The Lipstick Bandits | Coral(ish) lips ft. YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Alla Prima… and, okay, a Chubby Stick.

!LB coral lip picks

Oh, corals. The taupes of the lip colour world, coral hues are almost as hard to identify as Nemo in a sea of tiny clownfish. One person’s coral is another’s apricot, or peach, or pink — they sit just in that lovely spectrum between peach and pink, making them wonderfully flattering but oh-so-hard to define.

That said, though, this month’s Lipstick Bandit collaboration features just that: corals.

!The Lipstick Bandits - corals

!Wearable coral lip stain - YSL + Clinique

I don’t actually own a proper coral lip product (that I know of) at the moment, so I layered two products to get something in the neighbourhood. It’s not perfect, but it’s close enough — and it’s comfortable and long-wearing, to boot.

This lip features a thin layer of a YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Alla Prima, a new permanent Vernis à Lèvres from this Summer’s Saharienne Heat collection. Despite being described as a “dazzling coral” (and being named accordingly), I wasn’t crazy about this new permanent shade’s orange-heavy intensity — it’s gorgeous, but it still kinda feels too early in the year, you know?

!YSL Corail Alla Prima Glossy Stain

Clinique Mighty Mimosa Chubby Stick

Anyhow; after blotting (to get rid of the high-impact gloss but keep the medium-sheer stain of colour), I added a layer of–what else?–a Clinique Chubby Stick to tone down the shade. This pinky beauty is Mighty Mimosa, and despite how sheer the original-formula Chubby Sticks tend to be, it did a great job toning down the warmth of Corail Alla Prima.

I think the Glossy Stain would make a great coral on a darker, warmer skintone, but without the Chubby Stick to pink things up a little, it was just a bit too much on me. I’ll definitely give it another try with my “summer goggles” on (they’re like beer goggles, but better beauty), but I might just be a little too cool-toned for it!

!LB Spring 2013 - coral lips

See the other Bandits’ picks!

!LB corals makeup - eyelids

Products Used / Shop the Look


theBalm timeBalm Concealer in Lighter Than Light, $18 USD

Clinique Gradient Powder Blusher in Black Honey (review & swatches)


Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit: Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes, $36 USD

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Nude Eyes (glitter black only), $11.99 USD

Annabelle Expandable Mascara, $10.99 CAD


YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 31 Corail Alla Prima, $34 USD/$36 CAD

Clinique Chubby Stick in 13 Mighty Mimosa, $16 USD/$19 CAD

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  • Reply Defining the Indefinable | The Lipstick Bandits Tackle Coral | Makeup Morsels

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    April 15, 2013 at 6:01 AM
  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    Hey Rae, this is actually a really smart idea! I suppose if you layer a pink over something orange-y, you will get a coral! You just opened a whole world of possibilities for me, though I'm beginning to think I need that YSL glossy stain :)
    My recent post What I Thought Would Be Easy Turned Out Really Tough: Choosing a Coral for Lipstick Bandits

    April 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM
  • Reply Icaria

    Love it! I haven't worn any corals in the longest time and since I'm on a no buy at the moment, I'll be looking into what I already have and see what I can come up with. :)
    My recent post Makeup Empties, What Has To Go!

    April 15, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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  • Reply Mariella

    But, but.. if you own a YSL glossy stain with Corail in the name, surely you do own a coral, right?

    Nevertheless, this is very pretty!
    My recent post The Lipstick Bandits do Corals for Spring!

    April 15, 2013 at 7:35 AM
  • Reply BellaChique

    Eeee Rae, you look lovely as usual! I actually really love the YSL lippie on it's own, I really want an orange toned coral because most turn pink on me for some reason, lol. I love Mighty Mimosa too, great combo!
    My recent post The Lipstick Bandits: Let’s Go Coral!

    April 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    LOL Summer Goggles hahaha I like that-can I borrow them sometime? :P
    Love how you toned it down! Very pretty on you and you did indeed make it more wearable!

    April 15, 2013 at 8:05 AM
  • Reply glittergeek

    Lips twinsies! :)

    I love your theNotice version with a Chubby Stick, of course. Why you so beautiful, Rae-whale?!
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    April 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM
  • Reply Larie

    Pretty pretty pretty, Rae-Whale! See, I think the orange part would be okay with me – it's the pink (yellow pink) that sometimes gets me into trouble. I think you struck a happy balance here, though! Exquisite.
    My recent post This Bandit Says: Coral is a Confused Color

    April 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM
  • Reply My Lucite Dreams

    Your coral is beautiful, you might have to splurge on a coral lippie :-)

    April 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM
  • Reply gettingcheeky

    Rae, your freckles! How did I never notice them before?! So beautiful. How did I know a Clinique Chubby Stick would somehow make its way into this post?!

    ♥ Jessica

    April 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM
  • Reply Lily @ChloeAsh

    I love it! It's a softer take on the bright orange coral and it looks beautiful on your lighter skin.
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    April 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM
  • Reply Makeup Morsels

    LOL @ summer goggles! I was betting you'd pick a Chubby Stick :P Love that you paired it with the YSL Glossy Stain, I think it's perfect for spring.
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    April 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM
  • Reply Paris B

    Hahaha Rae, you can't escape your Chubby Sticks! :D I love how it looks on you and its clever – this way, anyone who doesn't own a coral or want to own a coral can wear the colour too!

    April 16, 2013 at 1:27 AM
  • Reply wheetnee

    Pretty! I’ve been contemplating in buying a chubby stick :) Love the look!

    <3 Whitney

    April 16, 2013 at 8:14 PM
  • Reply Jen W

    Another Corail Alla Prima Lipstick Bandit pick! I love how you and Arianne have managed to use the same product in such different ways, and it's gorgeous 'pinked' with the Chubby Stick.
    My recent post Golden Eyes and Coral Lips: A Lipstick Bandits FOTD

    April 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
  • Reply eight

    Gorgeous! I'm always confused about what makes a 'true' coral but I do love them!
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    April 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM
  • Reply toyarosie

    I once started drafting up a post to try and help clarify shade names and what they mean, because it can get so crazy! – but then I gave up because, it's just so crazy! LOL Love the combo you came up with here Rae, it really works for your skintone and I think you nailed coral (at least my image of it!).
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