To these days whenever I have to be out for long hours, YSL Glossy Stain is still the lip product of choice when I want long-lasting lip color and high shine on my lips. I've long been wishing for the brand to release a “clear” version of the product so that I can pair it with my own lip color and guess what, they finally did! To say that I'm super happy is an understatement. I'm ecstatic! A high-impact gloss that lasts all day, it finally exists!
YSL Vernis à Lèvres Plump Up Glossy Stain is part of the Pop Water Collection for Spring and Summer 2015 (currently Nordstrom-exclusive). The shade is called Plump Up (200) because it promises to give your lips an “instant push-up effect” as well as lasting shine, thanks to the hyaluronic acid-infused formula. It has a subtle signature YSL lip product scent (slightly fruity, slightly rose-y) that lingers for a good 5-10 minutes. The scent is much more subtle than that of the regular Glossy Stain in my opinion.
The Plump Up version features a similar packaging to the original Glossy Stain except it has a silver cap and a black-on-gold YSL logo instead (the original one has a gold cap and a red-on-gold logo). The clear windows are located on both sides and the shade name and number are at the bottom.
I'll say that the flattened, pointed tip applicator is excellent for both applying and filling the product along the contour of the lips but it seems to pick up very little product at a time. I often find myself dipping the wand back into the tube several times before I have enough gloss to cover my lips. At least it feels so soft and cushiony, so I really don't mind the reapplication!
Plump Up looks slightly pale pink in the tube but swatches clear on the lips. I notice some pinkish-brown shimmer in the formula that becomes unnoticeable once applied. It has a semi-watery, gel-like texture that glides on with a plush feel initially but soon sets to a slightly tacky, non-drying finish. It is layerable but I'd keep it to just a few layers to prevent goopiness.
The formula does not feel thick like most lip glosses at all. It is so immensely hydrating as I have worn it for more than 9 hours on multiple occasions (cold and windy climate included) and not once did my lips feel dry or tight. The intense glossy shine adheres so well on the lips and lasts approximately 4-5 hours on me and while it does wear off eventually, it still leaves a considerable amount of shine on my lips until I remove it. Let's just say at the end of work day, my lips still look pretty glossy! :)
As you can see in my lip swatch above, the smoothing, lip-plumping effect is clear as day! And I'm happy to report that the effect is gentle; there's no burning or strong tingling sensation typically associated with most lip plumpers. You can wear it alone for a fresh-faced, glossy lip look or pair it with a lip liner or lipstick of your choice; either way, Plump Up will leave your lips looking smooth and plump for hours to come. :)
I seriously hope that YSL will make this permanent or I'll have to stock up soon!
- For my original review of Glossy Stains (N°7 Corail Aquatique, N°15 Rose Vinyl, N°17 Encre Rose, N°18 Rose Pastelle, and N°19 Beige Aquarelle), click here.
- For the Rebel Nudes Collection (N°101 Nude Provocateur), click here.