In my Birthday Haul, I showed you guys a sneak peak of the newest addition to my Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick collection: YSL Noir Laque. A bold choice to say the least but so me…
From what I’ve read, Noir Laque was released as part of YSL’s Fall/Autumn 2010 collection. I didn’t know this at the time of purchase, but Noir Lacque is actually meant to be a transformer. YSL had released No.12 Blanc, a white lipstick, and No.18 Noir Laque, an almost black lipstick, designed to be worn over and under the other lipsticks in the collection to adjust the color and tone.
As I said, I didn’t know this at the time of purchase and was merely drawn to what I thought was a fantastically vampy, blackened burgundy-plum shade for Fall.
That being said, I did notice a slight difference in formula, texture and performance between Noir Laque and the other Rouge Pure Couture lipsticks in my collection. Pigment wise, it is slightly less rich and saturated – perhaps because it is intended as a transformer. As such, it didn’t last quite as long as, for example, the shade Le Rouge #1 (the best red ever).
The lipstick is shown here worn alone but makes an excellent pairing with lip pencils. I tried it with MAC Heroine lip pencil the other day and the result was a stunning darkened purple. The emollient (but not slippery) finish of Noir Laque also helps make drier lip pencils more comfortable to wear. Oh, and as far as fragrance, if you are familiar with the Rouge Voluptes which have a fruity smell, the Pur Courtures do as well but in my opinion the scent is much, much fainter.
I’m not sure if the transformer shades were discontinued because the only place I’ve been able to find Noir Laque online is Beautylish. Locally, we tend to have quite a bit of older stock. I’m not sure if this why I was able to purchase it or if the shade is only available in certain jurisdictions.
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