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Why YSL Lipsticks Got the Same Shades with Different Names?

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle

I purchased a new shade – YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle. But after trying it on, I figured I already have that color: it’s YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 16 Orange Impertinent! What’s going on?

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle is a dark orange-grey color without shimmer. That ‘muted carrot’ lipstick color was very popular in Hitchcock movies. So that shade is gonna give you a vintage feel. 16 Orange Majorelle will do well with sky blue eyeshadows if we are talking about a vintage look.

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle

Now let’s compare 16 Orange Majorelle to 16 Orange Impertinent. Do you see any difference? I don’t!

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle vs 16 Orange Impertinent swatches
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle vs 16 Orange Impertinent swatches

How did I end up having two lipsticks in the same color? I went to Nordstrom to find out. YSL counter sales associate explained that Yves Saint Laurent company (nowadays known as Saint Laurent) discontinued Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks and replaced them with Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipsticks. By the way, they kept the same shade numbers but with different names: 13 Pink In Paris – 13 Pink Babylone; 16 Orange Impertinent – 16 Orange Majorelle; 19 Fuchsia in Rage – 19 Fuchsia Denim… and etc. The colors are the same or almost the same. For example, 13 Pink Babylone has more shimmer than 13 Pink In Paris. That is so confusing!

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle lips

The question is: are YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipsticks worth buying if the colors are almost the same? Every YSL lipstick costs $38 without tax, so it’s going to be very expensive to end up with a bunch of dupes. Also, you have limited time to return the lipstick: at the YSL website it’s only 60 days. I prefer to buy at Nordstrom because there’s no time frame to return or exchange the lipstick. I would recommend to try the lipsticks at the store, read the blogs, see Google images before you decide to invest in new lipstick. Makeup organizing helps a lot to avoid having dupes!

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick lipstick 16 Orange Majorelle lips

For this look, I used Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette – Light. To read more about this eyeshadow palette click here.

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