Lip Service: YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

I finally got away from work long enough to take a closer look at the new ‘Glossy Stains’ from YSL. I ended up with three:

#8 (Orange de Chine), #10 ( Rouge Philtre), and #16 (Pourpre Preview)

These colors stood out the most to me. The others are good, but these were the most unique in my  opinion.

The applicator is wide, and easily bendable. I had to be really careful using it because there’s a danger of the stain going someplace you don’t want it. It’s not very precise. I had a lot more luck taking the product off of the applicator with a lip brush to properly get the high and low points of the mouth.

I switched the order of the colors here by accident. So #8 is first, followed by #16 and then #10
Now, because this is a stain, I could only do one lip swatch. I tried to take it off to do another, and found that the color would NOT move, even with makeup remover! These are really pigmented and have major staying power. Like the name suggests, they are also a ‘gloss’ — so there’s no drying factor as with other traditional stains.
#8 (Orange de Chine)
Love it.
You can find out more about YSL Glossy Stains HERE.

Smoke and BRIGHT Orange

Okay, we should probably file this look under ‘Misses.’ I don’t really know what the plan was going into it. I wanted to use the new YSL Glossy Stain, but I’m not sure about it in the mix with the rest of this makeup. Anyway… here it is:

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer (Tan)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (#2)
Chanel Blush in In Love
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
MAC Metallic Crushed Pigment in Old Wine (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Dior Blackout Mascara
YSL Glossy Stain in #8 (Orange de Chine)

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FOTD: Kaska Burgundy?

Chanel’s Quad in Kaska Beige is one of the most versatile of the bunch. Typically, when I use this palette, it’s to use the gold or taupe color in it (both of which are nearly down to the pan). But today, I went for the burgundy color, which doesn’t normally get a lot of love from me:

Guerlain Parure Gold (Beige 06)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Chanel Blush in Plum Attraction
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Highlight)
Chanel Quad in Kaska Beige:
Burgundy color on the lids
Taupe color through the crease
YSL Shocking Liner Pen (lashline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Grenat (waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Willow

The ‘Secret’ to Laura Mercier

I went a little nuts recently in the quest for ‘flawless finish’ tools, and hit the Laura Mercier counter at my local Beauty Supply Store:

From the left: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, Secret Camouflage, and Eye Canvas

 I got the Secret Brightening Powder in #2, which has more of a yellow hue. #1 reminds me of MAC Prep & Prime, because it is distinctly white. What’s incredible is HOW finely milled this powder is. It’s kind of like the MUFE HD Powder, without the flashback. Just the smallest dusting sets everything. This stuff is awesome.

The Secret Camouflage is a bit of a conundrum. It works… but I really think it’s best reserved for professionals. Here’s why: It’s nearly impossible to match your shades without really taking your time. The colors appear completely ‘off’ at first glance: too pink, too bright, too yellow, to orange, too brown…
It took me longer than a little bit to get it just right. It turns out I’m #6. The shades go up to 8 (which is like an espresso color with red undertones) so I imagine that there’s something for just about everyone. The other problem, however, is the consistency. This stuff is DENSE. Like, beyond ‘using a concealer brush’ dense. It does even out skin tones and highlight with a little work, but using anything other than a spatula turns out to be pretty labor intensive. I have to say, I prefer the Bobbi Brown Color Corrector… at least for the moment. Maybe I need to spend some more time with this stuff to get it right.

The Eye Canvas is supposed to be foundation for the lids. It reminds me a lot of a MAC Paint Pot, but it’s not as dense, and blends a lot faster. It’s a primer and a ‘neutralizer’ for your eyelids. Now, here’s the thing. You can probably get the same effect with a regular Paint Pot or a neutral matte eye shadow. I like the Eye Canvas, but it’s really not necessary. It’s just nice to have. We’ll see how much use I actually get out of it.

Now, I’m going to use all of these things together and see just how ‘flawless’ I can get this face of mine. FOTD’s coming. Ciao for now!

FOTD: 10 Minutes (Sunday)

Another day… another mad rush to get everything organized and out the door. Just minutes for makeup… I went pink on Sunday:

Guerlain Parure Gold (Beige 06)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Chanel Blush in Rose Temptation
Chanel Highlighter in Rose Merveille
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Shifting Sands (lids)
Stila Smudgestick in Stone (under waterline)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
YSL Lipstick in Bohemian Rose

FOTD: 10 Minutes… (Saturday)

I worked all weekend, so I had no time for any real makeup on myself. When I have to move fast, I tend to reach for colors that I KNOW will work. For this look, that means bronzes, browns and black…

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer (Tan)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
IMAN Blush in Allure
NARS Eyeshadow in Galapagos (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (outer crease/lashline)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (brows/under waterline)
Stila Smudgestick in Onyx
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Gloss in Summerland