YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks Review and Swatches

July 29, 2013

A very belated review for the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks! I had them as soon as they were released but I have this odd habit of keeping beautifully packaged lipsticks in brand new condition for as long as I can..so the long delay. Anyhow I finally decided to use them and they are totally living up to my expectations. I picked up the shades 06 PINK IN DEVOTION, 12 CORAIL INCANDESCENT; 13 PINK IN PARIS, and 16 ORANGE IMPERTINENT which are all permanent to the YSL makeup line, so if you like any of them it’s never too late to pick up a few more!


The packaging of ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ are identical to the classic ‘Rouge Volupte’ Lipsticks – they are elegant and glamourous. YSL have had this packaging for a while and I am still very smitten by the look of them to date. The texture is a great improvement compared to the original in my opinion. They still have this melting buttery and smooth texture, but with a much more hydrating formula so they don’t make my lips appear as dry as with the original Rouge Volupte. The pigmentation is fairy rich for a sheer lipstick – one to two swipes are enough to cover my original lip color, with a translucent finish. The  sheer lipsticks have been a great hit these days, because they add a subtle watery shine to the lips without looking too ‘greasy’ which I absolutely adore. Compared with the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, I agree with many reviewers that they are very similar in terms of texture and finish. However the YSL RVS have a longer lasting power and the colors are more pigmented.

ysl-rouge-volupte-shine-6-12-13-16-swatches06 PINK IN DEVOTION is a a bright hibiscus pink. Swatches with 2 swipes and it doesn’t show up as bright as it looks from the tube. The pink leans slightly cool that would look very flattering on people with a cool complexion.


YSL-rouge-volupte-shine-6-pink-in-devotion-swatch-212 CORAIL INCANDESCENT is a bright coral pink with a hint of watermelon red undertone. It is a universal flattering pink shade that helps to instantly brighten up your complexion.



13 PINK IN PARIS is a muted rose pink. It is warmer than 06 Pink in Devotion so it would be an easier pink to pull off if you are after a true pink on the lips.ysl-rouge-volupte-shine-13-pink-in-paris-swatchysl-rouge-volupte-shine-13-pink-in-paris-swatch-2
16 ORANGE IMPERTINENT is not as orange as the name suggests. It is actually a coral pink that is quite similar to 12 CORAIL INCANDESCENT, and it shows up more of a peachy pink coral that is less red than 12. I had a hard time choosing between them so I brought back both shades in the end!ysl-rouge-volupte-shine-16-ORANGE-IMPERTINENT-swatchysl-rouge-volupte-shine-16-ORANGE-IMPERTINENT-swatch-2Group Swatches:

ysl-rouge-volupte-shine-6-12-13-16-swatches-2A compilation of lip swatches for you to compare:


Bottom Line: YLS Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks are totally worth the splurge. They have a wide range of wearable to dramatic colors to choose from and the quality is top notch for a high end sheer lipstick. They retail for $34 in the US and are available here or here. You can also get them from Harrods with international shipping and VAT Tax deduction available.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Pat July 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I’ve got No.12 & 14. I like them so much. I plan to buy No.08, still I hesitated because it’s quite similar to Chanel rouge coco shine 54 Boy, that I own. ^_^ Btw, I love your blog. ❤


Reika July 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Thank you Pat. I love Boy, so I might check out No 8 as well 🙂


ChicTrends July 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Wow, they are all beautiful shades of pink! Number 16 doesn’t look very orange toned but beautiful nonetheless. Going to go buy “Pink in Paris” now!

Best, x http://chictrends.co.uk/


Reika July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Ha I have a weakness for pink lipsticks 😛


Shopping Obsession July 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

They are truly gorgeous. I have 12 Nude in private but planning to get a few more. Like the pink in devotion. Before I bought it, I was sucked into the ever-so-cute packaging but after I use it, really love how moisturizing it is. Totally worth the splurge.


Reika July 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I would buy them just for the packaging as well 😛


Claire July 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Beautiful selection Reika! I like 6, 12 and 13 a lot as well. I like them a bit better than Rouge Coco Shines. All the colours seem wearable and universally flattering as well, beautiful pictures xxx


Reika July 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Agree with you Claire – I also they are better than the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines.


Lily July 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

OK, I need Orange Impertinent. Thanks for the swatches, Reika!


Reika July 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thanks! Orange Impertinent is my fav pick as well 🙂


Jen W October 19, 2013 at 3:37 am

So beautiful! Orange Impertinent especially


Nicole February 10, 2014 at 3:17 am

Hi! I have a question. How did you apply those lipsticks that neatly? Do you use lip liners or something? Thanks!


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