YSL The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick: The Review & Swatches

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick Swatches and Review

The original YSL The Slim launched back in 2018, and it’s been in hot-demand ever since. Matte lipstick lovers everywhere went ga-ga for its velvet finish, ultra-precise square-bullet and pigment-punching formula. There was, however, a subset of makeup lovers left at the sidelines: non-matte lovers. That changes right now. 

YSL’s just unveiled YSL Rouge Pur Couture Slim Sheer Matte; the matte lip for someone that hates matte lips. It’s nourishing but not shiny, comfortable but long-lasting and creates a few different lip looks in one. Read on to learn more, and to see all the swatches…

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick Arm Swatches 101 106 108 109 11 112

The Formula

Comfort: that’s what you can expect from The Slim Sheer Matte’s formula. Unlike other matte lipsticks, this one has a creaminess that stays put instead of disappearing – don’t confuse that with stickiness or shininess though. Sheer Matte is what I’d call a 3D matte, it’s not flat or drying, or glossy as a matter of fact, it’s a matte with a subtle sheen. And despite feeling hydrating on the lips, Slim Sheer Matte is lightweight, but it still has great staying power; they last on my lips for around four hours before I need to top-up. 

Another thing to note about the formula is the blurring technology that lies within it; this tech softens fine lines for an airbrushed look. So whether you choose to pat on the colour for a delicate flush or layer-up for a pop of pigment, your lips look healthy, always. 


The Shades

YSL Slim Sheer Matte is available in 12 shades worldwide, and we have six of them available at Escentual. From muted pink-nudes to vibrant cherry reds, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re into colour or not. 

Each shade is made to be layered too; one layer creates a just-blotted look (a wash of colour), while a few layers amps up the intensity.

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in 101 Rouge Libre Swatch

101 Rouge Libre is a raspberry pink-red with a cool undertone. A little more pared-back, and neutral than fuchsia, the shade has a berry quality that looks great patted on the lips too, for a just-bitten effect.

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in 106 Pure Nude Swatch

106 Pure Nude is the lightest nude in the collection; its rose-peach hue and neutral undertone make it a great everyday lipstick for a variety of skin tones.

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in 108 Rouge Devetu Nude Swatch

108 Rouge Devetu is a juicy blood-red hue with a neutral undertone. When layered, the lipstick becomes a rich, Hollywood red – it reminds me of the apple in Snow White!

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in 109 Rose Denude Swatch

109 Rose Denude is a fuchsia-pink with a blue undertone – it’s the perfect choice if 101 Rouge Libre isn’t quite pink enough for you!

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in 111 Coral Explicite Swatch

111 Corail Explicite is a coral-pink with a neutral undertone. If layered once the colour looks like a demure rosy-coral, but when you start to layer it up the pink becomes more neon – it’s like two lipsticks in one!

YSL Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in 112 Raw Rosewood Swatch

112 Raw Rosewood is dark pink-nude with a purple shift, it’s almost too dark to be deemed a nude lip colour but when patted on to it gives the effect of healthy lips. It’s what I would call ‘a pink lip without the frills’.

Your Questions Answered


What’s the difference between The Slim and Sheer Matte?

There are a few big differences between both. Firstly, and the most notable is the finish. The original Slim has a velvet matte finish, whereas Slim Sheer Matte’s finish has more of a sheen and hydrating feel on the lips. The second difference is the packaging; Slim Sheer’s bullet is silver, whereas the original is gold. 

Slim fans will be happy to know the square-bullet features in both, and once you use this bullet you’ll never want to use anything else. A lip liner and lipstick in one, the defined edges make tracing your lip line, and shaping your lips a breeze – it’s a must-have if you’re into bold colour and can’t quite get the knack of straight edges.

How do I apply/use The Slim? 

Start by using the top-left corner tip to outline the cupid’s bow and upper lip line, then use the flat surface to fill-in. For the lower lip, use the two long edges to get a neat lip-line, and then use the flat surface to fill-in again.


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