Here’s a little review of the latest YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm. Basically, it’s a tinted lip balm in liquid form. A lip gloss with lip balm benefits if you will, but so much better than a lip gloss. In case you didn’t know, I’m not a fan of glosses. Aesthetic wise, I really have nothing to complain. The YSL logo embossed on the tube, enhanced by the palest pink against the metal tube, and a little colour coded lip at the bottom of each tube so you don’t have to second guess the shade when you pick it up.
There are 12 shades in total, and I have 4 to show you. As expected, it comes with a sponge applicator. Its tip is pointed for a more precise application, and for me, it picks up just the right amount of product for my lips. If I want it to look more opaque, I’d have to re-dip. For a lip balm, the YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm is surprisingly pigmented. It still has a translucent finish so I feel like I’m contradicting myself. Yes, it’s pigmented and it will be opaque if you layer it, provided you use a darker shade. Yes, that’s better.
If you don’t like the liquid version, you can always opt for their Volupte Tint In Balm, which is just a tinted lip balm in a bullet. This, I find is more slippery than, say, Dior Lip Glow and also not as pigmented. However, I have shade 3, which is a very light shade, so the darker shades will give you a more opaque finish if that’s what you prefer.
The YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm feels glorious on the lips. The most important thing for me is the fact that they are NOT sticky. The main reason I don’t like glosses is because they are sticky and I dislike that feeling. These go on weightlessly, spreading an even layer of colour on the lips, and they wear for about 4 hours on me before they completely disappear. Even after they are gone, my lips are left feeling softer and more comfortable than ever. Well, it’s a lip balm after all. Here are the swatches, and I wore all 4 of them to show you how they look on me.
The comfort, the pigment and the aesthetics make it slightly easier for me to shell out RM150 for each tube. It’s still painful, but bearable, and I’m willing. I’m hoping the price will go down next month, since GST will be reduced to 0%, but our Ringgit is weakening against the USD and there might be 10% sales tax down the road. Honestly though, if the price goes up to say, RM160 or anything above, I will find it extremely difficult to justify a purchase. I hope it won’t come to that.
Edited: June 2018. Price is now RM141.50!
Oh, from all the gushing, there surely is something that I don’t like about this, right? Other than the price? That’ll be the scent. I’m not a big fan of their sweet candy scent. I never liked it, and I still don’t like it. Good thing the scent doesn’t linger for long. Their matte stains don’t smell as strong though. I wish I could say the same about these.
Before I go, let me just say that layering the matte stains over these liquid balms is *thumbs up*. These are available at all the 3 YSL boutiques at Pavilion, Mid Valley and 1Utama.