So I picked up this beauty when I was shopping in the sales a few weeks ago - Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupte Perle in Spellbinding Violet. This was a shade in their Autumn look collection from 2011, and is described by YSL as being:
For sensual, full lips with a subtle satin shine. Balancing colour and shine, the rose gold micro-pearl enriched formula spills across the lips to create a pearlescent shimmer. Lips instantly feel soft and supple and are drenched in gorgeous colour with a satiny-pearl finish. ROUGE VOLUPTÉ PERLE comes in a palette of pearly shades that conjure up the magic of the East; browns, purples and bronzes send out slivers of light to gift-wrap lips in a satin ribbon of colour. SPF 15.
Full price this lipstick retails at around £23.50 but I picked it up for an amazing £9.80 in the sale. Spellbinding Violet is a pretty dramatic shade, but when I swatched it at the counter I just fell in love! The shimmer and pigmentation are gorgeous. Here's a few pics.
Not only is this a fantastic lipstick, but the casing is just beautiful. The white inside the casing has a gorgeous perlescent sheen and it just looks that bit more sophisticated than most of the other lipsticks I own. (sorry the case is upside down!)
Bullet without flash
And with flash.
The picture above of the bullet with flash is a much more accurate representation of the colour. It's so dark and a lovely royal purple shade. I think you could get away with this in the day if you wore it with a very basic natural face, and of course you could glam it up for a striking evening look too.
I took a few swatches for you too.
Unfortunately I couldn't get my camera to get the colour to come up perfectly, but this was the best I could do. It is a lot more purple on the lips and a lot more accurate in colour to the picture of the bullet with flash.
I absolutely love this new addition to my collection and have worn it on a few occasions to work already! It does really highlight any dryness on your lips, so a good scrub beforehand is advised, but it isn't drying, and I love that is has an SPF15 too :)
Have you bought anything exciting in the sales?