I've used my YSL Gloss VoluptÃ© Sheer Sensual Gloss Stick SPF 9 in No. 1 Iced Lychee ($35 CAN/$30 US) to the nub and I'm a tad sad about it. The slim stick of sheer watermelon-pink gloss is -- or was -- officially an all-time favourite from the first moment I saw it at the YSL launch a few months back. Smoothly emollient and sheer, it practically melts over the lips with a light, delicious guava scent and a titch of flavour, and is so moisturizing that it can stand in for lip balm.
Thankfully, until my self-imposed spending-ban is lifted, I can console myself with No. 4 Frozen Plum, a sheer deep raisin. (Er, according to my writer friend Liza, it's unfortunately hard to find at the moment, even in Paris -- she tried. Gloss VoluptÃ© is a new core YSL product, though, so I'd expect replenishment at counters soon.) Other shades are No. 2 Chilled Raspberry and No.3 Frozen Cherry. Delicious.
My other crush from the YSL Fall collection is the limited-edition CrÃ¨me de Blush Cream Blush in No. 1 Velvety Peach. (Peach is an under-sung blush hero that warms all complexions with a youthful-yet-not-girlie glow.) With its velvet-soft mousse-y texture, the YSL CrÃ¨me de Blush ($48 CAN/$38 US) blends in beautifully for a born-with-it fresh finish.
For at-the-launch scenes, pop over to beautyeditor.ca; Michelle has also helpfully included images of the full collection, and a follow-up post of great tips from makeup-great Val Garland, artistic advisor for YSL. And below is that promised-in-the-title makeup lesson with Val, courtesy of Flare Magazine's flare.com.
YSL cosmetics are available at Holt Renfrew and Murale in Canada and via yslbeautyus.com in the US.