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.