YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump Up

YSL Pop Water opener

Once January hits, all bets are off and I jump headfirst into Spring mode (can you tell that I am so NOT a cold-weather girl?) and something about these YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water shades puts me in mind of flowers and warmer temps. The third iteration in the brand’s Glossy Stain family, these are sheerer versions of the YSL cult-fave glosses, but no less impactful as a result. Joining the gang is the Glossy Stain Plump-Up, a product that is meant to not only give some volume, but looks just as beautiful on the lips. I call that a win-win.

The details: a lightweight formula in a translucent and almost jelly-like finish with a high-shine factor (according to the brand, it’s formulated with ‘water brilliance‘) meant to provide up to 10 hours of hydration. The fruity fragrance to these shades seems quite evident upon initial application, although that appears to dissipate quickly and becomes a non-issue. These are non-sticky glosses and even through drinking and eating, the shine still manages to live on – albeit in a less intense format than initial application – with a soft-tacky feel (of the good variety) that needs just a quick press of the lips to keep the look & colour going. Even after the product has worn off, you’re still left with a light stain along the lips, with the deeper hues offering obviously more colour. Each Glossy Stain Pop Water is also layerable; I just recommend waiting about 20 seconds or so between layers for a smoother and slightly more opaque finish, and they can even be applied over a matching lipstick or lip pencil shade for a longer-lasting effect and deeper colour impact.

The applicator: the slanted bevelled spade-shape with its tiny plush bristles makes mirror-free application a breeze, gliding comfortably along the contours of the lips, while the width of the applicator means it will pick up and deposit enough product for single swipe coverage, although you can also layer it with ease.

There are 2 more shades available (in Canada), not shown: Glossy Stain 207 Juicy Peach and Glossy Stain 208 Wet Nude.

YSL Pop Water 1

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water 2

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water 3

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water applicators macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water swatches

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water swatches 2

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Pop Water applicators

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up (applicator)

YSL Pop Water 4

 

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump-Up

YSL Rose Nu Plump Up Glossy Stain

Glossy Stain 200 Rose Nu Plump-Up (CAN $38.00) | Created to give an ‘instant push-up effect‘, this is a non-sticky clear gloss lip product with the barest whisper of a rose/nude tint. There is an immediate lip-tingling feel upon application which lasts about 30 seconds or so, but dissipates quickly after that (or I just don’t feel it any more). This is the first ‘lasting fuller lips effect‘ Glossy Stain from YSL and is said to provide up to 6 hours of lasting shine, although that drops significantly after eating and/or drinking. Wonderfully hydrating, my lips continue to feel moisturized long after all traces are gone, and I find that it makes a great prep for any other lip product I want to layer on top. Fragranced with the usual fruity-ish YSL Glossy Stain scent (which becomes undetectable soon after application) – it’s worth mentioning for those with sensitivities. Bonus: looks equally gorgeous worn solo, as it provides just enough colour to lips to give the illusion of mega lushness (not to mention acting as a perfect foil to a smokey eye).

YSL Rose Nu Plump Up Glossy Stain Macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 200 Rose Nu Plump-Up

YSL Rose Nu Plump-Up swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 200 Rose Nu Plump-Up swatch

YSL Dewy Red Pop Water

Glossy Stain 201 Dewy Red (CAN $38.00) | Watermelon-pink red hue, cool leaning but can still be worn by all complexions across the board.

YSL Dewy Red Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 201 Dewy Red

YSL Dewy Red swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 201 Dewy Red swatch

YSL Rouge Splash Pop Water

Glossy Stain 202 Rouge Splash (CAN $38.00) | Tomato red hue with orange undercurrents, warm leaning.

YSL Rouge Splash Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 202 Rouge Splash

YSL Rouge Splash swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 202 Rouge Splash swatch

YSL Eau de Corail Pop Water

Glossy Stain 203 Eau de Corail (CAN $38.00) | Coral-tinged pink hue, perfectly balanced to be worn with equal ease by both cool and warm skin tones.

YSL Eau de Corail Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 203 Eau de Corail

YSL Eau De Corail swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 203 Eau de Corail swatch

YSL Onde Rose Pop Water

Glossy Stain 204 Onde Rose (CAN $38.00) | Deep rose hue with a slight blue-red undertone, cooler leaning and perfectly suited for fair complexions (might clash against yellower or darker skin tones).

YSL Onde Rose Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 204 Onde Rose

YSL Onde Rose swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 204 Onde Rose swatch

YSL Pink Rain Pop Water

Glossy Stain 205 Pink Rain (CAN $38.00) | Buttery soft pink hue, cool leaning but works surprisingly well against warmer skin tones as well (this one is pure LOVE).

YSL Pink Rain Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 205 Pink Rain

YSL Pink Rain swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 205 Pink Rain swatch

YSL Misty Pink Pop Water

Glossy Stain 206 Misty Pink (CAN $38.00) | Magenta pink hue, cooler leaning in tone but will definitely work on most complexions in the spectrum.

YSL Misty Pink Pop Water macro

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 206 Misty Pink

YSL Misty Pink swatch

YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain 206 Misty Pink swatch

 

Tending to favour glosses over lipstick for obvious reasons (less precision work involved. I can be lazy that way), it should be stated that not all glosses are made equal and if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a lip product that makes you want to wipe it right off seconds after application. Not so with these Glossy Stain Pop Water (how much fun is is to say “Pop Water”?!), as they apply in a goof-proof way (the applicator literally does all the work for you), shine like mad, hydrate AND are so lightweight, you basically forget you have anything on (your lips, that is). With regards to the Glossy Stain Plump-Up, I confess to never having been a fan of anything that makes my lips feel like I’ve dipped them in Cayenne pepper (even though I adore spicy foods), but something about this one I can definitely live with and what’s more, I actually see an effect, slight though it may be. Thankfully, these are all part of the permanent lineup – go and get your Spring on, I say!

YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water and Glossy Stain Plump Up are available through The Bay & thebay.com, Sephora & sephora.com, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom stores across Canada. Find more information via www.yslbeautyus.com

YSL Pop Water closer

Product samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

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8 Responses to YSL Beauté | Glossy Stain Pop Water & Glossy Stain Plump Up

  1. Michelle says:

    These are all so lovely… I must try them out!

  2. anastasiias says:

    Very beautiful shades! I liked misty pink most of all but not sure that it’s worth the price in comparison to other glosses with the same price. what do u say?

    • Eugenia says:

      That’s a tough one to answer; first of all, it depends on your budget and if that’s not an issue, then I’d definitely say that these are worth it. Secondly, it also depends on what it is you’re looking for in a gloss; bear in mind that these are more translucent and not meant to be opaque so if that’s something you like, then again, these are totally worth it. My usual preference tends to run to glosses and I love how easy these are to wear, how comfortable they feel on the lips and how they don’t dry my lips out at all. Hope this helps!

  3. Annick says:

    Excellent review Eugenia! Loving your detailed pictures – you really know how to get into the details of a product! <3

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