Water Stain, the name alone makes my dry lips feel comfortable. Yves Saint Laurent has launched a new formula for lips called Vernis à Lèvres aka Water Stain. Water Stain is a water-enriched, lightweight stain that comfortably drenches lips in a brilliant, high-shine colour that feels fresh and non-sticky.
Water Stain has 40% water-enriched formula applies effortlessly to the lips while hydrating and delivering buildable vivid colour. The YSL exclusive applicator, inspired by the curve of a wave, precisely applies this weightless formula for a luxurious look and feel without the sticky texture.
The lip stain has a mango scent as other YSL lip products and I love it personally, very subtle yet delicious. The lip stain feels very bouncy, lightweight, and comfortable on the lips. It does not feel sticky on the lips at all. The formula is easily buildable, one coat gives me a sheer hint of colour, two coats give a medium coverage, while three coats work nicely to give full coverage to the lips and intense bright colour.
I have dry lips and this lip stain did not make them drier but kept them comfortable. The staying power of the water stain is okay, I can not compare with other water stains that may be available in the market as this is something new for me. The stain stays okay for over an hour or two before I feel the need to reapply. The finish of the water stain is glossy. Personally, I apply the water stain on my lips and then budge it with my finger to give a very natural hint of colour when I am not in the mood for glossy lips. I have noticed that it does make my lips look fuller.
I have swatched six shades of this water stain in a mix of pink, coral, and red
602 Vague de Rouge – fresh strawberry red
605 Bain de Corail – vivid orange-red
609 Submerged Coral – deep pink coral
612 Rouge Deluge – vivid pure red
615 Ruby Wave – deep cool blue red
618 Wet Vermilion – blood orange-red