Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) lipsticks have a cult-like following and for good reason! Everything from their velvet-smooth formulas to their seductive shades and exquisite packaging make these lipsticks highly covetable and always feeling like a treat, a precious little gift to give and receive. There have been many different textures and formulas released over the years and if you’re wondering just how much different they can get, you’re in for quite a delectable surprise! The YSL Volupté Tint-in-Balm is a hybrid lipstick, a lightweight, pigmented and balmy formula in one of the most luxurious packaging you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Not to mention it’s adorned with a cute little lip-shaped heart design featured in the center of the lipstick. Sold!
Over the years there hasn’t been a YSL lipstick launch that I’ve not loved. I’m always excited to see new products from YSL in general, they are one of my favorite beauty brands, but I also happen to have a special relationship with their lipsticks in particular. YSL lipsticks were my first high-end purchase many moons ago and probably the lipsticks I purchase and own the most of. There’s something about YSL lipsticks that’s always attracted me, the delicate feel of their formulas and the glamorous packaging, adding to the appeal.
A brand new launch from YSL this spring is the tint-in-balms, presented in the silver YSL signature packaging. I was immediately very intrigued by this product as the concept seemed very cleaver to me and I simply couldn’t get enough of the design! The dual formula is meant to condition and nourish the lips, while adding a glowing hint of color. The lip-shaped heart inner core delivers instant balm care with macadamia and apricot butters mixed with passion fruit, coriander and jojoba oils. This lip-shaped core runs from top to bottom so it never runs out. The outer core of the lipstick provides a glowing, sheer color that is vivid and luminous.
These tint-in-balms are such a dream to apply and even the more dramatic, intense shades are not intimidating to use! The more you apply and reapply, the more the color tint intensifies on your lips. The finish is a very elegant and flattering shine, giving a radiant, healthy look to the lips. I would say the formula is a cross between YSL Volupté Oil-in-Stick mentioned here (the tint-in-balms are slightly sheerer) and YSL Volupté Sheer Candy (the tint-in-balms feel softer on the lips but with a very similar color payoff). The more I think about these tint-in-balms, the more it makes sense to have a product that provides sheer color and conditions the lips. But that also means the formula is a bit slippery and generally these balms aren’t the most long lasting but of course, that isn’t their intended purpose.
YSL released these balms in 12 shades (all Made in France) and I instantly gravitated toward two of the shades. Both shades go equally well with a nude look, as well as with a smokey eye. They’re the kind of wear every day, anytime kind of shades.
No. 1 Dream Me Nude is a neutral blush pink, my lips but better kind of color. It’s the type of understated shade that I like to pop on when I’m out and about running errands, playing with my little one or working out at the gym. It’s definitely one of those universal shades that seems to flatter most complexions.
No. 10 Seduce Me Pink is a seductive raspberry shade, very feminine and elegant. It’s the kind of color I like to apply when I want to look more put together without seeming like I’m trying too hard.
I love just how mindless this product is for me! The formula makes it perfect for every day, very effortless to apply on the go and extremely versatile regardless of time of day, occasion or season. Essentially fail-safe! Have you already got your tint-in-balms?
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