I have hesitated and hesitated, dragged my feet, and finally picked up 1 (yes just 1) of these YSL Gloss Volupte, only because I didn’t want to let some credits go to waste. What an compelling way to begin a product introduction! But, that is the story of my life.
So much has been said about the new YSL Gloss Volupte already, there is really no need for further introduction from me. But how does it really perform? What is so novel about these glosses?
First up, the lip-shaped sponge applicator! Termed “Bouche a Bouche”, which literally means mouth-to-mouth. When I first saw the marketing images of these applicators, I wanted to buy them all. Having tried it in person, I find it takes some getting used to, not quite as intuitive as it is supposed to be. The small size and narrow tip helps ensure a precise application, which I appreciate for something that has so much potential to get messy. But I find it really only works 1 way for me – using the bigger flattened portion of the applicator all along my lips. All the marketing speak about “enveloping inside 3D curve” and “outside 3D curve” making a difference in the way your pout looks… are all hype.
The texture is indeed lovely – light weight and non-sticky. But it is not the first of its class to adopt this new non-sticky gloss formula. Guerlain, Dior, Lancome had all introduced theirs last summer. Where YSL’s Gloss Volupte differed, is the almost gel-like texture of its gloss. This is a novel consistency, and ensured there isn’t too much slip such that the gloss moves around on the lips. It stays in place where it is applied, and can be applied thinly (much thinner than other glosses I’ve tried).
There are 23 shades with varying finishes – from more creamy glosses named “Pure”, to “Iridescents”, and sparkley “Golden” glosses. I’m on a semi-opaque, glossy k-lip kick lately, so I picked out #102 as the best complement to the base lip colors that I’ve been wearing lately.
YSL Gloss Volupte No102 Rose Satine is an iridescent gloss with medium color coverage. It is a neutral peach-pink that is flattering on a variety of skin tones. It lasts for about 1-2 hours on me depending on how much I’m eating and/or drinking, which is just about average for a gloss. As a member of YSL’s Volupte family, it has the signature mango-ish scent which I enjoy but I know many people are averse to. The scent lingers long after application and so it may be a deal-killer for some.
Here, I’ve included swatches of No102 Rose Satine on its own and layered with some popular lipsticks this season.
And sometimes with such exercises, a sudden flash of inspiration happens. It never occurred to me how similar Guerlain Rouge Automatique 171 and Tom Ford Lip Sheer in Paradiso (reviewed here) are! And YSL Rouge pur Couture 52 (reviewed here) is really quite neon, but the touch of gloss has toned things down somewhat, giving it a whole different dimension.
Have you tried any of the new YSL Gloss Volupte? Any faves to share? xoxo