Let's talk lipstick - posh, expensive, gorgeous lipstick. YSL's rouge volupte has to be up there with the prettiest lipsticks in the universe. Before I owned a rouge volupte, I ached for one. I know, how pathetic. The rouge volupte packaging may be gaudy and over the top, but it's also ladylike, luxe and iconic all at the same time, and I just love it.
After experiencing my first rouge volupte, I was somewhat relieved to discover that the beautiful and alluring packaging wasn't all a front and a ploy to get me to buy a mediocre (or even crap) lipstick. No no, the rouge volupte can put its money where your mouth is when it comes to both colour and formula - just as well considering it'll set you back £24.50.
My second rouge volutpe purchase was a short-lived dalliance with faubourg peach (shade 30). I ordered online without swatching - silly me - and the pretty peach just didn't suit me at all. It was too bright and too orange for my colouring. After waving faubourg peach off to a happier home in a blog sale it was time for a rebound affair with fetish pink (shade 8). Fetish pink is a bright and in-your-face cool pink with a blue undertone. It's a real happy colour for me and I love wearing it on dull days for an unexpected colour pop without worrying my teeth will look stained.
YSL counters are always there to taunt at the airport, so I've started allowing myself to pick up a new rouge volupte each time I'm passing through duty free. Sometimes I get swayed by the MAC counter instead of course. The thing that I find difficult about buying a lipstick at an airport however, is the over enthusiastic assistants I always tend to attract. I now go along with a shade in mind that I want to get, otherwise they'll easily talk me into buying some sort of deep berry shade I'll wear once a year. That's the thing about me and my rouge voluptes - because they're quite pricey I go for colours I'll get the most out of, rather than risk a daring new shade - I can do that with other brands.
The latest additions to my rouge volupte family are opera rose - a warm shade of rosy pink loveliness that perks up just about anything, and lingerie pink, a shade I nearly bought too many times and then finally did. It's like the pinkier cousin of nude beige - a really wearable, every day, soft pink.
My lips love the creamy and hydrating formula of a YSL rouge volupte - I can wear them even when my lips are a little dry and worse for wear. The staying power's not great - a few hours at most - but the need to reapply gives you an excuse to have another gawp at the gorgeousness of the lipstick casing. Plus, the mirrored packaging means you can use the lid to check your touch-up skills. I wish all lipsticks had that.
I've not yet ventured into rouge volupte shine territory - there are some lovely colours, and I've swatched them a few times, but I think I prefer the formula and finish of the originals.
Are you a rouge volupte fan too?