Review: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain

Hey lovelies,

we’re gonna let you in on a secret. We’ve been a little down and out lately, hence the posts have slowed down. We started this blog with such passion and enthusiasm, and somehow we’ve just felt like all that kind of went nowhere – like we’re really stagnant. It’s a little demoralizing and slightly depressing, but we’re really trying to get back on our feet! We appreciate everyone’s support! 🙂

Anyway, here’s a post today on my current favorite (most probably going to get listed in my June Faves) lip stain: YSL’s Glossy Stain in Shade #23, Fuschia Cubiste!! Isn’t it beautiful? I personally think it’s gorgeous; from the packaging to the color that stays and stays (so long that it’s quite scary sometimes).

Background Information

A revolutionary new lip product! Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain for a truly innovative lip product. A lightweight texture that immediately melts onto lips. Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long lasting new kind of shine. The applicator’s unique slanted tip and short soft bristles allow for a flawless application with perfect prevision.

This product has also won the Breakthrough Award for Allure’s Beauty Report in 2012.


First up, can I just say, “WOW”? It’s so beautiful it’s a work of art. It’s so compact and just… okay I’m going to go out on a cliched limb here and say it’s chic in a bottle. From the gold to the black, to just that hint of color in the middle. It’s almost an honor to have this in your makeup pouch and lend it to your friends so that you guys can all coo over it. Lol, really getting into my fantasy world now.

The applicator comes out after twisting the top off, very simple. As you can see, the wand is slightly heart-shaped. This is supposed to ease the process of applying the lip tint because the sharp end allows for getting into the hard-to-reach or hard-to-define corners such as the cupids bow and the ends of our mouth. Simple to understand, simple to use.

Methods of Application

When I first went to the YSL counter to try on the lip stain using just the applicator, I was taken aback by how difficult it seemed to put the product on. It was too difficult to fill the whole lip up evenly; there was so much lip stain lining my lips and I couldn’t find a way to “push” them to the middle. I ALMOST did not get this because I was thinking, “this is just too much effort”.. But the color really called out to me.. so I decided to find a quick and easy way to apply this!

Instead of aiming at the outline of our lips, we go straight for the middle portions. This way, we use up all the “excess” lips stain on the applicator first, then we use the remaining to line and define! Easy peasy isn’t it! You don’t even need a brush to do this because of the sharp end of the applicator which allows us to fill up our Cupid’s Bow without much ado!

Texture and Color

In terms of color, what you see is really what you get. This is so refreshing because I’m so tired of trying darker-colored or more vibrant-colored lip products to only have it a little more diluted in real life. If you’re not used to getting a color as strong as mine, you can always opt for their softer pinks or corals. Be sure to try it on at the shop so you KNOW it looks good on you. I was looking for an alternative to Mac’s Rebel lipstick (which was so dry it flaked everywhere on me), and this color was perrrrfect-o!

The texture when first applied is soft and creamy. Afterall, it works as a gloss as well! It goes on smoothly and makes your lips look plump and healthy. If you’re not too fond of the vibrancy.. you can do what I do, and just blot it off with some tissue paper.. and you’ll get the effect shown below! It’s still quite vivid and still suitable for work! 🙂

After a few hours… is where it starts to get a little tricky.. Note that this tip applies to all make up and not just this: Anything that boasts to be long-lasting of any kind CAN AND WILL be drying. Plus, apparently, for this lip stain, it has to go directly on your lips to actually last. You CANNOT put it on top of any lip balm nor use any lip balm on top of it because the color will run faster. 

So what I suggest is to put on tons of lip balm the moment you wake up. Then go wash your face and brush your teeth and start on your make up process. By the time you apply the YSL Lip Stain, your lips should be well-hydrated enough to go a good 5-6 hours without feeling overly dry. This lip stain LAST even after eating and drinking, so you don’t have to worry too much about that. As for feathering, forget it. This stays on your lips. Literally. No weird feathering to the bottom or top or sides of your lips: where you put it is where it remains. Amazing.

Overall Thoughts

I love this lip stain, but I do not think it should be used too often, honestly. It makes me think a little of OCC’s lip tars. The color is beautiful and really lasts, but it can be a little too drying for your lips. In the long run, this really won’t turn out good. I wore it about 3-4 days in a row and my lips started to feel a little scaly and overly dry.. So much so I decided to switch to another lip product in awhile.

That doesn’t mean this is a bad product, absolutely not. In fact it IS revolutionary. You always get these product claims on how something is revolutionary and it’s really not -_-.. but this does live up to the claims indeed. VERY MUCH SO! This is coming from a girl who has been hunting down the perfect lip stain for ages. 

Recommended For

  • Those who work in the service sector and have to wear bright-colored/long lasting lipstick all day
  • Those who want a bright and bold lip
  • Those who do not want to constantly reapply lipstick
  • Those who do not mind a little dryness in return for a pop of color
  • Those who love YSL lip products and want to try something new
Would I Repurchase?

Without a doubt. I don’t even see why this is a question. Amazing product as a whole! Even without finishing my current one, I’m already thinking of getting another! Hahaha I’m a shopaholic. *Shrugs*

Overall Rating: 8.5/10 (because of the dryness)

Stockists: YSL Counters at Ion, Tangs and DFS

Yay to YSL!
Much Love

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