Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

YSL #40 Beige Peau and #210 Pure opener

 

The recent release of the Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014 has been a resounding hit for the brand, and while many of the limited edition pieces of this collection reached covetable status in record time i.e.: the Couture Palette Collector Fétiche (reviewed here), the textured nail lacquers in #52 Bleu Galuchat & #53 Taupe Grainé (reviewed here), and the matte lipsticks, such as #210 Nude Acoustic (reviewed here), I’m so happy to see that the new Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau and Gloss Volputé #210 Beige Nu – are both items that are just as lust-worthy as the others, but even more importantly is that they are slated to become part of the permanent range. Be still my nude-lip loving heart.

Inspired by leather’s shiny alter ego, both of these products give your lips a glossy and almost patent-leather shine and while the colours themselves fall on the neutral side, they are nonetheless total must-haves for fans of that perfect nude lip.

 

YS #40 Beige Peau & #210 Pure

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu, Collection Cuirs Fétiches Fall 2014

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau opener

Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau (CAN $38.00) | Perfectly named, the Glossy Stain formula is (according to the brand):

A unique feeling for the lips with a vinyl sheen and an intense lasting colour. Not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss, and certainly more than lip colour

Launched in the Spring of 2012, you can basically credit YSL Glossy Stains with beginning an entire new trend for lip products.  Housed in a black rectangular casing with the brand’s iconic gold cap, I appreciate that the base also has a cut-out window where you can see the colour of the product, without needing to open it up first. The applicator is a slanted & spade-shaped sponge on a relatively short wand, with a decent enough width that it grabs sufficient product to spread along your lips, while the tip with its rounded point can be used easily for more precision work. There’s a slight chemical scent to this product and while not unpleasant, I’m glad just the same that it dissipates quickly upon application. The texture is a little harder to pin down; a slightly cool feeling and watered-down gloss, but with a higher-than-usual amount of pigment is probably as accurate as I can get it. Longevity, is unbelievable (the “stain” part of the name is bang on) and while some of the shine will eventually fade, the majority of colour will stay until removed.

For those new to the Glossy Stain format, you should know that what you are getting here is a lightweight feeling yet long-wearing lip product, highly pigmented and which comes to a glossy finish. Upon initial application, you’ll find that #40 Beige Peau – a warm toned and tan based beige hue, appears more matte than shiny, but wait a few minutes & you’ll see the magic begin, as the colour seems to level out (almost filling in lip lines as it spreads) and the gloss factor starts to appear. Once it has set (which takes approximately 2 minutes), there’s an odd sensation of it being simultaneously wet & dry, but always light feeling without any heavy waxy sensation. This particular shade is quite light; on my lips which are naturally quite pigmented, it provides a hint of colour with plenty of shine – sort of like a “clean nude lip look” (one of my absolute fave looks, in fact) and even though you’d be tempted to think that such a light shade wouldn’t last too long, I’m still able to see plenty of colour on my cleansing pad upon removal – 8 hours after initial application.

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau macro

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau label

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau applicator side view

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Vernis à Lèvres/Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure

Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu (CAN $35.00) | First introduced earlier this year, the Gloss Volupté formula is an intensely brilliant and non-sticky lip gloss that will leave your lips feeling incredibly soft and nourished long after the colour has worn off. Apart from the ‘Pure’ versions (as in shimmer free), these glosses also come in an Iridescent format, as well as 3 top coats – Golden (ultra fine shimmer that can be layered over lipstick or even other glosses), Pure (a crystal clear and ultra glossy finish for those who wish to avoid colour) and Smoking (a sheer black shade that adds a vampy effect when layered over lipstick, most effective over red and berry colours). The patented “kiss-shaped” applicator has been created to effectively cover your lips with an easy swipe – “Bouche à Bouche” – with the broader side depositing the majority of the colour, while the pointed tip aids in a more precise application. There’s a fruity scent (I smell hints of pineapple) to this gloss, although once applied it seems to disappear relatively quickly, while the feel of the product is so incredibly lightweight, that if it weren’t for the visible colour, you’d wonder if you’re actually applying anything at all. Staying power varies dependant on which shade you choose, with the darker colours lasting longest and lighter shades averaging about 3 hours. As to the gloss, expect an almost vinyl-like finish – truly spectacular and quite impressive.

Trying to accurately photograph #210 Beige Nu, proved extremely elusive; this is in fact more of a mauve-based nude with hints of dusty rose as opposed to a yellower-tinged beige (or “naked beige” as the press release claims). A universally flattering colour, it won’t be as apparent against highly pigmented lips or darker complexions, but it will serve to add intense shine just the same. On my lips, it seems to both deepen my natural colour and mute it somehow, and it’s exactly the type of shade I so totally love to wear, as it provides a dressed look to the lips without seeming over the top. Worn alone, it adds brilliance and a spot of colour to keep lips from looking washed out – worn over lipstick, especially a more matte shade such as #210 Nude Acoustic, it adds a gorgeous & lush depth.

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure macro

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure 2

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure 3

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Pure swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

 

YSL Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu over Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu over Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Acoustic

 

YSL #40 Beige Peau & #210 Beige Nu arm swatch

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volputé #210 Beige Nu

 

As a lover of neutral/nude lip shades, I am so happy that both Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau and Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu are part of the brand’s permanent range, because I intend to reach for these often. Apart from their totally wearable colour, it’s the unique and top-quality formula they each bear that makes them well worth investing in. To be sure, both these products fall on the higher end of the price scale and colour-wise can probably be duplicated with less expensive or mass-market brands, but once again, it is the superior feel and wear of the YSL versions that I would choose just the same, or as I like to call it “well-dressed naked lips”.

Available now at all Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters, find more information via:

 

YSL #40 Beige Peau & #210 Pure closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased review

8 Responses to Yves Saint Laurent Beauté | Glossy Stain #40 Beige Peau & Gloss Volupté #210 Beige Nu

  1. Latoya says:

    SOLD! I love both of these, Eugenia! I’ve been searching for a good neutral-nude lippie over the past month or so, and I had a feeling one of these might be the ticket. I’ll have to check them out in person to be sure, but I love that these shades are neither very warm nor cool leaning, nor too nude (which isn’t to my taste). Both look fantastic on you!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much, Toya! Beige Peau took me by surprise; for one thing, I didn’t expect it to be as long-lasting as it is and for another, I thought at first application that nothing happened – then a few seconds later, it’s as though it “developed” and gave my lips the perfect nude touch + gloss. Amazing! Let me know what you think when you test them out!

  2. Maribeth says:

    YSL Gloss Volupte is one of my favorites in the lip gloss dept! (I have the shade Nude Carat). I’m a huge YSL lip fan in general (their Candy Gloss balms I cannot live without!) I just love how they smell too! I’m going to have to try the glossy stains!

    • Eugenia says:

      What’s great about the glossy stains, is how insanely long they last – even with shine! There’s some kind of beauty sorcery at work here, and I’m loving it! PS: now I want to try the Candy Gloss Balms!

  3. Emily says:

    Am wearing Beige Peau right now–and I can’t believe how utterly and completely smitten I am with this product and shade. I’ll probably be wearing this at work nonstop for the foreseeable future. I’m so happy to hear it’s been made permanent!

  4. They are both really shiny indeed! I think I prefer the glossy stain but they’re both gorgeous 😉 xx

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