I have been debating picking up one of the ubiquitous Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks for months. Every time I’ve walked into Sephora, planning to buy one, I’ve either not been able to settle on the perfect colour or one of the very knowledgable employees has recommended another lipstick they swear is better. Now, I haven’t been disappointed with any of their recommendations, but I kept coming back around to the classic packaging, bright colours and shining tubes – seriously, I really am distracted by shiny, sparkly things and YSL lipsticks come in the prettiest packages of all.
This week, I happened to stumble on an YSL Volupté Sheer Candy lipstick at Winners for ten dollars off the regular price (which is normally around $40). It was encased in a security box, so I was at the mercy of my iPhone to get a sense of the colour, number 5, Mouthwatering Berry. I decided to take a chance on it – after all, it’s not every day you’re going to find one of these at Winners.
I got back to work and immediately applied it and I was definitely not disappointed. It was a perfect reddish berry colour and glided on smoothly, offering more of a hint of colour, rather than an opaque covering. The balmy consistency was perfect for my somewhat dry lips (thanks, Alberta) and it lasted much longer than I expected. Even better, it didn’t fade in an obvious way like some lipsticks do, but left my lips looking more like I had just eaten a Popsicle after two hours with no re-application. I liked that there was a hint of colour without it looking like I desperately needed to re-apply my lipstick, especially with a darker, berry hue.
Another great thing I discovered is that with a little bit of lip liner, I could intensify the colour a bit. A quick (and very light) swipe of MAC Lip Liner in Cherry gave my lips a more ruby tone, but without the matte finish of my go to red lipstick, MAC Russian Red. I love a bold red lip, but find they can occasionally be too harsh – combining the YSL Volupté Sheer Candy with red liner gave me enough colour to stand out without looking too dramatic, which I love for a daytime look.
Is it worth the regular $36-40 price tag? Well, I usually have a hard time forking out that much on any lipstick or gloss, but my assessment of this one is that it’s well worth it. It leaves my lips soft, it has great colour and seriously, the tube is beautiful and elegant and I would probably carry it around as an accessory, if I could get away with it. I can’t speak for the other YSL lipsticks, but I do love this one. My only regret is that I didn’t pick up the other colour available at Winners – it was gone by the time I went back later that day (no surprise, but still, le sad). After trying this shade, I am definitely putting the others on my Christmas wish list.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,