YSL Rouge Volupté Shines

YSL’s latest is a new formula of lipstick called Rouge Volupté Shine ($34 each Nordstrom). I ordered mine direct from YSL a few months ago and have fallen head over heels in love with the shades I’ve tried.
  • No 07 Rose Infinite is a natural semi-deep rose plum. It has semi-sheer coverage but you can adjust the intensity. On the lips the intensity of the color increases if you swipe it back and forth 3 times. Applying a similar-toned lip liner first will help the color last.
  • No 08 Pink in Confidence is a soft neutral pink but leans slightly cool on my lips. It has a Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boy feel in color but the YSL is more pigmented and slightly lighter on me.
  • No 09 Nude in Private is a warm peach. As with all the shades there are subtle sparkles in the tube but on the lips the shimmer and sparkle isn’t very visible.
  • No 11 Beige Instinct is a neutral nude shimmer. In the photo below it looks warm because of the lighting, in real life it’s really more flesh toned.
  • No 15 Corail Intuitive is a shade I picked up at a later date, it’s similar to No 08 Nude in Private but more peach with a brighter look.

Swatched on my arm you can see for a sheer lipstick there is quite a bit of color payoff. Since these are sheer they are still slightly transparent. These have a shiny glossy finish.

Here are swatches in direct sunlight without a flash so you can see the base color better:

I’ve been dragging my feet on reviewing these mainly because of lip swatches. These are difficult for me to capture accurately and it’s hard for me to get consistent lighting but here’s my best attempt. As always note your mileage will vary. I have pigmented lips and olive skin, so these will most likely look different on you.

Right now I’m short on time so I can’t do swatch comparisons to other shades or brands. I would say these are a huge improvement from the Rouge Volupté Perles in texture (less gritty) and formula (smoother) and finish (more natural). These are much easier to apply compared to the original Rouge Volupté formula and the sheer/glossy/shimmer makes it more naturally flattering to the lips. Compared to Chanel Rouge Coco Shines I think these have a similar finish in terms of the shine and gloss but with a bit more pigment (very slight). I haven’t tried other shades like the brights or darks but I can’t wait to experiment.

After searching online it appears most of the shades are online at YSL, but some retailers have select shades (I haven’t confirmed instore though). Nordstrom’s exclusive is No 17 Rose in Tension. Saks’ exclusive is No 18 Prune in Fire. Neiman’s exclusive is No 16 Orange Impertinent.

For quick reference, see a few shades swatched at Best Things in Beauty and all the shades swatched on Kais Obsessions.

Have you tried the Rouge Volupté Shines? What’s your favorite Rouge Volupté formula or color?


  1. February 15, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    Hi Sabrina,
    I was so excited to see your watches! I think Nude in Private would be my favorite, followed by Pink in Confidence. I always find your lip swatches to be helpful, as my lips have a bit of pigment too 🙂

  2. February 15, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    These are gorgeous in person. I definitely think they wear longer than the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines.

  3. February 15, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    These sound great, a lot better than the sheer candy ones. I love how luscious your lips look, pretty! ^^.

    • February 17, 2013 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you Teri! I think they are a lot better than the sheer candy ones too.

  4. February 15, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    There are also some shades like Violet Incognito, which are only available in Europe and Asia. Love your blog Sabrina. 🙂

    • February 17, 2013 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you for the information!

  5. February 15, 2013 / 11:33 pm

    Loving the look of Pink in Confidence and I think I might pick up Corail Intuitive — I'm always drawn to corals! They all look great on you! Thanks for the swatches 🙂

  6. February 16, 2013 / 12:18 am

    This is an improvement over last year's Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy. I also have pigmented lips and olive skin so your lip swatches are the most reliable for me. I love how Rose Infinite looks on you–very sophisticated. I would have to check these out in store first. I only own 1 YSL lipstick (pathetic huh?). It's from the Rouge Volupté line in Praline Delight–a good true nude lip color to pair with smokey eyes.

  7. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 / 2:18 am

    hi Sabrina, do you find these moisturising?

    • February 17, 2013 / 6:32 pm

      Hi Rena – they have a moist feel, but I don't think they are moisturizing (if that makes sense). If you have dry lips I think it would be best to prep overnight with extra lip balm before applying the next morning. They have a more nourishing feel compared to the other Rouge Volupte formulas. HTH!

    • Anonymous
      February 21, 2013 / 3:23 pm

      thanks Sabrina for your reply 🙂
      my lips peel easily no matter how much i prepped with lip balms, so only certain type of formula stays on my lips.

  8. February 16, 2013 / 4:19 am

    I like Beige Instinct and Nude in Private. Do you find them long lasting?

  9. February 16, 2013 / 4:30 am

    Gorgeous! I'd also been attracted to all those same shades! The photos are awesome!

  10. Anne
    February 16, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    They look great! How is the lasting power?

  11. February 17, 2013 / 12:04 am

    I will definitely buy a few of these.

  12. February 17, 2013 / 6:37 am

    I bought Rose in Tension at Nordstrom's but haven't had a chance to wear it much – I've been loving the Volupte Sheer Candy lip balm/lipsticks lately instead. I'll give the Rouge Volupte Shine a chance when my lips feel less dry.

  13. February 17, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    I will definitley buy a few of these. They are so pretty <3

  14. February 17, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Rose Infinite looks lovely! As I am a fan of Rouge Coco Shines these should be right up my alley as well!

  15. February 18, 2013 / 5:41 am

    Oooh how completely gorgeous is beige instinct? Absolutely love it!

  16. Anonymous
    February 18, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    I think these are the nicest lipsticks you have shown us on your blog. They are so very lovely on you!

    I read your posts about L'artisan fragrances. if you still like the L'artisan fragrances consider the scented body oils-it's a really lovely way to wear the fragrances. I really like the Fleur de Liane in this line-it's a very green fragrance!

    Thank you for your beautiful blog,

  17. February 19, 2013 / 12:18 am

    Surprisingly, my favorites are Nude in Private and Beige Instinct–such a gorgeous, easy, wearable way to wear a nude lip! I NEED to try these!! 😀

  18. February 22, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Nude in Private is my favourite I think. I also think the name is really cute!

  19. March 5, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    very lovely shades!!

  20. September 30, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    Thank you for the swatches hun! Really helped me.

  21. Anonymous
    July 6, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Nude in Private is gorgeous. I'm wearing it right now! 🙂