Sunday, 29 June 2014

YSL Rouge Volupte in 29, Opera Rose

There's something about make-up with beautiful packaging. Everything about it suddenly seems more covetable somehow, the colours, the formula, the very idea of it, become even more appealing if the packaging has already drawn me in. The YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks definitely had this effect on me, encased as they are in divine gold cases, that logo covering a stripe of colour giving a clue to what lies within. For the longest time I was almost scared to buy one, knowing that my Pokemon-ish tendencies (gotta catch 'em all!) might mean one would lead to a whole collection, and these aren't cheap. But a few months ago, I finally caved, and love feeling glam every time I whip this beauty out of my bag. MAC's black bullets just don't compare.

The colour itself is gorgeous, a really pretty, rosy mid-pink, that I can imagine suiting most skin tones. It's a great option if you want a true pink lipstick, that isn't too bright. But what of the formula? It's admittedly, not as perfect as its packaging. It feels absolutely lovely, hydrating and creamy (plus it has SPF 15), and glides on perfectly. This lipstick is so comfortable to wear! The creamy texture does mean you'll only get a couple of hours of wear before needing to reapply, but you will be looking for any excuse to get such a beautiful lipstick out of your bag! The only reason I mind having to reapply this, is that application isn't quite as straightforward as I'd like. The thick, creamy formula can slide around on my lips easily, becoming uneven. Because of this, I like to take my time, applying a couple of dabbed-on thin coats, rather than one easy swipe. This requires a mirror and a couple of minutes, which isn't a big deal, but at work I tend to like a lipstick I can swipe on, barely looking, knowing it'll look fine (hello, MAC Peach Blossom). That said, it fades beautifully evenly, leaving a pink stain. 

This lipstick might be a little high-maintenance, but with looks like that, it can afford to be a bit of a diva. My only problem is deciding which shade to get next. Corail Incandescent and Pink In Paris are good contenders, but then there's the Volupte Shine range...Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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