The latest must-have releases from YSL have recently landed at TSNC HQ – the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks. These brand new liquid lip stains really are quite innovative, offering an ultra-luxe formula promising to deliver intense colour payoff, with a naked lip feel…
So is this a lip stain, or a liquid lipstick? Well actually the answer is both. Traditionally, liquid lipsticks have quite a thick, heavy formula, that feels fairly weighty and noticeable on the lips, and of course we all know liquid lipsticks are usually really drying too. So YSL have come up with a kind of hybrid product – the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks offer the best of both worlds –
Like a stain, the formula is amazingly lightweight and inky, and when you apply it, it really does feel like there’s nothing on your lips, maybe just the hint of a balm and that’s it. And also like a stain, these products do leave a stain behind after you’ve wiped them off (of course the brighter and deeper colours leave more intense stains)
But, like a liquid lipstick, they also have really good pigmentation. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not completely 100% opaque, but considering the weightless formula, I think YSL have done an excellent job of giving a remarkable amount of colour, without the heavy, drying feeling of a traditional liquid lipstick. I’d actually go so far as to say these are slightly moisturising too – who’d have thought we’d ever see this in a matte finish liquid lipstick!
The applicator is also like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s wide, flat and slanted, with a hollowed out section in the centre to pool the product ready for spreading on the lips. The pointed end really helps you apply with precision as the sharp edge is perfect for defining the lip line – you can really tell this product has been carefully thought out right to the finer details.
There are 18 shades available, and the ones I have above are –
- 01 Rouge Tatouage – a true bright red.
- 03 Rose Ink – an intense fuchsia pink
- 08 Black Red Code – a deep burgundy red.
- 09 Grenat No Rule – a blue toned red.
- 11 Rose Illicite – a light baby pink.
- 13 True Orange – a true intense orange.
- 17 Unconventional Orange – a bright tangerine orange.
You can see that the only swatch that looked quite sheer was Rose Illicite, the baby pink shade. But this actually applied just as well as the others on the lips, giving great colour payoff.
If you’re a fan of matte finish liquid lipsticks, but not that heavy, drying feel on the lips, then I highly recommend you check these out.
I hope you enjoyed my post xxx
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