The L’Oréal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stains, also known as Aqua Lip Shine Stains combine the longevity of a lip stain with the shine of a gloss. Formulated with a blend of nourishing oils, including Omega 3, Vitamin E and Argan oil they deliver hydrating benefits along with concentrated pigmentation.
I had been anticipating the arrival of these Wet Shine Stains to the US for quite some time. The Stains are said to be a dupe for YSL Glossy Stains and after testing them out for myself I can definitely see some significant similarities between the two. But first, the L’Oréal product as it stands alone.
L’Oréal Wet Shine Stains feature a triangular doe foot applicator that bends and turns for easier application. The formula is very wet upon application but dries to a the tacky feel of a gloss. I am increasingly impressed by the intense pigment of the two darker shades. One coat delivers opaque color. When layered the color becomes more intense, deeper and glossier. The lighter shade, Pink Resistance applied very sheer and needed a lot of layering to provide significant color. I was so impressed by the length of wear of all three. There is a fruity scent that disappears in time.
You can see above how much pigment is provided in just one swipe. The second image shows the product in several layers. The stain lended to streak more on my arm then it did on my lips. The final image shows the product wiped away and the stain left behind. The stain remains even when washed (scrubbed) away.
Pink Resistance is a peachy-pink with shimmer. This lighter shades required much more layering than the two darker shades. Pink Resistance is incredibly sheer and barely visible on my lips. I expected more pink with this color and wasnt too pleased with the orange tones that I was getting.
This is more like it. Infinite Fuchsia is a rich fuchsia shade. This one applied opaque in one swipe and seemed to deliver more shine than the other two. Definitely my favorite in the bunch.
Berry Persistent is a deep berry shade. The color was opaque in one swipe and deepened upon layering, providing further shine. The is one of the two darker shades that very much impressed me. If you are partial to the vampy lip I definitely recommend this one. It appears darker and more intense in person than in my photos. I think the formula was wonderful. For a dupe or on its own it’s a fantastic product. The color lasts for hours without budging.
If you are a fan of the YSL Glossy Stains or prefer a more affordable option, the L’Oréal Shine Stains are definitely worth considering. In some ways I felt the L’Oréal Stains trumped the YSL version. In other ways I felt they fell short. One aspect worth mentioning is the scent. The L’Oréal product has a scent very familiar to YSL lip products. The YSL Glossy Stains however have a significantly stong and unpleasant scent than other YSL lip products and is very much to my dislike. The L’Oréal scent isn’t as strong or appalling to me.
The L’Oréal stains have a more watery, lighter feel and streak less than the YSL which is definitely a plus. The lighter shades of the L’Oréal ar far more sheer than the lighter shades of the YSL. There are some inconsistencies between the shades of the L’Oreal range that aren’t apparent with the more higher-end counterpart. Ultimately the L’Oréal Colour Riche Caresse Shine Stains are definitely worth checking out in my opinion.
L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain $9.99 (here)
Have you tried the L’Oreal Shine Stains? Are you a fan? What are your thought between the two?