Friday, March 12, 2010

Requested Lipstick Review: GOSH Darling vs. YSL Rouge Volupte no.2

I got a request from one of my favourite YouTube Guru's, Fiona Man to do a comparison of two lipsticks that I really like.  You may have noticed Fiona after Koren (aka: Enkoremakeup) featured her on his channel reviewing one of his duo fibre brushes.  This is how I got to know of Fiona and eventually we became really good Twitter buddies!  So be sure to check out Fiona's channel on YouTube and be sure to hit the "subscribe" button!  She also has a Fan Page on Facebook as well.  So be sure to check it out and join!

Two lipsticks I tend to reach for on a daily basis are GOSH Darling #134 and YSL Rouge Volupte no.2.  I'm a nude lipstick freak and if you've even seen my lipstick collection I would say that 75% of it is pretty much nude.  I know it's weird to have so many nude lipsticks in so many different shades but I just can't help myself.  It's what I grew up wearing and I just can't seem to let it go.

GOSH Darling ($16.00 CAD)
I've seen so many reviews on YouTube about this lipstick that I just had to see what the hype was all about.  So I went over to one my nearest Shoppers Drug Mart's to pick one up.  I couldn't wait to try it that I put it on as soon as I finished purchasing it.  All I could say was that I was in love!  The texture is so creamy and smooth and instantly my super dry lips were moisturized.  One downfall of this lipstick is that it can be a bit slippery so it's probably best to use a lipliner or primer prior to putting it on.  As far as the color goes, it is more on the peachy pink nude side which is great for light to fair skin tones.  It also has a nice sweet smell and isn't too overbearing.    Can't say much about the packaging.  It's just plain black, nothing special.  Kinda boring actually.  But overall it's a good lipstick, especially if you've got dry lips like me.

One thing that stands out specifically about YSL Rouge Volupe lipsticks is the packaging.  By looking at the above picture I'm pretty sure you'll agree with me that they are just absolutely gorgeous!  Not only is the packaging gorgeous but so is the color #2 which is a pretty pink rosy nude color.  I think this color is probably most suitable for medium skin tones.  As for consistency this lipstick is very very creamy.  More creamier than GOSH Darling.  I would have to say that this is the downfall of this lipstick.  It is so creamy that the product melts on the lips fairly quickly.  After two days of application I began to notice that a lot of it had gone down probably 2 mm.  Pretty fast right?  Another thing I'm not too keen on about this lipstick is the smell.  It does have a very distinct smell.  It's a little too strong for my liking.  If I were to describe the scent I'd say it kind of reminds me of marachino or candied cherries.  And unfortunately I don't like either of the two.  Now let's talk price, $42 is way too expensive to be spending on a lipstick but I'd have to say the the packaging really got me and I'm a sucker for pretty things.  The lipstick is very pretty as well.

Left: YSL Right: GOSH

All in all both lipsticks are great in my opinion.  If you've willing to dish out the funds for YSL Rouge Volupte I'd say knock yourself out but beware of it's downfalls.  GOSH Darling is a safe choice if you're into the nude look and aren't willing to pay as much as YSL.  Hope this helps Fiona! :)

Do you own any of the two?  If so, how do you like them?  Do you have another nude lipstick you'd recommend?  Comment Below!


  1. Great review. I'm don't usually tend to buy things based on packaging cause sometimes the product inside is crappy.
    I don't know that I would spend $42 on a lipstick but if it's as good as everyone says it is; I'd gladly part with the money.

  2. Thanks Naomi! I was weary of spending the $42 on it too but I'm such a sucker! The lipstick is really nice especially if you like creamy lipsticks. I tend to lean more towards creamy because I've got super dry lips!

  3. My lips chap very easily so I usually look for a creamy texture in lipsticks. The YSL sounds like it would be perfect for me.

  4. It just might be! If you do decide to get it let me know how it works out for you!

  5. Thanks so much Donna for an awesome review :)

    I was so shocked to see a photo of myself in the beginning haha. Thanks for the plug!

  6. Wow what pretty colors I have yet to try Gosh lipsticks thanks for the review I will take a closer look next time im at shoppers

  7. Gosh is sooo pretty but too pale on my complexion. I love YSL Rouge Voluptes -- haven't tried this colour...YET!

  8. I actually don't normally wear Gosh alone. I use a deeper liner underneath to balance out the paleness. Love YSL but so darn expensive!