I was a bit hesitant to write this post mainly because products that came out a long time ago are basically old news to everyone, but I just couldn’t keep quiet about this one! I bought YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #12 Corail Incandescent in December as part of a Christmas gift to myself using one of those annual Sephora gift cards for Beauty Insiders, and now it became one of my go-to bright shades for lips.
Narrowing down the shade to try took me forever, because I wasn’t sure if I want to get another “your lips but better” color, or go with something more daring yet still classic. When buying luxury makeup, I always choose colors that I will wear a lot, and prefer purchasing trendy hues that probably won’t be used much in drugstores instead. After checking out all of the available options at Sephora.com I rounded it up to three favorites, and quick googling for swatches made it clear that #12 Corail Incandescent is exactly what I want.
When I received my order, I noticed that the color looks way different in real life than it does online, although I already expected that after checking out blog reviews for this shade. Sephora makes it appear more bright orangey coral, and in reality it’s more of a rosy watermelon-coral, if that makes sense. It certainly has more pink to it and it’s also a little darker than what you see in stock photos, that’s for sure.
I have to make a special note of the packaging – the tube itself is visually stunning, and has medium weight to it. It doesn’t feel as heavy as looks, but also not too light to make it feel cheap. Trust me, there are some luxury brands out there whose packaging looks gorgeous, but when you hold them in your hands, you actually realize that it’s all painted plastic underneath.
The lipstick glides on the lips like butter, and feels oh-so moisturizing. Despite the fact that these lippies are marketed as sheer hints of color, #12 Corail Incandescent is actually very pigmented. My lips are naturally very pale, which makes them a good canvas for lip products, and wow, did this one make them pop! Two quick swipes deposited enough pigment to last 3-4 hours, and the formula leaves a slight stain, extending the wear time even more.
In the end, I was expecting to like YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, but I am officially head over heels in love with these. I tried some other similar types of sheer buttery lipsticks from the drugstore before, but nothing even comes close. Oh dear…
Do you need it? If you can afford it, get it. This has to be one of the most comfortable lip products that graced my lips, and I adore everything about it, except maybe the lasting power could have been a bit longer, but with a formula this creamy it’s understandable. I feel like it was well worth the money spent, and I will definitely purchase more colors in the future.
Formula 10/10 | Application 9.5/10 | Pigmentation 10/10 | Longevity 8/10 | Product 9.5/10
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
$35 USD for 0.15 oz. Available at Sephora, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, YSL Beauty.