I thought I was all done with Holiday 2015 collections, until I came across a couple of lipsticks I had bought and completely forgotten! And what a great pity it would have been… as these are no ordinary lipsticks! So, before we close the chapter completely, let me introduce you to my picks from the YSL Kiss & Love Holiday 2015 Collection!
This Holiday 2015, YSL has released a beautiful collection of makeup items decorated with red lip prints all over. And the stars of the show (in my opinion) were 4 highly-coveted, limited edition Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks that are also adorned with the lips all around the tube! And to make them even more special, you could get the side of your lipstick case engraved!!!
I’m completely over my limit on lipsticks this year, so I only allowed myself to pick up 2 of the 4 from the collection. My chosen ones are – #13 Le Orange and #19 Le Fuchsia.
Fuchsia lips seemed all the rage this season, and it is a fabulous alternative to traditional red. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Fuchsia is from the brand’s line of popular creamy lipsticks, known for their high pigmentation and comfortable feel on the lips. Le Fuchsia is a bright cool-toned shade that is equal parts blue and red, without leaning too much to either extremes. On me, it has that instant brightening effect and just makes me look happy!
I’ve been on the prowl for a good half a year now for the perfect fuchsia lipstick, as most of them end up looking a very normal albeit brighter pink on me. And now with Le Fuchsia, I’ve finally found the one!
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Orange is a brightened orange that is neutral- leaning to almost cool-toned on me. It is quite a fantastic shade of true orange that is neither so red that it is actually vermillion, nor so warm that it turns me into a carrot. And as with Le Fuchsia above, it has a nice creamy finish that feels comfortable on my lips and has a beautiful lustrous finish.
The lasting power of both Le Orange and Le Fuchsia is consistent with my usual experience with YSL Rouge Pur Coutures, which is approximately 4-5 hours without eating or drinking. As with all creamy formulas, these lipsticks are unable to outlast food and drinks, so be prepared to touch up if you’re wearing these out to a party!
Together with these Kiss & Love lipsticks, YSL has also prepared some matching nail polishes. The strange thing is that here in Singapore, we did not receive the same La Laque Coutures as the rest of the world. Instead, we are only now seeing the YSL La Laque Couture Matte Finish polishes that were out in the US and Europe last Fall. And just because I couldn’t get by without testing at least 1, I picked up Le Orange.
I’ve been a fan of YSL’s La Laque Couture nail polishes for many years now for their easy to apply formula. However, I’ve not bought many lately as they seem to have gone in pursuit of “trendier” textures and finishes, which I personally did not enjoy coming from YSL. So I was a little skeptical with this new matte finished polishes. YSL La Laque Couture Matte #213 Le Orange stood out to me as the perfect orange polish is hard to come by, and of course the matte finish is unique in YSL’s nail repertoire.
There must be some elastin polymer in these YSL La Laque Couture Matte polishes because they mould well to my nails and are a breeze to apply! However, it does seem to sheer out in places as it dries, and the color does not seem evenly applied despite having done 2 coats. The finish is best described as semi-matte, as there is still a nice sheen to it instead of being a flat matte.
Le Orange in both the La Laque Couture Matte nail polish and Rouge Pur Couture lipstick are spot on color matches. However, looking at the 3 photos directly above, they seem to all photograph differently under different lighting conditions! I would say the last picture above is the most true-to-life color, and was photographed under tungsten lighting.
The problem with a matte finish nail polish is that it requires a matte top coat. Worn on its own, YSL La Laque Couture Matte Finish Le Orange lasted me 2 days before showing tip wear, and another day before chipping. A top coat should be able to extend the wear for another day or 2.
The YSL Kiss & Love Collection also has a rather extensive face palette and a touche eclat in limited edition packaging featuring all those lip prints. Have you checked out any of them yet?