Im back! With another lippy!!With my last lippy review, Estee Lauder Vivid Shine lipstick in Poppy Love, one of my sweet readers pointed out that I seem to buy only shades of Pink – questioning why? While assuring her that I do own other colours, I promised her a review an Orange Lippy next – so here it is – YSL Pur Couture #13 Le Orange – One of the most beautiful, wearable, bright shades of orange.
Everyone likes to experiment, right? Some little, some more.After amassing hordes of pink and red, one feels at least ek orange honachahiye! So what did I do – go to the one brand which supposedly has the most widest range ofcolours possible – MAC. I tried Morange – Loud and garish, Neon Orange – More Loud, Lady Danger – I looked like a Lady of the nite! Hmmmmpf!
Don’t get me wrong, the colours mentioned above are great, just not for me – didn’t suit my face or skintone or whatever! Then I suddenly remembered having seen a vibrant orange online and thought lets check it out – enter YSL. For some reason, I had not tried YSL lippies ever before. So thought, lets see what they have to offer and in the bargain if I get mere wala orange – fantastic!
I tried the colour and fell in love. Still, its was an orange….I wasn’t sure I would be able to carry it off. Can I really? I didn’t buy it. But the colour kept haunting me and I had to go back for it. Finally, it became my Birthday Gift from Hubby – yeah, one of those things where you select the product and tell hubby – BUY THIS NOW!
The Product (from the Website):
A new-generation lipstick inspired by Monsieur Saint Laurent’s iconic color palette—red, fuchsia and orange—in a collection of captivating couture shades that offer each complexion a customized look. Lips are saturated with intense, stay-true color, thanks to the Coloreveal Technology while natural extracts provide comforting moisture that lasts all day. Provides medium to full coverage with a radiant, satin finish.
This particular shade from YSL came into the limelight and got blogged about a lot thanks to its use by KourtneyKardashian – one of the (in)famousKardashian sisters. Apparently, its her “go to” red!Was this reason enough for me to buy it! No! I have little to no interest in the life of Kardashian sisters. But the lipstick colour really caught my attention.
US $34 / INR 1950 for 3.8gms
The lipstick comes packaged in a golden case which has a decent weight. It bears the YSL logo on one side. You can close it on any side, however, makes sense to align the logo each time. The gold case can be a pain to keep free from smudges – it’s a finger print magnet!
Love the YSL insignia etched on the lipstick. I know a lot of brands do that nowadays, including drugstore. But it still gives me a luxe feel to see the brand insignia on the lippy.The lipstick comes packaged in a golden cardboard box. Though the box does not come with a seal, however, the closure is kind of tamper-proof. However, when you actually want to open it, you end up tearing the packaging a little…refer pics.Grouse with the packaging – again, no indication of colour (if you have more than one). Also, the tag on the lippy bottom mentions only the number, not the name!
My Experience with Yves Saint Lauren Pur Couture Pure Color Satiny Radiance #13 Le Orange:
The Colour is Orange no doubt and bight – however, there is enough red and a tad bit of pink to make it more wearable and suitable for most skintones. I do believe that the colour would suit almost all skin tones and would look particularly lovely on more dusky ones. Kourtney Kardashian seems to be rocking it!On the blogosphere, the colour has been described as red toned orange as well as orange toned red. So which is it?Red OR Orange? I think the name should be an indicator for you…it definitely is an orange. I think 2 things come into play here:
• Lighter, pink toned skins will accentuate the red in the lippy while the yellow toned skins will accentuate the orange in it. So on light toned gals, it will look more red than orange and vice-versa.
• Also, if you swatch the lippy next to pure oranges, it would seem red. However, swatched against reds, it is clearly an orange. Refer pics for better understanding of this.
All in all it’s a fairly unique colour and I love it!
The texture is slippery and it glides on extremely smoothly. 2 swipes are enough to make the colour stand out. It has a little slip and does transfer easily. The lipstick keeps the lips hydrated for as long as its there.
Which brings me to the staying power – the lipstick lasts for about 4 hours on my lips. However, the Pur Couture range has a tendency to stain…and I mean STAIN! Whether a light shade or dark, the stain stays for hours. I remember swatching the shades and later the colours just wouldn’t come off my arm!! Also note that the stain is not drying on my lips – which is a change! So all in all, you get about 6-7hours of colour with this – lipstick and stain!
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Yves Saint Lauren Pur Couture Pure Color Satiny Radiance #13 Le Orange:
• Fabulous, Fantastic, awesome colour! One of the brightest yet wearable shades of orange I have come across!
• The colour would suit all skin tones as long as you are comfortable wearing a bright colour.
• The lipstick glides on softly like butter – no tug, no pull.
• Considering the bright colour and how softly it glides on – there was no feathering or bleeding.
• Hydrates the lips while on
• The colour stains which lasts for good 2-3hours on lips – and more than 20 hours on the arms!!!
• Applies easily from the tube
• Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
• Tamper proof packaging
• Luxe packaging
Cons of Yves Saint Lauren Pur Couture Pure Color Satiny Radiance #13 Le Orange:
• The lipstick transfers easily because of the soft texture.
• The grouse with the packaging – no indicator of colourot shade name!
It’s a great lipstick in terms of shade and feel. Personally, not my favourite texture because of the transference. However, I love the feel of hydration it gives me. I personally prefer saturated bright longlastingcolours – so you will see me review the more intense, longlasting, satin lippies from a brand rather than their “sheer” or “shine” variants. This lippy does not fall in the longlasting category for sure (minus the stain) – however, I love it for the colour!
Would I buy Yves Saint Lauren Pur Couture Pure Color Satiny Radiance #13 Le Orange again?
Not sure if I’ll be buying more Pur Couture lipsticks in the near future. Having said that – if I do finish this one, I will surely buy again – for the BEAUTUFUL colour!
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