Price: $30.00 (0.12 oz)
Overall Grade: B-
The YSL FARD À LÈVRES ROUGE PUR Pure Lipstick in "Romantic Pink" had been on my list forever and I finally snatched it up way back in late April -talk about lagging on reviews! Anyways, lets just say it wasn't exactly what I expected..
The Packaging: The tube is gold and mirrored like YSL's Rouge Volupté lipstick but instead of being rounded, this is squared. Because the tube has flat surfaces, this is highly prone to noticeable fingerprint markings (eww!) The YSL red and black logo is slapped onto the cap. I don't find the packaging to be as elegant as the Rouge Voluptés and it just disturbs me that it can look so dirty with all the fingerprints (because of mirrored surface.)
The Product: First of all, the lipstick is a little out of my usual range and I do feel it's on the more expensive side. This is 30.00 for 0.12 oz whereas MAC is $14 for 0.10 oz and Shu Uemura is $23.00 for 0.13 oz.
Right off the bat, I have to say this lipstick disappointed me considering how much I paid. While the slightly creamy lipstick felt OK on my lips (neither drying nor moisturizing), the texture was not forgiving to my slight lip dryness. I'd usually give a lipstick some brownie points if I give it a spin on a bad day (meaning my lips are super chapped) but I always tried this out on good days hoping that it would work.
The lipstick wore for a total time of 2.5 hours (no eating or drinking) -not what I'd expect from a $30 lippie. My favorite part of the lipstick was the scent -sort of mango/tropical-ish to me. Also, there's SPF 8 in the formula which is nice but I don't feel it's enough -but at least it's something!
The Color: "Romantic Pink" is a gorgeous, bright but soft, light pink with a slight shine.
Above (no flash): YSL Rouge Pur in "Romantic Pink"
Above (no flash): YSL Rouge Pur in "Romantic Pink" (This pic shows off the texture better. See how dry my lips look??)
Above (with flash): YSL Rouge Pur in "Romantic Pink" (This pic more accurately displays the actual color)
Overall: While the lipstick feels decent on my lips, it wouldn't hurt if it was moisturizing given the amount I paid. I hate the fact that it looks so dry and flaky on me. It would take some effort to make it work but for $30, I don't feel like I should have to put in any effort. The color is amazing but I feel it's something that's easily dupeable. The SPF 8 is also a nice addition but again, I don't feel that's enough for the lips -you'd still have to wear a lip balm (with SPF) underneath for better protection so there's no point in the SPF added really. I feel that this lipstick didn't live up to its $30 price tag and I could've gone out and bought a Shu Uemura ($23) or Shiseido ($25) lipstick and gotten more and better product for an even cheaper price.
Where To Buy: Nordstrom, YSL (As far as I can tell from online, this shade is no longer available at Sephora.com)
P.S. Check out the super cute notepad I found over the weekend! Anyone who knows me knows that giraffes are my favorite animal. Plus, it only cost me $1.50!