Most of the time when I'm about to purchase expensive products, I do my research and have seen many swatches, have read a few reviews and pretty much know what I'm getting myself into. I did not do that this time. Nope. I watched Amelia Liana's video where she visited the YSL factory in Paris, saw her talking about these two shades and I just went and bought them from Debenhams. I present to you the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick in the shade 44 Nude Lavalliere and shade 47 Beige Blouse and they are not the same. Shut up, they're not....
I opened them on Snapchat the day they were delivered and even me, the one who can detect the slightest difference in shades of anything, nearly had heart failure. But they're different. As you know, I'm a big nude lipstick fan and know I'll get loads of wear out of them (here are the justifications about to start and believe me, I have lots because spending €33 per lipstick will do that to a person) but I played it safe. Some might say too safe and I say to those people, shadappaya face, just look at the subtle difference in the shades...
Now, as you can see in the photo below, these are delightfully shiny and that's thanks to the 60% concentration of oils and combined with pomegranate extract, macadamia butter and hyaluronic acid, this is why I said they were comfy to wear in my snaps! Anyway, comfort aside, both of my shades coat my lips evenly, have a light to medium level of pigmentation which is always a bit harder to show when we're talking nudes or my lips but better products. I have my eye on a coral one (obviously) so might have to treat myself next month!
Now, the pure beauty junkies out there will see that these two shades are very different. Ok, maybe not very different, just different. Ok, shut up, they're subtly different but this is great because:
1. I shall get millions of use out of them both as they are the same.
2. I can reach into my handbag and pick out one to reapply and it doesn't matter which one as they are the same.
3. They will both go with lots of makeup looks as they are the same.
Ok fine, they're practically identical but this is what happens when there are no swatches online for me to research! But sure listen, I love them, they smell like mango and nothing else has gotten a look in really since I got them. Let's get to the swatches though. They will tell the real truth...
And look! Shade 44 is definitely more pink toned and Shade 47 is peachier isn't it? ISN'T IT?! They both promise eight hours of hydration but I have to reapply them after a couple of hours or whenever I feel like the gloss is gone. They aren't sticky and feel more like a luxurious lip balm more than anything and my dry lips love them.
For €33, they're definitely on the luxury end of the scale and I've been loving using mine. I feel very fancy schmancy when I whip out the heavy tube and while I'm currently on a spending ban, what else is new, I think I've found a new (and expensive) lipstick addiction.
You can find them on YSL counters now and from Debemhams online.
To the comments! Which one is your favourite out of these two completely and utterly different lipsticks?!
*Purchased by moi*