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!

 

Glossy Stain

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.

Glossy Stain in #9 Rouge Laque

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Glossy Stain in #33 Bourgogne Artistique

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Glossy Stain Pop Water

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!

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.