YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Framboise Craquante swatches, review, photos | A luxury lip balm that’s worth a second glance

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy review swatches photos

The product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in 12 Framboise Craquante (Tasty Raspberry)

As far as sheer lip balms go, you can’t get much more chic than YSL’s Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm line. As the name promises, these lip balms are both sheer and glossy — and they do a fabulous job of both.

Pay attention to the details: Be sure not to get these mixed up with the similarly-named YSL Rouge Volupté Shines, which tout a similarly glossy formula (but with more pigment, and a tube finished in gold)!

YSL Framboise Craquante review swatches photos

The wear and pigment: Like most lip balms with a glossy finish, the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy balms won’t last you through an eight-hour day. I feel the need to touch these up every 2-3 hours (the same as any other gloss-balm hybrid), but I don’t mind it at all — more on that in a bit.

The twelve Sheer Candy Glossy Balms sit on a spectrum from almost-clear to medium-sheer (I’m sorry, I had to say it), and Framboise Craquante/Tasty Raspberry sits on the sheerer end of the spectrum. A medium pink with just a hint of shimmer, it swatches with sheer colour on my arm but reads mainly as a lightly glossy, “perfectly naked” finish on my pigmented lips.

See Framboise Craquante worn on its own here, and layered overtop a stain here.

YSL Spring lip launches 2013

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise Craquante/Tasty Raspberry (leftmost swatch)

YSL Framboise Craquante Sheer Candy review swatches

The luxury factor: Where the Sheer Candy balms really excel, however, is in the experience of the product. This is easily the most luxurious lip balm I’ve ever come across, and likely the most luxurious one I will ever come across, at that.

With a heavy, intricate metal tube and the YSL logo pieced in overtop a translucent ring of colour, the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy packaging feels very much like an indulgence. The no-fuss application and mouthwatering fruity scent are great, sure, but you’re really paying for the YSL factor with this lip balm — and I don’t just mean the brand name.

These are so solidly made, so elegantly designed… they’re essentially luxury lipsticks for those of us who don’t like lipstick. 

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy packaging tube

YSL Tasty Raspberry review swatches photos

The verdict?

As a treat to yourself (or to someone you really, really like), I think YSL’s Rouge Volupté lipsticks are the perfect choice. You can’t do much better than these chic, well-built tubes–Guerlain doesn’t even hold a candle to these, if you ask me–and I love the sheer, deliciously-scented Sheer Candy formula.

These fail spectacularly from a cost-weighted standpoint, but as far as luxury gloss-balms go, this is as good as it gets. I like to think of these as a no-fuss, mirror-free mid-day touchup for both my lips and my spirit: they pair just as well with a smokey eye as they do with a bare face, and there’s nothing like a fresh, fruity scent to really perk up your afternoon.

Availability: $32 USD (Nordstrom)/$38 CAD (Sephora). Permanent.

A few alternatives: Try a Burt’s Bees Lip Shine ($7 USDreview) for an equally sheer, equally delicious lip gloss at a budget price point. Go for a YSL Rouge Volupté Shine ($34 USD/$39 CAD) for more pigment without sacrificing formula or luxury.

YSL Sheer Candy review swatches photos 12 Tasty Raspberry

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise Craquante/Tasty Raspberry

YSL Peche Cerra-Colla swatches Rouge Pur Couture

YSL Tasty Raspberry/Framboise Craquante swatched (far left), next to their Glossy Stain in Pêche Cerra-Colla

YSL Glossy Stain, Glossy Balm review packaging

YSL Glossy Stain (L) and Volupté Sheer Candy (R) boxes

YSL Sheer Candy ingredients 1

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy ingredients list (1/2)

YSL Sheer Candy ingredients list 2

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy ingredients list (2/2)

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    Hey Rae, while this might be too sheer for me, I get what you mean by the formula! I finally picked up a Rouge Volupte Shine at the airport and I LOOOVE it! It's so light, so glossy, so moisturizing, yet it stains a little! I'm kinda glad there aren't so many shades in the line-up that speaks to me, because otherwise there's no doubt I'll end up with a whole bunch :)
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    • Yay! I'm so glad that you're happy with your Rouge Volupte Shine, Sunny :) I have one lying around on my "to test" shelf, but I haven't been able to find the time to try it out.

