Is there anything I really need to say about the Rouge Volupte packaging?! I think it speaks for itself! I'm not ashamed to admit that 95% of the reason I wanted one of these was because I adore the packaging - the fabulous lipstick contained inside is, of course, a huge bonus though!
YSL 'Sensual Silk' is a pale, heavily pink toned beige which applies fairly sheer but can be layered into a fuller coverage. The finish lies somewhere between a satin and a gloss - wearable and flattering for any age and perfect for those with dry lips. I think 'Sensual Silk' would be best suited to pale, cooler toned ladies and gents, as I feel it looks a little bit off on my medium, warm skin.
When I first applied 'Sensual Silk' I was really put off - it felt like it had sand mixed in to it. I'm not over exaggerating in the slightest, it was the grittiest lipstick I'd ever worn. Dismayed, I wiped it off and tried a couple more times until the grit disappeared and left behind a gloriously smooth, soft lipstick. I'm thinking this lipstick was probably clearance stock (which is why Cheap Smells was selling it) and has probably gone a bit strange in warehouse storage - luckily the gritty texture only seemed to be within the top few layers.
Would I buy more YSL 'Rouge Volupte' lipsticks? If I had the money to, yes! The packaging is spot on, the lipstick itself is moisturising, very comfortable to wear, doesn't have a chemical smell and there's no need to add a gloss over the top - full points!
YSL 'Rouge Volupte' lipsticks come in shades ranging from super neutral pinks and browns to loud mouth pinks and gothic plums. They retail at £22 each from YSL counters, or £15.90 for a smaller selection of shades from Cheap Smells.