YSL Beauty Heart & Arrow Rouge Volupté Shine (Limited Edition for Spring 2019)

In time for the season of love, YSL Beauty launched a collectors edition of Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks in 4 juicy shades. For this launch their iconic golden packaging comes stamped with the signature YSL heart in the same colour as the lipstick inside.

The packaging is cute, and instantly caught my eye. It’s sure to sell out fast!

 

YSL valentines day 2019

 

If you weren’t a YSL lover before, this limited edition collection is certain to make you take a second look. Luckily what’s inside is just as good since YSL is most known for their lipsticks!

 

 

Of the 4 shades I received 3 from the YSL PR team.

No. 12 Corail Dolman – A vibrant coral

No. 15 Corail Spontini – A medium peach

No. 45 Rouge Tuxedo – A strawberry red

They all come in the sheer Rouge Volupté Shine finish which is a balmy texture with impressive shine. If you love an easy to wear, hydrating formula this ticks all those boxes. I find the darker shades apply more evenly unlike No.15 which was slightly patchy as I layered on to build up more coverage. With a sheerer formula, lighter shades are harder to wear on my pigmented lips and most often look patchy and need more work blending to get that even look.

In terms of wear these lasted surprisingly well. I’ve tried Rouge Volupté Shines before but never noticed it’s longevity. The creamy finish hugs the lips for a good 3-4 hours after which it fades very evenly leaving a sheer wash of residual colour.

 

 

I also pulled out some similar lipsticks in my stash for a quick comparison. My favourite formulas from Tom Ford & Bobbi Brown. Both very balmy hydrating versions that suit dry lips well.

The YSL is clearly much sheerer in terms of pigment. It’s buildable with several swipes but I think my favourite way to wear them is with a lip liner. I can enjoy the lipstick without feeling like there’s too much product sitting on top.

As far as comfort and hydration go, I couldn’t pick a ‘better’ formula, maybe Bobbi Brown is slightly more nourishing and balmy. But all are equally pleasant to wear and never drying.

 

 

 

Lastly sharing a quick look I did for Valentine’s day using shade 15 and 45. I’ll add in the product list in the end for those of you interested.

I wanted to shoot a beauty look that used all YSL colour. But I don’t have any of their blushes, so I swapped in some NARS instead.

 

Eyeshadows used – YSL Gold Attraction Palette (holiday 2018)

Blush – NARS Gina

Foundation – Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick

Mascara – NARS Climax

Bottom Line

I really love them. The shades the formula, absolute winners. If you have pigmented lips or a deeper complexion, No. 15 is harder to wear and can look patchy. Other than that, the red and coral shades should work for all skin tones and look beautiful worn.

Pricing & Availability 

At all YSL beauty counters from 1st Feb.

Retails at SGD 52.

 

 

YSL Rose Scabiosa La Laque Couture nail lacquer review, photos and swatches

One thing YSL beauty does well is nail lacquer.

I have never come across any YSL polish that ever performed poorly to be honest. Yeah, some of the lighter shades can be a bit on the sheerer side, but a couple of coats always give a nice even finish.

YSL Rose Scabiosa #48 (LE) is no exception to that. I LOVE this cool toned, medium pink. I have nothing similar in my stash and was very excited to pick this up as soon as I returned home from my Christmas vacay.

I achieved full opacity in two coats (applied over the usual Chanel base coat). Later on I did go over it with a top coat which brought out more of a glossy finish. But this photo was taken before the top coat to give you an idea how it looks worn all by itself.

The Guerlain top coat I use extends the wear of these polishes, and also helps with keeping nail breakage to a minimum.

YSL Rose Scabiosa spring 2014 nail polish swatch

 

Application wise this was a dream to paint on. The consistency not too runny or too thick, and the signature broad tapered brush allows you to cover a wider surface of the nail and gives better control of application.

Perfect for those who enjoy DIY manicures! You really have to try hard to fail at applying this polish streak free 😉

 

YSL Spring 2014 nail polish Rose Scabiosa

 

* The drop of polish is a true representation of the actual polish colour.

 

Onto more product info.

These give me the best wear time, a solid week without major chipping, definitely wear longer than Chanel or Dior (Chanel being the poorest… visible tip wear within 3 days).

YSL lacquer come in 10ml / 0.34 fl.oz bottles, retail at SGD 37.

I purchased mine at the Ion Orchard counter, Singapore.

In the US they are available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks.

 

Thank you for stopping by, wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead!