Can I just say, I luuuuurve the packaging here. This is my first YSL purchase, and I was expecting a lot in terms of packaging. This definitely delivered! It looks luxurious, and feels luxurious to hold. The gold cap and the black main compartment complement each other, and I love that you can see what color it is through the small rectangle, which means you can also see how much is left. You don't have to check the bottom every time to see what color is in the mysterious black compartment. Love the outer packaging!
Here's what the applicator looks like:
The applicator has a wide-ish flat, slanted tip. THIS. IS. FABULOUS. The person who came up with this must be a genius, because this applicator makes applying this product so ridiculously easy. It fits the shape of my lips perfectly. I don't think I can even emphasize how much I love this applicator, because it pretty much can't fit in a blog post.
Okay, on to the rest of the review. The color is very pigmented. It's a cool-toned blueish based pink watermelon color. The arm swatch below is more accurate than the lip swatch above, my camera was being funky when I did the lip swatch.
The staying power is really good, about 6 hours! Which is fantastic on me, since lip products tend to fade pretty quickly on me compared to the average person. However, there is a pretty ugly lipline left after a meal unless you eat carefully. The staying power of the glossiness is about 3 or 4 hours, which is absolutely fantastic for a gloss. Most lipsticks barely last that long on me, and glosses are known for fading a lot faster. Once the glossiness fades, there's still a lovely stain left that fades fairly evenly throughout the day, although I sometimes do have a faint lipline at the end of the day.
The packaging and formula of this product are fantastic, and the applicator is just absolutely GENIUS! Love this product!
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