YSL Lipstick-Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm – Nude Transparent (123)
YSL Lipstick, This one earns the number-one slot. Therefore will be living in my handbag rent-free from here on out. With over 9,000 five-star reviews, YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm in Nude Transparent is what beauty mavens mean when they say “MLBB” (aka, my lips but better). It’s not quite a nude, yet not quite a pink—the shade takes on the coloration of your natural lip for an au naturale look. Its formula is creamy and ultra-hydrating, without that unsightly smudge factor that glossier contemporaries tend to bring on. For a look that leans more nude, pair with a darker lip liner with brown undertones—like YSL’s Dessin Des Levres liner in Brun Sahara. For the opposite, you’ll want to employ a daintier pink shade.
YSL Lipstick-Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm – Rouge Studio (127)
YSL Lipstick 127, This punchy red-pink shade immediately caught my eye the second I popped the cap off. Though it looks extremely pigmented in the tube, it glosses on with a sheer finish that will gloriously complement your favorite cherry-red lip liner. As is the case with most reds, this one transferred a bit in the first few minutes of wear (I may have gotten overzealous while applying, and had to blot my lips with a tissue to remove some of the excess)—but once it settles, it’s not going anywhere. For those after a dewy, candy apple-red finish, make this one your go-to.
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm – Carmine Retro (129)
Around the fall and winter months, everyone needs to have a red lipstick with plummy undertones on hand. A box that YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in Carmine Retro ticks with gusto. As a “lipstick balm” like the former three formulas. Its creamy finish is anything but drying. Making it a favorite for hours of wear through all of your festive goings-on.