Saturday, September 19, 2009

YSL: A Red Lip & Touche Eclat

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.

YSL stocks some of my favorite makeup items--are you a fan?

24 comments:

Tali said...

It looks AMAZING on your lips! (which are just perfectly proportioned by the way)

I was laughing reading this.. it is hard to find red thats not a red that makes you look cheap or like a vampire.. this really is the perfect shade for olive skin!! x

Tali said...

And now i miss my Furbee! I started getting all nostalgic now.. and also so bored. Im stalking your old blog posts!

Lipstick Rules said...

What a gorgeous colour! I have added to my wish list.

fantastic said...

@tali: thanks to you, I was hipped to it :) I sat there testing the 17, and I think 18..but this one was the clear winner. And furbee...she's a straight owl. As I grew older, my eyes went a bit almond..whereas hers just became more and more round!
xxx

@lipstick rules: you must add it! It's so pretty :)

fantastic said...

@tali: thanks to you, I was hipped to it :) I sat there testing the 17, and I think 18..but this one was the clear winner. And furbee...she's a straight owl. As I grew older, my eyes went a bit almond..whereas hers just became more and more round!
xxx

@lipstick rules: you must add it! It's so pretty :)

Lizzie Loves.. said...

Your lips look so good with that on them!! x

fantastic said...

@lizzie loves: thank you :)

bubblegarm said...

wow that looks AMAZING, I think i need that red too :) I love the quality of your photos! X

Lipglossiping said...

*snicker* @ "I cost a buck fifty"*

I love Rouge Voluptes and could sniff that Mango butter scent all day long. That is a beautiful shade!

You also have an annoyingly perfect pout.

fantastic said...

@bubblegarm: thank you hun :) the color would look amazing on you!

@lipglossiping: your comment made me laugh! The rouge voluptes smell so yummy right?

Kajal Couture said...

You are so not good for my wallet. I have been trying to avoid YSL makeup because of the price point, and I don't want to get addicted like I am with MAC. However, your shoutout to "brown girls" caught me in and I am so ready to hop on over to my nearest YSL counter.

fantastic said...

@kajal couture: i can't help but promote! you neeeed it :) or at least go and try it, and tell me what you think ;)

tiff said...

It looks gorgeous! I saw this color on Tali's video, and it really looks like a perfect red. I like reds with a hint of orange since the more pinky reds look terrible on me.

Puna said...

I think I'm going to "need" and try the color!... you know i've been looking for red lips earlier this year and ended up with really deep/dark red's with blue undertones informed by the makeup artist themself but i didn't agree. Pink is no good for me either. So i need something with a touch of orange!!! im going today:)

fantastic said...

@tiff: have you tried it yet? it would look really nice on you!

@puna: i need a report back! did you check it out yet? i know you've been searching for a red lipstick foreverrrr!

Marce said...

Gorgeous red on your lips! And gorgeous lips, too! I haven't tried anything from YSL (at least besides swatching) but I'd really love to, everything gets rave reviews!

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