Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in “19 Beige Aquarelle”

Unlike other bloggers, I haven’t found the need to “collect” the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain products — mainly, because lip stains really aren’t my thing. In fact, a year ago, I posted a review on the shade #18 – “Rose Pastelle” and my curiosity for the product ended there. A few weeks ago, while perusing through Sephora yet again, I noticed that YSL had released their Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes, but I was not interested because of the strange sheen the product left behind on the lips. However, the shade 19 Beige Aquarelle from the regular Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain range caught my attention.

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The Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain is a “revolutionary new lip product that combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long wear of a stain.” It’s very thin and liquidy upon contact, but dries to a comfortable stain. It’s not drying, not matte, and feels nice on the lips. The product is designed to “coat your lips with this lip color that offers a lightweight texture, which immediately melts onto lips. Glossy Stain delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting shine. The applicator’s unique slanted tip and short, soft bristles allow for flawless application with perfect precision.”

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The shade “19 Beige Aquarelle” is a good basic shade to own that’s natural, but leans slightly towards the nude-pink range. The applicator is short and slanted so it’s very easy to use and easy to control the product as you’re applying it. I like to dab the product on my lips before rubbing them together, because the color can gloop on by accident. The color is long lasting, and as a stain, is designed to withstand drinking and eating. It lasts longer than your average lipgloss or lipstick, but does eventually fade, of course. My lips remain hydrated so there’s definitely no complaint there. I’ve noticed that the product doesn’t apply as smoothly when I wear lip balm underneath it, so it’s best to apply it on naked lips.

Made in France.
Retails for $34.00 USD.

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