I’ve only ever had one YSL lipstick. It was one I used sparingly – I think it had been discontinued, but it was the silkiest, balmiest of lippies that I wanted to last forever. Since I used it up I’ve been meaning to try something new, so when the new YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats collection arrived I was giddy. Plus personalized lip parcels?! When brands go the extra mile on blogger outreach it’s always especially lovely. 

Joining the existing ‘The Mats’ eight-piece collection, the five new shades are wearable options to head into Spring/Summer with. It’s a contrast to the usual brights that brands come out with and I love that. As pretty as a neon orange lippy is, it’s just not something that I’m going to wear enough to justify. Instead, it’s all dusty pinks and neutral tones with a couple of darker options. Lovely stuff. 

Application and wear wise these have lived up to my expectations. They’re creamy and feel lovely to wear – not something that’s the norm when it comes to matte finishes! A couple of the shades are standouts pigmentation wise, but I’ll talk through each a bit below.

L-R 214, 217, 216, 218, 215

No 214 Wood On Fire (burnt, terracotta orange)

A darker nude, I found this and 217 were the most matte in the range. In the swiped swatch I think it shows the finish quite well when compared with 216, which has more sheen to it. Colour wise it’s a nude with a bit more colour to it and one I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of. 

No 217 Nude Trouble (the true nude)

To me, this isn’t what I’d call a nude. It’s probably my favourite from the collection, I just see it as more of a dusky pink… Even still, I’m obsessed with this colour! I basically my favourite mix of nude & mauve-y pink. Lush. 

No 216 Red Clash (a rusty red)

I’m not one for wearing red, but I actually really like this on. It’s certainly not a bright red – this one has real warmth to it… I actually think it’ll be a nice option with a bit of a tan, which isn’t usually something I find with red lippy. It’s pigmented well and gives a good opaque colour with one swipe, neatened up with a second. It looks a lot redder on the lip image, but the swatch feels truer to life. 

No 218 Coral Remix (dusty coral)

I’d say this is the lightest pigmentation wise, but to me it’s more of a ‘your lips but better’ product anyway. I think it feels like a lighter version of Wood On Fire, so if you’re after something more natural then this is a good option. 

No 215 Lust For Pink (deepest fuchsia)

Out of all the shades this is the most ‘out there’. It’s not one I’d wear on a day-to-day basis, but for a fun, girly pink it’s really cute. Pigmentation is good and it’s matte enough without feeling too Barbie plastic?! With it being blue toned it’s also good for flashing pearly whites. 

Overall, it’s this colour range that I’m really loving. It’s a nice mix of tones that are lively enough for freshening up your summer lippies, without feeling tooo crazy. For investment lipsticks, they’re the sort I’d go for as I know I’d get plenty of wear out of them. I wouldn’t say they’re the most matte that I’ve tried, but then that’s not what they claim to be. They’re definitely matte, but not liquid lipstick matte (which is hellaaa matte!), so in general they feel nicer and wear much better throughout the day. With these, they’re really wearable tones and I know I don’t have to worry about the flaky lip sitch. Good stuff. These shades are all available now and are £26 each. 


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  1. 12th May 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Amazing shades Lydia x

    Millie x

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