YSL Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain & Pop Water Look Book!

Hey guys!

So real quick, here’s the low down about YSL’s Glossy Stains!

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I’m dashing about a little hurriedly with this post because time’s a little tight so I hope I manage to do these Glossy Stains some justice and feature / mention them well because they are amazing products and I can’t even put to words how much I adore them.

It’s not often that you chance upon a product that’s rich in pigmentation and intensity, has a cool aqueous formula, goes on with a high shine and wears like da bomb at the same time!

That’s a lot of boxes ticked! Though the question now is whether these boxes are the ones on your list. 

Though for those not too fond of intensely pigmented lips, YSL had you guys in mind and recently launched the Pop Water edition to the Glossy Stains line up.

I’ll share more about this new segregation but simply put, they’re more neutral, natural and a lot softer in hue with more translucence. 

The mildly confusing aspect is that while it’s rightfully a considered ‘sub-category’ within the Glossy Stain overview, they’re still grouped together and lumped together with their naming system (aka numbers I never remember) the main way to tell them apart. 

That and the shade once you swatch it of course.

But eitherways, we’ll get to that! And it’s likely not so complex – you go to the store, you see, you swatch, you like, you buy. Ha!

 

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First, let me talk about the full-on intense Glossy Stains. The Classics, as I like to refer to them as right now. 

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These days, it’s increasingly common to marry glossiness with pigmentation but I feel I haven’t chanced upon a product that checks all the boxes that the Glossy Stains do.

It’s usually glossy and pigmented but not quite staining, or staining and pigmented but not too glossy.

Somehow if they manage to get glossy, staining and pigmentation down, it doesn’t carry the same watery and cool texture that the Glossy Stains have.

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So… Yes I’m rambling now but I find that these are truly quite unique.

I wish I had more hues to showcase but of my stash, I only have 2 – a bold red and a vampy aubergine-red.

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Now, after all that pigmentation and intensity, let’s dial it down a notch to something more natural and much softer.

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Much as I’m always singing praises about intense color and pigmentation – because ultimately those are best to dress up a look and easiest to showcase without saying much – complementing neutrals are still a nice and easy option within the stash.

Especially for days where you want just a hint of color to wrap up the look but don’t quite going for the big and bold.

Though… As a personal opinion, I’ll say that the shade of Pop Water I have, while pretty and soft, is perhaps a little too neutral and natural for my liking.

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Sure it’s a perfect shade for the weekends, and I do use this quite oft  then, but my logic when it comes to the Glossy Stains is go big or go home.

Well, maybe you don’t have to go that big but while super natural tones are lovely I feel they’re not the most representative of the prowess these Glossy Stains hold.
Nonetheless, to each their own and while I don’t love this, I can see why some might.

All that said and done, I do enjoy this time to time. 

Glossy Stain in Pop Water #203 Eau de Corail

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That’s that for the Glossy Stains! I know I ended up rambling a little more than intended, oops, but I had some opinions that came to mind and felt I should include them.

Hope you guys don’t mind a bit of that, heh!

I’ll be wrapping up the lip Look Books with the YSL Tint in Oils in the next post! I expect that one to be a tad more informative than the lip postings I’ve been doing this far because that’s a rather new ‘mention’ to my blog but… We’ll get to that.

Meanwhile, thanks for reading!
P.s. Was a little time strapped but I’ll update the price again in a bit!

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Thy Lowdown: All Dem YSL Lip Products! – The Rouge Voluptes, Pur Coutures & More!

Hey guys!

I hope the continual 30 Days of YSL spam hasn’t been too overwhelming for you all thus far!

I know I’ve been churning out entries left and right and this space has become quite active, but in a rather brand-centric (YSL in this case) way which perhaps would leave some of you guys wondering… will I be talking about other brands again?

Well yes, certainly, I will. It’s just that as mentioned in the month of July, I’m going to dedicate my blog space to more dedicated YSL mentions just for a little bit as I complete this 30 Days of YSL stint!

The stint, as elaborated here, is mainly to spotlight and discuss little bits and bobs of the brand that I wish to highlight and explain in more detail because while YSL is a fully renown makeup brand, it isn’t one that everyone knows every nook and crany about either.

