Lipstick Bandits Do Coral Lips (Whatever Coral Actually Means).

Most of the lipstick bandits were at a loss when it came to picking a coral lipstick. What is coral, anyway? It can be used to describe a mix of red, pink and orange. Now that the calendar says it’s officially spring — even though Toronto weather is still definitely winter — there’s no better time to lighten and brighten our lipstick picks! Let’s collectively take out our favourite coral shades, shall we?

My pick just arrived at my doorstep three days ago, from YSL Summer 2013 Collection, coming out in May 2013. I give you Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres in N° 31 Corail Alla Prima ($36).

YSL Glossy Stain 31 Corail Alla Prima

N° 31 Corail Alla Prima is a fresh reddish coral that just screams summer. It just begs to be worn with a bronzed and radiant complexion. Lately I’ve been drawn to wearing glossy lips, but regular lipglosses aren’t really ideal for cold and windy rainy days. The YSL Glossy Stain formula has a stickiness factor of zero. I apply three layers of this to get fully glossy lips and maximum colour intensity.

YSL Glossy Stain 31 Corail Alla Prima applicator

YSL Glossy Stain 31 Corail Alla Prima Swatch
YSL N° 31 Corail Alla Prima swatch (3 layers)

Wearing YSL Glossy Stain 31 Corail Alla Prima 1

I know this formula promises to be long-wearing, but on me, it doesn’t deliver any more longevity than my standard cream lipsticks. I’m okay with that, as I love the glossy finish and punchy shades these come in. They do layer exceptionally well, so touch ups are a breeze.

 Wearing YSL Glossy Stain 31 Corail Alla Prima 2

Products Used

Face and Cheeks

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural in Medium Dark (as foundation)
NARS Radiant Creamy Foundation in Custard (under eyes)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (all over to blur pores)

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Lightscapade (on cheeks)
Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder in 03 Brunettes (all over high points of face)


Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow Palette in Metropolitan
YSL Dessin du Regard Waterproof Pencil in 1 Black Ink
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara


YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres in N° 31 Corail Alla Prima

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres in N° 31 Corail Alla Prima is available in May with the rest of the collection at Holt Renfrew, selected Bay, Murale, and Sephora stores. It is one of two new permanent shades; the other is N° 20 Rouge Enamel.

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  • OOO such a bright and juicy one!!! I still haven’t tried a glossy stain if you can believe it, but when I do I’ll most probably start with a coral as well 🙂

    • Mmhmm this is a good one to start with, Sunny. 🙂

  • Alex_Kay


    • Isn’t it, Alex? I love this shade.

  • Ohh! Love it! That color is amazing!

    • It’s a great colour. 🙂

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  • Mariella D

    Haha, I see you went the safe way like me by picking a shade with “coral” in the name LOL Very pretty!

    • I was at a loss until this arrived, Mariella. Hahaha

  • GEEKZ, never mind the pretty coral lippie-your hair is so SHMEXXXXXXY in these pics!

    • Hey Tracy! I’m still learning how to style these bangs but I am loving them. 🙂

  • Beautiful! I would totally say this definitely is coral and you look fabulous in it! I only own one glossy stain but I think once I can get my hands on the upcoming collection I will need to get another one. I just love the formula! Oh and I have to agree with BeautyReflections – your hair looks amazing! <3 <3

  • Holy moly, I love it! It’s so bright and glossy, you totally convinced me on this one ^^. Looking lovely Arianne!

    • Thanks Teri. 🙂 You need it.

  • Lovely! I wouldn’t exactly call this coral though, but like you said, what is coral? 🙂

    • LOL just go with it @Kissandmakeup:disqus. 😛

  • This is exactly the type of red-orange I’ve been drawn too lately. I’ve been wearing the heck out of shades like this, even if it’s only to clean the kitchen or run errands with the kids 🙂

    • It feels a bit too summery right now but I don’t care. Coral lips, don’t care!

  • This kind of coral is way better than the other yellow pink kind 😛 You rock, Geekz. AND YOUR HURR.

    • Thanks Larie. Swishes hurr.

  • oh yes, some people and their pseudo-intellectual talk about shades and textures, I agree with you – whatever it means ‘coral’ it should at least look good on you, right? 😉 and it does! I am jealous, I like this shade so much but I find it clashes with my skintone, have to try it on with my new hair colour. btw, your hair looks incredibly sleek :O

  • Love it! I always love all colors on you though. Did you do something different with your hair? It looks different to me? I like it.

    • Thanks Kelly! I got long side bangs.

  • Liz

    LOVE THIS COLOUR. (Yay, permanent!) And your skin and your hair.

    • I know I checked my PR and said YAY PERMANENT, too. Thanks Liz.

  • Lily

    Love your hairdo! And THIS is the coral I have in mind. It’s orangey red without too much pink. It looks absolutely gorgeous on you, Arianne 🙂

    • Not a lot of pink here, Lily. 🙂 It’s a saucy coral.

  • JessicaGettingCheeky

    Oh my god as always you look insanely beautiful. Every time you wear a lipstick I need it … need it! And your hair looks perfect. I’m having a jealousy moment over hear. Go get ’em girl!

    ♥ Jessica

    • Oh wow thanks Jessica! xo

  • I love these side-swept bangs! Another gorgeous coral, I’ve seen so much today! I love the orange tones is this, lovely on your skin tone.

  • Love the bright shade, and you pulled it off quite nicely. And your hair looks so beautiful.

  • Paris B

    Beautiful colour, Arianne, and I love your last picture! The soft curls, the bright lipstick, it looks so vibrant and springy! 😀

  • WOW now this is coral! Sooo super pretty on you–I love it!! 😀

  • WANT! This is so gorg and bright Arianne! Lookin’ good my dear 🙂

    • This would looks so good on you Toya!

  • I love this!!! Is it just me, or does this Corail Alla Prima have a bit of golden microshimmer in it?

    • I don’t see microshimmer… but maybe, Jenny!

  • Hmm this is gorgeous! I adore the shade Orange De Chine so this is def up my alley! Thankfully, these last well on me!

    • Orange De Chine sounds beautiful, Olivia!

  • I love your choice Geekz! Gosh, I keep hearing such great things about these, I’m probably going to end up splurging soon (L’oreal’s version I like but I want to see what the original is like haha). Also, your eye makeup is beautiful. So summery and glowy!

    • Thanks MM! I like these ones better. The L’oreal ones are really sheer.

  • Donna @ an occasional redhead

    I have been DYING to try the YSL Glossy Stains. This is the one! I can only hope it’s nearly as pretty on me as it is on you!!!!

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  • mdemaria

    I just bought this glossy stain this afternoon, due to this post,
    And… it’s love! <3

    You're the best enabler, Arianne!

    • Best enabler = best compliment! Thanks so much. 🙂 Enjoy!

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