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YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick: Love at First Swipe

I stopped wearing lipstick daily, a few years ago. I also stopped wearing earrings everyday about six years ago, because I felt over accessorized when I had on hoops, necklaces, and bracelets, and the arm and neck candy always won out. But the self-imposed lipstick ban (except for special occasions) is a mystery. I rarely remembered to even put on lip balm, and at my age, my lack-luster lips need all the shine support they can get.

Ironically,  I co-wrote a book about lipstick in 1998, called,  Read My Lips: A Cultural history of Lipstick. So you’d think I would be a loyalist to lip color. Don’t get me wrong, I do love lipstick and its transformative effects—I often relied on red lips and sunglasses to get me through a bad everything day. So, I am happy to report that I recently started wearing lipstick again, and here’s why. When I left my job back in March, my very good friend Lisa took me to dinner celebrate the beginning of a new (and unknown) chapter in my life. In addition to treating me to a fabulous meal complete with fine French champagne, she handed me a package that contained a note (to read it, click here.) and a tube of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Exquisite Plum. Read what makes this lipstick so special and see more shades after the jump.

Forget the fact that she managed to pick out the perfect color for me, this lipstick truly is amazing, and I couldn’t believe it had never crossed my lips. It feels sumptuous, tastes delicious, and, when I put it on, my lips look fuller and younger—ah, youth in a tube—plus it truly is long-lasting. Apparently all this happens because it is densely pigmented, has a satin-like finish and a unique colourshine complex that leaves lips visibly smoothed, plumped and radiant. Science of beauty aside, I’m just happy to be puckering up in living color, again. As a very clever friend of mine once said, all a woman needs is a good pair of shoes and the right lipstick.

all photos: barneysnewyork.com

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