I finally picked up a few of the new(ish) L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stains! I've been seeing posts on these floating around in the blogosphere, so naturally I had to pick them up. Plus, I do have a thing for lipgloss-stain hybrids. Especially after hearing their similarities to the YSL Glossy Stains. I have a slight obsession with those.
In total, there are twelve colours in a variety of hues. From neutrals to purples to reds. There's a colour for everyone, though the formulation might not be for everyone.
If you've never tried this new breed of lippies then it may take some getting used to. It feels like a watery gloss when first applied. It doesn't sound glamorous but I assure you, you have full control with the product. Application is generally smooth and even, some shades more so than others.
When applying, I found it worked best to wait a few seconds between coats. Unlike lip glosses, which you can pile on and on, these Shine Stains need a little time to set or else it gets goopy.
The applicator is nice. A tear drop shape to create a sharp edge. These stains are also accompanied by a fairly strong scent. Luckily it does fade quickly for those with fragrance aversions.
L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stains (left to right): Infinite Fuchsia, Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion
These three are the shades I was most drawn to while I was skimming the display:
1/ Infinite Fuchsia
A vivid fuchsia in the tube, but a deeper version applied. Out of the three, Infinite Fuchsia left the most pigmented stain.
2/ Coral Tattoo
A bright orangey coral. Leans much more orange on me than coral, but it will make a great Spring / Summer colour.
3/ Pink RebellionAll three wear well. The lasting power varies. Infinite Fuchsia leads the pack at around 5 hours with minimal eating / drinking. I attribute it to the deep pigmentation. While the other two faded around the 3-4 hour mark. I found them to be comfortable on the lips and I didn't experience any drying (but I have only tried each colour once or twice).
A blue-based pink. This is the sheerest of the three, but it's buildable.
I haven't worn these long enough to make a definitive comparison to the YSL version. One thing I have noticed is that the L'Oreal Shine Stain seems to take an extra coat or two for an even coverage, as opposed to the YSL Glossy Stain, which only takes me two coats no matter the colour. Expect something more substantial in a future post.
Heavy swatch (left to right): Infinite Fuchsia, Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion
Stain left after 15 minutes (left to right): Infinite Fuchsia, Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion
Have you tried these? Thoughts? x