Unlike what it looks like at first (bronze or brown with sparkles), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in 106 Beige Anarchist is a copper mixed with pink, resulting in a nude pink hue. It has a lighter, yet still raspberry scent that is present in 103 Pink Taboo. The colour is a lot more natural looking and wearable than the latter, I find. Where Taboo is bright, Anarchist is subdued. It is still a very flattering colour for both warm and cool skinned women. If I had to choose, I would definitely go with Anarchist.
After the positive experience with Lancome Gloss in Love, I was excited to try another designer lip product. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes are said to have the shine of a gloss, the colour intensity of lipstick, and the hold of a stain. This promise was kept!
The Rouge a Levres feels natural on the lips. I prefer to deposit some product first with the wand, and then spread the gloss using my fingertip. This gives a natural, stained look. Using the wand on its own gives a garish burst of colour and it does not spread product as well and as easily as using fingers does. For a high wattage look, I suggest using the finger to cover lips evenly, and then applying more colour with the wand for shine and intensity. The Glossy Stain also provides some hydration, so lips feel comfortable. The colour and moisturized feel are both more resistant to removal by food and drink when compared to other lip products, such as TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir and Buxom Full-On Lip Stick.
In terms of colours, I tried 103 Pink Taboo, a bright, watermelon pink with a raspberry scent. It will likely be flattering on most skin tones, especially used as a stain. Used in greater quantities as a gloss, it is more suitable to warm-skinned ladies.
The texture, longevity, and colour of Rebel Nudes, as tested with 103 Pink Taboo, proved impressive. Non-sticky, moisturized, and natural feeling lips bring out a smile. Highly recommended.
– 0.20oz (5.9g) for C$38.00
Lipsticks are creamy, but they often require a lip pencil underneath for staying power and to prevent feathering. On its own, a lipstick may quickly fade. It is suggested that a lip pencil be worn on the whole lip for added longevity of the lipstick, but the texture of traditional lip pencils is dry, making drawing the whole lip with them a pain. Lip pencils can look cakey worn on their own. Additionally, they must be matched to the lipstick, which means buying two separate products for the same area. The whole process is cumbersome. What if a lip pencil was combined with a lipstick for a two-in-one? This is exactly what Buxom did with theirs.
Full-On (Big & Healthy) Lip Stick has the creaminess of lipstick while maintaining the longevity of a lip pencil. It also provides enough hydration to be able to skip a lip balm underneath if the lips are in good condition. The cooling element of Full-On works to plump the lips – nothing dramatic, but enough to skip gloss. Even if it looks dry on first application, it melts into the skin after a few minutes. On it’s own, Full-On can look anywhere from a tinted moisturizer to a full-coverage lipstick depending on the technique and colour used. There is a sharpener on the end opposite the cap (twist and pull), but if the stick is angled, it will retain an edge, making sharpening (and wasting product) unnecessary.
The colours are dense and matte. I purchased Amsterdam and San Francisco. Amsterdam is a rosy nude which looks natural on pale and light skin. It’s not very bright so it may not work on darker people. San Francisco is a dusty mauve – brighter and more dramatic. It is suitable for a wider range of skin colours due to its hue. However, if you have warm undertones to your skin, test it before purchasing because the purple may not necessarily be flattering.
Buxom Full-On Lip Stick is a multi-tasking, creamy, long-lasting, non-sticky formula in a variety of shades. I only wish that Buxom replaced the sharpener with more product.
Buxom Full-On Lip Stick: 0.03oz (0.9g) for C$23.00 @ Sephora.ca.
When I first opened my sample of Lancome Gloss in Love 385 Under the Spotlight, I thought, “A! It’s so pink!” The colour looks a very bright fuchsia en masse. However, just like with the orange-looking 144 Glitter Mania, it looks great on and brightens the complexion (probably because of the iridescent glitter). 385 is sweet to taste yet flavourless. All of the other properties that I’ve listen in my initial review of Lancome Gloss in Love are the same here.
The price for the majority of these glosses has gone up by a dollar since the time I first reviewed them. They all used to cost C$28.00, and now only a handful remain priced so.
Lancome Gloss in Love: 0.20oz (5.9ml); 230 Cinema Cinnamon, 302 Rose Oscar, Mocha Queen, and Ginger Star for C$28.00; all others for C$29.00 @ Sephora.ca.
Are cosmetics from luxury companies like Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain better than makeup-centered companies like Buxom, Make Up For Ever, and Urban Decay? I imagine it depends on the individual products, but from my experience, it has been ‘yes’ at least in terms of texture and performance.
When I received a sample of Lancome’s Gloss in Love, I thought, “Another sticky gloss.” It’s not sticky at all, actually. It has an obviously gloss look, but it feels like its hugging the lips – must be the “cocooning feel” that’s advertised. I was surprised and delighted at the fact that this gloss doesn’t just coat, but moisturizes the lips and lasts longer than other glosses. Its brush makes application easier by allowing more precision than others and by depositing controlled amounts of product. Its a simple design that works.
The colours are varied – some with sparkles or glitter and others without. 144 Glitter Mania (bright pink-coral with gold shimmer) may seem gaudy-orange at first. I was hesitant to put it on, but the colour isn’t as bright as it seems. It looks great and seems to make the whole face glow. 200 Just Strass (clear shimmer with iridescent glitter) makes me think of Guerlain’s Meteorites and will make the lips look like they’ve been hit by magical dust. It has a light vanilla taste.
If ever I’m in need of a gloss, I will definitely remember Lancome’s.
Lancome Gloss in Love: 0.2oz (6ml) for C$28.00 @ Sephora.ca.