YSL Golden Gloss: Reprise

Yves Saint Laurent, YSL, Golden GlossRegular readers have heard me say it before, but I think Yves Saint Laurent’s Golden Glosses are the best lipglosses known to (wo)man. It’s hard for me to describe them without hyperbole: they look like magic on your lips — owning one may deter you from buying other lipglosses. They’re $28 each, delightfully long-lasting, not the least bit sticky, and have a mango scent (sometimes mistaken for watermelon).

Last time I swatched them, testers were missing for several colors — and three new shades have been released since then — so it was time to reswatch.

And for those anti-sparkle lipgloss wearers among us, YSL Spring will see the unveiling of Gloss Pur, Golden Glosses without the sparkle. I’ll admit I’m curious, even though I love these just the way they are.

Yves Saint Laurent, YSL, Golden Gloss, swatches, Simply Gold, Golden Praline, Golden Pink, Golden Fuchsia, Golden Copper, Golden Plum, Golden Amber, Golden Blackcurrant, Golden Garnet, Golden Peony, Golden Whisper, Golden Cinnamon, Golden Nude, Golden Purple, Golden Berry, Golden BurgundyI’ve always applauded YSL for the accuracy of these swatches on their website. Click to view either image at full size.

Yves Saint Laurent, YSL, Golden Gloss, swatches, Simply Gold, Golden Praline, Golden Pink, Golden Fuchsia, Golden Copper, Golden Plum, Golden Amber, Golden Blackcurrant, Golden Garnet, Golden Peony, Golden Whisper, Golden Cinnamon, Golden Nude, Golden Purple, Golden Berry, Golden Burgundy1 Simply Gold – sheer yellow with gold sparkles
2 Golden Praline – mauvey, your-lips-but-better pink with gold sparkle
3 Golden Pink – bright pink with gold (this is my favorite shade)
4 Golden Fuchsia – definitely fuchsia
5 Golden Copper – red-orange (or orange-red) with a lot of sparkle
6 Golden Plum – forgive my lack of creativity, but it’s plum with gold sparkle
7 Golden Amber – gold, more sparkly and a little more brown than Simply Gold (1)
8 Golden Blackcurrant – like the skin of a black plum, with a lot of sparkle
9 Golden Garnet – bright, cool pink; more sheer, more purple, and cooler than Golden Fuchsia (4)
10 Golden Peony – sweet pink with a lot of sparkle
11 Golden Whisper – white/clear with a lot of sparkle
12 Golden Cinnamon – brown with a lot of sparkle
13 Golden Nude – silvery, baby beige with a lot of sparkle
14 Golden Purple – halfway between Golden Plum (6) and Golden Blackcurrant (8)
15 Golden Berry – hot pink, a little lighter than Golden Fuchsia (4)
16 Golden Burgundy – a brown wine shade, like red wine that’s turned (I mean this in a good way)

I’m also honored to share with you the lip swatches of my adorable and very good friend Sammi.

YSL, Yves Saint Laurent, Golden Gloss, Golden Pink, swatchYSL, Yves Saint Laurent, Golden Gloss, Golden Fuchsia, swatchYSL, Yves Saint Laurent, Golden Gloss, Golden Peony, swatchThis might be overkill, but because I like these so much — and want to give you the best possible view of them — a swatch video:

Special thanks to the sales associate at Neiman Marcus, who suspected there was something a little odd about my wanting to put lipgloss on my arm, but helped me do it anyway.

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13 Responses to “YSL Golden Gloss: Reprise”

  • The Mighty J says:

    >Drooolllllicious!!!! :-0** <–That's me drooling btw! LOL

  • Elizabeth says:

    >Still not a gloss fan but if I were I’m sure I’d be all over these. Did you give the SA your URL? that might have cleared a few things up lol

  • Katee "e-polishblog" says:

    >Golden gloss is the best! I have #1 and #10 and they are my favorite lip glosses ever. I try not to “waste” them because they are so pricey so I reserve them for weekend/evening use. I love the way these smell. Best on the market. great swatches!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    >Elizabeth: I did! I hope she sees these. :)

  • Cat says:

    >Those are *gorgeous*! Great swatches! (And you’re right – those are probably the most impressively accurate website swatches I’ve ever seen o_o.) Peony is on my wishlist now. :D

  • Av says:

    >You have tempted me to try them out, might have to give no 10 a try, will be dying to see the swatches of the non-glitter ones.

  • jojoba says:

    >for some reason i only buy these glosses for people but never for myself. and i kept forgetting to swatch them! thank you so much!

  • Roxy says:

    >mmmmmm … I love YSL lip products – their lipsticks and glosses are absolutely fabulous – so stunning! I see more shades I want thanks to those swatches. Like I need another gloss … xo

  • Heather says:

    >I have all of them except #5!! I need to get that one! But I agree with you and everything you’ve said about them. I’ve been collecting them ever since the first 7 came out! Did you know there was a special #28 also – it’s pink (for women’s cancer) and beautiful!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    >I knew about the Breast Cancer special edition one (which I think might have previously been an Asia-only color?), but the counters said they never got that one in stock.

  • Sharon says:

    >Beautiful!

  • mstar says:

    God, I love you Karlasugar! Thanks so much for these swatches…I’ve been trying to decide between Blackcurrant, Purple, or Burgundy, and you’ve helped immensely.

  • makeupmad says:

    have these been discontinued? i have one that i bought years ago but can’t seem to find them online anymore :(

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