By now you’ve probably all heard of these beauties but for the uninitiated here’s the run down. The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres (to give them their full name) or Glossy Stains as I shall be calling them are a sort of hybrid product. A Gloss, a lipstick and a stain in one. It really is a kind of genius when you think about it.
These are beautifully packaged as you would expect from YSL and have a wonderful applicator. It’s a spongy sort, but it’s shaped angled to give you a perfect precise application.
The two shades I was sent are (left) No3 – Brown and (right) No13 Reddish Pink. Before I show them on, here are swatches.
As soon as I’d taken the photo I wiped the swatches off with a wet wipe. The stains left were there for a long time after. Hours!
Sooo, lets have a closer look at the shades I was sent. Firstly Number 3. This shade is chameleon like. In the swatch and in the tube it looks to be a dark mauve shade. On my lips, depending on the light, it’s either a browny shade or an orange-shade.
It’s odd. That’s not to say I don’t like it, I do, I really do, it makes my eyes look insanely blue. The only problem with this is I found it a bit patchy and struggled to get an even application.
And then there’s shade number 13, Reddish Pink. I applied this a bit shoddily… oops.
It’s more vibrant in real life and the application of this shade was much more even. It’s not for the faint hearted but it is beautiful.
Oh and for reference, here’s Reddish Pink, after 8 hours with no touch ups.
So the verdict? Love the colours, love the way they look on, I even think the price isn’t too bad at £22 each. Although one of mine was a bit patchy, I still like it and actually wore it for my night out a couple of weeks ago and it lasted really well through out the night. The only think I do think is worth mentioning is that I found these to be quite drying on my lips, this was easily resolved with the tiniest touch of balm before. Not too much or they won’t “grip” and stain well enough, but just the smallest amount to product your lips. Other than that, love these!
*Disclosure – PR Samples*