02 April 2012

YSL Glossy Stain in No. 13, Rose Tempera: Review, Pictures and Swatches

'GLOSS? STAIN? LIPSTICK? WHY COMPROMISE? HAVE IT ALL' declares the blurb for the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains, and I was certainly intrigued. Bone idle as I am (just ask my mother!), I hate to reapply lip products during the day and so the prospect of a longlasting, comfortable to wear product was very appealing. 

Plus, I defy you not to be charmed by this lovely little animated short, depicting the creation of the range:

I was given shade number 13, Rose Tempera, a pretty, bright fuchsia. It's well packaged: I love the dinky little black bottle with the luxe gold lid, doe foot applicator and a little window to reveal the colour inside. 

Look at that staining power in action: when I tried to wipe off the swatch, it wasn't going anywhere!

The product is buildable but you need two coats for a full-on burst of colour. It feels sticky on first application but dries quickly to a slightly tacky consistency. Wear time is impressive: it lasts around 6 hours on me, through eating and drinking, which is pretty much unprecedented! The colour and finish changes throughout the day as it fades from a bright glossy finish to a deeper matte stain - both effects are lovely. It feels lightweight and comfortable on the lips and has the trademark YSL scent and taste, which I personally love.

There are 20 shades in all, and they're on counter now priced at €33. Have you splurged - or would you?

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