Continuing the story of The Slim which challenged the world with its uncompromising manifesto of matte lipstick, The Slim Velvet Radical speaks to the woman in love with matte, who also wants the textural effect of velvet. Setting new standards for sophistication, The Slim Velvet Radical is inspired by the subversive couture fashion house and its love for the iconic velvet fabric. Timeless. Enveloping. Vivid. With an opacity that cloaks the body entirely, yet a malleability that is soft and comfortable, velvet bridges the line between subversive and sophistication.

A subversive semi-matte lipstick with no compromises on comfort. The iconic matte lipstick now has a new family member. Introducing Ysl Beauté The Slim Velvet Radical: 12 new shades of matte lips, with a cutting-edge formula that prioritizes comfort. Color that stays true; lipstick that feels as light as air; the formula for The Slim Velvet Radical is as radical as the velvet that inspired it. Created with comfort as a number one priority, (because ultimately, we all want our lipstick to feel good on our lips), The Slim Velvet Radical was designed using the latest technological breakthroughs.

Each element of the formulation was chosen by YSL Beauty’s labs with the utmost precision:

  • Hemispherical fillers

Chosen to give the semi-matte effect of velvet, these help the lipstick to feel soft on the lips without any “linting”.

  • Silky oils

Used for moisturization and to give the lipstick “slip”, they were increased three-fold in this formulation to guarantee a lightweight, velvety feel on the lips. As a result, The Slim Velvet Radical won’t dry out the lips, but instead leaves them feeling supple and soft all day long.

  • Pigmentation levels

Optimized to the max, the pigment payoff delivers a high quality, impactful color coverage, in just one stroke, that stays true to its first application.

Encased in 100% black, the matte packaging of The Slim Velvet Radical offers a hint of what’s within. The square-cut bullet design is as practical as it is stylish, enabling the user to draw a square shape at the Cupid’s bow first, which in turn makes it easier to fill in the color. With a sharp lip line in place, the intense pigmented lip shades of The Slim Velvet Radical stay put for longer. Accentuating the natural curve of the lips, it delivers a more volumized “push up” effect and a plumper, fuller look. 12 new shades born in the spirit of Couture, inspired by the iconic velvet fabric and designed by Tom Pecheux, YSL Global Beauty Director. From Couture to beauty. Ready for catwalk; comfortable for real life.

Two YSL women; two facets of The Slim Velvet Radical. Edie Campbell and Zoë Kravitz, in their roles as global ambassadors, present two standout looks. Leaning against a red wall, their heads tilted backwards, their gazes steadfast, they are shot by globally renowned photographer David Sims. Holding their lipsticks, their knowing look is unapologetically bold. Their makeup, created by Tom Pecheux, is equally daring; the strong feline eye and defiant brick nude velvet lips is on a backdrop of an almost bare complexion on Zoë Kravitz; while Edie Campbell’s bare eyes teemed with the same bold brick nude velvet lips that Zoë Kravitz wears, perfectly illustrates the way one lip color can be worn to striking effect in a different way.

The only breaking point is the one we set for ourselves. Paris. Some time in the present. The setting: a grand palace, resplendent in red velvet satisfaction from the dimly-lit booths, intimate and discreet, to the ornate staircase, decked in a red carpet, like a ribbon. Our heroines traverse the city, leaving a solid, floating line of red behind them. From dawn to night time, like a cloud of red velvet powder following them, they create their own line, and cross it.

Directed by Fabien Constant, the YSL Beauty heroines are stunning, with three distinct looks embracing The Slim Velvet Radical ideals. Setting out with strong matte red lips paired with a feline black eye-line, they are also portrayed in the film with the classic The Slim, in a burnt orange red. Strong, defiant, and looking like women who refuse to tow the line anymore, they are the ultimate radical beauties for a generation ready to #PlayTheLine.


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