When I declared Lancome’s L’Absolu Nu the fifth and final new lipstick of spring/summer 2011, a reader wrote to correct me: I’d neglected to mention YSL’s new lipstick offering.
I believe Volupte Sheer Candy is set to replace YSL’s other sheer lipstick formula, skinny-tube Gloss Volupte. Sheer Candy comes in a wider, silver lipstick tube (the same size as Rouge Volupte). The new formula feels just slightly heavier and more balm-y than Gloss Volupte. (Both have YSL’s signature mango scent.)
The colors are quite sheer (especially invisible numbers 2 and 3) — maybe more balm than lipstick. The product promises 8 hours “of hydration,” which isn’t the same as 8-hour wear. The display in Sephora also suggests that you can wear these alone or under other lipstick. If you’re going to wear one under your lipstick, I’d wait a few minutes for Candy’s “drydown.” Otherwise I’d be a little worried that the initial amount of slip could make your lipstick move.
Lush Coconut is a warm nude with some tiny gold sparkles. Dewy Papaya is ultra sheer warm pink (clear on the lips). Juicy Grapefruit is clear with tiny gold and multicolored sparkles. Succulent Pomegranate is cool pink. Mouthwatering Berry is berry pink. Luscious Cherry (my favorite) is red-pink with tiny multicolored sparkles.
Volupte Sheer Candy lipsticks are $30 each, and for now, Sephora has the (short-term) exclusive. Soon (in a few weeks, I think), they’ll be for sale everywhere YSL is sold.