You have all read my raves and my love for the YSL Vernis A Levres glossy stains which are really long lasting, feather-light lip glosses. (In case you’ve missed those posts, I have reviewed Corail Aquatique here and Corail Fauve here.) Today, when I received the new L’Oreal Shine Caresse lipglosses and I swatched them, I went “OMG, OMG!!!” Why did I react that way? Read this Face Off and you shall know why…
Who doesn’t know Yves Saint Laurent, YSL for short, the French haute couture brand that also has wonderful fragrances and makeup. A couple of years ago, it was assimilated into L’Oreal‘s cornucopia of brands so, in a way, the lineage wouldn’t really count….they are siblings from the same family. And both francais….
I love the black and gold packaging of the YSL Glossy Stains as it looks so different from the conventional lip gloss tubes. The black body, though plastic, looks quite rich and lacquered and the gold cap with the YSL logo embossed in red adds to the funtional-chic look of the packaging. There are two rectangular “windows” on either side of the body from where you can see the colour of the gloss within.
The L’Oreal Shine Caresse glosses are outright opulent, with a gold, conical body and centimeter thick band of plastic that show’s the colour of the gloss. Though almost the whole of the body is gold, it isn’t as bright as the gold on YSL Glossy Stain’s cap and hence doesn’t look ostentatious. In fact, it looks gorgeous! The L’Oreal logo is self embossed on a “clip” on the packaging in keeping with the “muted gold” theme.
Wand / Applicator
The thin, hexagonal foam applicators of the YSL Glossy Stains are my favourite kind of applicators since they make for an even application. The pointy tip also helps in precisely shaping the cupid’s bow. They also tilt at an angle which makes application more comfortable.
The applicators of L’Oreal Shine Caresse are also of foam and are tilted but are leaf-shaped making them slightly wider than the YSL ones. That’s the only difference however and this shape is equally good for a smooth, even application.
Texture, Pigmentation and Longevity
DUPE ALERT! Okay, take a look at these swatches and tell me which ones are YSL and which ones are L’Oreal. You could probably tell from the shades but look at the texture and pigmentation. IDENTICAL!!! Just the fragrance is slightly different, but then it doesn’t last anyway. The shades from left to right are: YSL #12 Corail Fauve, YSL #7 Corail Aquatique, L’Oreal #605 Eve and L’Oreal #900 Pretty Woman.
The texture is really light and they both go on as thin, sheer, weightless veils of colour that cling onto your lips for dear life. Both, the YSL and L’Oreal ones have a tendency to look darker on the lips than in the tube/swatch so you really need to start with very light layers and build up if you want a darker colour.
I have worn the YSL Glossy Stains countless times to know that they last through food and drink with bare minimal fading around the inner lip area. Today, I have been wearing the pink L’Oreal Shine Caresse (which on my lips looks more like a dark berry pink) since afternoon and it has seen me through my afternoon coffee and dinner and is still on my lips with a little fading on the inner lip ring. These glossy stains, be it YSL or L’Oreal, don’t budge or streak at all, though their shine fades a bit, and need to be removed with a good makeup remover.
This above picture was taken just 10 minutes before I started writing this post. The swatches have been on my forearm for almost 6 hours and have endured innumerable brushes against my clothing and other stuff as I went about doing my work. And no, they didnt transfer onto my clothes. So, as you can see, the shine has gone but the colours are still there and they haven’t smudged. The colour won’t fade so much from the lips coz your lips wont be brushing against stuff as much as your arm..or will they 😉
And now, the most important part, the price. Of course, YSL, being a luxe brand, it’s products are going to be priced higher. But you aren’t going to believe the difference in price for these two siblings…
YSL Vernis A Levres: Rs. 2200 for 6 ml
L’Oreal Shine Caresse: Rs. 499 for 6ml
So basically, if you have been lusting after the YSL Glossy Stains but have been put off by the four digit price tag, go ahead and indulge in the L’Oreal Shine Caresse coz, like I said, they are identical!! You can buy 4 L’Oreal ones for the price of one YSL (I think I sounded like Becky Bloomwood when I said that).
Which glosses are you eyeing? What shades did you like?