Hello all! Thanks for being patient during my week off!
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.
I 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.
But 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.
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.
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).
Kate has paper swatches of the whole range (apart from 19) here.
Number 4 (Mauve Pigmente) Paper Swatches
Number 10 (Rouge Philtre) Paper Swatches
Number 4 Arm Swatches (sorry goosebumps etc. etc.)
Number 10 Arm Swatches
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)
Number 10 Heavily Applied
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)
- 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