Since YSL introduced their often-imitated Glossy Stains (full name: Rouge pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres) a few years ago, I've been hooked. I love the look of a gloss, but I rarely remember to reapply lip products, so the idea of a gloss + a stain is hugely appealing to me. These products seem to be very 'love them or hate them', and I definitely fall into the latter category.
Although I love the Glossy Stains, they can be a bit tempermental to work with. Many people are put off by their strong scent. It doesn't bother me, though, and it seems to fade away quickly after application. Another common complaint is that they can be difficult to apply. I've found that the best method is to apply one thin layer to the lips, wait a few minutes, and then put on a second layer. This builds up an even color and achieves a nice, glossy finish. Using this method, I find that pretty much all of the glossy stains I own apply evenly. The only exception to this is #23, which is also the darkest shade I own.
|YSL Glossy Stain #101 Nude Provocateur|
#101 - Nude Provocateur: This shade was released with the 'Rebel Nudes' collection last year. It is described as a rosy nude, although on my lips it is exceptionally sheer with a mauve tint. I have quite pigmented lips naturally, so perhaps this would have more of an impact on someone with less natural color in their lips. The effect of #101 is so subtle that, for me at least, it's really not even worth owning.
|YSL Glossy Stain #15 Rose Vinyl|
#15 - Rose Vinyl: Rose Vinyl is a bright, neutral pink with shimmer. I find that it brightens the face without being too garish. And it is quite wearable, despite being on the bright side. I was initially afraid that this color would come across as a barbie pink, but fortunately that's not the case.
|YSL Glossy Stain #12 Coril Fauve|
#12 - Coril Fauve: Coril Fauve (reviewed here) is a bright reddish coral, and it might be my favorite in my collection. The application of this color is super easy and I find it looks beautiful on both warm and cool-toned people. This is another color that is super wearable, despite being a bright color.
|YSL Glossy Stain #13 Rose Tempura|
#13 - Rose Tempura: Rose Tempura (which I previously reviewed here) is tied with Coril Fauve (immediately above) for my favorite Glossy Stain! Like Coril Fauve, it applies exceptionally easily and evenly. It is a deep pink that is a bit berry-toned and a bit fuchsia. I think this color is bold enough to wear during the evening, but it also works for day-to-day wear if paired with a more subtle eye.
|YSL Glossy Stain #5 Rouge Vintage|
#5 - Rouge Vintage: In many ways, Rouge Vintage is like the less vibrant sister of #14 Rose Tempura. It is a rose shade, but with a more muted quality. It is also the very first Glossy Stain I ever bought. I've had it the longest and it now seems to apply less evenly than others I have bought more recently. I can still achieve an even application, it just takes a bit more work!
|YSL Glossy Stain #23 Fuchsia Cubiste|
|Top to Bottom: #23, #5, #13, #12, #15, #101|
YSL's Glossy Stains are a fairly pricey investment, at $34 each. I haven't found any of the imitations (such as the L'Oréal dupes) to be an exact match for them, though. So if you are looking for a pigmented, glossy lip and have been living under a rock for the past few years (and thus have yet to try these out!), you might want to consider picking up a shade or five, despite the price tag. If I had to make a recommendation, I would stay away from the ultra light or the ultra dark and stick with shades in the middle (such as #15, #12, #13, or #5).
Which colors are your favorites?