I finally managed to get my hands on these new lip stains from L'Oreal. They have been hailed as dupes for my beloved YSL Glossy Stains, and I've been keeping a beady eye out for their arrival in the UK, as apparently they've been out in Europe for quite some time.
They've finally landed on UK shores and I picked up three of the shades in Superdrug last week (They are currently 3 for 2!)
So first of all... The packaging. I love it. It's actually much nicer than the YSL packaging in my opinion, and looks much more expensive than their £7.99 price tag.
The formulation of the products is almost identical to the YSL. It feels like a cooling creme on application, but after layering, it leaves a super thick, glossy finish that stays put for hours, even after eating. The only differences in the formulation that I noticed were the scent (the L'Oreal version has quite an artificial berry scent which isn't as nice as the YSL) and the number of coats needed to achieve opacity on the lips (with the YSL it takes 3, with L'Oreal it's 4-5.)
The only real downside to these is the shade range. Out of the shades available, these were by far the best, sitting amongst a few terracotta shades and some dodgy lilacs. From having a peruse online, it seems that there are a couple of magenta/pink shades that seemed to be missing from the display in my local Superdrug (There weren't even spaces for them, so I wonder if they stock different shades in different shops?) Either way, the shades I chose were the most wearable amongst the selection I saw.
As with the YSL, these do change in colour as they dry on to your lips, so it's worth layering them up on your hand in the shop to see the true colours before you buy. Juliet is the perfect example of this, as it looks really pink in the tube but is quite a true red on the lips.
Here are a couple of images of the YSL, to remind you of the packaging and finish.
YSL Glossy Stain in 14 Fuchsia Dore
Overall, these didn't disappoint, and while they are currently 3 for 2 it brings the price down to just over £5 each... almost 1/5 of the price of the YSL. Love them. You can pick them up in Boots & Superdrug in the UK now (RRP £7.99)
Have any of you tried these new lip glosses, or the YSL ones? What do you think?