I wonder what happened that made the texture change for the better all of a sudden. Was there some kind of barrier that you had to break through before getting to the good stuff? Very odd. Any way, I have been lusting for one of the YSL lippies for ages, but when I got my discount coupon and also when I won a $30 gift card, I went for something else. Basically, I just want it for the packaging and I couldn't justify the price. Some day when I get some more work, then I'll do it. I love the shade you bought. Not everyone has to wear purple ;) Enjoy it!

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  3. Kath is the ENABLER IN CHIEF of luxe lippies - I have so many I want to try and you're not helping matters!

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  4. I have Pink in Devotion, but this is such a pretty neutral pink shade that I want to try it out!

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  5. I almost bought a YSL lipstick the other day but didn't know where to start in choosing a color!

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  6. I love the packaging so hard. Totally luxe. Not a color I gravitate to, but it was made for you, and an awesome investment! Love BB math!

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  7. I'm still trying to get on to the YSL wagon. I love the colors but I can't seem to be wiling to pay the price.

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  8. They aren't cheap! I was able to make it happen by using that reward certificate. I'm glad that I did it but I don't see myself owning a huge pile of these lippies! LOL

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  9. The packaging is so... Gorgeous! I feel like a movie star when I use that lippie. :D They have a fabulous shade range, there are colours that would look fabulous on you. Do some of the math and get you one. :D

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  10. I went with a shade that I knew I would wear. I wanted something more vibrant but at that price, I decided to choose a colour that I would get the most use out of. :)

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  11. Thank you. It's quiet but I love it.

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  12. Pink in Devotion is next on my list! Talk about your perfect bright Spring pink! :D

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  13. Kath is the EVIL ENABLER IN CHIEF. Every time I read her blog, I can hear my wallet screaming from the other room! LOL

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  14. Yes, I am referring to Kath. Lippie lover extraordinaire. My mentor in all things way too expensive. LOL She has such great taste, I can't help wanting all of the things she talks about. I had to break the crust of my CHANEL eye quad but now.. It's perfect. I think that lipstick may have just sat around a bit. It's wonderful, now. It's fun to splurge when you can... I do when I can... I don't when I can't. :D I agree, we need to wear what makes us happy and while I love vibrant lippies, at heart, I'm a neutrals girl. :D

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  15. Thank you so much. :D The packaging is... Oh boy. So fab. I am truly enjoying my little splurge.

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  16. "Roots for miles. Brass for days. It. Was. Bad."

    You crack me up. I'd steal that line next time I call for a cut and color, but I think the 'brass' part would get me in big trouble with my nice lady.

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  17. My hair tends to pull to brass. My stylist doesn't get offended by it. Not her fault. It's just my crazy hair. LOL

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  18. I love it and I can't stop wearing it! Plus... The packaging!

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  19. Mine does the same, that's why I let her do it. She would only be offended though that I hadn't told her I felt it was brassy yeeeeears ago since she's been doing my hair for a very long time.

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