Thy Lowdown: All Dem YSL Lip Products! – The Rouge Voluptes, Pur Coutures & More!

Hey guys!

I hope the continual 30 Days of YSL spam hasn’t been too overwhelming for you all thus far!

I know I’ve been churning out entries left and right and this space has become quite active, but in a rather brand-centric (YSL in this case) way which perhaps would leave some of you guys wondering… will I be talking about other brands again?

Well yes, certainly, I will. It’s just that as mentioned in the month of July, I’m going to dedicate my blog space to more dedicated YSL mentions just for a little bit as I complete this 30 Days of YSL stint!

The stint, as elaborated here, is mainly to spotlight and discuss little bits and bobs of the brand that I wish to highlight and explain in more detail because while YSL is a fully renown makeup brand, it isn’t one that everyone knows every nook and crany about either.

Needless to say I hardly know it all myself but I’m hoping to share what I know and hope that this little 30 Day stint will be informative for you all be it if you’re a YSL fan or not! Though I understand that some times not everyone is most fond of a continual brand mention but, fret not, other brands are coming your way once July wraps up!

That said, it doesn’t mean that I’m completely forgoing YSL mentions after because if I have anything about the brand to discuss or showcase, I’ll definitely still pop word in here and there!

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So anyway, back to the whole idea of this 30 Days of YSL, I figured I would take this opportunity to put together a bit of a glossary (in my knowledge and to my knowledge of course) of YSL’s Lip Products.

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Not that their lip products need much of a mention, to be honest.

While YSL Beauty is a brand that has quality products in most departments – like skincare, fragrance, base products and more – for some reason their lip products speak for themselves and if anything, sell themselves!

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It’s something about how beautifully clad the gold (and sometimes silver) tubes look, how exquisite they are to pull out of your makeup bag as well as how well-performing the individual products are but while I’m not here to sell buckets about each range – because just give the items a swatch, the products easily sell themselves! – I’m here to give you a little low-down about the many different lip ranges that YSL carries.

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Of course not everyone is going to need this 101 but, again, if you’re quite new to the brand then this might prove useful. YSL has quite a slew of lip collections and they’re all a little targeted at what you want from your lip look. On top of that, some ranges come with sub-sections within so… yes let me get to it!

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YSL Rouge Volupte Radiant Lipstick

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Again, I’m not going too deep into ingredient make-up and the sort but rather sharing what I know of each line up so you know where to look if you want to sought out a particular lip look.

Starting with the range that I was first acquainted with waaaay back, the Rouge Voluptes.

Now before I go further, YSL has since expanded the Rouge Voluptes into the regular creamy and opaque line up as well as a Rouge Volupte Shine extension.

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That said, let me talk about each one in more detail because while they’re both from the same lip collection, they feel and warrant a rather different kind of love from me.

 

The Rouge Voluptes (S$49) –

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These were quite the rage at the period of time I got into the brand (starting with lip products, ha, just as expected) and I kind of went along with it because of the whole hype and hooha about the Rouge Voluptes – incredibly silky formula, really creamy finish, opaque color pay-off etc.

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While those were promises that the Rouge Voluptes did deliver, I will say I wasn’t 100% a convert. I liked it, but something hindered me from loving it.

I was quite a nude-lip fanatic at that time so I didn’t mind the opaque and rather ‘white-cast’ lip finish at that point of time but after amassing a couple more shades and shifting to appreciating deeper lip colors, I found the pastel variants of the Rouge Volupte (somehow I only owned more pastel hues of this range) go on a little too stark on the lips.

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Another thing to note about these is that they take a little while to ‘set’ and accustom themselves to the lips because the first time you apply you’ll have to make sure the lipstick is well applied, without any smears / obvious lines and not settling into any lip lines.

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It’s definitely a plush and lovely finish but one I need a tiny bit of work to get and given how lukewarm I am with how the colors look on, I can safely say I’d rather reach for the Shines anyway.

But that’s just my opinion because it seems the rest of the world seems to chorus about how much they love the plush, opaque and creamy lip finish that the Rouge Voluptes give so…. it could really just be me.

Phew, that was quite an essay! Now on to the Shines!

 

Rouge Volupte Shines (S$49) –

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The Shines share the similar emollient and smooth glide on the lips that the Rouge Voluptes have. In fact they also share the same watermelon scent that I adore from the YSL range so that’s no issue with me.

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Though a key difference is that if the Rouge Voluptes are creamy, the Shines are more… gel-like. They have a translucence to the finish and give a more glossy and ‘wet’ look once on the lips.

