There are four new shades of YSL Rouge Pur lipstick, and I was instantly tempted by Sweet Dark Purple (Violine Sucree, 151). Their Holiday Makeup Look actually features #150, Sublime Red, but I decided that I have quite a few true red lipsticks at the moment, and purple is a bit more versatile for me, so #151 was the one to come home with me.
Maybe I should have remembered that the Rouge Pur line is on the dry side. It feels weightless and never bothers my lips, but it doesn't add any extra moisture and requires some prep before applying (exfoliate, moisturize, blot). It's not too dry as to require topping with a gloss, though I play with various options when I want to tone down the color.
Sweet Dark Purple is a very berry shade and generally looks better in the evening. The texture makes it an excellent option for those holiday parties where you want to sip your champagne with constantly having to reapply your lipstick. It stays put beautifully. One warning, though: do an extra shot of Listerine and mind the rest of your makeup undertones, as the color can make teeth appear yellow.
Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Pur Lipstick ($30) is available from most top department stores. #151 isn't always in stock and it seems Sephora doesn't have any of the newer colors. I bought mine from yslbeautyus.com.
All photos by me. Fuzzy creature: Buffy.