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YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm Review + Swatches

February 14, 2018

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches

I’m a huge fan of YSL lipsticks and balms so when I found out they were launching a new Volupte Liquid Colour Balm I literally stalked the web daily to buy them the second they went online. Right now these are exclusive to Nordstrom and there are twelve shades total. I ordered seven of them sight unseen and they are amazing. If you like the Volupte Tint in Balms or Rouge Volupte Shines you’re going to be obsessed with the Volupte Liquid Colour Balms. YSL describes these as it having a “breakthrough formula” that is “packed with soothing shea butter, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, coconut water and jojoba oil, which soften lines, enhance lip texture and lock in moisture.”

These come with a flexible cushiony sponge tip applicator. The tips are in the cutest shape of lips! Pigment is rather impressive for a lip balm in my opinion, but they are still medium in coverage. They have an ultra smooth hydrating feel and it’s quite lush on the lips. Each balm has that distinct fruity melon/mango kind of scent which I love. One of the shades is a pale pink which is pretty much clear, but it’s an overnight lip mask instead of a tinted balm. You can wear it as a regular balm – to me it feels the same as the other shades and if left on overnight it leaves lips incredibly soft.

Lasting power is about the same as the other glossy YSL lips. They’ll stay on for a few hours and won’t fade as long as you don’t touch the lips. The formula leaves the lips so smooth and soft I don’t mind reapplying.

The colors don’t have shimmer but there is a high shine and some of them have a very subtle pearl which isn’t noticeable on but adds dimension. While these aren’t necessarily plumping for some reason on my already full lips the moisture and shine makes my lips look super full. Colors I picked were random, I literally wanted to buy all of them. After testing the shades I have I still do. I tried to show some restraint as there are a lot of other beauty releases coming out this spring. The colors are phenomenal and have a lot more color payoff than the Tint in Oils which are a lot thinner and more oily in texture.

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms descriptions:

  • Night Rehab 1 is a clear pale milky pink
  • Expose Me Rose 2 is a bright rose pink
  • Show Me Peach 3 is a medium peach
  • Spy On Me Nude 4 is a peachy nude
  • Watch Me Orange 5 is a bright orange
  • Devour Me Plum 10 is a plum
  • Chase Me Nude 12 is a pinkish nude

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches of Night Rehab 1, Expose Me Rose 2, Show Me Peach 3, Spy On Me Nude 4, Watch Me Orange 5, Devour Me Plum 10 and Chase Me Nude 12

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches of Night Rehab 1, Expose Me Rose 2, Show Me Peach 3, Spy On Me Nude 4, Watch Me Orange 5, Devour Me Plum 10 and Chase Me Nude 12

Side by sides next to the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush from a few days ago:

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms and Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms and Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

A swatch of the Tint-In-Oil #9 swatched here vs the Volupte Liquid Colour Balm #12:

YSL Tint In Oil 9 vs Volupte Liquid Colour Balm 12

Bottom line 100% love. If you’re a lip gloss lover and like tinted balms but want something with color these are for you! I love every single color I bought although #5 Watch Me Orange is really orange on me. I highly recommend checking these out. As a comparison of this to other YSL lipsticks that are sheer and glossy, I cannot pick a favorite formula. They’re all different in color, texture and finish. I truly love them all, but these new Volupte Liquid Colour Balms are really phenomenal. The colors are pretty, fresh and perfect for spring to summer. I’m for sure going to have at least one these in my makeup bag at all times for the rest of the year.

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches of Night Rehab 1, Expose Me Rose 2, Show Me Peach 3, Spy On Me Nude 4, Watch Me Orange 5, Devour Me Plum 10 and Chase Me Nude 12

You can find them now at Nordstrom for $32 each. I suspect they have an early exclusive and that they’ll launch at other retailers later in the spring but I’m not 100% sure.

Have you tried any of these yet? What did you think?


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  • Mel February 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    How does the formula on the lips compare with the Chanel Coco Lip Blush?

    • BeautyLookBook February 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      The YSL is a balm so it’s more hydrating and thicker while the Chanel is a gel.

      • Mel February 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        Thanks! I may pick up one or two–a neutral like the peach, as well as the plum shade would be perfect!

  • talker blogger February 14, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    These lip oils are definitely my fav ysl lip products. Their lipsticks don’t last too long and hence the hydration fades away… I am excited about the new colors !!

  • Sondra February 14, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Oh man, these are right up my alley!!! For sure I’ll be getting rose, peach & plum. Now I have to go check out the other colors you didn’t buy. You always do such a great job with your swatches and pictures!!

  • satelliteoflove February 14, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Chase me nude, and Expose me rose look fantastic on you Sabrina. I may be down for grabbing one of the night rehabs if they have them at my Nordies this weekend.

  • Kim Mckain February 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Show me Peach and Show me Nude need to be mine! They all look great on you!

  • Glenda February 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I just have to ask: which would you choose, between the Chanel lip blushes and these? 😛
    Both look good to me!

  • Erin February 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I bought these sight unseen as well and tbh I’m not super impressed with them, just for the fact that I thought they would be more pigmented on me. I wore Spy On Me Nude all day today and it was good for about an hour and then disappeared. Tomorrow I will try Expose Me Rose and see if I like it better.

  • lawler February 15, 2018 at 5:06 am

    I adore those little lip windows. And I have my eye on all the plums, as usual.

  • World Inspires You Create February 15, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Thank you for swatches! I really waiting for this product! I know it will be available on 1st of march and Iøm already standing with money near store 😀 joking of course)))

  • Bojana February 15, 2018 at 5:24 am

    How beautiful they are!

  • Chichi February 15, 2018 at 5:34 am

    these are some really gorgeous shades, love that they do not leave the lip dry!

  • denise February 15, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Gorgeous! As someone else mentioned, you do the best reviews and swatches…thank you! I love the rose one on you as well as the more subtle Chase Me Nude color. One question: do these have any staining effect? That is one of my favorite things about YSL’s tint-in-oils. I can’t be bothered to reapply constantly but I enjoy having some extra color linger behind when the glossy part wears off.

    • BeautyLookBook February 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      The deeper/brighter ones have a very slight staining effect. Neutrals not so much. HTH!

  • so_schilly February 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Mine are out for delivery right now! Also waiting on the 2 new shades of the Rouge Volupte Shines…they seem to be released everywhere but the US. I love those and am a fan of the tinted lip oils so I suspect the Colour Balms will be a success.

  • Katrin Bartas February 15, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I’m completely over matte lipsticks… I haven’t let YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Beige Blouse out of my hands since I got it 3 weeks ago. I’ve had my eye on these little pretties, can’t wait for them to be more easily accessible! Thank you for the beautiful swatches <3

  • Shelleyeatz February 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Are these replacing the tint-in-oils? I love those!

  • Eileen February 15, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    These are all so pretty. I’ve never been disappointed in any of YSL’s Volupté releases and so I’m looking forward to adding a few of these lovelies to my stash. Show Me Peach and Chase me Nude look promising as I transition into spring’s lighter, softer shades.

  • Stephanie February 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    These look so nice! I’m much more excited by this than the tint-in-oils, which were a little oily for me. Expose Me Rose looks so similar to my ultimate favorite (and LE) lipstick- MAC Gem Of Roses. This will be a must-try for me!