My fellow beauty junkies have been raving about YSL Glossy Stains for a while now, so I finally decided to splurge and see what all the fuss is about. The brand claims it’s made a three-in-one lipstick, lip gloss, and lip stain – let’s see how it holds up. I chose shade #13 – Rose Tempura, a fuchsia pink with red and violet undertones.
Packaging: Beautiful signature gold as always with a small window in front that makes it easy to see the shade. Applicator is slanted with a hexagonal doe’s foot, which helps you get more product out of the tube when you’re running low (much like when Urban Decay changed its Primer Potion applicator) and also helps you get a more precise application along the corners and cupid’s bow.
Formula & Texture: The texture is thin and the formula is very pigmented, you get plenty of color in just one swipe. I was worried about going out in the cold wth this because gloss and lipstick tend to freeze and dry quickly on my lips in New England weather, but it stayed put and was actually quite moisturizing. It is extremely lightweight, I forgot I was wearing it after a while, and builds to deepen the color and add extra shine. The gloss is not sticky at all and, after a little while, settles into dried (as in “not wet,” not “chapped”) layer of pretty pink.
Application: With the slanted applicator, I applied one layer of color and blended it around with my finger. You can keep it glossy or pat it down with tissues for a more matte look. For a no-nonsense, full-color lip, apply it as you would a L’Oreal Infallible Lip Color Duo and swipe on the first layer, wait five minutes (without touching your lips together), add another layer for extra gloss and you’re stained and good to go.
Wear: Color lasts for hours and hours, even through eating and drinking. After the shine wears off it’s simply a stain that stays on into the night.
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