You Had Me at Glossy, YSL…

Remember last week when I said I wasn’t feeling the red lips or any bold lip colours lately? Well, that was then and this is now. I’m back in full force and loving bold lips again thanks to YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains. These lip products are hawt, with a capital H.

Historically, lip stains and I haven’t had the best of relationships. Most of the formulas I’ve tried have been very drying. I’ve also tried so-called hybrid products that have the stain colour on one end of a tube and a moisturizer/balm/gloss on the other hand. Too much work for someone like me…and I still felt they were drying.  These YSL Glossy Stains offer the staying power of a stain but the look of a gloss. They are unlike anything I’ve tried before!

The packaging is sleek. These gorgeous little black containers have a teeny window that offer a hint of the colour inside. The applicator is like a doe-foot applicator albeit slightly larger which is very help in application.

Applying the product is a little different from gloss. To me it feels like I’m painting my lips. It does take a swipe or two to even out the application. But once it is on, it settles into your lips very comfortably. It’s very lightweight and the colour is ah-mazing. Intense, bold and BEAUTIFUL.

I tried three colours: #9, Rouge Laque (what I describe as a pure red); #14,Fuchsia Dore (a bright fuchsia); and #4, Mauve Pigmente (a rich red wine-like colour). Wearing these, I don’t think anyone would ever guess it was a stain. Lips look glossy and luscious with these on. The colours below are true statement lips…and they make me happy 😉

For your perusal, I offer you lip swatches below.

If you’re looking for a high-end lip product that has staying power and makes an impact, take a look at these. In my books, these are splurge-worthy at $34 Canadian, and available at Sephora.

Ok. I’m actually relieved to be back on the bold lip bus. Something just wasn’t right in my world when I wasn’t. 😉

What do you think of lip stains? Yay or Nay?


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  1. says

    I *do* like lip stains, and those are gorgeous, all very harmonious with your skin tone.

    That applicator is wild–it’s shaped like one of those stink bugs without the legs. :^)

    • Michelle says

      Hi Elaine – the entire day. 8 hours, including eating and drinking tea! I guess I should have included that in my review. Thanks for asking 😉

  2. Ahalya says

    Oooh I want! These look amazing! Glad you’re back on to bright lips again, I knew the boycott couldn’t last long 😉 Btw, did you happen to get a new camera Michelle? Your photo’s look slightly different to how they usually look but maybe that’s just me!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks! Yes, I did in fact get a new camera for Christmas. It’s a Canon G12. I’m still getting used to it but I love it!

  3. says

    I can’t wait to get my hands on these! #4 is on my list, as is a good, bold red – I’ll have to see these live to decide which one, but I love red lips so I’m pretty sure at least one of them will catch my fancy – and a couple of others… Thanks for the review!

      • says

        Sad news. I had four shades on my must-have list: 2, 3, 4, and either 9, 10 or 20, but out of the bold reds, #20 looked like the best based on swatches. Guess what? I could only find 9 and 10. The other shades on my list are simply not available here! I went to three big department stores and they all had the same selection. I bought #10, because I wanted to try the formula and it was still a pretty good red, although I’m quite convinced that 20 would have been better on me. I really like the formula and am a little sad that I wasn’t able to buy the shades I wanted most. Oh, and the price… 35 euros. But it would have been worth it.

  4. Jennifer huang says

    I’ve never owned a lip stain before, but they are definitely an interesting product. The shades look amazing esp the true red! That’s spme serious colour!!

    • Michelle says

      They are serious colour aren’t they? Stains take a bit of getting used to but these are definitely my favorite formula so far.

  5. Orie says

    Umm…It’s interesting. it looks very glossy. My lips are quite dry so I have to check it out. I have Chanel rouge allure laque and I love it. So in your opinion, what’s the difference between these two?

    • Michelle says

      Hi Orie, Sorry for my late reply! I finally compared the two, and I think the texture is different. I think I’ll do a side by side comparison of the two in a post soon. I find this somehow looks glossier and yet is more like a stain than the laque which to me is more gloss-like than stain.

  6. says

    Hey Michelle, I don’t own any lip stains, but these ones look interesting! I swatched some on the back of my hand the other day. Though I haven’t found anything I must have, I can already tell I like the texture! Do you have problems removing them though? It wasn’t easy to get it off the back of my hand, so I’m a little worried about that.

    • Michelle says

      Hi Sunny! Thanks for checking out my blog. These do stick on your lips so you do have to give a good wipe to get it off. I think it’d be easiest to remove with a cleansing wipe like MAC’s for example. Hope this helps!


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