The packaging is simple, a little thoughtless perhaps, but it is practical. The short black plastic body, which attracts fingerprints like mad, has transparent inserts on the front and back to give you a sneak peek of the color. This will come in handy if you choose to throw more than one of these in your purse.
The applicators are very similar to those of Lancome's La Laque Fever glosses, a wide base with a sharp end that allows precise application near the lip lines. The sponge picks color well and applies it smoothly and evenly. The liquid lipstick/stain formula feels lighter than water on initial contact with the lips, but it dries down quickly to a surprisingly saturated, velvety feel. The color is easily buildable and I achieved opaque color with three swipes. The gloss effect is noticeable but not obnoxious, not sticky in the slightest and long-lasting to boot. I'll wear one of these in my favorites video this month so you can see it in action! Expect to see a juicy pout.
Coril Fauve is a translucent (but very pigmented) coral that leans red. In fact, most people just assume I'm wearing a red lipstick! Pinky Vinyl darkens significantly on my lips (see HERE). The color you see in the swatch below is more true to shade 17. I was afraid the shimmers in Pink Vinyl would accentuate my dry lips but the Glossy Stain formula is so hydrating, my lips stayed moisturized for hours! The shimmers did not cause unsightly bumps in the lip color and did not bunch up when I ate or drank. No peeling or dryness whatsoever. I took the heavy swatches below in full sun and I wiped them off a minute later. The photo below is the staining effect! YSL has produced a truly remarkable formula that is unlike any other and I am so impressed. The Glossy Stains are now my favorite lip product from YSL! Golden Glosses are my second pick ;)
Next on my list are some of the palest shades in the line-up, Rose Pastelle 18 and Beige Aquarelle 19. I'll review those next month! Paler stains (and lipstick/gloss shades in general) tend not to wear as well, so I will be sure to report promptly. These are only available at Sephora at the moment, but my YSL Sales Associate says they should hit Nordstrom counters next month or shortly thereafter.
Bottom Line: I highly recommend these Glossy Stains! The formula boasts a rather impressive shade range so there will be something for everyone. I love that YSL provides great colors for women of color as well!
SHOP THE POST