Not sure what is so special about this formula because I find it to be completely mundane. Therefore, outrageously expensive. Doesn't apply evenly and calls attention to the flakes when your lips are dry. After using Suqqu, no other lipstick feels as moisturizing and effortless, but Suqqu is in the top echelon by itself. It is probably more fair to compare YSL to, say, Burberry or Armani, and yet personal experience says YSL loses to both. I have #23 Corail Poetique, which swatches a beautiful (poetic!) shade of orange/coral, but the warmth has all but disappeared in real life, and I am left with a rather cold-toned fuchsia.
This was an impulse buy for me- I have #6 Rose Bergamasque which caught my eye when I was repurchasing another YSL product.
This lipstick, in this shade, is gorgeous. Swiped on the hand it has quite a thin, almost gel like consistency. On the lips though I find it behaves quite uniquely- it goes on and then after a few minutes the initial shiny look dries off and it sets for a soft velvety finish. Sort of like how a stain performs only this doesn't stain in so much as the pigment doesn't penetrate the skin- you can wipe this off when you want to. I find it very comfortable, light and hydrating to wear. And it lasts longer than average on me- 4-5 hours, fading evenly with no nasty gathering at the edges.
The colour Rose Bergamasque is a pinky beige medium/pale nude. I really struggle with nudes. I have pigmented lips and it's just very hard to find a nude that doesn't fight my natural lip colour or doesn't have a horrible obviously heavy look on top of it. And there is also the problem of what nudes do to your overall complexion when you have strong reddish colouring in the lip area. Well this lipstick is the answer for me- it gives me a true, natural pale pinky beige nude without washing me out. I don't know how it does it, because I have tried so many different lipsticks of a similar colour and they don't work anywhere near as well as this.
There are only two drawbacks to this lipstick- like a lot of nude lipsticks it isn't the most forgiving on poorly conditioned lips. You have to make sure they are soft, hydrated and even before applying otherwise it will cling to dry skin you didn't even know you had.
And secondly it doesn't 'agree' with mixing with other lip products. If you try and put this over lips with a little vaseline or a glossy balm on them, it looks tragic. It needs to go on bare. I think this is something to do with the formula that likes to dry to set. Perhaps there are balms that work with this but I haven't found one.
I'd love to try more shades in the line to see if the formula is similar across the line but it would be a pricey experiment!
I own this lipstick in #8, Belle de Rose, which is a gorgeous dark fuchsia/berry color. I tend to wear it as a stain to tone down its vampiness, but it looks beautiful either way; I'd especially recommend it for cool-toned people like me. It lasts a few hours on my lips and fades evenly. My only complaint is that it's somewhat drying, and I have to wear it over lip balm. However, I have very dry lips in general, so take this with a grain of salt. The smell is strong--I'd describe it as "wine and roses"--but I find it pleasant, and I'm usually sensitive to lipstick smells.
I've also tried on #1, Le Rouge, which is the most vivid blue-based red I've ever encountered. It's also more moisturizing than Belle de Rose. I can't bring myself to buy a lipstick that makes me look like I'm wearing those red wax lips, but if you want your mouth to look fluorescent, try Le Rouge.
Wow this lipstick is perfect! (Except for the price, that is)
I bought mine in #7, Fuchsia. It's a very cute deep pink, and goes on perfectly. Its creamy and stays on well even while eating and drinking! Worth the price, but if you are on a budget I suggest staying with MAC's lipstick.
I have #6, Rose Bergamasque. Lovely nude pink with a hint of coral. Very nice shade for fair blondes. If I use a bit of bronzer, my lips can look washed out. If I used a coral blush, my lips have a soft pink luminescence. If I used a more neutral blush, my lips can look a bit dead. I think your lip pigmentation has a large affect on this color. If your lips are pale, this color will brighten but not look garish. If your lips are pigmented, this color can make them look a pit opaque and pasty. The lipstick is not very long lasting.
Love this color on my tan/dark skin. It's a nice toned pink but not quite nude... not too loud, but very noticeable. (Color #26)
This is a beautiful color, the texture is smooth so I don't put anything under this lipstick. The packaging is gorgeous. This very well maybe the best lipstick I've used, but only a slight first to second.
But yikes, the price tag is enough for me to say "It's not worth that much.". Pass. Luckily I got this in a swap.
I bought this after reading a review when I was searching for a red red...this is defenetively the redest red I own. Its a blue-tone based red, which makes your face look redder (accentuates the red) and having a very sensitive (rosacea) skin I tend to have red cheeks most of the time. So I usually just ignore this rule, use some make up or save this color for days when my skin is on its best. Back to the lippie, its a beautiful color, the design and packaging is gorgeous, very elegant, the lippie tube does get fingerprints all over it easily, and the tone has decolorated a little bit over time. Quality wise this is a very good, very pigmented lipstick, and just one layer is enough to be bold red on my lips. Its very creamy and has a very nice smell, and applies smoothly, it mosturizes my lips at first, but I do feel like my lips get a bit dry after a while, but I do have very dry lips so its not easy to keep em mosturized. I think due to its creamyness it runs out just a little bit on my lips, so Id recomend using a lipliner. And as far as the staying-power goes...its excellent! Leaves a stain and it wont come off easily. This is next to my Chanel Rouge Coco #19 my fave true red lipstick, this one being bolder then the Chanel one. Very classy, very elegant.
This review is for #17 Rose Dahlia. I love this colour. I was looking for a lipstick dupe for NARS lipgloss Frisky Summer (I believe it is discontinued) and this is spot on. The packaging is really luxurious, square gold metal packaging with the YSL logo embossed between the top and bottom (you can actually use this as a mirror if you do not have one handy). The formula is really comfortable and the finish is shiny. On my lips unfortunately I need to reapply quite often, which, in combination with the fact that it is SO expensive i probably will not re-purchase this particular formula.
Truly my perfect lipstick formula / colour.
I own this in #6, Rose Bergamasque, and it is a true pink toned nude. I reach for this a lot more often then my more peach toned nudes (like Revlon's Soft Nude) and lighter pink nudes (MAC Hue). This is definitely a universally flattering shade that leans on the pinker side and is darker than a foundation-y nude. This is very flattering with my warm toned colouring (I am a NC20 - 25).
The formula is very smooth and feels moisturizing on lips. I feel that it is more moisturizing than MAC yet still dry enough to keep the pigmentation from migrating on the lips. I do have very dry lips though so this may be a more slippery formula for others. These lipsticks also have a slight rose scent that is pleasant to me and I don't think it would bother someone sensitive to scents. You can't smell it while wearing it. Lasting power on me is a couple hours but probably longer with the darker shades.
I love the classy gold packaging - fingerprints don't bother me. I will repurchase this shade and look forward to trying others from this line.
I love these lipstick. I have 1(a very true red) and 7 (a perfect fuschia) and the colours are just spot on. Often colours are a little 'not quite right' but these are perfect. The colour is also very saturated, so they last well. I think this is one of those expensive products that is actually worth the extra.