      With what you have to say about it, though, I'll have to bump it up the list! ;) I wonder how exactly they'll compare to the Sheer Candy balms…. hmm!

  • I love the packaging – chic and luxurious. Love the product description too. But the price is dfeinitely a question for me. I may get one for myself, I just need to be stronger while I plan to spend this much on a lip balm. Ugh! I hate money.
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    • Give one of the other Rouge Veloptés a try, Jiya! :) They're a few dollars more expensive, but I find it a lot easier to pay that much on a truly great lipstick — it helps to really be able to see what you're getting. (And, of course, it doesn't hurt that the shades are all gorgeous!)

  • abeautifulzen

    le sigh so beautiful.
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    • I know! I'm still swooning over this one, and I've had it in my bag for months. (What? All the best love stories develop over time!)

  • Papaya Pieces

    I swoon over your pictures of this but unfortunately for me this is nothing luxurious at all as I had tried the YSL volupte sheers only receive a terrible allergic reaction to which of its components I don´t know. My lips swelled till they looked like I had undergone an augmenting operation, then they went terribly painfully dry for a few days and then horrendously excessive flaking for another few days. Its not an YSL thing as few brands does this to me and I just have to do trial and error unfortunately… However I wish I was ok with them as I adore the packaging, texture and colours.
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    • Oh, no!! I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with these — I can't imagine how distressing that would be.

      Have you noticed any commonalities in the lip products that cause it? (Eg. ones that contain nut oils, or products of a certain colour family?) I know it can be incredibly hard to sniff out the culprit, especially when ingredients lists nowadays are so long and varied, but I hope you can figure it out! A reaction of that severity sounds like no fun at all :(

      • Papaya Pieces

        Hi Rae, actually even though I do have pink lipsticks that I love and can wear without any problem, when this reaction happens its usually with a pink shade (which goes into the bin afterwards…). So I guess I must be allergic to some type of pinkish pigment. That makes me want to buy corals more lately!
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        • What a bummer :( It's good that you have it (half) worked out, though! I'm quite curious as to what it would be — I know a lot of people tend to be more irritated by red pigments, for instance, and my sister is sensitive to Yellow 5 & 6 Lake.

          I'm not sure if you've tried it already, but sometimes it helps to email companies about ingredients lists for shades you've already tried! If they can provide them–some companies are better at it; others, not so much–it can be quite helpful in figuring out what you have to be careful around. :)

  • I love YSL lipsticks. I rarely treat myself to one, but their quality is outstanding, and I love their selection of colours. Since I can't afford YSL shoes or clothing – the lipsticks cheer me up when I feel like I need something special.
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    • My thoughts exactly, Tara! The price tag on YSL's lipsticks is pretty hefty, but they're always such an indulgence to use. :)

  • toyarosie

    I'm not sure I can justify the cost of a tinted balm…I had a hard enough time going for the Volupte Shine without crying…but I do agree that these are a gorgeous luxury treat Rae. I'll probably pick up another YSL lippie or two during the next VIB sale, I can't resist!
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    • Nope, I don't know if I could, either. While I love this one, I can hardly see myself running to buy another — one is more than enough!

      Now, the Rouge Volupté lipsticks, on the other hand… :D

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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I have yet to try any of these, and I have been waiting – and come to think of it, why am I waiting?? I have to get it online since YSL is not available here, so I have to search for some swatches and just go get one already. LOL!
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    • Why ARE you waiting, Lily?! These are so luxurious — I'm pretty smitten with all of my YSL lip products (not just this one)!

      Let me know if you really need anything swatched, and I'll try to go snap a few photos in-store for you. I know how hard buying online can be! :)

  • As a balm lover at heart, one can never be "too sheer"! I have pigmented lips like you, so I don't mind very sheer/clear lip products and tend to be drawn to them. This is just BEAUTIFUL and LUXE! Your photos are gorge! I think these might make nice bridesmaid/maid of honor gifts for my wedding next year! Thanks for sharing! :*
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    • Oh, these would be absolutely perfect as bridesmaid gifts! ♥

      (PS: Hey there, fellow lip balm lover! ;) We're too few and far between — I love a good full-on lipstick, but I think my heart will always belong to the sheerest of the bunch. There's just something so wonderfully luxe about a product so effortless that it needs no mirror….)

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