Sep 12 2016

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick Review & Swatches | Holiday 2016


Holiday stuff already? I know. It’s eye-roll inducing to think that beauty brands have already started releasing parts of their holiday collections and, technically, Fall/Autumn (for his part of the world) has not even begun. Truth be told, I’m not going to sit her and pretend I’m above it all. Lol. Oh no, I am being sucked in as well…but not completely sucked in…proceeding with caution. And the first of my holiday purchases? A beautiful, sparkly lipstick that glistens with delight…the YSL Le Nu Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition.


YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick


YSL Le Nu Rouge Pur Couture is not a new lipstick shade nor a new formula. For the holidays, YSL beauty has released a limited-edition Rouge Pur Couture edition with gold and silver sparkles and a bullet embossed with stars. The collection is limited to six shades from permanent line: Le Nu, Le Rouge, Rouge Rose, Le Fuchsia, Rose Stiletto, and Le Orange. Obviously, I was won over by the packaging. Just look at it. As a YSL enthusiast, I ask you, how could I not? It’s even prettier in person.

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick
YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick
YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick

If you aren’t familiar with the Rouge Pur Coutures, they are YSL’s iconic lipsticks created almost 40 years ago. YSL says: Rouge Pur Couture remains the manifesto of an audacious, free-spirited femininity that breaks the rules to reinvent them. In just one stroke, luxurious, rich color dresses the lips with intense hydration and antioxidant care. In a signature couture jewel-like packaging, Rouge Pur Couture delivers the promise of edgy style and ultimate feminine strength.

Le Nu is described as a basic nude and I’d call it a warm rosy nude beige. I first fell in love with the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks when I received their signature red, Le Rouge, as a birthday gift a couple years ago (featured here). Since then, I’ve come to realize that although all lipsticks in the line are described as “Satiny Radiance”, the finish is not exactly the same across the broad. Somewhere, sometime ago I think I read something about there being different finishes within the line but I’ve never found anything official about this. If someone knows, please enlighten us! (And, yes, I know about the Mats line which is separate).

Anyway, whereas Le Rouge has a true satin finish with rich opaque coverage, Le Nu has semi-opaque coverage with more sheen to it’s finish. It’s also more emollient meaning there’s more slip (almost as much as the Voluptes) . That being said, it retains the primary Pur Couture qualities that I enjoy. Le Nu is lightweight, comfortable to wear, the texture is thin but creamy, and it applies evenly. Wear time is about 2-3 hours at the very most (Le Rouge is more) but I really don’t expect more from a finish like this.


YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Swatch (No Flash)

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Swatch (Flash)

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick

Finally, one other thing to note is that these lipsticks do have a floral perfumed type smell. And here I have to repeat something I’ve mentioned in my more recent reviews of YSL lip products. The scents seem to be getting stronger. I went back and sniffed my older lipsticks and the smell is definitely not as apparent. Perhaps, it has faded over time but I’m inclined to think not. Why? Because when I first purchased those and applied them, I don’t ever remember the smell registering with me at all. But with Le Nu, I did notice the scent upon application. Something to keep in mind if you’re sensitive. Good news is that it doesn’t last long. Personally, I don’t really mind scents/smells in my cosmetics. It has to be really significant for me to be put off.

YSL Le Nu Star Clash Edition Lipstick

The YSL Le Nu Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition packaging Lipsticks retail for $37.00 USD and are limited edition for the holidays. It, along with the Star Clash collection, can be found at Sephora (where I purchased), Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and similar retailers. Haven’t seen them on any of the U.K. sites as yet but they should retail for £26.00. I really wanted Rose Stiletto, a beautiful rosy plum, as well but the store I went to didn’t have it in stock. Don’t feel bad for me though. I have a feeling it will find it’s way into my collection before too long.



What do you have your eyes on this holiday season (makeup and otherwise)?





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    • shilpashetty86 on September 12, 2016 at 6:59 am
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    Beautiful shade,… Loved the sleek packaging

  1. I am so excited about the holiday releases, I honestly wait for them all year!.
    This lipstick is gorgeous! I adore the stars on the side! 😀

  2. Ugh! Way too early to even use the holiday word. LOL! That is a gorgeous lipstick though, Kimmy and I love everything about it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  3. This shade is gorgeous and that packaging is so dreamy!!!!

  4. I’m already scared of all the Holiday releases and how many of them will end up in my collection, LOL!
    This is a beautiful lipstick and the packaging is stunning! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  5. I am sitting here in the current heat wave, looking up holiday looks for the Inspired by series. It is the strangest feeling ever. The lipstick is very pretty, but I don’t think it would tempt me for anything else than the packaging.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  6. I need that lipstick in my life! Even though I know I’ll hate the perfume scent. But that packaging! Lovely product photos too!

  7. I love everything about this lipstick – the shade, the packaging, the design on the bullet! Everything! xx


  8. Gorgeous. I just ordered this yesterday. From swatches it looks sliiightly darker than Beige Tribute?

      • Kimmy on September 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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      Yay! I hope you like it!I don’t own Beige Tribute so I can’t be 100% sure but based on online swatches, I’d say it is a smidge darker. Sorry for the late reply Rachel xo

  9. The packaging looks absolutely beautiful <3

    Pink Frenzy

    • natalia on September 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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    The packaging is beautiful and I love the creamy lipsticks

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