Needless to say I hardly know it all myself but I’m hoping to share what I know and hope that this little 30 Day stint will be informative for you all be it if you’re a YSL fan or not! Though I understand that some times not everyone is most fond of a continual brand mention but, fret not, other brands are coming your way once July wraps up!

That said, it doesn’t mean that I’m completely forgoing YSL mentions after because if I have anything about the brand to discuss or showcase, I’ll definitely still pop word in here and there!

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So anyway, back to the whole idea of this 30 Days of YSL, I figured I would take this opportunity to put together a bit of a glossary (in my knowledge and to my knowledge of course) of YSL’s Lip Products.

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Not that their lip products need much of a mention, to be honest.

While YSL Beauty is a brand that has quality products in most departments – like skincare, fragrance, base products and more – for some reason their lip products speak for themselves and if anything, sell themselves!

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It’s something about how beautifully clad the gold (and sometimes silver) tubes look, how exquisite they are to pull out of your makeup bag as well as how well-performing the individual products are but while I’m not here to sell buckets about each range – because just give the items a swatch, the products easily sell themselves! – I’m here to give you a little low-down about the many different lip ranges that YSL carries.

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Of course not everyone is going to need this 101 but, again, if you’re quite new to the brand then this might prove useful. YSL has quite a slew of lip collections and they’re all a little targeted at what you want from your lip look. On top of that, some ranges come with sub-sections within so… yes let me get to it!

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Again, I’m not going too deep into ingredient make-up and the sort but rather sharing what I know of each line up so you know where to look if you want to sought out a particular lip look.

Starting with the range that I was first acquainted with waaaay back, the Rouge Voluptes.

Now before I go further, YSL has since expanded the Rouge Voluptes into the regular creamy and opaque line up as well as a Rouge Volupte Shine extension.

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That said, let me talk about each one in more detail because while they’re both from the same lip collection, they feel and warrant a rather different kind of love from me.

 

The Rouge Voluptes (S$49) –

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These were quite the rage at the period of time I got into the brand (starting with lip products, ha, just as expected) and I kind of went along with it because of the whole hype and hooha about the Rouge Voluptes – incredibly silky formula, really creamy finish, opaque color pay-off etc.

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While those were promises that the Rouge Voluptes did deliver, I will say I wasn’t 100% a convert. I liked it, but something hindered me from loving it.

I was quite a nude-lip fanatic at that time so I didn’t mind the opaque and rather ‘white-cast’ lip finish at that point of time but after amassing a couple more shades and shifting to appreciating deeper lip colors, I found the pastel variants of the Rouge Volupte (somehow I only owned more pastel hues of this range) go on a little too stark on the lips.

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Another thing to note about these is that they take a little while to ‘set’ and accustom themselves to the lips because the first time you apply you’ll have to make sure the lipstick is well applied, without any smears / obvious lines and not settling into any lip lines.

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It’s definitely a plush and lovely finish but one I need a tiny bit of work to get and given how lukewarm I am with how the colors look on, I can safely say I’d rather reach for the Shines anyway.

But that’s just my opinion because it seems the rest of the world seems to chorus about how much they love the plush, opaque and creamy lip finish that the Rouge Voluptes give so…. it could really just be me.

Phew, that was quite an essay! Now on to the Shines!

 

Rouge Volupte Shines (S$49) –

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The Shines share the similar emollient and smooth glide on the lips that the Rouge Voluptes have. In fact they also share the same watermelon scent that I adore from the YSL range so that’s no issue with me.

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Though a key difference is that if the Rouge Voluptes are creamy, the Shines are more… gel-like. They have a translucence to the finish and give a more glossy and ‘wet’ look once on the lips.

While packing a punch in pigmentation (for the stronger shades), they also provide that alternative to be worn sheer due to the translucence, which is something the Rouge Voluptes don’t have.

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If you’re looking for that lipstick that lends a punch of color yet isn’t too intense and opaque, or something you can choose to wear a little sheer on days, then the Shines are what I would recommend for you.

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I truly love these and that beautiful packaging makes it that much harder to resist!

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture

Or shortened to Pur Couture, as I like to refer to it as.

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This is a range that I was introduced to fairly recently… maybe a couple of years back?

Even then, my introduction to this high intensity and highly pigmented Pur Couture range wasn’t through the original line-up but rather the ‘extension’ to the range, also known as the Pur Couture The MATS.

