Monday, December 17, 2012
First thing, the formula: these feel exactly like YSL Glossy Stains on my lips, which is a very good thing in my book. Both formulas can dry out my lips if I wear them exclusively for several days in a row, but if I give my lips a break in between with lots of lip balm at night, I'm fine wearing them for a full day or two. The L'Oreal Colour Caresse version appears to be more sheer on average but there are definitely a few exceptions to that, as you'll see below. The formulas of both are buildable: you can start with one layer for sheerer coverage, or add a second or third "coat" after letting it dry for a minute or more to increase the color opacity. As such, I've shown these pictured across three layers so you can see how opaque/buildable each shade is. My camera struggled to pick up the colors with just one swipe, so I'm sorry the first couple of pictures are a bit blurry - they are the best I could get until I built up more color.
ONE SWIPE, OUTDOORS:
ONE SWIPE, FLASH:
TWO SWIPES, OUTDOORS:
TWO SWIPES, FLASH:
THREE SWIPES, OUTDOORS:
THREE SWIPES, FLASH:
Next, here are the color names for your reference and my initial thoughts on them, including comparisons to YSL Glossy Stain shades:
182: Pink Perseverance - essentially looks like a clear gloss on me, but does slightly even out my naturally pale pink lips after three coats (more flattering than YSL GS #18 or #19, both of which were streaky pastel messes on me)
183: Pink Resistance - similar to YSL GS #7, but sheerer
184: Rose On and On - similar to YSL GS #15, but sheerer
185: Lilac Ever After - not even a near-dupe to YSL GS #4 or #5, stands alone as a sheer mauve-berry (a complete misnomer, if you ask Sara and me - not lilac at all!)
186: Berry Persistent - similar to YSL GS #1, but more of a pure purple and less brown
187: Infinite Fuchsia - this one is TRICKY. See below***
188: Coral Tattoo - totally hot orange, brighter and clearer than YSL GS #6
189: Pink Rebellion - similar to YSL GS #17, but sheerer
190: Endless Red - similar to YSL GS #10
191: Stubborn Plum - similar to YSL GS #16, but sheerer
192: Everlasting Caramel - I do not have any similarly-colored YSL GS shades to compare this to and am honestly not sure what skin tones it would flatter, if any
193: Eternally Nude - I do not have any similarly-colored YSL GS shades to compare this to (it is closest to YSL GS #6, but far less orange and more rosy brown than that GS, so hardly comparable)
*** Regarding #187 Infinite Fuchsia, this one made me have a severe "WTF?!" moment. It completely changes color as it dries. It starts out as a cool hot pink that reminds me somewhat of MAC Girl About Town lipstick or YSL GS #13. As it dries, it becomes gradually darker and plummier. You can't totally see it here, but once it's fully dry, it is a full vamp, a deep plum similar to YSL GS #1 on me. You can sort of see the difference here, with a freshly applied glob on the left and a semi-dried (not even fully dried!) swatch on the right:
See how different they look? And the swatch on the right continued to get darker still, after I took this picture. Wild, huh? I swear it's the same color, though!
What do you think? Will you be rushing out to hunt for these too?
NOTE: These have been found so far by various people in Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Fred Meyer, and Harmon stores.