Monday, April 23, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture - Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain #16 Pourpre Preview Swatches, Pictures and Review

One day as I was wondering Nordstrom online, I came across the YSL glossy lip stains, which said they were new and revolutionary, combining glossiness with a lip staining feature.  That's the lip equivalent of having your cake and eating it too.  You can have a gloss that as you literally eat cake, keeps a stain of color on your lips instead of some wacky outline of leftover uneven color.  Curiosity got the best of this lip lover and I ordered Pourpre Preview, #16, because I thought purple would be different than most of my other glosses. It arrives in a sleek retangular container. The gloss color can be seen thru the spy glass in the middle, which is really helpful when you have more than one.
YSL 'Rouge Pur Couture - Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain Pourpre Preview
The applicator is a bit different than most. It reminds me of some older Lancome glosses I have in that
it's velvety, in a kind of diamond shape and it angled.
   YSL Pourpre Preview YSL Pourpre Preview
None of my swatches wanted to turn out color correct. Cameras often have a hard time with purples, usually taking out the blue tones and making them a bit redder than they are. I'll still show you an arm swatch, but the color that is most accurate is the color on my lips.
YSL Pourpre Preview
Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Lip Stain
The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain is quite a mouthful to say but really comfortable to wear. It almost feels like wearing nothing. It has a light scent which is probably lavender and not at all unpleasing. I love that it leaves color behind as it wears so you don't look like a doofus. Then when you touch up your color, you get even more of the shine. It's a real winner of a formula. It retails for $32, which quite honestly, is less than I expected for YSL.
I liked this one so much that I went to the store and picked a couple other colors. My only complaint is that there really aren't any great nudes, but I suspect they'll change that in the future. So how do you like YOUR gloss? Stainy, glossy or barely there? I just like them alllllll!!


  1. This looks so pretty on you! I agree, they need some nudes.

  2. This is a really pretty shade, but the brush seems a little weird and odd to handle.

  3. I thought it was odd when I first saw it but it actually applies really well...pretty comfortable.

  4. I have become obsessed with those and the New Rouge D'Armani Sheer Lipstick. Just obsessed. :)

    1. ooooo I saw one online the other day that I'd love. I have a couple and they're really nice. smooth as silk.


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