While packing a punch in pigmentation (for the stronger shades), they also provide that alternative to be worn sheer due to the translucence, which is something the Rouge Voluptes don’t have.

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If you’re looking for that lipstick that lends a punch of color yet isn’t too intense and opaque, or something you can choose to wear a little sheer on days, then the Shines are what I would recommend for you.

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I truly love these and that beautiful packaging makes it that much harder to resist!

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture

Or shortened to Pur Couture, as I like to refer to it as.

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This is a range that I was introduced to fairly recently… maybe a couple of years back?

Even then, my introduction to this high intensity and highly pigmented Pur Couture range wasn’t through the original line-up but rather the ‘extension’ to the range, also known as the Pur Couture The MATS.

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I think the MATS selection is a rather new inclusion to this high-pigment line-up (it was new at the time I was introduced to this range).

While new, it sits in beautifully with the Pur Couture range because it offers a nice alternative to this range without differing too far from what the Pur Coutures are all about.

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That said, let’s have a look at the Pur Coutures followed by the Pur Couture The MATS though it’s rather evident the difference between the two.

 

Pur Couture (S$49) –

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The YSL Pur Couture range is aimed at providing couture shades – which means bright, strong and bold colors – through an intensely saturated formula that also aims to provide your lips with comfort and moisture through the long hours of wear.

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If you ask me, it’s really quite a perfect lipstick for those who love high intensity, high pigment and incredibly true-to-tube colors because these look fab, go on smoothly and definitely wear comfortably through the day.

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In the realm of intensely pigmented lip colors, these may not excel the most at their long-wearing abilities but they do stay on for a pretty good while.

Upon wearing off, they will leave a soft hue on the lips. Without food, I can get about 6 hours of wear or more, but with food these stay on as best as they can but will wear down from the inner portions.

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The finish, as YSL describes, is a radiant and satin finish but I think this has a little more gloss and shine than a ‘satin’ but of course not as much watery translucence as the Rouge Volupte Shines provide.

 

Pur Couture The MATS (S$49) –

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Though if intense colors with a little bit of shine is not quite the couture look you’re going for then maybe The MATS have something to offer.

These shades take on a more satin finish than the Pur Couture and while the name claims ‘mat’, I think these have a little more radiance as well as comfort to the color as opposed to what we typically know of Mats.

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I’m not complaining though because there are companies out there who do flat mattes really well and if that’s what you’re after then those would serve your purpose but this is a beautiful and refined kind of a matte (perhaps satin is the right word here…) that’s easy to wear and not too couture / flat a look on.

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While it’s looking quite glossy here, it does set on the lips with wear to become more of a matte finish but even then it’s not as matte as some mattes I’ve seen out there!

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YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

These! Okay these I have a huge amount of love for.

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I think by now you can somewhat tell that I have a huge amount of love for a lot of the YSL lip products because I feel that they’re ideal for very different situations and also very different moods so I can’t just pick one range to love but I think they’re all quite awesome in their own way.

It’s also YSL’s credit of developing some pretty kick-ass lip formulas and finishes for us to dress our lips up in!

Back to the Glossy Stain, for the longest time these were known to pair pigmentation, color saturation and long wear with a glossy and juicy lip finish. That’s quite revolutionary a combination if you ask me!

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Though very recently YSL has decided to reinvent their Glossy Stain collection to also reach out to people who are a little more neutral and natural color-loving but also want that same glossiness, decent color saturation and long-wearing hue of soft peach or pink on their lips so the Glossy Stain Pop Water series was borne.

 

Glossy Stain (S$49) –

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But first, the original Glossy Stain line up!

I think I’ve described much of this product above that I need not say more but just to be a tad more descriptive…

The Glossy Stains, unlike lipsticks, come with a watery formula housed in a bottle whereby you brush on the color with a doe-foot applicator that does the job pretty well.

The doe-foot applicator is simple and the application method isn’t revolutionary but it works well enough with a comfortable flat end to lay color on and a more precise point for the corners of the lips so I guess that’s all that matters!

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I’ve only had experience with 2 color variants of the Glossy Stains, both are more reddish in hue, and with them I think I hold the Glossy Stains in pretty high regard.

While the vampier shade can cause a bit of line-settling when viewed up close, the glossiness makes up for it from a normal distance away and all you see is a juicy pout-y hue of vamp!

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The glossiness of these Glossy Stains don’t last as long as the color does, without eating or drinking it could shine on for maybe 3-4 hours? Though even then it doesn’t fall into a flat lip look that tints are sometimes capable of. It’s still got a slight satin shine to it, just not quite the same level of glossiness.

