Deathmatch: L’oreal Colur Caresse Shine Stain vs YSL Glossy Stain

L’oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stain, $9.99 at most retailers, frequently can be found “Buy one, get one half off” at one of the drugstores–

Pros:  Good color payoff (like a regular lipstick), nice shine, nice initial selection of colors, very long wear time.

Cons:  Sticky on the lips, second day dryness.  I was red-rimmed and sore after two days in a row of wear even though I sleep in various shea butter lip treatments. The stickiness gives one a false sense of security that the lips are not dry, when in fact they are in worse shape than even a bare lip.  One would have to be vigilant about keeping the lips glossed with a second product to not have this outcome.

Edited to add:  Six days later I’m STILL sore and have a chapped feeling.


YSL Glossy Stain, $32 in department stores and online–

Pros:  Bold color payoff that was still sheer–sort of like looking at the lips through a bright piece of jello (could also be a “con” depending on your needs), good selection of colors with the new shade extensions available now, the only stains I’ve ever seen to offer shades lighter than natural lip color, very long stain time even after the gloss wears down, very light feeling on the lips.

Cons:  Once the gloss wears off, you will have the sensation of bare lips and will need to apply a gloss or something moist to the top to maintain supple feeling.  HOWEVER, the color is still absolutely there so it isn’t a total “con.”


Advantage:  It was nearly a tie except for the soreness that came after two days of wear.  The price point of the L’oreal makes it more of a contender but the YSL Glossy Stain is made with a quality that your lips will notice the day after.  They have the same parent company but the L’oreal is absolutely NOT an exact clone with a different label.  Neither are particularly glossy, though.  Just moist.  Gloss hounds will absolutely want to gloss on top of them.


Winner:  YSL Glossy Stain wins.


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