YSL Glossy Stain in #19–Beige Aquarelle…Is a Pale Stain Possible?

A pale stain seems like a veritable impossibility.  That is one of the reasons that Yves Saint Laurent’s glossy stains in Rose Pastelle (reviewed HERE) and Beige Aquarelle (#19) were so intriguing to me.

While Rose Pastelle has a very cool pale pink (almost border lining on lavender) undertone, Beige Aquarelle (which retails for $32) translates as a warmer, pinky-peachy shade.

When applying it on your lips, the creamy pale nature of the product makes it hard to believe that it will yield any observable color at all…however, after a couple of coats and a few minutes, the stain miraculously deepens to a light peach.

To get the most out of this product, application is key: I like to start with exfoliated lips (this shade, while not drying, tends to highlight any existing dryness) and then layer on two coats.  At this point, it is essential to let it dry for 15 seconds or so; then, apply another coat or two.  This process results in a pale peachy pink lip that is shiny and set to deepen as time marches on.

Above: YSL Glossy Stain in #19 Beige Aquarelle applied on lips

If you love a pale lip as I do, are willing to prep and prime lips before application and are interested in a very light version of the YSL Glossy Stain, then Beige Aquarelle is a marvelous option.

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  • Anonymous Reply

    I know this is a older post but I just found these little gems… I have the glossy nude in 101 and love the staying power… I want another one but can't decide btwn 18 and 19… which do you suggest… I am not really a peach person but am worried the 18 is too light and Barbie looking?? I am pale… GA maestro #3 with light mauve colored lips… in my 40's.. I want a polished and not bold look. Thanks and I enjoy your blog 🙂 Cathy

    April 5, 2014 at 4:29 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Cathy,

      Thanks for your kind comment! If you are looking for a nude (not Barbie) look, then I suggest the #19; it is a sophisticated nude peach. Also, if you don't already own it, I suggest the YSL Rouge Volupte in #01 for more opacity…it is a nude lover's dream!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      April 6, 2014 at 5:44 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Thanks so much.. and no I don't own the YSL Rouge Volupte in 01 but will check it out! Cathy 🙂

    April 7, 2014 at 1:25 am

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