Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté #22 Prune Exquise

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté #22 Prune Exquise is a deep plummy shade. The formulation is very creamy and slippery. I have to blot it down and layer to the opacity I like, otherwise I have to worry, that I will end up with some vampy strokes/smearing while eating or drinking. I really like wearing such shades in general though. The staying power is about one to two hours on me, it leaves a rather visible stain. It smells like melon, I can see how this can bother some people, it also takes some time till the scent has faded. When my lips are in good condition, I don’t experience any major drying but Rouge Voluptes actually can be drying if you already have dry lips. On my skintone it pulls more plummy than expected.

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On my arm swatch I applied two layers, on my lip swatch three (each blotted down, the top layer shows how glossy it looks – not blotted). It was possible to apply this colour very even straight from the bullet. I think the texture has to suit your lip condition, otherwise it won’t look very pretty (but that is the case with every formulation, right?). Overall, this shade is a winner, the formulation is rather so-so and not my favourite one.