Sunday, March 2, 2014

YSL Gloss Volupté Is Lush and Luxe...and There's an Orange!

[Product purchased by me. My wallet wept. As always, no affiliate links.]

YSL came out with a new gloss formula, and I initially didn't care. After all, I have my favorite gloss formula. But I was browsing Nordstrom's site, and came across a photo of YSL Gloss Volupté in 209 Smoking, which is black. Instantly, my interest was piqued, and I looked through the rest of the shades, only to find that 103 Opium Persan is orange.
Perfectly orange. Not too peach, which is usually the problem. Not quite as juicy and pigmented as my beloved (and long-gone) Orange Pareo, though.

And that, as they say, was game over. Well played, YSL. Well played.
Comparisons, L-R: Dior Bal d'été Addict Gloss, YSL 103 Opium Persan, MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen gloss.

It's a little thicker and stickier than the Dior Addict Gloss formula; the gloss adheres to lips to give a very natural finish, rather than sitting lightly on top of lips like some other formulas. It gets a little tacky after wear, but it's tolerable and not terrible. It does, however, have that mango scent that perpetuates all YSL lip products. I don't love it and I don't hate it (and it makes me want mango smoothies every damned time), but it is strong and it does last.
Sheerest application. Can be layered over lipstick. The gold speckles are not super apparent, but of course, if you build up the color, the speckles will be more prominent, as well. The orange just warms up lips, though, and I like orange gloss, in general, for this reason.
I think I'm pretty good on gloss right now, and this is not my favorite formula (a little too thick and slightly too much tack, but that's splicing hairs, I suppose - it's a good formula. I'm just picky.). Truthfully, I bought this one because it's orange, so I'm happy for now. For more, go read Kate's post on two more shades, or take a looksy at The Raeviewer, for all the shades.

Tired of orange yet? I think I'm all out. Worry not.
Wearing 103 Opium Persan.

ingredients: ricinus communis oil/castor seed oil, polybutene, c18-26 acid triglyceride, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, tridecyl trimellitate, diisostearyl malate, VP/hexadecene copolymer, trihydroxystearin, hydroxystearic acid, calcium sodium borosilicate, pentylene gycol, polyethylene, silica silyate, caprylyl glycol, calcium aluminum borosilicate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, alumina, synthetic fluorphlogopite, silica, tin oixde, magnesium silicate, parfum/fragrance, [+/-] mica, CI 77891/ titanium dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492/ iron oxides, CI 45410/ red 28 lake, CI 45380/red 22 lake, CI 15850/ red 7, CI 15985/ yellow 6 lake, CI 15850/ red 6, CI 19140/ yellow 5 lake, CI 15850/ red 7 lake, CI 75470/ carmine, CI 42090/ blue 1 lake.