See updated review here.
I recently ordered the YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil in I Rose You 4. I didn’t do too much research on it, so I was expecting it to be more like a liquid lipstick, but ooooooh I was so wrong.
There are three pros to this product: the packaging/applicator, smell, and how moisturizing it is.
The tube itself is quite pretty and features the same design ring as they have around the Volupte lipsticks, but it’s the applicator that really stands out. YSL uses this applicator for their foundations, too, and I found it a bit “eh.” But for the lips, this give you the power to really have precise application, and it’s more even than what you get with your regular doe-foot, since there’s no product clumping on the end.
The smell is also their regular Volupté smell, so it smells the same as the lipsticks, kind of watermelon-y in my opinion. I really like it. But what surprised me is that my boyfriend also really likes it, too!
After wearing the oil, I do find it moisturizing. It sits on top of the lips and doesn’t “absorb,” but my lips still feel moisturized after.
I tried to put a lot of product to build up the swatch on the left, but that’s pretty much what you get. It doesn’t look that bad, but when you put it next to a gloss, you’ll see what I mean. In the second picture, I swatched it next to a Marc Jacobs gloss (on the left). This was with just one drop of gloss, then I blended it down with my finger.
I usually use lip glosses over lipstick, since they don’t have as much pigment, but since this is a nourishing oil, that doesn’t really make sense. I’m thinking a good way to use this is for the most natural lip look there is but with some shine, or even using a small bit first and letting it sink in then putting a bit of balm or lipstick on top of it, which would have more slip but the lips would still get nourished.
I’m on the fence about whether to return this – I might try out a darker shade since I had gotten this shade since I wanted it to be wearable, but it might be better for me to get a darker one and see if it shows up more!
More brands have been releasing these tinted lip oils lately, so I might also try out some other brands. If they all turn out to have so little pigment, I might not be able to get on the tinted oil bandwagon.
Updated with new pictures.