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[SAMPLE] YSL Black Opium EDP

This is my first review on fragrances, which is honestly long overdue. Although I sometimes am very lazy about using them as a final touch, I do love trying and smelling all these fragrances because they can smell so different with just a few different ingredients.

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Product Description

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is a glamorous yet edgy fragrance bursting with mystery and energy. The bouquet is an addictive gourmand floral with notes of adrenaline-pumping black coffee, seductive white florals and sweet vanilla.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 139 for 50ML (Shilla Duty-Free @ Changi Airport)


Details

Family: Warm & Sweet Gourmand
Style: Glamorous, Rock Spirit, Addiction
Top Notes: Green Tangerine, Pear
Middle Notes: Jasmine Tea Petal, Orange Flower Petal
Base Notes: Green Coffee, White Woody

I won’t claim to be an expert on the ingredients in fragrances, but as you can see, this EDP is a delightful mix of natural ingredients. If you’re curious as to what the different terms mean:

The Top Notes

Also sometimes referred to as the opening notes or head notes, the top notes of a fragrance are generally the lightest of all the notes. They are recognized immediately upon application of the perfume. The top notes are also the first to fade given their light molecular structure, but this does not mean they aren’t of utmost importance.

The top notes of a fragrance represent the first impression. How many times have you tested a fragrance only to be turned off right away? Why? Because the top notes didn’t make a lasting impression on you. It is hugely important that the top notes not only succeed at luring you in, but also smoothly transition into the heart of the fragrance.

The Middle Notes

The middle notes, or the heart notes, make an appearance once the top notes evaporate. The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. A perfume’s heart is generally pleasant and well-rounded. It is ofen a smooth combination of floral or fruit tones; sometimes infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom.

The Base Notes
The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated. The base notes mingle with the heart notes to create the full body of the fragrance, but are typically associated with the dry-down period. The job of the base notes is to provide the lasting impression. These often rich notes linger on the skin for hours after the top notes have dissipated.

The middle notes are akin to the highlight of the fragrance, so it’s little wonder that they are the main bulk of what you smell upon application of this EDP. Jasmine Tea Petal and Orange Flower Petal smell wonderfully fresh, but it may be slightly overpowering at times. I couldn’t quite smell the top notes of green tangerine and pear, but it’s probably just me.

The base notes are also very strong, and they surface after a while when the top and middle notes have evaporated. I really like the woody, musky smell – it brings a sense of rootedness (haha, pun) that sticks with you after the initial ‘flirty’ notes are gone.

While I love this fragrance, I wouldn’t say this is for everyday use. Reserve this for events when you want to get heads turning, and surely all the noses will be turned to you as well.


Rating

✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] YSL Volupté Sheer Candy

I received this as a gift of sorts, and I was really eager to use this because I really like YSL’s lip products (which I personally wouldn’t have the heart to buy because it would burn a hole in my wallet).


Product Description

This ultra-light lip balm leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to 8 hours and is ideal for year-round use.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 54

 

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The shade I got was #2, Dewy Papaya.

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Packaging: I love the packaging of this lip balm. It’s classy & elegant with a touch of playfulness, which totally embodies YSL.

Taste: With a shade labeled ‘Dewy Papaya’, it’s not hard to imagine why this product would also have a tinge of papaya taste. The taste is not overpowering – just a slightly sweet flavour. It even smells a tad like papaya as well.

Colour payoff & intensity: As you can see from the swatch, the product is really sheer (it is called Sheer Candy, after all) so there’s not much of a colour payoff to describe or evaluate. However, there’s a tinge of gloss and shimmer that looks really great on the lips, especially if you’re going for a plump lip look. I find that it also helps to brighten up and ‘fill in’ the natural colour of your lips, which is another way you look at achieving a MLBB look.

Effectiveness: With regards to its properties as a lip balm, I think this product is not too bad. It does hydrate your lips as a lip balm should, although I’m not too sure about a promise of up to 8 hours. My lips tend to dry out very easily (which is also why I have problems using matte lipsticks sometimes), so you’ll have to take that into consideration as well.

Staying power: As with glosses and balms in general, I wasn’t expecting this to stay on my lips for a very long time. Most of it is usually gone after a meal, so be prepared to touch up every now and then if you’re using this.


Final Verdict

I honestly feel that I will love the dark pink colours even more, but the price is indeed a strong deterrent.

I personally think that many other brands also offer good lip balms with a good colour payoff and at a much lower price (for example, Innisfree), so you’re really paying for the brand name (and gorgeous packaging, of course) at that price. That’s not to say I won’t discourage you from doing it – it is, after all, a good product that does what it should.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] YSL Beauty Vernis A Levres Vinyl Cream

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) lipsticks have been the talk of the town since Jun Ji-hyun was mistakenly believed to have been wearing their lipsticks in My Love from the Star. In fact, if you type YSL into a Google search bar, one of the first results you get is ‘YSL lipstick’.


Product description

Cream comfort. Vinyl shine. Radical wear.

As irresistibly comfortable as cream. Glossy – like vinyl – to the extreme. This essential mash-up of a stain, a lipstick and a gloss comes in a fearless tracklist of shades, which remain completely bulletproof – no matter what.

Vinyl melts into cream, drenching lips in moisturizing comfort and a riff of fearless colour. Smoothing, hydrating, perfecting in a flash. Creamy vinyl shine wraps around every contour, unleashing flawlessly enveloped lips, in 12 powerful shades. The first creamy stain by YSL beauté. Vinylized shine and ultra-pigmented colours that last with comfort. Cream hydration for 10 hours.* Nourished and smoother lips day after day.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 51

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The shade I got was 401 Rouge Vinyl, a deep wine red. I like how the product smells – when you open it, there’s a distinctive sweet, cherry scent that doesn’t smell too sickly.

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On first application, you can already see how good the colour payoff and incredibly moisturizing this is.

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So this is what happened when I tried to clean it off… this product obviously stains very, extremely well. I tried to rub off the stain as hard as I could (in fact, you can tell that I rubbed so hard that the surrounding skin has turned red), but to no avail. This hardly happens to me (with the exception of really good lip tints like Innisfree Eco Flower Tint) When I resorted to using makeup remover wipes, it got most of the stain off but there were still traces of it. I don’t think I’ve been so thoroughly impressed by a lip product’s staining power before.

I put it to the test by wearing it for a long day and seeing if I need to reapply at all throughout the day. As expected, I never once had to reapply. It lasted me for almost 12 hours straight, all the way through lunch, a presentation, and dinner. It felt very comfortable on my lips as well, in fact, better than Urban Decay’s Vice Liquid Lipstick.


Final Verdict

401 is not my go-to shade, but I love this product so much that even a red like this can work for me. What I try to do is to make a gradient lip look instead of fully covering the lips, so that it doesn’t look too intense. I think 401 is a very classic YSL shade, suitable for any occasion, including work and parties.

Unfortunately, $51 is pretty much out of my budget. I think the price tag is reasonable if you consider YSL’s brand power and actual effectiveness, but I don’t think I will be buying this anytime soon.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