Yes, you read that correctly. I was able to get quite a few swatches of the highly elusive YSL Glossy Stains, $32 each. The full range is currently available at Sephora and one shade is exclusive to Nordstrom. But now that these are my Holy Grail liquid lipstick formula, I was determined to swatch (and buy) more shades. I stalked the Sephora at South Coast Plaza for the last four weeks (over the phone) and finally, my patience was rewarded. Thank goodness for Stephanie P., the most helpful and supportive Sephora sales associate I've ever had the pleasure of meeting!
Here is the full set of swatches I was able to achieve today! The photo above was taken in the most sunny lighting I could find, but it was largely overcast this morning. Keep in mind that there are only a dozen swatched above. The rest of the testers were not available/part of the shipment, so I'll post swatches of the rest of the shades once Sephora puts up the complete new display. 13 is a Nordstrom exclusive shade, now available at all their YSL counters. Here's one more picture of the swatches outside in natural lighting! [UPDATE: Posted HERE are the second set of swatches!]
The Sephora store lighting is more yellow, since they use fluorescent bulbs, but I think they are relatively close to the color you will see on your lips most of the time if you work in an office. They are mostly full-pigment shades!
3 is a medium neutral brown. There is a hint of purple, but it's still very brown.
4 is a deep mauve with a brown base, reminds me of Butter London's Toff nail polish (strange, I know, since Toff is much more purple). This is the only one I had to layer more than twice to swatch.
7 is a beautiful peach with silver shimmers. I will post a full review of this shade later on!
8 is a true tangerine orange with a bit of shimmer. It is a very bright orange, slightly warmer and incredibly pigmented.
10 and 11 are both reds, the former being more warm toned and slightly sheerer - not necessarily a bad thing because it looks juicier on the lip, the latter being brighter and a touch cooler - more color pigment. Between the two, 11 is the true red.
13 is the Nordstrom exclusive deep fuchsia. It reminds me of YSL's Rose Culte Rouge Volupte, except with shimmer. It will look most true to color on fair skin. This one seems to be the most shimmery, even slightly metallic! I highly recommend it if you want to rock a dark pink lip this Spring.
15 is a deep neutral pink. This is not for the light of heart, regardless of whatever you may think of the swatch. It darkens significantly on my lips, the only one I own to do so. Don't believe me? See for yourself HERE! You can see it in action, on my lips.
16 is a lavender purple with just a touch of pink. It is very cool and may cause a slightly yellow cast to even the whitest of teeth since it will look stark against most skin tones. Pink-toned skin will have the best luck with this!
17 is a cool rose, very bright in the swatch but it darkens on the lip, the most flattering cool pink of the range - not too dark and not too pale. It's a very universal cool rose, shouldn't look stark against most skintones :)
20 is a slightly shimmery warm red, perfect for skins with yellow undertones! It is not excessively strong or deep. Don't get me wrong, it's still a red and will make a statement, but I find it quite wearable. The ideal red for women with yellow undertones to their skin.
18 is a very pale ballerina slipper pink, reminiscent of NARS Turkish Delight gloss but with silver shimmers. If you use more than 2 layers, the color will turn pasty and it will start settling into your lip lines.. best for fair to light-medium women. Refer to the very last photo of this post.
*Note: I previously swatched Coril Fauve (12), a bright deep coral which is the more coral version of 10, and 15 together HERE!
*Note 2: Some shades are available only through Sephora's website: 6, 9, 12, 14, 19. Nordstrom and other department stores like Neiman Marcus should receive the full range of these shades early next month!
As labeled in the photo, above is evidence of the remnants of color from the Glossy Stains after six minutes of wear on my arm. These pack a powerful punch. Not surprisingly, the pinks and reds stain the best. But on the flip side, even 18, the palest shade in the range, leaves its mark!
EDIT: To clarify, I did not want to walk around the mall with swatches all over my arm. So after photographing the swatches outside, I walked back into Sephora to purchase my three Stains and to wipe off all of the swatches with a Philosophy Purity make-up cloth. I only had the swatches on my arm for six minutes. In that short amount of time, my skin was noticeably stained. That demonstrates the staining power of the product.. which is awesome!
I know the last photo is not in focus, but I wanted to post the picture to follow up with the other two, keep it consistent. All were taken in Sephora lighting.
Now, for swatches of my personal stash. I own six of these gorgeous babies, and yes, I say that proudly! I can't wait to own more :) Application: I smoothly swipe once across both the upper lip and lower lip, then repeat.
7: Daily peach! Even with the shimmers, it is suitable for any occasion. 2 layers, 3 for all-day wear.
12: Coral-red that packs a punch! Looks more red indoors. Juicy pucker in 2 layers.
13: Intense fuchsia with silver and pink shimmers. Looks nearly red in most lighting. 2 layers.
15: Deep neutral rose, much darker on my lips than in the swatch. I reach for this the least, 2 layers.
17: Perfect cool (true) pink! Warms up on the lips. It's not excessively cool or too bright/light, but it looks best with a full face of make-up & matching blush if you have yellow undertones. 2 layers.
18: Perfect pink-nude to pair with a smoky eye on a night out! 2 layers is perfect, 3 is overkill.. very Nicki Minaj and Snooki, especially if your skin is NC35/Chanel 40 or darker. Avoid that look, doesn't give the product justice.
[Somewhat] Full Sun
Natural Lighting [Most true to color]
Bottom Line: The more I see of these, the more I fall in love. My favorite YSL Glossy Stain shades are 7 and 18. I can't wait to swatch the full range once all the testers are available and to see seasonal colors added to the range in the future!
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