Curiosity got the best of me and I could not resist trying out the new YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipsticks that were released this Spring 2016. It didn’t help matters that Neiman Marcus was doing a nice little gift with purchase which would allow me to try out even more of the shades. But I think what really got me in the end was the fact that I could not seem to find any official information on what the difference was between the oil in stick formulation and the regular Rouge Volupte Shines (despite numerous google attempts).
YSL says: A revolutionary lipstick that provides luscious color and luminous shine while actually conditioning lips. Made with 65% oils, the deeply hydrating texture instantly melts into lips providing a pop of color, instant hydration, and all day comfort. After 4 weeks, lips look healthy and more nourished. 6 oils for 6 benefits: hydration, high shine, comfort, ultra-melting, luminosity, and smoothness. Antioxidants in natural extracts of pomegranate and rosemary reduce the look of fine lines, while candellila resin forms a thin, protective layer to help lock in moisture and magnify color and shine. Mineral pigments provide bright, vibrant color and a melting formula (instead of a solid stick) enabling smoother glide-on application and an ultrafine lightweight film on lips. Hyaluronic acid spheres hydrate and soften lips to help seal in moisture for up to eight hours of hydration.
As enticing as the description was, it still didn’t give me the answers I was seeking. Are the Oil in Sticks a new formula? If so, is the new formula restricted to these 12 new shades or will all existing shades (the other 18) also be re-formulated? At least by trying them I could (hopefully) answer the first question for myself.
The collection is divided into three groups:
- Day Bloomers: No 41 Corail A Porter, No 42 Baume Midi Minuit, No 43 Rose Rive Gauche & No 44 Nude Lavalliere
- Night Birds: No 45 Rouge Tuxedo, No 46 Orange Perfecto, No 47 Beige Blouse & No 48 Smoking Plum
- Weekenders: No 49 Rose Saint Germain, No 50 Fuchsia Stiletto, No 51 Rose Saharienne & No 52 Trapeze Pink
Again, I couldn’t find much information on these groupings but they are pretty self-explanatory. The Day Bloomers are nude or “daytime” appropriate shades, the Night Birds are the deeper, in some cases darker “evening” shades and the Weekenders are the fun, adventurous pink shades. I purchased one shade from each group (Rose Rive Gauche, Beige Blouse, and Trapeze Pink) and the GWP from Neimans included a sample card with three shades, also one from each group (Corail A Porter, Rouge Tuxedo, and Rose Saint Germain).
Let’s take a closer look at the lipsticks before I offer my thoughts on the formula.
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipstick Swatches from the Day Bloomers:
Rose Rive Gauche (43) – Dusty Rose
Corail A Porter (41) – Pinky Coral
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipstick Swatches from the Night Birds:
Beige Blouse (47) – Deep, Pinky Nude
Rouge Tuxedo (45) – Cherry Red
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipstick Swatches from the Weekenders:
Trapeze Pink (52) – Neutral, True Pink
Rose Saint Germain (49) – Strawberry, Warm Pink
Straight away, I could tell that there was a difference between the Oil in Stick formulation and the original Rouge Volupte Shines. So it’s not just a name change. I figured as much after I saw that the new shades are listed separately on YSL’s website. Anyway, as you can probably tell from the swatches, the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick formula is quite sheer – more sheer than the original Shines. So be aware that the color you see in the bullet will not translate as brightly or boldly on the lip. The texture is also slightly different. The Oils have a lot of slip – just like the Shines – but because the formula is thinner, you end up having more control. I love the Shines but sometimes they can be difficult to control and some shades end up sliding outside of the lip lines. Perhaps it’s also because of the higher oil content, but the Oil in Sticks cling better to the lips as well. Some of the deeper shades leave behind a beautiful, even sheer stain.
In terms of hydration, I’m going to have to say that I don’t feel like that these are any more hydrating than the Shines. They are super comfortable, however, and easy to wear which is something I’m appreciating more and more these days. Mama ain’t always got type for a high maintenance lip. Also, random observation but I’ve noticed that the mango scent in these lipsticks seems to have gotten stronger in recent years. What I mean to say is that when I first purchased the Volupte lipsticks years ago, I never really noticed a scent. When I started blogging and reading reviews where the scent was mentioned over and over, I had to go back and smell my older lipsticks (was there something wrong with my nose?). I had to really sniff but yes, my older lipsticks did have a hint of a sweet mango like scent. But with every year and every new batch of lipsticks, the scent seems to intensify. Anyway, it doesn’t bother me or anything but I thought I’d mention it.
Here are the shade swatches side by side if you’re interested in comparing:
My favorites shades are Beige Blouse, Rouge Tuxedo and Rose Saint Germain. The last two were the samples, darnit!
The YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipsticks retail for $37.00 USD/£26.00. As mentioned, I purchased from Neiman Marcus but they are also available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and similar retailers.
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