Last year, my husband went to the department store to pick up a little gift for me, and he somehow ended up at the Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counter, where the SA directed him to their new matte lipsticks. As he really loves red on me, red is what he chose, so here is Rouge Rock, my first ever matte lipstick (what can I say, I was strictly a creamy/shimmery girl before).
YSL do name their lipsticks, but they don’t seem to put the name on the lipstick label. It just says “203” on the bottom of the tube. Seems a bit odd, as there is more than enough room on it to fit the whole name in small print.
The tube itself is gold and metallic, and very rectangular. I am not a fan; I find it a bit tacky looking. The smooth, shiny surface collects fingerprints very easily, and it has already tarnished in some spots even though I have only left it in my bathroom drawer.
The lipstick itself, however, I love. This is the most weightless formula I’ve ever tried. It barely feels like anything is on my lips. The pigmentation is stunning, and one light swipe is enough for full opacity. The staying power is very good, 6–8 hours for me.
YSL’s description of the Mats formula is:
The must have for the perfect matte lip look. Rich, creamy formula is infused with a velvet complex for a luxuriously smooth application, and jojoba oil for long lasting comfort. Intense color pigments for a vibrant touch of color that lasts.
Formulated with “Velvet Complex”, a combination of spherical powders and silk oil, Rouge Pur Couture The Mats gives the lips a perfect matte finish, a sensual sheen and 6-hour color hold that never fades or smudges.
Rouge Rock is a true-to-slightly-cool vibrant red with a matte finish. The color is strikingly clear with no muted or muddy tones. It is not the easiest red to wear, due to its vibrancy. I do tend to feel like I need to be in a LBD and heels while wearing it! As a formula, though, this is a real winner.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats is US$36 / CA$39 and 0.13 oz / 3.8 mL. It is made in France.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty is a separate company from the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, which is owned by Paris-based Kering. YSL Beauty was purchased by Clichy, France-based L’Oréal Group from Gucci in 2008. (The acquisition included the worldwide licence for use of the YSL and Boucheron brands for perfume and cosmetics, and the license for the beauty and fragrance divisions of Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Ermenegildo Zegna.)