When it comes to summer lipsticks, the usual choices tend to centre arounds nudes, pinks, and perhaps the odd coral if I’m feeling colourful, so when YSL very kindly sent over their Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in 48 Smoking Plum, I kind of thought I would have to tuck it into a drawer until the summer was over. Happily though, I was seriously wrong – who knew a plum lip could be a summer staple?
Packaged in the brand’s signature golden bullet, I don’t think that the lipstick could be any more glamorous! It’s nicely weighted, and it feels super special to use. The formula is an absolute dream too! Even though 48 Smoking Plum is quite a pigmented lipstick, it just glides onto the lips, feeling much more akin to a soft balm. It has a wonderfully fruity taste which doesn’t veer into overpowering, and it’s so easy to pop into my makeup bag for touchups.
The colour is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the way I can dab a little on during the day to get a your-lips-but-better shade, or with a heavier hand achieve a deeper colour of pout. On the lips, 48 Smoking Plum is a beautiful, almost wine shade that makes teeth look white, and would be so pretty with a tan. It feels nicely unexpected to wear at this time of year, and I can totally see myself reaching for it well into the fall!