Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Lips with YSL: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre" Swatches and Review

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YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre": Swatches and Review
Now that Fall is officially upon us, it is finally time to fully embrace all the red, vampy, plum, and berry lip colors. Today I have two shades of fall-tastic YSL Glossy Stains ($38 CAD) to swatch and review for you all, so tuck away your wallets because you are definitely going to fall in love with these two colors. To read more, click.......
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre": Swatches and Review
Packaging:
The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains come in luxurious rectangular lip gloss tubes. The cap is gold with the YSL logo in red and the body of the tube is mostly black with only a sliver of transparency that shows the color of the product. The Glossy Stains have a paddle-like doe-foot applicator that aids in a smooth and even application.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre": Swatches and Review
Formulation & Pigmentation:
For those that aren't familiar, YSL Glossy Stains have a formulation that's a bit of hybrid of a lip gloss and a lip stain. The pigmentation can be quite opaque depending on the shade and the product feels super lightweight and non-sticky on the lips while still providing a comfortable shine and hydration.
28 Grenat Acrylique (Acrylic Garnet):
This is a warm (and totally Fall-friendly) burnt red with hints of orange and brown. The color is fairly pigmented and after the shine wears off, the lips still remain slightly orange-ish.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre": Swatches and Review
28 Grenat Acrylique
10 Rouge Philtre (Red Potion):
The the tube, this shade looks like an intense pink but on the lips, it is a rich shade of bright red with just a hint of pink. The formulation is super intense and the lips remain stained for hours after the shine wears off.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre": Swatches and Review
Here are some arm swatches of the two shades:
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in "28 Grenat Acrylique" & "10 Rouge Philtre": Swatches and Review
Top: the Glossy Stains immediately after application.
Bottom: the stain left behind after being wiped off with a wet makeup remover cloth
(10 minutes after application).
Overall: 
I am super impressed by these Glossy Stains. I always hear people raving about these but after trying them for the first time, I see what the fuss is all about. For those that are wondering, the L'Oreal Color Caress Shine Stains (reviewed here) are really quite similar but they lack evenness in pigmentation and quality in formulation. And compared to the Revlon Moisture Stains (reviewed here), these have a thinner, less cushion-y texture.

Availability:
YSL products are available online and in stores at Sephora, The Bay, and Holt Renfrew.
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