Review: Part 1 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

There has been many raves on the blog world about these YSL Glossy Stain. This is more the initial look at it, since these two colors did not work for me (I ordered it blind from Sephora). I did end up returning these two color and picking up another three other colors, which will be reviewed next.

The packaging is very high quality plastic, and I like that it is not all gold, like other YSL products. The part I think that’s especially well done is the see through strip in the tube. It makes it easy to see what color it is without looking at the label. The applicator is like Lancome’s Fever Gloss, which is fatter than the normal doe foot applicator. Personally, I like the applicator a lot – very easy for quick application.

The formula is truly great, both hydrating and pigmented. When first put on, there is a glossiness, but it fades over time and becomes more of a matte color. I wont lie, it does makes my lips feel tight (almost a dry feel) after the glossiness goes away. It doesn’t make my lips peel over time at all, but I do think you need to apply a lip balm over it to keep your lips hydrated.

The two colors I chose were #15 Rose Vinyl and #18 Rose Pastelle. #15 Rose Vinyl applied like a dream, it was really pigmented and applied evenly. #18 Rose Pastelle is another story, it applied really streaky and it seemed light (white) on my lips instead of pink.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml


  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range


  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.