One of the first luxury lip products that I fell in love with were Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains. I then moved on to the infamous and beautifully packaged Rouge Voluptes. I also own some glosses and a lipstick from the Rouge Pur Couture line (which I’m discovering I like better than the Voluptes). So, of course, when the YSL Volupte Tint in Oil lip glosses were released, I had to try at least one. I went with #8: Pink About Me.
YSL describes these new gloss-like products as a “revolutionary lip color with a lip tint suspended in a deep conditioning oil”. They are infused with a blend of four essential oils: apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil, promising to be hydrating, lightweight and non-sticky while offering luminous shine. The Tint in Oils have the same applicator as the other YSL Glosses – that kiss shape that hugs the lips so well.
Let’s start with the pros. I agree with YSL on on pretty much all claims. When you first apply this lip tint, you can definitely feel the oils. It is supremely comfortable on the lips and very hydrating. There is an initial high shine effect that is indeed non-sticky as the luminosity comes from the oils rather than other ingredients like waxes. The shade Pink About Me begins as a pale pink that deepens once it comes in contact with the warmth of your lips. After about ten minutes, you will see full color which on me is a medium pink with a hint of purple.
Then the oils begin to absorb and evaporate. At this point, although the color is still there, you begin to feel that there is nothing on your lips (hence the “lightweight” factor). About an hour into wear, the high gloss has worn and you are left with a natural looking tint. However, unlike some other stains – the lips do not look dry but remain plump characterized by healthy sheen. (UPDATE: If you’re interested in seeing what the tint looks like after it has dried down check out this post.)
Now onto the cons, of which there is only one and it’s not really a “con” as such: the similarity between some of the colours. Although I only own one of the YSL Volupte Tint in Oils, based on nature of the formula and swatches I’ve seen online, there doesn’t appear to be a huge difference between the colors in range. This is especially the case when it comes to the pink hues like I Rose You, Pink About Me and Cherry My Cherie. However, this is typically the case with balm/tint-like products and do not hold it against the YSL Tint in Oils. I just thought I’d make note of this observation in case anyone was interested.
Hope you guys have enjoyed this little review! Overall, I’m really enjoying this product and can recommend if you’re in the mood for a luxury splurge. Oh, and I prefer this formula to YSL’s regular line of glosses (although I still love those!). You can find the YSL Volupte Tint in Oil “lip glosses” at Sephora, YSL.com US, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and other YSL retailers.
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