What a mouthful! When the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres or better known as Glossy Stains burst onto the scene it instantly became a hit among beauty lovers around the world. It touts to be a rich lipstick, gloss and stain in one product! Here is what YSL says on their website;
“A revolutionary new lip product! Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain for a truly innovative lip product. A lightweight texture that immediately melts onto lips. Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain delivers intense glossy colour for an extremely long lasting new kind of shine. The applicator’s unique slanted tip and short soft bristles allow for flawless application with perfect precision.”
I just have two words for you: “I WANT!” But at a pricey USD $34 or AUD$55 (approx), I have another word for you: “Ouch”.
However, a dear close friend of mine have read my mind (and various Facebook laments) and gifted my very first glossy stain for Christmas in No 29 Rose Fourreau. This is apparently a limited edition shade released for YSL’s Spring 2013 collection but it appears to still be available on the website so snatch it now if you’re tempted! So does it live up to its claims? Read on.
The glossy stain comes housed in a short stout tube, with a matte black body that has a glass window which shows the colour of the product and a golden cap with the YSL logo. To be honest I feel the packaging is a little bit tacky, it just doesn’t have quite the luxurious feel associated with the brand or the chicness of their Rouge Volupte lipsticks (those things are GORGEOUS). That is the only downside fortunately.
The scent is sweet and flowery, not particularly subtle but also not offending. It might be a little too much for those who are sensitive to scents as it does linger.. The colour is a beautiful medium rosy nude, definitely a my lips but better (MLBB) for my pigmented puckers and would be a delightful deeper rose for those with fairer skin. The applicator is quite useful, it follows the contours of the lips making it super easy to apply the product and is soft and pliable. It would be great to replace all gloss applicators to this!
The product itself is lightweight, a wet liquid (duh, but you’ll see) that is not tacky, sticky or thick that is usual of most glosses. In fact it reminds me a lot of Korres Anti-Oxidant Liquid Lipsticks (which I love) but it is a little bit more of a gel than Korres. It’s pigmented enough in one swipe but here’s where it gets interesting, the product settles and sort of merges with the lip’s natural colour, effectively becoming a stain. A second swipe makes the colour brighter and a third makes it glossier but still natural looking. It never ends up looking like a gloss which sits on top of the lips which makes this product very nice to wear.
As for lasting power, raved about through the blogosphere, I am not too impressed. I’m always on the lookout for pigmented lip products that would stay throughout the day so when I heard about these stains I thought I’d find some Holy Grails, but like other lipsticks it needs reapplying after drinking or eating, humbug! It might be because this is a lighter shade compared to other deeper shades of fuchsias, reds and violets thus the stain is not as visible.
All in all, YSL has introduced an interesting hybrid liquid lipstick that is light, comfortable and have some beautiful shades. Rose Fourreau for me makes for a simple easy and natural look, that is lovely for day or night. I’d like to try some more intense shades and see what they are like, so time to save up!