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It may be a new year, but this is not a new pursuit. I’ve felt it my sworn duty to seek out all the best red lipsticks to try and find the elusive “perfect” red. This is clearly a selfless pursuit. Clearly. I’m just doing it for all of you.

I recently sold a lot of my knitting yarn, and decided that I was going to use a little bit of it to try a new one. I couldn’t resist after seeing it on Le Simone Blog (here and here). So, welcome to my menagerie, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in Rouge Rock (#203). (Say THAT 10 times fast!)

YSL Rouge Rock lipstick

Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are a pretty luxe experience, starting with the gold packaging and ending with the “rich” perfume-y scent of the lipsticks. The company describes The Mats line as, “The must have for the perfect matte lip look. Rich, creamy formula is infused with a velvet complex for a luxuriously smooth application, and jojoba oil for long lasting comfort. Intense color pigments for a vibrant touch of color that lasts.”

YSL Rouge Rock lipstick

This is definitely a red for Dagmar, who said about the Illamasqua Box that she prefers something with a bit more sheen. Though described as a matte, it goes on silky, but not as slippery as YSL lipsticks usually are. It wears less like a matte and more like a cream, just with less shine.

Err…if you recognize the necklace, it was something else I did with my yarn money. Details to come!

YSL Rouge Rock lipstick is a bit more long wearing than cream lipsticks, but not as long wearing as a true matte like Box. It was still on after eating, but I did feel the need to reapply, unlike Box, which I could have touched up or not and still gotten away with it. And it wasn’t drying; my lips felt hydrated.


I’m very curious to compare it with the By Terry Rouge Terrybly in 201 Terrific Rouge that I tried on, both color-wise and finish-wise. I think it’s warmer, to the By Terry’s bluer, but I can’t quite tell. I guess I have my next victim! 😉

I’m definitely smitten, though. This is a great choice for a classic, gorgeous red when you don’t want something matte. It’s brighter than Box, and I felt super glamorous wearing it, even with the rest of my makeup kept to a minimum.

What do you think of the color? Have you tried this formula? Gotten any good lipsticks lately? What’s your perfect red?

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18 comments on “The Search for the Perfect Red: YSL Rouge Rock lipstick”

    • Thank you! And a friend of mine has that one, and it's quite lovely as well. 🙂 And, woo hoo, high five back! We have impeccable taste in hobbies. 😉

  1. Wonderful lipstick 🙂
    I love red lips.. it is my go to look when I don´t have much time in the morning. Mascara, eyeliner and a red lip and Im out the door 🙂
    I have quite a lot of red lipsticks, but one favorite has to be Red Carpet by IsaDora, it´s a true matte lipstick… and Red Red by Collection 2000 🙂

  2. Absolutely stunning!!! You look amazing in every red lipstick you try! And the whole outfit, including necklace and your hair, it's just perfect. PERFECT!!!

    • Aww, thank you! I'm glad that I got over my fear of wearing it, because it's really fun. And it's instant retro/glamour. It was right after I cut my hair, so it's a bit straighter. And I liked that the necklace could be the centerpiece. Thank you! 🙂

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