Victoria's Secret just launched the Color Lust Glossy Lip Stain with their spring 2013 makeup collection. The whole collection reminds me of Yves Saint Laurent makeup: the packaging is strangely similar, and some products seem directly inspired by YSL best-sellers.
The Color Lust Glossy Lip Stain is a little cousin of YSL Glossy Stain, and a sibling of L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stain: a gloss with a shiny finish which leaves a stain of color on the lips after it's gone. Victoria's Secret version comes in 7 different shades and retails for $14.
I chose one of the less bold shades, Star Struck, which looks like a shimmery peachy pink in the tube. The packaging is basic but classy: a clear square tube with a black cap.
The consistency is quite fluid, a little thicker than your average gloss, and glides on easily with the doe-foot applicator. It has a faint vanilla scent, not as strong and stubborn as MAC lip products. You really don't want to rub your lips together within a few minutes after application. If you do, it will create lines and uneven coverage.
On the lips, it has a sheer, slightly glossy finish: definitely no high shine or wet look here. The color is quite intense for a sheer lippie, and Star Struck looks a lot pinker on my lips than I expected. The peachiness of this shade doesn't show up much, nor does the shimmer. Actually, I can't detect ANY shimmer when it's on my lips.
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It feels comfortable, not particularly hydrating but absolutely not drying, even for my dry, sensitive lips, and just a little sticky. This thing has an amazing staying power: as a gloss, it lingers for hours, and the pink stain it leaves behind lasts on me more than half a day. I apply it at 7:30 in the morning and it's still visible, although faded, after my lunch! During the first part of its life on my lips, when it's still glossy, it does transfer quite a bit. It stops once the texture is gone and only the stain remains.
Overall: I love this product! Finally, a comfortable lip stain that doesn't dry out my lips, in a choice of pretty, vibrant colors! It's about 4 bucks more than L'Oréal Colour Caresse Shine Stain, but it performs a lot better on me in terms of color payoff, comfort and lasting power. I'm definitely getting at least one more shade, the bold coral Attraction for the summer.