Do you know what Yves Saint Laurent and L’Oreal beauty products have in common? Well, believe it or not, they are both owned by The L’Oréal Group (aka the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company). Which means occasionally L’Oreal products can be “dupes” (or duplicates) for YSL cosmetics. It doesn’t happen all the time, but every once in a while YSL and L’Oreal come out with virtually the same product in terms of the forumla. We’ve seen rumors on the internet that the L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains ($9.99) are very similar to the extremely popular (and expensive) YSL Glossy Stains ($34). We decided to give them both a try and compare the results:
YSL Glossy Stain: This luxury lip stain has rave reviews because it combines the texture and shine of a lip gloss with the long wear of a lip stain. I applied about 3 coats to achieve the color I wanted. At first, the stain felt wet on my lips. After 1 or 2 minutes, the stain dried and had a glossy finish. I found that the color got a bit darker once it dried. This wasn’t a problem for me, but it’s something to be aware of when you are applying it. It lasted for solid 4-5 hours on my lips before I felt like I needed to reapply it. The packaging is beautiful but it’s expensive ($34 a pop!). YSL Glossy Stains are available in 24 different shades so it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite.
L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain: The packaging is very nice, but it is lighter and cheaper than the YSL packaging. Both the L’Oreal and YSL products have rounded wand applicators that are similar in quality and performance. It took about 4-5 coats of the L’Oreal Shine Stain to get the color I wanted. Like the YSL stain, the color got a bit darker after it dried. It had almost the exact same finish and lasting power (4-5 hours) as the YSL Glossy Stain. At $9.99 these lip stains are a steal, but they only come in 12 colors.
Verdict: It’s a tie! The YSL Glossy Stains and L’Oreal Shine Stains are extremely similar. It’s hard to say that one is better than the other. Both glosses have the same consistency and pigmentation. My favorite feature about both products is that you can build up the color–you can keep the color light with only a coat or two or you can layer it up for a bolder look. The L’Oreal Shine Stain takes more layers to build up, but this can be a positive quality if you want more control over your lip color. The only other difference is the packaging. YSL packaging is more luxurious but you get almost the same exact amount of product in each tube (YSL is .20 oz and the L’Oreal is .21 oz). If you want to invest in one nice lip stain, I recommend the YSL Glossy Stains. They come in a wider color range, so you can invest in the perfect shade for you. Personally, I rather get the 3 different L’Oreal Shine Stains for the same price. Either way, both lip stains are long-lasting and easy to wear. I highly recommend them both, especially if you are not a fan of traditional lipsticks.
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