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:

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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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Dec 182010
 

This year’s Holiday makeup has been all about shimmer, shine and metal.  Several collections were quite large, offering something for literally almost everyone.  Others were narrow and theme-focused.  After living with some of my choices for a few months, I thought it would be fun to review some of this season’s favorites.

First, Geurlain Perles D’Or Metorites, reviewed here.  A surprise hit for me, I’ve used them more than I could have imagined, and will continue to do so.  No coverage, just a beautiful, glowing finish when used as an overall powder.  True love.

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Dec 092010
 

Yves Saint Laurent is not a brand that comes onto my radar screen very often, but when Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book posted pictures of the YSL Holiday 2010 Metallic Colorama Highlighter ($65/ Palette Metallic Colorama 0.35 oz), I placed an order.

The palette is housed in a metallic leather confection, with a magnet closure and full sized mirror.  It feels as though there is a plastic reinforcement inside, in any event the palette seems quite sturdy and therefore travel-friendly.

In my mind, the palette design evokes YSL’s Belle du Jour metallic clutches released as of late (très  chic!):

Inside is a generous cake of finely milled rose gold powder that imparts an angelic glow:

The back:

I’ve worn this highlighter for several weeks by now, and I kept trying to over-do it.  Do you now how, if you aren’t careful, you can build up a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish until you get a metallic frost sheen?  You really have to start one of those with a skunk brush and see.  Maybe a powder brush will be fine with some, but some require careful handling or your got an other worldly sheen–and not the good kind.  Very unflattering.

But I never seemed to be able to get there with the Yves Saint Laurent Colorama Highlighter.  Layer after layer gave me more glow, but I was never able to get frosty metal.

What would it take?  Day after day, I tried to push it further and further.  YSL’s Colorama Highlighter still looked good.

Finally, reader, I pushed it as far as any makeup junkie would ever go.  Oh, yes.

I reached for my kabuki.

Okay, I heard that gasp.  Fine.  But I had to know, right?

Well, I’m happy to report that I was never able to apply too much-the combination of the finely milled powder and excellent quality kept the product looking angelic, not leathery.  Fabulous powder, and the rose gold will look beautiful on both warm and gold tone skin.

Highlighters are difficult to photograph.  I did my best with a very heavy swatch, using application with a dense eyeshadow brush.  Sabrina’s posts has some lovely ones as well.

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Lovely highlighter and highly recommended.  Yves Saint Laurent has made a product that makes me more curious about its line.  I’ve already worn this, and the color is so beautiful that I know that I’ll continue to do so.

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