There's been a lotlotlot of buzz lately about the new YSL Glossy Stains. They claim to basically be the ultimate lip product, with the texture and shine of a gloss and the lasting power of a lipstick. At first, I ignored them entirely, assuming it was all lies, lies, lies. I mean, seriously--are we supposed to believe that there's something out there that stays on all day, remains glossy for hours, yet doesn't feel like house paint on our lips?
But of course, when I finally got a chance to check them out at the counter, my eyes got the best of me and I had to play with them. First, I swatched on my hand. Beautiful! The colors are rich and opaque, with a good range of tones that will flatter any skin tone. My resolve began to waver. Then I tried to remove them from my hand, and they didn't budge. Yes, the gloss came off with some wiping, but a vibrant stain remained, and didn't go anywhere despite my vigorous scrubbing. My resolve began to crumble. Then the SA pulled out a brand-new tester and let me apply some to my lips and told me to wear it around the store for a bit to see how I liked it. And 20 minutes later, I was sold.
This new product is truly revolutionary. The Glossy Stains truly do feel like gloss. They're moist and cushiony and only slightly sticky (more so than Dior Ultra Gloss, but less than Chanel Glossimers). Let's just say I don't worry too much about my hair getting plastered to my mouth with the next stiff breeze that comes by. The color is completely saturated and opaque. It can be applied as one sheer coat for just a touch of color or two coats for an intense, drop-dead effect. Either way, the color stays true without bleeding at all, and doesn't fade for hours.
The applicator is a slanted, modified doe-foot that's a little floppy rather than stiff. It has some give to it, so it glides easily and accurately across the lips, leaving a smooth, precise, even coat of product behind. It's one of the best applicators I've come across in terms of depositing color easily and quickly. Love it!!
The color I chose is #14, Fuchsia Dore. It's a blue-based, deep and vivid fuchsia that gives brilliant depth and never looks garish. Currently, this is the best fuchsia I own, and I own plenty. Even with the blue base, it reads quite neutral on me and doesn't pull purple at all. As bright as it is, it stays far away from the neon range as well...which is good, because that's not a good look for me.
Bottom Line: I'm loving this revolutionary new product. As a matter of fact, I think I like it even more than regular lipstick, since it feels moisturizing but has a lovely sheen that lipsticks seldom do. I've experienced absolutely no feathering, and easily get a good 6 hours of wear unless I eat a full meal, in which case there is some breakdown. Fading is slow and even, giving you plenty of time for touchups without the dreaded "ring" around the lips. Well worth a try!
Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain can be found for $32 online on the YSL website or in finer department stores.