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Thursday, January 31, 2013

YSL Glossy Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains Review & Swatches

Hey guys!! So I played around with my blog background and layout--what do you think? New year new design :)

Today I thought I'd talk about one of my favorite lip products of all time, the YSL Glossy Stains. Literally, of all time. They are magical. I'm sure you beauty lovers have either tried or heard all about them, but I thought I would my two cents on an amazing product!

The ysl glossy stains are an innovative lip product that combines that pigmentation of a rich lipstick with the shine of a gloss and the longevity of a stain. Basically, it is a super lip product and delivers beautifully on all three aspects. One coat gives you a lovely tint, a second yields even more color and shine, and a third (my ideal) delivers the ultimate opaque, glossy lip! The glossy stains last longer than any lip product I have ever tried--and they look better for longer. I get really amazing wear from them--they last about 5-6 hours on my lips with the bulk of the time staying shiny.

Such incredibly gorgeous, luxurious packaging!
The texture is also different from anything else and took some time to get used to. Hopefully I can describe it well but it feels like kind of watery and thickens and becomes more tacky after a few moments as the stain settles. The tackiness goes away after a little while but it does take getting used to. I also love the applicator--the cushiony pad makes it easy to go back and forth over the lips to really rub the color into your lips and the pointy tip makes it easy to crease sharp edges.

Pigmentation wise I can only really vouch for the 6 colors that I have. I've found that the darker and brighter colors have excellent, buildable to opaque color. There are a few pale colors though that I have heard do not show up on the lips very well--I haven't tried them though since I went for the bold colors. I would guess that if your lips are less pigmented they may work well for you though. I've actually found that the color darkens a considerable amount on your lips, so what you see in the bottle will most likely look a bit more dramatic on the lips.Another thing to add is the scent--it is like boozy fruit. It's a unique smell for a lip product but I kind of like it--it goes away after a few minutes but if you are sensitive to smells it is something to consider before buying.

The colors I got, from left to right:
#5 Rouge Vintage: mauvey berry rose
#9 Rouge Laque: bright warm-neutral red
#10 Rouge Philtre: deeper almost berry toned red. it is a darker red than #9 and not as warm.
#11 Rouge Gouache: bright fuchsia red
#12 Coril Fauve: warm coral
#15 Rose Vinyl: slightly cool toned medium rosey pink

I'm wearing #12 in this post here, #5 here and #9 here! You can bet you'll be seeing many more FOTD's with them in the future :)

With the $32 price tag they certainly don't come cheap. The bargain buyer in me could not justify buying them until I got a gift card a few months after they came out. After trying them, they are absolutely worth every penny. I hate to admit this but in the last 6 months I have pretty much only worn   glossy stains (give or take a few days where I gave love to some other products). They are just so effortless and I don't have to worry about touching them up throughout the day (something I pretty much never do). Aaaand they look amazing on the lips, obviously!.

Definitely check them out the next time you're at a Sephora or a department store that sells YSL! You won't regret it! For a less expensive alternative the L'oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stainst that just came out this past month are a worthy drugstore dupe. I prefer the YSL ones more but you are certainly getting a similar and quality product for under $10!! Review on those to come very soon!

Just some helpful links where you can find the glossy stains in the US! All of these places have some sort of promotion during the year!
Yves Saint Laurent

Thoughts on YSL Glossy stains!? Have you tried them?!


  1. Im Jelly :) These are stunning and so beautiful ,I love all the shade , i might have to get me some of these <3

  2. They are definitely worth checking out!! :)

  3. I have number 12 and love it! I definitely need to get more. x

  4. Glossy stains look so nice, I really want some but they are $50 in Australia and I don't know if I can get them online cheaply! The one I would like the most is the apricotty-pink colour (Can't remember which number!) or #15 but the reds you have look gorgeous, too. x

  5. notoriouseyes.blogspot.comFebruary 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    great review! love color number 15
    newest follower! <3



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