A wonderful set of products, each very different yet similar concept and look. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar, and L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. Quite a mouthful.
gloss on top (two coats) | stain on bottom
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain. Semi-opaque and buildable. Gummy-like, even texture with gloss finish. Long wearing, no need to reapply. Non-drying, no need to wear balm or chapstick underneath. Noticeable, long lasting stain, including a relatively light shade. Strong fruity scent, which I've grown to like. Wide variety of colors, with and without shimmer, sheer to high opacity shades. Beautiful packaging with easy to use applicator. The only negative factor for me is the high price.
L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. Nearly identical to YSL's glossy stain in formula and wear (see description above) however that's only reflecting on one I've tried, which happens to be one of the darkest shades in the line. The differences between the two are about the packaging, variety of colors, and price. There are too many basic, light colors available, which I understand that every line needs, but there should be something beyond that. I mean, only one red? My other issue is the color on the bottle because looking online, they're really different to the actual product color. The YSL ones have clear windows to show the product. The price is reasonable and I'd buy more, but I don't want any of the other colors.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar. Mostly sheer and buildable to be semi-opaque. Slippery texture with some grip yet no bleeding or uneven color. Glossy finish, very popsicle looking. Lighter shades leave hardly any stain on the lips and the darker shade does stain slightly, but overall not nearly as much as other lip tars. It usually takes a day or two or a good scrubbing on my lips and skin to remove every trace of lip tar, but I can remove these easily.
They're not very similar to regular lip tars when it comes to wear time. The biggest difference is the significant amount of fading in such a short time. I've worn Androgyne out twice for a few hours and was shocked when I came back to look in the mirror at almost nothing on my lips. I can understand Voyeur disappearing, but Androgyne's not that light of a shade. Even YSL's lightest glossy stain stained darker. Maybe I should've applied more? Either way, they have a different formula which I consider very much a gloss without a stain. I feel like they would've been perfect in their old gloss applicator packaging since these require more product and applying on the go, like I do with most glosses, would be easier. They're still lovely and I know I'll use them, but they didn't quite hit the nail on the head.
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