YSL Shines On-------
Since launching its Rouge Volupté lipsticks back in 2009, Yves Saint Laurent has been at the forefront of the statement lip’s resurgence. The combination of its varied selection of bold colors (the fuchsia Rose Culte has garnered us so many compliments over the past three years, we’ve lost count) and incredibly luxe gilded packaging has made it a staple in the well-edited makeup bag, and on the celebrity circuit as well (look out for its classic colors on the Golden Globes red carpet come Sunday). The brand’s diffusion lines have been equally successful. To date, the French company has dazzled us with Rouge Volupté Perle, a lineup of shimmery pout perfecters, as well as Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy, five deliciously juice-tinged transparent bullets that combined the shine of a gloss and the moisture of an emollient balm. Its latest release offers up yet another desirable hybrid. Rouge Volupté Shine—a 19-shade range of neutrals, pinks, reds, and plums—blends the comfort of Sheer Candy with the rich color of the original line plus antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and hyaluronic-acid microspheres to provide even more ease of wear. Early favorites include No. 3 Violet Incognito, a black cherry, and No. 4 Rouge In Danger, a true cherry, but we’ve only made it about halfway through the collection, so there will likely be some additional winners as we continue our precise testing protocol; it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.