My favourite summer lippie right now is actually a combo. Not a lipstick and gloss combination but rather a combination of one of my absolute favourite lip product formulas to create a custom shade. I first shared my love for the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stains with my review of the shade #7 Corail Aquatique. Here is an excerpt from that review:
I don't know how YSL did it but these babies are infused with magic or something. When first applied they have a somewhat watery, thin texture. The uniquely shaped applicator is perfect for applying the product neatly to your lips without a lip liner. After a short period of time the product sets. This setting is where the magic comes in. It's like the pigment sinks to the bottom to stain your lips and the top layer turns into an ultra shiny, very comfortable, cushy gloss. When first applied they don't appear all that glossy. It is after setting that they transform into something totally different. Because of this unique transformation when you touch your lips to something, let's say a glass for example, all that is left behind on the glass is a bit of almost clear gloss. The colour seems to stay mostly put on your lips and you just lose a bit of the glossy sheen as the product wears off. I purchased two somewhat light shades from the line so the stain left behind is not as intense as what you would get from one of the more intense shades offered.
I also reviewed #15 Rose Vinyl. Now I adore both of these shades. Corail Aquatique is an orange leaning coral and Rose Vinyl is a very bright, warm pink. One day I was wishing there was a shade of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Couture Glossy stain that was more of a coral pink. I perused the available shades and didn't see anything like the shade I'd envisioned and that's when I decided to play mad scientist and combine Corail Aquatique and Rose Vinyl to create my perfect coral pink.
Since the YSL Glossy Stains do set you have to work quite quickly to mix and apply before they start setting on the back of your hand. I just deposit the gloss from each wand side by side on the back of my hand and then swirl together and immediately apply with either my finger, lip brush, or most often the applicator of one of the Vernis a Levres. I don't mind this extra step because the Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains last for hours so reapplications are few and far between.
Not only is the resulting shade beautiful but it also offers this unique depth. It's almost as if the pigments don't want to fully mesh together so it's like you are seeing the one shade through the other and depending on the light you see one shade trying to make it's way to the forefront. See below on the the resulting shade lip swatch how to the left side of my lips more of Corail Aquatique is evident even though the application of the combined shade on my lips is even. It just gives it that extra something special beyond the already glorious shine and finish the YSL Glossy Stain's provide.
The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains are available at Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Sephora, Yves Saint Laurent online, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, and anywhere else carrying Yves Saint Laurent Beaute.
Make sure you check out the other Makeup Wars members favourite Summer Lippies! You can click on the pics below or use the previous and next buttons on the Makeup Wars image at the top of this post. Enjoy!