As I'm sure you all know by now, I love YSL and I especially love their lipsticks. I have a fair few in my collection that I've accumulated over the years as gifts or a little treat to myself and one of the first I ever bought was from the Rouge Pur Couture range in the shade 'Le Orange', a vibrant orange toned red. I still have it now despite buying it a few years ago and still to this day it's one of my all time favourite lipsticks.
So as you can imagine, when a box of YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks with my name on arrived in the post, I was just a little bit excited. It still amazes me that brands like YSL send me these amazing gifts - if you'd have told me YSL would be sending me a box of my favourite lipsticks in the mail a few years ago, I'd have laughed. It's also really nice to see such a well established brand going the extra mile and personalising the box - little touches like that really do make all the difference and make us bloggers feel valued. Gold star for you YSL, hehe.
Anyway, ramble over - you guy should know by now that I like to go off an a tangent sometimes. Back to the lipsticks - YSL have added five new shades to their existing Rouge Pur Couture mats collection. I'm not usually a matte lipstick kinda girl but this is definitely my favourite formula of YSL lipsticks as they're super pigmented but still feel hydrating on the lips and have a slight sheen to them. If you like a true matte lipstick, the kind that feels dry and stays on the lips for hours, these probably aren't for you but for me personally, this is the perfect formula. In saying that, I was thrilled to see they've added five beautiful and more importantly wearable shades to the range. There isn't one shade I wouldn't wear from this new bunch - they're all right up my street. Here's a little overview of each of them and some swatches ...
No 214 - Wood On Fire
This is a really difficult shade to describe as it isn't orange, it isn't coral and it isn't pink - it's somewhere in between. I'd probably describe it as one of those 90's nude shades - darker than your typical nude but it has brown tones which give it that whole Kylie Jenner vibe. It's actually pretty similar to 217 too, just slightly less Pink. It's definitely a very wearable shade and one I'll be getting a lot of use out of for everyday wear.
No 215 - Lust For Pink
This is the brightest shade of the five but it's also one of my favourites. I personally love a fuchsia lip as I find it a really flattering shade on my skin tone and with this one in particular having blue undertones, it's perfect for making my teeth look extra white! I also think this one will look stunning on holiday with a tan so it'll definitely be coming away with me on the trips I'v got planned later in the year.
No 216 - Red Clash
I wouldn't typically associate red lipstick with the Spring/Summer season but this one is actually really lovely as it's not a classic postbox red or too in your face. I'd say it has pink undertones but also hints of brown too - it's definitely not like any red shade I've seen before but I like that about it as it's unusual and also more wearable for those of you who don't typically go for bold red shades.
No 217 - Nude Trouble
Despite this being called Nude Trouble, it definitely isn't a nude. A my lips but better shade, yes but a nude, no. I'd describe it as a dusky pink and it really is a beautiful shade that will suit so many skin tones. It's one of those you always need in your makeup bag as it's perfect for all occasions both day and night.
No 218 - Coral Remix
This is the lightest shade of the bunch and is what I'd describe as a peachy nude shade. I don't typically go for light shades as I find they wash me out but this one is lovely as it still gives my lips a nice wash of colour and has a nice glossy finish, despite being in the mat collection. This one is definitely a Summer shade and as peach and corals are always a colour I associate with this time of the year.
L-R: 218, 214, 217, 215, 216
Have you tried the Rouge Pur Couture Mats? What's your favourite shade?