I think I have found my new favorite special occasion lip color! I bought my first YSL Lipstick when I finished my summer internship and it was such a treat to own a piece of luxury. I haven’t had another piece of YSL makeup item since then but today I’m reviewing the YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in 16 Nude Emblem!
Name: YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain
Shades: Available in 18 different shades
Find it at Sephora
The YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain comes in pretty standard liquid lipstick format but the YSL logo and gold cap just screams luxury and elegance. I like that the bottom half is a frosted glass and the whole thing has a good weight to it in the hands. What really stands out to me though is the applicator. The diagonal tip and slant makes it really easy to get defined corners and lines. I also like that it’s quite bendy so it can hug the contours of your lips when you press down.
The shade I have is 16 Nude Emblem. However, I would not classify it as a nude at all. It is actually quite a bright rose color with lots of orange undertones. The shades in the YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain collection are mostly more vibrant pinks, reds, and corals. This shade is one of the more neutral colors although there are 2 more shades that are more nude.
I’ve tried so many liquid lipsticks recently and although I’m always impressed by the pigmentation, I’m usually less happy with how it wears. The formula of the YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain is a bit different from the other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. The formula was more watery and went on in a much thinner layer than most others. This didn’t affect the pigmentation though as it was still full coverage color. Surprisingly the product never got on my teeth although this lipstick never really fully dries down. But maybe that’s why it feels a bit more comfortable than other liquid lipsticks as it stays a bit moist on your lips which means the color will transfer if you eat or drink.
I think what really sets this liquid lipstick apart from the rest I’ve tried though is the applicator! I always struggle to make precise applications and end up going outside of my lip lines and creating a mess. This applicator allows me to just follow my lip lines with the slant and having a pointed tip instead of a rounded tip makes all the difference.