Jul 30 2015

Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care Review & YSL Comparison


When I spied the Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care Lip Balms in the “What’s New” section of  the Sephora website several weeks ago, I knew I had to try one. The first thing that came to mind? The YSL Tint in Oils, of course. Despite owning only one, Pink About Me (which I reviewed here), I absolutely love the formula. As such, I couldn’t resist the allure of a possible dupe for less than half the price…


Sephora Oil Infusion Review


Sephora describes the Oil Infusions as a “translucent balm-in-oil formula, enriched with kendi oil and shea butter, for a new sensorial experience.” This hybrid formula, they claim, nourishes and moisturizes the lips for a unique wet shine look and features fresh juicy colors.

I decided on the shade Lavender Creme. I can’t resist those violet, lavender-grey type colors and I thought, perhaps, it might be close in color to my YSL Tint. Pink About Me is decidedly pink, but there is a hint of purple to it.  However, on closer inspection, turns out that they aren’t really dupes shade-wise (see swatches below).


Sephora Oil Infusion Review
Sephora Oil Infusion Review


As to the texture, formula and wear of the Sephora Oil Infusions versus the YSL Tint in Oils, I would say that there are both similarities as well as differences.  Happily, they share many great characteristics. They both leave a nice, natural looking wash of color on the lips and are very comfortable and moisturizing. Like a major upgrade from chap stick. Neither are sticky or tacky.  They do not flake or gather toward the edges of lips like some glosses can do.

Now onto the differences. The most obvious is packaging and application method. You’re paying more than twice as much for the YSL, and cosmetically, this is apparent. Also, the Sephora Oil Infusion features a traditional doe-foot while the YSL wears its signature kiss shaped applicator that promises to hug the lips.


Sephora Oil Infusion vs YSL Tint in Oil


Sephora Oil Infusion Review
Sephora Oil Infusion Review


As to formula, the oils in the YSL version are definitely richer (apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil) and this difference can be felt on lips. Don’t get me wrong, the oils in the Sephora balms are lovely and definitely noticeable, but the formula is more like a gloss hybrid than the YSL.

With respect to pigmentation, the Sephora Oil Infusion does not promise full pigment but, rather, a “translucent” sheer color.  The Tint in Oil, on the other hand, does promise a “full color” tint. Although when swatched, the Sephora version appears to offer more pigment,  the YSL version actually tints the lips whereas the former does not (more on that below).


Sephora Oil Infusion Swatches


The two formulas also wear differently. Upon initial application, the Oil Infusion settles somewhat into lip lines whereas the Tint in Oil does not. I’m fully aware that this may be a question of shade selection: Lavender Creme is a pale, milky color while Pink About Me is a non-milky pink-fuchsia. We all know that creamy pastel colors have a tendency to accentuate lip lines.


Sephora Oil Infusion Review Swatches

Initial Application: Sephora Oil Infusion Lavender Creme (Left); YSL Tint in Oil Pink About Me (Right)


After settling for a minute or two, however, the Sephora Oil Infusion looks much more even on the lips. What I did notice after wearing for several days, however, is that it does not stain the lips in the same was as the YSL Tint in Oil. Even in the lip swatches below (taken after two minutes of wear) you can see the color of the Sephora version fade, while the YSL remains the same. In fact, the color payoff of the Tint in Oils actually deepens as you reapply. You can better see the effect in my initial review (which I also think has better lip swatches).


Sephora Oil Infusion Review Swatches

After Two Minutes: Sephora Oil Infusion Lavender Creme (Left); YSL Tint in Oil Pink About Me (Right)


My final verdict is that these two are not dupes. But the Sephora version is a lovely, oil balm that is far more budget friendly and offers a very similar experience. Lip gloss for those who hate lip gloss. 🙂 And Lavender Creme, in particular, looks incredible over a pink lipstick. I wore it with Clinique’s Pink Pop the other day and the result was amazing!

BTW: If you’re looking for shade dupe for Pink About Me, check out the Oil Infusion in Raspberry Smoothie – which appears to be a pink-fuchsia type color.

The Sephora Collection Oil Infusions retails at Sephora for $14.00 USD.




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  1. The Sephora one looks and sounds amazing! I have never tried anything like this before and will look out for it next time I’m shopping on Sephora’s page x

    Pink Frenzy

    1. Definitely look out for it, Laura. The Sephora brand has come out with some pretty great things lately!

  2. Hey Kimmy!! Ive heard about the YSL oil tints, next time Im in Sydney Sephora I’ll check out these cheaper guys…sounds like a very unique product!! Xo

    1. Let me know what you think! They are a decent alternative. 🙂

  3. I didn’t buy the YSL one and I think I’ll be skipping this Sephora one too. For some reason I am just not a fan of anything that is sheer and have always preferred lipstick. Great review, Kimmy, you covered every single detail. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thank you, Shireen. That’s such a lovely compliment. Glad I covered it all. x

  4. It sounds pretty good but I don’t think theres anything amazingly special about it though so will give this a miss.

    1. I think these would be nice for someone not looking for too much on the lips but a slight upgrade from a plain balm. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure. 🙂

    • Emma on July 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm
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    Oh these both look lovely, haven’t heard much about either xx
    Glossy Boutique

    1. Thanks, Emma. They are pretty if you are a balm girl. The Sephora one makes a nice topper while the YSL is better worn alone, I think. 🙂

  5. ‘lip gloss for those who hate lip gloss’ – LOVE that conclusion! 🙂 Your comparison here really is amazing, you’ve thought of everything and I’m left here wanting both 😛



    1. Aww, thanks Karen. It makes me so happy when my reviews seem to be helpful. x

  6. There’s so many Sephora lip products that I want to try out and now I’ve added this one to the list too. I understand it’s not an exact dupe but for the affordable price I wouldn’t even mind x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. I know! Sephora has been killing it lately. They have a new brow product I want to try as well. 🙂

  7. These sound great, i really want to try the YSL one though, ive had my eye on them for the longest time! Great review sweetie 🙂 xx

    An Impatient Scottish Girl

    1. I have to be honest and say I prefer the YSL version. So pricey but the formula is amazing!

  8. I need to try this! They sound like something I’d like – sheer and comfortable with a tint. I’ll likely go for the Sephora version since it’s isn’t so spendy that if I hate it, I wouldn’t have shelled out too much. Plus, the Sephora one looks like a test tube! 🙂

    1. Hehe. It does look like a test tub. x

    • Wildfire Charm on July 31, 2015 at 11:01 pm
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    I’m one of those people who don’t buy lipgloss a lot and I just like matte lips more but this one sounds like something I would like to layer over nudes. x

    Wildfire Charm

    1. I think the formula would be fantastic over a nude. The dry down is nice, no tackiness whatsoever. 🙂

    • Jaa on August 2, 2015 at 5:28 am
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    They look pretty close shade-wise on your arm swatch but yeah, on the lips they are clearly different! I truly adore both shades but I’d wear the Sephora one as a layering gloss and the YSL one alone as a stain. I’m intrigued to try one now! Love reading comparison posts like this. Keep them coming, Kimmy! 😀

    1. My sentiments exactly (about wearing the Sephora as layering and YSL alone). Thank you, sweetie! xo

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