The color on the other hand lasts a much longer time and can be prolonged if you prevent yourself from wiping your lips. I’ve noticed that it survives through a meal, maybe not entirely intact but with minimal fading. Though as a matter of preference, I would rather blot my lips down as best as I can before I start on food.

In case of any messy lip color migrating, you know…

 

Glossy Stain Pop Water (S$49) –

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Now, the newer inclusion to the Glossy Stain bunch, the Pop Waters!

When I first used them I thought they were quite novel and lovely but after being introduced to another YSL lip range that I’m going to talk about in a bit, I will admit that the Pop Waters seem a little shadowed by that.

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They’re not too bad, I’ll say. Very pretty and juicy pouts of color and if you choose the slightly stronger hued ones they’ll show up nicer and more prominently, but still naturally so. Though… overall given how natural and soft the shades are I can’t speak for how well it stains, or how well it wears and it seems largely like a bit of a glorified lip gloss.

It’s pretty and it’s still something I find myself reaching for on weekends or rushed weekdays but it’s not falling into a must-have category for me, sadly. If you ask me, stick to the regular Glossy Stain range because that’s where all the magic is at!

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But if you’re a neutral natural loving person, then read the next lowdown that I’ve got for you!

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YSL Tint in Oil (S$45)

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I feel like if I were to get into a really dedicated mood with this I could launch into a tirade of words but… I think I’ll save you from that right now given how lengthy this post is becoming and explain the science-talk behind this in more detail within its solo mention.

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Though what you need to know is that the Tint in Oil is something like no other that I have seen. Sure, in theory it’s quite common and simple but the way the product actually feels, works, and looks on is something I haven’t quite felt before.

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Long story short, Tint in Oil suspends a lip tint within a deep conditioning oil (a blend of 4 oils to be exact) to provide you with both nourishing comfort as well as color and some slight lasting power – thanks to the hue being a tint.

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The result is a glossy yet balmy feeling product on that imparts a decent amount of juicy pigmentation at the same time. Previously I had considered the YSL Glossy Stain Pop Waters to perfectly embody that ‘rosebud lips’ effect but now, I think the Tint in Oils manage to do it better.

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More nourishingly so as well!

What’s more due to it being a tint, there is some slight staining on the lips after much of the product has worn off, which is quite quick sadly to say but given that it’s both a conditioning product as well as one that provides a decent hue of color, I don’t think I have anything to complain about!

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And that is that for my really supaaa quick lowdown of the YSL lip ranges that I am familiar with.

Of course there is still that one more range that is kind of a lip product but also a multi-purpose cheek product and that’s the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush though I think I’ve done a comprehensive enough series of entries about that, starting with this one, so you can go ahead and read all about it there!

I’m not going to be doing a Look Book entry for the Babydolls again since I’ve got them mostly swatched and covered but should you have some questions about them (or any other lip range mentioned above), feel free to drop a comment and I’ll get back to you as best as I can!

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That being said and done, I think I managed to wrap up this Lowdown post a lot quicker than I had anticipated! It still wound up a little wordy but… I suppose that can’t be helped with so many ranges to cover within a post, yes?

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the Look Books of these YSL lip products coming right up!

Hopefully with those it’s less text and a lot more pictures!

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A Peek at Dior Spring 2015 (Photos & Swatches)

Heyo!

Sorry I’ve been away, somewhat. The busy-ness isn’t letting up yet and I had hopes that things would get a little smoother after this Saturday (a work event) but from the looks of it it seems like a steady stream of things flowing in with very immediate deadliines. Tsk!

Eitherways, I’ll try my very best to come back with more detailed product run downs or features of these items soon. I hope, at least.

Since they are already out at Dior counters (yesss, go check it out), I felt I should at least pop up a mention of the items that I have on hand so if anything catches your eye you can head on down to swatch / check it out.

 

So, Spring….

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I like the idea of Spring where everything is so soft, fluttery and clean. Though where makeup is concerned, Spring is often the least exciting because everything is so soft, so light and so sheer.

For Spring 2015, Dior decided to introduce us to their Kingdom of Color which while fancy isn’t all that colorful.

It’s cute, it’s sophisticated and it’s all very Dior but if your idea of Color is loud, bold and bright then this Kingdom isn’t going to excite you very much.

I’ll get to the rest of the collection’s pieces in a bit but let’s have a look at what I have on hand first.

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Starting with one of the more excitable (in theory and buzz) releases from Dior, the Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, this is a multi-purpose product for use on both the cheeks and lips.

