#FrenchFriday - YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick: Swatches, First Impressions

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Well hello there and welcome to your weekly French Beauty event! This week I wanted to take the opportunity to share swatches and first impressions of the Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick by Yves Saint Laurent in its new Oil-In-Stick version. I got a sample pack from Nordstrom with the following shades: 41 Corail A Porter, 45 Rouge Tuxedo and 49 Rose Saint-Germain. As of today this little sample pack is still available with any beauty purchase here - and you know Nordstrom has free shipping no matter how much you spend (yes I've ordered just a pencil sharpener to get cool samples before...)!

I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of the original Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick formula. I haven't tried it for years, mind you, but I did test it when it was first released and I was disappointed by the lack of color. Most shades seemed to give a good amount of shine but they were extremely sheer. Without further ado let's take a look at these swatches:

Swatches of 41 Corail A Porter, 45 Rouge Tuxedo and 49 Rose Saint-Germain

Here are my thoughts about the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick after trying these 3 shades:

- They have the same very strong synthetic mango scent as the Gloss Volupté. Why YSL, why? I really dislike it in the gloss and it's kind of ruining the experience here too! I don't mind scented makeup, but this is so intense it upsets my stomach. Luckily it fades not too long after application.

- The texture literally melts on contact and feels almost like a liquid. It's very thin and not creamy like the new Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo, but more like an oil. So yes the weird Oil-In-Stick name makes sense after you try them. It doesn't feel buttery like most lip balms, it's much thinner than that.

- I do really like how they feel on the lips, but the thin oily texture makes it a bit difficult to get a perfectly even color coverage. The red Rouge Tuxedo also looked like it was ready to bleed, but eventually it didn't. I found them hydrating as long as the shine was present.

- They're translucent but nicely pigmented, especially the brighter colors, and they leave a stain once the glossy finish wears off. I tested Rouge Tuxedo for wear and I was quite impressed by how long the stain lasted. I think the shine was gone after an hour or two, but the stain remained over 5 hours. I applied it around 2PM, and when my hubby got home from work around 7:30PM, he said "nice lipstick"! I hadn't eaten during that time (alright... I had some of the jelly beans I used as props for my Lancome Juicy Shaker review...) but I had a couple cups of tea.

- Rose Saint-Germain is a beauty! I'm not much into pink usually but it looks so pretty on. I also love Rouge Tuxedo, maybe even more as a stain once the glossy finish had gone away. Corail A Porter was very light and not super flattering if you ask me.

Lip Swatch of YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick in Corail A Porter 41

Lip swatch of YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick in Rouge Tuxedo 45

Lip swatch of YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick in Rose Saint-Germain 49


I'm disappointed that the new YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick are so heavily mango scented again, but apart from that I really liked the formula. It feels very light on the lips and it leaves a long-wearing, beautiful stain. I'm really tempted to buy Rouge Tuxedo and/or Rose Saint-Germain now!

Have you tried the new Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick yet? Were you a fan of the original Shine formula?

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The product featured in this review was received as a free sample with purchase by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.

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