Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Shiny Voluptuous Lips with YSL's Rouge Volupté Shine in 12 Corail Incandescent

With the exception of YSL's Glossy Stains, each and every lipstick I've purchased from the brand (no matter the formula) has always fallen into one category: unapologetically bright orange/red/coral. To use a cliché, YSL just captures that je ne sais quoi when it comes to nearly neon lipsticks. The shades are both classy and loud, and somehow manage to be wearable when paired with basic makeup and a "French girl flick" of winged black liner.

YSL just knows how to do lip products right. From the unquestionably luxe gold packaging to the ring around the center that declares both the color and the brand, it feels quite girly and chic to pull any of the Rouge Volupté family from my handbag on a night out. Though I should perhaps have deviated from the typical color way I seem to gravitate to where YSL lipsticks are concerned, I couldn't resist the thought of wearing Corail Incandescent during the summer and caved for the shade with little thought for the others.


In regard to the formula, YSL describes the following: "An innovative and comforting lipstick enhanced with fruit extracts rich in vitamins and antioxidants that leave lips visibly softer and smoother with up to eight hours of hydration. Succumb to a unique sensorial experience with dazzling color, extreme comfort, and luminous shine. The luscious, hydrating texture glides on your lips leaving a lightweight aqua shine effect, while Back Injection Technology offers extreme comfort and pleasure upon application. This innovative lipstick is formulated to protect lips from free radicals and seal in moisture for up to eight hours of hydration."

I chose to swatch Corail Incandescent alongside my other nearly neon YSL Rouge Volupté lipsticks to give you an idea of difference/comparison not only in terms of color, but in terms of texture and formulation as well. This was my biggest question prior to trying the Rouge Volupté Shines for myself. Though I love my precious 27 Rose Paris, the original Rouge Volupté formula is so emollient on the lips that it often feels like it's sliding right off and doesn't have excellent longevity. On the other hand, the Rouge Volupté Perle is beautiful but so full of shimmer that it has a slightly gritty feeling against my lips.

(From left to right): YSL Rouge Volupté Shine 12 Corail Incandescent, Rouge Volupté 27 Rose Paris, Rouge Volupté Perle 110 Orange Incandescent


The Rouge Volupté Shine formula is without question my favorite as the lipstick is both smooth and comfortable on the lips. Corail Incandescent is indeed emollient, and unlike "long wearing" formulas it requires more consistent checks and touch-ups throughout the day; however, I find it endures much longer than its cousin Rouge Volupté and I don't feel as though I'm in constant peril of lipstick smear across my face when I'm drinking a cup of coffee or chatting with a colleague (a very real fear with the original formula).


I adore Corail Incandescent. I've already taken the color for a spin, but I cannot wait for warmer weather as this shade is the coral for sunny days and high temperatures. Though I pledge to be well behaved and stick to just one shade from the range, Taylor of My Lucite Dreams has excellent swatches of many of the colors (here, here and here) if you're interested in purchasing another of the lovely summery hues!

Which of the YSL Rouge Volupté formulations is your favorite? Have you purchased any of the Rouge Volupté Shines?