Today I am excited to show you the new L'Oréal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains that I picked up recently! I purchased nine of the twelve available shades and have been testing out several of them over the past two weeks. These have quickly become some of my favorite drugstore lip products, but keep reading for my thoughts on the formula and check out swatches down below!
L'Oréal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains are a new line of lip stain/gloss hybrids at the drugstore. These boast the wear of a lip stain, the shine of a gloss, and the hydration of a balm. L'Oréal claims that these last up to 6 hours with continuous hydration due to the 30% water content included in the formula. They are said to give a glossy finish without the sticky feel often found in other glosses.
I couldn't believe the hype these got when they first released, and now that I've tried them I can totally see why. These really are an amazing line of lip products and for them to come to us at drugstore prices is sensational. I picked up six of the shades at CVS and got three others at Drugstore.com. These retail for roughly $9.99 depending on where you look, but I got them all on a BOGO 50% deal so look around and you might luck out with a sale!
The formula of these is amazing and a welcome addition to my collection. These apply sheer at first, but are intended to be built up for more opaque coverage. I apply these in three coats and after each coat, wait a minute or two before applying the next. I've been very pleased with the shade range as you get some lighter, more wearable everyday shades and also some deeper, bolder shades.
Coral Tattoo, Endless Red, Infinite Fuchsia, Lilac Ever After, Pink Resistance, Rose On and On, Pink Rebellion, Stubborn Plum, & Berry Persistent.
The nine shades that I picked up are as follows: 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, 187 Infinite Fuchsia, 185 Lilac Ever After, 183 Pink Resistance, 184 Rose On and On, 189 Pink Rebellion, 191 Stubborn Plum, and 186 Berry Persistent.
These really do act as a stain on my lips, especially the darker shades like Endless Red, Infinite Fuchsia, and Berry Persistent. These feel nice on too, like a thicker gloss. They aren't sticky but they do have a tacky feel to them which adds to their longevity in my opinion. The glossy finish lasts for about 1-2 hours and the color remains for around 3-4 until I start seeing signs of wear. These don't last as long as other lip stains I've tried, like the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, but I don't mind reapplying every 4 hours or so. Upon first application, they have a cooling affect that I find rather nice. They do have a stronger scent than other drugstore lip products so keep that in mind if you're sensitive to certain scents. I'd say it's a mix between fruity and floral and I quite like it.
The wand is one of the best lip product applicators if you ask me. The angled sponge tip helps to precisely lay products down and the point helps to get the corners of the mouth easily. I really love the overall packaging of these Wet Shine Stains. They have the look and feel of a luxury brand. The actual product is visible on the outside of the packaging, which helps to get an accurate representation of the color. The only downside I find is that these didn't come with seals, so one would never know if someone has already tested them or not. A little tip you may want to keep in mind is that these hold fingerprints like crazy, so look for the cleanest option available when you go to buy these!
Swatches: Coral Tattoo, Endless Red, Infinite Fuchsia,
Lilac Ever After, Pink Resistance:
So you may have heard that these are said to be a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains. I'm a big fan of the Glossy Stains and own a few, so of course I had to do a comparison! I will jump on the bandwagon and say that the formula is nearly identical to that of the L'Oréal Wet Shine Stains. The only difference I've found is that the lighter shades of the Glossy Stains are more opaque and pigmented in one swipe, while the L'Oréal takes a bit of layering.
YSL Glossy Stain in 18 Rose Pastelle & L'Oréal Pink Resistance
The packaging of the two products is quite similar too. They both have a window that shows the actual product inside, a major plus when it comes to selecting a particular shade. They both have mirrored gold detailing. The YSL has a black body though, while the L'Oréal is almost entirely gold. I will say that I prefer the YSL packaging because it holds less fingerprints and feels more expensive, which you would expect since the YSL Glossy Stains are $32.
The price difference is so significant between these two products, yet the formula is so similar that I would definitely call them dupes. I'll admit that I prefer YSL's shade range, but it's possible that L'Oréal could release more shades in the future. Here's a fun fact: did you know L'Oréal owns YSL? I was blown away when I found that out. They also own Maybelline and Urban Decay! Who knew! I guess I'm late to the party again.
For reference, I wanted to show the YSL Glossy Stain wand next to the wand of the L'Oréal Wet Shine Stain. They differ a bit, in that YSL's is thinner and has more of a point, but overall they do the same thing. As you can see from the photo below, the formulas even appear very similar. The only notable difference (aside from the color, obviously) is the amount of product deposited with one swipe. YSL wins for a more opaque formula for sure, but for $9.99 I don't mind adding a few more layers of product!
YSL Glossy Stain in 18 Rose Pastelle & L'Oréal Wet Shine Stain in Pink Resistance:
Overall, I think these are a great addition to the drugstore lip product lineup. My favorites are definitely Endless Red, Infinite Fuchsia, Rose On and On, and Stubborn Plum. Will you be picking any of these up?