The bottle is incredibly adorable, designed much like a lacquer except with that iconic Dior Addict ‘knob’ atop the cap, which by the way is removable for an easier to handle wand grip. See, very much like a polish.

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I’m not the biggest fan of cheek and lip multipurpose items because I like my lipsticks and my powder blushes enough but I did take a liking towards YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush so I guess I was expecting this to stir up my heart in the same manner but it’s sad to say that I felt a little underwhelmed.

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The first thing you need to know is despite its very intensely saturated outlook, that bright cherry red bottle, the liquid within is sheer and clear. It seems to adopt the concept of a lip and cheek stain except in a more viscous (yet still somewhat watery and light) texture.

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Though while soft in pigmentation (from what I gathered with hand swatches), this does leave a pretty mean stain and very quickly at that so I’m presuming while it leads you to think it’s all aqeuous and light, you should blend and move fast with it.

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I’ll report back on how application works out. Though I’ll say, I do like the adorable ball of an applicator and I think overall it looks cute and very pretty but somehow I just expected a little bit more to sweep me off my feet, or something…

We’ll see what I think about it again once I get to using it on the cheeks and lips. Perhaps it’s a better performer there.

 

Next up would be some Kohl Liners.

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These are fashioned like chubby eye pencils that you can use either to line your eyes with or as a cream colored base for your shadows.

Breaking away from the light and fresh theme of Spring, the shades offered with the Kingdom of Color collection is largely smokey and dark, probably to compensate for the liner portion of this Spring Look.

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The ones that we received are Pearly Silver (039) and Smokey Black (099). I think I would work a little better with the Smokey Grey, Smokey Brown or Smokey Blue option (the other colors available) but no matter, lets see what we can do with this Yin and Yang!

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I’m thinking smokey look but that’s quite standard and boring, right? Let’s see if we can inject a little bit of Spring into all this default smokey-eye-ness.

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The kohls are quite creamy and nice, saturated enough but not so much so that it slips and slides all over. Though I would still think that it’s a little too creamy for me to feel safe wearing as an eyeliner so perhaps I’ll start with using these as a cream colored base first.

 

Last but not least, the Dior Nail Polishes!

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The only color missing from the lineup is Glory (and apparently one more – Majesty – which flew under my radar) which is a vibrant color that looks like it has its place in Summer collections. It’s not quite a peach, not quite a cherry-red but it’s vibrant and yet milky all the same.

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The other color, the one that I have, is Lady – the softer and more demure counterpart.

Lady is a beige pink that seems to look largely pink once swatched but can lean a little beige in some photographs or lighting.

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Though the star of the varnish line-up really is that topcoat you see right there, called the Eclosion Topcoat. It looks messy and ‘too much’ from the bottle but trust me once you brush it on it’s quite a spaced out mix of ‘confetti’.

As what a friend of mine said when she saw me swatch it on my week-old manicure just to test it out, it’s like a baby shower party on your nails and that’s not wrong.

It’s no obnoxious, it’s gently done and yet cheery at the same time with the mix of soft pastel confetti pieces. I’m not one who likes to wear glitter or any grit on the nail becuase of the hassle of removal but for this I think I will gladly make an exception.

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It’s just too cute! Like everyone who has swatched it would say, it looks like cupcakes on your nails!

I’ll have my turn at swatching it and get back with pictures!

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My own pictures aside, here are some official ones with the rest of the pieces of the collection!

There is enough information online so I’m going to skip the press-style entry this time around but as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Kingdom of Colors Eye, Lip & Face Palette (Limited Edition)

 

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in House of Pinks & House of Greens (Limited Edition)

 

Dior Vernis in Majesty, Lady, Glory and Blossoming Topcoat (Limited Edition)

 

Rouge Dior Baume in Palais & Cotillon

 

Diorshow Kohl Professional Hold & Intensity Eye Makeup (Limited Edition)

 

Dior Cheek & Lip Glow (Limited Edition)

 

Sorry I don’t have the prices of these as I wasn’t provided them and haven’t got the time to pop by a boutique to enquire!

So, that wraps up this brief and initial impression of the Dior Spring 2015 collection.

I have been using some of these for awhile and have formed a bit of an opinion since drafting the outlines of this Overview up but I’ll save my opinions for the individual showcase entries to come! I hope I’ll be able to get to it soon.

I know I haven’t been around as often as I was during the end period of last year but that truly was some spam moment on here and while I enjoyed it, I can’t afford that same time right now. Though I’ll do what I can of course!

I have more entries in mind and a lot drafted, some part edited pictures lying around etc, so I hope to get all of that up as soon as possible, thank you for reading!