May 12 2016

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipstick Swatches & Review


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 Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Swatches Review

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Swatches Review

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).

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Swatches Review
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipsticks Swatches Review

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


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Rose Rive Gauche

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Rose Rive Gauche

Corail A Porter (41) – Pinky Coral


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Corail A Porter


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipstick Swatches from the Night Birds:


Beige Blouse (47) – Deep, Pinky Nude

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Beige Blouse
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Beige Blouse

Rouge Tuxedo (45) – Cherry Red

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Rouge Tuxedo


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick Lipstick Swatches from the Weekenders:


Trapeze Pink (52) – Neutral, True Pink

SL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Trapeze Pink
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Trapeze Pink

 Rose Saint Germain (49) – Strawberry, Warm Pink

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Rose Saint Germain

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:


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Swatches

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil In Stick Lipstick Swatches
Top Row (From L to R): Beige Blouse #47, Rose Rive Gauche #43, Pink Trapeze #52
Bottom Row (From L to R): Corail A Porter #41, Rouge Tuxedo #45, Rose Saint Germain #49


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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  1. These are up my alley! I love Beige Blouse and Rose Rive Gauche. My favourite on you is Rose Saint Germain – I think you need it! 😛
    So are the YSL Rouge Shine discontinued?

  2. They are sheerer than I expected and for that reason I won’t be purchasing any. I like a full blown colour with my lip products. :-/

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    • Sangeeta on May 12, 2016 at 11:12 am
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    The texture of these lipsticks look amazing. I can’t get over how awesome they look.

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on May 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm
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    I got the card with the 3 shades and I really liked the formula – despite the suffocating mango scent…
    I absolutely loved Rouge Tuxedo (that one stained my lips really well for such a sheer lipstick), and I was surprised to also adore Rose St Germain. I’m not into pink usually!
    I was also curious about Beige Blouse and Rose Rive Gauche so your swatches really help! I’ll definitely grab one next time I have a chance to splurge, but I’m not sure which color I’ll pick.


    1. I’m so glad the swatches were helpful. I agree they could tone down the scent a little. lol.

  3. I don’t think I’d want to pay so much for a sheer lipstick even though the colours are very pretty! xx


    • Alina Bostan on May 14, 2016 at 9:17 am
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    I actually quite liking having a few sheer products in my lip collection, it’s nice for something that you can pop on without having to worry about how it looks. I don’t own any YSL lipsticks but just adore the luxe packaging x

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  4. They look so pretty but they are really sheer and when I buy a high end lipstick I want a full on colour and longevity 🙂 xx

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  5. The shades are right up my alley, that’s for sure! But ugh, so expensive.

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