L’oreal Shine Caresse Gloss Stain Review and Comparison to YSL Glossy Stains

L’oreal Shine Caresse / Color Caresse Gloss Stains

Some of my favorite lip products of all time are the YSL Glossy Stains (I have reviews of two and swatches of two more here — scroll down), so I was very excited to hear that L’oreal was releasing a new lip product called Shine Caresse, which is very similar to the Glossy Stains.  After trying out the Shine Caresse glosses, I can confirm that they are indeed very similar.  I started to write a review post that also compared the L’oreal product to the YSL product, but it was so long that I decided to split it into two parts: this is a review of the overall product and a comparison to the YSL Glossy stains, and I will post swatches separately (update: swatches are here).

A note about names: I have heard these referred to as Shine Caresse glosses (that’s what they are called in Europe, where they have been available for a while), but the L’oreal display I saw said Color Caresse instead – perhaps that is the US name? I’m not sure.

An update: I’m very confused about the name for these – Target is calling them  L’oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer, and Drugstore.com is calling them L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. The good news is that if you can’t find them locally – you can currently buy them online at Target.com  for $7.99 each, or at Drugstore.com (which has a lower free ship minimum) for $9.99!

The packaging of the Shine Caresse / Color Caresse glosses is fine – I don’t really like gold (I prefer black), but I’m sure some other do.  They’re very lightweight (especially compared the the Glossy Stain packaging), and the tops attach securely.  The applicator is very similar to the Glossy Stain applicator, but not identical.

Glossy Stain applicator / Shine Caresse applicator
Glossy Stain applicator / Shine Caresse applicator

The texture of the two products is also similar – both are very thin and easy to apply, but quickly dry down to a transfer – resistant finish.  I find that the Glossy Stain is a bit more tacky feeling as it dries down, but the difference is minimal.  I think the L’oreal product transfers just a bit less, but it’s quite hard to say – and it may depend on the shade.

I purchased four shades, and all four have good pigmentation when swatches and freshly applied.  I found that the darkest two colors leave a significant stain; the one leaves a medium stain, and the lightest barely stains at all. This is similar to the YSL Glossy Stains – the darker shades stain and the lighter shades do not.

Both products are fragranced.  I’ve heard that that others find them heavily fragranced, especially the L’oreal, but I tend not to notice scents (and I also have a cold right now).  They smell fairly similar to me – sort of perfumey and floral.

Wear time also seems similar between the two products – it varies from about 3 hours with the lighter shades to 5-6 hours with the darker shades, with the stain lasting even longer.   I find both products very comfortable to wear, though I’ve heard some say that they find the YSL Glossy Stains to be drying, especially when worn multiple days in a row.

As an update: I’ve now worn the L’oreal Shine Caresse glosses several times, and overall I find that they are a touch more drying, but a touch longer lasting, than the YSL Glossy Stains on me. As always, your mileage may vary!

I also have photos of the display, with all the US shade names – there appear to be twelve shades:

Pink Perseverance, Pink Resistance, Rose On and On
Lilac Ever After, Berry Persistent, Infinite Fuchsia
Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion, Endless Red
Stubborn Plum, Everlasting Caramel, Eternally Nude

Overall, I am loving the L’oreal Shine Caresse gloss stains – they are not identical to the YSL glossy stains, but they are very similar, and they are a lovely product in their own right as well! I will definitely be buying more.


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