The YSL Rouge Voluptes have some of the nicest packaging on the market, however long-term readers (I know there’s at least two of you) will know that I’m not the hugest fan of the formulation, I find it too greasy and slick, and it doesn’t meld with the lips as well as I’d like. Recently I was sent a preview sample of the latest addition to the range “Rouge Volupte Shine” in Rouge in Danger to try, and, being a fair-minded kind of person, I thought I’d give the range a second go.
Here are my thoughts:
First off the packaging is beautiful, in the same classic packaging as the original range, with a colour-co-ordinated band around the middle which matches the shade of the lipstick inside:
The shade, Rouge in Danger is a glorious, bright, tomato red. It’s lovely, and it’s surprisingly saturated for such a glossy finish. A lot of these new “shiny” lipsticks from a lot of brands recently are essentially just a solid lipgloss, but Rouge Volupte Shine is very pigmented indeed, I was expecting just the merest whisper/hint of a sheer red tint from this, but I was pleasantly surprised:
On the lips, especially in natural daylight, this is even more pronounced:
It’s an excellent, shiny, bright lipstick. So, there is lots to love about it. However, I’m still decidedly on the fence about the formula, and here’s why (picture with flash):
As with the original formula, I find this sits on the lips, and never melds with the skin itself. It settles somewhat into lines and this makes it appear patchy. If your lips aren’t in tip-top condition (as my bottom one definitely isn’t at the moment – though the top one is fine) then this will magnify and highlight every single flaw.
Overall, if you’re already a fan of the YSL Rouge Volupte formula (and very, very, very many people are – I’m aware I’m in the minority here) then you will love YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, there’s a lot to love: beautiful packaging, brightly saturated colours, a fabulous shine and a nice mango scent. However if you’re on the fence like me, I’m not sure you’ll be convinced. Am I wrong? I look forward to finding out in the comments!
YSL Rouge Volupte Shines are out on counter right now, in 19 different shades, and they cost £24.50.
The FIne Print: PR Sample.
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