Jul 21 2016

The New YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review & Swatches


Yves Saint Laurent Beauty has quite a bit in store for us this Fall/Autumn 2016 season with several back to back launches. So much newness! Oh be still, my heart. Of course, you all know I did my share of online ordering and in store purchases. First up? The new YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains. Honestly, I hadn’t heard anything about these new lip products and just happened to spot them while browsing the YSL Beauty website a few weeks back. In fact, I think they’d just released that day. The whole Vinyl thing seems to be trending with YSL. And maybe in general as I’ve seen the term pop up in other releases. Remember the YSL Vinyl Mascaras (review) that I talked about last month? Which, BTW, seemed to have been pulled from shelves. I couldn’t find any official information on this so if anyone knows more, please fill us in. Anyway, I wasn’t too happy with my Mascaras…would the lip creams redeem the Vinyl trend for me?


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review and Swatches


YSL says: High coverage liquid lip color with ultimate shine, comfort, and all day wear. Vinyl Cream dresses lips in full coverage color and high-impact vinyl shine. The diamond shaped applicator allows for perfect lip contouring and color glides on evenly in just one stroke. The creamy formula provides 10 hour wear and all day comfort so lips look and feel beautiful.

The YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains are available in twelve shades. I purchased three: Rouge Vinyle (401), Carmin Session (407) and Rose Mix (412). For now, I believe they are only available on the Yves Saint Laurent Beauty U.S. website. (Update: now available at Sephora, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). What is really great about ordering on the website is that, for a limited time, they are offering free personal engraving. I thought that was so fun!


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Review and Swatches and Photos


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Review and Swatches


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review and Swatches


The packaging and design of the YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains are very much reminiscent of the YSL Rogue Pur Couture Glossy Stains (which I am a fan of) – so it’s natural for me to compare them. Like the Glossy Stains, the Cream Lip Stains are housed in a rectangular shaped tube that features a thin clear window so you can see the color. While the Glossy Stain packaging is gold and black, the Cream Stain tubes are entirely black – a shiny lacquer like black and the YSL insignia is in gold rather than red.


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Review and Swatches

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain (Left); YSL Glossy Stain (Right)


As first glance, the applicators may appear to be identifical, sharing a diamond like shape. But a closer inspection reveals that they are not. The Glossy Stain tip is cushioned, sort of fuzzy and very soft while the Cream Stain, though still soft, is flatter, somewhat sharper at the point and features arrow shaped openings. If you press down on the applicator tip you will see that the product oozes through those openings. YSL doesn’t say anywhere on their website what the purpose of these grooves are but I find that they help the product distribute more evenly on the lips. You get a thinner layer of application on the first swipe giving your more control while allowing you to build easily.


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Review and Swatches

Glossy Stain Applicator (Left); Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Applicator (Right)


Formula-wise the YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains and the Glossy Stains also share some similarities. If you’re not familiar with the Glossy Stain formula, I talked about it here (gosh that post is old!). Basically it promises to offer the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain. The Rebel Nudes version of the Glossy Stains also contain a “Euphoric Pearl technology for a 3D luminous effect” (like shimmer but a technologically advanced shimmer lol).


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Review vs YSL Glossy Stain


The most obvious characteristic that the Glossy Stain and Vinyl Stains have in common is that they stain the lips. This is a good thing if you’re looking for longevity. But there are notable differences. First of all, the Vinyl Cream Stains are…well, creamier than the Glossy Stains and less shiny. I also found the Cream Stains to be slightly thinner in consistency despite being a little more pigmented. While the textures are quite similar, the Lip Creams are just smidgen less tacky as well. So the Glossy Stains are like a really pigmented lip gloss while the Vinyl Stains are more like a liquid lipstick.

In the lip swatches below I applied without re-dipping the wand. In other words, the amount of product that’s on the applicator when you pull it out on the tube is enough to cover and saturate the lip with full, even color. However, if you wish to intensify, the Vinyl Stains, like the Glossy Stains, can be layered. Keep in mind they work best when you allow some dry time (30 – 60 seconds) between layers. You should also let it dry down and set for 10 – 15 minutes before pressing your lips against anything. This is critical if you want to get the best out of the formula’s long-wear qualities. If you press your lips together or eat something immediately after applying, you may lose some of the product and adversely affect the wear time.


