So news of a new lip formula from YSL always gets my attention, thanks to their always on-point colour sensibility -- though admittedly much of it is spent in willing the pigment to come with with a 'Pur Couture' prefix and accompanying rose scent, rather than the dreaded 'Volupté' and mango combo.
....Yeah. Say hi to the Gloss Volupté, new to the core line, currently available in 23 shades at all YSL counters, otherwise known as some of the best damn glosses I've ever tried. With that unfortunate kicker: the extremely strong mango scent.
One-swipe swatches straight from the applicator:
In practice, I find the somewhat controversial ('lip'-shaped, many-curved, fuzzy sponge-wi'-a-hole-in!) applicator works well on my small-but-fullish lips, even around the cupid's bow and mouth corners, which I prefer quite well defined. I use the outer (convex) side first for more precise areas and then sweep the inner (concave) curve around the centre of my lips. The lip swatches are applied in one coat in this way, over bare lips, with no redipping.
204 Corail Trapeze
Its pink tones come through more strongly on the lips vs on my hand to give a soft-but-not-pastel coral. I had thought this was an effect of my very cool-toned mauve lips but Temptalia's Christine experiences the same shift, and she has warm-toned lips -- do weigh in if you've tried this one on.
206 Fuchsia Oran
This one is utterly true-to-tube on me, from the shift between cooler hot-pink and warmer red-pink notes visible depending on how the light hits the contours of lips and the applicator both.
While Corail Trapeze and Fuchsia Oran are both sufficiently pigmented to wear alone, the lip-hugging, stable (i.e. not prone to clumping, running or going patchy) formula means that these also layer excellently over every lipstick formula I own without disturbing the already-applied pigment beneath, and are translucent enough to evenly meld with while tinting the lipstick, without sitting on top like random oily goop. This isn't as mean a feat as it sounds -- a post is in the works on my surprisingly difficult quest for gloss topcoats that don't mess with lipsticks (er, that's the working title...)
Wear-time for both my shades is good for glosses and on par with that I get from sheerer lipsticks -- they'll slowly and evenly fade over the course of much talking and sipping to balmy tints, and definitely require reapplication after eating. While absolutely unsticky, the Gloss Volupté do feel noticeably balmy/cushiony on the lips over hours, although much lighter than my beloved Chanel Extrait de Gloss formula.
Unfortunately for me, the lasting power of the mango scent is also impressive; I have a fairly acute sense of smell and can still detect it at least 2 hours after application, albeit faintly. And unlike the Rouge Volupté lipsticks, it's not deodorizable D: In an otherwise excellent formula, the scent's the only thing holding me back from acquiring all the other 'Pure' shades in the line, beginning with 209 Smoking (a fabulous layering black -- I've played with this in store and love its vampifying-but-not-muddying effect on all kinds of lip colours) and 207 Rouge Velours (a deeper pinked-red to Fuchsia Oran's vibrant reddened-pink, as shown on The Non-Blonde). Dear YSL, we can haz a rosy Rouge Pur Couture line of glosses?
Raeview has swatches of the full range, while The London Beauty Review features a shade from each of the four sub-ranges.
Disclosure: samples acquired free of charge.