YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 and 205 review and photos.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenant Satisfaction and 205 Prune Virgin.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction and 205 Prune Virgin.

Clearly, I have a tremendous weakness when it comes to dark red lipsticks.  I can never have enough and I make it a point to use all of my colors regularly.  So when a lovely Instagram kindred spirit, Zvoncnjica26, suggested I should try YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 ($35 USD/3.8g), I immediately made it a point to visit my YSL counter the following day.  To my surprise, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats collection was downsized at many locations, thus making the acquisition of 205 nearly impossible.  Did this stop me?  Come now…does a tigress abandon her prey?  Once IMCT sets her sights on something, there is no stopping the beast 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

YSL Swatches L-R: YSL Rouge Pur Couture 32 Pourpre Carmin, 206 Grenant Satisfaction, and 205 Prune Virgin.

  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture 32 Pourpre Carmin is basically the glossier version of 206 Grenat Satisfaction.

The Pros of YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 and 205:

  1. Amazing pigmentation.
  2. Glides on the lips evenly despite the denser matte consistency.
  3. 206 is a beautiful brown based burgundy red that screams…S-E-X-Y.
  4. 205 is a gorgeous dark plum based red–definitely not for the faint of heart.
  5. The matte finish has more dimension than your typical flat matte lipstick.
  6. Lasts 6 hours when used with It Cosmetics Perfect Red lipliner (reviewed here).
  7. Does not feather into fines lines.
  8. Can be applied lightly for a hint of color or full-on for truly attention-getting results.
  9. Noticable staining effect when color has worn off.
  10. Remarkably hydrating and comfortable to wear throughout the day.
  11. Lightweight gold packaging is very luxe.
  12. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil, but loaded with silicones.
  13. Pairs beautifully with Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here) for added shine.
  14. Contains 3.8 grams of product…much more than the standard high-end lipstick.
  15. Made in France.

The Cons of YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 and 205:

  1. 205 Prune Virgin, the original shade I was looking for, was “out-of-stock” in three major department stores.  One sales associate declared a new shipment would arrive later in the week, another lady claimed the line was being discontinued, and finally, the last woman said she never even heard of “The Mats” line…Someone please remind me again, why I’m paying a premium?
  2. Although lovely to look at, the gold packaging attracts fingerprints on contact. Great if you are a spy and require a suspect’s fingerprint to enter a top-secret lab…I’ve been watching way too much Revenge and Arrow.
  3. Adding an additional layer to an existing layer feels heavy and can look caky.
  4. Saks.com was the only online retailer that carried 205, which was listed with the regular YSL Pur Couture Lipsticks as N205.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenant Satisfaction.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenant Satisfaction.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenant Satisfaction.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenant Satisfaction.

  • For the above photos, YSL 206 Grenat Satisfaction was applied directly over It Cosmetics Perfect Red lipliner, then lightly outlined with a lip brush.  I purchased this color as an experiment to see if the formula was to my liking.  Clearly, the color, formula and texture were fantastic, thus spawning an obsessive online search for 205 Prune Virgin 🙂
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 Prune Virgin topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L'Oeil.

  • For the above photos, YSL 205 Prune Virgin was applied in the same manner as 206 Grenat Satisfaction. This deep plum red is truly bold, yet versatile.  I found when I applied 205 lightly, the stain remained for most of the day and also paired beautifully with a light layer of Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 893 Trompe L’Oeil.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats come in 7 shades:

  • 201 Orange Imagine (Nordstrom and Saks)
  • 203 Rouge Rock (Nordstrom and Saks)
  • 204 Rouge Scandal (Saks.com listed with Rouge Pur Couture)
  • 205 Prune Virgin (Saks.com listed with Rouge Pur Couture)
  • 206 Grenat Satisfaction (Nordstrom, Saks and Bloomingdales)
  • 207 Rose Perfecto (Nordstrom and Bloomingdales)
  • 208 Fuchsia Fetiche (Saks.com)

Ingredient List for YSL Rouge Pur Couture the Mats:

Ingredient List for YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction and 205 Prune Virgin.

Ingredient List for YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction and 205 Prune Virgin.

Ingredient List for YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction and 205 Prune Virgin.

Ingredient List for YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 Grenat Satisfaction and 205 Prune Virgin.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you YSL Rouge Pur Courture The Mats 206 and 205 are top of the line.  The pigmentation, formula, texture and longevity have impressed me beyond my expectations–perfect colors if you will, for the upcoming fall season.  Many thanks to the lovely Zvoncnjica26 for opening my eyes to this line.  Are you tempted?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Comments

  1. Wow!!! These colors are amazing, they really suit you, but I’m leaning more towards 206, I can’t resist a good brown red. I guess I’ll be stopping by YSL tomorrow 🙂

    • Hello Linda,
      I’m so glad you liked the colors. 206 is wonderful and easily obtainable (in-person) at most YSL counters. I’m sure you will love it as much as I do 🙂
      -Maria

  2. Gorgeous! I have to say they are matte but in the pix they look more like the luscious non-drying mattes which I see from other brands. I do like dark reds too! Didn’t think about the fingerprint part! LOL Love Arrow and Revenge!

    Do the lipsticks have that signature YSL scent? I do like it, better than some other brands.

    • Hello Olivia,
      Thank you my friend. These colors would look so lovely on you. Revenge season three was fantastic and don’t get me started on the genius of Arrow; I could be here all day. There is the signature “watermelon” scent, but not a strong as in the regular Rouge Pur Couture or the Rouge Volupte.
      -Maria

  3. Hey Maria, these are SO your shades! I LOVE how Prune Virgin looks with Dior Trompe L’Oeil on top. That pigmentation plus the shine is hard to beat!

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