Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains (#4 and #10): too much for my brain to handle

Hello all! Thanks for being patient during my week off!

I am a special snowflake

If you were to ask me my least favourite make-up product, I would say lip gloss. I’ve just never really liked it. I have a collection of about 30 lipsticks (and I still want more) and 3 lip glosses (and I think it’s too much). It’s not that I’m against their juicy sheen, they’re just so high maintenance – they hardly last, and if they do last a while they’re too sticky, and they’re messy. No thank you.


Glossy SpoonsI love lip stains. To me the two are the complete opposite: you put minimal effort into a lip stain, and get so much out of it – pigment, long-wear and reliability; in comparison lip gloss is kind of labour intensive.


My little mind is blown by the idea of the glossy stain, and when I saw the promotional pictures I pretty much assumed it would be terrible.

Good things

YSL Glossy Stain 04But actually, the YSL Glossy Stains are the perfect balance of lip stain and lip gloss, the liger of lip products, if you will (I don’t actually know if ligers are cool, wikipedia is down because of the SOPA thing so I just have to assume that they are awesome). The YSL Glossy Stains combine the insane lasting power and layerability of a lip stain with the sheen of a gloss. And the sheen lasts almost as long as the stain.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Because Kate wears and likes these, I’ll assume they’re non-drying (my lips don’t really dry out so I can’t tell).
  • They do have a scent – I believe it’s rose – and it’s quite nice, but quite strong so if you’re sensitive to smells that may be an issue.

Bad things

I love that Glossy Stains layer so beautifully – not only does the coverage build up, but pigment layers so well that it’s like having three or four shades in one product (see how #10 is a candy pink when sheer, but a cool vibrant red when built up). However, Glossy Stains layer so well that if I reapply after a meal, the bits that haven’t faded (ie. the outer edges – parts that haven’t come in contact with food) build up to that vibrant dark colour, while the bits that haven’t stay one or two steps sheerer. It looks…patchy. It’s not a huge deal – it just takes a minute or two to sort out, but be aware.

The Applicator

I actually like the applicator a lot, but I invert it when I use it. That is, I believe you’re meant to use the side on the outside of the curve to apply, whereas I use the inner side (so that the applicator fits to my lip).

The Magic Wand

The Myspace Angles

4 and 10


Kate has paper swatches of the whole range (apart from 19) here.

Number 4 (Mauve Pigmente) Paper Swatches

4 Paper swatches

Number 10 (Rouge Philtre) Paper Swatches

I can make swatches cute

Number 4 Arm Swatches (sorry goosebumps etc. etc.)

Goosebumps by RL Stain

Number 10 Arm Swatches

YSL Glossy Stain 10

In Action

Number 4 Sheerly Applied


Number 4 Heavily Applied


Number 10 Sheerly Applied (Sorry the light was terrible on the day of Number 10 Lip Swatches, so I had to use flash. I colour corrected to get accurate colours though. Also I was lazy and didn’t do a full face, just Shu Stage Performer, Concealer, Blush and Eyeliner)

YSL Glossy Stain 10 Sheer

Number 10 Heavily Applied

YSL Glossy Stain 10 Layered

Lasting Power

And now, an exciting timeline of the Glossy Stain’s life. It features multiple outfit changes, much like an awards ceremony, but sexier because I get out the dressing gown. Meow. The lighting on these pictures gets progressively worse, so don’t scrutinise them too closely for colour accuracy. (Also, that’s not perspective, the cup is really as big as my head)

Glossy Stain Lasting Power

  • Time of Full Fade: 18.59
  • Wear time: 7 and a half hours – no touch ups
  • Cause of Full Fade: 3 cups of tea, a sandwich, two biscuits, supper

Verdict: These are truly amazing, get one.

15 comments on “Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains (#4 and #10): too much for my brain to handle

  1. I’m so excited, I have 4 coming to me from Sephora, can’t wait to get them in the mail. I ordered #5, #12, #15 & #20. What a glowing review you give them, we also have the same skin and hair color ! Oh, I wouldn’t bother with a teapot if I were you, that cup will do the job just fine luv !!!!!!! Pour me a cuppa and I’ll have a couple of Jaffa cakes ;-)

  2. Now I want them!! Gosh I hate re-appling lipstick during the day (unless its a nude colour, no mirror needed). I went to our stores yesterday to check them out, but they havent arrived yet.

    Great article, thank you!

  3. @Christa: they’re really great – I’m so impressed! I kind of want to buy them all…

    @Martha: Wikipedia tells me: “Ligers enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers, and are very sociable like lions.”
    I don’t know about you, but the sociability of lions is always the first thing I notice when I see one in the wild… :/

    @Ruth: You buy like I do (ie. a whole bunch at a time)! I’d love to know what you think of them once you get them. And I’m glad that The Mug has finally made a debut on the blog because it’s such an important part of my life…

    @Sandra: They seem to be in the middle of being released right now, so hopefully they should be there soon! I actually kind of like getting stuff later than others because it gives time for others to write reviews, and I don’t have to try the product blind. (Then again, in this case it paid off!)

    @Kate: …inspire you to be less good? Don’t do it, Kate! Don’t sink to my level :(

    @Modesty Brown: I think it’s your duty as a blogger to get at least 3…don’t you ;) ?

  4. I’m with Jane, not much of a gloss person, but I have never heard of a lip gloss that lasted more than a couple hours, though these seem to be a stain/gloss hybrid. I must admit, #4 is drool worthy. I actually love all my lipsticks that leave a stain behind on my lips, so I do think I will have to try at least one of these.

  5. I am in awe of this review and the product. I am in the midst of a conundrum of choosing which ones! Help me or I’m bound to buy them all! Thanks for the review. It was charming.

  6. I got to check them out today, and I actually was intending to pick one up, but I was very undecisive about the color(s), so I might go back again and choose properly. Actually, there are so many beautiful colors to choose from.

    Thanks for your thoughts on this product! :)

    • I love it! It doesn’t seem to be one of the most popular ones, but I really can’t get enough of it. I just checked your blog, how are you liking your YSL stain? How’s it holding up in S.A.?

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