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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.