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I think the MATS selection is a rather new inclusion to this high-pigment line-up (it was new at the time I was introduced to this range).

While new, it sits in beautifully with the Pur Couture range because it offers a nice alternative to this range without differing too far from what the Pur Coutures are all about.

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That said, let’s have a look at the Pur Coutures followed by the Pur Couture The MATS though it’s rather evident the difference between the two.

 

Pur Couture (S$49) –

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The YSL Pur Couture range is aimed at providing couture shades – which means bright, strong and bold colors – through an intensely saturated formula that also aims to provide your lips with comfort and moisture through the long hours of wear.

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If you ask me, it’s really quite a perfect lipstick for those who love high intensity, high pigment and incredibly true-to-tube colors because these look fab, go on smoothly and definitely wear comfortably through the day.

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In the realm of intensely pigmented lip colors, these may not excel the most at their long-wearing abilities but they do stay on for a pretty good while.

Upon wearing off, they will leave a soft hue on the lips. Without food, I can get about 6 hours of wear or more, but with food these stay on as best as they can but will wear down from the inner portions.

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The finish, as YSL describes, is a radiant and satin finish but I think this has a little more gloss and shine than a ‘satin’ but of course not as much watery translucence as the Rouge Volupte Shines provide.

 

Pur Couture The MATS (S$49) –

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Though if intense colors with a little bit of shine is not quite the couture look you’re going for then maybe The MATS have something to offer.

These shades take on a more satin finish than the Pur Couture and while the name claims ‘mat’, I think these have a little more radiance as well as comfort to the color as opposed to what we typically know of Mats.

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I’m not complaining though because there are companies out there who do flat mattes really well and if that’s what you’re after then those would serve your purpose but this is a beautiful and refined kind of a matte (perhaps satin is the right word here…) that’s easy to wear and not too couture / flat a look on.

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While it’s looking quite glossy here, it does set on the lips with wear to become more of a matte finish but even then it’s not as matte as some mattes I’ve seen out there!

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YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

These! Okay these I have a huge amount of love for.

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I think by now you can somewhat tell that I have a huge amount of love for a lot of the YSL lip products because I feel that they’re ideal for very different situations and also very different moods so I can’t just pick one range to love but I think they’re all quite awesome in their own way.

It’s also YSL’s credit of developing some pretty kick-ass lip formulas and finishes for us to dress our lips up in!

Back to the Glossy Stain, for the longest time these were known to pair pigmentation, color saturation and long wear with a glossy and juicy lip finish. That’s quite revolutionary a combination if you ask me!

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Though very recently YSL has decided to reinvent their Glossy Stain collection to also reach out to people who are a little more neutral and natural color-loving but also want that same glossiness, decent color saturation and long-wearing hue of soft peach or pink on their lips so the Glossy Stain Pop Water series was borne.

 

Glossy Stain (S$49) –

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But first, the original Glossy Stain line up!

I think I’ve described much of this product above that I need not say more but just to be a tad more descriptive…

The Glossy Stains, unlike lipsticks, come with a watery formula housed in a bottle whereby you brush on the color with a doe-foot applicator that does the job pretty well.

The doe-foot applicator is simple and the application method isn’t revolutionary but it works well enough with a comfortable flat end to lay color on and a more precise point for the corners of the lips so I guess that’s all that matters!

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I’ve only had experience with 2 color variants of the Glossy Stains, both are more reddish in hue, and with them I think I hold the Glossy Stains in pretty high regard.

While the vampier shade can cause a bit of line-settling when viewed up close, the glossiness makes up for it from a normal distance away and all you see is a juicy pout-y hue of vamp!

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The glossiness of these Glossy Stains don’t last as long as the color does, without eating or drinking it could shine on for maybe 3-4 hours? Though even then it doesn’t fall into a flat lip look that tints are sometimes capable of. It’s still got a slight satin shine to it, just not quite the same level of glossiness.

The color on the other hand lasts a much longer time and can be prolonged if you prevent yourself from wiping your lips. I’ve noticed that it survives through a meal, maybe not entirely intact but with minimal fading. Though as a matter of preference, I would rather blot my lips down as best as I can before I start on food.

In case of any messy lip color migrating, you know…

 

Glossy Stain Pop Water (S$49) –

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Now, the newer inclusion to the Glossy Stain bunch, the Pop Waters!

