There’s something poetic about Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in Pink Lychee ($30) — how pretty yet fleeting it is, like butterflies, or a summertime tan.
By all appearances…
It’s one of two limited edition SPF 15 Pure Shine Lipsticks YSL released with their summer 2010 collection, the other being Blood Orange.
The first thing I thought after seeing it in the tube? — wow, that sure looks pale. I didn’t think I’d be able to wear it, but I’ve been surprised so many times before that I figured, who knows, right?
I really didn’t know what to expect and hoped it wouldn’t have that p0rn star opaque coverage we’ve seen from other light pink lippies.
First, the good news: it doesn’t. This blue-based pink goes on extremely sheer, and it’s almost transparent. The first layer is barely visible, like a wet cherry blossom petal, even under close inspection.
Now, the not-so-good news: wear time. It’s downright embarrassing. I get maybe 30 minutes from it, tops, and that’s being conscious of it on my lips (aka sitting quietly, taking up space, refraining from eating or drinking anything).
With all that said, despite how brief it lasts and how much it costs ($30, ouch!), I still think it’s kinda cool, and it has a few other things going for it…
Texture, scent and taste
Texture wise, Pink Lychee feels great, thanks to a hydrating formula similar to MAC Glaze Lipstick. It’s smooth, thin, feels light, and when I rub my lips together with it on they just glide back and forth — no resistance at all.
Plus, I like the scent, which reminds me of Granny Smith apples, and added SPF 15. It seems like a level of protection that actually might make a difference, compared to lippies with SPF 5 or lower. Nice!
An interesting twist
There’s also a little more than meets the eye about Pink Lychee. It does something I didn’t expect, flashing orange and gold in the light. Unfortch, this subtle iridescence doesn’t reproduce well in pictures (I tried to capture it!), but I kept seeing it in front of the mirror. I think it’s a cool unexpected twist that saves Pink Lychee from a less encouraging fate.
I first thought Pink Lychee might be a color that only cooler-skinned girls would be able to wear, but in a weird way I think the iridescence helps to balance the blueish tones in the pink enough to make the color pretty wearable for everyone.
Packaging fiends, if you’re a stickler about fingerprints messing up your makeup, take heed: the gold lipstick cap shows every little mark.
Dang, if this would just last a little longer and cost half as much, I’d be singing its praises from rooftops! It’s a fun, interesting lipstick, dressed to kill in top-tier packaging. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You might like YSL Pink Lychee if…
- You REALLY don’t mind having to reapply often
- You like light, shiny lipsticks that dance in the light
- You like pretty packaging and don’t mind the price ($30)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,