Sali Loves: YSL Beauté Kiss and Love Collection

_11272439I so desperately want every lipstick print item in the new Saint Laurent ready-to-wear fashion collection, but alas, it’s so eye wateringly expensive that I’ll have to be content to merely stare and dribble at Net-a-Porter until it inevitably sells out. Let’s hope that’s mercifully quick. What anyone similarly obsessed with red lipstick motifs can do, however, is treat oneself to something from the YSL Beauté Kiss & Love collection. This is YSL’s Holiday (aka Christmas) offering and it is, at time of writing, the most beautiful of all the festive collections I’ve seen so far. There’s a palette, naturally – a gold folding-book type, covered in red kiss prints and containing four metallic eye colours, two lip colours, and a blush. It’s magnificent – perhaps too magnificent to spoil by actually using it, but this has rarely been any kind of deterrent, frankly. More useful is the limited edition Touche Éclat pen, repackaged for the occasion. There’s the classic Rose Radiance shade, plus another two, more yellowy tones. If you’re not already a Touche fan, then there’s no reason to buy this, but if you’re one of the many women who can’t live without it, then it will make you squeak. There are two nail polishes, and yet despite believing with all my heart that YSL make the best of all lacquers, I have little interest in these because they’re metallic, when the collection’s theme positively screamed for bold, creamy colourblocking. I just don’t get it. With crashing predictability, my favourite products in the capsule collection are the lipsticks. Here, you get double lip-action – a red lip print on the tube (I’d have liked more, in all honesty, like on the Touche Éclat tube) and heaps of them stamped into the bullet itself (these last remarkably well despite repeated use, incidentally). There are four altogether – Le Rouge (pillarbox perfection), Le Orange (a deeply flattering true orange), Le Fuchsia (a bluey hot pink, less bright than Nars Schiap, beautiful against orange or red nails) and Le Nu, a Bardot-esque pale nude. They’re the same formula as the existing Rouge Pur Couture collection, and boast the same creamy, comfy, colour-saturated finish. But these have lip prints on them. So we need them very badly, you see?

YSL Beauté Kiss & Love Touche Eclat is £25  here and the palette is exclusively available at Selfridges. The remainder of the collection hits counter on November 4th. If you can’t wait – and believe me, I hear you – you can get it now at Nordstrom in The States.

 

Lip Colours (Nordstrom): here

Nail Lacquers (Nordstrom): here

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