Yves Saint Laurent are starting the new season with a gorgeous new product. The YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain is the brand’s first ever liquid matte stain, so we were majorly excited to put it to the test. The stain promises a highly pigmented matte colour which tattoos the lips for up to eight hours of comfortable wear.

Unfortunately, the words longevity, matte and comfortable don’t tend to go hand in hand when it comes to lipstick – but this is where we were more than pleasantly surprised by this lovely lippy. Even on our slightly chapped autumn lips, the feel of these were ultra comfortable, hydrating and felt wonderfully weightless which is ideal at the best of times but even more so during the cooler months.

Wearing Shade 1.

Another element which made the whole experience of the lip stain ah-mazing was the applicator. We think decent lipstick applicators are overlooked – this one deserves mention. The angled doe foot brush is the perfect balance of precision and comfort with its velvety feel. The applicator made it plain sailing to accurately follow the curves of our lips and add a little more fullness where wanted.

There are a gorgeous 18 shades in the range, showcasing wearable nudes through to bold, vampy purples. The stunning spectrum of colours means there is something for every skin tone and every personal style. On application, the shades are a bold, full coverage streak of colour. We also found the colour was buildable and could either be left as a single swiped wash of colour, or layered to create a highly saturated shade.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Shade 1, Shade 8, Shade 22, Shade 7

In terms of long wear, this pretty product did put up a good fight against our many (many) cups of tea throughout the working day.

For us, the bolder the better and we’ve fallen hard for the vibrant, full coverage look these give to our lips. The high pigmentation of the formula means a little goes a long way, which is fabulous news in combination with the high-end price tag.

With a name like ‘Tatouage Couture’ we were expecting a luxurious lip experience, and our expectations were not let down. We have to take our hats off to YSL for delivering yet another product that’s beautiful inside and out.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture is available to buy from Debenhams on the 28th September.