Mar 122013

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks ($34 each) have been my obsession lately. After all of the sheer lipsticks released last year, I was prepared to pass these by. Despite this, I found myself playing with these at a Sephora. The colors were just beautiful. I liked the shine and the stain that they leave behind.

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The YSL Rouge Volupte Shines come in a protective cover, given that these bullets are very soft. The casing is deeply engraved, heavy, and luxurious. The casing is banded with the color inside. 

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Yves Saint Laurent Pourpre Intouchable (#2) is a deep berry shimmer.

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I love deep, vampy colors but some are intimidated to wear them. Having the option in a sheer formula is well brings this color into everyone’s comfort zone. Pourpre Intouchable is the only one of the three I purchased with shimmer.

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shines apply with a gorgeous shine, which makes my lips look moisturized and very smooth. Really, this effect is the reason that I’m loving this line of lipsticks. The shine last about the same amount of time as Burberry’s Lip Mists (on me, about an hour, although things don’t tend to last on me very long typically), and the stain persists for quite a long time. 

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As you can see, YSL Pourpre Intouchable sheers out nicely. In contrast, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge in Danger (#4) is a sheer pretty red.

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Rouge is Danger has no shimmer and applies as a sheer red. Again, those who are looking for a very moisturizing, light color for Spring, or dislike a pure red cream, are in for a treat.

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I find myself wearing this with everything. It’s a fun way to add a touch of color without going into a full formal red.

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YSL Rouge in Danger on Liz, which is a perfect sheer:

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Finally, I am trying Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in Fuchsia In Excess, which might be a Sephora Exclusive. As the name suggests, this is a luminous deep fuchsia that looks fabulous with cool tones or a simple white shirt.

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As with many fuchsias, this color has a blue undertone although it looks mostly red in the tube.

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YSL Fuchsia in Excess on Liz:

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Here are swatches of all of the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shines tested here. On the left, I added Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur which I think is the most similar to Rouge Volupte Shine Pourpre Intouchable. On the right, I swatched a nice red cream (here, Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle), so that you can compare the texture of these YSL sheers with a standard cream lipstick:

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Swatches 2

Overall, I’m finding these lipsticks quite addictive. I have just one more on order, but I find these three to be a good range (a deep cool berry, a good sheer red, and a statement fuchsia) that is carrying me into Spring.  Love the shine, love the color (but don’t love the grapefruit taste and scent, which both fade after a few minutes of wear).  Two thumbs up!

These are available at Nordstrom with free shipping and Fuchsia in Excess is exclusive to Sephora (free shipping w/$50 minimum).

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  21 Responses to “Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks Review”

  1. These are all beautiful! I was a little scared to see some of the swatched (Pourpre Intouchable), but they almost have a “stain” look to them! I would love to pick some up!

  2. These look beautiful. I’m especially loving Danger, what a stunning yet easy-to-wear red!

  3. Hi Amy,

    I love how you’ve chosen some of the beautiful deeper tones of the YSL Rouge Voluptés! I think Fuschia in Excess is my favorite here 🙂

  4. These are beautiful shades. I’ll have to play with them some time!

  5. I bought YSL Fuchsia in Excess and absolutely love the colour!

  6. I was going to pass kn these but fuchsia in excess looks beautiful on you.

  7. Love the fuchsia one! Rouge in danger ,looks good as well. 🙂

  8. I love the berry color! I will have to buy it. Looks great on yall

  9. This went from my favorite lipstick to the only lipstick I will wear. LOVE!

  10. Wow… LOVE these! Im going to have a hard time not buying them all! Great review as always, thank you!

  11. Wow these look fab. I really love the consistency in Spring and Summer, less so in Winter for some reason.

  12. I love the cases for these lipsticks. They are so cool! All the shades look great on you. They don’t seem super pigmented, but that’s not really a big deal as long as there is a nice overall shade as an end product. I have to admit that swatch of Chanel Rogue looks beautiful as well! It looks like a great creamy red. Thanks for the review. I might keep an eye out for these next time that I am in Sephora.

  13. I bought the Nordstrom exclusive of these, Rose in Tension, and I love it. I will probably pick up a couple more shades after I move (trying to keep from bringing new things into the house as we’re packing everything up) because these days I seem to be all about sheer, glossy colors, and these are perfect.

  14. I bought Pourpre Intouchable last night when returning a Givenchy Le Rouge that was supposed to be Rose, but was very warm and orange on me. I made the right choice, thanks to you! Love the color, and the texture is much more “me” than the Givenchy!

  15. These are absolutely gorgeous. I’m loving how wearable #2 is 🙂

  16. Hello Amy!

    These are all incredible and I feel i must have them all as well – apart from the colours & textures, I absolutely love how the packaging looks (I’m such a sucker for things like that!)…I mean, if one is going to drop that kind of money, may as well enjoy the full experience!

  17. These remind me of Dior Lip Addict with more colour. I like the sheerness of Lip Addict on a hot summer day, but look wan in pale shades. These are on the “must see” shopping list.

  18. I wasn’t so sure about Pourpre Intouchable, but I picked it up anyway as I was placing an online order to get No 3 Violet Incognito (amazing dark purple shade not found at US retail). I love it! I’ve been really into deep vampy colors lately, even though it’s spring 🙂

    I’m super excited about the sheer red as well, can’t wait to check it out! Any other shades of sheer red from this line you’d suggest?

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  20. I was so disappointed with the pigmentation of these, especially for the price you have to pay for these.

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