Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Summer Time Lips with YSL Beaute

The summer and spring season in Atlantic Canada has been unusual to say the least. Instead of sunny spring days we have been faced with rain, grey skies and just an overall gloomy atmosphere. I don't want to complain of course, seeing how so many have suffered recently due to dramatic weather events that don't even compare to the situation here BUT i will say that its been really hard for me to feel springy and colorful with all this rain.
In order to kick-start my "summer feeling" I was inspired to look through my lip treasures and find some forgotten colors to help me out. After a bit of digging I realized that a lot of the lippies I was pulling out were by the luxe YSL. Its one of those brands that are frequent visitors to my vanity but for one reason or another often overlooked when it comes to writing reviews. 
Today I want to change that!

The first two "lipsticks" come from the well known Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm line up and my picks for summer are No.1 Lush Coconut and No.4 Succulent Pomegranate.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm
YSL desribes these glossy balms as;
This balm dresses your lips in a sheer veil of brilliant color boosted with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruit extract. Its ultra-light, sensual texture leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to eight hours and is ideal for year-round use.

- Hyaluronic Acid Spheres: Penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis (stratum corneum) where they absorb water from the environment, swelling and growing up to 30 times their initial volume.
- Rosemary Extract, Pomegranate Extract, and Gamma Oryzanol blend: Help protect the lips against free radicals that cause premature aging.
- Candellila Resin: Forms a thin protective layer on the lips that helps lock in the moisture and magnifies the color particles on the lips.

My initial impression of the Sheer Candy Balms was very good despite the high price tag. I understood before purchasing that these were suppose to be "sheer" so the light pigmentation didnt faze me. Don't get me wrong, color was definitively there but these are not lipsticks so i didn't expect them to be bright. The Lush Coconut was a nude like shimmer shade which looks amazing on tanned skin, hence it being a summer pick. The Succulent Pomegranate looked a bit intimidating in the tube but transformed my lips into a "wet berry shade" with a bit of a glow. They feel amazing on my lips, give me the feeling of hydration and I am impressed by the fact that the formula absorbs and doesnt just sit on top. I would prefer that there was no fragrance or artificial taste but its not a big enough issue to be a problem for me. However those with sensitivities may need to be prepared to deal with that. 

My other two YSL summer re-discoveries are from the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stains, the chosen colors being No.19 Beige Aquarelle and No.15 Rose Vinyl. 

Yes Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stains

YSL describes the glossy stains as;
A revolutionary new lip product that combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long wear of a stain.
Coat your lips with this lip color that offers a lightweight texture, which immediately melts onto lips. Glossy Stain delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting shine.

There is a bit of controversy when it comes to these YSL glossy stains - people either love them or feel "betrayed by the description" so they hate them. Personally I like them, however I will admit that they fail to deliver to some degree when it comes to the glossy stain premise. 
The texture falls somewhere in between a gel and a creamy lip lacquer, almost like a hybrid between the two and the pigmentation depends on the shade you choose (the darker colors tend to be brighter). The trick to making these work on your lips is application technique and a bit of patience since you'll have to apply a couple layers on the lips and wait in between to make sure the color is properly absorbed. Don't be alarmed if after applying it the color shifts a little and looks uneven - just give it a few minutes to "set" and repeat as needed. The finish is not sticky once dry, doesn't accentuate every lip imperfection, can be layered for a stronger color effect but most importantly it lasts a lot longer than a regular lipstick. I appreciate the fact that as the color fades from the lips, it does so in a natural manner without the tacky "lip ring"  

The two shades I love are the Beige Aquarelle and Rose Vinyl and they couldn't be any more different. The Beige Aquarelle caught my eye because it looked like a nude shade and that seemed to be kind of unique in the field of lip stains. The finished look was that of a muted nude rose, perfectly suitable for understated day-wear.
My Rose Vinyl purchase was my attempt to branch out and try wearing some brighter lip shades and this was a good start. A bright berry pink shade was just enough out of my comfort zone that I felt bold but not self-concious - perfect for a date or a night out, since its just "special enough".

As I mentioned I have a lot of YSL cosmetics but they seem to be below the radar all the time. But with lip gems such as these, they deserve to be mentioned for sure 

What do you think about my picks? 



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