YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres

YSL Vernis a Levres

YSL Vernis a Levres

YSL Vernis a Levres

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain*

£22.50 each

Yves Saint Laurent brings us a revolutionary new lip product which leaves us lingering over the question; is it a stain, is it a lipstick or is it a gloss? Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain has all the oomph and rich pigmentation of a lipstick but with the texture and shine of a gloss and the staying power of a stain. This glossy stain embodies all the best bits of a lipstick, gloss and stain to give us a boundless glossy colour that melts onto the lips and delivers long-lasting shine.

YSL Vernis a Levres

YSL Vernis a Levres

Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain comes in an extensive 20 different shades, from classic reds, berry browns to Springtime corals and pinks. The slanted applicator is soft and cushiony with a tapered end for perfect precision when applying. The formula is extremely lightweight and despite being ridiculously glossy and shiny to crazy proportions, it isn’t at all sticky – the one thing I hate about lipgloss and makes me the lipstick lover I am today. A discovery that surprised/disappointed me about this product was its weightiness. As fickle as that may be, I expected them to have all the heaviness and expensive clunkiness of your average Rouge Volupte lipstick, but they feel so light and flimsy, which weirdly disheartened me.

YSL Vernis a Levres

Top, 03. Brun Cachemire – a rich reddy-brown, this gloss didn’t sit very well on my bare lips making them look patchy and messy. With your average gloss, you can give your lips a casual slick of colour, this product is a lot thicker in consistency and packs a lot more colour so application has to be perfect. I preferred having a backdrop to this stain, so I applied Sleek’s Cranberry lipstick first and then liberally applied the gloss over the top. I loved the finish look that this gave to my lips – so deep and intense, and it lasted a fairly decent length of time.

Bottom, 17. Encre Rose – a blue-ish baby pink, this gloss is so pretty and worked absolutely perfectly on bare lips. You can see how pigmented it is, with the colour being totally buildable if you wanted it sheerer or even more intense. If MAC Saint Germain lipstick was embodied in a lipgloss, this would be it! I would say however that the ‘precise applicator’ may not be that precise as you can see from the wibbly-wobbly outline round my lips, but maybe this was just my heavy-handiness…

I would definitely recommend having a look at the impressive range of shades and see if this new hybrid lipstick-gloss-stain is something that appeals to you. I really like the fact that you get all the glossiness without the stickiness and you are guaranteed a really intense coat of colour.

Have you tried the new YSL Glossy Stain?

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  1. 21st February 2012 / 9:32 pm

    I NEED these so badly – they look gorgeous. They are on my wishlist this week! x


  2. 21st February 2012 / 9:38 pm

    Ooh the Rose one is to die for! I haven't tried or seen this range yet on Australia but I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for them. Oh and the packaging, pure YSL opulence!

  3. 21st February 2012 / 9:44 pm

    I haven't tried them, but they look amazing, especially the Rose colour!

    Sophie x

  4. 21st February 2012 / 9:46 pm

    I absolutely love the red! Such a beautiful colour.

  5. 21st February 2012 / 9:52 pm

    I love how unnecessarily big the packaging is 🙂 the berry colour is so lovely 🙂

  6. 21st February 2012 / 9:54 pm

    What a great colour pay off ! xx

    clayandbeauty.blogspot.com / @ClayAndBeauty

  7. 21st February 2012 / 10:06 pm

    I like the pink shade x

  8. 21st February 2012 / 10:41 pm

    Nice colours u picked,was unsure of how they perform so I settled for the Rouge volupte lippies. Thanks for sharing will check these again

  9. 21st February 2012 / 10:42 pm

    number 17 looks gorgeous!

  10. 21st February 2012 / 10:53 pm

    I must have that pink for summer! looks amazing! x

  11. 21st February 2012 / 11:01 pm

    The rose colour looks beautiful X

  12. 21st February 2012 / 11:02 pm

    I love the look of the Enre Rose shade it looks lovely!

    Jade x

  13. 21st February 2012 / 11:22 pm

    These look amazing! Both colours look gorgeous! 🙂 xx

  14. 21st February 2012 / 11:30 pm

    Those colours are really pretty! I particularly like the darker gloss even though I generally gravitate to the lighter ones. Very pretty! ♥

  15. 22nd February 2012 / 1:10 am

    Both colors are so pretty. I especially like the Encre Rose for Spring/Summer and the Brun Cachemire looks amazing for a very dramatic evening look. Might have to check these out myself!

    Lacey-bows.blogspot.com x

  16. 22nd February 2012 / 6:16 am

    Lusting after these so bad! I think I might need #17.

  17. 22nd February 2012 / 7:33 am

    Wow, these look gorgeous! I adore the YSL range of lipsticks for their packaging as well as colours, so this range would be a welcome addition. Great item and review, thanks x


  18. 22nd February 2012 / 9:13 am

    I love the pink, it's gorgeous!

  19. 22nd February 2012 / 12:26 pm

    20 shades is impressive! I was uhming and ahhing over these yesterday so it's nice to read a review, love the colours you've picked.x

  20. 22nd February 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Brun Cachemire is pretttttttttttty!!!! i love that one

  21. 22nd February 2012 / 4:20 pm

    love the shape of the brush it looks fantastic xx

  22. 22nd February 2012 / 4:49 pm

    I'm loving the pink lipgloss, YSL lip products are amazing! I own 2 lipstick so far. x

  23. 22nd February 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Brun Cachemire looks gorgeous on you but I've heard a lot of bad reviews about the gloss stains which is a shame.

  24. 22nd February 2012 / 5:36 pm

    I recieved number 18 as a birthday present on Sunday and I love it, I wouldn't call it a stain though, still beautiful though! x

  25. 22nd February 2012 / 8:55 pm

    love them both! Seriously tempted to get one 🙂 x

  26. 23rd February 2012 / 5:01 am

    Wow i love these, they look quite different but awesome
    You have some awesome colours there 😀 😀


  27. 23rd February 2012 / 3:37 pm

    They look amaze!!!!! No. 3 is going on my wishlist!! 😀 xo

  28. 23rd February 2012 / 3:41 pm

    Encre Rose is amazing!!! stunning vibrant colour!! love the amount of glossyness as well!!!

  29. 23rd February 2012 / 6:35 pm

    I tried this at work the other day in a red shade and thought it was brilliant, I usually find lipstains drying but this is far from and I love th elook it gives on the lips!


  30. 24th February 2012 / 6:24 pm

    Oooooooo they look pretty

  31. 24th February 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Such gorgeous shades! X

  32. 4th May 2012 / 6:11 pm

    I like Encre Rose because I'm a big fan of pink lips 🙂