Well Red: Red Lipstick Swatches

Since overcoming my fear of all things lipstick a few years ago, I’ve amassed quite a collection of lip products – mostly lipsticks, a few lip stains, and three very neglected lip glosses.

At the heart of my collection are the high-contrast reds which, apparently, I can’t get enough of, because my current wishlist is filled with them.

Clockwise from 12 o’clock: Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani 400, Beauté Liqui-Gel Stain in Fever (review here), Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Poppy, Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Samsara, Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick #17 Ichijiku (review here), Lipstick Queen Medieval, Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge in RD-2 (review here), MAC Viva Glam I.

Here I’ve added a swatch of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in #10 Rouge Philtre (review here) on the far right, because I left it out of the earlier shots (on purpose. obviously.) even though it counts as a red.

So, as a reminder, these swatches (and the paper swatches) are, from left to right:

  1. Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Samsara: a berry red
  2. Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick #17 Ichijiku: a dark, vampy, brick red
  3. MAC Viva Glam I: another dark brick red
  4. Lipstick Queen Medieval: a sheer but buildable cherry red
  5. Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RD-2: a sheer red that’s slightly warmer.
  6. Armani Rouge d’Armani 400: a classic true red
  7. Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Poppy: a sheer tomato red
  8. Beauté Liqui-Gel Stain in Fever: a vivid red to sheer rose pink depending on how sheer it’s applied.
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain #10 Rouge Philtre: another vivid classic red, that can be sheered out to a rose stain.

Can’t get enough red?

What’s your favourite shade of red lipstick? And are there any you’re lusting after at the moment? I’m in love with Guerlain’s new Rouge G l’Extrait in Luxure, and I can’t wait to actually get it.


Making My Unofficial Hiatus Official (but not for much longer!)

Hi everyone!

Dain’s comment about graduation on the post below reminded me that I need to tell you guys what’s going on, and why I’ve been AWOL for a while. It’s my final term of uni and exams and mini-dissertations (but the big dissertation is done – woo!) are looming, so I’ve been focusing on those for the past couple of months. I’m itching to return to blogging – I have so many post ideas – but it’s a big commitment that I can’t really make at the moment. As the infinitely wise Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec says:

“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

Thanks Ron.

So I am going to whole-ass uni for a little bit longer (exams end mid-June) and then I can finally get back to blogging (frankly I can’t wait) and I’ll hit you with posts that will blow your socks off and we’ll all weep tears of joy and stuff.

In beauty news I am still obsessed with the YSL Glossy Stains, I’ve been wearing #10 pretty much every day, and every time I look in a mirror I’m still surprised at how long the colour lasts. I really love these! I guess the hype about them in the beauty world has probably died down by now (I’ve forcibly removed myself from beauty sites as well so I’m not sure :( ) but I’m still in love with this product.

I hope you’re all well, I can’t wait to get back to blogging again, and back to reading blogs! I’ll end with another piece of sage advice from Mr. Swanson.


(from here)


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.