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ysl’s illicit nudes

YSL’s Illicit Nudes Collection debuts.

YSL The Slim Glow Matte
YSL The Slim Glow Matte

French fashion and beauty house YSL is reimagining the nude lipstick for a new generation of beauty enthusiast with a unique texture: a glowing matte effect. The Slim Glow Matte incorporates the very latest technology from the research and development centre outside of Paris where scientists are constantly working to find innovative colours, textures and shades that flatter all skin tones.

YSL The Slim Glow Matte
YSL The Slim Glow Matte

The formula for this new new product contains a star skincare ingredient: Mallow Flower extract harvested from the YSL Beauté Ourika Gardens located in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. This botanical nourishes and helps illuminate the lips.

YSL The Slim Glow Matte
YSL The Slim Glow Matte

It might seem like an oxymoron to call a lip colour glowing matte, but it illustrates how have technology has come in the last couple of years. Matte finish lipsticks can now be enriched with light reflecting micro fine pearls that creates a luminous effect. This is complemented with an ultra slim, square-cut bullet that gives you precision to push and accentuate lips’ curves. You’ll notice this version comes dressed in black and rose gold, with the iconic YSL Cassandre logo.

YSL The Slim Glow Matte
YSL The Slim Glow Matte

“There are a few things that make this collection of nudes different,” explains Tom Pecheaux, Creative Director of YSL Makeup. “Firstly, the technology. We have been able to create nudes with an undertone of colour, so that they are actually very colourful. Within the established colour families – red undertones, brown undertones and so on – we have found the perfect nude for every skin tone. Secondly, our textures give the lip colours an edge. These are nudes with an underlying glow, a radiance imparted by iridescent pearls in different tones, which further bring out your natural lip tone.”

tom pescheux, creative director of YSL Makeup
tom pescheux, creative director of YSL Makeup

He describes this lipstick as friendly. You can slide it straight from the tube for a powerful finish or dab it on if you’d like a little extra texture. You don’t need a brush or a pencil because the square shape of the bullet keeps the line in place: you don’t even need to blot it.

YSL The Slim Glow Matte
YSL The Slim Glow Matte

But how do you reinvent a concept that has been a staple for so long? “There is a nude for a woman in Senegal, and in Japan, and in Ireland, and in Sweden, and they’d all be different if you were to line up the makeup products. And therein lies the beauty of the nude, it’s about different parts of the world, different ethnicities, and embracing all the colours in between,” he continues. “So to create this in a collection you have to think of every woman, rather than specific girls. This is something you do anyway as a makeup artist, you’re creating with an open mind rather than thinking about what colour suits you personally. But above and beyond, it’s a wonderful time to be creating a nude collection based on all different kinds of skin tones just as the world is going through an important time of celebrating diversity. It’s fantastic.”

YSL The Slim Glow Matte
YSL The Slim Glow Matte

YSL The Slim Glowing Matte lip colour is available at yslbeauty.ca and sephora.ca

  • Hazel Hoffman
    February 9, 2021 at 9:47 am

    So many different shades of beautiful nude colors. I understand and appreciate the hard work that companies do for all of us. @_silverlily_

  • Dawn C Purcell-Musgrave
    January 14, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    I am so much better informed on Nude shades. I always thought a nude was extremely light shades but after reading this article I understand what Nude shades are. My next purchase I will look into nude shades, now that I feel more educated on the subject. Thank you Dave your the greatest!!!!!!!

  • denise
    January 2, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful colors

  • Angela Citrigno
    January 2, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    A Nude lipstick isn’t just a Nude after all. Your article has definitely got my interest. Finding the ultimate “nude shade” would be amazing. Next on line purchase will be from Sephora.ca . Thanks Dave for always keeping us in the loop when it comes to looking fabulous. I’ll let you know what my perfect nude shade is from YSL.