Michele's Makeup Blog

I love makeup!  And whether you love makeup or not, chances are you wear it at least sometimes.  Don't you want to make sure you're getting the best value for your $$$?  That's what this makeup blog is all about. 
I try products and services and give you an honest review.  From drug stores to department stores, I try different brands at different price points to give you the scoop. 

A Little About My Perspective...
- Quality is more important than quantity.
- Just because it costs more doesn't mean it's better.
- Multitasking products are a very good thing.
- Have fun...if a look doesn't work a little soap and water makes it all better.

Posts from February 2013


YSL vs. Loreal Stain Gloss: Are they the same?
Last year YSL rocked the cosmetics world with their lip stain/gloss (official name: Rouge pur couture vernis a levres glossy stain- INSANE).  A combination of lipstick, lip gloss, and lip stain, there was nothing else like it on the market. 
I am a HUGE fan, despite the price tag.  However, there's a whole segment of the population that is just not going to spend $34 for a lip product no matter how great it is.
I knew it was only a matter of time before a knock-off version of this product hit the stores, and it's here.  Loreal has introduced their Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain, and they're obviously copying the YSL product at about one third of the cost.
Many are saying the Loreal product is the exact same product as the YSL, and one of the arguments is that Loreal is the parent company for YSL so that must mean they are the same.  While I wish that was true, I'm here to tell you it isn't.  Does that mean the Loreal product is bad?  No way!
First let me tell you I feel very confident comparing these products.  The YSL Stain Gloss has been my go-to lip product (see my review) for several months now, and I've been using the Loreal product exclusively for the last week in 3 different shades.
Let's start with the basics....
  YSL Loreal
Price $34 about $10
Shades Available 30 12
Availability High-end department stores Drug or discount stores
After using the Loreal product for a week now, I can confidently say that these two formulas are NOT the same.  The YSL product is more highly pigmented, creamier, longer-wearing, and doesn't dry my lips.  For example: when I apply the YSL product I never apply more than 2 coats and I get perfect coverage.  The Loreal product sometimes took 3, 4, or even 5 coats to get even coverage.
Once on the lips, the Loreal felt stickier than the YSL.  When I opened my mouth, my lips would slightly stick together with the Loreal...not so with YSL.
But the biggest difference in the formula for me is the way the Loreal product dries my lips.  One of the selling points of the YSL stain gloss is that it's a stain that doesn't dry your lips.  In fact it's the only stain I've found that doesn't dry my lips.  This cannot be said of the Loreal version.  After hours of wear, the Loreal stain gloss left my lips dry, cracked, peeling, and sometimes feeling like they had some sort of coating on them. 
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the Loreal product.  In fact, I realy like one of their colors (Berry Persistant) and will probably use it regularly.  I just want people to know that the two products are not the same thing.  I'd hate for someone to purchase the Loreal product, dislike it and then never try the YSL because they assume it's the same thing. 
The YSL is a superior product, and that's all there is to it.  Personally, I'd rather buy have 1 YSL vs 3 Loreal, because I know I'm going to use the YSL every single day and love it.

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