January 9th, 2018

YSL Tatouage Couture Nº 8, 9, 16, 22

When I think of liquid lipstick, my mind immediately goes to YSL as it was one of the first brands to introduce such a product, and the YSL Glossy Stain has been a category defining product for decades.  And impossible as it may seem, YSL has turned out something even better, the YSL Tatouage Couture!

YSL Tatouage Couture

YSL Tatouage Couture, unlike the Glossy Stains, are matte in finish and much longer lasting.  They come in a pocket-sized tube with a clear body that allows you to clearly tell the shade of the product within.  The top twists open to reveal an angled applicator that spreads out the product in a thin, even layer; and allows a defined contour.

YSL Tatouage Couture

There are 18 shades in all, each of which go on pigmented so a thin layer is all that is needed.  I don’t feel the need to re-dip the applicator in order to cover both my lips.  However, I do feel some shades are a little less opaque than others and require more than one swipe, but that is an easy problem to solve.

YSL Tatouage Couture swatches

I have 4 shades and they are:

  • 8 – Black Red Code – dark wine red, very vavavoom!
  • 9 – Grenat No-Rules – medium cherry red with a warm-tone, that is very wearable as an everyday red
  • 16 – Nude Emblem – medium rose with a warm-toned beige base, great as an everyday color
  • 22 – Corail Anti Mainstream – brightened coral pink that is slightly sheer, allowing my natural lip color to show through and tone it down slightly

YSL Tatouage Couture lip swatches

After application, YSL Tatouage Couture remains workable for about a minute or two, allowing you to blend or sheer out as desired.  Once it sets though, it is completely budgeproof until removed.  I can eat without fear of leaving dreaded lip rings around my coffee mugs.  But it does wear off slightly with a heavy meal, although enough of it remains to still provide some color.  I love that it has a slightly luminous finish despite being matte, and that it does not overly emphasize the lines on my lips.  It also does not dry out my lips even with continuous days of wear.

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.


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Avid beauty lover living in sunny Singapore. Loves the finer things in life, and believes every gal deserves to be pampered!

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