Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil ($32.00, is a truly innovative product. In a world where boys cry “wolf” and product companies cry “innovation,” I initially was skeptical of this oil, which claims to be a “revolutionary lip color with a tint suspended in a deep conditioning oil” and to “instantly melt into lips.” But, truth be told, Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil is a revolutionary lip color with a tint, a deep conditioning oil, and it does, well, absorb, if not melt into the lips. For more, read on…


Polybutene is a light colored, non-drying, sticky liquid. You find it in a lot of lipstick, eye makeup, and skin care products.

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Polybutene functions as a binder, epilating agent and viscosity increasing agent (Wikipedia).

Though people are alarmed that undiluted polybutene can be used to make plastics, it is safe for human use. The Cosmetic Database finds polybutene to be a low hazard ingredient and notes low incidents of skin, eye and lung irritation in regards to its use. The CIR also reports that it is safe for regular use.

Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot kernel oil usually serves as a foundation for other ingredients, which is why it is in fairly high concentration in Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil.

Alone, however, apricot kernel oil is rich in omega fatty acids. In fact, oleic and linoleic acids compose 92% of its fatty acid content (Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research).

In a cosmetics product, apricot kernel oil will help to hydrate and smooth the lips.

Jojoba Seed Oil

Jojoba is so similar to our skin’s natural oil, it is thought that jojoba oil can “trick” the skin into thinking it’s producing enough oil, which helps balance oil production .

“Jojoba oil is rich in natural fats that mimic those in the outer layer of the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “This means it can help the skin retain moisture and heal itself.” (source)

In a cosmetics product like Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil, jojoba can help to naturally plump the lips. Studies show that use of jojoba oil shows modest swelling, indicative of moisture retention, in the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of skin) after use (Journal of Dermatological Science, 2008).

Why This Product is Truly Novel

Look, I’ll be straight with you: I’ve been writing about beauty products for eight years. I get sent about 30-50 products, for free, a week. I have four bookcases filled with product samples. This may sound obnoxious or like I am bragging, but I am just saying, I never have to buy anything.

But when I tried Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil, in a store, I made my first new product purchase in a long time. This oil glides across the skin and feels like nothing I have ever tried before.

I was skeptical that the color would be vivid enough, but the color is noticeable, especially with the brighter shades, like Oh My Gold #2, Rose You #4, Cherry My Cherie #5, Peach Me Love #6.

The scent is also divine — it reminds me of a grown-up Lip Smackers. I swear, if you like Lancome Juicy Tubes, this your the new big thing.

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It also lasts with surprising staying power. I was able to make it through an entire meeting, including sipping coffee, still wearing Cherry My Cherie #5.

Photos and Swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Drive Me Copper #1

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Oh My Gold #2

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Undress Me #3

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Rose You #4

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Cherry My Cherie #5

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Peach Me Love #6

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Crush Me Orange #7

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil Pink About Me #8

Bottom Line

I love Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil, and declare it a must-have!


Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tridecyl Trimellitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocin-namate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Alumina, Passiflora Edulis Oil/Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Oil/Coriander Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Magnesium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Fragrance, <+/-May Contain: Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/ Iron Oxides, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ci 45410/Red 27, Ci 45410/Red 28 Lake, Ci 45380/Red 22 Lake, Ci 15985/Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 15850/Red 7, Ci 15850/ Red 6, Ci 19140/ Yellow 5 Lake, Carrot Oil/Beta-Carotene, Ci 15850/Red 7 Lake, Ci 42090/Blue 1 Lake, Ci 60725/Violet 2, Ci 75470/Carmine>, (F.I.L. B166391/2)