When I first used them I thought they were quite novel and lovely but after being introduced to another YSL lip range that I’m going to talk about in a bit, I will admit that the Pop Waters seem a little shadowed by that.

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They’re not too bad, I’ll say. Very pretty and juicy pouts of color and if you choose the slightly stronger hued ones they’ll show up nicer and more prominently, but still naturally so. Though… overall given how natural and soft the shades are I can’t speak for how well it stains, or how well it wears and it seems largely like a bit of a glorified lip gloss.

It’s pretty and it’s still something I find myself reaching for on weekends or rushed weekdays but it’s not falling into a must-have category for me, sadly. If you ask me, stick to the regular Glossy Stain range because that’s where all the magic is at!

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But if you’re a neutral natural loving person, then read the next lowdown that I’ve got for you!

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YSL Tint in Oil (S$45)

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I feel like if I were to get into a really dedicated mood with this I could launch into a tirade of words but… I think I’ll save you from that right now given how lengthy this post is becoming and explain the science-talk behind this in more detail within its solo mention.

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Though what you need to know is that the Tint in Oil is something like no other that I have seen. Sure, in theory it’s quite common and simple but the way the product actually feels, works, and looks on is something I haven’t quite felt before.

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Long story short, Tint in Oil suspends a lip tint within a deep conditioning oil (a blend of 4 oils to be exact) to provide you with both nourishing comfort as well as color and some slight lasting power – thanks to the hue being a tint.

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The result is a glossy yet balmy feeling product on that imparts a decent amount of juicy pigmentation at the same time. Previously I had considered the YSL Glossy Stain Pop Waters to perfectly embody that ‘rosebud lips’ effect but now, I think the Tint in Oils manage to do it better.

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More nourishingly so as well!

What’s more due to it being a tint, there is some slight staining on the lips after much of the product has worn off, which is quite quick sadly to say but given that it’s both a conditioning product as well as one that provides a decent hue of color, I don’t think I have anything to complain about!

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And that is that for my really supaaa quick lowdown of the YSL lip ranges that I am familiar with.

Of course there is still that one more range that is kind of a lip product but also a multi-purpose cheek product and that’s the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush though I think I’ve done a comprehensive enough series of entries about that, starting with this one, so you can go ahead and read all about it there!

I’m not going to be doing a Look Book entry for the Babydolls again since I’ve got them mostly swatched and covered but should you have some questions about them (or any other lip range mentioned above), feel free to drop a comment and I’ll get back to you as best as I can!

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That being said and done, I think I managed to wrap up this Lowdown post a lot quicker than I had anticipated! It still wound up a little wordy but… I suppose that can’t be helped with so many ranges to cover within a post, yes?

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the Look Books of these YSL lip products coming right up!

Hopefully with those it’s less text and a lot more pictures!

Introducing YSL’s Pop Water & Full Metal Shadow (plus Giveaway!)

Hey you guys!

Taking a break from all the MAC spam I’ve been putting out lately and talking about a little upcoming YSL!

Yes, upcoming because I am finally in time to talk about something even before it launches, woots!

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So these little fellas are launching this Friday (22nd May) and where YSL is concerned, you know the drill.

Pieces are limited and stocks run out quick so if you’re spying anything – go get’em!

Though I have some good news and that is, YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains are a permanent addition to YSL’s lip line-up, though select few shades are Limited Editions, so… the best thing to do is still to zoom down if anything catches your eye. Heh.

 

YSL Full Metal Shadows

Kicking this off, I want to talk about something I had a mixed up first impression of.

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The thing about YSL Singapore is that a lot of times collections reach us pretty late, at least compared to the Western side of the globe.

So, as I was saying…

While browsing western bloggers’ reviews of the YSL Full Metal Shadows, I remember being a little disappointed at how these swatched and looked on those blogs.

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I believe even the thoughts shared were luke-warm. In extreme cases some were even a little dis-satisfactory because we know that price is a crucial considering factor in the Western world (for most, not all) and these are highly priced.

I think over here we’re so acustommed to it because even our drugstore prices are bordering departmental store prices.

Anyway, swayed by my online-impression, I didn’t have much excitement for these, that’s up till the point that I swatched them.

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Whoa boy, was I wrong about them!

These are available in 10 shades but I’ve only got 5 to play with during the preview.

