Oct 14 2015

Almost Black: YSL Noir Laque Lipstick


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…


YSL Noir Laque


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.


YSL Noir Laque Rouge Pur Courture Lipstick
YSL Noir Laque Rouge Pur Courture Lipstick


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).


YSL Noir Laque Swatch


YSL Noir Laque Swatch Rouge Pur Courture Lipstick

Two layers of YSL Noir Laque


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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  1. Now that one looks pretty scary in the tub, but pretty pretty on your lips.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. This shade looks so gorgeous on your lips! Still a little bit too dark for my skin tone (;
    Nati xx

  3. The shade looks almost black in the tube. Transfers to a nice deep shade on my lips.

  4. This colour is right up my street! Kimmy I love & need this in my life, thank you for introducing it over to me!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  5. I actually remember the launch of the white and almost black lipsticks and it was all the rage back then. I do like this better than the white one as I think it’s much easier to wear and pair but not sure if I’ll ever pick it up.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  6. I definitely couldn’t get away with a colour this dark on my lips but it looks great on you! xx


    • Velvet Blush on October 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm
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    I don’t think I’ve seen a lipstick like this before! It’s very intriguing, I think it would be great for me because my lips are quite dry so the emollient will really help me wear darker shades 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  7. That is seriously vampy shade 🙂 I like the idea of the transformer shade and I can imagine you can create so many different variation by applying it over different lip liners and even creating some gradient effect 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  8. Woo what a vampy transitional shade, which I actually really like the idea of. So cool that you can use this on top of your regular lip liner & lipsticks to darken up the finished result x

    Beauty with charm

  9. Super vampy !!! Great for fall xxx

  10. I dont think ive seen a lipstick like this before. I love that it can be used over lipstick and liner to give a darker finish. The colour itself in the bullet looks stunning!! Xx

    An Impatient Scottish Girl

  11. Very vampy indeed! I think only a few people can pull this off – you’re one of those! I like the idea of transforming colours – I often mix colours to play around, sometimes you can create some interesting unique shades!

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