Red is so not my lipstick color of choice. But as I've been trying to diversify my collection, I thought it would be appropriate to find a shade of red that would suit my olive skintone without screaming "I cost a buck fifty". Of course I needn't look far, because Tali from The Gloss Goss did the groundwork for me! While surfing through her lovely YouTube videos (which, if you haven't had the opportunity to subscribe, I completely recommend), I found that she had picked up the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in shade 16 (Red Temptation). I absolutely love this lipstick formula, as I don't feel as though I have to apply lip balm prior to application. It's ridiculously moisturizing, and the color is so pigmented that I've since had a couple of people ask me the name of the shade. Brown girls, listen up--this is the shade for us. It has the perfect undertones of orange (but not in a pumpkiny kind of way), and transforms your teeth to a shockingly Crest-like white. Added bonus? It smells of mango butter.
My sister had come home from work one day raving about the changes she had seen after using YSL's Touche Eclat Radiant Touch. I had to admit, she looked heaps better than when I had seen her in the morning--in a more awake sort of wide-eyed way. If you've ever seen my sister, the wide-eyed comment is a bit of a joke, as her eyes are rounder and larger than a Furbee doll. But I swear, I did detect a difference.
It may be a bit of a shock to some that I didn't already own the Touch Eclat, as it's one of YSL's most popular products--however, I've been having an ongoing relationship with Cle de Peau's concealer for years now, and thought that I'd be cheating if I were to consider another. What I didn't realize, is that both can be used--Touche Eclat does the job of illuminizing and brightening, while other concealers...conceal. My skin was best suited for the first shade (which was a bit of a shock to me), but it took nearly a half hour to come to this decision as the makeup artist had to finally admit that the others did not match the base tones in my skin. If you are interested in this product, I recommend having an artist assist you at the counter for a shade match.
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