There’s no way that I’m the only who feels searching for the perfect red lipstick is daunting. It’s just like finding the perfect nude lip. Everyone has a very specific shade they are looking for and with there being infinite options to choose from, it’s hard to nail down the right one.
I have heard for years that YSL makes the most incredible lipsticks, however I’ve never tried for myself. This past week I went to Sephora during my lunch break with no agenda to stick to and I came across the YSL lipsticks. Why I decided to try a bright red lip…I have NO idea. Maybe because I was subconsciously so excited for the holidays to roll around? Who knows. But let me tell you, that red lip was the best thing I have ever put on my lips. So good that I went into Sephora twice last week to put it on during my lunch break AND so good that I’m writing a full post dedicated to it.
The shade is 204 and is part of the Rouge Pur Couture Mat collection.
I had already been wearing a lipstick earlier that day so my lips were exfoliated and prepped for something as intense as this red. Mattes can tend to be uncomfortable, so I always prep my lips with a little bit of Aquaphor or my favorite Supergoop balm. I’ll swipe on just a small bit before applying my lipstick so it glides on smoothly and my lips don’t get flaky. Nothing is worse than flaky dry lips!!!
The 204 lipstick stayed WELL on my lips for at least 5 hours through eating and drinking. It also never got overly drying feeling. It’s super comfortable to wear and is so highly pigmented. What I really like about this red is the shade – it’s not an orange-y red or a pink-y red. It has the perfect amount of blue so it’s a real TRUE red like this other cult classic. I really feel that 204 universally flattering on all skin tones, which is a major plus.
What is not so lovely about this YSL lipstick though is the price tag. It goes for $37.00 which is pretty pricey for a lipstick. BUT since the holidays are coming up, I know that I’m definitely adding this to my Christmas list. Plus if you order from the YSL website, you can get complimentary engraving on your tube. I mean how CHIC is that, right??
If you aren’t into the mattes necessarily, I would check out the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance collection. They’ve got a great range of shades and some really great reds too.
To check out my favorite nude/natural lipsticks, you can read through the list here! I know you guys will LOVE.
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