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I’m not sure what went ‘wrong’ with some of the international bloggers but where I’m concerned these swatched with good enough pigmentation, and a nice distribution of glitter and shimmer amidst the colors.

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Everything was nicely melded together in this liquid/molten-like formula. It is as if you’re swatching varying shades of shimmery molten metal. Quite intriguing.

And that’s just them being applied densely.

If you’re all about sheering your shimmers out, these do that really nicely as well and don’t tug or pull on the lids, giving you a good window to pat and blend yet still set a little once the formula is nicely thinned and sheer-ed out.

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I can’t comment on how it wears in our humid climate yet because I’ve not tested them out but so far, these sparkly thingamajigs have certainly caught my eye!

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I urge you guys to check it out, even if you think sparkles and shimmers are too much for you because the taupes and browns (there’s a pinkish peach too, not pictured here) are extremely wearable and perfect for zesting up a neutral look.

 

YSL Pop Water Vernis A Levres

Alrightey!

So moving on to something a good number of you would know of or have tried, their Glossy Stains (or also known as Vernis A Levres).

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These Glossy Stains are known for going on watery and cool (unlike the balmy emollience that now-popular high-shine lipsticks impart) – very lightweight – yet also imparting strong pigmentation that grabs and holds, staying and staining through meals or drinks. All that with a perfectly chic glossy shine.

The original line up is really da bomb if you’re looking to combine intense pigmentation with a glossy finish and an incredible staying power, at the expense of it not being moisturizing (but yet not exactly lip moisture-sapping either).

While that ticks a lot of the right boxes for bold lip lovers, YSL has discovered that those looking to dip their feet into the brand’s lip products are often wary and afraid to give the Glossy Stains a go.

Reason being? They are far too intense.

While that is the point of the original Glossy Stains, YSL is a brand that innovates.

So, after noticing this group of people would prefer softer, sheerer and more natural hues (and also the bold loving people who wouldn’t mind a soft rose shade either ways), they’ve decided to roll out the YSL Pop Waters!

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For those who find the original Glossy Stains too daunting or for those who can’t stop adding to their lip supplies ;)

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Available in 12 neutral and natural variations, some of which are Limited Edition (boohoo), I only managed to play around with 8 at the preview.

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Sorry, no names because I didn’t take note and can’t quite match them now, heh.

In the aspect of formula and finish, they’re very similar to the original Glossy Stains. The key difference would be the watered down pigmentation.

While I say watered down, I mean it in a positive way with a beautiful texture and finish that’s unique and difficult to achieve in the makeup realm.

A little bit like how some like to take intense stains and dab it on lightly (instead of wearing them full out) followed by topping it off with a glossy shine for that soft watery rose-bud gradient sort of lip look?

Yes, this is the exact effect you will achieve with the New Pop Waters.

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Here’s an interesting tidbit – the inspiration behind the watery translucence yet still vibrant color effect was actually Gummy Bears!

I find that so adorable and genius at the same time because the idea of something so vibrant and colored but yet translucent with a fluid look does sound like an appealing concept of color to makeup and I’m glad that a brand has finally looked into figuring that out!

While they appear light and soft, some shades do a pretty mean job of staining as well so that original factor of the Glossy Stains still apply!

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Apart from the Pop Waters, there’s actually one more exciting lip release in this collection and that’s a Lip Plumping Glossy Stain (that is colorless).

I’ve given it a go a couple of times and it’s quite nice to use even with the lip plumping factor that often turns people off.

It wasn’t amongst the mix of stuff during the preview but I do have a piece with me so I’ll give it a proper entry of its own in due time!

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Phew!

I think I’ve ranted on too much and for too long! I’ll still delve into a little more information in these products’ individual entries or features so keep a look out for those!

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Anyway!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Wrapping this up, I think what most of you are most interested in is the giveaway so, yes, I’ve got one for you (those residing in Singapore only – sorry!) and it’s happening over on my Instagram, ending on 24th May.

Do pop by and take part!

 

Thanks so much for reading this lengthy entry and hope to drop by on here again soon!

The YSL Full Metal Shadow (S$45) and Pop Waters (S$49) will be available from 22nd May 2015 at YSL Counters and Boutiques.

The YSL Full Metal Shadow is Limited Edition while the YSL Pop Water is Permanent, however select shades are Limited Editon.