After hearing Yves Saint Laurent is turning into Saint Laurent Paris in 2013, I knew I had to be quick with purchasing my first YSL product. When I bought this lipstick, I wasn't really looking for a YSL product, but rather for a nude-ish lipstick, but I'm glad I found this one.
But what do I think about this lipstick?
For a while I was looking for a nude-ish lipstick to wear with my heavy eye looks. Knowing nude looks terrible on me (I look sick with nude lips), I was looking for something a bit darker or more pink. Then I found this colour. Purrrrrfect. So it's kind of a coincidence that it's an Yves Saint Laurent. It's also a coincidence that I bought two luxury lipsticks in such a short notice.
Let's take a closer look at this luxury product. Yves Saint Laurent - Fard à Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in the colour Bois De Rose/Rosewood - 66. It's slightly browner than my own lip colour. It's not an obvious colour, but it's certainly present. Exactly what I was looking for.
It was really hard to capture the colour on a picture, but I managed to do it. It's a brown with a pink/purple undertone. The picture above represents the colour best. In real life it's more brownish, though. On this picture it tends more to pink. Like I said: it's really hard to capture the colour!
The lipstick is soft. It applies easily. You can feel there's something on your lips, but it feels nice, just like a lipbalm. The lipstick is creamy and hydrating, with SPF 8. The smell is nice too, a bit flowerish, very subtle. It has no taste, luckily. I don't like a lipstick with a flavour. After a while I just get sick of the taste.
The lipstick has a creamy, slightly shiny/semi-matte finish, with full coverage.
The Rouge Pur has good pigmentation. Since this is quite a light colour, I was amazed by the pigmentation! It applies beautifully. My experience with a light colour is that it leaves stripes or it gets in your lip lines. I don't have to deal with any of this with this lipstick!
The colour on the picture above is one layer. However, if you want the lipstick to be more intense, the colour is buildable. The more you apply, the more it tends to brown. (Don't mind the granny hands. They're wrinkly, I know.)
Okay, I have to say that packagings usually aren't that a big a deal to me. I can buy an ugly packaging as well and don't mind at all. But.. This is gor-geous. It's gold with the YSL logo and it screams luxury! I've always wanted a YSL lipstick, because I had to have at least one lipstick with such a beautiful presentation. Now, it's true, this isn't the most beautiful packaging of the YSL lipsticks, but I didn't say this is going to be my last. I'm terrible. Don't even mention it.
Picture on the left: no lipstick or whatsoever. Picture on the right: YSL Rouge Pur in 66
The staying power of this lipstick is average. Not bad, but not amazing either. I'd rather have a lipstick with great staying power, but I don't mind that much with a colour like this one. I've tested the staying power without a lip pencil and/or concealer/powder. I like to test the staying power of a lipstick while I'm at work, because I have to talk a lot at work. Ultimate test. This stayed for around two-three hours. I applied one thin layer, no lip pencil and no other tools to set the lipstick. So it came out pretty well, actually.
After building up the colour with ±2/3 layers (in full daylight)
A little summary
- Lovely colour. Not too nude, still noticeable
- Beautiful packaging
- Good coverage
- Easy to apply
- Nice (creamy) finish
- Intensity of the colour is buildable
- SPF 8
- Average lasting power
- The price
Would I repurchase this lipstick? I think so, but in another colour. I'm not really a nude type, more of a red or any other bright colour-type. But for heavy looks, this is ideal. I love the finish of the lipstick. If other lipsticks have the same finish, I would definitely repurchase it!
What are your experiences with Yves Saint Laurent makeup/lipsticks?
Is there another nude you would recommend me?