Chinese New Year tradition mandates we deck ourselves out in red, and this year, I took that quite liberally with varying hues of red…on my lips! All thanks to Kate’s driveling, I got terribly hooked on k-drama Miss Korea, and was really lemming that faux minimal eye look complete with bright statement lip. Next thing I know, I was at the YSL counter and bagged these:
YSL Rouge Volupté (34) Rose Asarine is a bright pink-red that is quite cool-toned on me, although I suspect it may turn warmer and redder on others. It is of the original Rouge Volupté formula, which glides on smooth, is mostly opaque in one swipe, and has a glossy finish. It has impressive staying power for such an emollient lipstick, and leaves behind a stain long after it is gone. As such, it is the perfect bright lip for the non-stop feasting that defines CNY. Rose Asarine is from the current SS2014 Flower Crush collection, and is joining the permanent line-up.
Whilst I was minding my own business aka swatching away like mad at the Tangs counter, Sarah whispered to me that the hottest shade du jour was No. 52. I stared stupidly back, what’s No. 52??
YSL Rouge pur Couture (52) Rosy Coral shot to instant fame thanks to K-drama You Who Came From The Stars. Apparently it is completely soldout in most parts of the world, and was restocked in Tangs just as I happened to be there (how convenient). Despite its name, Rosy Coral is more of a neon powder pink that turns a cool red or orange depending on the way the light hits. The word that comes to mind is vermillion… somehow that seems to have been lost from modern vocabulary. It is from YSL’s Rouge pur Couture line, which boasts a super creamy and pigmented formula.
At first sight, I was worried Rosy Coral would be a dupe for Tom Ford True Coral which is sadly under-loved in my collection, but amazingly, it swatches more opaque than True Coral, and is more pink/red. Regardless, it is close enough, and if I had to choose between the 2, I would pick YSL over Tom Ford for the lower price and a more comfortable formula.
With Valentines’ Day just round the corner, I think YSL Rouge Volupté (34) Rose Asarine and Rouge pur Couture (52) Rosy Coral offer a fresh take on the red lip. Pair it with a bright matte complexion base (I recommend Lancome’s Blanc Miracle reviewed here), and stand out like a rose! xoxo