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Yves Saint Laurent Pop Water Collection: New Glossy Stains and Nail Lacquers

March 19, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and Nordstrom have an exclusive beauty release called the Pop Water Collection. It’s a release of new shades of Glossy Stains, Nail Lacquers and a new Metallic Eyeshadow Formula for spring to summer. The collection is currently available only at Nordstrom until mid-late April.

The Pop Water collection includes:

I picked up some of the items for lips and nails – all of which are fresh juicy bright colors really pretty to brighten up the mood for spring to summer. Here’s a quick look at what I ordered and have been testing this week:

First up are the new Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stains. If you’re a YSL fan you are probably already familiar with the previously released colors of the Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stains (original colors here, also rebel nudes colors here). I’ve had a couple of these over the past few years recommended highly by one of my best friends. She said these give the lips a juicy wash of color and feel really lush once you apply them. I’m not usually a fan of lip stains because they tend to look so dark on me, but I’m glad I tried these. The YSL Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stains have the right mix of gloss and stain so they are like a lipgloss but have enough pigment in them they look like a soft stain of color on the lips. At the same time they don’t look dark like traditional lip stains. The Pop Water Collection features slightly different packaging with the black YSL logo (versus the red in the older versions). It gives these a new updated edgy look.

The sponge tip is perfectly shaped to get precise application around the edges while the flat beveled parts allow you to fill in and cover the entire lip. It’s something you have to test in person to really see how well designed the applicator is.

There are two versions of the Glossy Stain this season. The Plump Up 200 is a hydrating plumper for the lips. It comes in a very pale soft pink shimmer but on the lips it’s basically clear. It is incredibly hydrating and does give the lips a pretty long-lasting shine. It makes the lips look full without making the lips tingle or go numb (huge plus for me). 

Then there are the tinted versions. All are variations of bright summery colors but still very wearable (even for neutral lip lovers) The remaining 8 colors of the Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stains are all brighter colors. 203 Eau de Corail is a warm coral peach with a hint of pink, 204 Onde Rose is a medium red rose pink, 205 Pink Rain (my favorite) is a cool-toned bright pink, 207 Juicy Peach is a warm orangey peach, 208 Wet Nude is a soft peachy color.

I really like how these apply like a semi-thick gloss to adhere well to the lips. It transforms into a smoother feeling gloss once you let it sit. It has texture which keeps the lips hydrated and soft. One swipe gives a soft tint. Adding more swipes will intensify the color.

Swatches + close ups:

Lip Swatches:

For quick reference and comparison to other YSL products, the Glossy Stains are what I wanted the Volupté Tint-In-Oils to be (which turned out to be too sheer for my liking). By comparison, the Babydoll Kiss & Blush is creamier with an opaque finish making them suitable for lips and cheeks.

Next up are the new Pop Water La Lacque Couture Nail Lacquers (four translucent shades). Although I’m a huge fan of the YSL La Lacque Couture Nail Polish formula, I picked out two of the translucent ones to test out before splurging on all four. 63 Rouge Wet is a sheer jelly red, 64 Fuchsia Rain is a sheer jelly pink. Both have a see through formula which requires 3 coats for me to get a glossy smooth finish. The result is very interesting but I’m undecided on how I feel. I tried these layered over soft pinks and they transform the colors into brighter deeper versions and add a super glossy finish. I like the high shine these have. I wish all nail polishes had a finish this shiny.

Rouge Wet with 3 coats:

Fuchsia Rain with 3 coats, it looks very similar to Rouge Wet, but this one is slightly more pink:

Here is Fuchsia Rain layered over Rouge Pablo on the right side shows how it has a lush glossy wet shiny finish (which I really love):

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Bottom line I’m in love with the Pop Water Glossy Stains. My favorites are Pink Rain and Wet Nude. These are scented with a soft sweet grapefruit scent but it’s not too overwhelming and actually is really pleasant (at least for me). I’m undecided about the Pop Water Nail Lacquers. They are definitely unique and fun for summer and I like the high shine they offer.

You can find the Pop Water Collection now at Nordstrom. Have you checked out this collection yet? If not are you a fan of the Glossy Stains? Which colors are your favorites? P.S. Nordstrom has Triple Points going on with gift with purchases online and instores. The online gift includes samples of Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara (0.06 oz.), Forever Youth Liberator Serum (2 packets), Gloss Volupte in 3 shades and Touche Éclat in 3 shades with your $125 Yves Saint Laurent beauty purchase.


This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All items purchased by me, all opinions my own. For more information refer to my disclosures.

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  • Wet Nude seems like a great shade to layer on lipstick!

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    • That's an interesting idea! Never thought of that – will have to see if I can try it without getting the sponge tip mixed with other colors.

  • Rochelle

    Thank you for all your lip products reviews! My face is the same coloring as you, and the last 3 lipsticks/glosses I've bought have been because I think they look fab on you. Just purchased Wet Nude and Chanel's Adrienne and I can't wait to get them!

    • Hi Rochelle, I'm glad the reviews helped! Your picks are really good ones 🙂

  • Too beautiful!! I loved the Wet Nude!

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  • 203 and 204 are my favorites! I have fairly pigmented lips so I wonder how it will translate!

  • The nudes and pinks are so gorgeous! I love your photographs, they make me want to go and buy the whole lot 🙂 xxx

    • Thanks Zenny! Did you end up getting any yet?

  • The Glossy Stains look awesome…definitely going to check them out! In terms of moisturizing the lips, how would you say they compare to the Volupté glosses or the Tint-in-Oils? I'm very excited about the liquid eyeshadows. I generally love YSL nail lacquers but I don't think I'll pay YSL prices for jelly polishes, since I don't like visible nail lines.

    • Hi Jess, there's a little bit in the post comparing them. Tint-In-Oils are, well, oils so the formula is completely different. Volupte Glosses are a lot sheerer.

      The Glossy Stains are like a pigmented gloss with stain. They are thicker than the other formulas and slightly sticky when you apply, but when they set they feel smooth and almost gel-like. It's very hard to describe.

      If you like color go for the Glossy Stains. If you want high shine and a very soft tint of color (something sheer) then go for the Volupte Glosses. HTH!

  • Onde Rose is beautiful!

  • OMG!!! I am so drooling over these products. They are all so very pretty. I am so confused on which is best one for me.

    • There is a lot to play with at YSL! If you want a multi-tasker (lips and cheeks) the Babydoll Kiss and Blush is the way to go. The color is creamier and you can build color.

      If you just want gloss with color, I'd say the Glossy Stains are really good. They are pigmented glosses with a diverse range of colors to pick from.

  • Amy

    I have to say that these YSL lip stains remind me of Revlon Moisture Stain which is a really nice product for only $9. I have Cannes Crush and India Intrigue. Do you ever post about drugstore products?

  • I picked up the rose and the nude as well as the rouge wet thans to your post!!! Thanks so much! Also got the GWP from Norstroms; as well as triple points!

  • Gosh, every post I see on these I just want them more. They look utterly divine. x
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  • I like the lip stain– particularly the Juicy Peach. The nail lacquers would be great if the colors were subtle pale nudes, so that the VNL gave it a French mani look. But to pay YSL prices for a tinted top coat makes no sense to me.

  • shade 201 looks lovely! : )

  • Juicy Peach, Wet Nude and Pink Rain are so beautiful!! I need them!

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  • Fuchsia Rain effect is amazing
    Lots of love, xx

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