After a long period of lusting after YSL lip products, I finally cracked and bought my first one. I've tried them out in-store several times, and have always heard fantastic reviews, but up until now I've always resisted making the splurge. However, while playing around at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I swatched their Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in #9, and was instantly smitten.
For starters, allow me to rave about the packaging. YSL lipsticks have the most beautiful, elegant, intricate packaging I've seen. The Glossy Balm Line features a silver tube, with a "YSL" logo detail in the middle along with the actual product color (in this case, candy pink).
Volupte Sheer Candy #9 is described as "Cool Guava", and it is a cool toned candy pink color. As you can see in the swatch below, it is definitely sheer, and has a very glossy finish. The finish is exactly what you would expect if you mixed a gloss with lipstick.
On this lips, this looks AWESOME. It is opaque enough to add noticeable color, but glossy enough that there is no need for a gloss on top. The wear on this was better than I expected... I can get about 5-6 hours of wear out of this (which for a gloss balm is pretty good). It smells incredible as well, almost like fruity candy.
YSL's Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balms retail for $30 and can be purchased wherever YSL cosmetics are sold. The price tag on this product is a little ridiculous (which is why I've resisted the purchase so long), but I will say that if I had to spend $30 on a lip product, this is one I'm happy putting my money toward. I don't regret the purchase!
Overall, I am very impressed with this product. The only similar product I can think of is the Revlon Lip Butters, but Volupte Sheer Candy is definitely glossier than the Lip Butters. However, if you are looking for something similar for a better price, Revlon Lip Butters are worth checking out!
Have you tried any of YSL's lipsticks?