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains – 401 Rouge Vinyle


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review Rouge Vinyle


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains 401 Rouge Vinyle Swatch
YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review Lip Swatch 401 Rouge Vinyle


The signature shade in the collection, Rouge Vinyle (401) is a bright, neutral true red that is just perfection on the lips. YSL does some fantastic reds and this is no exception.


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains – 407 Carmin Session

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review Carmin Session
YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains 407 Carmin Session Swatch
YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Lip Swatch 407 Carmin Session

Carmin Session (407) is a deep nude with brown and plum undertones. This is probably my favorite color – I love these types of nudes for everyday wear – they go with everything.


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains – 412 Rose Mix

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Review Rose Mix
YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains 412 Rose Mix Swatch
YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains Lip Swatch 412 Rose Mix

Rose Mix is a warm, light pink coral. For some reason, this shade was a little less opaque and pigmented than the other two.


The offficial lip swatches from YSL’s website.

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain Swatches

The Vinyl Cream Lip Stains wear for about 4 -6 hours, after which they leave behind a beautifully comfortable and even stain (no ring around the lips) that has that innocent bitten lip look. In total, I’d say you’ve got color on your lips for about 8 hours (more if you don’t eat or you drink using a straw). I also appreciated the fact that the stain color matched the lip color. You know how with some stains all the shades in the range seem to leave behind the same shade of stain? Most of the time some variation of fuchsia. Maybe it’s just me?

Anyway, these don’t do that. Another great feature? Minimal transfer compared to a traditional lipstick or even most liquid lipsticks (that I’ve tried). They are not quite as transfer-proof as the Glossy Stains (probably because the formula is creamier and more saturated) but they come pretty close. Plus, they make lips look juicy! All in all, I’m very happy with these. Vinyl has been redeemed!

The YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains retail for $36.00 USD. If you want to take advantage of the limited time free engraving then snag them on the YSL Beauty U.S. website. Otherwise, they are now available at Sephora, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.



Are you a fan of YSL Lip products? Interested in trying the YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stains?






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  1. Great review and swatches, I love the shade Rose Mix and am seriously impressed with the formula, transfer-proof lip products are everything! Great post x


    1. Thanks sweetie! I really love these and recommend them.

  2. I don’t even care what the products inside are like, having a personally engraved YSL lippie is amazing! I hope I can snag one of these before they quit doing it!

    1. Hehe. What would yours say?

  3. 4-6 hours wear is really impressive for such a glossy product! I always associate you with YSL so it’s brilliant that you were able to get personalised products! xx

    Beautylymin| Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Giveaway

    1. Its funny how I’m such a YSL girl now and I only started using their products about 5 years ago.

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on July 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    I still haven’t received the one I ordered, I got an email saying it shipped but there’s no tracking number… It’s been over a week now so I hope it’s coming. I emailed YSL customer service but no response yet!
    Anyways, I’m glad to know that you like them! Carmin Session is the one I really wanted but it was sold out when I placed my order so I went for Fuchsia Live. Hopefully it’s not too bright for me!


    1. Oh no! I hope it gets sorted out soon. Try tweeting YSL beauty as well – maybe you’ll get a quicker response? xo

  4. Great review, Kimmy! These lip products sounds very good, especially for how glossy they are! The red shade looks gorgeous on you! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  5. The personalization you did are so fun! 😛
    The chevron grooves look neat – I bet they do help with a more even distribution of product.
    Did the product description really state “euphoric pearl technology”?! Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious. How did that get pass the copy writer?!! 😆
    Yes, I find most stains leave behind fuchsia stains on me too – how annoying.
    I love the Rouge Vinyle on you – stunning! Actually, all 3 shades are lovely, and different enough to justify owning all of them!

    • sassypout on July 28, 2016 at 4:55 am
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    Your lips look soo amazing it that red one 😀
    Love YSL lip products and I always buy more than one…I’m most interested in Nude pulse,Rose happening & Fuchsia live

    1. Thank you so much sweetie!

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