YSL Golden Gloss in 55 Arctic Blue (Holiday 2012)

by PJ on Friday, November 23, 2012

in -YSL, 2012 Holiday, makeup, makeup - lip gloss, stash focus

YSL Golden Gloss 55 Arctic Blue Holiday 2012 Makeup 1


After YSL released Gloss Pur in 11 Icy Effect in summer 2011, I didn’t think there would be another blue-tinted lip gloss from the brand anytime soon. However, YSL’s holiday 2012 Northern Lights makeup collection, with an unusual blue color theme for the festive season, features Golden Gloss in 55 Arctic Blue. (It is called Blue Iceberg in Japan and perhaps other countries.) Yes, I had to have it.


YSL Golden Gloss 55 Arctic Blue Holiday 2012 Makeup 2


YSL’s Golden Gloss in 03 Golden Pink is one of my favorite lip glosses, and I was excited to see a blue shade from the range. Golden Gloss in 55 Arctic Blue (£22) is a sheer warm-toned blue lip gloss with sparse fine sparkles. The sparkles are predominantly blue-toned and green-toned.

Like 03 Golden Pink, it imparts a very glossy and mirror-like finish on the lips. One layer is enough to create a considerably glossy finish, and a second layer adds even more gloss and shine to the already juicy and dewy lips. The glossy finish lasts very well. I also like the sparse sparkles, which create additional dimension.

Both Golden Gloss and Gloss Pur feature a brush applicator, which appeals to me more than a sponge applicator.

Like the other blue-tinted lip glosses I have, it adds depth and transparency to the lips in a very subtle but effective way. If you haven’t tried a blue-tinted lip gloss (or if you are already a fan), this one is certainly worth considering.


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Leila Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thank you for this review, I was waiting to see what you thought of it! I was also surprised that they were bringing out another blue gloss so soon, but the theme really does fit for winter. So many brands tend to do reds and golds for winter because of Christmas, but having icy themes also fits for the season and is a breath of fresh air.

I have swatched this at the counter a few times and do plan on getting it soon and maybe the 33 Premier Neige polish. Even though I don’t tend to collect very expensive nail polishes (maybe the occasional Dior or Chanel) that one is quite unique and it hasn’t looked bad over any type of colour in all the swatch photos I’ve seen online.

I was wearing the Icy Effect gloss over a pink lipstick today and remembered why I loved it so much (my blue L’Oreal tube is almost finished too!) blue glosses are lovely over pinks!

Have a nice weekend.


PJ Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hi Leila,

You are very welcome! I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Indeed, the color theme is unusual but I like the fact that it is different (and not at all bizarre). I think the Pure Chromatics Boréal Eye Palette, with brown and shades of blue, looks quite nice as well.

I usually wear lip glosses over bare lips, but I definitely think that blue-tinted lip glosses would look great over pink lip colors (especially medium-to-cool-toned and cool-toned ones). I can imagine that they could really add a subtle depth of color to the pinks.

Thank you very much for posting your comment again! :)


Leila Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This week I bought this gloss and it is so bright and cheerful next to Icy Effect’s serenity. I also bought the polish and I don’t regret it one bit. It looks clear in its bottle, but then you shake it and the sparkles swirl around like a snow globe. Somehow I’ve found the snowy, sparkly, icy and blue of this collection quite inspiring this winter.

I usually wear my lip glosses over bare lips too (I find wearing both gloss and lipstick together on a regular basis a little too much of a hassle for reapplying and too heavy a look), but I use sheer colours like this sometimes, to play with the colour of the lipstick.

Well this takes my total count of blues up to four. I’m excited to see this collection grow (and my other makeup love that I collect, red blusher).

Oh how I wish Dior would release an Ultra Gloss in this colour, they are one of my favourite glosses. I know they did an Asia-exclusive one this year, but I’d like to see another, bluer one.


PJ Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hi Leila,

Sorry for the late reply!

I am pleased that you like Arctic Blue and the nail polish. In the tube, Arctic Blue does look more vibrant than Icy Effect. I also like how it sparkles.

I like the very glossy finish of Ultra Gloss, and I would certainly get one in this color. I agree with you that the Asia-exclusive one earlier this year isn’t blue enough. (It looks even less blue in person than it does on Dior’s website.) I usually go for rich warm aqua-blue, like what we have in Arctic Blue. It is nice to use and to look at! :)

I hope your collection continues to grow! I will definitely continue to add more to my collection too.

Thank you for posting your comment again! :)


Angela Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wow, the blue is absolutely beautiful. I would love to see a swatch of it and on you as well. I think it will look really pretty.


PJ Friday, December 7, 2012

Hi Angela,

It certainly looks very pretty!

I am afraid that I don’t post swatches or FOTDs on my blog. For your reference, please see my FAQ page:


Thank you for stopping by! :)


Angelique Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hi PJ!

lawd, it’s been years….remember me, I’m the Angelique that first commented on your very first blue gloss post? I may’ve been silent, but I’ve been reading and oh, the frustration! I’ve missed the blue Gloss Pur, the new Guerlain Pucci Porto Azzurro–which was an ultramarine and that’s always been my favourite shade of blue gloss–and it seems that Thierry Mugler’s stopped making the blue Plexi Gloss, so I’ve missed that one too.

Now, I can’t find the Arctic Blue YSL gloss.

Is blue just not released here in America? Or is it just now announced? or am i just slow as all hell?

Do you know if there are any other new blues coming out in the future? In the meanwhile, I’m just going to have to scour the hated eBay for YSL’s Icy Effect, YSL’s Arctic Blue and especially Guerlain’s Porto Azzurro and Thierry Mugler’s Plexi Gloss.

……your blue gloss collection is a thing a beauty and wonder and i love reading about new additions to it!

(and! i actually managed to acquite anna sui’s blue 100 gloss! it’s my first anna sui gloss and i love it! it’s strange and watery and smells of candied roses and the stick-like applicator is fun to play around with.)


PJ Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hi Angelique,

Yes, I remember you! It is great to hear from you again. :)

I think Arctic Blue was released in the US but I have to say I am not 100% sure. I hope you will find it eventually! (YSL Beauty’s UK site still carries it, but I don’t think it delivers overseas.)

Addiction will release two blue lip glosses for spring 2013:


I am more interested in the aqua-blue one, but I think you might also like the navy-blue one, which is more similar to Guerlain’s Porto Azzurro.

(Addiction is only available in Japan. In case you haven’t, do have a look at my FAQ page if you are interested in purchasing items from the brand.)

I am really glad that you like Anna Sui’s Sui Lip Gloss in 100. It is still one of my favorite blue lip glosses and I like its sparse sparkles. The packaging is certainly very cute too.

Thank you very much for reading my blog and posting your comment! :)


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